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.


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. 

Hamptons Hot Picks: Sunday, October 9


Today seems like the perfect day to head to the Southampton Arts Center to catch a 25th anniversary screening of “The Addams Family” movie.  The film, inspired by the illustrated works of our very own Charles Addams, will be screened tonight at 7 p.m. in association with the Hamptons International Film Festival. Come dressed as your favorite character and you might win a best costume prize. While there, check out the more than 50 original works on exhibit from all aspects and genres of subject matter, including The Addams Family cartoons, courtesy the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation.

Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for that cameo appearance in the movie by Barry Sonnenfeld, who not only directed the film but also lived on the East End for years and years. And just for fun — bonus Party Girl points if you know which famous TV actress Jimmy Workman, the kid who played Pugsley, is related to. Because this is the kind of thing that my brain likes to focus on.  : )  Get tickets here.

Here’s what else is happening at HIFF today. Only one more day left to catch your new favorite features, documentaries, shorts, special programming, talent and more.


And congrats to our friend Janet Lee Berg, who will be at the Quogue Library today at 2 p.m. to talk about her newest book, “Rembrandt’s Shadow.” Similar to some of the themes in the book “The Lady in Gold” and the subsequent film “The Woman in Gold,” this book is also based on real-life events centered around the Holocaust and an original masterpiece. The novel tells the story of the early life of Sylvie Rosenberg, an aristocratic daughter of a renowned Jewish art dealer in Holland. After spending the first 15 years of her life doubting her father’s love, she discovers one day that he has traded his beloved Rembrandt to the Nazis in exchange for her life. Good stuff! Hats off to Janet!!



Later today, starting at 6 p.m., Dockers in East Quogue is hosting its wildly successful end-of-year “Eat & Drink Us Dry” celebration. The annual season finale party is always a great time and a fantastic way to bring the season to a close.




Hamptons Hot Picks: Saturday, October 8


A sprited scene from “La La Land,” which screens today at HIFF. 

I’m so excited that it’s Day Three of the Hamptons International Film Festival. The terrific event is rolling along wonderfully, and there are lots more movies to see and people to meet in the next few days. But that’s not all. There are so many other things happening this weekend in the Hamptons.

Of course HIFF is not the only game in town. Here are a few of my Hot Picks for today, Saturday, October 8. Check back in tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow for more HIFF coverage (including inspirational words from Aaron Eckhart), party pix, Hot Picks and more.


The Southampton Historical Museum is hosting a free Walking Tour: Olde Southampton After Dark today from 4 to 5 p.m. The tour, led by Zach Studenroth, will be held at the Old Southampton Burying Ground, on the corner of Little Plains and Post Lane. Please park on Post Lane.


Harbor Hot Tubs is hosting a Grand Opening celebration in Southampton today and tomorrow, October 8 and 9. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. either day for onsite demonstrations, giveaways and a chance to win a free hot tub. http://www.sparklingpools.com


Eric Meola’s “Thunder Road” image of Bruce Springsteen. 

The Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor is hosting an opening reception for Eric Meola’s “Born to Run” photos of Bruce Springsteen today from 6 to 8 p.m. The photographer will be on hand to sign copies of his new book, “Streets of Fire.”


Realism Rocks at Ashawagh Hall in The Springs this weekend, opening with a reception today from 5 to 8 p.m. The curated exhibit features original paintings by nine artists—Emma Ballou, Aubrey Grainger, Ann Lombardo, Keith Mantell, Lucille Berrill Paulsen, Leo Revi, Joanne Rosko, Eileen Dawn Skretch and Pamela Thomson—and will be on view through Monday. Call 268-8580 for additional information.


Castello di Borghese Vineyard in Cutchogue is hosting an opening reception for “Mid-Life Christ-Is: New and Recent Work by Outsider Artist Robert Perez,” marking his 50th Birthday, today, Saturday, October 8, from 3 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will remain on view through the end of the month.

