Hamptons Hot Picks for the Weekend


“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. 

Portrait of Michael Holman by Rob Northway_shot in livingroom

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.







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.



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:



And lastly, don’t forget that next week is East End Restaurant Week. Yum!  Click here to see the list of participating restaurants.


On Stage This Week in the Hamptons

Want to go see a play this week? We don’t need no stinkin’ Broadway (but of course we do still love it!). We’ve got plenty to do right here in the Hamptons.


Diana Marbury and Ben Schnickel in a scene from “4,000 Miles.” Photo by Tom Kochie

Staging now through January 29 in Quogue, it’s “4,000 Miles.” The drama, starring Diana Marbury and Ben Schnickel, is a great telling of reconnecting family relationships and closing the generation gap. Written by Amy Herzog, the show, directed for the Hampton Theatre Company by Sarah Hunnewell, also stars Amanda Griemsmann and Samantha Herrera. Read more about it here in this preview I wrote for the Sag Harbor Express.


Looks like Joseph Marshall and Tamara Salkin are about to get physical in this scene from “The Money Shot.” Photo by Dane DuPuis.

money-shotOpening tomorrow night–Thursday, January 19–at the Southampton Cultural Center, it’s Neil LaBute’s edgy 2014 play “The Money Shot.” Strictly for adults, this graphic comedy about sex after the bloom has faded is pure LaBute. No familiar? Watch “In the Company of Men” and “Your Friends and Neighbors,” which are both raw and rough, but also incredibly compelling. Starring Bonnie Grice, Joseph Marshall, Tamara Salkin and Kristin Whiting, the show is directed by Joan Lyons.


And then there’s the southern-style tearjerker “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling, courtesy the Springs Community Theater Company. The production opens on Friday, January 20, and stages at the Springs Presbyterian Church this weekend and next, through Saturday, January 28. It features a spirited local cast of characters–Shelley Bennett, Susan Conklin, Vay David, Jayne Freedman, Virginia Haller and Claire Hopkins–who I’m positive will absolutely prove fitting for such a show. The action will be directed by Diana Horn and Kathleen Horn and produced by Barbara Mattson.  Here’s the link for tickets. Can’t wait to see another of this group’s don’t-miss productions.

Hamptons Hot Picks: Thursday and Friday, October 20 & 21


Matthew Conlon, Andrew Botsford and Rebecca Edana in a scene from “November.” Tom Kochie photo

David Mamet’s “November” opens tonight–Thursday, October 20–at the Quogue Community Hall. Presented by the Hampton Theatre Company, this super appropriate comedy about inappropriate political machinations will stage through November 6. Read more about it here in the preview I wrote for the Sag Harbor Express.

Also tonight, the Young Cowgirls (of the Neo-Political Cowgirl variety) will stage their final workshop presentation at Guild Hall in East Hampton at 7 p.m.


John Leonard loves his cell phone in “God of Carnage.” Photo by Dane Dupuis

And don’t forget that Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” is staging at the Southampton Cultural Center. Now in its second week, the play continues through October 30. Here’s my review, running in this week’s Sag Harbor Express.



Also tonight, there will be a special God’s Love Charity Ride at the Sag Harbor Gym from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  Call 725-0707 to reserve a bike.



On Friday, October 21, the Bridgehampton Museum is hosting a program celebrating farming in and around Bridgehampton. The event, which starts at 1 p.m., will feature local bee-keeper Mary Woltz and mushroom farmer David Falkowski, who will share their experiences with audience members. For more information call the Museum at 631-537-1088.



The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill continues its Salon Series on Friday at 6 p.m. with a performance by SYBARITE5, the string quintet that plays repertoire ranging from Mozart to Radiohead.



