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'Liars and Lovers' world premiere at Arena


WHAT "Liars and Lovers," a play developed through workshops at Arena Players, makes its world premiere on Arena's second stage starting tonight. Thomas Tafero, who has appeared as an actor at Arena, worked with the current cast of "Liars and Lovers" -- Evan Donellan, Michael Gilbert and Stephanie Spohrer -- as well as director Frederic De Feis to expand his original one-act concept into a play about college roommates whose apparently close friendship may not be all it's cracked up to be. The two guys share a history, but a girlfriend comes between them.

WHEN | WHERE Friday and Saturday nights at 8:30 (no performance Easter Sunday, but 3 p.m. Sundays starting May 1), through May 22 at Arena Players second stage, 296 Rte. 109, East Farmingdale

INFO $20 Fridays and Sundays, $25 Saturdays;, 516-293-0674


WHAT It's fitting that the Wang Center's mixed-media, multinational exhibit "Erasing Borders: Art from the Indian Diaspora" will be introduced with a pair of cross-cultural, multimedia dances commissioned for the occasion. Amy Yopp Sullivan of Stony Brook University's Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning, choreographed "Sensorium," in which dancers "discover" the art and, Sullivan says, "cross over from boundaries of a cultural, intellectual, aesthetic or spiritual nature." The second piece is inspired by a single painting in the exhibit, "Stealing the Queen's Jelly" by Reet Das. Malini Srinivasan, a classically trained Bharatanatyam dancer, describes her work as "a cross-pollination between dance, music, visual art and fiber installation. The dancers," she says, "begin with the images in the painting -- the bees, the thread, and the ideas of death and rebirth, tracing the life cycle of the beehive." The exhibit, curated for the Indo-American Arts Council by Vijay Kumar, is made up of 43 works -- from paintings and sculpture to video and installations.

WHEN | WHERE Opening reception and dances, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, "Erasing Borders" exhibit through May 27, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends, Wang Center, Stony Brook University

INFO Free, stonybrook .edu/wang. For reception reservations, call 631-632-4400.


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