Bits: Theater Camp Gets Shakespearean, ‘Loving Vincent’ at Parrish, Lira at Roman Fine Art, Pachanga Returns

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A previous theater camp at Bay Street Theater. Michael Heller photo

School Vacation Theater Camp Gets Shakespearean

Spend spring break with Allen O’Reilly and Teresa DeBerry, who will lead “The Riotous Youth! A Shakespearean Comedy Theater Camp” on Monday, April 22, through Friday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

Divided by age, the students will first work independently before joining together for an adaptation of a Shakespeare comedy, to be performed for friends and family on the final day of camp.

“This is the first year we are offering a Shakespearean-themed camp in April,” Allen O’Reilly, director of education at Bay Street Theater, said in a statement. “It’s part of our expanding theater education plans for 2019.”

Registration is $470. For more information, call (631) 725-0818 or visit baystreet.org.

‘Loving Vincent’ Blazes Trail at Parrish

In 2017, “Loving Vincent” was the world’s first entirely painted feature film, achieved with over 65,000 hand-painted oils by 125 artists around the world.

And on Friday, April 19, it will tell the story of Vincent van Gogh’s life and controversial death through his paintings, and the characters that inhabit them, at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. The film considers what might have happened if van Gogh, portrayed by Robert Gulaczyk, hadn’t committed suicide — but was, in fact, murdered.

“I’m pleased to show this stunning thriller that will leave the audience feeling as if a Van Gogh painting has come to life to tell a provocative story about the artist’s death,” Corinne Erni, senior curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects, said in a press release.

“Loving Vincent” was first shot as a live action film, its cast including Saoirse Ronan, Douglas Booth and Jerome Flynn. Then, artists over-painted each frame in oils, resulting in an interaction between the actors, who inhabited the artist’s famous portraits, and the animators, who gave the characters added dimension through paint.

To capture changing backgrounds, facial expressions and movement, each canvas was re-painted an average of 76 times.

“The plot of the film centers around the son of a close friend of the artist, Armand Roulin, who travels to van Gogh’s last residence in Auvers-sur-Oise to deliver the final letter the artist wrote to his brother, Theo,” the release says. “Learning that Theo, too, has died, Armand sets out to discover the truth about van Gogh’s death. On that journey, Armand meets many people, including van Gogh’s physician, Dr. Gachet (Flynn), Gachet’s daughter, Marguerite (Ronan), and the keeper of the inn where the artist stayed (Eleanor Tomlinson). The intrigue unfolds through interviews with these characters and others who were closest to the artist, and through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.”

The screening will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $5 for members and students. For more information, call (631) 283-2118 or parrishart.org.

Tinder ‘F#ckboys’ Exposed On Canvas

Swipe right on “F#CKBOYS,” a new series of erotically investigative paintings and found objects by Brooklyn-based artist and Southampton native Alexandria Lira, now on view through May 13 at Roman Fine Art, located at 66 Park Place in East Hampton.

Using a framework based on traditional portraiture, Lira meets her subjects through

Tinder — a platform where speed, vulnerability and sexual stakes are pushed to their extremes — in order to portray a raw and intimate expression of men in their private dwelling spaces.

“Lira approaches her conquests-cum-subjects much as an anthropologist observes an undiscovered tribe: with care and respect, and added bravery in the face of unchartered first contact,” according to a press release. “Though her subjects know from the first message that they will be photographed, there still exists an inherently sexy danger posed by venturing into unknown territory, especially for a solo female artist cruising a hookup app in the name of art.”

Through a lens of speed and disposability — traits ubiquitous in online dating culture — her subjects recline in full or partial nudity, unstaged and unguarded, though Lira is always the voyeur, never the conquest.

With an iPhone photo in hand, Lira then returns to her studio and selects the most intimate and raw photo from the session, printing it in large-scale directly onto canvas, where she embellishes with oil paints, starting with the body form and working out.

“Color palettes for each work are chosen according to the emotional temperature of her subjects during their interaction with close consideration of body language and any other notable personality observations made during the initial session,” the release said. “Blues and purples perhaps connote a cool composure, while oranges and yellows invoke a more hostile, guarded experience. Shades of pinks seem to invite a playful curiosity into the room. Regardless of color, the unmistakable current of connection through sexual vulnerability informs every aspect of Lira’s paintings.”

Each painting is paired with a carefully selected object taken from the scene of the portrait — most small, even insignificant, but all intended to accompany and “add to the violation and performative nature of Lira’s sessions.”

“Though the mood of the subject and his environment is captured in her painting and the thrill of the encounter immortalized in its accompanying found object, Lira wants viewers to draw their own conclusions about her subjects from the work,” the release said. “Somewhere amidst the nudity, performance of the sitter and the artifacts in their space lies the truth between ego and true self. Staunchly conscious of keeping a feminist agenda from informing her work in this series, Lira values above all else the act of taking risks to portray intimacy through an unconventional lens.”

For more information, visit romanfineart.com.

Pachanga Returns to Bay Street

Everyone loves the pachanga, according to Minerva Perez, executive director of OLA of Eastern Long Island.

It’s for families, couples, young and old, Latinos and non-Latinos, who are encouraged to join in on “Pachanga 2019: Fuerza y Alma,” a music and dance celebration on Friday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

Musicians from the East End and beyond will heat up the theater, dedicating the first half of the night to new music and new talent, and closing with local favorites Mambo Loco for salsa lovers everywhere.

“This year has been filled with challenging advocacy work,” Perez said. “We feel that this high-energy event allows people the opportunity to reconnect with neighbors and share a dance and a laugh before the breakneck pace of the summer season is upon us.”

Advance tickets are $20, $25 at the door, and $15 for students and guests under age 25. For more information, call (631) 899-3441 or visit olaofeasternlongisland.org.

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