Hamptons Hot Picks

The cast of It's A Wonderful Life
The cast of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” now staging at the Southampton Cultural Center. Photo by Dane Dupuis.

I’ve got some good stuff to share for this weekend. And since there’s no time like the present, let’s jump right in!

* Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center presents Joe Landry’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a live radio play, opening tonight, Friday, November 20,  at 7 p.m. The show stages again on Saturday, November 21, at 2, 5 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, November 22, at 2 and 5 p.m.; and again next weekend. Michael Disher directs this 70-minute presentation,  which is perfect family fare for this holiday season. The show stars: Daniel Becker, Rich Gardini, Colette Gilbert, Kristin Guldi, Barbara Jo Howard, Joan Lyons, Bill Kitzerow, Chris McCLain, Deborah Marshall, Robert Nelson, Tramar Pettaway, Amie Sponza, Kristin Whiting, Scout Whiting, Scott Wilson and Edna Winston. Tickets are $ 20 general admission and $10 for students under 21 with ID. Three-course dinner/theater packages from The Plaza Cafe–what a great ways to do up a show– are also available on Fridays for a mere $59, which includes dinner, tax,  gratuity and ticket to the show.
Preston Truman Boyd and Joe Pallister in “Of Mice and Men,” now staging at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. Photo by Jerry Lamonica.
* And Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor is also still staging its terrific Literature Live! production of “Of Mice and Men” through the end of the month. Based on John Steinbeck’s book of the same name, the play is directed by Joe Minutillo and stars: Preston Truman Boyd, Joe Pallister, Terry Brockbank , Josh Gladstone, Jon Kovach , J. Stephen Brantley, Georgia Warner, Sawyer Spielberg, Chauncy Thomas, and furry friends Roscoe, Charlie and Daisy (read more here). It’s a must-see show.

* Speaking of must-sees, on Sunday, Guild Hall in East Hampton will host a gallery talk between artist Cornelia Foss and Museum Director/Chief Curator Christina Strassfield at noon. The work is good and the venue is always a favorite. Even if you can’t make the talk, make sure to stop by and check it out while the exhibit hangs through January 3, 2016. Read more in this piece I wrote for the Sag Harbor Express.

Author Daniel Simone will talk about the infamous Henry Hill and his heist at the East Hampton Library on Sunday.

* Another super cool thing to do on Sunday — Author Daniel Simone will discuss his book, “The Lufthansa Heist,” which will be followed by a screening of the film “Goodfellas” at the East Hampton Library from noon to 4 p.m. Get the inside story as told by mob man Henry Hill himself, who organized the crime  and then worked on the book with Simone up until his death in 2012. I met this guy when I worked on a documentary film many, many moons ago and let me tell you, he was an absolute trip! But wait, there’s more!  East Hampton resident Ed McDonald, former US Attorney in charge of the 1978 Lufthansa robbery (which was the biggest unrecovered cash haul in history) will also be there to field questions from the audience.

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