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.

 

Stony Brook Southampton Granted MFA Film Accreditation

Film poster for "Still Alice," which I like because it's got our ocean in it. Plus we get to stretch and brush up on our Spanish. Congrats to Stony Brook Southampton and Killer Films for working on this multi-award nominated film.

Film poster for “Still Alice,” which I like because it’s got our ocean in it. Plus we get to stretch and brush up on our foreign language skills. Congrats to Stony Brook Southampton and Killer Films for working on this multi-award-nominated film.

Huge congrats to Stony Brook Southampton and its state recognition on getting the Film MFA Degree program started! The program, directed by Killer Films’ Christine Vachon, is the first in the SUNY system. Lest you need reminding of who the fantastic Ms. Vachon is, she’s the groundbreaking producer behind such indy hits as Academy Award winner “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Far From Heaven,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Happiness,” “Kill Your Darlings” and HBO’s “Mildred Pierce,” which won five Emmys, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award. I heart every single film of hers that I’ve ever seen. Killer, and the film students of Stony Brook Southampton, were also involved in the making of multi-award-nominated (and sure to win several) “Still Alice.” That film stars Montauk resident Julianne Moore, who just won a Golden Globe for her performance in the movie, and Amagansett resident Alec Baldwin. Here’s more about the program: http://www.stonybrook.edu/southampton/mfa/film/welcome.html#more

HIFF Winners

This year’s Hamptons International Film Festival was a bit more low key than usual, and dampened considerably by the rain on Saturday, but the show still went on. In addition to Hilary Swank and Keifer Sutherland showing up, the other big news of the festival was the naming of this year’s winning films, the Breakthrough Panel and, of course, the Conversations With series.

As for the awards, The Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award went to “Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem.” Ronit Elkabetz was also honored, with Outstanding Performance by an actress, for her performance in the film. The Golden Starfish Award for Best Documentary was awarded to “The Special Need.” And Jacob Lofland was awarded the Newcomer award for “Little Accidents.”

Photos by Lisa Tamburini

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Attention cinephiles, and Bill Murray lovers! The Hamptons International Film Festival opens tonight with “St. Vincent,” screening at 7:30 p.m. at Guild Hall and 8 p.m. at East Hampton United Artists. The movie stars Mr. Murray himself, who has been all over the place of late, as a misanthropic neighbor to Melissa McCarthy, a single mother who must leave her 12-year-old son in his care. The East End’s own Naomi Watts also stars as well.

Other major films to be screened during the festival, running tonight through October 13, include “Wild” with Reese Witherspoon; “Foxcatcher” with Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell; “The Homesman” with Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank; and “Still Alice” with Julianne Moore. The “Conversation With” series continues this year with Joel Schumacher, Patricia Clarkson, Laura Dern, Ms. Swank and Mr. Ruffalo. Breakthrough Performers for the 22nd annual film festival include: Kaitlyn Dever (“Laggies”), Lola Kirke (“Gone Girl”), Jack O’Connell (“Skins”), Miles Teller (“Whiplash”), Eve Hewson (“This Must Be the Place”), Zoe Kravitz (“X-Men First Class”), Tye Sheridan (“The Tree of Life”), Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), Caleb Landry Jones (“Low Down”), and Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”).

For a full schedule of events, visit www. hamptonsfilmfest.org. And of course, keep checking back here for photos.

As evidenced by the photo I chose to ran, in support of a Sag Harbor-based filmmaker) HIFF isn’t the only place to see new films. The world premier screening of John Barrett’s documentary “Reel Montauk” will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Montauk Movie Theater.

Indie Filmmakers Kill It at Stony Brook Southampton

Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes and Pamela Koffler. Courtesy Stony Book Southampton

Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes and Pamela Koffler. Images courtesy Stony Book Southampton

Monday night provided another opportunity for film students at Stony Brook Southampton to sit at the feet of successful movie mavericks. Killer Films Co-Founders Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler and director Todd Haynes were all present at the launch of the 20/20/20 Production Boot Camp of Killer Films and Stony Brook Southampton’s new Graduate Program in Digital Filmmaking. Appropriately, the trio talked about their experiences making independent films.
Haynes, a film director and screenwriter, has collaborated with Killer Films on a number of features. The Brown University graduate began to get noticed by the filmmaking community when his “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story,” which he shot in 1987 while an MFA student at Bard College, began making serious waves. Using Barbies, (and many Carpenters songs without first obtaining the music rights) he depicted Karen Carpenter’s struggle with anorexia and bulimia. His first feature film, “Poison,” was produced by Killer and went on to win the 1991 Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize. Other collaborations between the filmmaker and first major indie production company, founded in 1995, have included: “Velvet Goldmine,” “Safe,” Academy Award-nominated films “I’m Not There” and “Far From Heaven,” and HBO’s “Mildred Pierce.” Other notable Killer Films efforts include Academy Award-winner “Boys Don’t Cry,” “One Hour Photo,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Happiness,” “I Shot Andy Warhol” and “Kill Your Darlings.”
To learn more about the program email southamptonarts@stonybrook.edu or visit
stonybrook.edu/film.

