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.

 

Polar Bear Plunge & Other Hot Picks

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From a Polar Bear Plunge of yore. Dawn Watson photos. 

Brrrrrrr. It’s that time of year again so strip down to your skivvies (of the bathing suit variety please) and head to Coopers Beach in Southampton tomorrow morning for the annual Polar Bear Plunge. The 13th annual festivities start with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the cannon fire will tell us that it’ll be time to take the Plunge at 10 a.m. sharp. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Human Resources of the Hamptons.

 

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Also happening this weekend, the Hampton Ballet Theatre School‘s production of “Nutcraker” at Guild Hall in East Hampton. The popular holiday-themed ballet will stage on Friday, December 9, at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 10, at 1 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 11, at 2 p.m.

On the stage in Quogue, the Hampton Theatre Company presents “Joy to the World,” an evening of holiday readings to celebrate the wonders of the season, tonight, Friday, December 9, starting at 7 p.m.

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Beautiful scenes of wintertime will be on display over at the Southampton Cultural Center, with an opening reception planned for the East End Arts Invitational Art Exhibition “Island Winters” on Friday, December 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show features the work of five regional award-winning photographic artists: Paul Dempsey,  Michael McLaughlin, James Sabiston,  Steven Schreiber and James Slezak.

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LTV in Wainscott is throwing a shindig tonight, Friday, December 9, in celebration of its 32nd year. Want to go? RSVP right now to  info@ltveh.org. And bring a non-perishable food item with you as admission, which will be donated to a local food pantry.

The Maureen’s Haven Ugly Sweater Party and Winter Fundraiser will be held at the Greenport Brewery on Friday, December 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. Have a beer, enjoy some cheer, and help raise money for this worthy nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight homelessness on Long Island.

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The Southampton Historical Museum is hosting its annual Hearthside Cheer Holiday at the Rogers Mansion on Saturday, December 10, at 5:30 p.m. This year’s big shebang will be a Festive Fifties Party, inspired by the decade, not the age. Dress in 1950s attire to amp up the neato fun.

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Another popular regular returns to the stage, after being away for too long, to the delight of its fans all over the East End. This weekend  The East End Special Players bring an original production, “Trouble in Jamaica,” to Bay Street in Sag Harbor on Saturday, December 10, at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, December 10, the Southampton Arts Center will host  “An Evening of Cabaret with Valerie diLorenzo” starting at 7 p.m. The multi-award-winning NYC cabaret artist, accompanied by Steven Silverstein, will present an evening of songs, stories, and laughter as she muses on her journey through the Great American songbook and the history behind some of our best loved songs. Composers featured in the concert will include Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb, Joni Mitchell, Irving Berlin, and Elvis Presley, to name a few.

yawp-high-school-2015Also, it’s that time of year again for YAWP. The  Young Artists and Writers Project High School Playwrights Festival will be held on Saturday, December 10, at 7 p.m. at the Avram Theater at Stony Brook Southampton. This year’s program will include six short plays written and performed by local, NYC and international high school students, including those from YAWP playwriting classes at Pierson High School and Eastport South Manor,  the YAWP Summer Workshops at Stony Brook Southampton, and the recent YAWP Scriptwriting Retreat, which included students from Pierson, the Harlem Educational Activities Fund  in New York City and Robert College of Istanbul, Turkey.

Lastly, here are two more  — a Gift Making event for kids at the Montauk Library and a Holiday Trunk Show featuring a few of our friends. Cheers!

 

 

 

 

Need Some Cheering Up? Three Hot Events TODAY

I don’t know about you but I could sure use some fun right now! Here are a few happenings for today and tonight that should do the trick.

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Rock out with Kate Mueth and a bunch of other cool chicks at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett tonight and help raise some dough for girls and women in need.

croppedscarlet-letter-nov-2016Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor opens “The Scarlet Letter” today. The Literature Live! performance stars Chloe Dirksen (yay for you Chloe!!) as Hester Prynne, a married woman who becomes a social outcast. After an adulterous affair, she conceives a daughter during her husband’s long absence. She is required to wear the letter “A” for adultery on the breast of her gown. Refusing to name the father, Hester is forced to live a life set apart from nearly everyone she knows. The show stages through November 26.

 

 

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Feel like heading into the city for a good cause? Tonight’s a good night for it, as the  Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will host its 19th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction. The evening, which starts with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. at Cipriani Wall Street, will be held in honor of footwear industry icon and former Hamptons resident Vince Camuto and will be hosted by Chris Wragge of CBS 2 News show “This Morning, plus Roger Daltrey of The Who will also perform.

 

 

 

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.

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

 

 

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Let’s Enjoy Our Last Weekend With Just Us

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Goat on a Boat is celebrating its 15th birthday (they don’t look a day over single digits!) tonight, Thursday, May 19, by throwing its annual Bambini Ball at its new home at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor tonight. The evening will include puppet making, a puppet show, games and DJ Carlos Lama will be spinning dance tunes. Plus, there will be pizza, cake and ice cream for the kids.

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Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center is hosting its Spring Open House at the Rogers Mansion tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Stop in and check out the Mansion’s new look. The rooms now reflect the early 20th century period that Samuel L. Parrish, a wealthy summer resident and Southampton philanthropist, lived in the mansion between 1899 and 1932. Cool.

