Book discussions, theater and film made our list for the best things to do this weekend in The Hamptons. Looking ahead, check out a special program on silent films including screenings set to live music. Read on to discover the event possibilities through March 31, 2019 in The Hamptons and East End of Long Island.

MUSICAL - "Man of La Mancha"

Hampton Theatre Company presents the musical “Man of La Mancha" through April 7, 2019. Performances will be held on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Inspired by the 17th century novel “Don Quixote,” the classic Broadway show—with book by Dale Wasserman, music by Joe Darion and lyrics by Mitch Leigh—is widely considered one of the most enduring pieces of musical theater, having enjoyed four revivals in New York and providing one of the best known songs in the Great American Songbook, “The Impossible Dream.” The Hampton Theatre Company production is co-directed by Edward A. Brennan and Diana Marbury. Musical direction is by Amy Federico McGrath.

Tickets are $40 for adults; $35 for seniors; $30 for those under 30 years old and $30 for veterans and theater industry members. To reserve, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111. The Quogue Community Hall is located at 125 Jessup Avenue, Quogue, NY 11959.

To read a preview, Click "Man of La Mancha,” HTC’s First Musical, Opens March 21 in Quogue."

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Kyle Breitenbach, Andrew Gasparini and Matthew Conlon rehearse for  Hampton Theatre Company' production of "Man of La Mancha" at the Quogue Community Hall. Photo by Tom Kochie. Courtesy Hamptons Theatre Company.

Kyle Breitenbach, Andrew Gasparini and Matthew Conlon rehearse for  Hampton Theatre Company' production of "Man of La Mancha" at the Quogue Community Hall. Photo by Tom Kochie. Courtesy Hamptons Theatre Company.

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Artist Bastienne Schmidt Discusses New Monograph

The Parrish Art Museum presents a discussion between Director Terrie Sultan and artist Bastienne Schmidt to discuss her new monograph "Grids and Threads" on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Grids and Threads is a minimalist meditation on the concept of white space and its perception. The book is inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s Three Standard Stoppages in which three imaginary measuring devices underline the arbitrariness to qualify and quantify something. The introduction is written by Parrish Art Museum director Terrie Sultan and arts writer Jacoba Urist. The book documenting Schmidt's latest art project. The discussion will be followed by a book signing.

Admission is $12 or free for museum members, students and children. Click here to purchase or reserve a spot. Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11979. www.parrishart.org.

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Art on Film: "Caravaggio: The Soul and The Blood"

Guild Hall screens "Caravaggio: The Soul and The Blood" on Friday, March 29, 2019, at 7 p.m.

"Caravaggio: The Soul and The Blood" journeys through the life, art and struggles of Italian master Michelangelo Merisi di Caravaggio. Through the artist's masterpieces, Caravaggio expert Roberto Longhi explores the echo of personal experiences and the expression of the human state, both physical and emotional. These evocative moments — thanks to the use of light and cinematic techniques — allow viewers to go deep inside the mind and soul of Caravaggio, empathizing with his impulses and fears.

Tickets are $18 or $16 for Guild Hall Members and can be purchased by clicking here. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.guildhall.org.

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Film Still from "Caravaggio: The Soul and The Blood." Courtesy Guild Hall.

Film Still from "Caravaggio: The Soul and The Blood." Courtesy Guild Hall.

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Oscar-Nominated Film Screening

Southampton Arts Center screens "Minding The Gap" as part of its "2019 OSCAR® SPOTLIGHT" series on Friday, March 29, 2019, at 7 p.m.

"Minding The Gap," by Bing Liu (100 minutes) features footage captured over 12 years in the filmmaker's hometown of Rockford, IL. In the film, Bing Liu searches for correlations between his skateboarder friends’ turbulent upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity. In navigating a difficult relationship between his camera, his friends and his own past, the film weaves a story of generational forgiveness while exploring the precarious gap between childhood and adulthood.

Tickets are $10 or $7 for SAC Friends Members. Click here to purchase tickets. The Southampton Arts Center is located at 97 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. www.southamptonartscenter.org.

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Film Still from "Minding the Gap" by Bing Liu. Courtesy Southampton Arts Center.

Film Still from "Minding the Gap" by Bing Liu. Courtesy Southampton Arts Center.

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Memoir Reading by Novelist Tom Phelan

Canio's Cultural Cafe presents a reading by Tom Phelan from his memoir "We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It: A Memoir of My Irish Boyhood" on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 5 p.m.

The book tells the story of Tom Phelan's childhood, growing up in rural Ireland in the 1940s and 1950s on a small farm in Mountmellick County. Working with his father as they sought to wrest a living from the land, Phelan revisits the travails and triumphs of an Irish farm family in his signature poetic prose. Phelan's novels include In the Season of the Daises (Lilliput Press); Nailer; The Canal Bridge; Iscariot; Derrycloney and Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told.

Admission is free. Get there early as events are typically standing-room only. Canio's Cultural Cafe events are presented at Canio's Books, 290 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. www.canios.wordpress.com.

UPCOMING - RSVP Required

Lecture & Live Music to a Silent Film

Suffolk County Historical Museum Society presents "Silent Film Program: Lecture, Film & Musical Performance by Long Island composer J.K. Hodge" on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 6 p.m. Space is limited with RSVP and prepayment required.

Offered in conjunction with the exhibition "Silver Screens of Suffolk," the family-friendly event presents a program focusing on the nostaglia of the silent film era. Offering a lecture on the early history of silent film, the second part of the program features the screening of two silent films with musical accompaniment scored and performed live by J.K. Hodge.

Tickets are $15 per person. To purchase, call 631-727-2881 extension 100. The Suffolk County Historical Museum is located at 300 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901. www.suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org.

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