[["http:\/\/danspapers.com\/?p=96353","Art Donovan Supervises Steampunk Exhibition in Seoul Korea","Asia's first-ever exhibition of steampunk art and design opens in Seoul, South Korea this week and Southampton artist and lighting designer Art Donovan<\/a> is playing a key role in the event.\r\n\r\nA longtime steampunk artist and curator of the world's first major exhibition of the genre at the\u00a0Museum of the History of Science at Oxford University<\/a>, Donovan was tapped as supervisor and co-curator of this new show,\u00a0Steampunk Art Unfurled:\u00a0Art of Victorian Futurism<\/i>,\u00a0which opens Saturday, March 8 at the Artcenter IDA, Seoul's Hangaram Art Museum.\r\n\r\nAfter an 18-hour flight, he arrived in South Korea on March 5 and began the hard work of setting up for opening weekend.\u00a0\"You should see this place,\" the local artist and steampunk aficionado beamed in a message Thursday, noting that the Artcenter spared no expense to present their vision of the Victorian Era inspired, techno-industrial art and design movement. \"The museum show is huge,\" Donovan observed, shortly after his arrival, adding gleefully, \"What a town!\"\r\n\r\nThe ambitious exhibition\u2014for which he wrote nearly all the descriptions and catalogue materials\u2014features an entire gallery dedicated to Donovan's steampunk lighting creations<\/a> and sketches, as well as rooms with pieces by other steampunk-influenced artists from France, the Netherlands, China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Australia and the United States.\u00a0The works on display include painting, sculpture, graphic design, fashion, motorized vehicles, jewelry and digital art.\r\n\r\n\"I was packing for seven straight days,\" Donovan said, explaining that he sent the museum every piece of steampunk-inspired work in his home and studio before heading there with his wife Leslie this week. Adding to the challenge, he had to rewire all of his illuminated works for 220 voltage, to be compatible with Korean electricity. \"I'm really jealous of the people with paintings and jewelry,\" Donovan joked.\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_96419\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"504\"]<\/a> Art Donovan sets up in Seoul, Photo: Steampunk art on Facebook[\/caption]\r\n\r\nHonored to be such an integral part of this landmark exhibition, Donovan said the show's organizers have been nothing but enthusiastic about steampunk. \"They had never even seen anything like that,\" he said. \"They are so enthralled by culture.\"\r\n\r\nDonovan, who has published two books about steampunk (The Art of Steampunk<\/em>\u00a0and a\u00a0Revised Second Edition<\/em>), used his existing relationships to secure most of the artists for the show. And it was this previous connection with the artists, along with his own experiences as a steampunk luminary and author, that helped him scribe the catalogue and other supporting text. \"Their entire academic description of the work is based on my expertise of the genre,\" Donovan said, noting that he provided all the museum's written material. He will also give the exhibition's keynote address and four lectures\u00a0on the history of steampunk art, its\u00a0influences and practitioners\u00a0during his stay.\r\n\r\nSteampunk Art Unfurled:\u00a0Art of Victorian Futurism<\/i> features a number of steampunk artists from both the landmark Oxford University show and Donovan's books, including Sam Van Olffen, Tom Banwell, Kris Kuksi, recent Oscar winner Stephane Halleux and Jos De Vink among them, but Donovan said he's the only one likely to attend the exhibition. Other artists include\u00a0Yasuhito Udagawa\u00a0(AKA Shovelhead),\u00a0Kimberly Hart, Martin Horspool, Pulsar Project and James NG, to name a few.\r\n\r\nWhile a host of artists are currently making work that fits the steampunk vision, Donovan stands out as the foremost cultural ambassador of the genre and its many facets, spanning visual art, design and much more. The Seoul effort marks Donovan's third steampunk exhibition, following\u00a0The World's First Steampunk Exhibition\u00a0<\/em>at Bridgehampton's\u00a0Hamptons Antique Galleries \u00a0in 2008 and, of course, the groundbreaking show at Oxford University in 2009\u20132010.\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_96424\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"504\"]<\/a> Shiva Mandala and The Electric Skull by Art Donovan, Courtesy Art Donovan[\/caption]\r\n\r\nFrom a curatorial standpoint, he\u00a0notes that steampunk art requires a visually different approach in its physical gallery display, which is why the Artcenter asked him to supervise. \"They wanted to get at the heart of the genre and wanted to see who is curating that,\" Donovan said, adding, \"They wanted the Oxford curator.