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Bits and Pieces 09.28.23

Mon, 09/25/2023 - 15:57
Sophie von Haselberg in a scene from "Love . . . Reconsidered," to be shown at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

'Celebrating Bonac'
The Arts Center at Duck Creek in Springs, in partnership with the Peter Matthiessen Center and Joanne Friedland Roberts, will host "Celebrating Bonac" on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. The event will illuminate the arts and traditions of the men and women who have fished and farmed on the East End for almost 400 years.

Baymen and longtime locals will share stories and traditions, and arts and crafts -- including decoy carving, fishing traps, and wampum jewelry and beads -- will be on display. There will also be sea shanties, a traditional Native American blessing, and readings from Matthiessen's 1986 book "Men's Lives."

Participants include Dave Bennett, Albie Lester, Brent Bennett, Shane Weeks, Michael Butler, Scott Chaskey, Arnold Leo, David Cataletto, and Peter Van Scoyoc. Ms. Roberts, whose documentary "The Bonackers" is in production, will lead a panel discussion. 

Space is limited, and registration on the center's website is required.

Modern Long Island
In the second Long Island Modern lecture at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, Bob Rubin and Alastair Gordon will discuss "Pierre Chareau and Post-War Modernism on Long Island" on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Chareau, a French architect-designer, fled France for New York in 1940 and subsequently landed in East Hampton, where he worked with Robert Motherwell on the design of the artist's Quonset-type house and studio, as well as a small concrete-block cottage for himself. Chareau, who died in 1950, is buried at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, not far from LongHouse.

Mr. Gordon and Mr. Rubin will discuss the Maison de Verre in Paris, considered Chareau's masterpiece, and how his design philosophy was transposed to post-war America. Mr. Gordon is an architectural critic, writer, and historian. Mr. Rubin, an architecture aficionado, owns the Maison de Verre.

Lee Skolnick will introduce the talk. Tickets are $40, $30 for members.

Playwrights Take Note
Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will begin to accept submissions on Sunday for its 10th Annual Title Wave: 2024 New Works Festival. The theater will accept full-length plays from writers of all backgrounds. The festival, which will feature four new full-length plays, is scheduled for May.

Interested playwrights can find details of the submission process on the theater's website. Submissions will close when a maximum of 300 plays have been received, or no later than Oct. 31. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Radio Play Auditions
Center Stage at the Southampton Arts Center will hold open auditions for "The Big Christmas Show, a Live Radio Play" on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the center. Conceived and written by Joe Landry and Michael Disher, the play is set on Christmas Eve in 1950 during a variety radio broadcast that takes an unexpected turn.

Those auditioning for the 10 roles, five women and five men, have been asked to come prepared with celebrity impersonations of 1930s, '40s, and early '50s stars. They will be asked to sing one verse, a cappella, of a Christmas song of their choice. 

Rehearsals will usually take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Performances will be held Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 at the arts center, and the following weekend in Greenport.

More information is available from the director, Mr. Disher, at [email protected].

Live Podcast
Alec Baldwin will host a "Here's the Thing" live podcast with Michael Wolff, author of "The Fall: The End of Fox News and the Murdoch Dynasty," on Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 143 West 43rd Street in Manhattan. 

"Sitting down with Michael Wolff gives us a chance to delve deeper into the intricate world of media dynasties," says Mr. Baldwin. 

Audience members will have an opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session following the interview. The event will be recorded for "Here's the Thing With Alec Baldwin."

Tickets, which are likely to sell out in advance, start at $42.20 and can be obtained from the Town Hall website.

Film Premiere
"Love . . . Reconsidered," a romantic comedy written and co-produced by Arielle Haller Silverstone, an actress and the co-owner of Le Closet, a consignment store in Southampton, will have its world premiere at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Directed by Carol Ray Hartsell, the film is the story of Ruby, a 30-year-old New Yorker whose life is transferred to the Hamptons after a chance meeting with the wealthy owner of a consignment store.

Tickets, available through the center's website, are $19.49. The film will be released theatrically in February.

'Fabulous' Fund-Raiser
The second annual Guardians Gala, a benefit for Our Fabulous Variety Show's student performers in need of financial assistance, will take place Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at LTV Studios in Wainscott.

The "retro-inspired" evening will offer music and dancing, food and drink, raffles, and auctions, and will honor two of the company's biggest supporters, Julie Ann Sigler-Baum and Danny Ximo.

Tickets, available from the O.F.V.S. website or by calling 631-507-4603, are $50, $25 for students.

Dead Reborn
The Masonic Music Series at the Masonic Temple in Sag Harbor will launch its fall season with a performance by the Roses Grove Band on Saturday at 8 p.m. The Grateful Dead cover band will bring its jam-style music to the temple every month.

The temple continues to be the place to see live jazz, courtesy of the Jam Session, on Tuesday evenings at 7.

Tickets to each concert are $20.
    
 

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