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.


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.  




High School Kids: Free Music Master Lessons

If you’re a high school musician with dreams of greatness but not a lot of dough,  here’s your chance. East End Arts in Riverhead is now accepting student applications for full scholarships for the 2017 Music Masters Mentorship Program with Bakithi Kumalo, who just happens to be the bassist for Paul Simon. He’s also played with: Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte and Cyndi Lauper, among others.

The intensive six-week ensemble workshop is for kids ages 14 through 18 and will be held from January 3, 2017 through early February. To apply, serious high school student musicians studying bass, keyboard, drums, guitar, sax or trumpet must submit an online application including a recorded performance sample. The deadline to submit applications  is December 4.

Ensemble workshop rehearsals will be held evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. at the East End Arts School Carriage House in Riverhead on the following dates: Tuesday, January 3; Monday, January 9; Tuesday, January 17; Monday, January 23; Monday, January 30; Monday, February 6. A finale performance will be held in early February at a Riverhead-area location.

Jazz for Jennings Photos

Randy Becker, Ada Rovalli, Steve Turre, Jon Faddis, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Dan Rose, Carl Allen, Cyrus Chestnut, Stella and Tyler Faddis

Sunday was a great day to get jazzy for the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center, as evidenced by these terrific photos from Kimberly Goff. The second annual Jazz for Jennings fundraiser, held at the Watermill Center this year, was a big success and helped to raise money for much needed programs at the BCCRC. Bravo!



Want to learn more? Here’s a note from Kayce Jennings, the late newscaster’s wife:

“Jazz for Jennings to support of the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center is less than 3 weeks away! Peter would be so pleased that we are carrying on this tradition because he cared so deeply about his community and about this very special place at its core.

The Center, as it is known locally, has for more than 60 years been committed to providing essential services and programs to the often over-looked community of African-American and immigrant families that live out here – and, most particularly, to the children. But after Peter’s death and with the end of Jazz@Jennings, the benefit for The Center that we hosted formany years at our home, The Center fell on hard times. It continued to provide critical services, but a major source of funding had been lost. Jazz for Jennings is changing that.

The generosity of supporters last year is turning things around. Added to the already fully subscribed after-school program, The Center now has a music program – the kids are learning to play piano on electric keyboards donated by the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. They also have a shiny new trumpet, a gift from the huge-hearted Jon Faddis,and this year’s band leader, who taught a day-long workshop at The Center’s summer camp last August.

The Center was able to hire a tutor to assess each of the 36 children in the After-School program and to train volunteers to work with each child on his or her homework. Because of generous donors, The Center now has a new playground, Chess and Scrabble Clubs, a Girl Scout troop, and expanded Teen and SAT prep programs. Four Center kids are going off to college this fall! The Center was also able to finish the studio space in the McCall building used for the music classes, karate, dance, yoga and special presentations like one on Black History, a Latino Culture Celebration and holiday family parties.

All this, and more, because of the support for Jazz forJennings. Peter would be very, very grateful.

 The Center’s children thank you. And so do I for your caring and helping to spread the word about Jazz for Jennings on June 26th at the Watermill Center.”

Kayce Freed Jennings


Nancy Atlas at Navy Beach TODAY

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Nancy Atlas at last year’s event. All photos by Stephanie Lewin

In the mood for some actual music in Montauk? Head to Navy Beach restaurant this afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for the fourth annual fundraiser to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation. It’s a great event and helps the Naval Special Warfare community, their families, and the families of the fallen, wounded and also transitioning NSW veterans.

This year’s event will return live music to Montauk as Nancy Atlas takes the stage. It will also include featured guest Long Island native RDML (SEAL) Thomas R. Richards, USN ret., former Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, a highly decorated veteran, as well as Navy SEAL Foundation representatives, and local veterans and supporters.  
Navy Beach will continue its support of the Navy SEAL Foundation throughout the 2016 season, enabling guests to support the cause directly each time they dine at the restaurant. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, a donation of $1 will be added to each dining check in support of the Navy SEAL Foundation. Guests will also be able to increase the value of the donation if they like. In an effort to improve upon the $25,000 raised for the foundation last year ($60,000 since 2013), Navy Beach will again match the first $2,500 raised through this season’s efforts.  Click here to make a donation online.

The cost to attend the event is $40 per adult, $20 for veterans, and free for children under 16. The restaurant will be open for regular dinner service beginning at 5:30pm, and reservations are recommended; RSVP for the cocktail party to nsf@navybeach.com.



Hamptons Hot Picks: May 20, 21 & 22


Joss Lake, courtesy Watermill Center.

