Authors Night Photos


Word nerds unite! Man, I heart Authors Night. It’s one of my very favorite events of the year. So many incredible wordsmiths and culture changers under one roof. It’s pretty freakin’ amazing. And all for a wonderful cause–the East Hampton Library. Yippee!

Some of the more buzz-worthy scribes in attendance this year, in no particular order: Malcolm Nance, Jean Kennedy Smith, Dick Cavett, Robert Caro, Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin, Jessica Seinfeld, Alan Alda, Peter Marino, Elizabeth Vargas, Marshall Watson, Chris Whipple and Ann Coulter. Click on the pix to see them, and many more!

Get Your Good News Gossip

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.



HIFF Movies up for Oscars


We already knew that the Hamptons International Film Festival selections were crushing it again. They do every year. But here’s the real data, for those of you who are interested in the facts.

Numerous films that screened during the 24th Hamptons International Film Festival have been recognized with 2017 Academy Award nominations. Here are the best of the best, which account for a total of 45 Oscar Nominations this year: 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, BLIND VAYSHA, FIRE AT SEA, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, JOE’S VIOLIN, LA LA LAND, LION, LOVING, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, MOONLIGHT, THE RED TURTLE, THE SALESMAN, TIMECODE, TONI ERDMANN, and THE WHITE HELMETS. 
The 89th annual Oscars are planned for February 26, 2017. 
The recipients of the three HIFF Audience Awards, LA LA LAND, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, and THE WHITE HELMETS also received nominations for Best Picture, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Documentary – Short Subject, respectively.
Here are a few of the categories that I thought might be of interest.
Looking ahead, HIFF will  present their rescheduled Winter Classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” on Saturday, February 25, at 7 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton. The film will be presented by HIFF’s Co-Chair Alec Baldwin, and the festival’s Artistic Director, David Nugent, who will host a conversation about the film following the screening.
The 25th Hamptons International Film Festival will take place October 5-9, 2017.

Photos: Bay Street Gala

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor held a wingding of a 25th anniversary gala on Saturday night. The event, which honored founders Emma Walton-Hamilton and Steve Hamilton, Adrianne and Jerry Cohen, and Patrick Malloy–held under the big tent on Long Wharf–was one of the theater’s most successful ever. Special guests included Alec Baldwin, Jason Alexander, BD Wong, Richard Kind and Harris Yulin, among others.


Photos above by Lenny Stucker and Barry Gordin, courtesy Bay Street, and below by Kimberly Goff for Hamptons Party Girl.




Learn to Act from Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin Head shot

I absolutely LOVE this!

Stony Brook Southampton is offering a Two-Day Acting Master Class with Alec Baldwin and Chekhov Technique Instructor Bethany Caputo on July 11 and 12. But you’ve got to hurry if you want to participate, as only a few slots remain.

The small workshop class is limited to only 16 and is part of the Southampton Theatre Conference at the Southampton Graduate Arts campus at Stony Brook Southampton. A video audition is required. Here are the submission guidelines. 

On the first day, Monday, July 11, students will work with Bethany Caputo to explore the Michael Chekhov Technique, a psychophysical approach to acting, and some of the basic tools and principles from Chekhov’s work with character. On Tuesday, July 12, Alec Baldwin joins Caputo in a scene and monologue intensive integrating some of the tools explored in the preceding day’s session.

Since 1980, Alec Baldwin has received a Tony nomination (“A Streetcar Named Desire” in 1992) an Oscar nomination (“The Cooler” in 2004) and won two Emmy awards, three Golden Globes and seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on NBC-TV’s “30 Rock.” His films include “The Hunt for Red October,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Malice,” “The Edge,” “It’s Complicated,” “Blue Jasmine,” “Still Alice” and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” among many others.

Bethany Caputo is an actress and a teacher in New York City who performs regionally at such theatres as Arena Stage, The Goodman and Actors Theatre of Louisville. In 2015, she appeared with Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf in Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” at the John Drew theater in East Hampton, NY. Ms. Caputo studied at the Moscow Art Theatre where she was introduced to the Chekhov technique in 1997. She is now on faculty with MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York City and with Stony Brook University Graduate Department.

Other offerings in the 2016 Southampton Theatre Conference include workshops in playwriting with Lucas Hnath (“The Christians,” “Red Speedo”) and Stephen Adly Guirgis (2015 Pulitzer Prize, “Between Riverside and Crazy”). Click here for additional  information.

Great Books of 2016


I snapped this quick shot of Alec Baldwin and Ed Burns during last year’s Authors Night fundraiser.  Dawn Watson photo

I’m in the thick of it in helping to plan for this year’s Authors Night at the East Hampton Library–what  a terrifically fun thing I get to do!–so I thought that sharing a few literary tidbits would be appropriate.

First off, have you SEEN who is coming to Authors Night this year? It’s an impressive list, and one that is getting even more exciting by the day. BTW–the annual fundraiser will be on Saturday, August 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Here are a few of the notables who are coming so far: Jonathan Adler, Arlene Alda, Dan Barber, Kate Betts, Ed Burns, Allison Pataki, Michael Weiss, Dr. Ruth, Bob Caro, Dick Cavett, Phil Keith, Tom Clavin, Charlotte Moss, Simon Doonan, Bob Drury, Nelson DeMille, Eileen Duffy, Stewart Lane, Katie Lee, Emily Liebert, Robyn Lea … It’s a great mix of talent. And just wait until you see who signs up next!!!

While I’m on the subject of our treasure trove of renowned writers with local connections, congrats to the always gracious and wonderfully talented Allison Pataki, whose “SISI: Empress On Her Own” recently hit the New York Times Bestseller list. Woohoo!

” I wanted the story of this incredible woman and her fascinating life to reach as many readers as possible, and I wanted this book to travel as far and wide as possible,” she says of the book. “Well, I needn’t have worried, because all of you, the absolutely amazing readers, helped me to launch this book in ways that humble and inspire me! I cannot even begin to tell you how deeply grateful I am to all of you for reading the book, talking about the book, posting about the book, and cheering SISI on! In this moment I don’t really have the right words to fully express it, but please just know that I am sending out some powerful gratitude to all of you right now.”

I can’t wait to see her again come August at Authors Night, if not before.


Guessing Game Answered


More than 1,000 of you saw the Guessing Game post from Saturday morning.  A few of you even knew where I was.

For those who are still trying to figure it out where the photo was taken yesterday —

— here’s the answer.

I was at the East Hampton Library, which is one of my favorite haunts. The spot in question was the ladies lounge downstairs, right outside of The Baldwin Family Lecture Room, which was–as the name suggests–generously donated by Alec Baldwin and his family. It’s a beautiful space. I hope you do take the opportunity to enjoy it.