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Eye On The Arts

Arts scene happenings in Huntington.

With the summer season now in full swing, things continue to heat up at the Cinema Arts Centre.

This week’s Summer Camp Cinema features Long Island’s own Unconventional Conventionalists performing the cult favorite, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show." If you have always wanted the chance to shout out the movie’s dialogue or wear a newspaper over your head while shooting water out of a squirt bottle, this is your chance. The performance begins at 11:30 p.m. on July 9.

On July 17, the CAC pays tribute to co-founder Vic Skolnick, who died last June at the age of 81.  The cinema will show his favorite movie, “Cherry Blossoms” after a ceremony in the garden where a plaque will be placed in Skolnick’s honor. 

The CAC has not forgotten about the younger community this summer.  It is running a children's animation workshop for three Saturdays in July.  The series, which is co-presented with the Long Island Motion Picture Arts Center and Museum, will allow children to learn about line drawing animation, stop animation and movie special effects.  If you know any budding film makers, this may be the perfect summer project for them.  Open to children in grades 3 through 9.

The Walt Whitman Birthplace is also hosting programs for children this summer.  Kids ages 8-12 will not only have the chance to practice their own rhyme and free verse writing, but they will also get the opportunity to create and design their own version of “Leaves of Grass." 

Over at the Book Revue, Yankees fans will have a chance to see former centerfielder Bernie Williams when he is in town to sign copies of his book “Rhythms of the Game” on July 29.  Williams, a classically trained guitarist who learned to play while he was a child in Puerto Rico, has released two records and has collaborated with musicians like Bruce Springsteen and Rueben Blades.

On July 14, bestselling author Laura Ingraham will be onhand at the Book Revue to sign her latest work, "Of The I Zing."

If you are a weather buff, you probably will not want to miss WABC weatherman Bill Evans on August 20, when he comes to the Book Revue to sign copies of his book, “Dry Ice”.

The music scene is heating up for the summer as well, thanks to the Huntington Summer Arts Festival at Heckscher Park. Some of the season’s highlights include the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra performing movie, television and show tunes on July 10; a 30th anniversary tribute to Harry Chapin on July 16; singer Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers on July 22 and the Long Island Philharmonic on August 13. 

At the Heckscher Museum, the “First Friday” performance for August will feature bluegrass, swing and gypsy jazz music by the Lonesome Moonlight String Band.  September’s musical group will be the Scott Ross Trio.  In the past Ross, a jazz guitarist, has opened for such musical legends as Muddy Waters, B.B. King and John Lee Hooker.

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