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Bits and Pieces 12.15.22

Mon, 12/12/2022 - 15:26
Bill Persky, left, and Finny Dianora-Brondal will be at The Church in Sag Harbor with their new collaborative short film.
Ric Kallaher

New Friends
The Knowledge Friday series at The Church in Sag Harbor will reunite Bill Persky, a 90-year-old writer, director, and producer, and Finny Dianora-Brondal, a Sag Harbor teenager, who first met at that venue last year. A friendship developed, and yielded a short film that will be shown on Friday at 5 p.m.

Including interviews and conversations with people of all ages, the documentary-style film revolves around their friendship, what they've learned from each other, and how their respective childhoods differed.

A five-time Emmy award winner, Mr. Persky's credits include "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "Kate and Allie," as well as a slew of pilots, five television films, and the movie "Serial." Mr. Dianora-Brondal is currently an intern at LTV Studios in Wainscott.

Tickets are $15.

Dreams and Hopes
A filmed version of Richard Bruce's play "Sometime Child," which had a two-week run at the Theater for the New City in New York in March, will be screened at the East Hampton Library on Saturday at 6 p.m. 

The story concerns a lawyer who, after being mugged by two youths, wakes up in a hospital where one of his assailants works as a night shift janitor. During the long nights both spend in the I.C.U., a mentor-student friendship develops.

The theme of the play is that no child gets to choose his or her parents. "All children have dreams regardless of the circumstances they are born into, and they carry the hope that someday, sometime, their dreams will come true," Mr. Bruce has said. "My play is about two of these children."

Sax Virtuoso
The saxophonist Stan Killian will bring his quartet to the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill for a concert on Friday at 6 p.m. Presented in partnership with Hamptons Jazz Fest, the program includes original songs, jazz classics, and holiday-themed selections.

The son of a jazz pianist, Mr. Killian began performing professionally at the age of 15. Since then he has played at such top New York jazz venues as the Iridium, Blue Note, Kitano, and the 55 Bar, as well as at Carnegie Hall and on tour in Mexico, Europe, and Asia.

Tickets are $20, $10 for museum members and students. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

Radio Play x 2 
Eight years ago, Center Stage at the Southampton Cultural Center and WPPB-FM staged "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," Joe Landry's adaptation of the classic holiday film into a 1940s radio production, complete with period music, props, costumes, and sound effects.

Michael Disher directed that production, and several radio plays thereafter, and Mr. Disher is back, this time with four performances at Holy Trinity Church in Greenport, starting Friday at 7 p.m., with additional shows on Saturday at 2 and 5 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20.

If Greenport is out of reach, the Hampton Theatre Company will also stage Mr. Landry's radio play this weekend, at the Quogue Community Hall. The Quogue performances, directed by Andrew Botsford, are set for Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2:30. All tickets are $10.

WMC Residencies 
The Watermill Center is now accepting applications for its 2024 residency program. Open to national and international artists 21 years and older, the program accepts practitioners from any discipline, including, but not limited to, visual art, performance, architecture, film/video, literature, music composition, and academic research. Both solo artists and collaborative groups can apply.

Complete information and an application link can be found on the center's website. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 13, 11:59 p.m.

Solstice Fun
"Spirit of the Garden: Solstice," a celebration of the advent of winter, will happen in the pavilion of LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton on Saturday afternoon from 2 till 4. The activities, which include a watermelon seeds puppet show, will be led by the poet Megan Chaskey.

Tickets are $15, free for members.

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