Hamptons Hot Picks: Saturday, April 8

Want to see something really great? Tonight is your last chance to see “The Wave” at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. Perfect for today’s political clime, this drama about social experimentation gone awry is a must-see. Based on the German film of the same name (Die Welle, translated), this production is based on a true story of a teacher who tried to deter his students from the allure of totalitarianism only to inadvertently create a fascist state, stars co-author Jon Kovach, who wrote the show with Ron Jones. I hope the powers that be choose to stage this one again soon.



For a bit more light-hearted fare, there’s “The Tale of the Lion King”  for the family, staging at the Ross Lower School at 2 p.m. today. The community theater production should prove to be a roaring good time for all.


This weekend also marks the final opportunity to see another riveting show, which has gotten great reviews. “An Act of Imagination,” a Hampton Theatre Company production, bows on Sunday in Quogue.


Even as all good things must eventually come to an end, there’s always the possibility of something new happening, such as it being the opening weekend for Dockers in East Quogue. The waterside staple, which notes that sunset tonight is at 7:23 p.m., is preparing to go all out for season 28.

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But all is not lost for the local theater scene as “Extinction” is still staging at Guild Hall in East Hampton through next weekend. Directed by Josh Gladstone and starring Sawyer Spielberg, Brynne Kraynak, Raye Levine and Eric Svendsen, this show written by Gabe McKinley workshopped at Guild Hall previously. It will be fun to see how it’s grown.

And for those who want to get their art on, today is the opening reception for the 79th annual Artists Members Exhibit at Guild Hall. The private members-only reception, which promises to be jam-packed since work from nearly 400 artists will be hanging on the walls, is from 4 to 6 p.m. The huge group show remains on view through June 3.


Photograph by Michele Dragonetti, who is one of my faves. 


Also tonight, Art Unprimed is popping up at Mary’s Marvelous in East Hampton for an opening of “The Best” with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Featured artists include: Scott Bluedorn, Jane Martin, Charles Ly, Bruce Lieberman, Dalton Portella, Michele Dragonetti, Christian Little, Traute Worschech, Jessica Dalene, and more. The show hangs through May 15.



One final thing. Tomorrow, get ready to get your early Easter on by packing up the kids and heading to ARF in Wainscott for an Easter Egg Hunt. Perhaps it would be appropriate to bring a little treat with you for the animals there too.  : )

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he Hamptons International Film Festival Presents

the 17th Annual Screenwriters Lab with


Date | Saturday, April 8 at 6:00PM

Location | Ross School, East Hampton

Tickets |  $25


The Hamptons International Film Festival Continues



Sunday, April 9th


***Special Guest Q&A: Edie Falco, Actress*** 

LOCATION | Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

DATE | Sunday, April 9 at 6:00PM


DIRECTED BY | Eric Mendelsohn

STARRING | Barbara Barrie, Bob Dishy, Edie Falco










Sunday, April 9
ARF’s Easter Egg Hunt

Join us at the ARF Adoption Center, 124 Daniels Hole Road, Wainscott from 11am-12:30pm for crafts, refreshments and an Easter Egg Hunt for kids and their K9 companions! Plus meet the cats and dogs available for adoption. The Easter Egg Hunts starts at 11:30am. Find the Golden Egg and win a basket courtesy of Harbor Books in Sag Harbor. Please bring your own Easter Basket to collect eggs. More information at www.arfhamptons.org or call 631.537.0400 x203.

Real Estate News — Hit Your Hallelujah


It’s impossible to resist posting this catchy song and video, given the news this past week that music man extraordinaire Mark Ronson (who has produced “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars and many other huge hits, including all those amazing Amy Winehouse songs on “Back to Black”) has sold his super chill Amagansett beach house. The New York Post broke the news, and then lots of outlets followed. I’m partial to the latest, just posted on 27 East. Thanks Tom Clavin for that awesome kicker!

Other East End real estate dealings that have caught my eye of late include a house by Guggenheim kiosk architect Andre Kikoski with a glass pool, featured here on Curbed (amazing!!!!), and the opportunity to rent a gorgeous North Sea home that just happened to be featured heavily on everyone’s favorite family show on E. Here’s the NY Observer story on the Hamptons house of Kardashian.

