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Bits and Pieces 07.30.20

Tue, 07/28/2020 - 16:47
Platters of one dollar bills await disinfection as part of "Free Clean Money,' a performance and installation at Guild Hall this weekend.
Jessica Dalene

Live at Guild Hall

After months of programming in Zoomland, as Josh Gladstone, the artistic director of its John Drew Theater called it, Guild Hall is moving into the real world with two outdoor programs this weekend.

"Free Clean Money," a performance and installation by Katherine McMahon and Ray Angry, a keyboardist, composer, and record producer, will take place outdoors between 3 and 6 on Saturday afternoon. The piece will consist of 500 dollar bills of Ms. McMahon's own money displayed on silver platters that she will routinely disinfect, accompanied by Mr. Angry's composition "The Protest." All the money is free for the taking.

"The piece is a statement about privilege and consumerism at the intersection of a global pandemic and national civil unrest," said Ms. McMahon, who is an artist and director of programming at the Elaine de Kooning House in East Hampton.

A live outdoor performance by Salieu Suso and the World Music Collective will take place on Sunday evening at 7 on Guild Hall's lawn. Born into a family of musicians from Gambia, West Africa, Mr. Suso was trained at the age of 8 to play the 21-stringed Kora, the West African harp. Before settling in the United States in 1989, he performed throughout Africa and Europe.

Beria Massey on the blazon, a wooden xylophone, Jimmy Mngwandi on bass, and Claes Brondal on drums will join Mr. Suso. Tickets are $50 per lawn circle, each of which is six feet in diameter and can accommodate one or two people.

Zoom Lecture and Lunch

The East Hampton Historical Society will hold its annual summer lecture and lunch virtually, next Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Tom Scheerer, an architectural and interior designer known for his clear architectural solutions and fresh use of color and form, will discuss "Decorating: Inspiration, Osmosis, and Selective Borrowing." A question-and-answer session will follow the talk.

Tickets, which are $150 ($90 tax deductible), include a boxed lunch from Hamptons Aristocrat, a bottle of Wolffer rosé, dessert, and a tablescape from Social Studies. A registration link is on the historical society's website. Lunch can be picked up next Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Mulford Farm. Ticket buyers will be responsible for picking up lunches for their entire party. Signed copies of Mr. Scheerer's book "More Decorating" can also be ordered. Questions can be directed by phone to 631-324-6850.

Jazz at the Parrish

Jazz on the Terrace at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will feature Antoine Drye and Quartet tomorrow at 6 p.m. A renowned trumpet player and session musician, Mr. Drye has worked across music genres with a range of artists including his mentors, Ellis Marsalis and Harold Battiste, as well as the Mingus Big Band, the Count Basie and Duke Ellington orchestras, Lafayette Harris, and Paul Simon, among others.

Mr. Drye will be joined by Mark Whitfield on guitar, Donald Edwards on drums, and Mike Noordzy on bass. The concert will take place on the outdoor terrace and, weather permitting, the museum's lawn. Tickets are $12, free for members and students. Guests have been advised to take their own chairs, as no museum seating will be available.    

News from Bay Street

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor has opened its outdoor patio and bar, Thursdays through Mondays from 1 to 8 p.m., with live music performed, weather permitting, by local artists. The menu includes snacks and drinks as well as Bay Street Theater face coverings and water bottles. Seating is at separate tables placed at a safe distance from other patrons, performers, and bar staff. Each table can accommodate up to four people.

Drink specials include the Mojo Mojito, To Be or Not to Be . . . a Rosé Spritzer, It's Not Just Another Tequila Sunrise, and the Bay Street Bay Breeze. All proceeds support the theater, its staff, and its artists. The theater remains closed.

Bay Street will offer a weekly writers' group via Zoom with Wade Dooley, starting on Monday at 4 p.m. and continuing on successive Mondays through Oct. 5. Each participant will take work to class and receive feedback from other writers as well as tips and tricks from Mr. Dooley, a playwright and actor whose comedy "The Prompter" had its premiere at Bay Street last summer.

The cost of the class is $250, which includes a 30-minute one-on-one with Mr. Dooley. Registration is through the theater's website.

Edwina von Gal Talk

Edwina von Gal, a landscape designer and founder of the Perfect Earth Project, a nonprofit based in East Hampton, will give a virtual talk on Sunday at 4 p.m. about why and how landscapes, no matter how small, can play a role in healing the earth's injured ecosystems.

Co-sponsored by the Henry L. Ferguson Museum on Fishers Island and the Custom House Maritime Museum in New London, Conn., the talk will cover the basics of nature-based design and offer practical tips for beginners as well as professionals. A registration link can be found at

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