Bits and Pieces 03.28.19

Cranston as L.B.J.

The Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center’s Present Tense series will continue on Sunday at 3 p.m. with a screening of “All the Way,” a 2016 film adapted by Robert Schenkkan from his Tony Award-winning play of the same title about President Lyndon B. Johnson’s first year in the Oval Office. After the screening, which will be held at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor, Mr. Schenkkan will discuss the film with Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, head of the cinema’s programming committee.

Commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where it premiered in 2012, “All the Way” was subsequently produced at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., and at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway. Bryan Cranston, who starred as the president in both productions and won a Tony Award for his performance, reprises the role in the film.

Both the play and the film focus on Johnson’s efforts to muster support for the Civil Rights Act from Congress and civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., who is portrayed by Anthony Mackie. The film also stars Melissa Leo as Lady Bird Johnson. The screening is free, but the cinema has suggested a $15 donation.

Classical Piano

Paolo Bartolani, a classical pianist, will give a concert, “New Sounds and Ancient Resonances,” on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Montauk Library. The program will explore traditional musical forms and new music directions and will include works composed for the piano by Bach, Schubert, Domenico Cimarosa, Philip Glass, and Gavin Bryars.

Mr. Bartolani, who is a musicologist and music manager as well as a pianist, performs as a soloist and in chamber ensembles in Europe and the United States and writes for several musicology journals. He is also the general coordinator of the Music Up Close Network at Santa Cecilia National Academy in Rome and founded the Rites of Springs Music Festival to promote classical and contemporary music on the North Fork.

Docs and Dancing

The 2019 Oscar Spotlight series at the Southampton Arts Center, which is devoted to the best documentary feature nominees, will continue tomorrow at 7 p.m. with “Minding the Gap,” a documentary by Bing Liu shot over 12 years in his hometown of Rockford, Ill.

The film focuses on the turbulent upbringings of his skateboarder friends, including 23-year-old Zack, whose relationship with his girlfriend is unraveling after the birth of their son, and 17-year-old Keire, who is struggling with his racial identity following the death of his father. Tickets are $10, $7 for SAC members.

Also at the center, Mister Lama, its house D.J., will return on Saturday at 7 for another Saturday Night Stomp dance party. Tickets are $12, $10 for members, and drinks and light bites will be available for purchase.

Farrand’s Gardens

The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will screen “The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand” on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at LTV Studios in Wainscott. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Karyl Evans, the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. Tickets are $10.

Ms. Farrand created over 200 plans for public gardens and private homes during her 50-year career. Notable works include the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Bar Harbor, Me., and Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. A proponent of using native plants in her designs, she was the only woman among the 11 founding members of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Gospel in Sag

HeavenSent, a contemporary gospel music group from Long Island, will perform at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturday at 8 p.m. The concert will be hosted by Chico Benymon, an actor, singer, and musician known for his role as Andre (Spencer) Williams on the UPN comedy “Half and Half.” Serena Tyson and Ruby Bias, vocalists, will also perform.

HeavenSent was formed in 2009 by Leander Stevenson and has performed for the Radio One — One Love Gospel Cruise, the New Artist Showcase hosted by Liz Black, the Circle of Sisters Expo in Manhattan, and the Gospel Music Workshop of America conference in Brooklyn. The group consists of Melvin Robinson Jr., Deu’boyce Robinson, Dana Bryant, Jeremiah Seabury, and Mr. Stevenson.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 the day of the show. 

New York Benefit

“Eight Nights,” a new play by the award-winning playwright Jennifer Maisel, will have a series of staged readings in eight cities across the United States to benefit the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, or HIAS. 

The second of these readings, which will take place on April 8 at the Loft at City Winery in Manhattan, will be directed by Will Pomerantz, associate artistic director of Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, and presented with support from Bay Street and the Jewish Plays Project.

“Eight Nights,” which explores the refugee experience, is the story of a 19-year-old German-Jewish refugee who survived a German concentration camp and eventually reunited with her father in the United States. 

Mr. Pomerantz has developed new plays and musicals at theaters across the country and directed premieres of plays by John Guare, David Auburn, Neil LaBute, and Craig Lucas, among others.

HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands. Tickets, which are available at, are $75 for reserved seats and $35 for bar stools. V.I.P. tickets are $110.