East Hampton Gets Airport Backup

Airport scoop straight from the East Hampton Town Supe’s Office:
The Town of East Hampton’s petition to the United States Supreme Court to overturn an extraordinary and unprecedented appeals court decision that would rob East Hampton and thousands of other local airport sponsors of their ability to manage their airports was endorsed yesterday when the City of New York filed an amicus curiae, or “friend of the Court” brief, in support of the Town’s petition.

Two additional briefs were filed on behalf of the Town, as well. The Committee to Stop Airport Expansion, an unincorporated association of residents living near the East Hampton Airport, and the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), which represents more than 2,500 members composed of local government entities, filed a joint amicus brief. The Town of Southold also supported East Hampton Town’s petition to challenge the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision.

“The City has a strong interest in ensuring the stability of its programs and in correcting the Second Circuit’s erroneous view that private parties may destabilize the long-held expectations of state and local governments by hijacking the FAA’s carefully calibrated role under ANCA and unleashing a torrent of private litigation under the statute,” wrote the Corporation Counsel for the City of New York. The Court’s “fashioning of a private remedy to enforce ANCA is at odds with congressional intent, undermines the statute’s purpose, and violates constitutional limits on federal-court jurisdiction. Responsibility for protecting local residents from aviation noise has historically been shouldered primarily by local governmental airport proprietors.”

Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, the Town Board’s airport liaison, stated, “Today’s filing by the City of New York illustrates that this issue is all about local control. Whether it is our country’s largest city or a small town like East Hampton, local governments know what is right for their community and should have the ability to make local decisions at their own airport. We welcome the City of New York to our fight to restore local control and protect the welfare of our respective communities.”

In the second brief submitted in support of the Town, the Committee and IMLA assert, “…the Second Circuit held that federal law preempts East Hampton’s reasonable restrictions on access to its airport because the Town did not follow procedures set forth in the Airport Noise and

Capacity Act of 1990 (“ANCA”) when imposing those restrictions. Petitioner ably demonstrates in its brief why the Second Circuit’s decision in this case conflicts with this Court’s decision in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, Inc., why the court of appeals improperly invoked its equity jurisdiction, how that court misinterpreted ANCA, and how its decision dramatically expands federal regulation of local airports beyond Congress’s intention.”

“The importance of the City of New York joining in our petition to the Supreme Court cannot be overstated. We are hopeful that the Court will take notice that with the stroke of a pen, the appeals court decision federalized our airport and stripped us – and the tens of thousands of similarly situated airports, including those owned and operated by the City of New York – of the ability to exert local control. We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will recognize this as an issue of national concern and grant review to the Town’s petition,” concluded East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell.

Student Fashion Got Blue Carpet Treatment at LongHouse on Saturday


Students featured included: Evelyn Carillo, Tilly Frisbie, Garbriella Knab, Ella Parker, Simone Kessler, Alex Kamper, Catheliya Reed, Maylee Konack, Ava O’Shea and Gianna Ekstra. 

LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton recently hosted a Fashion Workshop Exhibition and Fashion Show, with models and everything, thanks to the students of Pierson High School in Sag Harbor. Funded by the Donald Reutershan Educational Trust and LongHouse Reserve, the talented students used the 16-acre reserve and sculpture garden as inspiration for their designs, which were unveiled on the blue runway on Saturday during their formal fashion show. It was like attending our very own local “Project Runway.” I heart kids who embrace their creativity. 


Speonk To Get Affordable Apartments

Straight from the Supe’s office:

The Southampton Town Board unanimously passed the change of zone application that helps clear the way for the development of a new affordable Housing Complex in Speonk. The developer, Georgica Green Ventures, teamed up with the Town of Southampton Housing Authority (TSHA) to build 38 units of affordable apartments at 41 North Phillips Avenue. The change of zoning allows Multi-Family Residential.

Now that the project has been approved, it enters the planning stage before the Town Planning Board for site plan approval.

The change of zone comes after one public hearing and several community meetings that prompted the developers to scale back the original proposal from 51 units to 38. “This was a real community effort to create affordable housing for our hard working residents,” said Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.  The Planning Board will likely hold another public hearing on the site plan.

The project, which includes a waste water treatment facility, must also be approved by the Suffolk County Health Department.

“I am excited to see a developer and a community work together towards creating attainable housing for our younger generation, our seniors and others who thought they could not afford to live in our beautiful Town”, said Councilwoman Julie Lofstad.

The agreement comes after sometimes contentious meetings between the community and the Developer until the Developer reduced the number of units and changed the design.

