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.

 

One Billion Rising is TODAY

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Peacefully protesting violence against women, the Ne0-Political Cowgirls and The Retreat will join together for “One Billion Rising” today, Sunday, February 12, starting at at 2 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

As part of the JDT Lab, the event, inspired by Eve Ensler’s global movement, invites the entire community out for written words, song and dance for all, to end violence against women. Appropriate for all ages, the performance is free for all, but donations for The Retreat–the only domestic violence shelter on the East End–will be accepted at the door.

Photos: Prostate Cancer Dinner at Daniel

The Prostate Cancer Research Foundation Benefit Dinner

The heavy hitters came out again in droves in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation earlier this month at an Intimate Dinner at culinary hotspot Daniel on the Upper East Side.

The memorable event featured special guests, performers and other surprises, including a special musical performances by actress, singer and author Bernadette Peters and actor and singer Matthew Morrison, of “Hairspray” and “Finding Neverland” on Broadway and “Glee” on TV.

Notable attendees included: Mike Milken, Lori Milken, Daniel owner Daniel Boulud, Jerry Jones, Gene Jones, Mitchell Modell, Mira Tzur, Larry Leeds, Tom Lee, Marie Bernstein, Seth Bernstein, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, David Koch, Julia Koch, Ted Virtue, Dani Virtue, Debra Black, Leon Black, Bob Barth, Nicole Frank, Cynthia Ott, James Coleman, Arik Kislin, Glenn Myles, Frederick Anderson, Charles Krusen, Kristen Krusen, Amy Hagner, Bill Hagner, Carol Mack, Earle Mack, Todd Boehly, Katie Boehly, Tony Minella, Sage Minella, Richard LeFrak and Izzy Englander.

The event, which directly benefitted the Prostate Cancer Foundation and its work, offered tables at $100,000. Live auctions raised more than $5M to fund 4 Challenge Awards – groundbreaking research projects that will improve and provide better treatments for cancer patients. During the evening, Mike Milken took to the stage to highlight some of the research initiatives PCF is currently funding. He also presented Marie Bernstein and Larry Leeds with trophies as the 2016 winners of the Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tour. A trivia quiz was held over the course of the evening, which attendees could partake in while enjoying the delectable dishes prepared by Daniel’s Chef Daniel Boulud.

All photos by Patrick McMullan.

SoFo Donates, Let’s Follow That Lead

The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center is celebrating local families in need this Holiday season by donating non-perishable food items and funds raised at its annual Thanksgiving Open House to the Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor Food Pantries, and donating toys gathered at its Annual Holiday Toy Drive to The Retreat.  Good for them!
In conjunction with its Thanksgiving Open House, SoFo presented donation checks to Evelyn Ramunno, Director, Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry and Tom White from Bridgehampton Community Food Pantry.  The Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry, located at the historic Old Whalers’ Church in Sag Harbor, is a 100% volunteer outreach program providing emergency food assistance to need residents in the community. The Bridgehampton Community Food Pantry assists low-income, needy residents and homeless in the Bridgehampton and Sagaponack area. Additionally, SoFo will donate all toys from its Holiday Toy Drive to benefit families at The Retreat, in support of its Adopt-A-Family holiday program.
“We are very happy to give back in the spirit of the season to help ensure that our East End families with limited means are able to enjoy the holidays,” says Executive Director Frank Quevedo.  “We are thankful that our friends and museum members have joined us in raising funds and donating toys to the growing number of local families who are in need of food, shelter and holiday gifts for their children.”

Photos: Polar Bear Plunge 2016

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Mother Nature couldn’t have gotten it any more perfect for the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Southampton this morning. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the water was about 10 degrees warmer than the air. All in all, a pretty wonderful day to take a dip. And it was all for a wonderful cause — raising money for Human Resources of the Hamptons. Missed it? Then I hope you enjoy these fun photos I had the pleasure of taking this morning. Please check back later for official stats and money raised.

Polar Bear Plunge & Other Hot Picks

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From a Polar Bear Plunge of yore. Dawn Watson photos. 

