Get Your Good News Gossip

Regular readers, and practically anyone who’s ever met me, know that I’m not a big fan of the snark. There are plenty out there who are, but I prefer to be more of a celebrator of the good things in life. Heck, that’s pretty much the founding principle of this blog. It’s also the impetus¬†behind one of a series of columns–Hamptons Habitues–that I’m now writing for Hamptons Real Estate Showcase, for which I’m thrilled to be an Editor at Large. Yay! Hope you enjoy reading this column as much as I enjoyed writing it. If so, please also also check out my Haute Spot interview with Jill Rappaport and Long Distance Love ¬†featuring PJ and Joe Delia, Lucette Lagnado and Doug Feiden, and some tasty morsels about Ina and Jeffrey Garten in the Presidents Day issue, now on newsstands all over the East End.



Hamptons Party Girl’s Hot Picks: May 30 – June 2

Courtesy Bay Street.

Courtesy Bay Street

Courtesy Southampton Cultural Center

Courtesy Southampton Cultural Center


Just as we’ve caught our breath from the big blowout Memorial Day weekend, it’s time for another round of festivities. There’s no shortage of fun things to do over the next few days, starting with some hot jazz tonight and ending with lotsa laughs on Monday.

* Tonight, Friday, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will present legendary drummer Eliot Zigmund for a Jazz en Plein Air concert from 6 to 8 p.m.

* On Saturday, May 31, the Southampton Cultural Center will present the Parhelion Trio (pictured) at 7 p.m.

* The fifth annual Southampton Historical Museum’s annual Insider’s View House Tour starts at 1 p.m. A reception will follow at 4:30 p.m.

* The Lexington Hamptonite Collection, in collaboration with Hilaria Baldwin, will launch at Lexington’s Concept Store in East Hampton from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

* Rumor Has It plays the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Saturday night, starting at 8 p.m.

* Dick Johansson & Friends will play a Troubadour Night show at Sag Town Coffee in Sag Harbor, starting at 5 p.m.

* Joe Pintauro’s “ARCADIA: Recent Photographs” will be on view at the Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton, with a reception planned from 6 to 8 p.m.

* Joe Delia and the Thieves hit the Montauket in Montauk on Saturday night at 8 p.m. and Zum Schneider in Montauk on Tuesday, June 3. Check for times for Tuesday’s show.

* On Sunday, June 1, Our Fabulous Variety Show will stage “Raffa Show Burger Theatre” at
230 Elm in Southampton at 6:30 p.m.

* Funny guy Kevin Pollak (pictured) leads off the 2014 Comedy Club on Monday, June 2, at 8 p.m. at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

* Don’t forget that “Conviction” is staging at Bay Street in Sag Harbor through June 15, “Red” is staging at Guild Hall in East Hampton through June 8 and “God of Carnage” is staging at Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue through June 8.

Hamptons Doppelgangers

Hamptons Doppelgangers

I just picked up lunch at Panera in Hampton Bays and who did I see there but hip hop magnate Russell Simmons.
But wait a minute, why would Russell Simmons, who sold his East Hampton mansion in January for nearly $7 million, be eating lunch at a chain restaurant in Hampton Bays?
Upon closer inspection, I realized that unless he was going for the deep undercover/incognito look, Russell was not Russell at all. He was wearing a green Hampton Jitney polo and a black newsboy cap, and was about 6 inches shorter than the music maker.
Now everybody knows that the Hamptons is the place for famous artists, writers, actors and musicians–but it’s also home to lots and lots of other talented and creative people who just happen to look like “that guy, from that band.”
It took me several run-ins to realize that the dude I thought was Snoop Dogg was actually someone else. The dead-ringer happens to live on the Shinnecock Reservation and also happens to look EXACTLY like Snoop. It’s uncanny.
Then there’s my coworker’s husband who looks a whole lot like Moby. But my very favorite twin has got to be Joe Delia, a musician who fronts the Thieves, and who looks so much like Mick Jagger that he’s misrecognized for him pretty much daily. He’s the real deal himself, having played alongside Stevie Wonder, Chuck Berry, Dusty Springfield, Pat Benatar, David Johansen and even The Muppets, as well as scoring countless television shows and films.
And then there’s the opposite effect. Like the time I saw Calvin Klein at the Waldbaum’s in Southampton and his very old, very baggy khaki pants were being held up with a piece of twine. He certainly didn’t look like an arbiter of fashion. Or when I run into the odd 1 percenter driving a beat up pick-up truck.
And of course there’s also that moment of incredulousness when you have to ask yourself, “Was that really Flavor Flav walking down the middle of the street in Quogue???? Well, he was wearing an oversized clock.
Thanks for the picture of Joe Delia PJ! Photo credit to Michael Heller.