Bits and Pieces 03.14.19

Rock and B-Ball

Tommy Sullivan, a singer and member of the 1960s rock band Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, will perform a free concert celebrating the music of Roy Orbison, Gene Pitney, Ray Charles, and Burt Bacharach tomorrow evening at 6 at the East Hampton Library.

Also at the library, on Saturday at 1 p.m., the East Hampton Town Anti-Bias Task Force will present a free screening of “Killer Bees,” a documentary about the Bridgehampton High School basketball team’s preparation to defend its state championship title.

The film follows the predominantly African-American and working-class players on and off the court and explores the historical importance of the Bees in Bridgehampton and within the larger context of one of the wealthiest areas of the country. Benjamin and Orson Cummings, the film’s directors, will be present for a post-screening discussion. 

Political Fantasy

The Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center’s Present Tense series will continue with “Gabriel Over the White House,” a rarely seen political fantasy from 1933, on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor. 

Directed by Gregory La Cava, a two-time Oscar nominee, the film stars Walter Huston as Judson Hammond, a recently elected and ineffective American president who responds to the country’s problems with nothing but optimistic banalities. 

However, after a violent car crash, Hammond emerges from a coma a changed man. He purges his cabinet, declares martial law, dissolves Congress, and revokes the Constitution, while at the same time ushering in world peace by using a deadly weapon to blackmail the world into disarmament. The viewer can decide if that fiction is stranger than today’s reality.

Bruce Goldstein, longtime director of repertory programming at New York City’s Film Forum, will discuss the film after the screening with Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, head of the cinema’s programming committee. Tickets are $15.

Broadway’s Ghosts

Robert Viagas, a writer, critic, and theater historian, will give a free illustrated talk on “The Ghosts of Broadway” on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Montauk Library. With more than 20 years of experience working on Broadway, primarily with Playbill and the Tony Awards, Mr. Viagas is well acquainted with the legends of spirits that haunt theaters in New York City and elsewhere. 

Among those are the ghosts of the producer-playwright David Belasco, audience members who died in the 1903 fire at the Iroquois Theatre in Chicago, and Olive Thomas, the Ziegfeld showgirl who reputedly haunts the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York.

‘Beatles Weekend’

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ final year of recording, a “Beatles Weekend,” a two-night concert by the Moondogs at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, will focus on the classic albums “Let It Be” and “Abbey Road” tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m.

While not strictly a tribute band, the East End-based Moondogs covered the Fab Four last year in a tribute to George Harrison at Bay Street and in a Beatles/Stones battle of the bands at the Patchogue Theatre. The group includes Dan Koontz, Jeff Levitt, Michael Schiano, Mick Hargreaves, Dave Giacone, Howie Silverman, Fred Gilde, and Joe Lauro.

The playlist will include “Let It Be,” “The Long and Winding Road,” “Come Together,” “Here Comes the Sun,” and many more. Tickets are $30, $40 the day of the show.

Syrian Jihadists

“Of Fathers and Sons,” a film by Talal Derki that was nominated for an Oscar this year for best documentary feature, will be screened at the Southampton Arts Center tomorrow at 7 p.m. 

After completing his award-winning film “The Return to Homs,” Mr. Derki returned to Syria, his homeland, where he posed as a war photographer sympathetic to the jihadist cause and lived for more than two years with the Al-Nusra leader Abu Osama and his family. His focus on the children reveals what it’s like to grow up with a father whose dream is to establish an Islamic caliphate.

“Of Fathers and Sons” won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Documentary category at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Tickets are $10, $7 for SAC members.