Brrrrrrr. It’s that time of year again so strip down to your skivvies (of the bathing suit variety please) and head to Coopers Beach in Southampton tomorrow morning for the annual Polar Bear Plunge. The 13th annual festivities start with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the cannon fire will tell us that it’ll be time to take the Plunge at 10 a.m. sharp. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Human Resources of the Hamptons.

 

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Also happening this weekend, the Hampton Ballet Theatre School‘s production of “Nutcraker” at Guild Hall in East Hampton. The popular holiday-themed ballet will stage on Friday, December 9, at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 10, at 1 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 11, at 2 p.m.

On the stage in Quogue, the Hampton Theatre Company presents “Joy to the World,” an evening of holiday readings to celebrate the wonders of the season, tonight, Friday, December 9, starting at 7 p.m.

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Beautiful scenes of wintertime will be on display over at the Southampton Cultural Center, with an opening reception planned for the East End Arts Invitational Art Exhibition “Island Winters” on Friday, December 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show features the work of five regional award-winning photographic artists: Paul Dempsey,  Michael McLaughlin, James Sabiston,  Steven Schreiber and James Slezak.

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LTV in Wainscott is throwing a shindig tonight, Friday, December 9, in celebration of its 32nd year. Want to go? RSVP right now to  info@ltveh.org. And bring a non-perishable food item with you as admission, which will be donated to a local food pantry.

The Maureen’s Haven Ugly Sweater Party and Winter Fundraiser will be held at the Greenport Brewery on Friday, December 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. Have a beer, enjoy some cheer, and help raise money for this worthy nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight homelessness on Long Island.

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The Southampton Historical Museum is hosting its annual Hearthside Cheer Holiday at the Rogers Mansion on Saturday, December 10, at 5:30 p.m. This year’s big shebang will be a Festive Fifties Party, inspired by the decade, not the age. Dress in 1950s attire to amp up the neato fun.

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Another popular regular returns to the stage, after being away for too long, to the delight of its fans all over the East End. This weekend  The East End Special Players bring an original production, “Trouble in Jamaica,” to Bay Street in Sag Harbor on Saturday, December 10, at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, December 10, the Southampton Arts Center will host  “An Evening of Cabaret with Valerie diLorenzo” starting at 7 p.m. The multi-award-winning NYC cabaret artist, accompanied by Steven Silverstein, will present an evening of songs, stories, and laughter as she muses on her journey through the Great American songbook and the history behind some of our best loved songs. Composers featured in the concert will include Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb, Joni Mitchell, Irving Berlin, and Elvis Presley, to name a few.

yawp-high-school-2015Also, it’s that time of year again for YAWP. The  Young Artists and Writers Project High School Playwrights Festival will be held on Saturday, December 10, at 7 p.m. at the Avram Theater at Stony Brook Southampton. This year’s program will include six short plays written and performed by local, NYC and international high school students, including those from YAWP playwriting classes at Pierson High School and Eastport South Manor,  the YAWP Summer Workshops at Stony Brook Southampton, and the recent YAWP Scriptwriting Retreat, which included students from Pierson, the Harlem Educational Activities Fund  in New York City and Robert College of Istanbul, Turkey.

Lastly, here are two more  — a Gift Making event for kids at the Montauk Library and a Holiday Trunk Show featuring a few of our friends. Cheers!

 

 

 

 

Photos: East Hampton Historical Holiday

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Marla Koffard, Charles Brock and Susan Austin. Richard Lewin photos.

Last Friday night, the East Hampton Historical Society held its annual holiday cocktail party to kick off its yearly East Hampton House & Garden Tour. Now in its 32nd year, the gathering was held at the historical Maidstone Club in East Hampton, where guests rant in the East End holiday season in style!

The cocktail was well attended by local dignitaries, architects, interior designers, home enthusiasts, design aficionados and history buffs.

“When selecting a site for the Opening Night Cocktail, we look for a historical building that can accommodate 300+ people. We’re thrilled to have hosted our annual event at the Maidstone Club because it is such an important and iconic building” said Richard Barons, Director of the East Hampton Historical Society.

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Maidstone Club in East Hampton Village (Old Beach Lane)