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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


One Billion Rising is TODAY


Peacefully protesting violence against women, the Ne0-Political Cowgirls and The Retreat will join together for “One Billion Rising” today, Sunday, February 12, starting at at 2 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

As part of the JDT Lab, the event, inspired by Eve Ensler’s global movement, invites the entire community out for written words, song and dance for all, to end violence against women. Appropriate for all ages, the performance is free for all, but donations for The Retreat–the only domestic violence shelter on the East End–will be accepted at the door.

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.

Hamptons Hot Picks: January 2017


This awesome photo of Nancy Atlas by Michael Heller is courtesy Bay Street Theater. 

Winter schminter. The snow might be gently coming down but the activities this weekend are fast and furiously rolling along. Here are a few of the hot things to do that are on my radar.
Nancy Atlas will be tearing the roof off at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor tonight for the first of only four Fireside Sessions this winter. Most of the shows are already sold out so get your tickets now before they are completely gone. Read all about it here in this story I wrote for the Sag Harbor Express this week. Really awesome gigs!
Also tonight, Friday, January 6, catch some Smokin’ Hot Tunes Fridays at Townline
Bands, Brews and BBQ with Junkyard Farmer. The show at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack is from 5 to 8 p.m., and yes, there are accompanying food and drink specials.
I’m sad to announce that Zigmund’s in Bridgehampton is shutting it down for good next Sunday, January 15. So get out there and support this live music venue while you still can. Tonight, Friday, January 6, it’s Haines Goodale & Co. live at  9 p.m. On Saturday, Retro Sounds play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There are more musical acts next week through Sunday so check it out on Zigmund’s website and Facebook page.

From Zigmund’s — The bar, which opened in July, was the most recent project for the restaurant duo Jason Weiner and Eric Lemonides, who also own Almond in Bridgehampton and two restaurants in Manhattan.
“Zigmund’s was intended to be a pop up.  Back in July, the owner of the building (who is a buddy of ours) had an opening for a season before a more permanent tenant moved in so we said ‘screw it, lets open a bar!’ It’s been a blast, but we are now moving on to bigger projects,” states Lemonides. “We are looking forward to rounding out the season in the next two weeks with live music, karaoke and our signature Retro Sounds on Saturday. We will close out with a final Karaoke night, so bring your best singing voice to serenade us one last time,” concludes Weiner.
The duo has another project on the horizon for the 2017 season, soon to be announced.
On Saturday, Guild Hall and the Hamptons International Film Festival couldn’t be more timely. Hurrah! They will be screening the 1962 classic “To Kill A Mockingbird,” hosted by Alec Baldwin, at 7 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton Join the HIFF Co-Chair (that’s Mr. Baldwin) and Artistic Director David Nugent for this annual Winter Classic screening of a wonderful film and a conversation directly following. And don’t forget, our very own Truman Capote is portrayed as a young boy in this fantastic film version, based on the seminal book by Harper Lee. Don’t miss this!

thumbnail_promisespromises_finalposter-2On Sunday and Monday, January 8 and 9, Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center will hold auditions for “Promises, Promises” at 6 p.m. Interested in auditioning? Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre or pop standard. Comfortable clothing required for learning a dance combination. There are A LOT of parts to fill in this one so now’s your chance; dare to dream of being on the stage and actually do it. Performances are March 9 through 26, 2017. Need to know more? Contact Michael Disher at mbentondisher@gmail.com

Last but most definitely not least. Want to give a big thank you to the Sag Harbor Fire Department and all the other incredible volunteers who assisted and responded to the terrible Sag Harbor Cinema conflagration? Then head to Page in Sag Harbor on Sunday night from 5 to 7 p.m. for a well deserved benefit to raise funds for those in need and to thank and support the men and women who battled the December fire and saved our Main Street. For more information, please call 631-725-1810 or email Jacqueline LaBorne at jaci@pagerestaurantgroup.com.


Dawn Watson photo, taken about an hour before the facade was gently pulled down. 

Polar Bear Plunge & Other Hot Picks


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.



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.



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.


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.