\"\r\n\r\nIn South Korea, Donovan will be discussing steampunk and its roots in both the Victorian and science fiction aesthetics, but for this exhibition\u00a0his approach was more physical than intellectual. \"It's about the visual impact more so than the historical reference,\" Donovan said, describing the South Koreans' interest in steampunk. However, he noted, \"They love technology\u2014their technology is a big part of it.\" And steampunk is nothing if not a marriage between art and technology.\r\n\r\nSteampunk Art Unfurled:\u00a0Art of Victorian Futurism <\/i>opens at the\u00a0Hangaram Art Museum at\u00a0Artcenter IDA in Seoul, South Korea\u00a0on Saturday, March 8 and runs through May 18, 2014. Visit\u00a0artcenterida.com<\/a> or\u00a0donovandesign.com<\/a> to learn more.\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_96422\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"567\"]<\/a> Posters for Steampunk Art Unfurled: Art of Victorian Futurism, Cogs: clearviewimages\/iStock\/Thinkstock[\/caption]\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_96423\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"448\"]<\/a> Work by Sam Van Olffen, Steampunk Art Unfurled: Art of Victorian Futurism[\/caption]","http:\/\/danspapers.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/03\/ArtDonovanTheElectricSkull-150x150.jpg",96353],["http:\/\/danspapers.com\/?p=96345","Parrish Art Museum Requests Photos from the Selfie Important","To celebrate their new exhibition Face Time: Portraits from the Collection<\/i>, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is inviting visitors to contribute self portraits in the form of cell phone \"selfies\" through the show's conclusion on April 14.\r\n\r\nThe museum has asked art fans to photograph themselves in the museum and upload the pictures to Instagram<\/a> or Facebook<\/a> with the hashtag #ParrishSelfie. From there, the photos could end up reproduced in\u00a0the Parrish Art Museum's website or summer 2014 newsletter. Even cooler, all participants will be eligible to win a museum membership, two tickets to a program of choice (subject to availability, benefit events excluded) or \"other Parrish goodies.\"\r\n\r\nPhotos can be as simple as a selfie shot standing in front of the Parrish's iconic building, but the museum is encouraging people to get creative and use to their advantage the many works of art and wonders inside. \"Don\u2019t be selfie-conscious!\" the Parrish writes, \"Get theatrical and use costumes or strike a pose from a painting; incorporate an artwork, reflections, words, the building\u2019s architecture, or unusual angles.\"\r\n\r\nIt sounds like everything is fair game\u2014outside of climbing on the sculptures or touching the many precious treasures on display.\r\n\r\nThis is an art museum, after all.\r\n\r\nFace Time: Portraits from the Collection <\/i>(February 2\u2013April 14, 2014) explores \u00a0the art of the portrait through a wide array of works from the Parrish Permanent Collection. Pieces created in various media are on display by a selection of important artists, including\u00a0Tina Barney,\u00a0Dawoud Bey,\u00a0Elie Nadelman, John Sloan, Elizabeth Peyton,\u00a0James Montgomery Flagg, Adam Bartos, Leon Kroll,\u00a0Marisol, Thornton Dial, Richard Lindner,\u00a0Red Grooms, Billy Sullivan and\u00a0Lucy Winton.\r\n\r\nThe Parrish Art Museum is located at\u00a0279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. Call 631-283-2118 or visit parrishart.org<\/a>.\r\n<\/i>\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_96365\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"470\"]<\/a> Leon Kroll (American, 1884\u20131974) Child Reading, 1943 Oil on paper 19 1\/8 x 27 1\/8 inches Parrish Art Museum Clark Collection, 1959.6.31, Parrish Art Museum[\/caption]","http:\/\/danspapers.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/03\/ParrishSelfie-150x150.jpg",96345],["http:\/\/danspapers.com\/?p=96130","Work on Monday: I Can\u2019t C the First Letter of Clarity... by Eddie Rehm","Just a few days remain until Patchogue painter, Dan's Papers cover artist and frequent East End exhibitor Eddie Rehm reveals his latest installation at Fountain NYC. To mark the occasion, Work on Monday looks at his most recent install, \"I Can\u2019t C the First Letter of Clarity, See,\u201d from the LA Art Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center in January.