Bits And Pieces 06.07.12

Local culture news
Saturday will be the last day of Guild Hall’s Artist Member’s Exhibition, which includes Joanna McCarthy’s “Old Red Truck,” selected as best photograph by Lilly Wei, the guest juror.

‘LUV’ Opens
    The play “LUV” by Murray Schisgal will open at Guild Hall on Saturday after previews tonight and tomorrow night. It now stars Kahan James, who has replaced Ricardo Chavira. The cast also includes Jennifer Regan and Robert Stanton.
    The play, a reprisal of the 1964 Broadway hit, is directed by Lonny Price. It will run Tuesdays through Sundays until July 1. Tickets, which range in price from $40 to $85 with discounts for members, are available at the box office or at

Parrish Happenings
    The Parrish Art Museum’s Opera in Cinema series will present an encore screening of Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes” on Sunday at 2 p.m. The production was recorded last month in Milan. Tickets to the three-hour program are $17, $14 for Parrish members.
    The story is set in an English fishing village around 1830 and centers on a character who villagers suspect had a hand in the deaths of two men. It was intended “to express my awareness of the perpetual struggle of men and women whose livelihood depends on the sea,” said the composer, as well as to examine the struggle of the individual against the crowd.
    Next Thursday the Parrish will partner with the Watermill Center to pre­sent a free information session for artists and organizations, featuring Fractured Atlas, at 5 p.m. It will describe the benefits and use of Fractured Atlas’s fiscal sponsorship program as a fund-raising tool for individuals, emerging organizations, the general public, currently sponsored projects, and potential applicants. Also to be discussed are the benefits of sites such as IndieGoGo, Kickstarter, and RocketHub, and how to make crowdfunding an effective fund-raising tool.

Solo Piano in Montauk
    The Montauk Library will present a concert by Quynh Nguyen, a classical pianist, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
    Ms. Nguyen will perform master works for solo piano by Beethoven, Chopin, and Ravel. 
    She was admitted at 6 to the Hanoi Conservatory of Music and made her orchestral debut at 11. Ms. Nguyen won a scholarship to study piano performance at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow at age 13.
    She has performed extensively in major concert halls throughout the United States and Europe.
    Ms. Nguyen is a winner of numerous awards and distinctions, and has won the United States Presidential Academic Award, the Los Angeles Maestro Foundation Award, and a Fulbright Fellowship to study music in Paris. 
    She is on the faculty of Hunter College and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at the Mannes College of Music.

The Funny Side
    Joseph Vecsey, a comedian, will host “The All Star Comedy Showcase” at the Bay Street Theatre on Monday at 8 p.m. The showcase will feature the comedy of Yannis Pappas, Kenny Garcia, Sergio Chicon, Kareem Green, and Dawn B.
    Mr. Vecsey’s weekly podcast discusses the art and business of comedy and features interviews with well-known comics who discuss their career and how they develop their material. The podcast can be found at
    On June 18, Bay Street will present “The Ivy League of Comedy,” with Shaun Eli as M.C. and the stand-up comedians Myq Kaplan, Joe DeVito, and Dan Naturman.
    Tickets for each evening are $25 and can be purchased through