Bits: Rizzie To Speak at JJML, ‘Sing Out Loud,’ Poetry Workshop, In Search of Bay Memories, Spring Fling

Work by Dan Rizzie.

Dan Rizzie Speaks at JJML

The John Jermain Memorial Library is already showing a collection of work by Dan Rizzie — but on Sunday, April 14, the artist is dropping by to talk about it.

After a reception from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Rizzie will discuss his artistic process and the many influences behind his work, including his new book, “Bird on a Blade,” a recent collaboration with singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash. A book signing will follow.

“Artist and printmaker Dan Rizzie’s strong modernist graphic imagery draws upon various influences both past and present, often using several techniques for a single print,” a release said, adding, “His unique iconography, using birds and botanical images, is set against rich backgrounds that often belie its deeper meaning.”

The exhibit will remain on view through April 30 at the Sag Harbor library, located at 201 Main Street. For more information, call (631) 725-0049 or visit

Strengthening Spirit and Voice Through Song

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is putting the power of song to the test with its “Sing Out Loud” therapeutic choral group, specifically designed for those living with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners.

Led by vocalist and teaching artist Valerie diLorenzo, the eight-week workshop promotes social connections through the process of musical exploration, and will be held every Wednesday, through May 22, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Guild Hall, located at 158 Main Street in East Hampton. No prior singing experience is required.

“Sing Out Loud” is concurrently offered at the Riverhead Free Library under the direction of Lee Morris, neurologic music therapist and Renee Fabus, associate dean for Research SHTM at Stony Brook University.

“Music therapy, and in particular group singing instruction, may benefit individuals with Parkinson’s disease,” according to a press release. “Singing may lead to improved muscle function, resulting in improved voice intensity, speech production and respiratory function. The group format specifically creates a social setting that fosters a sense of camaraderie and may improve mood, decrease stress and alleviate symptoms of depression.”

The “Sing Out Loud” therapeutic chorus is one of seven programs offered through Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Center for Parkinson’s Disease. Other classes include Rock Steady Boxing in Hampton Bays and Sag Harbor, Dance for Parkinson’s in Bridgehampton, Paint the Parrish in collaboration with the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, Explore SOFO at the South Fork History Museum in Bridgehampton, and yoga offered at the hospital.

For registration and more information, call (631) 726-8800.

Amagansett Poetry Workshops Kick Off Saturday

Get your prose ready.

The Amagansett Library will usher in National Poetry Month with its inaugural session of this year’s poetry workshops, hosted by Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan, on Saturday, April 6, at 1:30 p.m. at the library, located at 215 Main Street.

Continuing throughout the year, on the first Saturday of every month, Nuzzo-Morgan will introduce a broad range of works, including poems by Sappho, Ted Hughes, Allen Ginsburg, Pablo Neruda, Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Robert Frost.

“Ms. Nuzzo-Morgan presents a down-to-earth celebration of the sublime medium of poetry,” according to a press release. “Learn about our legacy and engage with our newest poets. Appropriate for poetry aficionados and the uninitiated alike.”

Each discussion will be followed by exercises in poesy and free verse. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

A Cry for Help: ‘Memories of the Bays’ Needs Community Memorabilia

The East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation is planning an exhibition of photos and memorabilia from the 1950s and ’60s — but they cannot pull it together without a community assist.

“We want to document, with your help, how we were formed, nurtured and insulated by the water around us,” a press release said. “You remember that beach party, that fishing trip, your father’s boat, your first sailboat, or the one that didn’t get away. Not to mention storms, ice and other adventures because you were there!”

The museum is requesting East End photos and memorabilia, and not much is off limits. “Bring that old pair of water skis, that fishing box your father kept, that pole you caught that big bass on, or that brochure from your business, pictures of the fleet,” the release said. “You have memories and the stuff — share it with your community! All will be credited, identified and returned.

“These times were rich in memories,” the release adds, “and no truer picture can be formed without you.”

Drop off all memorabilia at the Seaport Museum, located at 103 Third Street in Greenport, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. For more information, email or visit

With Spring Comes the Parrish Fling

The Parrish Art Museum’s annual Spring Fling began in the 1990s, and raises more than $100,000 annually for museum and education programs, including Access Parrish, an ongoing initiative that offers learning experiences specifically designed for youth and adults with varied needs and abilities, and individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, or Parkinson’s Disease, and their care partners.

The tradition continues with music by DJ TWILO, a silent auction, photo booth, open bar and more on Saturday, April 13, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Water Mill museum, located at 279 Montauk Highway.

In between drinks and dancing, guests can explore the four exhibitions currently on view — a pair of photography shows, “Renate Aller: The Space between Memory and Expectation” and “Jean-Luc Mylayne: A Matter of Place,” as well as “Parrish Perspectives: Recent Acquisitions,” and a new multi-gallery installation of the museum’s permanent collection, “Every Picture Tells a Story.”

Tickets are $200, $150 for members and $100 for young professionals age 21 to 30 with valid ID. All tickets purchased after April 7 will be $225. For more information, call (631) 283-2118 or visit