\r\n\r\nI Can\u2019t C the First Letter of Clarity, See<\/b>\r\nEddie Rehm <\/b>(b. 1981)\r\nMixed media installation\r\nApproximately 8 x 20 feet, 2013\r\n\r\nNever again to be collected and arranged in quite the same way, as \"I Can\u2019t C the First Letter of Clarity, See,\u201d Rehm\u2019s assembled works\u2014each sold separately\u2014present something maddening, confused, angry and bordering on dangerous. He festoons the small L.A. gallery space with dozens of canvases, battered works on paper and found objects (doll heads, a toilet and plastic mannequin parts among them) all covered in aggressive brushstrokes and scrawled words.\r\n\r\nMuch like H.R.\u2019s frenetic wailing on Bad Brains\u2019 seminal punk song \u201cBig Takeover,\u201d which repeats endlessly on Rehm\u2019s website, the artist\u2019s work feels like that of a man unhinged. And while many artists try hard to appear similarly deranged, Rehm lacks the posture, pomp and pretense of his would-be counterparts.\r\n\r\nFor all its drama and use of scribbled phrases, like \u201cthe Mural of the Times\u201d and \u201cBeautifuckation of America,\u201d Rehm\u2019s art is absolutely earnest and without irony. He channels the anger and violence so many young men feel\u2014especially those who know little of privilege and comfort\u2014and then lets that chaos pour forth and manifest deliberately, without hesitation.\r\n\r\nHis culmination of this angst and madness feels like a widening gyre, sucking in all who approach it.\r\n\r\n\u201cI Can\u2019t C the First Letter of Clarity, See\u201d shows Rehm as a true L\u2019Enfant Terrible in a sea of young men wearing expensive Rimbaud and Basquiat t-shirts. Yet for all his work conveys, the artist is a disarming, teddy bear of a man, who says making art is his therapy. Clearly, he has become quite deft at exorcising his demons, ripping them out of his core and laying them bare for all of us to enjoy.\r\n\r\nEddie Rehm will present his installation \"Incoherent Chaotic Thoughts of an Unorganized Therapeutic Mental Reimbursement of Closure\" at the Fountain Art Fair this weekend. He is exhibiting at the Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts (gdcagallery.com<\/a>) booth, 69th Regiment Armory, Lexington Avenue and 26th Street in Manhattan from March 7\u20139. Visit eddierehm.com<\/a> to learn more (and hear some killer Bad Brains music).\r\n\r\nWork on Monday\u00a0is\u00a0a\u00a0weekly look at\u00a0one piece of art\u00a0related to the\u00a0East End,\u00a0usually by a\u00a0Hamptons\u00a0or\u00a0North Fork\u00a0artist, living or dead, created in any kind of media.\u00a0Join the conversation by posting your thoughts in the\u00a0comments\u00a0below and email suggestions for a future\u00a0Work on Monday\u00a0here<\/a>.\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_96135\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"448\"]<\/a> Eddie Rehm \"I Can\u2019t C the First Letter of Clarity, See\" (Detail), Photo: Eric Reid[\/caption]","http:\/\/danspapers.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/03\/EddieRehmInstall-150x150.jpg",96130],["http:\/\/danspapers.com\/?p=96008","Bay Street Theatre Seeks Local Actors for Mainstage Season","Bay Street Theatre is seeking actors for its three Mainstage plays this summer in Sag Harbor plus its Literature Live! production of To Kill a Mockingbird<\/em> this fall, and the nonprofit theater has issued a local casting call.\r\n\r\nArtistic director Scott Schwartz, associate producer John Sullivan and associate artist Will Pomerantz will host Equity Principal auditions this Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.\r\n\r\nActors are instructed to prepare a monologue less than two minutes long. Those who would like to audition for Mainstage's musical production must also prepare 16 bars of music to sing.\u00a0An accompanist will be provided. Actors should bring a headshot and resume, stapled together.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe summer of 2014 at Bay Street is a season of art and revolution,\u201d Schwartz said. \u201cWe\u2019re producing two world premieres and a modern classic, as well as innovative new programming around our Mainstage productions including the first annual Bay Street New Works Festival in April and Literature Live in the fall.\u00a0 As the new artistic director of Bay Street and also as a new member of the East End community, I am deeply committed to making this theater a home for local artists. I hope everyone who is interested in working with Bay Street comes to these auditions, and I look forward to this opportunity to continue to get to know our artistic community.