Lastly, for now, the Southampton Arts Center is getting a scary good headstart on Halloween by opening up its doors for a Spooktacular Haunted House, designed by Oscar Gonzalez, which will be open on weekends from Friday, October 21, through Sunday, October 30. Bonus—there will be movies screenings on Friday nights too. This week, it will be “Beetlejuice” at 8 p.m. Next week, “Poltergeist” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be the last film screened on Halloween Friday.


Spooktacular Haunted House photo by Tom Kochie.

“We envision the Southampton Arts Center as your one- stop-shop for terror this month!” says Amy Kirwin, the SAC’s Director of Programs.

Haunted House days and times are: Friday, October 21, 5-10 pm Saturday, October 22, 5-10 pm Sunday, October 23, 3-7 pm Thursday, October 27, 5-8 pm Friday, October 28, 5-10 pm Saturday, October 29, 5-10 pm Sunday, October 30, 4-9 pm Monday, October 31, 4-7 pm




Great Scores in the Hamptons

Anderson Roe 2015

As part of the Rising Stars Piano Series, the Anderson-Roe Duo will perform works by Mozart, Busoni, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla and Brahms on Saturday, April 2, at 7 p.m. at the Southampton Cultural Center. Tickets are only $20. Great score, literally!

Want more of the good stuff? Check out these other fun happenings tonight.



Two Plays I Can’t Wait to See!!

Thursday is sure to be a gold star day for theater lovers on the East End. That’s because we’ve got two highly entertaining productions opening that night. Yippee!

Help him with the hooks, Wardell (l-r Ed Kassar, Scott Wilson, and Frances Sherman)

Ed Kassar gets a helping hand from Scott Wilson, while Frances Sherman patrols the perimeter in the Southampton Cultural Center production of “Sordid Lives.”                       Dane Dupuis photo.

At the Southampton Cultural Center, there’s “Sordid Lives,” a campy cult classic by Del Shores that’s sure to shock and awe. I don’t want to spoil the plot for those not familiar with the play, but let’s just say that it’s racy fun at its best. Read more about it in this week’s Sag Harbor Express.

Here’s a direct link to the feature I was thrilled to write for the paper.  http://sagharboronline.com/southamptons-shocking-and-sexy-sordid-lives/


Rebecca Edana, Mary McGloin and John Carlin in a scene from Hampton Theatre Company’s production of “Dead Accounts.” Tom Kochie photo.

In Quogue, the Hampton Theatre Company is putting on another seriously great production with “Dead Accounts.” I love the themes–homecoming, integrity, morality and navigating familial relationships–explored by playwright Theresa Rebeck (creator of the television show “Smash”) in this dark comic play. I can’t wait to see it and tell you all about it too! Here’s a little preview, also one that I wrote for the Express. How lucky am I to get to write about so many things I love. Yay!

Virtue & Greed Collide in HTC’s “Dead Accounts”



Hamptons Hot Picks: October 24 and Beyond

Courtesy HTC.

Courtesy HTC.

Itching to see a good murder mystery? Head west to Quogue now through November 8 to see “An Inspector Calls.” Staged by the Hampton Theatre Company, this thrilling drama, set in 1912 England on the night that the Titanic sinks, will be well worth the trip.

Courtesy SCC.

Courtesy SCC.

Southampton Cultural Center‘s Rising Stars Piano Series continues with Tomer Gewirtzman, a Pianofest Distinguished Artist, who will perform works by Bach, Haydn and Scriabin tonight, October 24, at 7 p.m.


The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will host opening receptions for Jane Freilicher and Jane Wilson: Seen and Unseen and Alexis Rockman: East End Field Drawings today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  reception in the Norman and Liliane Peck/The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation lobby. Read about both of these shows in the Sag Harbor Express.


