Kids Culture 01-02-14

Teen Music Month

       Tomorrow night will mark the beginning of Monster Music Month at the Amagansett Library, a series of free concerts and musical events for teens co-sponsored by Crossroads Music.

       First up in the series, performing from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will be Sara Hartman, a local singer-songwriter who is home on break from the Berklee College of Music. Also performing Saturday are Clark2, the duo of Clark Hamilton and Jackson Clark, playing jazz, R&B, and other favorites on guitar, and the indie rock group Method 2 Madness, featuring Yori Johnson, Rick Nardo, Thomas Bennett, and Jackson Clark. The music will continue each Saturday in January from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Soft drinks will be provided.

       Families can stop in to the library at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday for a snow globe story and craft time. Advance registration has been requested for both programs.


I’m Melting!

       Melted snowman cookies will be on the table during a session for kids 4 and older tomorrow from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the East Hampton Library. Kids will use icing and other sweets to decorate the cookies. Reservations have been requested. Children under 7 should be accompanied by an adult.


Vroom, Vroom

       Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. A workshop at the Children’s Museum of the East End on Saturday will have kids 6 to 10 planning, building, and racing their own rubber-band-powered cars. The program runs from 10 a.m. to noon and costs $15, $5 for members. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required. The museum is in Bridgehampton.


Making the Grade

       The John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor is offering general writing and research help to teenagers on Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. starting this week. Oliver Peterson, a journalist and certified art and English teacher, will help students with writing and research projects across disciplines. Snacks will be provided. Advance registration has been requested.


Strokes of Genius

       Children 7 and older who love to paint can learn different techniques and processes while painting in a variety of mediums during a four-week workshop at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. Lori Colavito will teach the class, which runs from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays this month. The cost is $150, or $120 for Parrish members. Advance registration is a must.


For the Birds

       Why do birds’ beaks come in different shapes and sizes? Melanie Meade will help kids 5 to 7 answer those questions and more during a program on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. In the workshop, kids will use simple tools in the same way that birds use their beaks to understand how important this body part is. Advance registration has been requested.


Dance, Dance, Dance

       Girls 8 to 15 with a love of dance will have a chance to develop and direct their own dance theater pieces during an intensive one-day workshop on Jan. 25 with the Neo-Political Cowgirls.

       Held in the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, the workshop will begin with journaling, then move on to body awareness and creative movement exercises. It is designed for the girl “who loves to be creative or needs to be creative, has a lot to say or could use some inspiration to find the courage to share her ideas,” according to a flier. At its conclusion, participants will present short dance pieces for family and friends.

       The cost is $30 per student. Advance registration is required through Guild Hall.


Dog Arias?

       Springs School fourth graders are hard at work on this year’s opera, “Dogs Don’t Talk,” which they will perform on Guild Hall’s John Drew stage from Jan. 15 to 17.

       The opera program, coordinated by Sue Ellen O’Connor, is in its 17th year. Each year, the production is entirely student run, with the help of parent volunteers. Students are the actors, writers, composers, makeup artists, costumers, and set designers, and even handle their own public relations.

       So mark your calendars, theatergoers. The opening night performance will begin at 7.