On New Performance Spaces

    If you are looking for some deep thoughts after your beach time, the Watermill Center’s lecture series may have something to offer. 

        Tonight at 7:30 it continues with “A Parallel Universe: Alternatives to Conventional Performance Spaces.” In a multimedia presentation, Victoria Newhouse will discuss unconventional spaces being used for operas and concerts and how they compare to more traditional venues.

    On Tuesday at 7 p.m., Dr. William Fifer will address “Understanding the Newborn Brain” and the latest discoveries regarding how babies “learn about their new environment and whether these early capabilities can shape their future development.” It turns out that the newborn is a “data sponge prepared to interact with the environment and adapt to life outside the womb.”    Marina Abramovic, a performance artist who had a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art recently, will speak on the need to unite the arts with science, technology, spirituality, and education on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

    Future lectures include “Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Art, a Postscript” by Tom Whitehead on Aug. 10, and Ron Gregg on making and experiencing the Hollywood global blockbuster on Aug. 12. Reservations are required and can be made through watermillcenter.org/events.