Yay for spring! It’s still not quite as warm and sunny as we’d like it but there’s officially no more excuses left to not get out there and do something. We’ve got a busy one on the books for this weekend, for sure. Here are a few of my picks for Friday, April 29, Saturday, April 30.
The third annual New Works Festival kicks off tonight, Friday, at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. The free three-day new works readings, which will be followed by talkbacks with the playwrights, include: “The Roommate” at 7 p.m. tonight; “Community” at 3 p.m. on Saturday; Walker Vreeland’s “From Ship to Shape” at 8 p.m. on Saturday; and “The Man in the Ceiling” at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Read more about it here.
The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill kicks of its annual Salon Series tonight at 6 p.m. with Fourtissimo, featuring world-class pianists Ran Dank, Soyeon Kate Lee, Vassilis Varvaresos and Konstantin Soukhovetski. Even more fun, they’ll be performing on two pianos.
In Riverhead, the East End Arts Gallery will open “Art of the Non-Dominant Hand” with a reception tonight, Friday, April 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show, which hangs through June 10, is juried by Mark Humphrey of the Mark Humphrey Gallery in Southampton.
Batten down the hatches. The summer restaurant season is starting to emerge. This weekend, Navy Beach in Montauk is reopening for the season, serving dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and lunch on Saturday.
On Saturday, April 30, Southampton Historical Museum is hosting an instructive “Learn a Colonial Skill: Shrewsbury Cakes” program for the kiddies at Rogers Mansion at 11 a.m.
And one of my very favorite early days is happening tomorrow, with LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton kicking off its season right with “Rites of Spring” from 2 to 5 p.m. I’ll be there, camera in hand. Woohoo!
In Sag Harbor, the Tulla Booth Gallery is hosting an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. for “Spring Preview: A Forecast of our Summer Season” with photography by Dan Jones, Stephen Wilkes, Blair Seagram and Tulla herself. The show will remain on view through May 28.
The Southampton Cultural Center‘s Rising Stars Piano Series for 2016 premiers on Saturday. At 7 p.m. Pianofest Distinguished Artist Mohamed Shams will play works by Beethoven, Ravel and Metdner. While there, be sure to check out the “East End Realists” art on the walls, which includes Lucille Berrill Paulsen’s “Family Album in Icons” images, which are just perfect for Mothers Day.
Lastly, for the animal lovers — Head up island to support the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons‘ participation in Long Island’s Best! A Pet Adoption Expo on Saturday, April 30, at Petco in Commack from 11 a.m. t0 5 p.m. More than 100 adoptable animals will be waiting to meet you at this free event, made possible by Maddie’s Fund ®.