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Bob Kolbrener landscape photos at Bellport

"Controlled Burn and Dodge no. 1," shot at Yosemite National Park, is among the 25 prints in "Bob Kolbrener: Mountains and the Sea," opening Aug. 20, 2011, at Pamela Lerner Antiques in Bellport. Photo Credit: Bob Kolbrener Photo/

WHAT He's known as the great contemporary photographer of the American West, student and protege of Ansel Adams, who held the same unofficial, undisputed title in his lifetime. For Saturday evening's opening of "Bob Kolbrener: From Mountains to the Sea," the exhibit's namesake photographer makes his first visit to Long Island. All his images are created "straight," Kolbrener says emphatically. That is, without manipulation -- nothing digital. "I print the old-fashioned way -- using fiber-based paper, tray processing and selenium toner. My goal is to produce prints that truly celebrate those exciting photographic moments. . . . Great landscape photographs are very short-lived, weather-related events. There's no way to anticipate them."

Kolbrener first met Adams in 1968 while touring Yosemite National Park. Over the ensuing decade, he advanced from student to teacher in Adams' workshops. Since then he's continued to capture the ever-changing western landscape -- particularly Yosemite. "Mountains to Sea" features 25 of Kolbrener's best-known images shot from 1968 to 2001. His silver prints are in limited editions of about 50, signed and numbered.

WHEN | WHERE Reception 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Pamela Lerner Antiques, 145 South Country Rd., Bellport. Exhibit runs through Sept. 10, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, by appointment Mondays, Tuesdays

INFO, 631-776-2183


Theater: 'Stolen' vignettes at Dix Hills


WHAT The genesis, so to speak, of a new play receiving what may be its final tuneup before an Off-Broadway run is an early Chekhov short story. In "Because of Little Apples," the young Anton re-imagined the Garden of Eden. A producer friend of Barbara Siman, a Broadway choreographer who also conceived such revues as "Some Enchanted Evening," asked her to write a play based on the story. "She wanted me to expand it into a full-length play," Simian recalls. "Who fools around with Chekhov?" Instead, Siman wrote three more vignettes. In each, something material is taken, hence the title "Stolen," as well as something of deeper meaning. The play made its international debut at London's Landor Theatre in 2007. Still, Siman told herself, "If it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage." So she reworked it for a student production at Five Towns College, which she directs using music and movement to advance the four stories -- ranging from comedy to sex-charged mystery. "It's ready now," says Siman, who's husband, Charles Strouse, composed a Broadway hit you may remember: "Annie."

WHEN | WHERE 7:30 Friday and Saturday nights, 2 p.m. Sunday at Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, Five Towns College, 301 N. Service Rd.

INFO $10;, 631-656-2148


Music & dance: 'Life/My Heart'


WHAT Ronald K. Brown's Evidence, A Dance Company performs "Life / My Heart," commissioned in 2005 by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, in the eighth annual On Our Toes in the Hamptons summer benefit Saturday. The gala includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres catered by Harlem's Diamond Restaurant, plus an online auction and a reception with celebrity guests Jessye Norman, Phylicia Rashad, as well as jazz vocalist Gregory Generet and "Law & Order" star Tamara Tunie. Proceeds benefit the Brown dance company's mission of promoting understanding of the African Diaspora through dance and storytelling.

WHEN | WHERE 4 p.m. Saturday, Hayground School, 151 Mitchells Lane, Bridgehampton

INFO $350, sponsors $2,500 and up;, 914-235-1490, ext. 16


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