Bits And Pieces 05.03.12

Local culture news

India’s Textiles
    On Saturday at 5 p.m., Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada will give a lecture, “India Unfolds: Seen Through a Textile Artist’s Eyes,” at the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton.
    Ms. Wada will focus on historical and traditional designs in architecture and textiles and how they relate to various landscapes and religious practices. She will draw on her own experience of living in Ahmedabad, her research studies throughout western India, and her travels across the subcontinent since 1983. Illustrations in the lecture will highlight the Indians’ extraordinary sense of color and their practice of design.
    Ms. Wada is an award-winning artist, author, curator, textile researcher, and proponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. This fall, she will lead the first LongHouse Reserve “Insider’s Tour: Passage to India” along with Jack Lenor Larsen.
    Tickets are $30 and $20 for members and can be purchased through events@ longhouse.org.


‘Reality,’ Rising Stars
    Two events of a very different kind will take place this weekend at the Southampton Cultural Center.
    On Friday at 8 p.m., the Long Island Creative Vortex in coordination with the East End Arts Council will bring its project “Shifting Reality Across Long Island” to the Southampton Cultural Center with the musical guest Ravalias.
    The Long Island Creative Vortex is a collaborative of regional artists of all types who promote the arts as an important part of the Long Island experience. The project is based on a central piece “Reality,” which is taken from location to location and is constantly repainted by anyone who wants to leave their mark, allowing the piece to change and shift from place to place.
    Each session is accompanied by live music and-or local D.J.s to create a multisensory interactive experience. Rava­lias is a trip-hop electronic trio based out of New York. Admission is free.
    On Saturday, the Rising Stars piano series will host Soyeon Lee at 7 p.m. A popular and well-reviewed peformer, Ms. Lee will be making her third appearance at the center. She will play Bartok’s “Six Romanian Dances,” Mozart’s Sonata in C major (K. 330), Albeniz’s “Iberia Book I,” and Liszt’s paraphrase on the waltz from Gounod’s “Faust.” Tickets are $15 general admission with no charge for students.


‘Immortal Love Songs’
    Frances Devine, a mezzo-soprano, and Richard Cassell, a bass-baritone, will perform “Immortal Love Songs” at the Montauk Library on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
    The program consists of duets and arias from opera and Broadway productions such as “Carmen,” “Don Giovanni,” “The Merry Widow,” “Carousel,” “Kiss Me, Kate,” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”
    Yannis Xylas will provide piano accompaniment. Ms. Devine and Mr. Cassell appeared last year at the library in “La Cenerentola.”


Music at the Museum
    The sound of guitars will be heard in the parlor room at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum when the second annual music series organized by Dick Johansson starts on Saturday. Mr. Johansson and his band, the Highlanders, will welcome a special guest, the bluesman Jim Turner, as they play from 5 to 7 p.m.
    The four other scheduled performers are Gene Casey of the Lone Sharks on June 23, Inda Eaton on July 14, and Caroline Doctorow on July 28. On Aug. 11, members of Hamptons Singers and Songwriters and In the Round will perform.
    The cover charge of $20 includes an open bar offering beer and wine. Those under the age of 21 will be welcomed for $10. A portion of the proceeds from the series benefits the museum.