You Must Submit

Attention filmmakers, artists, artisans and East End do-gooders–I’ve got a whole bunch of places that are now accepting submissions. So get yourself in gear and start getting your work out there!

The Hamptons International Film Festival is now accepting films in the narrative, feature, documentary, short and student categories. Did you know that there’s money involved? HIFF offers more than $225,000 in cash and in-kind awards. Better yet, the winners of two of the short film competitions–Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short–will automatically qualify for the Academy Awards. What? Crazy awesome! The early bird deadline is April 4. Regular and late deadlines are May 2 and May 30.

Hamptons Art Hub has placed a Call for Art for a “Water as Muse” exhibit. Submissions are sought in two categories–Fine  Art and Fine Art Photography–with prizes awarded in both. Additionally, each winner will receive a review or artist profile written by Pat Rogers, an award-winning writer and publisher of Hamptons Art Hub. The piece will be published online at HamptonsArtsHub.com within six months. Honorable Mentions will be awarded in both categories and will be awarded a free Directory Listing to showcase their art for one year, additionally, a selection of top submissions in both categories will be featured in an online gallery at HamptonsArtHub.com. Submissions will be accepted through March 13.

East End Arts has announced its Open Call for Artists, Artisans and Craft Vendors for the 20th anniversary Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival, which will be held on May 29 in Riverhead. Professional artists and craftspeople are invited to  submit for the annual art and craft sale. Early signup is encouraged by March 25.

The Southampton Youth Bureau has made applications available for its 2016 Community Service Challenge, which awards community service grants to youth groups in the Town of Southampton. A total of $2,500 in grant money will be awarded to those projects with positive impact that benefit the surrounding community. The submission deadline is March 24.



HIFF Winners

This year’s Hamptons International Film Festival was a bit more low key than usual, and dampened considerably by the rain on Saturday, but the show still went on. In addition to Hilary Swank and Keifer Sutherland showing up, the other big news of the festival was the naming of this year’s winning films, the Breakthrough Panel and, of course, the Conversations With series.

As for the awards, The Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award went to “Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem.” Ronit Elkabetz was also honored, with Outstanding Performance by an actress, for her performance in the film. The Golden Starfish Award for Best Documentary was awarded to “The Special Need.” And Jacob Lofland was awarded the Newcomer award for “Little Accidents.”

Photos by Lisa Tamburini



Attention cinephiles, and Bill Murray lovers! The Hamptons International Film Festival opens tonight with “St. Vincent,” screening at 7:30 p.m. at Guild Hall and 8 p.m. at East Hampton United Artists. The movie stars Mr. Murray himself, who has been all over the place of late, as a misanthropic neighbor to Melissa McCarthy, a single mother who must leave her 12-year-old son in his care. The East End’s own Naomi Watts also stars as well.

Other major films to be screened during the festival, running tonight through October 13, include “Wild” with Reese Witherspoon; “Foxcatcher” with Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell; “The Homesman” with Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank; and “Still Alice” with Julianne Moore. The “Conversation With” series continues this year with Joel Schumacher, Patricia Clarkson, Laura Dern, Ms. Swank and Mr. Ruffalo. Breakthrough Performers for the 22nd annual film festival include: Kaitlyn Dever (“Laggies”), Lola Kirke (“Gone Girl”), Jack O’Connell (“Skins”), Miles Teller (“Whiplash”), Eve Hewson (“This Must Be the Place”), Zoe Kravitz (“X-Men First Class”), Tye Sheridan (“The Tree of Life”), Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), Caleb Landry Jones (“Low Down”), and Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”).

For a full schedule of events, visit www. hamptonsfilmfest.org. And of course, keep checking back here for photos.

As evidenced by the photo I chose to ran, in support of a Sag Harbor-based filmmaker) HIFF isn’t the only place to see new films. The world premier screening of John Barrett’s documentary “Reel Montauk” will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Montauk Movie Theater.