If you missed The Parrish Art Museum’s debut Lightning Round, an evening of rapid-pace presentations by local artists, designers, chefs and other culture movers and shakers, that offers the audience a sort of poopoo platter of ideas in an easy to digest format, don’t despair. The museum just announced the dates and speakers for Lightning Rounds 2 and 3.
Edible had the pleasure of being part of the first installment last fall, when Edible East End photo editor Lindsay Morris and I presented on 20 of Morris’s images that chronicle our local food and drink culture, with a few pictures from Mississippi, India and Vermont thrown in for good measure. (See video above.) Other noteworthy talks included farmer David Falkowski’s opening talk on when he first discovered that mushrooms could save the world (and why he stopped certifying his farm as organic), artist Jameson Ellis’s riveting biopic on the path that lead him to build a functioning M-16 from scratch and a stylish, tool-packed belt-buckle that would make Batman envious. Architect Maziar Behrooz brought down the house with his tongue-in-cheek, form-vs.-function argument that all truly innovative buildings have leaky roofs.
Based on the tradition of pechu kechu (chit-chat in Japanese), each Lightning Round presentation is based around 20 slides that advance automatically every 20 seconds, so it’s nearly impossible to get bored. And if rounds 2 and 3 are anything like the first installment, the evening will be chock ful of inspiring sights, sounds and proclamations. Lightning Round 2 is set for Thursday, March 29, and Lightning Round 3 will go down Thursday, May 17. Both events start at 6:30 pm and cost $5 for Parrish members ($10 for nonmembers).
Continuing the tradition of some voices from the food and drink community, Round 2 will feature farmer-poet Scott Chaskey and Almond chef (and recent Latke Fest champion) Jason Weiner, as well as artist Almond Zigmund, puppeteer Liz Joyce and artist Sabina Streeter, among others. The audience at the first Round was as impressive as the lineup of speakers—a true coming together of locals, who mingled after the presentations at a reception, with suds provided by the Southampton Publick House and music deejayed by Sag Harborite Carlos Lama (of Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers).