Bits And Pieces 08.09.12

Local culture news

Opera, Cabaret, Poetry
    Mira J. Spektor’s “Road to November” will take place at the Montauk Library on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Spektor will read poems from her book “Road to November” and will introduce various cabaret songs and highlights from her operas and musicals, including “Lady of the Castle,” “The Housewives’ Cantata,” “Villa Diodati,” and her new folk opera, “Giovanni the Fearless.”
    The free event will feature the singers Dominique Gresalmer, Anne Tolpegin, Brian Hunter, and Bill Krakauer, and the pianist and musical director Barbara Ames. This is Ms. Spektor’s eighth consecutive summer as an artist and presenter in association with the library.

Shakespeare Evenings
    The Hip to Hip Theatre Company will present a free performance of “Hamlet”  at the Southampton Cultural Center on Friday, Aug. 17, in Agawam Park. The revenge tragedy, arguably Shakespeare’s best-known play,  is the story of a young prince driven to madness by his murdered father’s ghost.
    The following evening the company will perform the Bard’s “Comedy of Errors,” in which two sets of identical twins separated at birth end up in the same place at the same time.
    Shows are free and family-friendly.  Seating is first come, first served; blankets or low chairs, and picnic fare, have been advised.

Strange Happenings
    The Mulford Repertory Theatre’s “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” a wild comedy set in an English manor house where strange happenings occur, will start on Wednesday at the Mulford Farm Museum, 10 James Lane, East Hampton.
    Showings are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, through Aug. 31. The gates will open at 5 p.m. for those who choose to picnic. Seating is limited to 50 per show. Advance tickets are available from for $20, or $25 at the door.

’38 Hurricane Photos
    The East Hampton Historical Society is presenting “The Long Island Express: Rare Photographs of East Hampton After the 1938 Hurricane,” containing over 125 rarely seen images of the destructive storm.
    The free exhibition, at Clinton Academy on Main Street, is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. It will run through Oct. 8.

Dream Stuff
    Susan Gabriel will perform at the Amagansett Library on Saturday at 8 p.m. in a show called “Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of.” The evening will feature Luke Manas, a cellist, and Jeff Marshall on percussion and bass. Early reservations have been advised. Ms. Gabriel’s three previous concerts at the library have been standing-room only.
Bluesy Tribute
    Kerry Kearney, a respected slide guitarist, and other Long Island musicians will perform in Amagansett Square on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. as part of the Robert Johnson Tribute Festival, a benefit for the public radio station WPPB 88.3. Mr. Kearney and the Crossroads Music shop organized the tribute to Johnson, known as the father of the blues.
    Featured artists are to include Klyph Black and John Sparrow, Dee Harris, Ken (the Rocket) Korb, and Esme Ashley-White. D.J.s from WPPB will spin tunes while refreshments are served. Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee and the Meeting House restaurant, both Amagansett establishments, are the sponsors. The show is free, but donations to WPPB have been suggested.