Were George Washington alive today, he wouldn’t have to apologize for cutting down the cherry tree: He would repurpose it. That’s what Susan Goldstein did with two cherry trees that were in decline on her North Haven property, one of which was more than 100 years old. Instead of letting the wood end up in a landfill, she challenged Will Paulson, a Mattituck cabinetmaker, to find uses for it. He turned out a massive dining room table, a living room cocktail table, stair treads, a bathroom counter, and several decorative pieces for the house.
The Southampton African American Museum will present Raise Your Voice, a four-day festival of films, jazz, and spoken word, beginning next Thursday at 6 p.m. with a screening of “Fruitvale Station” at the Southampton Arts Center.
A program of spoken word and jazz, including performances by Charles Certain and his Certain Moves Jazz Band and the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist J. Ivy, will take place Friday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Southampton Cultural Center.
Solow at Whaling Museum
The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum will open “City Square/Piazza,” an installation by Peter Solow, with a reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view through Oct. 13.
Mr. Solow, who lives in Sag Harbor, had his first solo show in New York City at the age of 29. In a review, John Russell, art critic of The New York Times, called him “someone to watch.”
Three prizewinning Latin American films will be shown at the 11th OLA Film Festival this weekend at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. Founded by Isabel Sepulveda and presented by the Organizacion Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island, the festival will kick off tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. with “Pescador,” an Ecuadorean film, which will be followed at 7 p.m. by a performance by Mambo Loco on the museum’s terrace.
Emily Cheng at Ille
Ille Arts in Amagansett will present an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Emily Cheng from Saturday through Sept. 30, with an opening reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Ms. Cheng draws upon the world’s cultural history for images and emblems, sometimes only fragments, which are transformed and recombined, in the artist’s words, “to service an entirely different purpose and context.”
A breath of fresh air blew into Amagansett two weeks ago with the arrival of “The Outsider Eye,” an exhibition of Outsider Art at Ille Arts that will remain on view through Sept. 17.
Every summer the East End is jammed with art galleries and fairs displaying every imaginable type of art, but outsider artists have for the most part remained outside the arena.
New at Drawing Room
Concurrent solo exhibitions of work by Costantino Nivola and Rolph Scarlett will open at the Drawing Room in East Hampton tomorrow and remain on view through Oct. 13.
Nivola, who lived in Springs from 1948 until his death in 1988, developed a lexicon of sculptural form ranging from monumental public commissions to intimately scaled figures and abstractions in relief, bronze, clay, marble, concrete, and sand casts. This exhibition focuses on works in clay of figures at leisure on Louse Point.
“The Homesman,” a western starring Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones and directed and co-written by Mr. Jones, will be the Centerpiece Film at the 22nd annual Hamptons International Film Festival, taking place from Oct. 9 through Oct. 13. Hilary Swank, the film’s star, will be in East Hampton for the film’s East Coast premiere.
The actor, writer, and director Bob Balaban, who has a house in Bridgehampton, has been named this year’s honorary chairman of the festival.
The annual Box Art Auction to benefit East End Hospice will take place Saturday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Ross School Center for Well-Being in East Hampton. Now in its 14th year, the event is the hospice’s only annual fund-raiser held in East Hampton.
Each year, approximately 100 artists transform small cigar and wine boxes into works of portable art. Among this year’s participants are Jennifer Cross, Eric Fischl, Connie Fox, April Gornik, Priscilla Heine, William King, Rex Lau, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, and Frank Wimberly.