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This Week In The Arts

Originally Posted: February 25, 2009

"Coopers Beach" by Nelson White is on display at Grenning Gallery.

First Ever Inventory Clearance Sale At The Grenning Gallery
The Grenning Gallery (90 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-8469, www.grenninggallerly.com) announces the opening of their first ever inventory sale on Saturday, Feb 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Their first and possibly last sale of gallery artists will be kicked off with cookies and coffee.

Free Concert By The Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players
The Southampton Cultural Center (25 Pond Lane, Southampton, 631-287-4377, www.southamptonculturalcenter.org) will be hosting a free concert by the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players on March 1 at 3 p.m. The group performs a "classic" new music repertoire ensuring the preservation of important works by such composers as Ligeti, Xenakis, Reich, and Cage. The Contemporary Chamber Players also actively premieres new works by promising young composers at Stony Brook as well as more established composers on the annual "Premieres" concert. Contact Marc Levine at 646-279-2799 or mhlevine@gmail.com for more information.

Stony Brook Southampton Southampton's Green Film Series Continues
On Thursday, Feb. 26, Stony Brook Southampton Southampton's First Annual Green Film Series continues with a screening of "Blue Vinyl." The film, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Avram Theater, puts a human face on the dangers posed by polyvinyl chloride (PVC) at every stage of its life cycle, from factory to incinerator. From Long Island to Louisiana to Italy, the film unearths the facts about America's most popular plastic and its effects on human health and the environment. Call 631-632-5023 for information.

Robert Cray comes to the WHBPAC.

Bonac Tonic Is 2 Legit 2 Quit At Ashawagh Hall
The Bonac Tonic Art Collective is proud to present their first event for 2009 at Ashawagh Hall (Corner of Springs Fireplace Road and Old Stone Highway), Bonac Tonic's 2 Legit 2 Quit! The fun begins Saturday, Feb. 28 and the opening reception runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring work by Matthew Brophy, Jason Dacuk, Scott Gibbons, Grant Haffner, Carly Haffner, Elizabeth Karsch, Christian Little, Charles Ly, Kate Nicolai, Dan Ritzler, Justin Smith, and Molly Weiss. Neon lights, monsters, fog machines, lasers, felt and cardboard sculpture installations, stripes, eight-bit inspired art, vichyssoise, kinetic mobile art, and hot new undiscovered contemporary local talent is what you can expect at this next Bonac Tonic event, where art and laughter rule. The show runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday March 1.

The Robert Cray Band At The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Saturday night at 8 p.m. The Robert Cray Band will be performing at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, Box Office 631-288-1500, www.whbpac.org). For over 30 years, The Robert Cray Band has produced good-time, uptown, low-down music that has led them to the top of the Blues world. The torchbearer for gritty, Southern-style soul music, Cray has been one of the most commercially successful Blues artists in the last decade, with 16 albums and several famous collaborations with B.B. King, Keb' Mo', Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, and Tina Turner. He sells thousands of records and has had national hits with "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" and "Forecast." Tickets are $85, $70 and $55.

Fun And Games With The East End Arts Council
Fun is the name of the game on Friday Feb. 27 as the East End Arts Council (133 East Main Street, Riverhead, 631-727-0900, www.eastendarts.org), the Long Island Science Center (11 West Main Street, Riverhead, 631-208-8000, www.lisciencecenter.org), and the Suffolk County Historical Society (300 West Main Street, Riverhead, 631-727-2881, wwwisuffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org) team up to put on three shows from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Suffolk County Historical Society's show, "Luck Strategy and Diplomacy: Playing Games, which will be on display until April 10 and will explore the psychology and sport of gamesmanship and the history of games. The East End Arts Council will be exhibiting "Games People Play," which is a juried all media show featuring the work of area artists in any medium and also runs until April 10. On exhibit for one day only is "The Science of Games" at the Long Island Science Center, which will be hosting an evening of games featuring challenging table games and quizzes from "Are You Smarter than A Fifth Grader."

The North Fork Trolley service will be providing transportation between the shows and area restaurants will be offering specials for hungry gamers. Folks attending the opening will have a chance to win prizes. For more information call the East End Arts Council at 631-727-0900 or the Riverhead Business Improvement District at 631-727-0048.

A. R. Gurney's "The Perfect Party" On The Naked Stage
On Saturday, Feb. 28, Josh Gladstone will direct a reading of "The Perfect Party" in the Gosman Room at the Montauk Library (871 Montauk Highway, Montauk, 631-668-3377). "The Perfect Party" (1986) is a successful example of that rarity, an American comedy of manners. The play spirals into Wildean comedy as a professor, trying to keep a beautiful critic's interest, finds himself embroiled in a plot with distinct echoes of "The Importance of Being Earnest."

Surface - Ceramics Workshop at Amagansett Applied Arts
Local artist Sue Papa will be holding a ceramics workshop on Saturday, Feb 28, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop will introduce students to new techniques for treating the surfaces of their ceramic forms. Techniques included will be sgraffito carving, inlaying, embossing, printing, slip trailing and abrading. Students may bring work they have thrown or hand-built to class, or create a series of simple tiles on which to experiment. Students will leave with an understanding of how the surface can and should be an integral part of the creative process. This workshop is designed for students with all levels of experience; $65 for non-members, $50 for members. Call 631-267-2787 to register for this workshop.

Jim Turner heads to Cabaret @ The Bay Photo by Eileen Casey.

Cabaret @ The Bay Features Jim Turner
The Bay Street Theatre (Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, 631-725-9500, www.baystreet.org) will continue its Saturday night Cabaret Series with local East End guitarist and harmonica playerJim Turner. Join them as he brings hisrepertoire of rock 'n roll, blues, folk, jazz, reggae,classical and Broadway music toBay Street's Lobby bar startingat 10 p.m.

Raphael Winery Hosts Jazz On The Vine Musicians
On Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m., Long Island Winterfest's Jazz on the Vine continues at the Raphael Winery's tasting room (39390 Main Road, Peconic, 631-765-1100, www.raphaelwines.com) with the smooth sounds of Napoleon Revels-Bey Rhythm Kings Ensemble. For further details on musicians and a full schedule of performances, visit www.liwinterfest.com. For more information on Raphael wine, tasting room information, special events, Reserve Club and other winery details, visit www.raphaelwine.com.

John Corr At Bridgehampton Historical Society's Parlor Music Series
Folk singer John Corr will perform in the Bridgehampton Historical Society's (2368 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, 631-537-1088, www.bridgehamptonhistoricalsociety.com) Parlor Music Series on Saturday, Feb. 28; $5 concert admission includes cider, Toll-House cookies and admission to the current exhibition, "Bridgehampton's Historic Turnpike." Corr's new CD will be offered for sale. Reservations necessary.

Emma Walton Hamilton Reads From Her Latest Work At Canio's Books
On Saturday, Feb 28 at 6 p.m. Canio's Books (290 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-4926, www.caniosbooks.com) will host Hamilton reading from her latest work, "Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment." The book offers a fresh and creative approach to helping young people discover the joys and rewards of reading; and offers simple, effective simple methods to build a love of reading in our youth. Hamilton offers insights, recommendations and tactics to engage even the most reluctant reader, and demonstrates how reading ties in with virtually every area of life. Hamilton draws on her rich theater background to demonstrate how to bring books alive with creative techniques and arts-based activities. The reading is free and all are welcome.

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