Hamptons Hot Picks: Friday & Saturday October 14 & 15

Music, makeup, mania, momentous events and a bit of mayhem are on tap for this weekend in the Hamptons. Which events will be on your must-attend list?


Alfredo Merat will channel Jacques Brel at Bay Street on Saturday night. Cool picture! Wish I knew who took it so I could give credit where it’s due.


Hot Picks for Friday include:  White’s Apothecary in Southampton is hosting a Flash Event with complimentary color consultations with Cle de Peau from noon to 5 p.m.


The Salon Series continues at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill with a performance by pianist Alexandria Le tonight at 6 p.m.


Alexandra Le plays the Parrish on Friday at 6 p.m.

Lynn Blue and the boys are playing the Stephen Talkhouse tonight at 8 p.m. Head out east to Amagansett to catch the whole gang, including Lynn Blue, Dave Portocarrero, Jim Nanos, Alex Sarkis and special guests Dan Koontz and Mick Hargreaves.


Also —  The Jim Turner Band takes the stage at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. Be there or be square.

And Joseph Vecsey returns to host the All Star Comedy Show at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor tonight at 8 p.m.


Saturday Hot Picks start with the 17th Annual Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk, a USA track and field certified course, which will be held on Saturday, October 15, at 11 a.m.  The race is held in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and supports the North Fork Breast Health Coalition, the Coalition for Women’s Breast Health at Southampton Hospital and Lucia’s Angels. All proceeds go directly to patient care via these local breast health organizations.  The beautiful and scenic 5K course starts on a tree-lined street with stunning fall foliage and finishes along the beautiful Crescent Beach.

The Montauk Library is hosting two fun kids events dedicated to Halloween and cupcake making. Yummy. Is okay to pop in to inspect their work?  : )



Head to the East Hampton Library on Saturday for what should be a fascinating talk about Plum Island. Cool.

The East Hampton Library is hosting Ed Faszczewski, a former Plum Island resident, to talk about “Life on Plum Island” at 5 p.m. Super duper waaaaaay cool!! The free discussion is part of the Tom Twomey Lecture Series.

The Southampton Arts Center is kicking off its new “Live From Southampton Arts Center” music series with a “Latin from Manhattan: Afro-Cuban Jazz and Beyond” performance. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the concert will feature Ada Rovatti on saxophone, Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Nestor Milanes on piano, Steve Shaughnessy on bass, Claes Brondal on drums, and Geraldo Flores on congas.


Ille Arts in Amagansett and the Ne0-Political Cowgirls have joined together to host a Wine & Women event on Saturday from 5 to 7. Sounds intriguing.


The South Fork Natural History Museum will open its Panthera Wild Cat exhibition on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Andy Sabin and Dr. Alan Rabinowitz will kick off the evening with a talk and guest appearance by Adaeze, the Leo Zoological Conservation Center’s Ambassador Cheetah and her companion dog Odie.

And lastly, remember that tonight’s the night that Alfredo Merat takes on Jacques Brel at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor at 8 p.m.


More Hamptons Hot Picks for the Weekend

Need to know more things that are happening in the Hamptons this weekend? Here’s installment two of at least three Hot Picks posts. And don’t forget to check back here later for pix of your favorite events.

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Let’s get the biggie right up front. Tomorrow, Saturday, June 25, Martha Stewart returns to LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton to judge “Planters ON+OFF The Ground VIII,” which will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Hope to see you there.



For today, this afternoon, Friday, June 24, the Montauk Library will present “The Three Pigs Puppet Show & Puppet Making Workshop” at 4 p.m. Celebrate the Summer Reading Club Kickoff with a puppet show performed by Liz Joyce & A Couple of Puppets from Goat on a Boat and learn how to make your very own puppet too.


Tonight, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is hosting another Jazz en Plein Air concerts, this one with Lafayette Harris, Jr., starting at 6 p.m.

Ziggy Marley is playing the WHBPAC tonight, starting at 8 p.m.

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Also tonight, the Lynn Blue Band is playing the Coast Grill in North Sea. Can’t get there? Then check out Lynn and the boys on Saturday at Wolffer in Sagaponack and every Monday at The Westlake Fish House in Montauk.

East Hampton Library’s 2016 Tom Twomey Series event “The Cost of Healthcare” will be held on Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m. Speakers will include NY Times Senior Writer Elisabeth L. Rosenthal, M.D. and Robert S. Chaloner, President and CEO, Southampton Hospital, who will discuss the $3 trillion enterprise that is the U.S. health care system, the largest in the developed world, and yet one beset by problems of access, quality and unsustainable costs.


Feel like going for a drive to check out some cool antique American Muscle rides? Then head over to Shelter Island on Saturday for the Fourth Annual Car Show, hosted by the Shelter Island Historical Society and emceed by local radio personality Bonnie Grice. Fun!


Juliet Garret and Psychobaby are playing the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m. It’s the band’s first East End appearance. Woo hoo!!!

On Sunday, it’s the annual Jazz for Jennings Brunch and Concert at the Watermill Center, starting at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from the fundraiser, which will feature world-class jazz by Cyrus Chestnut, Carl Allen, Dan Rose, Ada Rovatti, Randy Brecker and Kiyoshi Kitagawa, will benefit the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center.




Hamptons Hot Picks: Friday the 13th

Don’t let the scary date get the best of you today. Get out and do something FUN!

