Gathering Steam

Anyone who has spent a few summers in these parts is familiar with the rhythms of the summer season. Whatever peculiar permutations of weather we experience (weekly nor’easters with snow in March, for example) in what passes for spring, we know that the segue from April into May will begin the inexorable buildup of momentum that is released, explosively, with the arrival of Memorial Day weekend.

The first week after that concomitant population and activity explosion tends to be quieter, showing a steep drop-off on the summer-tracking graph. That same graph typically registers the start of a steady climb toward July 4th frenzy beginning on the second weekend after the season-launching holiday. That’s where we are now: the start of the steady climb, as evidenced by the items being mentioned in this week’s At Quaquanantuck.

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Season opener.                                                                                               –Ginny Rosenblatt Photo

Foreign Policy Association Looks at “China and America” on June 9

The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program, moderated by Susan Perkins and David Rowe, will take up the question of “China and America: the New Geopolitical Equation” for its Saturday, June 9, meeting at the Quogue Library at 5 p.m.

In the last 15 years, China has implemented a wide-ranging strategy of economic outreach and expansion of all its national capacities, including military and diplomatic initiatives. Where the  United States has taken a step back from multilateral trade agreements and discarded the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), China has made inroads through efforts like the Belt and Road Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

Questions for this Saturday’s discussion include: What are Beijing’s geopolitical objectives? What  leadership and political conditions in both nations underlie growing Sino-American tensions? What policies might Washington adopt to address this circumstance?

As one might expect, these are very popular programs that are quickly oversubscribed. Register at your earliest convenience by calling the library at 631-653-4224.

The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year, serving as the focal text for discussion groups across the country. For more information, visit www.greatdecisions.org.

Three Candidates for Two Seats in Quogue Election June 15
Quogue Village resident Eileen Duffy, a write-in candidate in the last village election, is challenging two incumbents, Jeannette Obser and Kim Payne, for one of the two seats up for grabs in the upcoming village election on June 15. Mayor Peter Sartorius is running unopposed for another term.

Anyone who is not able to vote in person on June 15 can submit an absentee ballot. The first step in this multi-step process is to obtain, fill out and submit an application for an absentee ballot. The application form can be picked up at Village Hall or it can be emailed. To receive an application via email, contact Village Clerk Aimee Buhl at abuhl@villageofquogueny.gov. Since the steps for filing an absentee ballot take some time, those wishing to file one are urged to get started right away

“Don’t Dress for Dinner” Ends Run This Weekend

Tonight, Thursday, June 7, will be the first of the final five performances of the Hampton Theatre Company production of “Don’t Dress for Dinner”—the mile-a-minute comedy by Marc Camoletti that has had audiences laughing loud and long during the first two weeks of the run. Adapted from the original French by Robin Hawdon, this fourth and final play of the Company’s 2017-2018 season runs Thursday through Sunday through June 10 at the Quogue Community Hall.

To quote one of the many raves from audience members: “The audience laughed throughout the performance, and cheered at the finale. Don’t think twice, just go! You won’t be disappointed.”

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Hatching a couch conspiracy.                                                                                      –Tom Kochie Photo

“Don’t Dress for Dinner” has shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. An additional matinee performance will be offered during the final weekend of the production, on Saturday, June 9, prior to the regular 8 p.m. performance that evening. 

To reserve tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.

Alex Ferrone Photography Featured in June Exhibit at Library Art Gallery

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 9, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. for “Alex Ferrone: Aerial Observations,” the June exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, on view through June 27.

Alex Ferrone—claiming artistic influences Edward Burtynsky, Marilyn Bridges, Wynn Bullock and Man Ray—has developed a unique body of work through aerial photography that she calls Aerial Observations. In line with her intention to “always see differently” and constantly explore her environment from diverse angles, the artist typically leaves out representational elements,  leaving little or no reference to reality, and challenging the viewer’s perception.

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Works by Alex Ferrone are on view in the June exhibition at the Quogue Library.

Born on Long Island and based on the North Fork, the artist runs the eponymous Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue. Her photographs have been widely published in regional, national, and international publications including Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Vanity Fair, Pinhole Journal, and The Wall Street Journal. She has exhibited widely in the U.S. and in Italy, and her works are held in various private collections.

Elizabeth Platé and Margot Carr are the chairs for this show, on exhibit through June 27.

Niki Lederer Is Outdoor Sculpture Artist at Library for June

With a sculptural practice combining East and West Coast sensibilities, Niki Lederer employs both formal and conceptual approaches to art making. Lederer explores a love/hate relationship with consumer culture, most recently manifested in found object sculptures created from repurposed consumer plastic.

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“Spot Free Clean Green” by Niki Lederer

Discarded and found objects are the artist’s starting point as she creates sculpture from repurposed plastic harvested from curbside recycling. Ms. Lederer finds the colors intoxicating and can’t resist collecting them, typically late at night while she walks her dog so as not to draw attention to herself. The sheer volume of recyclables creates an endless and overwhelming supply of material.

She processes the bottles by thoroughly cleaning them and removing all branding, then dissects them by cutting the plastic with scissors or a box cutter and fastens them together with wire, jump rings, machine bolts and hex nuts.

The assembly process enables spontaneity and lends a playful quality to the work; some shapes are organic clusters and others flat forms. Lederer’s work has been reviewed in The Brooklyn Rail, The Globe and Mail and The New York Times, among others. Most recently her sculpture was discussed in “Die Verschränkung von Kunst und Nachhaltigkeit” (Wabl, Ans), as the work of one of five featured artists exploring art and sustainability.

Quogue Chamber Concert on June 16 Features Attaca Quartet

The Attacca (String) Quartet will open the Quogue Chamber Music 2018 season with a return engagement at the Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue on Saturday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Praised by The Strad magazine for possessing “maturity beyond its members’ years,” the Attacca Quartet was formed at the Juilliard School in 2003 and made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. From 2011-2013 they served as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet, and for the 2014-15 season, they were selected as the Quartet in Residence by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  

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The Attaca Quartet will perform on June 16 at the Quogue Community Hall. –Shervin Lainez Photo

An article in The Washington Post noted that “mastery like this is scarce enough in quartets that have played together for decades.” More recently, the group released the complete works for string quartet by John Adams on Azica Records. They have been honored with both the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association and the Lotos Prize in the Arts from the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. In addition, members of the Quartet are engaged in extensive educational and community outreach projects.

The program being performed in Quogue will include Haydn String Quartet, Op. 33, No.3 “The Bird”, Shostakovich String Quartet No. 3, and Schumann String Quartet No. 3.

Tickets are: $100 for the concert and celebration immediately following the performance; $40 for the concert only; or $5 for students (concert only).

Checks may be made payable to “Quogue Chamber Music, Inc” and mailed to POB 1984, Quogue, NY  11959. Tickets may also be purchased on the website, www.quoguechambermusic.org or at the box office on the night of the performance. Box office opens at 6:30.

In addition to the concert, the Attacca Quartet will perform on Friday, June 15, for children at the Hampton Bays Elementary School.

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