Talks, interviews and panel discussions make up the bulk of this week's top events for The Hamptons and the East End. Be sure to not miss the final week of The Hampton Theatre Company's production of "Don’t Dress for Dinner," ending on Sunday. On the North Fork? Catch one of the remaining concerts of the Rites of Spring Music Festival. Read on for our highlighted Things To Do list through June 10, 2018.

“Art in Focus” Lecture Series Continues at Stony Brook Southampton Library 

Stony Brook Southampton Library and the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center presents “FOCUS: Jackson Pollock's Mural for Peggy Guggenheim: Artistic Breakthroughs Combining Past and Present” on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 7 to 8 p.m. The lecture will be held at the Stony Brook Southampton Library in Classroom 201 in Southampton, NY.

The art lecture series will continue with Elliot Bostwick Davis, John Moors Cabot Chair, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Dr. Davis is currently working on the MFA Boston’s 2019 exhibition of Jackson Pollock’s “Mural,” painted for Peggy Guggenheim’s New York City apartment in 1943. Her focus is on the influence of indigenous Native American art on the development of Pollock’s mural imagery. Before joining the MFA, Boston, Davis was a curator of American, British, and Contemporary drawings and prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her recent exhibitions at the MFA, Boston include: “Mark Rothko: Reflection” (through July 2018) and “Making Modern” (2016).

Admission is free. Stony Brook Southampton Library is located at 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY 11968. www.library.stonybrook.edu/southampton-library.

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Final Week for “Don’t Dress for Dinner” 

Hampton Theatre Company performs “Don’t Dress for Dinner” through June 10, 2018 in Quogue, NY. Performances will be held on Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 at 2:30 p.m.

The comedic play, “Don’t Dress for Dinner” is written by Marc Camoletti and directed by George A. Loizides. Bernard is planning a romantic weekend at his home with his Parisian mistress while his wife Jacqueline is away. He has arranged for a Cordon Bleu chef to prepare gourmet delights and has also invited his best friend Robert to provide an alibi. Robert and Jacqueline are actually secret lovers and are determined that Jacqueline will not leave for the weekend; the cook has to pretend she is the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. As everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s, an evening of hilarious confusion ensues. The cast includes: Andrew Botsford, Rosemary Cline, Matthew Conlon, Rebecca Edana, Amanda Greimsmann and Sam Yarabek.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $10 for students under 21, and $20 for adults under 35. Quogue Community Hall is located at 125 Jessup Ave, Quogue, NY 11959. www.hamptontheatre.org.

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For a preview, read “Don’t Dress for Dinner” Opens May 24 for Three-Week Run in Quogue

The Architect in Conversation

The Parrish Art Museum presents “Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation with Kate Orff and Alex Matthiessen Rethinking Landscape Design” on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Kate Orff will talk about her presentation of “Ecological Citizens,” SCAPE’s project representing the United States for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. The project explores concepts of landscape and climate tied to questions of citizenship and engagement. She will also present recent projects by SCAPE that foster positive change in communities through the creation of regenerative living infrastructure and public landscapes. Following her presentation, Orff will be interviewed by Alex Matthiessen, the environmental strategist and president of eco-political consulting firm, Blue Marble Project.

Tickets are $12 and free for members, students and children. The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976. www.parrishart.org.

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Kate Orff, Photo courtesy John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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Challenges of Viewing Art Panel Discussion

MM Fine Art presents the panel discussion, “A Tyranny of Eclecticism: A tyranny of choice or an abundance of possibility?” on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 2 p.m. This will also be one of the last chances to view the exhibition, “LONG ISLAND PAINTERS A Survey: 1880s to the Present,” which closes on June 10, 2018.

"The Tyranny of Eclecticism" will be moderated by art critic and artist Bruce Helander and includes panel members John Torreano, Annie Plumb and Darius Yetkai. The panel will discuss the challenges in viewing art and whether its possible to find a universal that ties eclectic art visions together. Proceeds from the talk and a portion from the exhibition will benefit FIGHTING CHANCE, Free Cancer Counseling Center located in Sag Harbor, NY.

Limited seating, RSVP here. There will be a suggested donation of $25 benefiting Fighting Chance. MM Fine Art is located at 4 North Main St, Southampton, NY 11968. www.mmfineart.com.

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For details on the exhibition and MM Fine Art, read "MM Fine Art Opens in Southampton with a Survey of Long Island Painters."

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"Pulling for Shore" by William Merritt Chase, c. 1886. Oil on panel, 17 ¾ x 30 inches. Courtesy of Godel & Co.

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"Renaissance Music" at Poquatuck Hall

The Rites of Spring Music Festival of classical music in unusual places presents "Renaissance Strings of Pure Delight" on Saturday, June 9, 2018, that begins with a music conversation at 5 p.m. and a concert at 5:30 p.m.

"Strings of Pure Delight: Lute Music of the Renaissance and Early Baroque feature Chris Morrongiello on lute. Morrongiello, a former British Marshall Scholar, is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music, the Royal College of Music, and the University of Oxford, where he earned a doctorate in historical musicology. As a recitalist, Christopher has performed to critical acclaim throughout Europe and the United States. He is a professor in music history at Hofstra University and teaches lute and related historical plucked instruments in his private studio in Long Island, New York.

The program features pieces published by Pierre Attaingnant, Paris, 1529; by Joan Ambrosio Dalza, Venice, 1508; by Francesco Canova da Milano, 1547, and by John Dowland, 1605. The concert also includes anonymous Scottish pieces from Jacobean manuscripts and prints; dances from the court of Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1590 and Elizabethan Ballads for Lute. The talk at 5 p.m. will present an "Introduction to the Renaisssance Music."

Tickets are $10 to $25 and can be purchased by clicking here. Poquatuck Hall is located at 1160 Skippers Lane, Orient, NY 11957.

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“After Sandy” at The Montauk Library

The Montauk Library presents “AFTER SANDY: What have we learned? A Humanities New York Community Conversation” on Sunday, June 10, 2018, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. 

This open forum is the first in a series of concerts, programs and archival photo exhibits commemorating the 80th anniversary of “the Long Island Express” of 1938, and other hurricanes (like Superstorm Sandy) that have affected the East End of Long Island. 

The Montauk Library is located at 871 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954. www.montauklibrary.org.

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East End Things to Do Highlights column is published weekly and presents our selection of the most interesting events and things to do in art and culture for the upcoming week (and weekend) in The Hamptons, the North Fork and the East End of Long Island. Looking for art? Visit our Exhibition Finder to see what's on view in the galleries and museums. Click here to begin browsing.

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