Congrats to our friend Durell Godfrey, whose next great book has officially happened! Durell will be signing copies of her adult coloring book, “Color Your Happy Home,” which she created with Barbara Ann Kipfer, at Book Hampton in East Hampton on Saturday, February 4, at 4 p.m.
Cheers also to Laurie Lambrecht, whose Artists & Writers Night dinner at Almond tonight sold out swiftly! Bummer that we’re missing this talented lady but no fear, there will be plenty of chances to view her fantastic photography soon enough. And of course, there will be more of these terrific events scheduled at the Bridgehampton restaurant before we know it.
Jimmy Buffett, who is not a friend but could be if he asked nicely, is fulfilling a big personal dream. His “Escape to Margaritaville” musical is coming to Broadway in spring 2018. Good for him! The show is kicks off in La Jolla, California in May and then takes a pre-Broadway tour to New Orleans, Houston and Chicago in fall 2017. I’m sure that East End Parrotheads wouldn’t mind catching a more intimate preview at the music legend’s North Haven home. Can we make that happen?
Speaking of East Enders out and about in the world, have you taken a ride on the new Second Avenue Subway in Manhattan yet? If you get the chance, be sure to be on the lookout for art by Chuck Close, including portraits of the artist and of the late, great Lou Reed.
Chuck is one of only four fortunate artists–the others are Sarah Sze, Vik Muniz and Jean Shin–to have work permanently grace the four stations on the line, which is currently the largest permanent public art installation in New York State history. That’s pretty freakin’ sweet! The stations opened on January 1 and connect via Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street, Second Avenue and 72nd Street, Second Avenue and 86th Street and Second Avenue and 96th Street. It’s taken decades, and billions of dollars, for the work to be finalized and there’s still more afoot. Once completed, the Second Avenue line will run a total of 8 1/2 miles, Hanover Square in Lower Manhattan up to 125th Street.
Lastly, just for funsies. Did you know that Simon Doonan, a Shelter Islander, isn’t the only East End notable who’s made his mark on the art of window dressing. Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns were at the forefront of that particular type of artistry way back in the 1950s. According to this interesting feature in the New York Observer, the two Hamptons habitués created work at Tiffany & Co. that “helped revolutionize the art of window display as we know it today.” Well that’s pretty darn cool.