Hamptons Hot Picks for the Weekend

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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.

 

Claudio’s Keeping It in the Family

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Isn’t this a pretty picture? I sure wish I took it but I didn’t; it’s the landscape image from Claudio’s FB page. Well done. 

Looks like the Claudio family is going to give it at least one more summer season after all. According to reports, what had been an imminent sale of the oldest same-family-run restaurant in the United States fell through earlier this month. But instead of throwing in the towel or letting their landmark Greenport eatery sit vacant, the Claudio gang (which includes Bill, Jerry and Jan Claudio, and Kathy and Beatrice Tuthill) is ready to re-up and reopen their namesake restaurant in early April.

During its annual opening party, which will be held on Friday, April 7, the 147-year-old restaurant will serve $1.47 glasses of wine and beer. As for the other fooderies in the family business, Claudio’s Clam Bar will open on April 27 and Crabby Jerry’s will serve its first customers of the season on May 25. Read more about it in the Northforker, which broke the story two days after this post appeared on March 14 on Facebook:

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And be sure to head to Claudio’s Facebook page to keep abreast of all the latest happenings.

 

Keeping All the Balls in the Air

Promises, Promises (Julie Crowley, Christina Stankewicz, Darren Ottati, Josephine Marshall, and Brianna Kinnier)

The cast of “Promises, Promises” struggles to juggle. A familiar theme for this Hampton Party Girl! Photos by Dane DuPuis.

Oh how time does fly when you’re busy prepping for a show, working the day job(s) and trying to juggle a personal life while still a struggling to be creative, involved and aware. Whew! It’s good to be back after having been away such a long time!

I love how this picture above (taken by Dane DuPuis of the “Promises,” Promises” cast) now staging at the Southampton Cultural Center through Sunday, March 26, perfectly captures the mood. Based on the 1961 Academy Award-winning Best Picture, “The Apartment,” “Promises, Promises” features a hilarious book by Neil Simon, Burt Bachrach’s only Broadway score and terrific choreography by a young Michael Bennett. The 1968 musical, which includes such memorable tunes as “I Say A Little Prayer,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and the title song, earned Tony Awards for Jerry Orbach and Marian Mercer.

Here in Southampton, the Michael Disher-directed show stars Darren Ottati, Shannon DuPuis, Richard Alder, Toni-Jo Birk, Julie Crowley, Bethany Dellapolla, Dane DuPuis, Sheila Engh, Brianna Kinnier, Geoffrey Milton, Tom Rosante, Jack Seabury, Lon Shomer, Christina Stankewicz, Josephine Wallace and Edna Winston.

 

Since we’re on the subject of theater, brava to the amazingly talented costume designer Yuka Silvera, who is making her NYC debut in the hilarious comedy “Angry Young Man” by Ben Woolf. The show, which just happens to be directed by Stephen Hamilton and is being staged in association with Guild Hall, is currently in rehearsal in the city and will open on Thursday, March 23, at Urban Stages. Closing in the city on April 9, the limited engagement production will travel to Guild Hall in East Hampton, staging from June 3 to June 18.

I’ve just got to add this critical praise from the Evening Star — “Brisk, funny and slicker than an oil spill in a tuxedo.” — Love it!

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Feeling philanthropic and frisky? Then buy your tickets for Denim and Diamonds 2, which is happening tonight, Saturday, March 18, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at 230 Elm Street in Southampton. The fundraiser benefits Ellen’s Run.

We’ve got some great stuff happening on Sunday too, including the terrifically tasty Empty Bowls benefit for Project Most, which will be held at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett from noon to 3 p.m.

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And then there’s the super yummy foodie event, the “Long Island Grown” series, which continues at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton at 2 p.m. with Al Krupski of Krupski Farms, Ray Wellen of Green Thumb Organic Farm, Barbara Shinn of Shinn Estate Vineyards, and Chef Dee Muma of Dark Horse Restaurant in Riverhead. The talk and tasting, moderated by author/pastry chef/food editor Laura Donnelly, is hosted by the Peconic Land Trust and Edible East End.

Also on Sunday, the Southampton Arts Center is hosting Edwina von Gal and the Perfect Earth Project for a Bee Hotel Workshop and free talk at 2 p.m.

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graysanatomyAnd, last but most certainly not least, the Hamptons International Film Festival is hosting a screening of the film “Gray’s Anatomy” at 6 p.m. at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. The film by Spalding Gray and Steven Soderbergh–not to be confused with the TV show with the similarly spelled name by Shonda Rhimes–was executive produced by Kathy Russo, who will be present for the event.

Hamptons Hot Picks: Saturday, March 4

Cold, schmold. The Hamptons calendar knows no such thing as inclement weather, even in March. There’s plenty of cool things to do tomorrow. Here are a few of my favorites.

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ZIMA! is happening in Montauk on Saturday. Yay! Photo stolen from Kate Mueth.               Hope she doesn’t mind.   : )))

Kate Mueth and The Neo-Political Cowgirls present ZIMA! On Saturday, March 4, starting at 2 p.m. Bundle up and journey through downtown Montauk to find a whole slew of hidden Goddesses while enjoying some truly magical theater in celebration of winter. Fun for the whole family, this full scavenger hunt takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half, depending on how fast or slow you go. $5 per person. Sponsored by The Montauk Playhouse.

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The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons is hosting a Roundtable discussion on organic pest and disease control on Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to noon a the Bridgehampton Community House. Pamela Harwood will moderate.

