After a long drought, music, like so much else, is coming back this summer. Whether through new releases, live performance or the return of touring, music and musicians are reemerging cicada-like back into our lives, and it truly couldn’t be soon enough. After its cancellation last June due to COVID-19, the 18th Battle of the Bands is finally set to go on Friday, June 11. Hosted by the Southampton Youth Bureau and taking place at Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays, the teen band battle features young musicians from the East End competing for the top prize.
The Social Justice Committee of Temple Adas Israel in partnership with The Church will welcome Don Lemon, host of CNN’s “Don Lemon Tonight,” home to Sag Harbor to talk about his book “This Is the Fire" on Sunday, June 13, at 10 a.m., at The Church. The event will be streamed live.
Monterey International Pop Festival kicked off the “Summer of Love” in June of 1967. Filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker was hired to film the three-day music festival, where the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding staged pivotal performances in their careers. Sag Harbor Cinema continues its Pennebaker Hegedus Retrospective with “Monterey Pop,” June 11 to 18. On June 13, the cinema will host a conversation between Chris Hegedus, Pennebaker’s wife and filmmaking partner, and Robert Leacock, son of the film’s cinematographer, Richard Leacock, and onset sound and camera assistant.
Since the 1960s, artist Michelle Stuart (b. 1933) has created work that stems from her lifelong interest in the natural world and the universe. On Friday, June 11, at 6 p.m., Stuart joins Parrish Art Museum Chief Curator Alicia G. Longwell for an intimate conversation in the museum’s Lichtenstein Theater.
On May 30 and 31, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s Arts Academy performed Roald Dahl’s literary classic “Willy Wonka Jr.” at WHBPAC.
This summer, it’s all about the music. From July through September, the first Hamptons Jazz Fest will present more than 50 concerts at venues from Southampton to Montauk.
A book signing for Janine Veto’s recently released memoir “Unknown Bodies: Mothers Daughters and Adoption,” will take place on Saturday, June 26, at Canio’s Books, 290 Main Street, Sag Harbor, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Born Jewish in Hungary in the 1930s, Erika Hecht, who lives in Sag Harbor, became a “Hidden Child,” one of many Jewish children who were provided with false identities and survived World War II as Christians. Her story is detailed in “Don’t Ask My Name,” a memoir of a woman’s journey through one of the darkest chapters of the 20th century.
Before “Hamilton” became a global musical phenomenon, before Lin-Manuel Miranda became a household name, a little show called “In the Heights” shook up Broadway with its hip-hop and salsa soundtrack and big, bilingual heart.
On Saturday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m., Rites of Spring Music Festival presents “New Music Under The Big Sky” at Custer Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road, Southold. The performance features Rites of Spring New Music Ensemble, a group that is dedicated to performing innovative, collaborative and exciting works of living composers and the contemporary works from composers of the recent past.
Neo-Political Cowgirls, an East End organization created in 2007 for women in theater to help increase the female voice in the narrative of society’s stories, will present its annual fundraiser, “Andromeda’s Sisters: An Arts and Advocacy Gala” on Saturday, June 26, at 5 p.m. at the Leiber Collection Museum in East Hampton. The event will also be livestreamed on Zoom.
The Arts Center at Duck Creek will present “John Little: Home Again,” an intimate survey of paintings by artist John Little (1907-1984), opening to the public on Saturday, June 12. This exhibition runs through July 18 and will feature works dating from 1948, the year Little bought Duck Creek Farm.
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts Bridgehampton is currently hosting two exhibitions: “Dormant Futures” curated by Scott Bluedorn is installed in the upstairs gallery, while downstairs are new works by Conny Goeltz Schmitt and Antony Densham.
The work of Snoeman, a New York City-based artist with roots in graffiti, is on view now in “New York Love,” an exhibition running through June 28 at No. 53, a gallery located at 53 The Circle in East Hampton.
“Edge of Summer,” a group show of painting, photography, sculpture and collage by 22 East End artists, will run Thursday, June 10, through Sunday, June 13, at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. An opening reception for the exhibition, which is presented by Folioeast, is Friday, June 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.