Bits and Pieces 01.31.19

Inda Eaton will bring her blend of country, rock, and acoustic music to the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse in Bridgehampton on Friday evening. B. Downey

Eaton in Concert                                  

The fifth annual Songwriters Share concert series will feature a performance by Inda Eaton, a singer-songwriter whose music blends country, rock, and acoustic, Friday evening at 7:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton.

Born in California and raised in Arizona and Wyoming, Ms. Eaton took to the road with her guitar while in her late teens and has continued to divide her time between travel and her house in East Hampton, where she recorded her most recent album, “Shelter in Place,” a reflection on the allure and chaos of the road.

Proceeds from the program will benefit Project Most, which offers a range of after-school enrichment programming to students at the Springs School and the John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton. General admission is $20, $15 for senior citizens. A reception will follow the concert.

Future shows include Caroline Doctorow for the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt (March 1), Fred Raimondo for the Retreat (April 5), Gene Casey for Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons (May 3), and Nancy Remkus and Dan Koontz for the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry (June 7).

Chisholm on Film

The Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center’s Present Tense series continues with a screening of “Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed” on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Bay Street Theater. The documentary about Shirley Anita Chisholm, who in 1968 became the first African-American woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress, is being presented in celebration of Black History Month and in collaboration with the Eastville Community Historical Society.

Not only did Chisholm represent New York in Congress for seven terms, in 1972 she also became the first African-American and the first woman to seek the presidential nomination of a major political party. The film, which was directed by Shola Lynch and released in 2004, a year before Chisholm’s death, focuses on that campaign.

“Chisholm ’72” was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 and won a Peabody Award two years later. Samuel Pollard, who edited it, will lead a post-screening discussion that will be moderated by Susan Lacy, a producer, director, and member of the cinema arts center’s board. Tickets are $15 at sagharborcinema.org or at the door.

The Wild West

Next up in the Hamptons International Film Festival’s Now Showing series is “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Ethan and Joel Coen’s six-part anthology film about life on the American frontier, which will be shown on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Guild Hall.

With a cast including Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Tom Waits, Zoe Kazan, and Brendan Gleeson, to name just a few, the film is a typical Coen mix of quirky and often dark humor, with more than a few dramatic twists. Richard Brody of The New Yorker gave the film an apt summation: “With a tip of the hat, the Coens send viewers home to consider the nihilism at the core of civilization, the confrontation with death that defines life. As if we needed reminding; yet the flair with which they do so is as memorable as the message.”

A question-and-answer session with Carter Burwell, an Academy Award-nominated composer who has written the scores for most of the Coens’ films, will follow the screening. Tickets are $15, $10 for members.

Now Showing will continue on Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. with Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic “The Shining,” in which Jack Nicholson plays a blocked writer who gradually loses his mind at a snowbound mountain resort. Alec Baldwin and David Nugent, the festival’s artistic director, will discuss it. Tickets are $25, $20 for members.

On the Environment

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor has announced a new series, Friday Night Flicks, which will launch Friday at 8 p.m. with a program of short films that illuminate environmental issues in unconventional ways. 

“Straws” is a 30-minute documentary narrated by the Oscar-winning actor Tim Robbins that focuses on the problems caused by plastic pollution, especially non-recyclable plastic straws. Directed by Linda Booker, “Straws” combines animation and interviews with scientists, researchers, restaurateurs, and other anti-pollution activists.

The film will be followed by a discussion among Bob DeLuca, president of the Group for the East End, Tracy Mitchell, Bay Street’s executive director, and Susan Lamontagne, president of Public Interest Media Group.

The program will also include “60 MiNueTs, Toxic,” a series of short videos written and directed by Ms. Lamontagne that use puppets based on newscasters from CBS’s “60 Minutes” to illuminate how toxic chemicals impact health and how corporations make false safety claims to keep dangerous products on the market.

The Sag Harbor-based crew of “60 MiNueTs” includes Liz Joyce, puppeteer, Jan Hokanson, videographer, and Diane Hewett, graphic designer. A talkback with Ms. Lamontagne will follow.

Subsequent programs will include “Carnal Knowledge” on Friday, Feb. 8, after which Jules Feiffer, who wrote the screenplay, will discuss the film, and, on April 12, “City Hall,” a 1996 urban drama. Ken Lipper, who produced it, will attend the screening. Tickets for each date are $12.