Susan Werner and Patty Larkin at Landmark
WHAT Susan Werner knows where she comes from. That's what her latest recording project is all about. (Werner doesn't do just CDs; she does projects.) This one's called, with affectionate good humor, "Hayseed." Of it, she writes on her website: "My parents are farmers. My grandparents were all farmers. My great grandparents on both sides, all farmers. . . . But me? Slacker. Drifter. Songwriter." Now, the "slacker" turns her talents toward her roots. Ten percent of proceeds from her CD -- tithing for a cause -- goes to PledgeMusic, which benefits Practical Farmers of Iowa, Midwest Organic and Sustainability Education Services and The Land Institute. All to help preserve family farms and organic agriculture. Tomorrow night in Port Washington, she shares the stage with Patty Larkin -- no slacker herself. (Her current CD is "Patty Larkin: 25 Years, 25 Love Songs, 25 Friends.") You'll hear selections from "25" and -- with nary a cornfield in sight -- Werner's "Hayseed." Pay attention. Werner just might be the most original folk voice to emerge from the Plains since that Zimmerman kid. And funny, too.
INFO $45; 516-767-6444
THEATER: 'Danny and the Deep Blue Sea'
WHAT You'd probably call them losers. Danny is more handy with his fists than his wits. Roberta is a young divorcee who thinks everything is her fault. They meet in a Bronx bar and strike up a conversation over beers, speaking in sharp cadences to deliver dialogue by John Patrick Shanley, who won an Oscar for his "Moonstruck" screenplay and a Tony and Pulitzer Prize for his play "Doubt." "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea" is his funny and frightening boy-girl fairy tale. Shanley calls it "the equivalent of sitting at ringside watching a prizefight that concludes in . . ." Oops. Almost a spoiler. Shanley, by the way, was also inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame in 2002. What's a Pulitzer to a Bronx boy?
INFO $20 Fridays and Sundays, $25 Saturdays; 516-293-0674, arenaplayers.org
PLUS: 'Witness for the Prosecution'
WHAT "Witness for the Prosecution," Agatha Christie's murder mystery (what else?) with the triple-twist ending involves a rich dowager and a young married man who spent many evenings with her. He's the chief suspect. But that would be too easy, wouldn't it?
'Motherhood OUT LOUD' takes Center Stage
Center Stage presents the Long Island premiere of "Motherhood OUT LOUD," a collection of monologues by Beth Henley, Theresa Rebeck and others that may or may not shatter traditional matriarchal notions. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday; the show continues at the Levitas Center for the Arts, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, through March 24; $12-$22, southamptonculturalcenter.org, 631-287-4377
INFO $20-$35; smithtownpac.org, 631-724-3700
ART: 'Moby' at the brewery
WHAT Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, in a salute to the seaside village's whaling roots, hosts "Moby," an art exhibit inspired, of course, by Herman Melville's epic novel "Moby Dick." Artists from the North and South forks -- Cindy Pease Roe and Terrence Joyce of Greenport, Davis Murphy of Quogue, Randy Kolhoff of Sag Harbor, Shannon Guyer of Southold, Deirdre Humphrey of Orient and Thomas "T-bone" Abbatiello of Westhampton -- celebrate the whale with original works that range from paintings to fiber, along with copper and wood sculptures.
WHEN | WHERE Daily through May at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company's Tasting Room Gallery, 234 Main St., Greenport. Opening reception 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Hours: noon-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays
INFO 631-477-6861, harborbrewing.com