Of Stars and a New Moon

Anyone who pays attention to the enemy of the people, er, I mean the media—and is there anyone who doesn’t these days?—knows that the Oscars will be red carpeting their way into all our televisions and other devices on Sunday, February 26.

The draws are many: Rating the absurdly overpriced fashions and the inane interviews of the celebrity gantlet. The personal masks of tragedy and comedy worn by dashed-hopes-but-good-sports losers and elated oh-my-gosh-what-a-surprise winners. The acceptance speeches, from the insufferable to the inspirational. The prospect of snarky commentary from host Jimmy Kimmel and the tight shots on the uncomfortable ways in which it is so often received. The tear-welling in memoriam roll. Judging the songs and the big production numbers (and this year evaluating the fallout from “La La Land” on both).

And, as with everything else in these United States and around the world this year, the Oscars will fall in the large shadow—some might call it huge—of some gleaming, beyond Oscar gold Hollywood hair in Washington, D.C. How exactly will that play out on Tinseltown’s night of nights? And what Tweets will it generate?  

As mentioned last week, the PAC in Westhampton Beach has its finger on the Oscar pulse and will be screening the nominated live action short films on Saturday, February 25, at 4 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 26, at 4 p.m.

Visit the PAC website at www.whbpac.org or call 631-288-1500 for information and tickets.

In a warmup for upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Malachy McCourt and his son Conor will bring their singular entertaining talents back to the Quogue Library on Saturday, February 25, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Malachy, the brother of the late Frank McCourt, and Conor will be showing clips of Conor’s documentaries, “The McCourts of New York” and “The McCourts of Limerick,” along with storytelling, singing and great Irish good humor.

Call the library at 631-653-4224 for more information or to register.

With the Winter Wildlife Camp wrapping up on Friday, February 24, at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, attention will be turning to a wonderful New Moon Workshop in the Nature Center on Sunday, February 26, at 7 p.m.

Alexandra Wisnoski will lead participants through a one-hour program that will include a talk about moon cycles, their effects on the human body, the spiritual significance of the new moon, and certain yogic practices designed to harness the energy of the lunar cycles. The discussion will be followed by a 20-minute meditation and intention-setting session, which in turn will be followed by a 20-minute singing bowl and sung mantra deep relaxation.

Glowing reports from people who attended a similar program offered by Alexandra last year included rave reviews for her exceptionally beautiful and transcendent voice and appreciation for the knowledge she imparted and her guidance in matters of meditation.

Alexandra is a certified yoga instructor and a graduate of New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Preregistration is required for this program for adults and teens, along with payment of the $15 per person fee at time of registration. Participants are asked to bring a towel for the meditation.  

To register call 631-653-4771 or sign up at www.quoguewildliferefuge.org. Namaste.

The exhibition for the month of March at the Quogue Library Art Gallery will be “Pamela Thomson: Inside and Out of the Studio.” An artist’s reception to which all are welcome is scheduled at the library on Saturday, March 4, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. More on this lovely exhibition next week. 



Director Ed Brennan has announced that casting is complete and rehearsals have begun for Bernard Slade’s “An Act of the Imagination,” the Hampton Theatre Company’s third production of the 2016-2017 season. The edge-of-your-seat suspense filled mystery opens on March 23 at the Quogue Community Hall and will run through April 9.

The HTC has also announced that Terry Brennan, most recently the box office and group sales manager for CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, has been named the new General Manager for the company.

In “An Act of the Imagination,” the mystery writer Arthur Putnam has created his first romance after 27 whodunits, prompting a number of puzzling questions. Has he fizzled out after years of hatching tricky crimes? Does he want his wife, Julia, to know he is a philanderer? Is he letting her know that he understands she is cheating? Or is he testing the first draft of what could be his most chilling, and deadly, work?

For the HTC production, the role of Arthur Putnam will be played by Matt Conlon. Playing Putnam’s friend, Detective Sergeant Fred Burchitt, will be James M. Lotito Jr. The other characters in the play—variously potential victims or suspects, or both—include Putnam’s wife, Julia Putnam (Rebecca Edana); his son from a previous marriage, Simon (Jesse Pimpinella); his editor, Holly Adams (Amanda Griemsmann); and two strangers to the household, Brenda Simmons (Meggie Doyle) and Brooke Carmichael (Cesa Pledger).

The HTC’s new general manager, Terry Brennan, brings a wealth of experience to the post. In addition to her work at CM Performing Arts Center, Ms. Brennan and her husband Ed (HTC board member and a director and performer for the company) ran Airport Playhouse in Bohemia for six years.

Her love of theater dates back to playing the lead role in her school play when she was 6 years old. Her theatrical experience since then ranges from all behind the scenes work—in costumes, lighting, sound, props and set design—to stage related work as a producer, director and performer, to administrative tasks in marketing, ticket sales, advertising, and customer service.

“An Act of the Imagination” runs at the Quogue Community Hall from March 23 to April 9, 2017 with shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. There will also be an additional matinee performance of “An Act of the Imagination” on Saturday, April 8, at 2:30 p.m.

Complete details on the production will be announced soon. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit hamptontheatre.org, email Terry Brennan at Terry@hamptontheatre.org, or call Ovation Tix at 1-866-811-4111.

This week’s exotic three-course $38 prix fixe at the Inn Spot on the Bay on Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 24, will feature luscious dishes from Tahiti. You can almost hear the rustling of leaves on palm trees and the lapping of little turquoise wavelets just by speaking the names of some of the entrées: Poisson Moorea, Bora Bora Crevette, Poulet Fafa, Papeete Pork and Polynesian Purse.

And the starters and desserts sound just as indulgently delicious. Don’t forget that Colette is offering cooking classes on Thursday evenings starting at 6:30.

For more information, visit www.theinnspot.com, or call 631-728-1200.

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