The Watermill Center‘s got a big weekend of events planned. On Friday, May 20 at 6 p.m., New York-based novelist Joss Lake will present their process to the public in an open rehearsal. Lake’s work attempts to expand the art form by de/re-stabilizing gender, time, and the boundaries between the self and the other. At 7:30 p.m. German musician and composer Hans-Jörn Brandenburg will present his work pian-O-pera during an open rehearsal. The weekend will continue Saturday, May 21 at 1 p.m. with a guided tour of The Watermill Center’s building, grounds, gardens and art collection. Following the tour, at 3:30 p.m. dance artist Netta Yerushalmy will present her dance experiments. Then on Sunday, May 22, it’s the second installment of our the International Brunch Series, starting at noon with cocktails and a private tour of current resident artist Armando Mariño’s Sweet Dreams. Prepared by Watermill’s Chef-in-Residence Eva Schmidt, the menu is inspired by the local food culture of Long Island’s East End. Space is limited and reservations are required.  Following brunch at 3 p.m., Cuban visual artist Armando Mariño will present Sweet Dreams during an open showing.
“Beach Light: Paintings by Eileen Dawn Skretch” will open with a reception on Friday, May 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sayre Barn at the Southampton Historical Museum. The exhibit will hang through October 23.
Pianist Yoonie Han will perform at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill’s Salon Series performance on Friday, May 20, at 6 p.m.The multi-award winning pianist will play works by Bach, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Chopin, and others in a program that spans nearly 300 years of Western music. On Saturday, May 21, the museum will offer Tideland Sessions–illustrated talks, an artist performance, a paper boat building workshop, and lunchtime conversations that unite artists, writers, scientists, historians, and the community in dialogues about environmental stewardship–from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the super cool Radical Seafaring exhibit.
Guild Hall in East Hampton is hosting Roz Dimon for a Digital Art: A New Dimension in Storytelling  Demonstration on Saturday, May 21, at 3 p.m. The artist will demonstrate the creative process behind her multi-layered digital drawings and paintings, deepening our understanding and appreciation of digital art. One of these pieces, Pale Male: A Pilgrimage, is in the permanent collection of the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Jiayin Shen, Pianofest Distinguished Artist, will play a concert with works by Chen, Bach-Busoni, Schumann, Chopin and Liszt at the Southampton Cultural Center on Saturday, May 21, at 7 p.m.
Stride pianist Judy Carmichael hits the Bay Street stage in Sag Harbor with Grammy winner Billy Stritch on Saturday, May 21, at 8 p.m. The talented pair will be performing together for the first time. Read more about it in this week’s Sag Harbor Express.
As part of the Tom Twomey series, the East Hampton Library will host a live music “Harps, Harmonicas and Heavy Breathers: A History of the People’s Instrument” event with Kim Field and Randy Weinstein on Saturday, May 21, from 5 to 6 p.m.
The White Room Gallery  in Bridgehampton is hosting performances by Chartwell Dutiro on Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21.

Hamptons Hot Picks: April 9 & 10

Music and art make the world go round this weekend, and so many others, in the Hamptons.

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Today, Saturday, April 9, the Southampton Cultural Center is hosting Jody Oberfelder Projects for “The Brain Piece” Innovative Contemporary Dance Workshop and Performance at 3 and 6 p.m., respectively. Check out this video here.

The Brain Piece is a choreographed experience, a union of movement, neuroscience, film and sound, giving audiences an interactive and intuitive opportunity to engage with their minds in motion– Jody Oberfelder Projects allows audiences to shine a light on their own thinking process, inspiring connections within the thinking body–how neurons that wire together fire together. Interesting.

Also at the SCC, Sherry Palencia is hosting Line Dance Workshops on Thursdays in April

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Photo by Adam Baranello.

The Hampton Ballet Theatre School is staging “Coppelia” this weekend, with shows on Saturday, April 9, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton.  The score is by Leo Delibes and the ballet is choreographed by Sara Jo Strickland. Guest artists include Nicholas Sipes dancing the role of Franz and Adam and Gail Baranello of A&G Dance Company dancing the divertissment, “War.” Rose Kelly an Advanced Professional Student Level 6 at HBTS will be dancing the role of Swanhilda. Costumes designed and hand-sewn by Yuka Silvera and lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski.


Today is the day for The Watermill Center’s inaugural Springtime Family Day, which begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Springtime Family Day activities include a structured workshop with former Watermill Resident Artist Amy Khoshbin and the first-ever Watermill Scavenger Hunt. For the workshop, participants (including parents) will use costumes and create short scenarios before a green screen. They will be able to see their performances at the same time projected with a choice of backgrounds. Short pieces will be edited post-workshop into a video and made available for viewing on Social Media. The Scavenger Hunt will involve a guided tour of the building and grounds with kids looking for a number of items on a list to identify—for example, certain types of chairs, a sculpture with two heads, a portrait of Robert Wilson, etc. A kid-friendly lunch will be provided.


And tonight at 6 p.m., the Miró Quartet returns to the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church for another exciting Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival performance. Back for their second season, Miró—with Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer on violin, John Largess on viola, and Joshua Gindele on cello–brings their signature vibrant playing style and deeply musical interpretations. This year, they perform a blockbuster program featuring Ginastera’s lively and brightly energetic first string quartet, and two of Beethoven’s iconic quartets – the tautly wound “Serioso” and the thrilling and expansive C major “Razumovsky” quartet, whose final movement is one of Beethoven’s most exciting and beloved. Here’s the lineup:
Beethoven         String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”
Ginastera            String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20
Beethoven         String Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Razumovsky”

Happy Saturday!