This week is jam-packed with cultural events on the East End, beginning tonight with the first annual Poetry Affair at LTV Studios in Wainscott at 7 p.m. This celebration of National Poetry Month features 12 poets from the East End. A meet-and-greet with the poets will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event’s organizers are asking for a $5 donation for the East Hampton Food Pantry at the entrance. More information is online here.
Robert Bruey Celebrates
North Fork singer-songwriter Robert Bruey will be celebrating the release of his new album, “Carousel,” at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead at 7 p.m. tonight, April 25, with his band and special guest Cassandra House. Tickets are $25 in advance and $20 at the door and are available online here.
Bay Street’s New Works Festival
Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor is hosting a free three-day festival featuring three new plays, beginning today, April 25. The festival gives new playwrights a chance to hear their works in development in front of an audience and gives East End audiences a chance to hear cutting edge voices in the theater. Each reading will be followed by a talkback with the audience.
The plays in the festival will be “Fight Call” by Jess Brickman tonight, April 25, at 8 p.m.; “The May Queen” by Molly Smith Metzler on April 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and “The Orchard Play” by P. Seth Bauer on April 27 at 2 p.m.
Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor is hosting Susan Shillinglaw, Director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies and Scholar in Residence at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, for a talk in the bookstore on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Ms. Shillinglaw will discuss her latest works, including “Carol and John: Portrait of a Marriage” and “On Reading The Grapes of Wrath.” John Steinbeck, who lived in California for much of his life, spent his last years in Sag Harbor. More information is online here.
Next weekend, Bay Street Theatre is also celebrating Steinbeck, with a weekend of films and a dog walk in honor of Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley,” a chronicle of the author’s cross-country journey with his standard poodle that began in Sag Harbor. More information on Bay Street’s event is online here.
The Spring Fusion show at the Richard DeMato Gallery in Sag Harbor promises to be a fascinating collection of engaging works by Mary Chiaramonte, Sylvia Hommert, Kerry Sharkey-Miller, Gina Altadonna, Janet Culbertson and Patricia Parks. The opening reception will be held on April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. More information is online here.
Earth Day Festivals
There are Earth Day festivals all over the East End this Saturday. The village of Westhampton Beach, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge and Group for the East End are all hosting events throughout the day. The Beacon’s full Earth Day listings are online here.
North Fork thespians are hosting a singing bash for Shakespeare’s 450th birthday at the Floyd Memorial Library on Sunday, April 27, beginning at 3 p.m. Actors and singers Jere Jacob, Rebekah White, Dee LaVeglia and Mel Mendelssohn will perform music of Shakespeare’s era by William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Morley, Thomas Campion, John Wilbye and John Dowland. More information is online here.
Concert for the Concerts
Every summer, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce hosts a ton of free concerts on the Montauk Green and at Gosman’s Dock, and every spring, they host a concert to raise money to put on those concerts. This year’s Annual Concert for The Concerts is April 27, beginning at 3 p.m. at Zum Schneider Restaurant. Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks, Sound Source and The Blue Collar Band are all performing. Admission is just $10, and provides you with free music all summer long. That’s a bargain.