\u201d\r\n\r\nAuditions are being held for:\r\n\r\nConviction<\/em> by Carey Crim, directed by Scott Schwartz, contract dates\u00a0May 5 to June 15.\r\n\r\nTravesties<\/em> by Tom Stoppard, directed by\u00a0Gregory Boyd, contract dates\u00a0June 2 to July 20\r\n\r\nMy Life Is a Musical<\/em>\u00a0by Adam Overett, directed and Choreograpged by Marlo Hunter, contract dates\u00a0June 30 to August 31.\r\n\r\nTo Kill a Mockingbird<\/em>, contract dates October 20 to November 29.\u00a0<\/b>\r\n\r\nFor full details on roles, visit baystreet.org<\/a>.","http:\/\/danspapers.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2013\/11\/BayStreetTheaterWEB-150x150.jpeg",96008],["http:\/\/danspapers.com\/?p=95985","Nancy Atlas Fireside Sessions Come to an End with Arno Hecht","It never seems fair but all good things must come to an end. This time it is the end of the weekly Nancy Atlas Fireside Sessions at Bay Street Theatre. The final concert in the two-month long, eight-show series, featured the very talented saxophone player Arno Hecht as special guest and as we have come to expect the show blew the audience away.\r\n\r\nFireside Sessions star and creator Nancy Atlas was sounding in top form and put it all out there for the almost sold out theater full of music fans. Joining her band was guest guitarist Klyph Black (sitting in for Johnny Blood as well as providing some outstanding vocal assistance), the very talented keyboardist Dan Koontz (sitting in for Neil Surreal) and popular Hoo Doo Lounger Dave Giacone on percussion. Long-time Nancy Atlas Project band members bassist Brett King and drummer Richard Rosch were once again expertly holding the beat and keeping time for Atlas and guests.\r\n\r\nIt feels apropos as the series comes to an end to point out that what most assuredly became the highlight for live entertainment on the East End during the winter of 2014 was really the product of--pardon the expression--a perfect storm. This winter has been chock full of all sorts of storms; snow, hail, rain, nor\u2019easters, rolling fog and happily for anyone making it to any of the shows there has also been the conglomeration of talent, vision and place that created the perfect storm for Fireside Sessions. Amazingly, most of these storms all seemed to happen on or about Friday nights and still the crowds packed Sag Harbor's Bay Street Theatre.\r\n\r\nFirst and foremost must be a nod to the passion, talent and vision of Atlas, for clearly without her none of this would have happened. We should also probably offer some thanks to her 6-month -ld daughter who made traveling out of the country for January and February out of the question\u2013 otherwise the eight weeks of joyous live music might have been something more like two.\r\n\r\nSo it was that Sag Harbor became the fortunate center of this perfect storm when Atlas sought out Bay Street Theatre managing director Gary Hygom with an idea. Her vision was to put on a weekly series of live music with special guests, maybe Thursdays in January and February, keep the ticket price low and the bar open. After hearing who some of the guests might be and having a vision of his own, Hygom suggested moving the series to Friday. He then designed a simple but perfect stage setting, there by literally and figuratively lighting the way for the next eight weeks of record breaking live musical shows. How fortunate for us that these two came together under the roof of Bay Street Theatre.\r\n\r\nHaving unabashedly enjoyed each and every one of these concerts it is with a hint of post-Fireside Session depression that I offer some highlights from this very last one. Thankfully, with the tasteful sax stylings of Hecht, there was no room for depressing thoughts during Friday night\u2019s concert.\r\n\r\nThe opening notes of Henry Mancini\u2019s \"Pink Panther\" theme set the tone for a very diverse and enjoyable evening of music. The epitome of cool, with credits that include playing with the Rolling Stones, Hecht\u2019s performance on every thing from \"Night Train\" and \"Bring It on Home\" to \"Feelin\u2019 Alright\" and \"Hold on I\u2019m Coming\" lifted the band to another level. Add into this the talented Black, offering not only tasty guitar licks but also his own hard rocking vocals, especially on his performance of \"One Way Out,\" popularized by the The Allman Brothers, and it is safe to say Atlas and her friends had the room on fire.