Arts & Leisure

A Theater Thinks Inside the Box: Peeking in on a Pandemic

For more than a year now, visual artists have been using their creative talents largely to delve into what it means to live through a worldwide pandemic. So it was only a matter of time before the actors and playwrights followed suit.

Climate Corner: This Earth Day it’s all about the Little Things

Yes, we need to make big changes now, but if this morning you don’t have the brain space to dedicate your day to the Earth, here’s something you can do. Pledge to make one of these changes as a token of appreciation for this generous planet. They don’t take much time or cost a lot of money.

Spring Films at WHBPAC

This weekend, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center kicks off its series of spring films with screenings of Oscar Nominated Live Shorts. The program features live action nominees “Feeling Through,” “The Letter Room,” “The Present,” “Two Distant Strangers” and “White Eye.” All five shorts will be screened Friday, April 23, to Sunday, April 25.

Get to Know the Truth Behind Swift’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels’

It’s been close to 300 years since Jonathan Swift published his almost instantly famous satiric fantasy, “Gulliver’s Travels,” but the narrative — a despairing, often scatological indictment of the human condition — somehow came to be considered a children’s classic, far from its intentions or effect.

Story Time At Bay Street Continues With ‘I Am Yoga’

The fourth offering in Bay Street Theater’s “Story Time,” a new series of readings of children’s books on Zoom by the authors themselves, will feature Susan Verde reading “I Am Yoga,” at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 24.

A New Lifestyle Podcast and Radio Show with George Hirsch

The WNET Group, parent company of WLIW-FM, and Hirsch Media are partnering to produce “George Hirsch Lifestyle Radio,” a new public radio program and podcast that will explore a range of lifestyle topics. The new program is slated to premiere in fall 2021 on 88.3 WLIW-FM and wliw.org/radio.

Take a ‘Soundwalk’ with Guild Hall

Beginning this week, “Full of Noises,” a self-guided soundwalk that takes the public through known spaces with new, heightened, and playful listening, comes to Guild Hall in East Hampton. Composed and narrated by Viv Corringham, a British vocalist, composer and soundscape artist, it was created in celebration of Guild Hall’s 90th anniversary and it links together the cultural gifts of founder Mary Woodhouse — Guild Hall, the Duck Pond and Clinton Academy — with prompts for finding, imagining, and remembering sounds.

Ready For Your Close-up?

Looking to improve your auditioning skills? On Saturday, May 15, Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will host an in-person “On-Camera Audition Workshop” with New York-based casting director Meghan Rafferty.

A Lonnie Holley Concert And Conversation at the Parrish

The Parrish Art Museum will present a special evening of conversation and performance with visual artist, musician, filmmaker and educator Lonnie Holley on Friday, April 23, at 6 p.m. Holley, whose work will be on view at the Parrish from April 24 to September 6, was a recent artist-in-residence at the Elaine de Kooning House in East Hampton.

Spring Comes to the Grenning Gallery

The Grenning Gallery opens its new spring exhibition on April 24 with work by five artists — Amy Florence, Maryann Lucas, Tim McGuire, Tina Orsolic Dalessio and Rachel Personett. The buoyant works celebrate the impending joy of the season.

Bonnie Grice’s ‘boots on the ground theater’ in Residence at SCC

Since its first production in 2018, “boots on the ground theater” (botgt) has called the Southampton Cultural Center home. Now, “boots on the ground theater” is officially a company-in-residence at SCC.

Erica-Lynn Huberty’s ‘Natural Respite’

Sara Nightingale Gallery in Sag Harbor is currently hosting “Natural Respite,” a site-specific installation of works by Erica-Lynn Huberty created over the pandemic year.

Spring Music at WHBPAC

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) Arts Academy welcomed its first live audience for 2021 on April 18 with a Spring Music Festival. Students from the academy’s music education program performed in front of the theater’s first live audience since the pandemic began over a year ago.

Science Meets Art in an Earth Day Exhibition at SAC

Granted, it’s not what you might typically expect to find among an artist’s collection of materials, but somewhere in the basement of Lauren Ruiz’s house in Bellport lives a group of earthworms going about their usual business of munching through organic matter, recycling nutrients and turning it all into rich soil.

A Flute Quartet Keeps the Music Playing

This past year of pandemic has been difficult for everyone, but for those whose artistic talents involve channeling their breath — something no one is interested in sharing these days — COVID-19 has been a true game changer. Just ask Jennifer Haley.

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The final offering in Bay Street Theater’s “Story Time” series — children’s books read aloud on Zoom by the authors themselves —  will feature Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, reading “Simeon’s Gift” on May 15.