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  •     The opening, closing, centerpiece, and spotlight films may get all the attention, but the movies people talk about online, the ones that may not get major distribution but are singular and captivating as well, are the ones that define a film festival and make it memorable. The Star staff previewed a handful of these films to see whether each was worthy of some non-spotlight attention. They are a rich field of local, national, and international subjects, from short to feature length.

    “Big Shot”

  •     Guild Hall, in partnership with the Round Table Theatre Company and Academy, will offer a classical acting course, “Speaking Shakespeare,” on seven consecutive Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m., starting on Oct. 21. Students age 16 and up will work on sonnets, monologues, mask work, and scene work, culminating in a performance on the stage of the John Drew Theater on Dec. 4.

  •     Scott Cuellar, an award-winning Juilliard pianist, will perform on Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church. The program, organized by the Shelter Island Friends of Music, includes work by Haydn, Fauré, Scriabin, and Schumann.

        Mr. Cuellar, who holds a degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, has performed nationwide and collected awards in over 15 competitions. In April he won the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, a major event held every two years in Palm Desert, Calif.

  •     Beatty Cohen, a psychotherapist, sex therapist, columnist, and radio host, will tell audiences how to “Rate Your Mate Before It’s Too Late & Never Make a Mistake in Love Again!” on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the East Hampton Library.

  •     The Watermill Center is presenting a weekend of screenings starting tomorrow at 4:15 p.m., when the Hamptons International Film Festival will show Katharina Otto-Bernstein’s “Absolute Wilson,” a portrait of the center’s founder and artistic director, Robert Wilson, at the East Hampton Cinema. The film will be screened again, at 4 on Saturday, at the center itself, where it will be followed by a conversation between the filmmaker and Dr. Frank Hentschker, executive director of the City University’s Martin E.

  • East Hampton Village

    A PCH Builders construction sign disappeared from the grounds of 178 Further Lane at some point over the past month.

    A pool care company was ticketed last Thursday for draining a pool onto public property at Georgica and Cross Roads.

    Late one night, an elderly resident of Egypt Close reported a prowler with a flashlight in her yard. Police concluded that what she’d seen was her neighbor turning on his lights.

  •     At the urging of Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted a six-month extension for Sandy-impacted homeowners to file flood insurance claims. The move follows a bipartisan call led by Ms. Gillibrand to extend FEMA’s Oct. 29 deadline for homeowners to file a Proof of Loss form under the National Flood Insurance Program the agency manages.

        Ms. Gillibrand and Mr. Schumer, along with New Jersey’s U.S. senators and members of both states’

  •     The East Hampton Town Trustees will hold the 23rd Largest Clam Contest on Sunday at noon at the Donald Lamb Building in Amagansett.

        The annual event will include a clam chowder competition, judged by writers from The Star and featuring both Manhattan and New England-style variations on the delicacy, chowder and clams on the half shell for all, and a display of the Dongan Patent, the 1686 document that created the trustees and granted them authority over the Town of East Hampton.

  •     An active approach to health for older residents will be the subject of a morning forum Saturday, sponsored by the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation. Rethinking Aging will be held at the Emergency Services Building at 1 Cedar Street from 9 a.m. to noon. Free coffee and a light breakfast will be served at 8:30.

  • Ladies and Gentlemen

        Mr. Amazing and the Amazing Grace Circus Youth Troupe will walk the tightrope, juggle, unicycle, spin plates, and perform other tricks during the Parrish Art Museum’s Circus Day on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

        The afternoon will include circus skills workshops and art projects with a circus theme. The cost is $10 for adults, but members, children, and students get in free. Reservations are strongly recommended, as space at the Water Mill museum is limited.

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