Hamptons Hot Picks for the Weekend

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“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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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:

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

 

Hot Picks: Smokin’ Gigs and Cool Art

Looking for something awesome to do tonight? I’ve got the sweet stuff and the super hot picks.

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Jambone photo by Dawn Watson

First off, I’ve got to give a shoutout to Jambone, playing at Mr. Beerys in Bethpage tonight starting at 8:45 and starring my man on drums. I know the gig’s not in town but it’s definitely worth the drive if you’re into jazz funk | great music!

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Also, Jon Divello is playing at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of the “smokin’ hot tunes” series. Stop in for a listen and for some yummy food and drinks.

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And Inda Eaton is playing out tonight too, during Songwriters Share at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse in Bridgehampton. The show, which is a fundraiser for Project Most, starts at 8 p.m.

Want to check out some terrific art before heading out on the town? Then stop by Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton from 4 to 6 p.m. to see the first-ever solo show opening of paintings by the talented Emma Ballou. Inspired by the East End’s stormy gray skies and quiet coastal mornings, “Bittersweet: A Collection of Paintings by Emma Ballou” will remain on view all month.  

 

 

 

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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.

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I pulled this image from Laurie’s website. Go visit it, you’ll be glad you did. 

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

Fashionable Artists

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Steve Miller photo.

Congrats to Steve Miller, who has taken his art to a whole new level–clothing and housewares.

Our friend and neighbor, who has long embraced new technology in his work, is now offering select designs via his Steve Miller Fashion line with Art Multiple. It’s a natural progression from his 2011 Fashion Animal series, which juxtaposed x-rays of Amazon animals with images of fashion accessories, representing and linking different dynamics of consumption and desire. Well done Steve!

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“Shape Shifter” by Margaret Garrett.

Speaking of fashion, make sure to look for several of our other favorites–including Margaret Garrett, Bastienne Schmidt, Almond Zigmund and Philippe Cheng–who have works on view at Malia Mills in East Hampton. The “Winter Salon” exhibit will remain on view through January 1. A portion of the proceeds from art sales will support charities such as: Project MostJeff’s Kitchen at the Hayground SchoolThe Sprouts Program at Bridgehampton School and The Perfect Earth Project. We always applaud philanthropic efforts!

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“Late America” by Eric Fischl.

And lastly, gigantic cheers to Eric Fischl, whose “new painting fresh off the easel” debuted on social media on December 13. “Late America” is not just an incredible work of art, it’s also a beautifully executed and eloquent statement on modern times. Read all about it in this Vulture piece by Pulitzer Prize nominee Jerry Saltz, which I think absolutely nails it. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

 

 

Hot Picks: Saturday, November 12

Southampton Village is brimming with terrific things to do today.

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To start, the Southampton Arts Center, located at 25 Jobs Lane, opens “Colorama,” the final art exhibit there this year. Organized by the George Eastman Museum, the really fascinating show of “the world’s largest photographs,” according to Kodak, will open with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m.

Here’s a bit of background: in 1950, the Eastman Kodak Company installed the first Colorama on the interior east wall of Grand Central Station. These oversized advertisements were 18 feet high and 60 feet long, requiring more than a mile of cold-cathode tubes to light them from behind. Altogether, 565 Colorama photographs would be situated on this spot over the next 40 years. As a major corporate and aesthetic undertaking, the production of Coloramas required the combined efforts of Kodak’s marketing and technical staffs, and scores of photographers, including such notables as Ansel Adams, Ernst Haas and Eliot Porter.

Until 1990, these illuminated illustrations reflected and reinforced American values and aspirations while encouraging picture-taking as an essential aspect of leisure, travel, family and social life. In the decades that evolved from Levittowns and the baby boom to Watts and Woodstock, they proffered an almost unchanging vision of idealized and perfect landscapes, villages and families, American power and patriotism, and the decorative sentimentality of babies, puppies and kittens. They marked traditional holidays, conventional views of the faraway, and such uplifting current events as a moonwalk and a royal wedding, and they suggested, with varying degrees of explicitness, that such sights could be defined, secured, memorialized and enjoyed through the complementary practice of photography.

Today, these images are figures in the landscape of memory. The Coloramas taught us not only what to photograph but how to see the world as though it were a photograph. They served to manifest and visualize values that even then were seen as nostalgic, fading and in jeopardy, salvageable only through the time defying alchemy of cameras and film. The exhibit will remain on view through December 31.