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Art Unprimed’s “Terra,” a new group exhibition opens at the gallery in Sag Harbor on Saturday, March 4, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Participating artists include: Scott Bluedorn, Jane Martin, Mica Marder, Charles Ly, Bruce Lieberman, Dalton Portella, Michele Dragonetti, Traute Worschech, Will Ryan, Dennis Leri, Francisco Aliotta, Jessica Dalene. Bluedorn will give an artist’s talk from 5 to 6 p.m. The show hangs through March 19.

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The Hamptons International Film Festival is hosting a screening of “I Am Not Your Negro” at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday, March 3, at 6 p.m.

Southampton Historical Museum is opening the “Hunting the Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry” exhibition with a reception on Saturday, March 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Rogers Mansion. It will remain on view through December 30, 2017.

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Photos: Harborfrost 2017

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Sag Harbor’s HarborFrost 2017, sponsored by the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce, was a celebration of fire and ice yesterday. The day featured live ice carving demonstrations, ice sculptures along Main Street, live music performances, indoor children’s activities, the Hysterical Society’s Culinary Stroll, and fire jugglers and dancers later in the evening. Here are some photos of the earl day happenings, courtesy Lisa Tamburini.

 

Photos: LongHouse Reserve’s Winter Benefit

LongHouse Reserve 2017 Winter Benefit, Honoring Architect Team Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

I’ve been wanting to share my experiences from LongHouse Reserve’s fantastic annual Winter Benefit since last week but haven’t been able to get around to it until now. Apologies for my delay.

It was one of those incredible evenings where I found myself reveling in wonder and amazement at being in the same room with so many people who have changed our world. Man, that’s some heady stuff. Words might not be able to capture it but hopefully these photos by Patrick McMullan will. Enjoy!

Want to learn more? Here’s all the info: LongHouse Reserve celebrated the start of their 26th season with a Winter Benefit at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, February 15, honoring husband and wife architectural team, and Barack Obama Presidential Center designersTod Williams and Billie Tsien.

The non-profit arboretum, art museum, sculpture garden, and educational organization based in East Hampton, drew a diverse group of guests including LongHouse Reserve Founder Jack Lenor Larsen, President Dianne Benson and Executive Director Matko Tomicic. Former LongHouse honorees Hugh Hardyand Barbara Slifka were in attendance, along with architect Steven Holl, Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown,  and artists Helena Hernmarck, Shen Wei, and Eleanor Alper -. Distinguished guests included Ron Kaplan and Toni Ross, Adelaide De MenilLouis and Jane GroppDeborah NevinsSherri DonghiaPeter OlsenAlexandra MunroeMark and Elizabeth LevineLee Skolnick, Nina Gillman, Jane and David Walentas, Herb Hellman and Marcia WilsonR. Couri HayAlison Mazzola and Sylvia Mazzola, Alexandra Munroe, Lori and Alexandre Chemla, Franklin Getchell and Murray Moss, Neda Young, James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett, Joy and Bruce Habian, Ed Howard, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, Cathleen McGuigan, Warrie and Jim Price, Amy Schichtel.

As guests gathered in the atrium, also designed by the honorees, architectural critic, educator and Contributing Editor for Vanity FairPaul Goldberger took to the stage to present the LongHouse Award, and moderate a lively conversation with honorees Williams and Tsien about their philosophy, love for LongHouse, and what it’s like to work with the former President and First Lady of the United States. Attendees were then treated to the first private screening of “LARSENWORLD: LONGHOUSE IN EAST HAMPTON,” a film created by LongHouse as the pinnacle of its 25th year triumphs.

The reception and screening were followed with a dinner at the residence of Katja Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeldt at the iconic San Remo building on Central Park West.

Chosen in 2016 as the designers of the Barack Obama Presidential Center, Williams and Tsien have received more than two dozen awards from the American Institute of Architects over the past three decades, as well as numerous national and international citations. Their many accomplishments include the design of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago, and the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.

This event was made possible with the generous support of Adelaide de Menil ,Katja Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeldt, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners.

About LongHouse ReserveLongHouse Reserve is a not-for-profit organization with 16 beautiful acres in East Hampton, New York. Through its art collections, arboretum, sculpture gardens, and educational programs, LongHouse Reserve brings together art and nature, aesthetics and spirit, with the strong conviction that living with art in all its forms is central to living fully and living creatively. It seeks to expand the imaginations of all its visitors, no matter what age or level of appreciation. Each year the LongHouse Reserve presents major exhibitions in the pavilion and the gardens. Currently, there are more than 60 sculptures for the gardens including works of glass by Dale Chihuly, ceramics by Toshiko Takaezu, bronzes by Eric Fischl,Lynda Benglis and Willem de Kooning. Works by George RickeyAlfonso Ossorio, Yoko OnoPavel Opocensky, and Takashi Soga are also on view, while the installation of a “Fly’s Eye Dome” designed by Buckminster Fuller and a site-specific Sol LeWitt piece add interesting scale and dimension. 

Admission is $10 and $8 for seniors. Admission is free for LongHouse members, children under 12 and high school and college students with ID. LongHouse Reserve is located at 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton, New York 11937. www.longhouse.org

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Regular readers, and practically anyone who’s ever met me, know that I’m not a big fan of the snark. There are plenty out there who are, but I prefer to be more of a celebrator of the good things in life. Heck, that’s pretty much the founding principle of this blog. It’s also the impetus behind one of a series of columns–Hamptons Habitues–that I’m now writing for Hamptons Real Estate Showcase, for which I’m thrilled to be an Editor at Large. Yay! Hope you enjoy reading this column as much as I enjoyed writing it. If so, please also also check out my Haute Spot interview with Jill Rappaport and Long Distance Love  featuring PJ and Joe Delia, Lucette Lagnado and Doug Feiden, and some tasty morsels about Ina and Jeffrey Garten in the Presidents Day issue, now on newsstands all over the East End.