Bits And Pieces 10.11.12

Local culture news

‘Kook’ Surf Film Wins
    Danny DiMauro and Tin Ojeda have won best short film and viewers choice for short film for their movie “Kook Paradise,” about the insane popularity of Montauk’s Ditch Plain as a surfing destination despite its inconsistent surf conditions.
    The film and its makers were featured in The Star in August.

Return of the Met
    Guild Hall will begin its fall program of simulcasts of the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday at 1 p.m. with a screening of a new production of Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.”
    Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star as Adina and Nemorino in Bartlett Sher’s new production of this comic opera. Mariusz Kwiecien and Ambrogio Maestri play Belcore and Dulcamara and Maurizio Benini conducts. Tickets are $22 and $20 for members, $15 for students.
    On Tuesday, the Naked Stage will present “Porter’s Will” by Monica Bauer, with Josh Perl as lead artist in a stage reading. In the play, Porter Keller is dying and must decide where to leave his vast wealth, either for good or bad. Two young actors help him decide. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free.

Music for Montauk
    Music for Montauk, now in its 21st year, will present “Alumni of the Academy” at the Montauk School at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The Academy is a program at Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute.
    The Ensemble ACJW, as it is known, is made up of exceptional young professional musicians from the Academy. The group offers its own series at Carnegie Hall and Juilliard. A New York Times critic called one of their performances “one of the most liberating programs I have heard in years.”
    Four members of the group will perform piano quartets by Mozart, Part, Ravel, Schumann, and Hindemith.
    Music for Montauk, which is supported by residents of the community, presents an ongoing series of free music programs at the school. 

‘Inherit the Wind’
    The Southampton Cultural Center will present “Inherit the Wind,” a classic play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, beginning today at 7 p.m.
    Loosely based on the Scopes “monkey trial” of the 1920s, the play was written in the McCarthy era to remind audiences of the threat to intellectual freedom that can occur at times of intolerance. According to Mr. Lawrence, “we used the teaching of evolution as a parable, a metaphor for any kind of mind control. It’s not about science versus religion. It’s about the right to think.”
    “Inherit the Wind” will be presented Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 28 and is directed by Michael Disher, the center’s artistic director. There are also two morning performances for students on Monday and Tuesday with a discussion to follow.
    The cast includes Daniel Becker, Vincent Carbone, Terrance Fiore, Richard Gardini, Barbara Jo Howard, Deborah Marshall, Matthew Peraza, Tony Peraza, Philip Reichert, Jack Seabury, Stephan Scheck, Amanda Stein, Alan Stewart, and Douglas Walter.
    Thursday performances are at 7 p.m. Curtain time on Friday and Saturday is 8 p.m. A Sunday matinee will be given at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 and $12 for students with ID and those over 65. There are group discounts available. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door up to 40 minutes before the performance.

Murphy Honored
    Elliott Murphy, a singer-songwriter and author who has lived in East Hampton and Paris for the past 22 years, has been awarded the Medaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris in recognition of his career as a musician and author. The medal was presented in a ceremony on Oct. 1 at Paris’s City Hall by the city’s mayor, Bertrand Delanoë. Jane Fonda, Gianni Versace, Kevin Liles, and Johnny Depp are all former recipients.
    Mr. Murphy is responsible for more than 30 albums and two novels as well as short-story collections. He is the brother of Michelle Murphy of East Hampton. Mr. Murphy will perform locally on Dec. 8 at the Stephen Talkhouse.

Space in Back of You
    Richard Rutkowski’s film “The Space in Back of You” will be screened in New York on Tuesday at the Judson Dance Theater at 6:45 p.m. and on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City.
    Mr. Rutkowski, who grew up in East Hampton and Water Mill and still has a house in Water Mill, is a director and cinematographer who has worked closely with Robert Wilson since he attended Harvard University. The film is a portrait of Suzushi Hanayagi, a dancer and choreographer who blended traditional Japanese dance with modern performance. She was also a close collaborator with Mr. Wilson, whose journey to reconnect with her in her declining years with Alzheimer’s both personally and in tribute is followed in the film.