As we are getting ready and girding our loins for the opening of the Hamptons International Film Festival on Thursday, there are still a few really great things to go do and see today and tomorrow.
Tonight, Tuesday, October 4, head to Guild Hall in East Hampton to catch a reading of “Love, Sex, Anarchy” by Melissa Bell at 7:30 p.m. As part of the John Drew Theater Lab, the performance, directed by Luke Tudball and featuring Heather Bagnall, is free.
Based on the life of activist/anarchist Emma Goldman, this multi-media theater work in progress incorporates a fluid set, choreographed transitions, an original musical score and sound design, along with archival media to explore ways in which ideologies conflict with emotions. Want to make a big night of it? Then head to the 1770 House down the street before the show and enjoy a special $27 two-course, prix fixe dinner. Just make sure to tell your server the secret code. Pssst, it’s “JDTLab.”
Also tonight, it’s Almond’s Artists & Writers Night featuring Iris Smyles, the clever and supremely interesting author of “Iris Has Free Time” and “Dating Tips for the Unemployed” who also happens to be an East Hampton Star editor. The evening, which starts with a reception at 6:30 p.m, will be the first of many new “Artists & Writers Night” events of the season at the Bridgehampton-based restaurant. The evening will feature a family style three-course menu created by executive chef Jason Weiner. Cost for the night is $45, which includes a glass of local wine or craft beer and gratuity, tax is not included. Reservations are required.
On Wednesday night, October 5, head to the Stony Brook Southampton campus for its first Fall Writers Speak Wednesdays of the season with two-time Pushcart Prize winner Kim Addonizio. The author will talk about her recent projects, including her newest poetry collection, “Mortal Trash,” and a memoir in essays, “Bukowski in a Sundress.” The free author talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall. Upcoming events in the series include talks by: Dani Shapiro, October 19; John Knight in conversation with Emily Gilbert, November 2; Lia Purpura, November 16; and Ruth Franklin and Susan Scarf Merrell, November 30.
Interested in becoming a better writer? Then show up early for an Open House and informational session, which begins at 5:30 p.m. for prospective MFA in Creative Writing and Literature candidates. Program Director Julie Sheehan and other faculty members will discuss the MFA workshops in fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, and more, all taught by distinguished working writers. And for those who would like to learn about writing books for kids, there will also be a presentation on the one-year Children’s Lit Fellows program by kids’ lit Director Emma Walton Hamilton. All those interested in attending are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.