Bits And Pieces 02.14.13

Local culture news

King Speaks
    A rarely seen one-hour interview with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be screened tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. The film will be introduced by George Silano, the North Haven cinematographer who made it.
    King speaks about the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. Also featured is a conversation with his wife, Coretta Scott King. The film had never been screened publicly until its premiere on Jan. 28 at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton. Admission is free.
Music, American Style
    Eugenie Russo, a pianist, will give a concert, “Americana: Music by Copland, Bernstein, and Gershwin,” on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Southampton Cultural Center. Ms. Russo is a former artist in residence for the State of Virginia and has toured as a representative of the U.S. State Department and Austrian Foreign Ministry. She has performed, recorded for television and radio, and taught master classes throughout Asia, Europe, and this country.
    She has taught piano at the Josef Matthias Hauer Conservatory in Austria since 1991 and is a professor at the Vienna International Pianists Summer Academy, as well as a jurist for piano competitions, such as the International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at the door. A reception with the artist will follow.

Coming to Bay Street
    The Bay Street Theatre has announced that three plays have been chosen for its Mainstage season. “Lend Me a Tenor” by Ken Ludwig will run from May 28 to June 23, directed by Don Stephenson. “The Mystery of Irma Vep” by Charles Ludlum will be performed from July 2 to July 28, with Kenneth Elliott directing. From Aug. 6 to Sept. 1, it will be “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, with book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
    “It’s going to be a summer full of laughs, that’s for sure,” Tracy Mitchell, the Sag Harbor theater’s executive director, said. “We know people in the Hamptons are here for a good time all summer, and we plan on delivering our share of fun.”
    “We think these shows are some of the best comedies written for the stage,” said Gary Hygom, Bay Street’s managing director for production, “and the musical ‘Forum’ is not only one of the greatest musical comedies, it also features the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, with the signature song ‘Comedy Tonight!’ ”
    The 2013 Mainstage season program is partially funded by Suffolk County. Three-play subscriptions are available online at or by calling the box office Tuesday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.