Bits And Pieces 02.09.12

Story Slam at the Goat
    The Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor has invited adults to step away from their computer and television screens and connect with one another offline during a “story slam” beginning tomorrow night at 8.
    With her first storytelling event, Liz Joyce, the theater’s founder, will offer what she feels is a “new wave happening” with props stripped away and stories told simply.
    Attendees will put their names into a hat, and once drawn, have five minutes to tell a true and original story, with the theme of the evening being winter in the Hamptons. Ms. Joyce invites tall tales or exaggerations, but not children to this event, at which adult beverages will be available with a donation. Freshly popped organic corn will also be on offer.
    The theater, a nonprofit endeavor that normally features puppet shows and play groups for kids, is on East Union Street behind Christ Episcopal Church.

Carlin at Clinton
    The East Hampton Historical Society continues its tuneful Cider House series with Stephanie Carlin on Saturday at 7 p.m. Ms. Carlin, whom the society describes as a vocal diva, will entertain with “rock and rap interpretations” and song stylings featuring “emotion, lyrical substance, and endless depths of intricacy fused with intensely layered harmonies.”
    Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $8 for students. Complimentary hot mulled cider and snacks will be provided. Concerts in March and April will feature Doug Dwyer and Susan King.

Piano by Mei Rui
    Mei Rui, a prizewinning pianist, will give two concerts on the South Fork this week: on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Montauk Library and on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton. In Montauk, she will perform works by Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel, and Liszt. In Southampton, added to Beethoven and Liszt will be works by Damon Ferrente.
    Born in Shanghai in 1983, Ms. Mei has performed in Beijing, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brussels, Vienna, and San Francisco. She has won awards in several international competitions and at Yale’s Friends of Music Recital Competition. In addition to her musical pursuits, Ms. Rui is an adjunct professor at the City University of New York, where she lectures in organic and general chemistry.

Madoo’s Talking
    The Madoo Conservancy in Saga­ponack has announced its winter lecture series, and it will feature Leslie Close, Paula Deitz, and Judith Tankard. Each will present an illustrated talk on one Sunday over the next few weeks, beginning on Feb. 26 with Ms. Deitz, who will speak about “A Garden Writer’s Journey.” The talks will take place in Madoo’s winter house studio.
    Ms. Tankard will discuss “Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden” on March 11, and Ms. Close will cover “The History of Gardens and Photography” on March 26. The talks begin at noon. Admission is $30, $20 for members, and reservations can be made through

Winter Film Fest
    The East Hampton Library will continue its free winter film festival at Guild Hall this weekend with a screening of “How I Ended This Summer” at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Directed by Alexei Popogrebsky in Russian with English subtitles, it won awards for best actor and best cinematography at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival. The psychological thriller is set on a remote island in the Arctic Circle where two men work at a meteorological station in a brutal climate.v