It’s the height of summer, and there’s plenty to do on both forks this weekend, from Shakespeare in the Park to community picnics, to art openings, live music and book readings.
JumpstART!, an evening of unveilings of art installations, music, dance and performances, takes over downtown Riverhead tonight. Here’s The Beacon’s full report and schedule of events.
On the Stage…
Bay Street Theatre’s new production of “Grey Gardens” opens this week. The play tells the story of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis, based on the 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. More information and tickets are available online here. [$59-$85]
Northeast Stage presents William Shakespeare’s “Twelfe Night” under the stars for three nights this weekend: Aug. 7, 8 & 9 at 7 p.m. in Greenport’s Mitchell Park.The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. [Free]
“One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” writer/performer Charles Ross spent too much of his childhood in a galaxy far, far away — and adulthood has been no different. In his high-energy, 75-minute solo piece, which will be at Guild Hall Sat., Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. Ross plays all the characters, recreates the effects, sings the music, flies the ships and fights both sides of the battles from the original Star Wars trilogy. [$20-$45]
For Film Fans:
The Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport is hosting a free screening of BRONX RIVER WATERWASH tonight at 6 p.m. The 2014 film, directed by Jean Marie Offenbacher, is a documentary chronicling the creation and stewardship of WATERWASH ABC out of a polluted riverside wasteland, a project spearheaded by the North Fork’s Lillian Ball.
The Beacon’s full film listings are online here.
East End Artists: Then & Now
Guild Hall hosts the opening Saturday of “Roy Lichtenstein: Between Sea and Sky,” a celebration of the artist’s abiding relationship with the East End. In 1964, inspired by both the long history of art and by imagery he found on contemporary printed postcards, Lichtenstein began to explore the genre of land and seascapes, using paint, plastic, enamel, drawings, collage, print, and even film to realize his various works. Seascapes were an essential part of his lifelong exploration of psychological optics, light and his keen observations on the nature of field and ground. The afternoon begins with a keynote address at 3 p.m. Aug. 8, followed by a reception from 4 to 6 p.m.
“Elaine de Kooning Portrayed,” an exhibition of self-portraits, likenesses, and reflections on one of the New York School’s most respected painters, will be on view at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center from Aug. 6 through Oct. 31. The show opens with a reception Sun., Aug. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. It features the work of twelve of Elaine de Kooning’s colleagues and spans six decades, ranging from an early 1940s drawing by her husband-to-be, Willem de Kooning (they married in 1943), to a 2011 abstract tribute by her friend Paul Harris, whom she met in Provincetown in 1949.
The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum hosts an opening tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. for “East End Artists: Then & Now,” a show featuring contemporary artists and artists based in the Hamptons generations ago.
Artist and educator Andrea Cote hosts a “Gesture Jam” tonight at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill from 6 to 8 p.m., an inventive figure drawing class with theatrical costumes and live accompaniment . [$10]
The Beacon’s full art listings are online here.
Poems of Renown, Diplomacy in Iraq
Renowned poets Philip Schultz and Grace Schulman will read from their new work at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor on Sat., Aug. 8 at 5 p.m.
Grace Schulman’s recent collection, “Without a Claim,” has been described as “a modern Book of Psalms…radiant sacred songs [that] meld an art of high music with a nuanced love of the world.”
Philip Schultz’s novel in verse “The Wherewithal,” just out in paperback, has been praised by Elie Wiesel as “gripping, eloquent, moving….a powerful tale about what remains hidden and/or unspeakable in history.”
Christoper R. Hill, who served as the American Ambassador to Iraq from 2009-2010, will discuss being on the front-lines of 21st century global diplomacy and his new book, “Outpost,” at BookHampton in East Hampton on Sat., Aug. 8 at 11 a.m.
The Beacon’s full literary listings are online here.
In the Community…
The Springs Fisherman’s Fair, a Country Fair featuring food, fisherman’s catch, non-for-profit booths, library booths, and Arts & Crafts booths, including photography, fish prints, pottery, wood work, jewelry and more will be held Sat., Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Southold Town Anti-Bias Task Force hosts its annual community picnic on Sat., Aug. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at Strawberry fields in Mattituck. The entire Southold community is invited to celebrate and promote diversity, unity and fairness in a fun-filled, relaxing afternoon with live music, games for the children and good food/refreshments.
The New Suffolk Civic Association hosts “A Night of Music” on the New Suffolk ballfield on Sat., Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Jose Coropuna, (Tenor) and James Sheppard,( Piano Forte) will be performing a recital of American and Latin American songs. The concert is free, bring a chair and a picnic if you wish.
Creek Nightlife, Rain Barrels, Eating Autumn Olives
Bring your wading shoes and a flashlight to Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island Saturday night for an evening of Creek Nightlife! Using handheld lights, attendees will explore the shallows of a tidal creek at night: Eels, crabs and schools of minnow, which hide in the depths or under algae during the day. The program begins at 8 p.m. [Free]
Dana Hilbert took a liking to the Autumn Olive during her time in the Quality Parks Master Naturalist program. In a class titled “Autumn Olives: If You Can’t Beat Them, The Eat Them” Sun., Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center, Dana will discuss how to collect and make Autumn Olive jam, incorporating local honey as well as Essential Oils. She will also share other uses for Essential Oils such as green household cleaners. [Free]
The Peconic Estuary Program (PEP) is providing a unique opportunity for you if you live within the Peconic Estuary watershed area of East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, Southold, Riverhead, and Brookhaven Townships. The PEP will provide financial rewards for homeowners who remove turf and pavement and add native vegetation areas and/or rain barrels or rain gardens to their properties. The South Fork Natural History Museum hosts a forum on the program Sat., Aug. 8 at 2 p.m.
The Beacon’s full nature listings are online here.
Music, Music, Music
Boz Scaggs performs at the Westhampton Beach PAC on Sat., Aug. 8 at 8 p.m.; The Bogmen come out of hiding for two shows at the Talkhouse (Aug. 7 & 8 at 9 p.m.); Guitar impressario Jake Lear will perform at the Parrish Art Museum tonight at 6 p.m. and Pianofest hosts a free concert at the Southampton Arts Center Sat., Aug. 8 at 5 p.m.
The Beacon’s full music listings are online here.
The Beacon’s full events calendar is online here.