Head over to the Living Room c/o The Maidstone tonight for a Night Out fundraiser for The Green School from 7 to 9 p.m. The school is a wonderful example of teaching children about the environment, and the benefit is a great way to support its mission.

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Sole East in Montauk kicks off its 10 Year Anniversary Weekend  (and, coincidentally, the annual Montauk Music Festival) by hosting live concerts all weekend long. Plus, there’s a special anniversary cocktail party planned for Saturday, May 21, from  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and a signature cocktail.  will be offered to guests. Here’s the musical line-up at Sole.

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8:00 PM Heather LaRose
9:00 PM Laura Risotto
10:00 PM Mikey Shyne & Jeneen Terrana
11:00 PM Shane Guerrette

Saturday, May 21
8:00 PM Clair
9:00 PM Zandi Holup
10:00 PM The Jason Gisser Band
11:00 PM Sir Cadian Rhythm

Sunday, May 22
11:00 AM Laura Rizzotto
12:00 PM Caleb and Carolyn
1:00 PM The Legendary RT
2:00 PM Motu

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Lastly, don’t forget to get your tickets NOW for the first-ever Southampton Cultural Center gala next weekend, An Evening of Wine and Roses.

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Hamptons Hot Picks: April 16 & 17

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This is one of my photos that is currently on view at the Montauk Library.    DAWN WATSON

It’s most definitely a good time for the arts in the Hamptons this weekend. There are so many really great things to do, including a reception for my “Love of the Land (and Sea)” photography exhibit at the Montauk Library on Sunday, April 17, from 2:30 to 4:30. Yay! Please stop by. The show hangs through the end of April.

On Saturday, April 16, it’s the final Farmer’s Market of the season at Topping Rose in Bridgehampton. The word renowned luxury hotel is bringing together some of the best artisans and purveyors on the East End. Stop by the Barn and Studio from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. to shop for goods, products and wares from local farmers and artists.

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 Also on Saturday, the Southampton Historical Museum is hosting “Grandpa, Pop & Me: The Wonder of Windmills” family program at 11 a.m. at Rogers Mansion in Southampton. Learn about the significance of windmills on Long Island and make your very own windmill. A take-home handout of Long Island windmills will be provided.

At the East Hampton Library, the second annual Tom Twomey series kicks off at 5 p.m. with a presentation on Colonial Commerce. Frank Sorrentino and Steve Russell Boerner will lead a fascinating exploration of a new transcription project that involves the account books, journals, ledgers, and documents of Culper Spy Ring member Robert Townsend (1753-1838) of Oyster Bay, housed in the Library’s Long Island Collection.

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Steve Miller’s art is on view at Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill. 

Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill is hosting a reception for Steve Miller’s “Your Version, My Version” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The show will run through May 15.

The Parrish Art Museum’s annual Spring Fling will be held on Saturday, April 16, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. The event will feature live music by NOIZ, hors d’oeuvres and an open bar by Southampton Social Club and the annual gallery hunt.

On the North Fork, Alex Ferrone will host a spring reception for her “Aerial Observations” series at her Cutchogue Gallery on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Sunday, April 17, brings us Spring Doc Day from the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor from noon to 7 p.m. Three animal-themed docs will be screened, including: “The Internet Cat Video Festival,” “The Messenger” and “The Champions.” Read more here from the Sag Harbor Express.

 The Watermill Center is hosting a brunch from noon to 2:30 as part of its International Brunch Series, which kicks off with Compañía Acción Residente, a performance group from Chile.

Guild Hall is opening up its doors for a free Artists in Residence Showcase from 4 to 6 p.m. Meet novelist Iris Smylles, poet Tom Yuill, visual artists Jennifer Hsu and James Wang and painter Arcmanoro Niles. RSVP here.

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“Loxahatchee” by Roxanne Panero.

The Southampton Cultural Center is hosting a reception for “East End Realists” from 4 to 6 p.m. The group show incudes: : Lucille Berrill Paulsen, David Paulsen, Pam Thomson, Peter Beston, Roxanne Panero, Jane Kirkwood, Aubrey Grainger, Keith Mantell and Ann Lombardo and is on view through May 23.

And lastly, the final “Long Island Grown” presentation from the Peconic Land Trust will be held at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton at 2 p.m. The series aptly ends with “The Dessert,: featuring Alexander Damianos of DuckWalk Vineyards , Patricia DiVello of Patty’s Berries and Bunches, and Tom Wickham of Wickham’s Fruit Farm.

 

 

Joy Behar’s Hamptons House Is on the Market

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Sotheby’s International Realty listing photo.

Comedian and talk show host Joy Behar has justnow listed her East Hampton home for $3.8 million.

The 4,000-square-foot traditional shingle-style home, which she bought new in 2012, sits on .78 acres on Roberts Lane. The house has an open floor plan and comes with four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a heated Gunite pool and several fireplaces–including an outdoor fireplace next to a covered deck. It’s listed with Beate Moore of Sotheby’s.

Ms. Behar, an original member of “The View” team on television who just returned after a two-year absence, also hosts “Late Night Joy” from her Manhattan apartment. She is also a Board of Trustees member of Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

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