Bits And Pieces 08.30.12

Local culture news

Goodbye Judy
    Tonight brings the last chance to catch the inimitable Judy Garland on the big screen as Guild Hall concludes its Red Carpet Film Series, which this summer was an all-Judy celebration, 75 years after she made her first movie. The film, “Summer Stock,” which co-stars Gene Kelly, is the story of a small-town farmer, down on her luck, whose homestead is invaded by a theatrical troupe invited to stay by her ne’er-do-well sister.
    There will be a talk following the 8 p.m. screening with Nicolas Rapold, a senior editor at Film Comment and contributor to The New York Times, The Village Voice, Artforum, and Sight & Sound. Tickets are $12, $10 for members.
    Saturday night at 8, the John Drew Theater hosts a staged reading of “The Painting Plays,” new works by well-known East End playwrights inspired by artists who have lived and painted locally, performed by noted actors who also live here. A story about this event appears elsewhere on this page.    
    Guild Hall concludes its weekend offerings on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with a performance of Linda Eder’s “Songbirds — A Tribute to the Ladies.” The ladies in question include Lena Horn, Etta James, Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Eva Cassidy, and more. Ms. Eder has performed on a number of distinguished stages, among them Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Tickets start at $50.

Readings in the Barn
    The Mulford Repertory Theatre will continue its series of readings at Mulford Farm, 10 James Lane in East Hampton, with one-night-only performances on Saturday and Sunday.
    Saturday’s reading will be of Edward Albee’s “Zoo Story,” and Sunday’s will be John Patrick Shanley’s “Beggars in the House of Plenty.” Both performances will start at 7:30 p.m. and cost $10 at the door. The Mulford barn holds only 50 people, so early arrival is advisable.
Audiences have been encouraged to take blankets and picnic on the farm grounds before the show. Gates will open at 5 p.m.