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Gateway Playhouse's first-ever gala

Kingsley Leggs, left, now in

Kingsley Leggs, left, now in "Sister Act" on Broadway, appears in the Gateway gala at the Bellport theater. (July 23, 2011) Photo Credit: Handout

WHAT It's the first fundraising gala in the history of Gateway Playhouse. At the start of its 62nd season in May, the family-owned Bellport theater company declared itself a nonprofit, making it eligible for government grants and corporate sponsorship as well as donations from theater lovers everywhere -- especially Long Island. Toward that end, the newly renamed Gateway Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County is throwing a gala party. The evening's entertainment features Gateway alums, including Dan Cooney of Broadway's "9 to 5" and "Les Miserables" ("Kiss Me Kate," "The Fantasticks" and "Evita" at Gateway); Kingsley Leggs, of "Sister Act," currently running on Broadway ("Miss Saigon," "The Full Monty" and "Dreamgirls" at Gateway), and Bradley Dean of Broadway's "Spamalot" ("The Secret Garden," "The Scarlet Pimpernel" and "Phantom" at Gateway). Dinner and dancing under the tent outdoors is included. There's also a silent auction.

WHEN | WHERE 6 p.m. Saturday at the Gateway Playhouse, 215 South Country Rd., Bellport

INFO $250 (including tickets to Gateway's "Spamalot" at the Patchogue Theater); gatewayplayhouse.com, 631-286-7027

 

Art: 'Brushworks: One Island, Three Views' 

WHAT "Brushworks: One Island, Three Views" presents paintings created in varying techniques by three award-winning Long Island artists. Doug Reina, who studied under Stan Brodsky, Christian White and the late Joseph Reboli -- all Long Island artists themselves -- uses large paintbrushes to create clear swaths of color that he rarely blends. Melissa Imossi, a Long Islander who moved to Italy to study at Florence's Angel Academy of Art, applies several coats of transparent paint, mixing colors into each as needed. Italian native Iacopo Pasquinelli, who studied with Florentine painter Tiziano Bonnani, favors soft brushes to create a luminosity in the Long Island landscapes he concentrated on after moving here.

WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 14, reception 5 to 8 p.m. July 29, at the Art League of Long Island's Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, 107 E. Deer Park Rd., Dix Hills

INFO Free; artleagueli.org, 631-462-5400

 

Music: Three Hamptons classical series

WHAT The Hamptons classical music season reaches a crescendo with the penultimate in the Midsummer's Night Music series, the opening of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and the annual Pianofest gala. Pianofest's scholarship benefit, "We Love a Piano," pairs Broadway's (and Manhasset's) Melissa Errico with her pianist father, Michael Errico, in a cabaret-style performance of songs by Kurt Weill, Irving Berlin, and Lerner and Loewe, among others. You'll also hear an array of prizewinning student pianists who are honing their repertoire at Pianofest this summer. (Recitals by the young international artists continue Mondays through Aug. 8.) The Midsummer's Night recital features cellist Sophie Shao and pianist Reiko Uchida in a program of Beethoven, Brahms and Debussy, plus a piece from Manuel de Falla's one-act opera "La Vida Breve" and Cesar Franck's violin concerto transcribed for cello. The chamber music festival opens with "Baroque and Blues," a free outdoor family concert led by jazz pianist Claude Bolling. The chamber series continues through Aug. 21.

WHEN | WHERE Pianofest: 5 p.m. Saturday, Southampton Historical Museum, 17 Meeting Place Lane, Southampton ($150, including wine and hors d'oeuvres), recitals 4:30 p.m. Mondays ($15-$20), Avram Theatre, Stony Brook Southampton (pianofest.com, 631-329-9115). Midsummer: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Guild Hall's John Drew Theater, 158 Main St., East Hampton ($25, guildhall.org, 631-324-4050). Chamber: 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the grounds of Bridgehampton Historical Society (free, bcmf.org, 631-537-6368)

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