This weekend is also the 41st Annual Polish Town Fair in Riverhead, a free street fair & carnival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, with booths featuring a variety of food, crafts, imports, arts, jewelry and specialties.
Guitarist George Benson, who will play at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday at 8 p.m. redefined the world of jazz by garnering the first platinum jazz album in 1976 and has not let up since. Recognized as one of the most remarkably versatile and inventive guitarists in jazz history, he is equally admired for the lush, soulful tenor vocal style that has secured him crossover R&B and pop fans from around the world. [$165-$225]
R&B singer Mavis Staples will perform at East Hampton’s Guild Hall Saturday at 8 p.m. Alongside the family group she is so identified with, the Staple Singers, Mavis has managed to transform herself as she goes – from the delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s to the engaged protest of the civil rights era to a series of chart hits on 1970s pop radio and now to two gospel albums for the 21st century produced by Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy – the Grammy Award-winning You Are Not Alone and the Grammy-nominated One True Vine. [$53-$100]
Music for Montauk is hosting its first ever Summer Series, a series of concerts ranging from a family-friendly rendition of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals to tango, classical guitar, and an evening of American selections at venues throughout Montauk, including a free concert of American music Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Third House.
The Hidden City Orchestra will perform at the Horton Point Lighthouse on Saturday, August 15 at 6 p.m. The lighthouse is located at 3575 Lighthouse Road, Southold, NY 11971. The Hidden City Orchestra, an ever-shifting ensemble of musicians and instruments organized by composer George Cork Maul, performs free improvisation, live music to silent film, music to spoken word, poetry and dance and pieces with audience participation. This weekend’s concert features performance artist Gary Heidt, poet Billy Hands and other special guests. [$10]
the East End Arts School will host a student and faculty concert at the North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck on Sun., Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. They will be collecting donations at the free concert for a scholarship in honor of EEA woodwind teacher Mark Gatz, who died in July. [Free]
For its 10th Anniversary Concert at the Montauk Library, the Aviva Players will present works composed by women for voice & chamber instruments on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. An acclaimed chamber ensemble, founded in 1975 by Mira J. Spektor, The Aviva Players researches, presents and performs the rich but often overlooked repertoire of music created by women composers of the 12th to 21st centuries. [Free]
The Beacon’s full music listings are online here.
The third installment of Atlantic Vibrations: Surf Movie Night, an outdoor screening of short, noncommercial surf movies made by filmmakers from New York State, will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Parrish Art Museum. Created as a platform for emerging and established filmmakers, Atlantic Vibrations acknowledges the timeless connection between art, film, and surfing.
The Beacon’s full film listings are online here.
Authors Talk Everywhere
Writer Catherine Hiller will read from her literary memoir, “Just Say Yes: A Marijuana Memoir” Saturday at 5 p.m. at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor. While legal marijuana is in its infancy, Hiller writes about her experiences growing up in the 60’s and 70’s and the part pot played in her world. Phillip Lopate, Nonfiction Director of Columbia University’s MFA Writing Program, declares, “This funny, wry and very candid memoir purports to be a Confession of an American Pot-Smoker but is really a cultural/personal history of the past fifty years. [Free]
Arlene Alda will discuss her career at the Hampton Library’s Fridays at Five tonight at 5 p.m. Arlene Alda graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hunter College, received a Fulbright Scholarship, and realized her dream of becoming a professional clarinetist, playing in the Houston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leopold Stokowski. She switched careers when her children were young and became an award-winning photographer and author who wrote nineteen books, including Just Kids from the Bronx. [$20]
Deborah Davis discusses her new book, “The Trip: Andy Warhol’s Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure,” tonight at 8 p.m. at BookHampton in East Hampton. From the author of Strapless and Guest of Honor, a book about a little-known road trip Andy Warhol took from New York to LA in 1963, and how that journey—and the numerous artists and celebrities he encountered—profoundly influenced his life and art. [Free]
Yoga teacher Colleen Saidman Yee gives a yoga demonstration and will sign her new book “Yoga for Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom” at the gazebo on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach Saturday at 4 p.m. [Free]
The Quogue Library’s Conversations with the Author series continues with Tim Weiner, author of “One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon” on Sunday at 5 p.m. Tim Weiner has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his reporting and writing on American national security. As a correspondent for The New York Times, he covered the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon in Washington, and reported on war and terrorism from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sudan, and many other nations over the course of 15 years. [$20]
The Beacon’s full literary listings are online here.
Birds & Vegetables
Birder and SoFo Executive Director Frank Quevedo will lead an all-day search for offshore birds on a Viking Fleet charter Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pelagic birds such as shearwaters, petrels, jaegers, and gannets are species that spend a significant portion of their lives on the open ocean, rarely venturing to land except to breed. These pelagic birds are powerful fliers that can remain aloft for hours while gliding or soaring. On this trip aboard a boat of the Viking Fleet, we’ll venture offshore, view some of these magnificent birds, and perhaps see a whale or porpoise in the process. [$75]
The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival presents the film “Bette and Dale’s Organic Produce” tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum. This visually rich documentary chronicles the history of Bette and Dale’s organic farming life together. Filmed over the period of one farming season at their East Hampton and Sag Harbor farms, we learn of Dale’s pioneering and innovative organic farming techniques begun in 1970. [$7]
North Fork Audubon presents a discussion on nocternal avian migration at Custer Institute in Southold tonight at 7 p.m. Tom Auer, Conservation Data Manager of the National Audubon Society, will talk about the nocturnal avian migration, from the biology behind why birds fly at night, to the methods that scientists use to study birds during this migration, to the many ways that all birders can enjoy and experience birds flying overhead in the night sky. [Free]
The Beacon’s full nature listings are online here.
Ducks & Art
The Parrish Art Museum hosts an opening reception for Tucker Marder’s Stampede at 1058 Deerfield Road in Water Mill Saturday at 6 p.m. Playfully inventive, Tucker Marder has worked in theater, puppetry, installation, and underwater performance with themes ranging from animal and human behavior to anthropomorphic trees. ForStampede, the artist choreographs an inter-species dance with over 100 Crested Indian Runner ducks that interact with geometric, human-powered puppets. This curious tango encompasses the artist’s thoughts on regional land use and historic trades like Long Island duck farming. [Free]
The Beacon’s full arts listings are online here.
Benefit the School
The Peconic Community School, an independent, innovative private school on the North Fork, hosts “Share,” a benefit at Hallockville Museum Farm on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Alison Aldredge Fund for Joyful Learning at Peconic Community School, in honor of departed PCS teacher Alison Aldredge. There will be live music by Points East, local beer and wine, lawn games, food provided by the Rolling in Dough pizza truck. [$100]
Free, Free, Free
The Precisions perform a free concert at Riverhead Townscape tonight at 7 p.m.; Southampton Arts Center hosts a free out screening of “Jurassic Park” tonight at 8:30 p.m.; Marders Nursery in Bridgehampton hosts a free outdoor screening of Bruce Lee’s “Enter the Dragon” tonight at sundown and Mamalee Rose & Friends perform at Gosman’s Dockside Stage on Sunday at 6 p.m.
The Beacon’s full events listings are online here.