Art Hamptons: Opening Night Photos

One of the only things I love more than a good art show is all the friends that it brings. Opening night at Art Hamptons on Thursday, June 23, was no exception. So many wonderful people. So much terrific art. Happy.

East Hampton Offers Rental Registry Workshops


The Town of East Hampton is doing whatever it can to make sure that potential landlords are in compliance with the new rental registry law and application process. To that end, the Town is offering workshops to real estate agents, landlords, and anyone else who might be interested in the legislation.

During each workshop, Town staff will walk participants through the rental registry application process and answer any questions. All workshops will be held in the main meeting room of Town Hall at 159 Pantigo Road. Register by phone or email with the East Hampton Town Supervisor’s Office at (631) 324-4140 or at

  • For real estate pros only, workshops are being offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20.
  • General public sessions will be offered on Wednesday, January 27, at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.

Rental Registry applications will become available on the EH Town website ( or at the Building Department (300 Pantigo Place), and the Town will begin accepting completed applications on Friday, January 15. Keep in mind that the form may be filled out online, but must be submitted either in person or by mail, along with the $100 application fee. The Building Department will handle and process the applications. For additional information, call the Building Department at (631) 324-4145 or email

The EH Town Building Department will begin issuing rental registration numbers on February 1. And on May 1, full enforcement will be in effect.

Delicious Decadence for Those Who Have Everything

Are you stumped on what to get that friend or family member who has everything? Well, I have the perfect gift to recommend. It’s certainly decadent, and won’t soon be forgotten.


This is a picture of the generous gift I just received.                                    DAWN WATSON PHOTO

Especially for foodies and those who host velvet rope-type VIP gatherings, I’d imagine that Khavyar caviar would be a huge hit. I just received my own delicious gift box yesterday (see above, and yes those little tasting spoons are mother of pearl–fancy dancy). What a hedonic way to start the day!

Sustainably farmed (YES!!!!), the imported and domestic caviars come from such exotic ports of call as Belgium, Israel, Denmark, Germany, and of course from our briny waters. Even better, the prices start at $12 an ounce so those who aren’t exactly Rockefellers can still get in on the tasty action. The imported varieties range from $50 to $150 an ounce and the domestics run from $12 to $99 an ounce. The types of roe run the gamut from  Ancipenser Gueldenstaedtii (nutty and mildly salty) and Acipenser Baerii (buttery and Beluga-like) to wild-caught Coregonus Clupeiformis (crunchy and sweet) and robust Alaskan Onchorhynchus Keta, so there’s something for everyone.

Hamptons Hot Picks

The cast of It's A Wonderful Life

The cast of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” now staging at the Southampton Cultural Center. Photo by Dane Dupuis.

I’ve got some good stuff to share for this weekend. And since there’s no time like the present, let’s jump right in!

* Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center presents Joe Landry’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a live radio play, opening tonight, Friday, November 20,  at 7 p.m. The show stages again on Saturday, November 21, at 2, 5 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, November 22, at 2 and 5 p.m.; and again next weekend. Michael Disher directs this 70-minute presentation,  which is perfect family fare for this holiday season. The show stars: Daniel Becker, Rich Gardini, Colette Gilbert, Kristin Guldi, Barbara Jo Howard, Joan Lyons, Bill Kitzerow, Chris McCLain, Deborah Marshall, Robert Nelson, Tramar Pettaway, Amie Sponza, Kristin Whiting, Scout Whiting, Scott Wilson and Edna Winston. Tickets are $ 20 general admission and $10 for students under 21 with ID. Three-course dinner/theater packages from The Plaza Cafe–what a great ways to do up a show– are also available on Fridays for a mere $59, which includes dinner, tax,  gratuity and ticket to the show.

Preston Truman Boyd and Joe Pallister in “Of Mice and Men,” now staging at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. Photo by Jerry Lamonica.

* And Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor is also still staging its terrific Literature Live! production of “Of Mice and Men” through the end of the month. Based on John Steinbeck’s book of the same name, the play is directed by Joe Minutillo and stars: Preston Truman Boyd, Joe Pallister, Terry Brockbank , Josh Gladstone, Jon Kovach , J. Stephen Brantley, Georgia Warner, Sawyer Spielberg, Chauncy Thomas, and furry friends Roscoe, Charlie and Daisy (read more here). It’s a must-see show.

* Speaking of must-sees, on Sunday, Guild Hall in East Hampton will host a gallery talk between artist Cornelia Foss and Museum Director/Chief Curator Christina Strassfield at noon. The work is good and the venue is always a favorite. Even if you can’t make the talk, make sure to stop by and check it out while the exhibit hangs through January 3, 2016. Read more in this piece I wrote for the Sag Harbor Express.


Author Daniel Simone will talk about the infamous Henry Hill and his heist at the East Hampton Library on Sunday.

