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Larry Rivers show at University Gallery

"Art and the Artist: Matisse's La Danse 'Energy',"

"Art and the Artist: Matisse's La Danse 'Energy'," 1993, is part of the "Larry Rivers: Collaborations and Appropriations" exhibit at the University Gallery, Stony Brook, through Dec. 8, 2012. Credit: Handout

WHAT "Larry Rivers: Collaborations and Appropriations" presents 11 large-scale relief paintings in which the late Hamptons artist "borrowed" from works of other famous artists. The exhibit also features eight collaborative drawings from the "Stones" series of lithographs created with poet Frank O'Hara, plus a pair of experimental films by Rudy Burckhardt that focuses on Rivers in a performance ensemble with other painters and writers, including Jane Freilicker and Fairfield Porter. Guest curator Helen Harrison of the Stony Brook University-affiliated Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, writes in the show's catalog: "Perhaps because of his background as a professional jazz musician, Larry Rivers was predisposed to creative collaboration and appropriation. Neither practice was common in the late 1940s and early 1950s when Rivers was making the art scene in New York City."

WHEN | WHERE Through Dec. 8, University Gallery, Staller Center, Stony Brook University. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7-9 p.m. Saturdays and one hour before Staller Center performances, through intermission. Reception: 7-9 p.m. Saturday

ADMISSION Free;, 631-632-7240


PLUS: A Reboli retrospective

"Joseph Reboli, His Life . . . His Work," a free exhibit of the late Stony Brook artist's Long Island scenes, is on display through Oct. 21 at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, Stony Brook Village Center, weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A panel discusses his work 2 p.m. Oct. 14;, 631-689-5888.


THEATER: BroadHollow fan faves

WHAT A pair of BroadHollow fan favorites are reprised: "Shut Up, Sit Down and Eat!" returns to the BayWay Arts Center Sunday night and for two November performances. A therapist is a no-show for a group session -- and his Italian-American clients resort to pasta therapy. Written and played by four New York stand-up comics. Meanwhile, "Ain't Retirement Grand?!" winds up a two-matinee run at Landmark on Main Street by flaunting its Medicare-eligible sense of humor.

WHEN | WHERE "Shut Up": 7 p.m. Sunday, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Nov. 11, BayWay Arts Center, 265 E. Main St., East Islip; 2 p.m. Oct. 24, BroadHollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. "Retirement": 2 p.m. Sunday, Jeanne Rimsky Theatre, Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington

TICKETS $25;, 631-581-2700, 516-775-4420

WHAT The student-run Post Theatre Company presents an evening of existential shorts by Samuel Beckett: "Come and Go," "Rough for Theater II," "Catastrophe," "What Where" and "Quad."

WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 11-13, 2 p.m. Oct. 12, 3 p.m. Oct. 14, Little Theatre, LIU Post, Brookville

TICKETS $5-$10; 516-299-2356


MUSIC: Susan Werner plays Boulton Center

Susan Werner returns to Long Island in concert Friday night with fellow folk artist Vance Gilbert. Werner's latest release is a DVD of a 2011 Maine concert, "Live at Stone Mountain," featuring songs from her "Kicking the Beehive" CD and selections from her prolific singing-songwriting career. Music starts at 8, YMCA Boulton Center, Bay Shore, $40;, 631-969-1101.

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