Bits & Banter: EagleMania, Auditions for ‘Reasons,’ Beatles Get Latin Twist

EagleMania will perform on Friday, October 19, and Saturday, October 20, at Bay Street Theater.

EagleMania Is Back!

There is the unmistakable sound of vocal harmonies as only the Eagles do — but EagleMania comes pretty close.

The tribute band will return to the East End with a concert of heartfelt ballads to rock anthems by the Eagles — and tunes from the solo careers of Don Henley, Glen Frey and Joe Walsh — on Friday, October 19, and Saturday, October 20, at Bay Street Theater, located at 1 Bay Street in Sag Harbor.

“Their attention to detail and their ability to reproduce the Eagles exactly leaves their fans with an experience that they do not soon forget,” according to a press release. “People often remark that if they closed their eyes they would think they were listening to the actual Eagles live in concert.”

Both shows start at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $37 and $47 the day of. For more information, call (631) 725-9500 or visit

Open Auditions Rapidly Approach for ‘Reasons to be Pretty’

When Greg makes a seemingly harmless comment about his girlfriend Steph’s “regular” looking face, the information gets back to Steph and sends their relationship over the deep end, spinning Greg’s life out of control.

Greg’s best friend Kent is married to Steph’s best friend Carly, and when things start collapsing in Steph and Greg’s life, Carly and Kent are pulled in for the ride.

And thus, the stage for Neil Labute’s play, “Reasons to be Pretty,” is set.

“We see Greg, Steph, Carly and Kent deal with the pressures of what it means to be ‘pretty’, and observe how the four friends manage the infidelity, betrayal and deceit that creeps into their lives,” according to a press release.

Open auditions will be held for Greg, Kent and Carly on Monday, October 22, and Tuesday, October 23, at 6 p.m. at the Southampton Cultural Center, located at 25 Pond Lane in Southampton. Late arrivals will be seen at the discretion of the director, Joan M. Lyons. Readings from the script will occur and sides will be provided.

Most rehearsals will be held Monday through Thursday evenings, with weekend rehearsals just prior to opening night on January 11. The play will stage through January 27.

For more information, email Joan Lyons at

The Beatles Get a Latin Twist

The Jam Session will pay tribute to the music of the Beatles during “Here Comes…el Son!,” playing original arrangements — some written by saxophonist Oscar Feldman — with a powerful horn section and some of the hottest musicians from the New York scene, including Feldman himself.

He will be joined by Juanga Lakunza on trombone and Maximilian Schweiger on tenor sax, bassist Marco Panascia, drummer Claes Bondal and pianist Helio Alves on Saturday, October 20, at 7 p.m. at the Southampton Arts Center, located at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton.

“Come to enjoy a unique journey to the Latin, Funk and Brazilian side of the Fab Four from Liverpool!” a press release said.

Tickets are $20 and $15 for Friends of SAC. For more information, visit

Not Your Average Walking Tour

Journalist Annette Hinkle knows how to tell a story — especially when it involves ghosts.

The all-things-haunted aficionado will lead a haunted walking tour of Sag Harbor on Friday, October 26, starting at 6 p.m. at the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum, located at 200 Main Street, making several stops and sharing ghostly true stories along the way. Dress appropriately, as the tour lasts approximately two hours.

Admission is $30 and registration is required. The tour is recommended for ages 12 and up, and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (631) 725-0770 or visit 

Music for Montauk Hosts Final Concert of the Season

Take anonymous renaissance Italian poems, translate them to German, set them to music by an Austrian composer, and you have Hugo Wolf’s “Italian Songbook” — a masterpiece of miniatures that tells the story of two young lovers in the Tuscan countryside, to be performed on Sunday, October 21, at the John Drew Theater in East Hampton.

“The songbook is like a Tour of Italy, it evokes the Tuscan countryside, with its Renaissance-arched church towers — Orvieto, Siena and Viterbo,” according to Miloš Repicky. “The songs are miniatures — short, fleeting and over as quickly as any one of the feelings, quips, reproaches or conversations the young lovers may have.”

Pianist Mikael Eliasen, soprano Ashley Robillard and baritone Dennis Chmelensky will perform the program in four 15-minute sets, plus a brief epilogue. Music for Montauk’s final concert of the season will begin at 2 p.m. at the East Hampton theater, located inside Guild Hall at 158 Main Street.

Tickets are $20. For more information, visit