Bits And Pieces 01.10.13

Local culture news

Neoteric Symposium
    From 7 to 11 p.m. tomorrow, Neoteric Fine Art in Amagansett will present two events. First up is the “Neoteric Symposium,” a show-and-tell of multiple presentations by local people on a variety of topics. Based on the popular PechaKucha format (lately at the Parrish Art Museum), the symposium aims to provide a forum for ideas and introduce the people behind them. A listing of presenters is available on the gallery’s Web site.
    From 9 to 10:30 that night, San Joaquin (a k a Dan Asselin), a local singer and songwriter, will perform from his new album, “Zeroisms.” The combined event is a fund-raiser for Hurricane Sandy charities, with a suggested donation of $10. More information can be had by calling Scott Bluedorn at 838-7518 or by e-mailing

When Smokey Sings
    The Bridgehampton Museum, formerly known as the Bridgehampton Historical Society, is presenting “Everyone Loves Motown!” as the third concert in its Parlor Jazz series on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
    Jane Hastay and Peter Martin Weiss, a pianist-bassist duo, will co-host as usual and will be joined by Lilly-Anne Merat, who will sing, and Richie Scollo, a saxophonist. Ms. Merat, who was raised on the South Fork and is the daughter of Alfredo Merat, a Sag Harbor singer and guitarist, will perform songs by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and the Supremes.
    The concert will take place at the museum’s archives building on Montauk Highway just east of the Founders Monument. Admission is $25, $10 for members. Children under 12 are admitted free.

Winter Film Fest
    The East Hampton Library’s free Winter Film Festival will return to Guild Hall on Sunday with “Amador” at 4:30 p.m. In Spanish with English subtitles, it tells the story of a young immigrant who is saved by a job caring for an old man. When he dies, it presents a dilemma for the woman, who still needs the job.
    Jan. 20 brings “The Day I Saw Your Heart,” in French with English subtitles. Eli, a father of two adult daughters, is about to turn 60 and is expecting a baby with his new wife. The news shocks the daughters, and Eli tries to get closer to them, with disastrous results.
    “Hospitalite,” a Japanese film, will be shown on Jan. 27. It features a man whose quiet, monotonous life is interrupted by a stranger who claims to have helped his company. The stranger’s arrival leads to a variety of odd houseguests and a good deal of drama.
    Other titles will be announced soon.

Music at St. Luke’s
    Matthew Graybil, a young American pianist, will perform on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Hoie Hall at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton.
    A recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician, Mr. Graybil made his orchestral debut at 14 and has since performed in more than 100 recitals here and abroad, including for Pianofest and at Lincoln Center. The pianist is a prizewinner in numerous national and international competitions, among them the Missouri Southern International, where he was the only American reaching the finals.
    He will perform an inventive Schubert piece, Twelve Landler, referring to a country folk genre that evolved into the Viennese waltz. He will also perform a romantic four-part piece written for the early piano by Brahms. Rounding out a classical program are selected Etudes by Chopin and two works by Liszt.
    Tickets cost $20, but the performance is free for students 18 and under. Refreshments will be served. More information is under Current Events at

Lone Sharks Return
    Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks will perform at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Saturday at 10 p.m. The band will take the stage following a solo performance by Shelby Lynne. Admission is $10.
    Now in its 25th year, the band returns to the Talkhouse with a new release, “Untrained.” Mr. Casey wrote, arranged, and co-produced the album, singing and sometimes playing all the instruments. Paul Scher (saxophone), Chris Ripley (drums), and Tony Palumbo (bass) are also in the mix.
    The 12 original songs on “Unchained” celebrate rootsy American music. “I Think About Elvis Every Day,” Mr. Casey announces on the lead track, then channels the King and Roy Orbison on “Don’t Leave Her Lonely.” A reverence for 1960s-era pop is evident on tracks like “We Don’t Mind if It Rains,” while “Christmas Lights” recalls the Everly Brothers — complete with spoken-word interlude — and ’60s holiday pop recordings by the likes of Darlene Love and Ronnie Spector.