Nancy Atlas and Clark Gayton perform at a previous Bay Street show. Photo by Michael Heller, courtesy Bay Street Theater.
The Hamptons are finally heating back up as we roll into the weekend. Not only will the thermometer start to read hotter, but so will our social calendars. Hooray!
Hot Picks are coming up, but first, some news.
* Author Allison Pataki’s “The Accidental Empress” recently debuted at number seven on the New York Times Bestserller List for Hardcover Fiction. “Yes, I am absolutely still pinching myself,” she wrote of learning of her book’s success. “I think I might have pierced my literary agent’s eardrum when she told me the news. Following that initial eruption of incoherent sound, I’m finding that, now, I don’t even have words to express how overjoyed I am.” Cool woman. Great book. Kudos. http://www.allisonpataki.com
* Photographer Steven Klein is launching a makeup line with Nars. The 23-piece collection will also feature packaging designed by longtime collaborator Fabien Baron. www.kleinstudio.us
* Celebrity defense attorney Mark Geragos (you might remember him from his time representing Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder, Gary Condit, Susan McDougal or Scott Peterson) has purchased the Capri Hotel in Southampton for $4.7 million. Will there be a special DWI deal coming with bottle service?
* The Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center will heretofore be called David Geffen Hall, starting this coming September. The entertainment magnate purchased the naming rights to the home of the New York Philharmonic for $100 million.
Now for the Hot Picks.
* Nancy Atlas returns for her wildly popular Fireside Sessions at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor tonight, Friday, March 6, at 8 p.m. The sessions will be held every Friday in March. Tonight’s guest musicians will be Billy Campion and Billy Ryan from The Bogmen. Regular band members Johnny Blood, Brett King, Neil Surreal and Richard Rosch will also be there. http://www.baystreet.org
* Katy’s Courage will host its fourth annual skate-a-thon on Saturday, March 7, starting at 5:15 at the Buckskill Winter Club in East Hampton. Bake sale items will also be offered. http://www.katyscourage.org
* Guild Hall in East Hampton will host an opening reception for the Student Arts Festival Part II for Grades 9-12 on Saturday, March 7, from 2 o 4 p.m. The show will hang through April 19. http://www.guildhall.org
* It’ll be a big whoop-de-coo for the Towns of Southampton and Southold on Saturday at 3 p.m. as the two will join together for a Convocation assembly to celebrate shared 375th anniversaries. The event, the first of many celebrating the founding of Southampton, will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Southampton. Southampton speakers will include: Jay Schneiderman, Dr. Richard Boyer, Elizabeth Thunder Bird Haile, Mark Epley, John v.H. Halsey and Reverend Michael Smith. Additionally, Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan will read a special poem celebrating the anniversary, and the choirs of the First Presbyterian Church, Southampton High School and Showers of Blessings will perform. Following the convocation, there will be an “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families Who Lived in the Rogers Mansion” exhibit at Southampton Historical Museum’s Rogers Mansion.
* Elements Fitness Studio in East Hampton is offering free classes at Lululemon Loft in East Hampton on Sundays in March. The classes begin at 11 a.m. and will vary each week. On Sunday, March 8, it’s Barre Fitness with Laura Sisco.
* Don’t forget, as already reported earlier in the week, we’ve also got “A Chorus Line” staging at the Southampton Cultural Center through March 22 (www.scc-arts.org) and Project Most’s Empty Bowls event at the American Legion on Sunday at the Amagansett (www.projectmost.com).
* Lastly, mark your calendars for the 13th annual Hamptons Restaurant Week, which is happening starting Sunday, March 22. Learn more, including the participating restaurants, at www.hamptonsrestaurantweek.com.