Bob Reeves, Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes, Michelle Stark, Dorothy Lichtenstein and Pamela Koffler

Bob Reeves, Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes, Michelle Stark, Dorothy Lichtenstein and Pamela Koffler

Students before they make films for 20 days, with Vachon, Melissa Bank, Magdalene Brandeis, Koffler and Haynes

Stony Brook Southampton 20/20/20 digital filmmaking students with Christine Vachon, Melissa Bank, Magdalene Brandeis, Pamela Koffler and Todd Haynes.

Kate Upton Running on the Beach Opens Today

Kate Upton Running on the Beach Opens Today

Er, I mean “The Other Woman,” which was filmed in the Hamptons last summer and pictures a highly anticipated scene of the bodacious beauty running in a bikini, opens today in theaters nationwide.
Hey, the movie might be a fun and frolicsome story about three women bonding (over a cheating man) but I think that we can mostly all agree that men and women alike might just be buying tickets to mainly see Ms. Upton catching some rays. She is a stunner.
I recall that even a year ago when I first heard about the movie filming out here on the East End, all anyone wanted to talk about was “the bikini” and Kate Upton’s ample natural assets. Those specific scenes of the two-time Sports Illustrated cover girl were filmed in June in East Quogue. Other scenes were also filmed in Westhampton Beach with the movie’s co-stars, Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. Taylor Kinney, Lady Gaga’s beau, is also in the film. There were several Mother Monster spottings in the Hamptons during filming last summer, and notably for this Party Girl, at the annual Watermill Center benefit. That was cool.
Other movies filmed in the Hamptons include: “Something’s Gotta Give,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Nanny Diaries,” “Pollock” and “Wall Street.”
* Film still from “The Other Woman.”

Billy Joel, Alec Baldwin, Madonna and More

Billy Joel, Alec Baldwin, Madonna and More

It’s been a busy past week for Hamptons notables, including this Hamptons Party Girl–though not necessarily notable but definitely burning the candle at both ends of late. As a result, we’ve got lots and lots to catch up on.
Billy Joel has been all over the news lately. It’s been reported that he’s selling one of his Hamptons homes. NOT the one in Sag Harbor, thank goodness, but the oceanfront Sagaponack house that he bought from Roy Scheider in 2007. He’s also gone viral for his two-man doo-wop bit with Sagaponack’s Jimmy Fallon, covering The Tokens’ “Lion Sleeps Tonight” on “The Tonight Show.” I dare you to watch that and not smile.
Alec Baldwin has apparently just bought another Hamptons home, This one’s an East Hampton mansion to complement the Amagansett farmhouse that he owns. I have been hearing not-so-quiet whispers that he’s interested in jettisoning the older estate in favor of his newest purchase. I’m just glad that he’s not leaving the East End.
Then there’s Madonna. The Bridgehampton resident posted a photo of herself on Instagram last week with some (ahem) spectacular new growth. Apparently she is proud to not be follicularly challenged. First the gold grill and now this. I don’t get it, AT ALL, but it’s not like she needs to run her life choices past me. Soooo … to each his or her own.
Lastly, and bear with me on this one because it’s a tangent, but I was watching the film “Hitchcock” last week and was interested to learn something new, so I thought I’d share it with you. There are a couple of scenes in the film about Hitch trying to sell Paramount studio head Barney Balaban on “Psycho,” which intrigued me. With that last name I just had to look to look it up. Turns out that Barney (who in addition to being Paramount’s president from 1936 to 1964, also incidentally bought one of the 14 original copies of the Bill of Rights and then donated it to the Library of Congress) was none other than the uncle of Bridgehampton’s Bob Balaban. Cool. I love learning new things.
Happy Tuesday.
*Photo by me of Billy Joel, Bob DeLuca and Alec Baldwin at a Group for the East End fundraiser.