Bits And Pieces 05.10.12

Local culture news

Show Tunes
    Music for Montauk will close its season of free, top-quality programs with the Gilbert and Sullivan Players of New York’s “I’ve Got a Little Twist,” a selection of favorites from the American musical theater, at the Montauk School on Saturday at 7 p.m.
    David Auxier wrote and directed the show, which weaves in show tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Lerner and Loewe, Meredith Wilson, and Jerry Herman. He also performs, along with a five-person ensemble. Mark York is the arranger and accompanist.
    Music for Montauk was founded 20 seasons ago by Ruth Widder, who remains the organization’s chairwoman. Its simple goal was and is to bring a range of live music performances to the farthest end of Long Island in an off-season almost entirely devoid of such cultural events.

Afternoon Opera
    Opera fans have been invited to a Sunday screening of Verdi’s “Ernani” at 2 p.m. at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton. And on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. there will be a live simulcast of the ballet “La Fille Mal Gardée” at the Parrish by the London Royal Ballet.
    Tickets for the Sunday opera film cost $17, $14 for Parrish members. Admission to Wednesday’s ballet screening is $20, $17 for members.
    One of Verdi’s early operas, “Ernani” tells a tale of a 16th-century love triangle in Spain. Roberto Aronica, Ivan Inverardi, Ferrucio Furlanetto, and Dimitra Theodossiou star.
    The production of “La Fille Mal Gardée” is a 1960 adaptation by Frederick Ashton of a more-than-200-year-old tale about a mother who wants to marry her daughter off to the simpleton son of a rich neighbor.
Songs of the Sea
    Sea chanteys will be performed and what they say about images of manhood in the days of sail will be considered Saturday at 3 p.m. at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor. Stephen Sanfilippo, a Stony Brook Ph.D. whose dissertation was on the Sag Harbor whaling fishery, will sing, talk, and encourage participation by the audience.
    Mr. Sanfilippo will include chanteys by Richard Henry Dana Jr., Herman Melville, Jack London, and Eugene O’Neill, each of whom served as a seaman under sail.

Beethoven Lite
    A shortened preview of a planned marathon performance of each and every one of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas will be at the Watermill Center Monday. To start at 6:30 p.m., Stewart Goodyear, a Canadian-born pianist and composer, and Melati Suryodarmo, an Indonesian performance artist, will take to the stage a portion of a commission by Toronot’s Luminato Festival, which will be staged in June. In all, the sonatas span 103 movements, in the order they were composed, and will take more than 10 hours to perform.
    Ms. Suryodarmo’s work is characterized by slow, almost static sequences. She has performed around the world both indoors and in locations such as alongside a sub-Arctic fjord.
    An opportunity to ask questions of the performers will follow. Admission is free, but reservations are required at melati

‘Extremities’ Onstage
    HITFest and the Naked Stage have another theatrical production coming to the Bridge performance space at the Bridgehampton Community House — tonight, in fact — in the form of “Extremities,” William Mastrosimone’s 1982 play. In it, a woman thoroughly turns the tables on a would-be attacker.
    Directed by Tristan Vaughan, the production stars Joseph De Sane, Lydia Franco-Hodges, Molly McKenna, and Minerva Scelza. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, through May 27. Tickets cost $20, and reservations can be made online at extremities-hitfest.

New Lightning Round
    Next Thursday at 6:30, the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton will present Lightning Round 3, an evening of 10 rapid-pace presentations by members of the visual and performing arts, farming, fishing, writing, design, and publishing communities. Limited to seven minutes and only 20 slides, the presenters will have to move fast and get to the point.
    The presentations will be followed by a reception with wine, beer, and D.J. music by Mister Lama. Tickets cost $5 for museum members, $10 for nonmembers. Taking part will be Vesna Bozic, Sherry Dobbin, Liz Joyce, Sunny Khalsa, Bennett Konesni and Edith Gawler, Albie Lester, Dennis McDermott, Tripoli Patterson, Andreanna Seymore, and Paul Vogel.

Shakespeare Auditions
    Auditions for August performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will take place at the Bridgehampton Community House beginning on Saturday from noon until 3 p.m. The play will be performed outdoors on the grounds of the Bridgehampton School from Aug. 1 to Aug. 19. Rehearsals begin on July 9. Joshua Perl, the founder and artistic director of the Hamptons Independent Theatre Festival, known as HITFest, will direct.
    All roles are available. Actors must have a strong vocal and physical presence and enjoy performing outdoors and building a company. Collaborative and constructive energy is a must, the organizers said. The production is also looking for crew members, interns, and staff. Those interested in acting should take a classical monologue. Some pay, profit sharing, and a few Equity contracts are available. Participants must have housing on the East End.
    Appointments can be arranged by e-mailing Additional auditions will take place on May 19 and May 26 at the same time and place.

Composers Concert
    The Southampton Cultural Center Chamber Players will perform the center’s annual Composers of the East End concert on Saturday at 7 p.m. The program includes Eleanor Cory’s “Ehre” for solo violin, selections from “Musical Journeys” by Stephen Dickman, Katherine Hoover’s “Trio,” and George Cork Maul’s “Long Ago.”
    Tickets cost $20, $10 for students under 21 with ID.

Coffee House Blues
    Coffee House Blues, a concert from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday at what the Water Mill Museum describes as its “pop-up cafe,” will benefit the Hayground School and the Clay Art Guild. Joseph Behar and Friends will perform along with Digger T on harp and guitar.
    A $25 donation includes coffee, tea, and snacks, as well as coffee mugs handmade by the clay artists. There will also be a bake sale and raffle prize baskets.