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Luna Negra Dance Theater performs the New York premiere of its show, Danzon, on Saturday, October 24, at 8:00 pm on the Main Stage at Staller Center. For this new work, Luna Negra Dance Theater has collaborated with the bold and ingenious Turtle Island Quartet and legendary composer and performer, clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera. Turtle Island Quartet and D’Rivera have collectively won 11 Grammy Awards. In partnering with Turtle Island Quartet and D’Rivera, Luna Negra Dance Theater takes this traditional and quintessentially Cuban dance form and reinvents and reinvigorates it as a modern work of art. They are introducing mainstream American…

Saturday, October 17, 8:00 pm, Wang Center Theater Born out of collaborations in New York City between Mongolian and Japanese American musicians, Khoomei Taiko Ensemble searches for and creates cultural links through music among Mongolia, the United States, and Japan. Easily transitioning between traditional Mongolian long and Japanese Minyo folk melodies to freeform jazz-inspired improvisations, the Khoomei Taiko Ensemble uses the morin khuur (horsehead fiddle), Mongolian jaw harp, khoomei (throat singing), long song, matgaal (praise) songs, Japanese flutes, and taiko (drums) to emphasize the similarities between Japanese and Mongolian traditions and bring both into the future together. Tickets for this…

Stony Brook Southampton’s Avram Gallery presents an interesting exhibit and discussion, “Southampton: Setting the Agenda for a Sustainable Future,” with a special reception at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 9. For more information, call 632-5161. In this exhibit, the Avram Gallery focuses on the Southampton community and current conditions, particularly specifics of the physical place, history, and current use patterns. Each map on display shows some aspect that affects sustainability. The maps are intended to raise questions; audience members will be asked to consider what a sustainable future for Southampton means to them.

The University Art Gallery opens its 2009-2010 season with two concurrent exhibitions, both of which are open to the public now through Saturday, October 17. “Stephanie Dinkins: This Land Is My Land” presents a suite of video-centered art works by Stephanie Dinkins, associate professor in the Department of Art. Working with objects and ideas of disparate intellectual, social, and historical significance, Dinkins presents video-centered objects and installations conceived to evoke questions about prevalent notions of knowledge, value, and visibility. Installed in the adjacent gallery, “Funktified” explores visual manifestations of a funk philosophy rooted in unselfconscious assertions of self, deliberate confusions, and…

Provocative and entertaining “Writers Speak” talks will continue on Wednesday, September 30, at Stony Brook Southampton with fiction writer Scott Snyder. His debut collection of short stories is Voodoo Heart. Snyder, who has taught at Columbia, NYU, and Sarah Lawrence, has published in Zoetrope, Tin House, One-Story, Epoch, and Small Spiral Notebook. He is currently working on a novel for the Dial Press. The talks are part of the MFA in Writing and Literature program and its popular series of literary events, which take place on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in Duke Lecture Hall and are free and open to…

Staller Center begins its season with a full spectrum of entertainment, from jazz and dance to classical music, radio theater, and family-friendly children’s shows on the Main Stage and in the Recital Hall. The season opens with the critically acclaimed jazz group, The Tierney Sutton Band, performing jazz standards on Saturday, October 10, at 8:00 pm in the Recital Hall. The Classics Broadcasts of live Metropolitan Opera performances (Met Opera in HD) begin Sunday, October 11, with Tosca at 1:00 pm on the big screen in the Main Stage Theatre and continue with eight more operas through May. The renowned…

In September and October, the Pollock-Krasner House is open for guided tours by appointment only on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Tours are scheduled on the hour from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. For reservations, call (631) 324-4929. The museum will be open through Saturday, October 31. Tours cost $10 per person, prepaid by credit card. There is no charge for children under 12 accompanied by an adult. Pollock-Krasner House members, and SUNY/CUNY students, faculty, and staff are also admitted free, but reservations are required. The current exhibition, “‘Under Each Other’s Spell’: Gutai and New York,” tracing the relationship of the…

The Stony Brook Film Festival, which ran from July 23 to August 1, closed with the New York premiere of The Little Traitor, with writer and director Lynn Roth hosting a Q&A after the film, followed by an Awards Reception on the Staller Center Main Stage. John Anderson, film critic, who was master of ceremonies for the evening, announced Stony Brook’s Audience and Jury awards for best features and shorts. Alan Inkles, founder and director of the Festival, heard from both filmmakers and audience alike, who praised the diversity of the Stony Brook Film Festival. “It has been an amazing…

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