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Bits and Pieces: 11.21.19

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 10:24

Houses and Gardens

The East Hampton Historical Society’s 2019 House and Garden Tour, which will feature five historical and modern properties, will take place on Nov. 30 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

The tour will include the Mercer house, a shingled postmodern dwelling from 1975 designed by Robert A.M. Stern. It has ocean views and Hook Pond frontage. A more traditional house on David’s Lane in East Hampton Village was inspired in part by the cluster of inns on Main Street. It has hotel-like guest rooms and a “gentlemen’s bar.”

Four barns, one of which is modeled after the De Menil barn that is now the East Hampton Town clerk’s office, comprise a modern house overlooking Napeague Bay. A federal-style house on the bay with interiors by Marshall Watson, and a modern interpretation of the South Fork potato barn complete the self-guided tour.

Tickets are $65 in advance, $75 on the day of the tour. An opening night cocktail party will be held at the Maidstone Club on Friday, Nov. 29. Tickets, which include Saturday’s tour, are $200 and benefit the historical society.

On Climate Change

“Climate Reality Amplified,” a free multimedia presentation combining slides, music, and audience participation, will take place Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Montauk Library. Hosted and narrated by Kathleen Kirkwood, a climate reality project leader since 2018, and produced by Cate Rogers, the chairwoman of the project’s Peconic chapter, the program will highlight the scientific evidence of the climate crisis and allow community members to express their views on the subject.

Native Heritage

A screening of “The Blessing,” a documentary about a Navajo coal miner who is raising his daughter as a single father, will be the centerpiece of An Evening in Celebration of Native American Heritage on Sunday at the Southampton Arts Center. Admission is free.

The event will begin at 5 with a cash-only Shinnecock artisans market, which will be followed by a welcoming ceremony performed at 6 by Shane Weeks, an artist, traditional dancer and drummer, cultural consultant, and educator. After “The Blessing” is shown at 6:15, the film’s directors, Jordan Fein and Hunter Baker, and its producer, Laura Ball, will lead a discussion.

The artisans market will reopen at 8, and a harvest potluck dinner will take place from 8 to 9:30. Sassafras tea will be served, and seasonal and locally sourced dishes will be welcomed.

The center’s “Raconteurs” series will resume tonight at 7. Those taking part, including Bill Goldstein, Carolann DiPirro, Ryan Roth, Ava Locks, and Amy Kirwin, the center’s artistic director, will tell true stories about a lie of their own, or someone else’s, invention. Tickets are $15, $12 for members.

The Exit Monologues

“Exit Strategy 2,” an evening with Sandra K, a monologist, on Saturday at 7 at the Southampton Cultural Center, will include reminiscences by Miss K of her childhood in Queens — playing hide-and-seek in an Alexander’s department store and walking her cat, Muffin, on Queens Boulevard, among others.

She will also perform monologues by Wendy Wasserstein, Craig Pospisil, Eve Ensler, John Guare, and the general prologue to Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” in Middle English. Tickets are $20, $10 for students under 21.

A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess will play Friday evening at 8 for the Wamponamon Masonic Music Series at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum. The band includes CJ Forester on vocals, and the musicians Michael LeClerc, James Bernard, and Gus Fafalios. Tickets are $20, and the proceeds will benefit the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry and scholarships for Pierson High School graduates.

Chamber Ensemble

The Poetica Ensemble will perform on Sunday afternoon at 4 at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Bridgehampton. The program will feature Stephen Shaughnessy, a double bassist, playing Dvorak’s Quintet for Double Bass and String Quartet. Schubert’s String Quartettsatz, D. 703, and Gershwin’s Lullaby for String Quartet are also on the program. A reception with the artists will follow the free concert.


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