Arts

Elaine de Kooning spent a lifetime painting portraits. She tackled them first as a necessity, when she was a poor artist interested in the figure and used herself as her muse, and eventually as a counterbalance during her long involvement with Abstract Expressionism.
It’s been readily apparent that some crape myrtles here were badly damaged by two brutal winters, while others escaped seemingly unscathed. That raises questions. Which ones are most adaptable to the East End, and under what conditions?
Guild Hall will celebrate Labor Day weekend with George Bernard Shaw and rock ’n’ roll, though not on the same program. A concert staging of “Don Juan in Hell,” the third act dream sequence of Shaw’s play “Man and Superman,” will be presented tomorrow at 8 p.m.
The 15th annual Box Art Auction benefiting East End Hospice will be held Sept. 12 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Ross School Lower Campus Field House in Bridgehampton. For those who wish a sneak peek, the boxes are on view today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hoie Hall at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton.
A noted rock ’n’ roll photographer, Steve Joester, will open Saturday at Lawrence Fine Art in East Hampton with “From London to Havana: Rock and the Rhythm,”. Mica Marder explores the East End’s coastal wildlife in a series of large-scale assemblages at the Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton on Saturday.
The Choral Society of the Hamptons will celebrate its 70th anniversary season with a dramatic selection of works suitable for such an event, including a work commissioned from Victoria Bond to be performed early next summer.
The vocalists Bobby Peterson and Joy Jones, joined by Jessica Harika, will perform a selection of piano solos, musical theater, opera, and spirituals tomorrow evening at 7 at Hoie Hall, the parish house of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton.
The Perlman Music Program will present two concerts of classical music this weekend at the Clark Arts Center on Shelter Island.
For the third consecutive Labor Day weekend, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will present an evening of bluegrass and barbecue with the Ebony Hillbillies, tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. on its covered terrace.