Hamptons Hot Picks for the Weekend


“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.







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.



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:



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


Free Classes for Survivors


I love that Southampton Hospital is offering free exercise classes for cancer patients and survivors.

Offered through Strength for Life, the classes are specifically designed for cancer patients and survivors. The organization has been hosting several eight-week sessions a year at The Ed & Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute at Southampton Hospital, with the first one of 2017 currently underway. Each session consists of a weekly one-hour “full body” workout class that utilizes resistance bands, stability balls and floor mats provided by Strength for Life for participants to keep.

“The Ed & Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute is so happy we are able to assist with making the Strength for Life program available in the community,” says Patti Cronin, the Wellness Institute’s Coordinator. “The class becomes more that an exercise session—the camaraderie and support is unimaginable … Aside from the exercise aspect of it, the participants also get a social and educational experience as well. It is truly a wonderful and important program that really aids in the recovery process.”

screen-shot-2017-01-26-at-1-23-00-pmIn 2010, the American College of Sports Medicine changed its guidelines for cancer patients from “bed rest is best” to “avoid inactivity.” The guidelines now suggest about 150 minutes per week of moderately intense aerobic activity and at least two days of muscle strengthening exercises. Studies have shown that exercise helps decrease fatigue in cancer patients as well as improve sleep, reduce nausea, build tolerance to chemotherapy, and boost mood and self-esteem.

Strength for Life was founded by Debbie Hughes and Jacqui Errico in 2007 in memory of Evelyn Knapp, an exercise physiologist and owner of many fitness facilities throughout Long Island who died of cancer in 2005. To date, the organization has helped over 1,700 cancer patients and survivors regain their “strength for life.”

“Strength for Life not only provides professional exercise instruction for cancer patients and survivors, but has also become a source of emotional support of our participants,” Debbie said. “To have an environment where you can express yourself and your concerns, while doing something extremely positive at the same time, empowers our survivors and helps them feel a sense of control on their cancer journey.”