Showtime on the East End: Shirelles, Chanticleer, Documentary Fest

Chanticleer. Photo credit: Lisa Kohler
Chanticleer. Photo credit: Lisa Kohler

From film and live music to comedy and puppetry, East End theaters—and venues a bit farther afield—have a weekend jam-packed with entertainment on tap.

Also see Dan’s roundup of where to see The Nutcracker this holiday season.

118 East Main Street, Riverhead

Shirley Alston Reeves, Original Lead Singer of the Shirelles
The Suffolk Theater welcomes Shirley Alston Reeves on Friday, December 6. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Alston Reeves is known as the voice of classic songs like “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “Soldier Boy,” “Mama Said” and many more. The show starts at 8 p.m., but come at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy the restaurant and bar. An a la carte menu will be available throughout the evening. Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 at the door.

Long Island Comedy Festival: Holiday Comedy Bash
On Saturday, December 7, enjoy an evening of laughs with the Long Island Comedy Festival, just in time for the holidays! Hosted by comedian Paul Anthony with Scott Schendlinger (direct from the NYC comedy scene), Frankie Pace (SNL, Atlantic City, Vegas) & Richie Byrne (National Headliner at Comedy Central). The hilarious production starts at 8 p.m., but doors open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and drinks. An a la carte menu will be available throughout the evening. For more information on performers and the Long Island Comedy festival, go to Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door.

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76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach

This fantastic a cappella choral group returns to WHBPAC on Saturday, December 7 at 8 p.m. Twelve talented men will sing holiday songs, as well as Gregorian chants, American gospel classics and awe-inspiring new music. Tickets are $60–$100.

1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor

Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival
The sixth annual Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival runs at Bay Street Theatre December 6–8. Known for the slogan “All docs, all day,” the festival features 22 different documentaries including The Only Real Game, a film about baseball in India, by director Mirra Bank of East Hampton. And Lana Jokel of Bridgehampton will present her film Larry Rivers Public and Private.

To purchase tickets and for more information on events at Bay Street Theatre, call 631-725-0818 or visit

158 Main Street, East Hampton

Our Fabulous Variety Show 3rd Annual Holiday Spectacular
Head to Guild Hall on December 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. for Our Fabulous Variety Show’s special holiday show. Come early with the kids to meet Santa from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m., and enjoy performances by Danny Ximo of the Raffa Show, Samantha Slithers, comedian Bryson Turner and more. Tickets $15–$50.

For tickets and more information about screenings and upcoming shows at Guild Hall, call 631-324-0806 or go to

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook

Salzburg Marionette Theater Presents The Sound of Music
Austria’s marionette theater comes to the Staller Center as part of their 100th anniversary season with an all-marionette production of the famous musical on December 8 at 7 p.m. With a beautiful set, skilled puppeteers and stunningly crafted marionettes. The Salzburg Marionette Theater rarely comes to the U.S., so don’t miss out.

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