'Yonia Fain: Remembrance' at Hofstra
WHAT A retrospective of works created between 1959 and the present, "Yonia Fain: Remembrance" pays tribute to lives lost during the Holocaust. Fain, 98, a retired Hofstra University professor of art history and humanities, continues to paint and write poetry at his Brooklyn home. The Hofstra exhibition consists of 20 paintings and mixed-media art as well as a sampling of poems. "Yonia Fain's art, his often larger-than-life canvases convey the atrocities of war while simultaneously offering hope and the affirmation of life," says Beth Levinthal, Hofstra University Museum's executive director. Fain's life is a story of survival. A native of Russia, he escaped Soviet and Nazi pogroms in the 1930s and spent much of World War II in a Jewish ghetto in Shanghai. After the war, he worked with Diego Rivera while teaching at the University of Mexico. (Works by Rivera are included in the exhibit.) In the '50s, he relocated to New York, where he participated in three Whitney Museum of American Art annual exhibits. A former president of the Yiddish Pen Society, Fain was honored by the State of Israel for his writings.
WHEN | WHERE 1-5 p.m. weekends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, through Aug. 3 at Hofstra University Museum's Emily Lowe Gallery
INFO 516-463-5672, hofstra.edu/museum
THEATER: 'Extremities' in Bridgehampton
WHAT Minerva Scelza, director of The Retreat, a domestic violence shelter, will play a woman who is sexually assaulted in her own home. "Extremities," William Mastrosimone's provocative 1982 drama, starred, consecutively, Sigourney Weaver, Susan Sarandon and the late Farrah Fawcett on Broadway. In this Bridgehampton production directed by Joshua Perl of HITFest (formerly The Naked Stage), Joseph De Sane plays the attacker. The woman is faced with a choice between vengeance and justice as her roommates argue over the captive assailant's fate. Their words echo the blame that victims of sexual assault often face. The play's graphic nature and the intimacy of the black box theater where it will be performed make it inappropriate for children younger than 16.
INFO 631-525-2995, extremities-hitfest.eventbrite.com
MUSIC: Composers of the East End
WHAT Southampton Cultural Center's Composers of the East End concert features new music, including selections from "Musical Journeys" by Stephen Dickman, "Trio" by Katherine Hoover, "Spin" by Daniel Koontz and "Long Ago" by George Cork Maul. The recital is part of the center's chamber music series.
WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 7 p.m., Levitas Center for the Arts, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton
TICKETS $20 ($10 students)
INFO 631-287-4377, scc-arts.org
PLUS: Christine Ebersole at Landmark
Tony-winning actress Christine Ebersole ("Grey Gardens") brings her "The End of the World Cabaret" show, which she debuted recently at the Carlyle in Manhattan, to Landmark on Main Street's Jeanne Rismky Theatre, 232 Main St., Port Washington, Saturday night at 8; $45-$55, landmarkonmainstreet .org, 516-767-6444.