\r\n\r\nThe weekly nod to the Beatles was a smokin\u2019, off the charts, simply wonderful interpretation of A Little Help From My Friends<\/em>. A more fitting nod to what this entire series has seemed to stand for does not exist. A rockin\u2019 interpretation of the Stones Brown Sugar had everyone back up on the dance floor celebrating a joyously eclectic evening of live music which also included covers of \"Peter Gunn,\" \"Pink Cadillac\" and \"Young Americans.\"\r\n\r\nAs has often happened in this guest star driven weekly series the song writing talents of Atlas took a back seat, although fans were front and center on the dance floor for her original tunes \"Large Marge,\" \"Galaxy Eyes\" and the encore finale \"Talkhouse Song.\" For an artist who has perhaps at times been presented as a very talented songwriter who can also sing, Atlas has shown throughout this series that her pipes and her range are right up there with the best of them. Going out on a show which truly covered a wide variety of musical genres seemed to highlight what this series has revealed; that we should never be complacent about what to expect from Atlas.\r\n\r\nThe hints that this series will return next winter with Atlas once again at the helm were thrown out during and after the show on Friday night. It was clear Hygom was very positive about the theater wanting to do the series again. When asked specifically if she would be back next winter Atlas would not promise a commitment but offered this thought: \u201cIf this never happens again the point is it happened and that is amazing, and special and truly gratifying.\u201d However, the post-show entry on her Facebook page seemed a bit more promising: \u201cThe fireside sessions shall burn again when the days grow shorter and the lone buoy bell rings in the cold winter harbor. Till next year! Peace. Out.\u201d","http:\/\/danspapers.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/03\/8657-dsc_1375-150x150.jpg",95985],["http:\/\/danspapers.com\/?p=95875","Tuku Music Comes to Westhampton Beach PAC","When Oliver \u201cTuku\u201d Mtukudzi lost his son Sam in a car crash on March 15, 2010, the Zimbabwean music legend was left bereft, hurting and holding a catalogue of songs without the partner for whom he wrote them.\r\n\r\n\u201cSome of the pieces of music were meant to be collaborations with my son,\u201d Tuku says, explaining that, more than two years later, he was finally able to bring those songs to life on his 61st album, Sarawoga<\/i> (translation: \u201cleft alone\u201d). Even without Sam there to join him on saxophone, guitar and\/or drums, the music his son was meant to play will feature prominently in Tuku\u2019s March 9 show at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.\r\n\r\nWhile much of Tuku\u2019s music is a joyful celebration of life, Sarawoga <\/i>examines and morns the losses in his life, including a brother, who died in 1978, just as Tuku\u2019s epic career was beginning in earnest. \u201cComing up with the songs\u2014that\u2019s a difficult process,\u201d the Afropop Hall of Famer says, recalling his work on the album.\r\n\r\nWesthampton is just one stop on his \u201cGreatest Hits Tour USA\u201d that began in Washington D.C. on January 16 and concludes in Leicester, England on March 22, before Tuku returns home to Zimbabwe.\r\n\r\nHis songs are mostly in his native Shona language, with moments in English and Ndebele, but listeners will have little problem hearing the sentiment, no matter what language they speak.\r\n\r\n\u201cYou can tell a sad song without understanding a word,\u201d Tuku says, insisting his songs are relatable, even to the Hamptons crowd. \u201cIt is universal\u2014Japan, America, Europe, everywhere.\u201d\r\n\r\nTo this end, Tuku is perhaps Zimbabwe\u2019s greatest ambassador, educating the world about his people and their country. \u201cMy music is African music,\u201d he says. \u201cIt\u2019s a beautiful place\u2026 We call it a world of wonders.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe singer laments how few visit Zimbabwe, often due to preconceived ideas about his country. \u201cIt\u2019s an experience that people should have,\u201d Tuku says. \u201cIf only the media could come and see for [itself],\u201d he continues, noting that his people are so much more than a \u201chandful of politicians.\u201d\r\n\r\nAt WHBPAC, Tuku says his show will be \u201cdynamite.