Claim this last weekend before Memorial Day as your very own. Keep it movin’ and groovin’ along with some interesting talks on space or take in a concert from a classical pianist at the Parrish. Celebrate Cuban and Georgian music and culture and be sure to gear up for one of the very first music festivals of the season in Montauk. You can even channel your inner Forrest Gump with a friendly game of ping pong at a local library.
However you choose to spend it, the name of the game for this weekend is to keep it moving. Here’s a rundown of where to show up for some good sounds, some good moves and some good clean fun.
Just dance at The Church
The Church in Sag Harbor hosts its bi-monthly dance party tomorrow, May 19, beginning at 7 p.m.. For $20, attendees of all ages can enjoy JUST DANCE, an opportunity to let loose and dance those blues away. Tomorrow’s dance party will feature tunes from DJ Seth until 10 p.m.. Concessions will be available from 7:30 to 9 p.m.. Buy your tickets here.
Talk all things space at SAC
Tonight, all are welcome to the Southampton Arts Center for a virtual lecture with Dr. Margaret Wietekamp, curator and chair of the space history department at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum beginning at 7 p.m.. Co-hosted by Hamptons Observatory, Weitekamp’s lecture will be based on her book, Space Craze, which discusses and celebrates the United State’s fascination and enthusiasm for space exploration. This event is free, but registration is required. RSVP here.
Check out the Montauk Music Festival
The 12th Annual Montauk Music Festival starts today with a kickoff party at Westlake Fish House in Montauk beginning at 6:30 p.m.. Tonight’s set to be an evening of music, cocktails, snacks and good fun with tickets costing $60 per person. Get your tickets here. For the rest of the weekend, the music festival will continue, with dozens of musicians performing at several Montauk locations. Sponsored by The Montauk Sun, the festival continues through Sunday and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit Lucia’s Angels and East End Coalition for Women’s Cancers. Click here for the full line-up.
Learn about Alzheimer’s at East Hampton Library
Local MD, Dr. John Oppenheimer, who lives and has a practice in Sag Harbor, will be at the East Hampton Library tomorrow, May 19, at 6 p.m. for a screening of A Life Interrupted followed by a Q&A. The film is an account of one family’s matriarch and her personal battle with Alzheimers. Oppenheimer, whose specialty is geriatric medicine, will be on hand, along with the film’s producer Judith Mayer for a discussion following the film. To register for this free event, click here.
Sing, dance and explore music from Georgia
“Discover Georgian Culture Through Music” is this Sunday, May 21, at LTV Studios in Wainscott. All are welcome to this concert of sorts, that doubles as an inclusive celebration of polyphonic music, offering a peek at the native culture of Georgia. The band performing is also called Georgia, named after the former Soviet republic being celebrated. For those of you who don’t know, the country rests smack dab in the middle of Europe and Asia and has consistently struggled with keeping their cultural integrity safe. Wine and snacks will be served. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m.. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Purchase yours by texting LTVGEORGIA to 41444.
Hear a classical pianist at the Parrish
This spring’s “Salon Series” continues at the Parrish Art Museum tomorrow starting at 6 p.m. with Ching-Yun Hu. The Water Mill locale hosts the pianist, who has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Taipei National Concert Hall and Osaka’s Symphony Hall. Impressively, Hu also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Taiwan Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Attendees for tomorrow’s performance can expect to hear works from Rachmaninoff, Bach and Tchaikovsky, among others. Tickets are $35, $25 for members and $20 for students and children. Be sure to save your spot here.
Salsa at SCC
The Southampton Cultural Center presents a Cuban salsa social evening with Manhattan-based band Son Milanes this Saturday, May 20, from 7 to 10 p.m.. Attendees will learn about the roots of salsa dancing, while listening to the unique and distinct sound of Son Milanes’s, style combines Latin and Afro-Cuban musical elements, utilizing a plethora of instruments and techniques. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Light refreshments will be served.
Play ping pong
When’s the last time you played ping pong? Sag Harbor’s John Jermain Library hosts ping pong matches tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m.. All ages are welcome to play. Games are first come first served and all you have to do is ask for the paddles at the desk in the lower level program room. Playtime ends at noon. Call the library at 631-725-0049 for more information.