The start of spring brings with it plenty of art and cultural events on the East End. Our picks this week include a gallery talk, live Brazilian music, a talk with a landscape designer, and stand-out theater events. Read on for the best things to do through March 26 on the East End of Long Island.

Hampton Theatre Company Presents “An Act of the Imagination”

"An Act of the Imagination" is presented by the Hampton Theatre Company from March 23 through April 9 at Quogue Community Hall. Performances take place on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. (Saturday, April 8 at 2:30 p.m.) and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

“An Act of the Imagination,” Bernard Slade’s masterful and suspense filled mystery, will be the third play of the Hampton Theatre Company’s 2016-2017 season. Set in the 1960s, the play has been described by one reviewer as “one of the wilder rides of drawing room mystery.” The plot zeroes in on the mystery writer Arthur Putnam, who has created his first romance after 27 whodunits. Though his wife, Julia, and his son from an earlier marriage, Simon, are accustomed to Arthur’s vagueness and absent-minded foibles, the author’s change in subject matter puzzles them both. Their puzzlement takes a darker turn when a woman arrives on the Putnams’ doorstep with a tale of an affair with Arthur that mirrors the story in his new book. The simmering pot really begins to boil when Arthur becomes the chief suspect after the woman is killed, at the same time as a plot to do away with Arthur comes to light. While keeping audiences on the edge of their seats, the mystery also asks how much we really know about those who are closest to us.

Edward Brennan directs. Set design is by Sean Marbury; lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski; and costumes by Teresa Lebrun.

Tickets are $30, $15 for under 35, $25 for seniors, and $10 for students. Quogue Community Hall is located at 125 Jessup Ave, Quogue, NY 11959. www.hamptontheatre.org.

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Gallery Talk at the Parrish

The Parrish Art Museum presents "The Curator's View: Parrish Perspectives" on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m.

Alicia Longwell, the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator, Art and Education will lead an intimate gallery talk on the Parrish's current exhibition, "New Works in Context." The show features paintings, sculpture and works on paper from the over 300 new works acquired since the museum moved to it's Water Mill location. On view are works being shown for the first time and by artists new to the Parrish collection.

Tickets are $12. The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway Water Mill, NY 11976. www.parrishart.org.

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Performance Art by Artists in Residence at Watermill Center 

Kestrel Leah, "ALARM (Working Title)." Courtesy of Watermill Center.

Kestrel Leah, "ALARM (Working Title)." Courtesy of Watermill Center.

Watermill Center presents "In Process" on Saturday, March 25 from 2 to 4 p.m.

"In Process" allows visitors to explore the works of artists in residence through open rehearsals, workshops, studio visits, lectures or artist talks. The residency is PHYSICAL PLASTIC, a recently formed LA-based theater project that includes artists Kestrel Leah and Yiannia Christofides. The residents will perform "ALARM (Working Title)," a stage piece based on security alarms that utilizes the resources at Watermill Center to take shape in terms of structure, choreography and design elements. The event also includes an Opening Reception for "Works on Paper," an exhibition of watercolor mono-prints by William Stewart.

Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10. Click here to make a reservation. Watermill Center is located at 39 Watermill Towd Road, Water Mill, NY 11976. www.watermillcenter.org.

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"Promises, Promises," a Center Stage Play, Performed at Southampton Cultural Center

Southampton Cultural Center presents "Promises, Promises" through March 26, 2017. Performances take place on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

This is the final week to see "Promises, Promises" at Southampton Cultural Center. The production, presented in a staged concert format, stars Darren Ottati and Shannon DuPuis. The story centers around Chuck Baxter, an average man with one valuable asset - his apartment. If he shares his apartment with the executives in his firm for their "extracurricular activities," it could mean promotion. "Promises, Promises" is written by Neil Simon, Burt Bachrach and Hal David. The comedic piece is directed by Michael Disher and complemented by an infectious score directed by Amanda Jones. Songs include "I Say a Little Prayer," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," and "Promises, Promises."Southampton Cultural Center presents "Promises, Promises" through March 26, 2017. Performances take place on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Admission is $28, $15 for students under $21. A Dinner & Theater package can be purchased for $62. Southampton Cultural Center is located at 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. www.scc-arts.org.

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Brazilian Jazz Trio at Southampton Arts Center

Southampton Arts Center and The Jam Session present "LIVE from SAC: Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage Trio" on Saturday, March 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Nilson Matta's Brazilian Voyage will perform originals along with Brazilian song book standards. The jazz trio will take the audience on a journey through Brazil with Nilson Marra on acoustic bass, Helio Alves on piano and Anthony Penciotti on drums.

Tickets are $15, $5 for children. Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. www.southamptonartscenter.org.

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Landscape Design Lecture at Madoo Conservancy

Madoo Conservancy presents "Madoo Talks: Margie Ruddick" on Sunday, March 26 at noon.

Landscape Architect Margie Ruddick is the author of Wild By Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes. In this lecture, she will urge designers to look beyond the rules imposed by convention and sustainability checklists. She will instead offer a set of principles for a more creative approach that combines natural processes and high-level landscape design in a harmonious way.

Admission is $25, $20 for members. Madoo Conservancy is located at 618 Sagg Main St, Sagaponack, NY 11962. www.madoo.org.

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