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'Broadway Salutes' for a soldier

The Engeman Theater at Northport holds a benefit

The Engeman Theater at Northport holds a benefit concert for Lt. James Byler and other Huntington vets on June 24, 2011. Handout Credit: None/

WHAT The John W. Engeman Theater, named for an East Northport soldier killed in Iraq, resumes its concert series with "Broadway Salutes," a benefit for Marine Lt. James Byler, wounded in Afghanistan. Proceeds go toward making his Huntington home handicap-accessible. The lineup features Tony nominee Orfeh ("Legally Blonde"), her husband, Andy Karl ("Wicked"), plus Mykal Kilgore ("Hair"), Kerry O'Malley ("Into the Woods") and Jennifer Hope Wills ("Phantom of the Opera"). A second weekend concert at the Engeman, "Broadway Treasures," stars two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser ("Secret Garden," "Romance/Romance"), plus Jackie Burns ("Wicked"), Jose Llana ("Wonderland"), Bianca Marroquin ("Chicago") and Kyle Dean Massey ("Next to Normal"). Pianist Eugene Gwozdz accompanies.

WHEN | WHERE "Salutes" benefit is Friday night, "Treasures" is Saturday, both at 8, Engeman at Northport, 250 Main St.

INFO $75 Friday night, $50 Saturday;, 631-261-2900


Art: Guild Hall shows


WHAT Bryan Hunt is an American modernist sculptor who concentrates on serially thematic works such as "Airships" or "Monuments/Wonders." Working out of his studios in East Hampton and Manhattan, Hunt produces large- and small-scale works accompanied by drawings. His summer show at Guild Hall focuses on the theme "Water" -- ranging from amphoras to waterfalls. In Guild Hall's other main gallery, American visual artist Clifford Ross, who works in myriad media, from paint to video, will present monumental-scale photographs from his "Mountain" and "Hurricane" series. Ross says he'd been photographing waves from the Hamptons shore -- from Wainscott to Amagansett -- for five or six years before he shot waves produced by Hurricane Bonnie at East Hampton's Georgica Beach in 1998. Let's hope he doesn't get a chance to shoot hurricane scenes here this year.

WHEN | WHERE Opening reception with both artists, 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, exhibits run through July 31 at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. Hours through July 3: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sundays noon to 5 p.m.; July 4-Labor Day: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, and Wednesdays-Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays

INFO Admission: $7 suggested donation;, 631-324-0806


Theater: Café Shakespeare


WHAT Eat, drink, be merry and bear witness to "random acts of Shakespeare." That's what Café Shakespeare is up to this summer in the lush garden of a North Fork restaurant. Northeast Stage co-producers A.D. Newcomer and J.P. Groeninger are bringing a band of local actors to Aquebogue for three "random" performances before settling in for a Shakespeare-in-the-Park production of "Romeo & Juliet" along the Greenport waterfront. At Café Shakespeare, starting Saturday at Comtesse Thérèse Bistro & Winery, treat yourself to French fare and a local wine. But don't be surprised if someone at the next table suddenly rises to deliver a soliloquy -- "to be or not to be"? -- or two guys raise their voices in a boisterous debate. And if a young lady rushes past in pursuit of her true love, don't interfere. Forsooth, she be not dissuaded. The two Café Shakespeare evenings will be followed by a "Romeo & Juliet" preview in the same bistro setting.

WHEN | WHERE Café Shakespeare: 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday and July 17, Comtesse Thérèse Bistro & Winery, 739 Main Rd., Aquebogue. "Romeo & Juliet": 5 p.m. July 31 at the bistro and 7 p.m. Aug 5-7 at Mitchell Park, Front Street, Greenport

INFO Free (except for food and drink, of course); 631-208-6933 or see Northeast Stage on Facebook; 631-779-2800 for bistro reservations

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