Anybody who thinks that the East End closes up shop after Labor Day clearly doesn’t live here. Just because Tumbleweed Tuesday has come and gone doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to do. On the contrary. And now, thanks to a couple billion fewer cars on the road, we might actually be able to get to more than one event a day. Hip hip hooray!
On Friday, September 9, the annual Pollock Krasner House Artists on Film Series begins. Hosted by Marion Wolberg Weiss (one super smart lady/art film expert), this year’s theme is “Women Artists as Victims,” and the first one up is “Frida,” about the life of Frida Kahlo and starring Selma Hayek, on September 9. Next up, it’s “Fur” with Nichole Kidman as Diane Arbus on September 16. Then there’s ” Big Eyes” with Amy Adams as Margaret Keane on September 23 and “Camile Claudel” with Isabelle Adjani as Rodin’s mistress on September 30. These are all incredibly good films. Do yourself a favor and make it to all of them. Bonus– there are talkbacks too!
Also on Friday, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is presenting a program of music inspired by nature, conceived by the Landscape Music Composers Network and featuring the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, at 6 p.m. The concert includes two world premieres: “Refuge” by Sag Harbor native Nell Shaw Cohen, and “Of Wolves and Rivers” by Justin Ralls. Members of the ensemble are violinist Karen Kim, flutist Roberta Michel, cellist Aminda Asher, and percussionist Sean Statser. Four of the composers whose works will be performed, including Cohen, Stephen Lias, Ralls, and Stephen Wood, will be present at the concert to engage with the audience.
On Saturday, September 11, the Howard University Gospel Choir is coming to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons in Southampton for a benefit concert for Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center. Doors open at 2:30 and the concert starts at 3 p.m.
Then there’s the Art/History/Amagansett series of Saturday Conversations and Sunday Seminars about art and artists, held at the Amagansett Free Library. This Saturday at 6 p.m., it’s “The House That Jack Built” with Matko Tomicic and Dianne B. on LongHouse Reserve and its founder, Jack Lenor Larsen. The talk will be moderated by Joan Baum. Admission is free, but reservations are necessary at 631-267-3810.
At the East Hampton Library on Saturday, the Tom Twomey Series continues with a talk on “Frontiers in Stem Cell Research” with Susan L. Solomon, Co-Founder and CEO, The New York Stem Cell Foundation, at 5 p.m.
On Saturday night, September 10, the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum will host a screening of Film Festival Shorts, including D.A. Pennebaker’s “Daybreak Express,” at 7 p.m. Also slated to screen: Jackson Hyland Lipsky – “The Cloud,” Julian Thomas Alvarez – “The Land God Made in Anger,” Luca Ritter – “Dumbo in 16mm,” Benjamin Potter – “Drink 2” and Nick Whelan – “Cuba Cuba.” Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and feel free to picnic.
At Guild Hall in East Hampton, on Saturday, September 10, at 8 p.m., Harris Yulin and Kathleen Chalfant will star in “DEAR ELIZABETH: The Letters of Elizabeth Bishop & Robert Lowell.”Chloe Dirksen also appears in this terrific play by Sarah Ruhl. Coming up on Tuesday, September 13, it’s a staged reading of “H,” a new play by Megan Minutillo, at 7:30 p.m. Cast members for that one include Alyssa Castellano, Michelle Veintimilla and Joe Pallister.
Last but not least is the Southampton Cultural Center’s “Darren Ottati: An Evening of Broadway Ballads,” which will stage on Sunday, September 11, and Monday, September 12, at 7 p.m. each night.