It’s not even May and the calendar is already starting to fill up for the season. In the spirit of celebrating the here and now, however, let’s first focus on what’s happening in this next week and slightly beyond.
* I can’t wait to see Kate Mueth and the Neo-Political Cowgirls in action for a sneak peek of “Voyeur” at the John Drew Theater Lab at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Tuesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the work-in-progress dance theater piece, previewing a slated summer performance, is free. http://www.npcowgirls.org | http://www.guildhall.org
* Coming up at Guild Hall, the 76th Annual Artist Members Exhibition opens on Saturday, May 3, and hangs through Saturday, June 7. Yes, I’m jumping the gun a bit on this one but I’ve got a piece in the show and am quite excited, especially as Guild Hall has been very, very good to me–knock wood. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. http://www.guildhall.org
* LTV in Wainscott will host a “Poetry Affair” reading on Friday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5. http://www.ltveh.org
* Dodds & Eder Home in Sag Harbor will exhibit “Memories of Place: Land/Water/Sky” by Maria Schon, opening on Saturday, April 26, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Esperanza Leon of Solar curated the show. http://www.doddsandederhome.com
* Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor will stage “The Orchard Play” by P. Seth Bauer on Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m. as part of the New Works Festival. The play, starring Chloe Dirksen, is a contemporary re-envisioning of Chekhov’s” The Cherry Orchard.” Check out this one and more–including “Fight Call” by Jess Brickman on Friday at 8 p.m., a panel discussion and cocktail reception on Saturday at 4 p.m. and “The May Queen” by Molly Smith Metzler on Sunday at 2 p.m. http://www.baystreet.org
* On Saturday, April 26, the Southampton Cultural Center will present a “Broadway Baby” concert with Valerie diLorenzo and Barry Levitt at 7:30 p.m. and don’t forget that the inaugural “Dance is Now” performance and benefit will be held at the SCC on Saturday, May 3, at 6 p.m. I’ll be sure to see you there, as I’m emceeing this terrific new beginning to dance performance in Southampton. Buy your tickets now if you haven’t already. scc-arts.org.
* On Sunday, April 27, head to Montauk and catch the “Concert for the Concerts” at Zum Schneider. with The Lone Sharks, Blue Collar Band and Soundsource from 3 to 7 p.m. Admission is only $10 and all profits support the 2014 Monday Night Concert on the Green series in July and August.
* Lastly, animal lovers mark your calendars for The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons 40th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott. Bring your dogs (on leashes) and cats (in carriers) to rub noses with old and new friends, try out the agility course, nosh on treats, enter contests and “Ask the Vet” with ARF’s Veterinarian Dr. Sarah Alward and get your pet vaccinated at this free event. http://www.arfhamptons.org
* “Voyeur” photo by Gregory Crewdson.
It seems as if “The Good Wife” is taking a cue from the “Law & Order” playbook and stacking the deck with more and more familiar faces from the Hamptons.
Of course there’s series star Josh Charles, who plays the former lover and current nemesis (though things are slowly warming up again it seems) of lead Juliana Marguilies and who has also taken the field during the annual Artists & Writers game. I can’t remember how he played the year I saw him but I do recall that he was taller than I had previously thought and also had notably slender calves Yes, that sounds weird that I would notice that but I was mainly camped out at shin level, sitting on the ground between home and first base to get the best shots of everyone at bat.
But back to “The Good Wife, which also boasts prominent cast members, East Hampton’s Nathan Lane and Alan Cumming, who is a regular at the raucous Watermill Center fundraiser. And last night, Polly Draper (Fun fact–she’s also a Hoosier, like me, by birth.) appeared as lawyer Lorainne Joy. I’m guessing by the storyline that it’s not the last we will see of her.
Bay Street audiences will remember Polly’s powerful performance in the one-woman show “My Brilliant Divorce” in 2012. It was one of my East End stage faves. Here’s the review: http://www.27east.com/%2Fnews%2Farticle.cfm%2FSag-Harbor%2F426735%2FDivorce-Is-Brilliant
*Photo by me at an Artists & Writers game of yore.
I absolutely cannot wait to see four-time Tony Award-winning playwright (and Hamptons resident) Terrence McNally’s newest drama, “Mothers and Sons.” The play, which stars Tony- and Emmy Award-winner Tyne Daly, opens for previews on February 23 at the Golden Theatre on Broadway.