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I know one place I’m going for sure tonight is Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor to hear my friend Lynn Blue sing from 7 to 10 p.m. Will I see you there?

If you haven’t stopped in at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill yet to check out the “Radical Seafaring” exhibit, the GO RIGHT NOW! I’ve been telling everyone I run into that it’s one of the most exciting shows I’ve seen in my entire life. No kidding. It’s incredible. I was fortunate enough to tour the museum with Andrea Grover as the pieces were being installed and was totally blown away. Super duper well done! Read more about the “Radical Seafaring” exhibit in this week’s Sag Harbor Express.

Hamptons Hot Picks: Saturday, April 23


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Hope to see you (and 1,500 others) at the 78th annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition this afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. I’ll be one of the many wielding a camera and asking you to say “cheese.”

Camera shy? Can’t make it today? Then swing by any time the museum is open, through June 4. Don’t forget to check out my “Storm” entry when you’re there.

Afterward, stop by to see Lynn Blue, Dave Portocarrero, Alex Sarkis and Jim Nanos play The Coast Grill in Noyac from 7 to 10 p.m.

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The lovely and talented Lynn Blue performs tonight at The Coast Grill.

For Lovers, And Others

Even though the weather is predicted to be frigid, this weekend promises to be HOT. Here are a few of the many activities that are sure to satisfy.


Love soars at any time of the year at LongHouse Reserve.

Let your love soar at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton by taking a special tour with horticulturist Alex Feleppa on Saturday, February 13, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Or to honor everlasting love, give the gift of perennial blooms in your loved one’s name. How sweet!


The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is urging everyone to participate in a Hearts for Art social media campaign by celebrating the love of art and Valentine’s Day. Throughout the weekend, Museum visitors are invited to pick up a paper heart at the Visitor Services desk and place it in front of their favorite work on display in the galleries. Guests are encouraged take photographs of their “art crush” and share it on their preferred social media platform using #parrishartmuseum and #heartsforart.

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The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons is holding a special Valentine’s Open House and Low Cost Vaccine Clinic on Saturday, February 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the adoption center in Wainscott. Vaccines and microchipping will be offered for a mere $10 each. Also on Saturday, ARF will take part in Operation Puppy Love, and will be on hand at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton to accept 30 rescue dogs from Puerto Rico. Lastly, the ARF Thrift & Treasure Shop in Sagaponack will be holding a Presidents’ Day Weekend Sale From Friday, February 12, through Monday, February 15.

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The Lynn Blue Band will perform sparkling love songs at Wolffer Vineyard in Sagaponack on Saturday, February 13, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Neo-Political Cowgirls are putting on a One Billion Rising event at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Sunday, February 14, at 2:15 p.m. to benefit The Retreat. The celebration of dance, song and spoken word will include performances and lots of fun for the whole family.




A Few Fun Things to Do Right Now!

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Created by the fifth grade students of Montauk Elementary School. Image courtesy Guild Hall.

Even if you missed the opening this afternoon, never fear because Guild Hall in East Hampton is now presenting its 24th annual “Arts Festival Part I, Grades K-8” and the show will remain on view through February 21. The museum features more than 3,500 works of student art that cover the gallery walls floor to ceiling salon-style. Part I of the exhibition features the works of students in pre-school, elementary and middle schools, and Part II showcases the work of high school students.

The Southampton Cultural Center is opening “Winter Light: East End Artists” today, January 16, with an opening reception planned from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will hang through February 16. Curated by Arlene Bujese, the group exhibit features the work of Shari Abramson, Calvin Albert, Marcel Bally, Monica Banks, Deborah Black, John Bell, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Darlene Charneco, Pamela Collins Focarino, Josh Dayton, Mary Daunt, A.G. Duggan, Carol Hunt, Tracy Jamar, Margaret Kerr, Christa Maiwald, Fulvio Massi, Roy Nicholson, Louise Peabody, Alexander Russo, Roseanne Schwab, Walter Schwab and Dan Welden.

In the mood to get down? Join the Lynn Blue Band at Wolfies Tavern tonight on Fort Pond Boulevard in East Hampton (what I call Springs) from 8 to 10:30.

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Photo of Juliet Garrett of Psychobaoy by Noel Valero.

Psychobaby, featuring lead singer Juliet Garrett of Shelter Island, has just had their first-ever music video premier on Independent Music News (click on the link to watch it) earlier this month. AND they were featured as ‘Emerging Artist of the Week’ by Headcount, a non-profit organization that works to register music fans to vote and increase participation in democracy, recently too. Want to see the band live? They are playing at Pianos in the East Village tonight, Wednesday, December 16, at 11 p.m.


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The Lynn Blue Band takes the stage at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Saturday, December 19, from 8 to 9:30 PM. Catch Lynn and the boys–Dave Portocarrero, The REV Jim Nanos, Alex Sarkis and special guest Paul Brokaw on keys–for rockin’ good time.


Looking for something amazing to do tonight? Head to Guild Hall in East Hampton at 7 p.m. to watch the Young Cowgirls share their inspiring stage creations. These creative lasses, led by the lovely and creative Kate Mueth, have met once a week for the past two months to journal, explore and direct one another in dance theater pieces based on Elizabethan pavanes. The results, performance art meant to compel and inspire, should be well worth the trip.


Courtesy Young Cowgirls.