Georgica Green President David Gallo said, “We’re thrilled to move one step closer to delivering desperately needed housing in Southampton. I can’t thank the local community, civic associations and the Town Board enough for their willingness to collaborate and create the best plan for Speonk and Southampton.

Executive Director of the Southampton Housing Authority, Curtis Highsmith, Jr. praised the hamlets of Speonk and Remsenburg. “They demonstrated a willingness to compromise and successfully took a stand for their beloved community.”

Town Councilman John Bouvier added, “I am particularly proud to have voted in support of this project. The unanimous vote in favor reflects the commitment this board has to begin to work to solve the very serious housing deficit facing the Town of Southampton.”


Hamptons Hot Picks for the Weekend


“Montauk Top” by Dawn Watson.

It’s Friday. And that means it’s Hot Picks time.

Topping my personal list for the weekend is the opening of “Natural Abstractions + Landscape Loves” at the Montauk Library tonight, Friday, March 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., since it’s my show and all.  Please come if you can make it. Check out some of my newest work here. 

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Also tonight, which I’m sad to have to miss, is “Confessions of a Subculturalist,” written and performed by Michael Holman, at the Southampton Arts Center at 7 p.m.  Get tickets here. Tomorrow night at the SAC, it’s a “Live” show with Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage Trio, presented with The Jam Session, starting at 7 p.m. Click here for music tickets. 

And since we’re on the subject of theater and the performing arts, be sure to get your tickets for “Imagination,” now staging in Quogue courtesy the Hampton Theatre Company. It looks like a really good romantic thriller. Can’t wait to see it.

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Want some art by the late, great Don Saco? Saturday is the perfect day to pick up work from this true gentleman who was also  a commanding artist. Stop by 117 Cobb Isle Road in Water Mill starting at noon for an arts estate sale of his work.


And don’t let the title fool you (it nearly slipped past me, I’ll admit it), there’s what I’m sure will be a great reading of “May 39th” with the talented Chloe Dirksen and J. Stephen Brantley at the Malia Mills pop-up gallery in East Hampton on Saturday night too. Cool.

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Also on Saturday afternoon,  the Watermill Center will host an opening reception for William Stewart’s “Works on Paper” from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Then on  Saturday night, there’s a fundraiser at the Southampton Publick House for our friends at Our Fabulous Variety Show.

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And Saturday also marks the grand reopening of RJD Gallery, formerly of Sag Harbor and now on Main Street in Bridgehampton. The big to-do, which will feature lots of great art, plus cocktails, music and mingling,  starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Especially now, I’ so glad to see art, and that comes with it, rising from the ashes. Literally in this case.







Also on Saturday, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is hosting  award-winning songwriter and local favorite Gene Casey, who will give a concert at 8 p.m. in celebration of his newest album.



On Sunday at 6 p.m.,  Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor continuing 25 Years of Cinema with the Hamptons International Film Festival by screening one of my very favorite true-crime movies ever–“Heavenly Creatures.” Among other things, including budding lesbian love and matricide, it’s a film that marks the very first time I ever saw Kate Winslet on film. She is EXTRAORDINARY in this movie. If you haven’t seen it, make sure you catch it on Sunday or sometime soon.

It’s also the last Sunday Salon time of chanting, ayurvedic food and meditation with Kate Rabinowitz and Rameshwar Das in Bridgehampton. Here are the details for that:



And lastly, don’t forget that next week is East End Restaurant Week. Yum!  Click here to see the list of participating restaurants.


Claudio’s Keeping It in the Family

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Isn’t this a pretty picture? I sure wish I took it but I didn’t; it’s the landscape image from Claudio’s FB page. Well done. 

Looks like the Claudio family is going to give it at least one more summer season after all. According to reports, what had been an imminent sale of the oldest same-family-run restaurant in the United States fell through earlier this month. But instead of throwing in the towel or letting their landmark Greenport eatery sit vacant, the Claudio gang (which includes Bill, Jerry and Jan Claudio, and Kathy and Beatrice Tuthill) is ready to re-up and reopen their namesake restaurant in early April.

During its annual opening party, which will be held on Friday, April 7, the 147-year-old restaurant will serve $1.47 glasses of wine and beer. As for the other fooderies in the family business, Claudio’s Clam Bar will open on April 27 and Crabby Jerry’s will serve its first customers of the season on May 25. Read more about it in the Northforker, which broke the story two days after this post appeared on March 14 on Facebook:

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And be sure to head to Claudio’s Facebook page to keep abreast of all the latest happenings.