Bits And Pieces 01.24.13

Local culture news

Guild Hall Happenings
    On Saturday at 8 p.m., Guild Hall will present a screening of “The Magistrate” by Arthur Wing Pinero. The National Theatre Live presentation stars John Lithgow as the magistrate and Nancy Carroll as his wife, Agatha.
    The Victorian farce is centered on a deception. Agatha lied about her son’s age as well as her own when she married Posket, the magistrate. But her son’s precocious predilections for alcohol, women, gambling, and smoking threaten to expose the five years she has shaved off their ages.
    As the lies unravel, a series of comical indignities and outrageous mishaps ensue. The play is reminiscent of such comedies as “She Stoops to Conquer,” “London Assurance,” and “One Man, Two Guvnors,” also produced by the National Theatre in London,
    Tickets are $18, $16 for members, and are available online through Guild Hall’s Web site or at the box office beginning three hours prior to the screening.
    On Wednesday, students who participated in the Round Table Theatre Company’s “Speaking Shakespeare” class will give their final scene presentations at 7 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend. The event is free.


Fooling as Art Form
    Allan Zola Kronzek, a magician, will present a free slide-illustrated talk on “The Art of Fooling” at the Montauk Library on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
    Mr. Kronzek, who is from Sag Harbor, will discuss the history of magic from its early days in ancient Greece, through the Renaissance, when magicians were feared as conjurers and sorcerers and sometimes persecuted as such, to 18th-century England and modern times. He is the author of “A Book of Magic for Young Magicians: The Secrets of Alkazar” and “The Sorcerer’s Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter.”
    The talk, which is suitable for adults and teens, features live performance, audience participation, paintings, photographs, and theatrical posters as part of the presentation.


Auditions for Singers
    The Choral Society of the Hamptons will hold auditions on Friday, Feb. 1, for its spring concert, to be held on April 7.
    Mark Mangini, the society’s music director, will hold the auditions at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church. Those who attend should be prepared to sing a short piece, for which accompaniment will be provided. They also will be asked to demonstrate sight-reading ability.
    The spring concert will also be at the Presbyterian Church, with rehearsals on Fridays from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The first rehearsal is tomorrow, and those planning to audition are welcome to watch. Auditions can be scheduled and questions answered by the society’s executive director, Veronika Semsakova, at execdir@choralsocietyofthehamptons.org.