Bay Street Theater and Sag Harbor Center for the Arts will offer Minecraft Interactive Lessons with Mason Cohen and Miller Croke of MSquared Adventures on Wednesdays, from October 28 through November 18, from 4 to 5 p.m. Students aged 9-13 with some Minecraft proficiency already under their belts, are invited to take part. (Basic controls of the game must already be understood.) All participants must provide their own Mac or PC laptop. (NO kindles, Ipads, Ipods, Iphones, tablets, Andriods, etc). Cost is $100 per student for the four sessions and class size is limited to 12 kids.  Advance payment is required to secure a spot. There will be an extended class on Veteran’s Day, November 11, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Hamptons Memorial Day Weekend Hot Picks: Friday and Saturday

The B-52s will play the Westhampton Beach PAC on Saturday.

The B-52s will play the Westhampton Beach PAC on Saturday.

There are so many things to do here in the Hamptons this weekend, I’m already in need of a nap and it’s not even 8 a.m. on Friday. Here’s a taste of some of the events for today and tomorrow. More Hot Picks coming before Sunday; after I rest up.

Have a happy, fun and safe holiday!

* The Backyard Restaurant at Solé East in Montauk is kicking off Memorial Day weekend with music by DJ Faze tonight starting at 10. Tomorrow, Saturday, Faze spins from 1 to 6 p.m., and again starting at 10 p.m. Sunday, it’s Jazz and Bossa Nova Brunch with music by Ludmilla and Marcello from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and tunes by DJ VH1 starting at 10 p.m. www.soleeast.com/restaurant

* The Parrish Art Museum’s “Sounds of Summer” series begins tonight, Friday, May 22, with music by The HooDoo Loungers at 6 p.m. Also, don’t forget that there’s free admission to the museum for military personnel and their families now through Labor Day. www.parrishart.org

* Hope to see you at the “A Whale of A Show” reception tonight at the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. The work remains on view through June 21. http://www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org

Here’s a link to the piece I wrote about it in the Express this week: http://sagharboronline.com/sagharborexpress/arts/a-whale-of-a-show-brings-salt-air-to-the-sag-harbor-whaling-historical-museum-37755

* Tune in to 102.5 WBAB today at 3:30 p.m. to hear all about my Hot Picks and more during Afternoons with Walker Vreeland!

* Hampton Theatre Company is staging “Hay Fever” through June 7 in Quogue. www.hamptontheatre.org.

* Tomorrow, Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a Basketball Clinic For Boys And Girls Ages 7-10 to Benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at John Marshall School Gymnasium in East Hampton. Sponsored by The East Hampton High School Key Club, The NY Knicks, and spearheaded by EHHS student/ basketball player August Gladstone, the clinic will teach kids drills and skills, scrimmage and more. All skill levels welcome. A fun and supportive learning environment. For more information, email August asgladstone@gmail.com or call 329-7130.

* Also on Saturday, Guild Hall in East Hampton will honor the legacy of William (Bill) King at 11 a.m. In the evening, at 7 p.m., there will be a one-night-only live performance of “The Thirteen Clocks” by Strangemen & Co. www.guildhall.org

* The Watermill Center in Water Mill will offer a Saturdays @ WMC family activity day from 1 to 6 p.m. The program begins with a tour of The Watermill Center grounds at 1 p.m., followed by a special workshop at 3 p.m. led by Shane Weeks, prominent member of the local Shinnecock Nation and upcoming artist-in-residence at The Center.  The first half of this workshop will explore the craft and culture of native dream catchers. The second half will introduce Shinnecock Nation dance practices. The workshop will be followed by an outdoor reception. www.watermillcenter.org

* Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton is opening “Womanhouse” group exhibit with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. www.ericfirestonegallery.com

* The B-52s will party it up at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday at 8 p.m. I saw this band at Jones Beach years ago. They put on a heck of a show! www.whbpac.org

* Orion Weiss returns to the Southampton Cultural Center for another classic Pianofest performance on Saturday at 7 p.m. The SCC Distinguished Artist and 2015 Mentor will play works by Beethoven and American Composers Gershwin, MacDowell & Keith Jarrett in Honor of Memorial Day. http://www.scc-arts.org