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Pianofest's season opener

Christopher McKiggan, front, and Konstantin Soukhovetski perform at

Christopher McKiggan, front, and Konstantin Soukhovetski perform at side-by-side pianos at Pianofest last summer, 2011, in Southampton. Credit: Paul Schenly

MUSIC: Pianofest

WHAT Pianofest opens its season of Monday evening recitals by up-and-coming piano soloists at Stony Brook Southampton's Avram Theatre. The Hamptons -- beaches and beautiful people -- attract piano students from all over the world. An elite group is selected by audition to study and perform before an audience. The festival, founded in 1989 by director Paul Schenly, has attracted such guest artists as Andre Watts and Yefim Bronfman.

WHEN | WHERE 5:30 p.m. Monday, Avram Theater, Stony Brook Southampton campus; subsequent Mondays through Aug. 6, Levitas Center for the Arts, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton; noon June 27 and July 25, Brookhaven National Lab, Upton; 6 p.m. June 20, 27, July 25, St. Luke's Episcopal, East Hampton

TICKETS $20, free at Brookhaven; pianofest.com, 631-329-9115

 

THEATER: Rabbi stars in 'Gypsy'

WHAT The rabbi plays the stripper's stage mom. That's right, Rabbi Marci Bellows, ordained in 2004 and observing her third year as rabbi of Temple B'nai Torah in Wantagh, plays Mama Rose in the temple's production of the musical "Gypsy." Tom Wallace of Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts directs a cast that includes children from the temple in the roles of young June and Louise.

WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Saturday and June 23, 3 p.m. Sunday and June 24, Temple B'nai Torah, 2900 Jerusalem Ave., Wantagh

TICKETS $18-$25; 516-221-2370, temple-bnai-torah.org

 

PLUS: 'Self Help at Studio

WHAT In "Self Help," two actors married to each other but not to their jobs -- they don't get callbacks -- reinvent themselves as relationship experts. They're a smash hit until their marriage sours. A farce by Studio's favorite Canadian playwright, Norm Foster.

WHEN | WHERE Friday and Saturday nights at 8, Sundays (but not Father's Day) at 2:30 p.m., through July 1, Studio Theatre, 141 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst

TICKETS $18-$20, $25 at the door; 631-226-8400, studiotheatreli.com

 

ART: 'Visual Vernacular'

WHAT Arlene Bujese, former East Hampton gallery owner -- the rent soared and she sold her namesake space on Newtown Lane -- makes her debut as Southampton Cultural Center's curator-in-residence. "Visual Vernacular," as the title suggests, concentrates on elements that link each of four artists' works to form a voice or style. Have a look -- and a listen -- at paintings and sculptures by Stephanie Brody-Lederman, John Haubrich, Gerson Leiber and Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas.

WHEN | WHERE Noon to 4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, through July 1

ADMISSION Free; scc-arts.org, 631-287-4377

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