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.



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 to Know: Creative Opportunities


Tomorrow is the last chance to get your YAWP (Young Artists and Writers Project) applications in for consideration. Stony Brook Southampton is once again offering the program for up to 30 select high school students from the East End of Long Island, New York City, and one American International school to attend a five-day, four-night scriptwriting retreat at the campus, November 14 to 18, 2016.

While participating at YAWP, the students attending will have a chance to: find their creative voices in scriptwriting in a supportive environment; generate valuable new material for transcripts; improve writing and communications skills; build confidence;  and make new friends while forging lasting connections.

Students are fully supervised and chaperoned at all times, and time is made every day for school homework so that students stay current with their classes. The fee for the 5-day, 4-night retreat program is $500 per student, which covers lodging, food, materials and expenses for aDecember production of the work, which will be held at Stony Brook Southampton’s Avram Theater on December 9 and 10.

To learn more or to sign up, students may contact their English teachers, head of school, or email william.chandler@stonybrook.edu. More information is also available at http://www.stonybrook.edu/yawp and at Facebook.com/YoungAmericanWritersProject.

For the adults, Guild Hall of East Hampton is now accepting online applications to the Guild House Artist-In-Residence Program, through Thursday, December 1, 2016. The residency runs for 8 weeks from March 11-May 7, 2017 in East Hampton, New York.

Entering its second year, the residency provides two-months of living space, a stipend, introductions to the cultural community of the Hamptons, and access to mentorship through Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts, whose membership is comprised of many of the nation’s most accomplished and influential artists. The residents will also have the opportunity to collaborate and form partnerships with regional artists, as well as many cultural institutions. Four (4) emerging artists (21+ years) working in the visual, literary, or performing arts, and/or curatorial or critical studies will be selected by a jury of GH Academy members.

For more information, interested artists may contact Marianna Levine at AIR@GuildHall.org or visit GuildHall.org.


Gruesome Playground Injuries, Kid Lit & Old Haunts


A name like “Gruesome Playground Injuries” certainly grabs the attention. I’m quite interested to see more of this play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, which is staging at Guild Hall in East Hampton starting Thursday, October 27.

I don’t know a lot about the play (yet) but I do know that it’s not, thankfully, about blood and guts around the merry-go-round or anything like that. Instead, it tells the story of Kayleen and Doug, who first meet in the nurse’s office of their elementary school. Over the next 30 years, they are brought together again and again by injury, heartbreak and, on occasion, their own self-destructive tendencies. gruesome-playground-injuries-1

The play comes out East courtesy Genny Productions, a new theatrical production company that is founded by Brian Clemente (who has worked under Steve Hamilton a time or two at Guild Hall), Jacob Alden Roa, Julia Masotti and Mary Ragus. The show stars Julia Masotti and Jacob Alden Roa and stages through Sunday, October 30. Purchase tickets here.


Did you know that children’s literature, aka “kid lit,” is the fastest growing segment of the publishing world? Apparently ’tis. For those writers who are interested in learning more about this potentially lucrative market, Stony Brook Southampton has a terrific opportunity with its Children’s Literature Fellows program, developed by Patricia McCormick, Emma Walton Hamilton and the MFA in Creative Writing program at Stony Brook Southampton.

The distance learning, one-year certificate program with one-on-one instruction from successful kids’ lit authors like McCormick–working in picture books, middle grade novels, and YA fiction and creative nonfiction–addresses the needs of those writers who want to develop their craft but who may not have the time or the resources to enable enrollment in a full MFA degree program.  The deadline for applications for the 2017 Children’s Literature Fellows program is December 1, 2016.



Lastly, for those wanting to get a jumpstart on the upcoming spooky weekend, the Southampton Historical Museum has just the thing with its free “Historic Haunts of Long Island” program, which will be held at Rogers Mansion in Southampton on Thursday,
October 27, at 11 a.m. There the award-winning author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky will take her audience on a ghostly journey through Long Island’s History and sign copies of her book “Historic Haunts of Long Island.” The event is co-sponsored by the Rogers Memorial Library.