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Bits and Pieces 04.13.23

Mon, 04/10/2023 - 14:01
Casey Sherman, a writer, will discuss the film and television adaptations of his books at the Montauk Library.
Kristin Sherman

Awards Dinner
Tickets are still available for Guild Hall's 37th Academy of the Arts Achievement Awards Dinner, which will take place at Gotham Hall, an event venue in midtown Manhattan, on Tuesday evening from 6 to 10. The architect Peter Marino will be honored for his work in the visual arts, and a special award for leadership and philanthropy will be given to Tom Roush and LaVon Kellner.

The evening will include performances by Music From the Sole, a tapdance and music company that celebrates tap's Afro-diasporic roots, and musicians from the Silkroad Ensemble, a collective that promotes the exchange of ideas and traditions across borders.

Tickets are $1,500, $500 for those 21 to 40 years old.

West African Music
Yacouba Sissoko. a master kora player from Mali, will perform a program of varied musical genres based on traditional songs of West Africa, on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. Mr. Sissoko's appearance, accompanied by the percussionist Moussa Diabate, is co-presented with Hamptons Jazz Fest.

The kora is a 21-stringed harp-like instrument made from a hide-covered calabash gourd resonator with a long hardwood neck. Mr. Sissoko, who comes from generations of Malian musicians, has collaborated with Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, Leroy Jenkins, and Leni Stern. With a repertoire that includes jazz, pop, R&B, and classical music, he has performed at music festivals across North America. 

Tickets are $20, $15 for members, and $10 for students. Advance purchase has been recommended.

Books Into Film
In conjunction with its current series of film noir classics, the Montauk Library will present "From Page to Screen," a talk by the writer Casey Sherman, on Friday at 4 p.m.

An investigative journalist, screenwriter, and the author of 17 books, Mr. Sherman will discuss the film and television adaptations of his best-selling books "Helltown," "Boston Strong," which was the source for the Mark Wahlberg movie "Patriots Day," and "The Finest Hours," a 2016 film starring Chris Pine. 

Mr. Sherman, a contributing writer to Esquire, Time, and The Washington Post, has received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Journalistic Excellence.

The talk will be followed at 5 by a screening of John Huston's "The Maltese Falcon."

Choral Auditions
The Choral Society of the Hamptons will hold auditions in late April and early May for singers interested in joining the group. Prospective singers have been invited to attend Monday's rehearsal at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church and then audition before the second or third rehearsals, on April 24 or May 1. Familiarity with musical notation is helpful, but not always essential. 

The choral society's next concert, set for July 9, will be directed by the guest conductor Anastasia Glasheen, featuring works by Aaron Copland, Morten Lauridsen, Randall Thompson and others.

Interested singers can call the society's administrative director, Maria Fumai Dietrich, at 631-204-9402, or email [email protected] for an appointment.

Camellia Japonicas
The Camellia Group of the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will meet at the Bridgehampton Community House on Saturday morning at 10. Members' collections will be presented at the free event, which will be moderated by Julie Burmeister and George Biercuk.

Mingus, Monk, More
Jeremy Ajani Jordan, an award-winning pianist, will perform a program featuring the works of Duke Ellington, Charlie Mingus, Thelonious Monk, and more on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton.

Mr. Jordan has performed at the United Nations Arts Council, the American Liszt Society, Tokyo Opera City, and Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. He has appeared as a chamber musician in international tours, and his compositions have debuted on National Public Radio and at festivals in Seattle, New York City, and Ireland.

Classical on the Rock
The Shelter Island Friends of Music will host a free concert by the violinist Sirena Huang and the pianist Rohan De Silva on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church. The program will include music by Prokofiev, Ravel, Sibelius, Vieuxtemps, and Stravinsky.

Ms. Huang is the 2022 gold medalist of the 11th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Her international performances include the World Peace Conference in Petra, Jordan, and the Forum 2000 World Conference in Prague.

Mr. De Silva, who has partnered with Itzhak Perlman in worldwide recitals, was named best accompanist at Moscow's Ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Rocking the Temple
The Sag Harbor Masonic Music Club will rock this weekend with performances by Spitnkitn and the Roses Grove Band. 

With Lindsay Morris on vocals and guitar, Susan Nieland on bass, and Barbara Dayton on drums, Spitnkitn will showcase its blend of punk, rock, and power pop at the temple on Friday at 8 p.m. 

The Roses Grove Band will bring their exploratory improvisation of the Grateful Dead's folk-rock and Americana sound to the temple's Inner Sanctum on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Both shows are $20, with proceeds benefiting local charities.

Rock and Reggae
Jim Messina's career in music spans five decades, marked by his membership in the super groups Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and Loggins and Messina, as well as a series of solo acoustic tours. Mr. Messina will perform hits from his previous bands as well as his solo works on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. Tickets are $65 to $69.

The Jamaican artist Mystic Bowie has been reimagining the music of the Talking Heads with a mix of roots reggae and ska since 2015. Mr. Bowie's personal and professional relationship with Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, founding members of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, began when he joined the latter group as a singer in 1996. Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads will take the stage at the Suffolk Theater on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $45.

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