\u201d Along with the heavier tunes from Sarawoga<\/i>, such as \u201cWatitsvata\u201d (translation: \u201cIf You Have Done Us Good\u201d) and \u201cMatitsika\u201d\u2014both written for his son\u2014he and The Black Spirits band will move through much of his massive catalogue, responding to the crowd and playing what fits each moment.\r\n\r\nThe show is, after all, part of his \u201cGreatest Hits\u201d tour, and Tuku has no shortage of music. He stands alongside world music greats, such as Hugh Masekela and Angelique Kidjo, and his songbook includes a mix of pan-African influences and cosmopolitan pop that has become his signature. The style, widely known as \u201cTuku Music,\u201d even bears Mtukudzi\u2019s world famous nickname.\r\n\r\n\u201cThey should bring their dancing shoes,\u201d Tuku says of the Westhampton Beach audience.\r\n\r\nAs part of their U.S. Greatest Hits Tour, Oliver \u201cTuku\u201d Mtukudzi and The Black Spirits are bringing Zimbabwe\u2019s \u201cMerry Music from The Heart of Africa\u201d to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is located 76 Main Street in Westhampton Beach. Call the box office at 631-288-1500 or visit whbpac.org<\/a> for tickets and information.<\/i>","http:\/\/danspapers.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/1.Oliver-Mtukudzi-GuguLethu-150x150.jpg",95875],["http:\/\/danspapers.com\/?p=95884","By the Book: Cruising the Mermaid Coast for Love","The Mermaid Coast<\/i> is a good example of 'not judging a book by its cover.' A scrimshaw mermaid sits on a black background, overhead, title letters drip blood red and the back cover suggests a potboiler romance-fantasy about mermaids: \u201cIt is only in the last 200 years that man has stopped believing in them. Perhaps we shouldn\u2019t have\u2026\u201d\r\n\r\nThe opening pages, datelined \u201cEast Hampton, Tuesday, June 15, 11:50 p.m.,\u201d however, suggest that, appearances to the contrary, this fun debut novel by East Hampton resident Robert Woolcott is no chick lit. The writing is tight, the dialogue believable, the point-of-view male, the setting a judicious mix of regional and international locales, and the folklore evocative as art and literature, including William Butler Yeats\u2019s poem \u201cThe Mermaid.\u201d Woolcott surprises with savvy sections on Montauk fishing and new technology, including details about the Lowrance High Definition GPS Fishfinder. The Mermaid Coast<\/i> turns out to be an entertaining mystery with diverse content about sea creatures that pulls up nuggets from the Bible <\/i>and Native American culture. It also nods to European, African, Polynesian, Indian, Japanese and Chinese myths about \u201cmermen.\u201d Who knew that Cornwall was the \u201coriginal, all-time mother lode of mermaid sightings?\u201d\r\n\r\nWoolcott gives play to cryptozoology (the study of \u201canimals whose existence has not been substantiated\u201d) as well as to studies of real-life arcane subjects such as the endangered coelacanth, a rare species of fish that resembles a mammal. And he crafts enough verisimilitude about mermaids in religious history to generate a willing suspension of disbelief about their coming ashore in 21st century East Hampton. It seems they make landfall every 30 years in order to mate with humans and thus keep up the line. As a professor friend of the book\u2019s hero speculates, might not \u201chormone-induced metamorphosis\u201d cause these siren-like sea creatures to adapt in order to spawn? It\u2019s an engaging hypothesis and one that Woolcott fashions with an admixture of scientific cynicism and inventive fancy, not to mention humor and sex.\r\n\r\nAnd what a neat beginning. Alec Costner, walking along the beach after work one night, hears screams coming from a millionaire\u2019s mansion. He sees a naked woman run into the ocean. He calls out and swims after her, but thinks he also sees (could it be?) two other females emerge from the waves and pull the woman out with them into the deep. He thinks the woman he saw was, \u2019er, kind of shiny. When he goes to the house to see what happened, he discovers a dead body and finds himself a murder suspect. Complications mount as the murdered man\u2019s beautiful sister arrives from Portugal (hmmm\u2026she has this strange exotic look and likes life cold and wet). Alec finds himself falling in love.\r\n\r\nThe narrative also factors in the little-known history of slave ships coming into Sag Harbor disguised as whaling boats (\u201cmost of the Native Americans in this area had African blood\u201d). East End readers will likely have fun with local references, including loving descriptions of Hamptons beaches and dunes and a shout out to Mary\u2019s Marvelous in Amagansett for their muffins. A climactic scene takes place in the Sag Harbor Historical Museum, and protagonist Alec Costner (no relation to Kevin, he notes) tends bar at Nick & Toni\u2019s in East Hampton.