“Vivian’s Music, 1969,” a new play by Monica Bauer, stages on Thursday, February 7, at 7 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton, in partnership with Kate Mueth and The Neo-Political Cowgirls. Inspired by these real events: in 1969, in a segregated city in the American Midwest bursting with racial tension, a 14-year-old black girl named Vivian was shot by a white cop, igniting one of the worst race riots in American history. No one knew anything about her, just her name, her age, and how she died. This fantasia for two actors gives Vivian a life, a family, a love of music, and a reason to live; the jazz legend who’s back in the neighborhood might be her real father. Can they find each other, before the city explodes?
Also on Thursday night, Tutto Il Giorno, Urban Zen and The SHED Workspace Presents Festa Al Camino, or “Feast by the Fireplace” for those who don’t speak Italian. The three-course, family-style dinner with wine will be all about building community, increasing awareness, and raising money for Keep Sag Harbor Warm, a new philanthropic outreach effort of the Sag Harbor Food Pantry.
At 8 p.m., Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presents a screening of the film “Carnal Knowledge,” starring Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, Ann-Margret and Art Garfunkel. There will also be a talkback with writer Jules Feiffer (how did I not know that he wrote “Carnal Knowledge” Mind BLOWN!!!) and a special surprise event. Ooh, I’m even more intrigued. Need a refresher on this movie gem? Click here’s for a link to the film.
The Southampton Cultural Center is staging “Love Letters,” just in time for Valentine’s Day. Featuring Daniel Becker, Barbara-Jo Howard, John Leonard and Catherine Maloney, with partner switches on Sundays, the play will run on weekends, February 8 through February 17.
“I Am Not Your Negro” screens at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton on Saturday at 1 p.m. This great film by Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished in a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and rich archival material.
Also on Saturday, February 9, The Southampton History Museum is hosting a Specialty pre-Valentine’s Workshop with master jeweler Eric Messin from from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., who will help you make a heart pendant for your loved one.
The Poetica Ensemble will give a Chamber Concert at The Bridgehampton Museum Archives at 5 p.m., performing works by Enesco, Koday, Stravinsky, O’Connor and Schubert. Chris Shaughnessy on Viola, Rebecca Perea on Cello, and Andrew Perea and Song-A Cho on Violin.
The Hampton Ballet Theatre School is hosting its 10th anniversary fundraiser, I ❤ HBTS, on Saturday, February 9, starting at 7 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Community House. Hosted by standup comedian and improviser Meghan Strickland and Tim Lampier, the festive Valentine’s Day-themed event will feature food, music, raffles, drinks, dancing, auction items and more! Get your tickets here https://bit.ly/2sE0KzI.
Hamptons International Film Festival will screen “The Shining” at Guild Hall in East Hampton at 6 p.m. Stanley Kubrick’s ultimate take on writer’s block features yet another knockout performance by Jack Nicholson, plus some of the most penetrating and complex scenes in contemporary filmmaking. The screening will be followed by a discussion with series co-hosts Alec Baldwin and HIFF Artistic Director, David Nugent.
Southampton Arts Center kicks off its ” TAKEOVER! Artists in Residence” series on Saturday, February 9, with a free reception from 5 to 7 PM. The ongoing show, curated by SAC Artistic Director Amy Kirwin, will run through March 24. Here’s how it works: For seven weeks in the winter of 2019 Southampton Arts Center will hand over its galleries to nine East End artists, each with an assigned space to set up a “pop-up” studio. Completed works will be installed and the artists will have scheduled weekly studio time in the galleries from Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. to create new works in a wide variety of mediums. A schedule will be posted online each week so the public can plan visits accordingly. This gives guests the opportunity to visit repeatedly to view the progress of new works. It is both encouraged and anticipated that the TAKEOVER! artists–including Scott Bluedorn, Daniel Cabrera, Darlene Charneco, Kara Hoblin, Ruby Jackson, Laurie Lambrecht, Jerome Lucani, Paton Miller, and Jeff Muhs– will also collaborate organically during the course of their residencies.Additionally, artists will also hold workshops for all ages, host intimate gallery tours, and be part of a weekly “hangout” which will take place every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. All are encouraged to come and spend the evening with the artists, play ping pong, have a drink, listen to music, socialize, and watch the creative process at play.
But wait, there’s more. In addition to the “pop-up” studios, the entrance gallery will include “Handoff: Weaving in Space.” This site-specific project, conceived by Christine Sciulli and Bastienne Schmidt, takes on the tradition of the Exquisite Corpse as a collaborative action drawing-in-space, constructed and manufactured in-situ with ropes, threads and textiles. Referencing the drawing-in-space tradition of Eva Hesse, Sheila Hicks, and Fred Sandback, invited artists will engage their own practice in a ricocheting handoff to create a three-dimensional drawing – weaving and subsuming their contributions during the seven weeks of the exhibition to generate a large-scale spatial installation completed by the show’s closing. This piece invites discussion of conventional notions of authorship to explore the contemporary necessity of collective making. Visitfor a weekly schedule of artists working in the galleries as well as related programs and events.