The show also stars Frederick Weller, who’s best known for “In Plain Sight” but he’s a bona-fide Juilliard and Broadway guy with serious cred in LaBute and Mamet plays (Fun fact: he’s also the cousin of the original “Robocop,” Peter Weller.) and Tony nominee Bobby Steggert, who was in “Big Fish” and McNally’s “Ragtime” on Broadway and right here in Sag Harbor on the Bay Street Theatre stage in “Betty’s Summer Vacation.” Thanks for the reminder Tracy Mitchell!
I don’t know what I’m most excited about: seeing Tyne Daley (“Gyspy,” McNally’s “Master Class” and television’s “Cagney & Lacey”) perform live or getting more of a glimpse into the mind of the playwright who wrote “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Love! Valour! Compassion!,” “Master Class” and “Ragtime.” Yowsa–what incredible talent!
The show officially opens on March 24. To learn more, visit http://www.mothersandsonsbroadway.com.
*Promo photo of “Mothers and Sons.”
We might be getting another 3 feet of snow dumped on us here on the East End this weekend, but no matter–especially in Sag Harbor where the annual HarborFrost celebration will bring fire dancers and fireworks alongside the ice sculptors and assorted entertainment.
Mother Nature be damned, there will still be lots and lots of hot events here in the Hamptons over the next few days.
* HarborFrost in Sag Harbor will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check out the full schedule at http://www.sagharborchamber.com.
* Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor will hold a three-day Beatles celebration this weekend, including “It Was 50 Years Ago Today” and “Legends: The Beatles” on Friday; “Celebrating the Beatles” on Saturday with a number of East End musicians performing; and a screening of “The Ed Sullivan Show” appearance by the band 50 years ago. http://www.baystreet.org
* “Coretta, Promise to the Dream” will open at the Southampton Cultural Center on Friday and stage again on Saturday and Sunday. http://www.scc-arts.org.
* Multiple Grammy Award-winner Johnny Winter will take the stage at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead on Friday. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know it’s in Riverhead but this guy is amazing and so is this gem of a venue. http://www.suffolktheater.com
* ARF is hosting a “Love is in the Air” Valentine’s-themed open house in Wainscott on Sunday. http://www.arfhamptons.org
* “The Family Room” will stage at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Tuesday, February 11. http://www.guildhall.org
*Fire dancer photo by me, circa 2012.
Read this article about the Beatles even if you have vowed to never, ever read another one. It’s by my brilliant writer at the Press, Michelle Trauring, and she did a hell of a job with it.
Plus, there are tons of locals mentioned here. Joe Delia, Christina Strassfield, Steven Gaines, Joe Lauro, Shaye Weaver, Carol Ellis, Tracy Boyd, Jim Turner, Caroline Doctorow and Alec Baldwin.
Hope ya’ll enjoy reading it as much as I did.
Did anyone know that Sag Harbor’s Chris Bauer was going to show up as public works head Harold on the “Ann and Chris” episode of “Parks & Rec” last night? That was a fun little guest star morsel.
I was so glad to see Chris–who joined Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre as a member of the Board of Trustees in 2011 and has trod the boards there and at Guild Hall in East Hampton–showing his range in a comedic role. I actually had to stop the show and Google the episode to make sure it was him as I didn’t catch a sound of his distinctive Sheriff Andy voice from “True Blood,” also known as the best place to catch Alexander Skarsgard naked. Ha!
Fun fact: the talented actor attended Yale School of Drama,
Welcome to the quietest week in the entire Hamptons year–but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still things to do and plans to be made.
For me, this week is filled with cocktail parties and dinners out with friends. Perhaps I’ll see you out and about at some of my favorite haunts. Make sure to stop by and say hi.
* Updating last week’s Hot Picks post, I can now share that Nancy Atlas’s special guest at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor on Friday, January 3, will be drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Tickets are crazy inexpensive for this–buy them now. http://www.baystreet.org.
* The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will host an “Artists Choose Artists” gallery tour on Friday, December 20. http://www.parrishart.org.
* Bay Burger in Sag Harbor hosts a super hot Jam Session every Thursday night from 7 to 9 p.m. Check it out. http://www.bayburger.com.
* Loaves and Fishes in Bridgehampton is bringing “What’s a Hostess to Do?” author Susan Spungen in to give party tips on Saturday, December 21. http://www.landfcookshop.com.
* The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center in Bridgehampton is holding a Holiday Tree for the Birds demonstration on Saturday, December 21. http://www.sofo.org.
Cheers to the happiest of holidays!