\r\n\r\nThe Mermaid Coast<\/i> is not without sly criticism about The Hamptons: \u201cIn winter, the rich came out on weekends from Manhattan, and dined at the American Hotel\u2026[on] $50 entr\u00e9es\u2014while down the street, in the cemetery of the Old Whalers\u2019 Church, the homeless huddled against the frost-covered gravestones, waiting for the summer jobs to start up again.\u201d","http:\/\/danspapers.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/03\/Screen-Shot-2014-02-28-at-1.07.54-PM-150x150.png",95884],["http:\/\/danspapers.com\/?p=95899","Art Commentary: 'Poets and Painters' at Parrish Art Museum","Collaborations between various kinds of artists have become a common and fascinating occurrence. Early on, painters particularly enjoyed working jointly with diverse artistic outlets, including people like Robert Rauschenberg, who designed costumes for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. The Parrish Art Museum currently presents an exhibition that melds paintings (the visual arts) from their permanent collection and poetry (the literary arts), called simply and appropriately, \u201cPoets and Painters.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe exhibition conveys diverse uses of poetry and images. There\u2019s Robert Dash\u2019s \u201cThe Air is Like a Cryst-O-Mint\u201d referencing poet James Schuyler\u2019s work. The written words do not appear on the canvas, thus allowing the spectator to make a connection between Dash\u2019s image of an open window and the poem. This connection depends on the viewer\u2019s knowing the poetic metaphor (a Cryst-O-Mint tastes like a Life Saver on the tongue; the wind blowing through the opening window evokes the smell of mint). By putting the meaning together with just visual images, the artwork becomes conceptual art.\r\n\r\nAnother poem by Schuyler is not implied but written out in Darragh Park\u2019s painting, \u201cOriane.\u201d\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_95902\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"491\"]<\/a> Photo credit: Michael Pintauro[\/caption]\r\n\r\nThe text\u2019s physical proximity to the poet\u2019s pet is sentimental and moving, expressing Schuyler\u2019s feelings more than words could.\r\n\r\nOther paintings extend the meaning of a poem equally well. An illustrated book, In Memory of My Feelings: A Selection of Poems By Frank O\u2019Hara<\/i> by Grace Hartigan conveys abstract lines, connected to each other. Frank O\u2019Hara\u2019s accompanying poem, \u201cThe Day Lady Died,\u201d is a narrative work that records the poet\u2019s errands as he goes from place to place. His attention to detail, as he names times, dates, places and people seems to capture O\u2019Hara\u2019s observant, signature style. The artist\u2019s connected lines are a metaphor for the poet\u2019s routine.\r\n\r\nConversely, Larry Rivers\u2019 collaboration with poet John Ashbery is a study in irony. Ashbery\u2019s style has often been labeled \u201cSurrealism,\u201d while his poetry defies the rules and logic of Surrealism. This seems to be the case in Rivers\u2019 piece where an image of a man typing is balanced by Ashbery\u2019s typed poem positioned next to the figure. There\u2019s nothing apparently surreal about the work as a whole. Yet it could be.\r\n\r\nFinally, Alfred Leslie\u2019s front piece for Kenneth Koch\u2019s book of poems, Permanently<\/i>, appears to be similarly ambiguous. Koch\u2019s particular poem (which is not written on the book cover) features playful words about parts of speech. Leslie\u2019s cover image seems to be a large, closed envelope-like object. Does that item relate to the term, Permanently<\/i>, meaning we won\u2019t be able to open it for eternity?\r\n\r\n\u201cPoets and Painters\u201d will be on view until Oct. 26, 2014, at the Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. 631-283-2118, parrishart.org<\/a><\/i>\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_95901\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"491\"]<\/a> Poets & Painters at Parrish Art Museum.
