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The Art Scene: 06.13.19

New shows at Harper's Books, Studio 11, Ashawagh Hall, Grain Surfboards, and other venues

Jun 13, 2019
Sag Cinema: Landis’s Lasting Laughs

The director John Landis is best known for his comedies, among them “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” “Trading Places,” “Three Amigos,” and “The Blues Brothers.” But that’s not why Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan turned to him to select the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center’s next film series.

Jun 6, 2019
Opinion: The Diva and the Underling

A new comedy-drama called “The Prompter” is getting its world premiere now through June 16 at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. The play might be what one calls a “grower” — that is, a work that is slow to build but keeps gaining momentum until, almost before you realize it, you find yourself in the emotional grip of its two-person cast.  

Jun 6, 2019
Eastville’s Voices of Slavery

When the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was passed by the United States Congress, abolitionists nicknamed it the “Bloodhound Law” for the dogs that were used by bounty hunters to track down runaway slaves. Not only were runaways pursued, but the law also resulted in the kidnapping and conscription of free blacks into slavery.

Jun 6, 2019
Andromeda in Her Own Words

Andromeda, as the classical Greek myth goes, was the victim of the hubris of her mother, Cassiopeia, and the god Poseidon’s rage, and in the end was saved from a sea monster by the hero-god Perseus. But along the way, one never really hears from Andromeda herself.

And that always bothered Kate Mueth, the founder and artistic director of the Neo-Political Cowgirls, whose recent theatrical portrayals of “Andromeda” have flipped the script on the myth in such a way that the protagonist has a say in her own story.

Jun 6, 2019
Ille Arts Gets Small

We are accustomed to seeing “small works” shows in the winter around the holidays, when people are thinking about gifts. The high season is typically known for larger, even colossal works, both in size and spirit.

Jun 6, 2019
A Comedy About a Path to Hell

When he was 23 and just out of New York University’s musical theater program, Walker Vreeland took a job as a lead singer for Norwegian Cruise Lines, never suspecting that the voyage would last a decade and include a stopover at John Hopkins Hospital’s Mood Disorder Psychiatric Ward.

Jun 6, 2019
Happiness in a Six-Ounce Confection

Levain Bakery’s chocolate chip walnut cookies should probably come with a warning label: These cookies are known by the State of New York to be highly addictive. Huge and gooey and packed with chocolate chips just this side of melting, they have been named to just about every best cookie list in New York, which helps to explain the famously long lines outside of Levain’s 74th Street and Amsterdam Avenue locations.

Jun 6, 2019