Bits: ‘Whiskey and Wine,’ New Work at Tulla Booth Gallery, ‘Knock Down the House,’ Parrish Presents ‘Salon Seies’

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Edna’s Kin. Tom Kochie photo

 Edna’s Kin Drops Debut Album, ‘Whiskey and Wine’

Edna’s Kin. Tom Kochie photo

Edna Kin’s annual Sag Harbor concert has a brand new feel this year — all in thanks to the release of their first album, “Whiskey and Wine,” featuring 11 original songs spanning a wide range of American styles, but all written by the village’s own Dan Koontz.

“Blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll and bluegrass all come into play in this selection of fun-loving songs interspersed with a couple of heartfelt ballads,” according to a press release.

On Sunday afternoon, the band — comprised of Koontz on guitar; his brother, Andrew, on fiddle and bass; and their father, Warren, also on guitar, all joined by Sag Harbor native Bruce Beyer on drums and a few special guests — will perform the album nearly in full, starting at 2 p.m. at the Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor.

Advance tickets are $10, available at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor, or $15 at the door, and CDs will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Christ Church Pipe Organ Restoration Fund. For more information, call (631) 725-0128.

Tulla Booth Presents ‘Spring Pleasures’

Roberto Dutesco’s wild horses of Sable Island and Stephen Wilkes’ cityscapes are no strangers to Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor.

On Saturday, April 27, a fresh mix of photographers will be in their mix, from Daniel Jones’ painterly imagery to Blair Seagram’s sea and land abstractions.

“When my lens turned toward surfers I was inspired by their keen sense of timing catching a wave then riding across it,” Seagram said in a statement. “The sequence of images that make up the surfing panoramas is less about a decisive moment than about a series of moments or continuity of actions that are presented as one still image.”

A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. and the show will remain on view through May 28. For more information, call (631) 725-3100 or visit tullaboothgallery.com.

‘Knock Down the House’ Before Everyone Else

According to director Rachel Lears, her film “Knock Down the House” is about hope. It challenges the narratives of cynicism and despair. It is about power. It is about what it takes to make the impossible possible.

And it is one of the most hotly anticipated documentaries of the year.

Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Best U.S. Documentary, “Knock Down the House” follows the story of four working-class women, who were part of the wave of female candidates running groundbreaking campaigns for Congress in 2018.

They had no previous political experience or establishment support. They refused corporate PAC donations. And one of them, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a bartender from the Bronx — would become one of the most outspoken and active members of Congress today, not to mention a media superstar.

In anticipation of its theatrical and Netflix release on May 1, the Sag Harbor Cinema will give East End audiences a sneak peak on Saturday, April 16, at 6 p.m. at the Pierson High School Auditorium, located at 200 Jermain Avenue in Sag Harbor, as the conclusion of the “Present Tense” series.

“We get to know Ocasio-Cortez, who had to work double shifts to save her family home from foreclosure during the financial crisis; Paula Jean Swearengin, a coal miner’s daughter from West Virginia, who has witnessed firsthand how pollutants have given her neighbors cancer; Cori Bush, a St. Louis nurse and an ordained pastor whose activism was inspired by the call for police reform; and Amy Vilela, a Las Vegas mother who lost her 22-year-old daughter to a brain clot when a hospital turned the girl away because she didn’t have health insurance,” a press release said.

Tickets are $15. For more information, visit sagharborcinema.org.

‘Salon Series’ Mixes Tried-and-True with a Twist

The Parrish Art Museum’s seventh annual “Salon Series” may be expanding beyond solo piano, but that isn’t stopping the concert program from kicking off with Chinese virtuoso Yi-Nuo Wang.

First-prize winner of the 2018 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Wang will make her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in February 2020 — and first, she will play the Water Mill museum on Friday, April 26, at 6 p.m. in an intimate, casual setting that evokes the salons of Paris.

Offering insight and personal experiences about her program, Wang will begin with Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Keyboard Sonata in E minor,” followed by “Eight Pieces for Piano (Acht Klavierstücke), Op. 76” by Johannes Brahms.

The concert concludes with four works by Sergei Rachmaninoff — “Daisies, Op. 38, No. 3”; “Prelude in G-flat Major Op. 23 No. 10”; “Etude in D minor Op. 39, No. 8”; and “Etude in D Major Op. 39, No. 9.”

Upcoming concerts include the New World Symphony Ensemble on May 3, trumpeter Brandon Ridenour and pianist Jeremy Jordan on May 10, and guitar/cello duo Boyd Meets Girl on May 17.

“We are thrilled with the extraordinary line up of accomplished performers for Salon Series this spring,” Parrish Director Terrie Sultan said in a press release. “The museum strives to illuminate the creative process of artists in myriad disciplines, and the intimate setting of Salon Series allows musical artists to engage in a dialogue with the audience about their program selection and approach to interpretation.”

Tickets are $25 or $10 for members, and $50 or $35 for New World Symphony. For more information, call (631) 283-2118 or parrishart.org.

BookHampton To Welcome McIntosh, Mackey 

In the early 1970s, Sandy McIntosh could normally be found working in the East End studios of famous artists of the time.

But when he wasn’t, he was on filmmaking adventures with Norman Mailer and Ilya Bolotowsky, crossing paths with the likes of Truman Capote, Jean Stafford and P. G. Wodehouse — all interactions he captured as intimate portraits in his coming-of-age memoir, “Lesser Lights: More Tales from a Hamptons’ Apprenticeship,” from which he will read a selection on Saturday, May 11, at 4 p.m. at Book Hampton, located at 41 Main Street in East Hampton.

New York Times best-selling author Mary Mackey will share the spotlight with a reading from her new collection of poetry, “The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams,” as well as “Jungles and Fever: On Becoming a Poet” from the “Chapter One” anthology.

“Marsh Hawk Press’s ‘Chapter One: On Becoming A Poet’ is a series of short memoirs by well-known poets describing how they became poets without going through traditional MFA programs,” according to a press release. “Well-known poets including Jane Hirshfield, Dennis Nurkse and Phillip Lopate have contributed short pieces about how they became poets.”

For more information, call (631) 324-4939 or visit bookhampton.com.

HIFF Brings Art to the Big Screen

Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time and, right up until his death in 1973, he was the most prolific among them.

Many films have dealt with these later years — the art, the affairs and the wide circle of friends. But where it all began, and what ultimately made Picasso, is explored in “Young Picasso,” screening Friday, May 10, at the Southampton Arts Center, located at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton, as part of the “Exhibition on Screen” series.

Presented by the Hamptons International Film Festival, “Degas: Passion for Perfection” starts off the trio of films on Friday, May 3, journeying from the streets of Paris to the heart of a superb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, whose extensive collection of Degas’ works is the most representative in Britain.

“With exclusive access to view rare and diverse works, this film tells a fascinating story of Degas’ pursuit for perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learnt from studying the past masters,” according to a press release.
Closing the series on Friday, May 17, is “Rembrandt,” which weaves the artist’s life story through this landmark exhibition, with behind-the-scenes preparations at world-famous institutions.

“Exploring many of the exhibition’s key works, through contributions from specially invited guests including curators and leading art historians, this ‘Exhibition on Screen’ favorite makes a welcome return to the big screen,” the release said.

Each screening begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $10 for Friends of SAC and Hamptons International Film Festival members. For more information, visit hamptonsfilmfest.org.

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