Photo credit: Michael Pintauro[\/caption]","http:\/\/danspapers.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/Poets-Painters-4-150x150.jpg",95899],["http:\/\/danspapers.com\/?p=95952","Honoring Dan's Papers Cover Artist Gene Southard","This week\u2019s cover by Gene Southard gives us hope. In the image, called \u201cBeach Road,\u201d the snow is gone. So is the ice. Only a few puddles remain in the road. The ocean beckons, although we can\u2019t see it. Lest we think the painting is a result of wishful thinking on the artist\u2019s part, we can assure you that this is a real place nearby. And yes, spring is really coming.\r\n\r\nThe image also fuels our imagination in other ways and not only about the coming of good weather. We also wonder about what lies beyond the end of the road. For that matter, we want to know what lies around the bend, before we get to the road. The image tells a story, a narrative that invigorates us.\r\n\r\nWhere does this setting exist?<\/b>\r\nIt\u2019s on the north side of the South Fork, near the National Golf Course.\r\n\r\nYou must live not far from there.<\/b>\r\nYes, I live in Center Moriches and grew up in West Islip.\r\n\r\nSo, you are a homegrown Long Islander. What are your early memories of the water?<\/b>\r\nMy father taking me flounder fishing from Babylon to Brightwaters. Back then it was all wetlands. You could see to the bottom of the water, down eight feet.\r\n\r\nHow important is fishing to you?<\/b>\r\nIt\u2019s the love of my life. I gotta be where I can smell salt air.\r\n\r\nHow do your children feel about fishing?<\/b>\r\nThey love it, too; I think my two girls love it more than my son. Of course, they\u2019re all grown up now.\r\n\r\nWhat were you able to teach your children through their experiences?<\/b>\r\nWe would fish during the summer, and they would say they wanted to be fishermen. But I told them it was a very hard life, especially when they had to fish in January and February. I also told them about lobstermen in Maine. They will fight to the death if other fishermen put their lobster pots in their territory.\u00a0<\/b>\r\n\r\nAnother hard life is being an artist. How did that fact impact on your own life?<\/b>\r\nWhen I was in high school, my art teacher said she\u2019d help me get a scholarship to art school\u2014but a friend said I would end up being a starving artist. So I pursued another profession.\r\n\r\nWhat was that?<\/b>\r\nI was with the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) for six years and the Suffolk County DOT for 31 years. I did a lot of drafting.\r\n\r\nHow did your drafting skills help your art\u2014when you started painting after retirement?<\/b>\r\nWhen I\u2019m painting a house, for example, I always draw a detailed image first, using drafting techniques.\r\n\r\nWhat attracted you to painting in the first place?<\/b>\r\nCreating something out of nothing, starting with a blank canvas.\r\n\r\nYou paint in a realistic style. Do you ever have a desire to paint in an abstract style?<\/b>\r\nI have no interest in that. I don\u2019t know if I have the imagination.\u00a0<\/b>\r\n\r\nIs painting your profession now that you\u2019ve retired?<\/b>\r\nI never intended art to be a profession. It was to be my pleasure.\r\n\r\nWhat kind of image attracts you? Is it the color, composition, lighting?<\/b>\r\nI don\u2019t know, an image just hits me.\r\n\r\nContact Gene Southard at email@example.com<\/a>.<\/i>\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_95956\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"374\"]<\/a> Gene Southard[\/caption]","http:\/\/danspapers.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/GeneSouthardCoverArt-150x150.jpg",95952],["http:\/\/danspapers.com\/?p=95878","Cineast Movie Previews: 'Non-Stop,' 'Son of God,' 'Holy Ghost People,' 'Bag Man'","Headed to the cinema this weekend? Check out our Cineast previews to help you decide what to see.\r\n\r\nNon-Stop<\/b>\r\nIf you\u2019ve been trying to fly someplace warm over this winter, perhaps you thought that you\u2019d experienced an air-travel nightmare: flight delayed or cancelled because of snow, connections missed, planes diverted due to freak storms. Well, at least nobody was trying to hold all of the passengers on your plane hostage, with the threat of blowing the plane up in mid-air if a ransom wasn\u2019t paid. Oh, and nobody threatened to kill a passenger every 20 minutes until the ransom was paid, either. That\u2019s the idea of Non-Stop<\/i>, and if it sounds a little like the modern thrill-ride classic Speed<\/i> mixed with a bit of The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3<\/i>, well, what can you do? Liam Neeson stars as Air Marshal Bill Marks, who must stop the killer while convincing the suspicious passengers that he knows what he\u2019s doing. The film also features East End resident Julianne Moore.\r\n\r\n