* Another super cool thing to do on Sunday — Author Daniel Simone will discuss his book, “The Lufthansa Heist,” which will be followed by a screening of the film “Goodfellas” at the East Hampton Library from noon to 4 p.m. Get the inside story as told by mob man Henry Hill himself, who organized the crime  and then worked on the book with Simone up until his death in 2012. I met this guy when I worked on a documentary film many, many moons ago and let me tell you, he was an absolute trip! But wait, there’s more!  East Hampton resident Ed McDonald, former US Attorney in charge of the 1978 Lufthansa robbery (which was the biggest unrecovered cash haul in history) will also be there to field questions from the audience.

Watermill Center: Circus of Stillness photos

On Saturday, July 25, The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation hosted Circus of Stillness…the power over wild beasts, the 22nd Annual Summer Benefit & Auction at The Watermill Center, raising over $1.9 million to support The Center’s year-round Residency Program, International Summer Program, and educational initiatives that provide artists with a unique opportunity to develop their work. Artistic Director Robert Wilson hosted the evening.

Over 1,200 distinguished guests–including Daniel Arsham, Bob Colacello, Bill T. Jones and Bjorn G. Amelan, Fern Mallis,Nicole Miller, Brooke Shields, Barbara Slifka, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, John Varvatos, Rufus Wainwright and Roger Waters–came together for the event, which honored Inga Maren Otto, international philanthropist and long-time supporter of The Watermill Center. The evening featured rousing performances by Sierra “Rosie” Casady of CocoRosie, a collaborative installation by forthcoming resident artists Cirkus Cirkör, a cloud sculpture by celebrated artist Daniel Arsham, and over two dozen site-specific installations by artists participating in the 2015 International Summer Program featured alongside the works of renowned visual artists, Cleon Peterson, Basco Vazko, Gary Garay, and Radamés ‘Juni’ Figueroa, among others. Additional highlights included the silent and live auctions hosted by veteran auctioneer Simon de Pury which featured over 125 lots donated by world-renowned and emerging artists, such as: Marina Abramović, Uta Barth, Annie Leibovitz, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Ursula von Rydingsvard.

Here are a few photos from the night, taken by me and with a little help from Mike Dempsey.

Hamptons Hot Picks for the Weekend

Bird's-eye view of the Buckminster Fuller

Bird’s-eye view of the Buckminster Fuller “Fly’s Eye Dome” at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. Cool.

LongHouse Reserve’s Rites of Spring season opener is tomorrow and I absolutely can not wait! Oh how I love this magical place. All are welcome to come and visit the grounds in East Hampton on Saturday, April 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. Works by Kiki Smith, Takashi Soga, Grace Knowlton, Sui Jianguo and Ronald Bladen will be unveiled. Seriously, I can’t wait!

The Parrish’s annual Spring Fling benefit is sold out for tomorrow night but tickets are still available for the Salon Series tonight with Kimball Gallagher at 6 p.m. And the online auction at is still going strong through May 7 and anyone can participate. |

Bay Street Theater and the Sag Harbor Center for the Arts have teamed up for the second annual New Works Festival, which starts tonight, Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m. with “A Delicate Ship” by Anna Ziegler; continues tomorrow with “The Green Heart” by Charles Busch and Rusty Magee and finishes on Sunday with “Plane Play” by Julia Brownell. Each play will feature a talkback with the playwright afterward. A panel discussion moderated byTony Award-winning producer Ken Davenport will follow Saturday’s performance.

The Southampton Arts Center opens “East End Collected” tonight. The group show was curated by Paton Miller, one of our faves! A reception will be held on Saturday, April 25, from 5 to 7 p.m.

More good art stuff with more friends –Solar gallery in East Hampton is showing work by Darlene Cherneco, Christa Maiwald, Roy Nicholson, Maria Schon and more, opening on Saturday, April 25, with a reception from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Chamber Music Festival hosts The Miro Quartet on Sunday, April 26, at 5 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. Read all about it here: And reserve tickets here:

All this writing is making me hungry. Good thing that Long Island Restaurant Week starts on Sunday, April 26 and continues for eight days, ending on Sunday, May 3. Participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix fixe for $27.95 all night, every night they are open except Saturday when the menu will only be offered until 7 p.m. South Fork participants this year include1 North Steakhouse, Cowfish and Rumba in Hampton Bays and Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue so saddle up and head west.

LongHouse Reserve Winter Benefit with Nico Muhly

Nico Muhly, Dianne Benson, Jack Larsen==2015 LongHouse Winter Benefit: An Evening with Nico Muhly==Hearst Tower, NYC==February 25, 2015==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - Clint Spaulding/

Nico Muhly, Dianne Benson, Jack Larsen       Photo – Clint Spaulding/

Feeling down because you missed LongHouse Reserve’s fabulous winter benefit at the Hearst Tower in Manhattan last Wednesday night? Let’s turn that frown upside down with some photos from the fantastic event, which featured a performance by Nico Muhly, a “Faces of Fashion” photo exhibition by Patrick McMullan, and lots and lots of LongHouse friends.