Bits And Pieces 07.05.12

Local culture news

Green Fashion
    Barbara de Vries’s design collection “Plastic Is Forever,” which incorporates plastic collected from beaches into fashion, jewelry, and lifestyle products, will be available at Flying Point Surf and Sport in Sag Harbor.
    A film about her project “One Beach” will be screened at the store on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. It is sponsored by Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation,
    Ms. de Vries started collecting beach plastic in Eleuthera in the Bahamas seven years ago. Soon after, she launched her line, with a mission to raise awareness of ocean pollution through retail, as well as to teach artisans in coastal communities to use beach plastic in their products and introduce this “new” material into the tourist trade. This micro-economy program has been successful on the Outer Islands of the Bahamas. Her talk on the project can be seen on YouTube.
    Her line won Barney’s New York Earth Day award for best new green designer of 2010. Ms. de Vries also works with the Nature Conservancy’s ocean preservation program as a speaker at and sponsor of beach cleanups.

Economy’s Impact
    “Hard Times: Lost on Long Island,” which was shown at last year’s Hamptons International Film Festival, will have its premiere on HBO on Monday at 9 p.m.
    The hourlong film looks at the recession’s effects on four families on Long Island, including that of David and Heather Hartstein of Montauk. Mr. Hartstein, a chiropractor, died last year of hantavirus. The film focuses on his struggles with his business as a chiropractor and how it affected his wife and three children.
    The film was directed by Marc Levin and produced by Daphne Pinkerson. It is the third of a series of HBO documentaries on the economy’s human impact. It will be shown at various times throughout July.

Latinas! At the Library
    The Montauk Library will present “Latinas!” a concert by the singer Yvette Malavet-Blum, accompanied by Bob Boutcher on piano and guitar, on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
    The evening is a tribute to Latina singers and heroines. The repertory will include songs from “Evita,” “West Side Story,” and even Bizet’s “Carmen,” along with  contemporary Spanish pop ballads. The show will be performed in French, Spanish, and English.
    This is Ms. Malavet-Blum’s second appearance at the library. She began singing and showcasing at Manhattan’s Triad Theater in 1995. She gives numerous solo concerts each year, typically in the New York City region. Mr. Boutcher has been accompanying her since 2005.


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