Photos: ARF Designer Show House

The Designers..

On Saturday, May 27, the Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons held its annual cocktail party and sale at the ARF Thrift and Treasure Shop in Sagaponack.

For the event, the Thrift Shop was transformed into an incredible designer show house featuring eight rooms and one outdoor space styled by some of New York’s most illustrious interior decorators. The lineup of top designers, who created rooms for the seventh annual show house, included: Rachael Ray Home, Irving & Fine for John Rosselli, Tamara Fraser of Worth Interiors, Cathy Kincaid of Cathy Kincaid Interiors, Inc., Richard Keith Langham, Jeff Lincoln of Jeff Lincoln Interiors, Inc., Kathryn’s Flower Gardens, Ann Pyne of McMillen, Inc., and Iris Zonlight of Blue Ocean Design. The event was co-chaired by Gordon H. Hoppe, Gigi Mahon, Alex Papachristidis and Marshall Watson.

More than 200 guests from the principals of the design world and the Hampton social community attended the preview cocktail party. All proceeds from the event benefit ARF and the organization’s dedicated work to find loving homes for animals in need. Photos courtesy Lisa Tamburini.


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.


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!


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.


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.  




Hot Picks: Saturday, November 12

Southampton Village is brimming with terrific things to do today.


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.


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.

Need Some Cheering Up? Three Hot Events TODAY

I don’t know about you but I could sure use some fun right now! Here are a few happenings for today and tonight that should do the trick.


Rock out with Kate Mueth and a bunch of other cool chicks at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett tonight and help raise some dough for girls and women in need.

croppedscarlet-letter-nov-2016Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor opens “The Scarlet Letter” today. The Literature Live! performance stars Chloe Dirksen (yay for you Chloe!!) as Hester Prynne, a married woman who becomes a social outcast. After an adulterous affair, she conceives a daughter during her husband’s long absence. She is required to wear the letter “A” for adultery on the breast of her gown. Refusing to name the father, Hester is forced to live a life set apart from nearly everyone she knows. The show stages through November 26.




Feel like heading into the city for a good cause? Tonight’s a good night for it, as the  Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will host its 19th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction. The evening, which starts with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. at Cipriani Wall Street, will be held in honor of footwear industry icon and former Hamptons resident Vince Camuto and will be hosted by Chris Wragge of CBS 2 News show “This Morning, plus Roger Daltrey of The Who will also perform.




Photos: Prostate Cancer Foundation Gala


Billy Idol rocks the house at the Prostate Cancer Foundation gala at the Parrish Arts Museum in Water Mill on August 27, 2016.

Lots of boldface names with big pocketbooks and wallets showed up at the Prostate Cancer Foundation gala at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill this past Saturday, raising more than $3.5 million in the process.

The fundraising event featured special musical performances by Grammy award-winning singer Dianne Reeves, double platinum recording artist Billy Idol, and nationally recognized pop vocal group The Company Men, with a special performance by Francis Collins, Director of National Institutes of Health. Notables in attendance included: Founder Michael Milken and Lori Milken, Henry Buhl, Janna Bullock, David and Julia Koch, Maria and Ken Fishel, Patricia Duff, John and Susan Kean, Leon and Debra Black, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Jeff and Mei Sze Greene, Francine LeFrak, Rick Friedberg, Dr. Richard Merkin, Glenn and Jennifer Myles, Joel Pashcow, Artie and Selma Rabin, Jonathan and Sheryl Sokoloff, Mitch Modell, Frank Luntz, Dr. Jonathan W. Simons (President & CEO, Prostate Cancer Foundation), Dr. Francis Collins, Eric and Aerin Zinterhofer, Jim Coleman and Cynthia Ott, Dean and Roxanne Palin, Brent and Laura Nicklas, Bill Finneran, Lew and Rita Ranieri, Sally Quinn and Jackie Rogers, and tennis pros Lester Cook , Jonathan Erlich, Murphy Jensen, Scott Lipsky, Andreas Siljestrom.

The gala was held in support of the 12th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament, which was held from August 26 – 28, 2016. That event was named after the successful entrepreneur who constantly turned tragic events throughout his life into philanthropic causes. One hundred percent of the funds raised throughout the evening went to supporting groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research.

Photos by Rob Rich and Patrick McMullan, courtesy the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Photos: Sonic Garden Party at LongHouse


Bora Yoon absolutely blew me away at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton on Saturday. Dawn Watson photos.

Trend alert — Expect to see more and more unconventional-type performances and entertainment settings in the Hamptons in the future. Props to the folks at LongHouse Reserve for being way ahead of the curve with this, as they have been presenting unique and super interesting performances al fresco for years.

A fine and shining example that happened just this past weekend was the Sonic Garden Party, a moving (and moving) evening of performances put on the the LongHouse Junior Council, which was held on Saturday at the 16-acre Reserve in East Hampton, and curated by National Sawdust. First up was the entrancing Bora Yoon, whose whole being emitted waves of beauty and wonder. I am SO glad I got to experience that. Wow! Then there was Colin Self, whose mysterious blend of song and performance art reminded me of being at the Watermill Center (another perfect place for bucking convention), which was cool. Lastly, it was a collaborative Sonic Finale with Harry Bertoia for everyone at the amphitheater, better known to all of us as “the unicorn horn.” The  happy, free-for-all musical extravaganza was just delightful, and so, so pretty.  And don’t forget the site- and event-specific Sonic Sculptures, made by local artists Nico Yektai, Nick Martin, Scott Bluedorn and Fitzhugh Karol. All told, it was a super groovy day.