Additionally, the Southampton Arts Center will host it’s final  “LIVE from Southampton Arts Center”music series tonight at 7:30 p.m. with “The Music of Mali, featuring Yacouba Sissoko and LUMA.” The event is held in partnership with The Jam Session Inc and will be recorded live for The Jam Session Radio Hour to be aired on local NPR affiliate WPPB 88.3 FM.

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Over at the Southampton Cultural Center on Pond Lane, it’s the final DanceFusion performance tonight at 6 p.m. The stars of this show will be the FJK Dance Company from Manhattan, who will bring their blend of contemporary dance out east.

Hot Picks: Friday, November 11

 

Before we get into anything today, let’s all take a moment (or several!) to honor those brave men and women who have served their country and sacrificed for it.

Now on to the events.

There are three big ones tonight, happening at Guild Hall, the Parrish Art Museum and the Suffolk Theater.

 

 

Guild Hall in East Hampton is hosting a Guild Gatherings: Creative Networking Night for artists and creators of all stripes. The  collaborative evening, presented in partnership by Guild Hall and the East Hampton Arts Council, is meant to provide a place in which to engage, cultivate and connect artists, professionals and the public on the East End. Featured talent tonight will include: artist Darlene Charneco, poet Lukas Ortiz, writer and Kerouac archivist Steve Roux, and surfboard sculptor Brian Schopfer. The free event is from 7 to 9 p.m.

The  annual OLA Film Festival kicks off at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. Presented by the Organización Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island, the festival will feature a dynamic weekend showcase of acclaimed and award-winning recent Latino cinema for a broad audience. Today there will be a screening of “Our Last Tango” at 6 p.m.

And Dan’s Papers’ big Celebration Concert blowout bash for its Best of the Best is happening tonight at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead starting at 7:30 p.m. and starring Paul Mahos and New Life Crisis.

Halloween Hamptons Hot Picks: Part II

Even with that giant list from yesterday, there’s still a scary good number of activities that I haven’t yet covered. Here are the rest of my top picks for this unbelievable busy weekend.

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The Amagansett Food Institute & Kate Mueth and the Neo-Political Cowgirls are bringing “Hysteria,” an immersive and haunting terror experience, to the Amagansett Farmers Market this weekend. The outdoors experience allows groups of 10 audience members to move through this guided journey approximately every 12 minutes to experience vignettes of “hysteria.” “Hysteria” runs from 7 to 10 p.m. each night, from Friday, October 28, through Sunday, October 30. Hot cider, donuts, sweet treats and wine will be available for purchase, through 10 p.m.This experience is for ages 13+. All tickets are $20 at the door.

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Jack Ferver might not be intentionally working the dress-up holiday vibe but he’s certainly got us worked up into a frenzy (one might call it a fervor, haha) over his “Chambre” at the Watermill Center on Saturday, October 29, starting at 5 p.m. This program, which was developed during the artist’s residency at Watermill in 2014, is the final performance of the 2016 reACT season. Not only is this hybrid interdisciplinary performance and art installation a piece that tackles the timeless tension and widening gap between the “haves” and the “have nots,” it’s also inspired by a real-life MURDER case by a pair of French maids who beat their employers to death. Interesting. Tickets are $30 and grant access to a pre-show cocktail reception.

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“Manurhin” by Jackie Black.

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is bringing back its annual “Artists Choose Artists” exhibit. The group show opens with a members reception on Sunday, October 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features the work of 21 artists, seven who chose and 14 who were chosen. Juror Tina Barney with Dinah Maxwell Smith and RJT Haynes; Juror Lynda Benglis with Garrett Chingery and Saskia Friedrich; Juror Donald Lipski with Suzanne Anker and Ben Butler; Juror Tony Oursler with Jackie Black and Marianne Weil; Juror Jorge Pardo with Anne Bae and Monica Banks; Juror Cindy Sherman with Bill Komoski and Toni Ross; and Juror Leo Villareal with Karin Waisman and Almond Zigmund. Learn more about it here, in a feature I wrote for the Sag Harbor Express.

And lastly, for now, Long Island Restaurant Week has also returned. The 10th annual fallcheers-over-food promotion kicks off on Sunday, October 30, and will run through Sunday, November 6. Participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix fixe for $27.95, all night, every night, except Saturday when the menu may only be offered until 7 p.m. Each restaurant will serve a unique menu with a minimum of three appetizers, three entrées and three desserts during the promotion. Venture out and explore the island and a few new places to dine.