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The newest exhibition at The Parrish in Water Mill will feature Salvadoran artist Símon Vega. (Photo courtesy of Símon Vega)

There’s a strong book-related theme across the board for the activities on the South Fork this weekend. Some are quite literal, like the discussions set for Shelter Island Public Library tomorrow with accounting and economics author Dawn Fotopulous or a Zoom program on Saturday on what’s arguably Shakespeare’s greatest work, Hamlet. Some are a bit more figurative, like the presentation multimedia artist Paul Miller plans to give in conjunction with George Orwell’s classic 1984 at The Church. And some are artsy, like the newly upcoming exhibition “Look at the Book” set for Southampton Arts Center.

If books aren’t your thing, and you’ve got a little cabin fever be sure to check out the handful of outdoor hikes being offered this weekend in Bridgehampton and Montauk. It’s good to keep it moving, friends, and don’t worry — spring is just around the corner!

Walk the newest exhibition at The Parrish

Simón Vega’s latest exhibition “Tropical Space Castaways” opens this Sunday at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. The Salvadoran artist’s works on view will include drawings, sculpture installations and found objects with a central theme of a “castaway” representing a foreign, practically alien presence. Vega’s works represent the lasting effects of colonialism and the Cold War in Central America, with his pieces examining the disparities between first and second world cultures, both economical and social, particularly the environmental exploitation and political ideologies of his native country, El Salvador.

Artist and musician Paul Miller (AKA DJ Spooky) will be on hand to present his own work in collaboration with George Orwell’s renowned book 1984. (Photo credit: Janelle Pietrzak)

Learn how we’re thinking as a society, listen to some classics at The Church

Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky) will be at The Church in Sag Harbor tomorrow night at 5 p.m. for “Parallax of Quantum: The Legacy of George Orwell’s 1984.” Miller, a conceptual multimedia artist who had a residency at The Church last summer, will present a digitally narrated piece juxtaposed with his own music compositon and artwork. The point of it all is to explore the impact of Orwell’s prolific book we all know and love, 1984, and just how far (or how close) we are from it becoming our reality. Tickets are $18, $10 for members.

A chamber music concert, “Love Stories,” is Saturday night, feauturing musicians arranged in duos and trios performing love-themed classics from Rachmaninoff, Faure, Piazzolla, and Clara Schumann. Led by composer and pianist Bruce Wolosoff, performers will include soprano Luna Seogngeun Park, violinist Max Tan and cellist Aaron Wolff. Part of the “Reflections in Music” series, doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 6. Tickets are $25. Get yours here.

Take in books as art at SAC

“Look at the Book,” a multimedia exhibition in honor of books, is at Southampton Arts Center this Saturday, Feb. 24, kicking off with a 5 p.m. opening reception. Focusing on how 33 contemporary artists use books in their own work — both for their physical properties and their literary meaning — works slated for the exhibiton will include all different types of books, plus sculpture, photography and several site-specific installations created with and from books. The exhibition will also touch on themes of the changing role of books in the digital age, issues of literacy, freedom of speech, banned books and the role of books in our society. The exhibition is slated to be on view through May 4.

Talk numbers and Shakespeare on Shelter Island

It’s tax season, Southforkers and there’s no time like the present to conquer your fear of dealing with numbers. Shelter Island Library hosts an enlightinening “Friday Night Dialogue” with Dawn M. Fotopulos, author of Accounting for the Numberphobic: A Survival Guide for Small Business Owners, tomorrow night at 7 p.m.. The discussion is free and you can register here. On Saturday, “Shakespeare in Community” comes to the library, via Zoom. The subject will be what many believe to be Shakespeare’s most popular, and perhaps most puzzling, play: Hamlet.

Landscape architect and designer Edwina von Gal will be at Guild Hall for a landscape therapy session. (Photo courtesy of Perfect Earth Project)

Learn about landscaping with a book and a talk at Guild Hall

On Sunday, Feb. 25, Guild Hall in East Hampton hosts landscape designer Edwina von Gal along with her collaborators at Perfect Earth Project for a landscape therapy session. Share gardening woes, mistakes and mishaps with some pros and learn some tips for safer, more nature-based land care. Tickets start at $15, $12 for members and The Project’s booklet, Nature-Based Gardening, will be available for purchase for an extra $10.

Hike the Long Pond Greenbelt

Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt hosts a couple of hikes this weekend. First, on Saturday, Feb. 24, there’s a full snow moon hike beginning at 5:30 p.m. which will be a leisurely paced hike through Vineyard Field’s open field trails behind the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. Meet at the musuem’s parking lot (377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike) and stay after the hike for some light refreshments. Hike leader is Jean McDermott. Call her up if you have questions at 631-599-2391. This Sunday, Feb. 25, there’s a moderately-paced 3.5-mile hike through four ponds (Crooked, Long, Deer Drink and Little Long). Meet at the Greenbelt’s nature center (1061 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike) before the hike kicks off at 10 a.m.. Hike leader is Dai Dayton, who can be reached at 631-745-0689.

Hear your fave Motown songs live at Bay Street

All are welcome to Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor Saturday night at 7 p.m. for performances from That Motown Band. Featuring Motown legend in his own right Garfield Flemming, a vocalist and longtime member of The Delfonics. Concert goers can enjoy covers of songs from The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, The Temptations and more! Tickets start at $65 and are available here.

Check out all the cool Clubhouse action

Tonight at the Clubhouse in Wainscott, there’s free bingo beginning at 5:30 p.m. and a paint and sip event from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for $50 per person. Gene Casey and The Lonesharks perform from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow night (no cover) and there’s karaoke as part of “Kaylee’s Bar,” a promotion in the bowling lounge that features drink specials and bowling for $20 per lane for an hour. Second Shift performs Saturday (no cover) from 6 to 8 p.m. and there’s also free line dancing starting at 7 p.m..

Toast to local tunes at Wölffer

Tomorrow, Jeff LeBlanc performs at Wölffer Estate Vineyards (139 Sagg Road) in Sagaponack as part of their Candlelight Fridays in the tasting room. Every Friday beginning at 4 p.m., there’ll be live music from local musicians plus specialty cocktails, wine paritings and new cider releases. Reservations are recommended. Make yours here.

Montauk Point State Park hosts a pair of seal hikes this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Montauk Point State Park)

Hike to see seals in Montauk

Montauk Point State Park hosts a series of hikes to observe wintering seals from now until the early spring. This Saturday beginning at noon, a state park naturalist will lead visitors on a scenic, 3-mile beach walk to potentially see up to five different species of seals, plus a slew of winter birds (bring your binoculars!). Meet at the park office/restroom building in the lower parking lot, located at 2000 Montauk Highway in Montauk. Try to arrive about 10 minutes before the start time and wear appropriate clothing, including comfortable shoes for hiking. Cost $4 per person, children under 3 years old are free. There’s also a hike this Sunday starting from the same spot at 1 p.m.. Space is limited and reservations are required. To register call the Montauk Downs at 631-668-5000 (ext. 0).