Kids Culture 1.26.12

Two Student Art Shows
    Guild Hall will once again host part one of the Student Art Festival, with art by students in kindergarten through eighth grade from Bridgehampton to Montauk. The exhibit will open on Saturday with a performance on the John Drew Theater stage and a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The show will run through Feb. 26 and can be seen on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
    In Southampton, the Parrish Art Museum will feature the next generation of East End artists when its School Arts Festival opens to the public with a reception on Saturday at 5 p.m. Young artists will show work in a variety of mediums, from painting to drawing to mixed media to sculpture. The students are from high schools in East Hampton, Southampton, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Southold, Hampton Bays, Riverhead, and other points west, as well as the Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services. This show, too, will be on view through Feb. 26.

Singing Chicken
    Meet Henrietta, a singing chicken who learns how to escape the dinner plate, when Liz Joyce and a Couple of Puppets perform “The Chicken Show” at the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor on Saturday. The musical will be performed at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets cost $10, $9 for members and grandparents, and $5 for kids under 3.

Storytelling Sundays
    A free storytelling series, Sundays With Sima at Sea, starts this weekend at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center. Sima Freierman’s first story, “The Sea That Surrounds Us,” will begin at noon in the gymnasium, followed by crafts and treats.

Fast Reading
    Kate and Jim McMullan will spend Saturday morning at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor presenting their latest children’s book, “I’m Fast,” starring a speedy train. The McMullans, a well-known author-illustrator team, live in that village, and “I’m Fast” represents the latest in their children’s picture book series, which also includes “I’m Dirty,” “I Stink,” and “I’m Big.” Kids, grandkids, and train lovers will be welcomed at the 11 a.m. talk, which will be followed by a book signing.

Once More Unto the Stage
    Hayground School students will perform scenes from Shakespeare’s “Henry V” — known in theater circles as “Hank Cinq” — at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor today as the culmination of a three-week residency by Shakespeare and Company of Lenox, Mass. In literature, art, math, and science, students have been immersing themselves in Elizabethan culture. The artwork for the show’s poster was by Travis Deuel, 5, Kendra Tatkon-Kent, 12, and Lily Clendinen, 13.
    The production can be seen at 1 p.m. and again at 6. The suggested donation of $10 will go to support programs at the Hayground School, which is in Bridgehampton.

Jazz Band Benefit Concert
    Crossroads Music in Amagansett Square is sponsoring a night of music on Friday, Feb. 3, in the East Hampton High School auditorium to raise money for the high school’s jazz band, which is heading to Florida to compete and needs to pay for travel and lodging.
    The evening will feature the sounds of local teen bands, including Assuming Descent, Method 2 Madness, and the Feign, as well as the jazz band itself. The performances start at 7 p.m., and the suggested donation is $10.

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