Browsing: Arts & Entertainment

Three stories that have appeared in The Southampton Review were performed on two recent episodes of National Public Radio’s podcast, Selected Shorts. The January 4 episode, titled “Crossing the Line,” included two TSR stories that were also read at a Southampton Writers Conference event in Avram Theater in the summer of 2017. Douglas Lawson’s funny “Love in a Kitchen Garden” was read by actor Richard Kind. (It begins at minute 11:00 and ends at 32:30 of the podcast.) The next story up at 32:30, “Brand Values,” was written by MFA student Emily Buckler. The December 28, 2017 episode of Selected…

Double Portrait brings together the work of Charley Friedman and Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, an artist couple who make work that initially appears quite different, but upon further looking, embodies visual and conceptual overlays that create an intriguing dialog. Humorous, self-reflective and performative, Charley Friedman creates figures and environments that engage with their audience. Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez utilizes the framework of storytelling for her intricate drawings, paintings and sculptures that poetically embody expressions of humanity as seen through the lens of gender, political power and migration. Seen together, their work touches on issues of identity, self and community in relation to society. An artist…

Imago Theatre will present the imaginative “La Belle, Lost in the World of Automaton” on Staller Center’s Main Stage Saturday, January 27, at 4 pm. The fairy tale is a story-within-a-story set in the engine room of a steamship. Upper deck passenger Lady Rose stumbles below deck during a storm, meeting worker Sam Stoker. Lady Rose and Sam sing, soft-shoe tap, puppeteer and provide voices for the rest of the characters. “La Belle” includes five original tunes with ukulele numbers and 90s-style songs. Imago Theatre, created by Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad, has had its shows produced at Broadway’s New…

Film producer Simone Pero, a member of the MFA in Film program faculty and a Stony Brook University alumna, delivered the presidential welcome speech at the New York Women in Film and Television’s 38th annual Muse Awards gala on Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Hilton Midtown in New York. Pero, the president of the NYWIFT, spoke about the year for women in entertainment, one that has been seen a revolution against sexual harrassment in the industry. Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul and Julie Menin, the commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment also addressed the gathering, both championing the…

Three projects with producer credits for Stony Brook MFA in Film faculty will have their world premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, to be held January 18 to 28, 2018, in Park City, Utah. The narrative feature Colette and television series This Close, both produced by Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, and The Tale, with For Impact Productions’ Simone Pero as a producer, were all selected for screening at the upcoming festival in Utah. “Christine Vachon and Simone Pero have been integral to our program’s original vision and continuing growth,” said MFA in Film Program Director Magdalene Brandeis.…

Members of the Stony Brook University Orchestra, vocal soloists and conductors will perform Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 10, at 3 pm in the Recital Hall at Staller Center. Admission for this seasonal traditional concert is free. Vocal scores will be available for purchase at the door for $10. Choruses from Part One, Worthy is the Lamb/Amen and the Hallelujah Chorus will be sung by the audience. For more information, please contact the Department of Music at (631) 632-7330 or www.stonybrook.edu/music.

With live shows featuring performers from all over the world, the winter/spring season at Staller Center at Stony Brook University is as diverse as it gets. From troupes touring the world to a very special performance by singer Audra McDonald to comedy with Jay Leno, the vast choices at Staller Center make it easy to find entertainment close to home. Tickets are available at stallercenter.com for all performances, with waiting lists for some shows. The Staller Center box office can be reached at (631) 632-ARTS [2787]. Starting the season off, the New York-based ensemble The Hot Sardines comes to Staller Center on Saturday, January 20.…

The Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University welcomes Distinguished Professor Stanislao Pugliese from Hofstra University on Thursday, November 16, at 6 pm. Professor Pugliese will discuss the book he co-edited, The Routledge History of Italian Americans, a new multi-authored history of one of the largest ethnic groups in America, bringing together the best and brightest scholars and critics to create a narrative of the trials and triumphs of Italians in America. The presentation will be held at the Center for Italian Studies, Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340. Books will be available for purchase and autographing. This event is…

The University Orchestra will present a concert featuring the music of Mozart, Schumann and Tchaikovsky on Tuesday, November 14, on Staller Center’s Main Stage at 8 pm. The orchestra will perform Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 in G minor “Winter Dreams,” and Schumann’s iconic Koncertstucke for Four Horns and Orchestra performed by horn soloists Wilden Dannenbert, Edward House, Bryan Kupferman, and Elizabeth Schmidt — all music students at Stony Brook. The University Orchestra, conducted by Susan Deaver, is a 70-member ensemble of Stony Brook undergraduate students. Tickets are $10 general and $5 seniors and students, and…

“Gloves Off” — on display at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery in Staller Center from November 2 through December 17 — is Sara Greenberger Rafferty’s first comprehensive US solo exhibition. Bringing together recent video, sculpture and photography, the artist furthers her ongoing fascination with domesticity, the body, consumer culture, fashion, violence and stand-up comedy in a kaleidoscopic view of contemporary culture on the edge. The boxing term “gloves off” is frequently used as a metaphor to characterize brutal political campaigns and post-9/11 military interrogation. The phrase aptly describes the subtle aggressions in American popular culture Rafferty lays bare. The exhibition features…

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