Hamptons Hot Picks for the Weekend

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“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. 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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:

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

 

Polar Bear Plunge & Other Hot Picks

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From a Polar Bear Plunge of yore. Dawn Watson photos. 

Brrrrrrr. It’s that time of year again so strip down to your skivvies (of the bathing suit variety please) and head to Coopers Beach in Southampton tomorrow morning for the annual Polar Bear Plunge. The 13th annual festivities start with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the cannon fire will tell us that it’ll be time to take the Plunge at 10 a.m. sharp. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Human Resources of the Hamptons.

 

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Also happening this weekend, the Hampton Ballet Theatre School‘s production of “Nutcraker” at Guild Hall in East Hampton. The popular holiday-themed ballet will stage on Friday, December 9, at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 10, at 1 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 11, at 2 p.m.

On the stage in Quogue, the Hampton Theatre Company presents “Joy to the World,” an evening of holiday readings to celebrate the wonders of the season, tonight, Friday, December 9, starting at 7 p.m.

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Beautiful scenes of wintertime will be on display over at the Southampton Cultural Center, with an opening reception planned for the East End Arts Invitational Art Exhibition “Island Winters” on Friday, December 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show features the work of five regional award-winning photographic artists: Paul Dempsey,  Michael McLaughlin, James Sabiston,  Steven Schreiber and James Slezak.

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LTV in Wainscott is throwing a shindig tonight, Friday, December 9, in celebration of its 32nd year. Want to go? RSVP right now to  info@ltveh.org. And bring a non-perishable food item with you as admission, which will be donated to a local food pantry.

The Maureen’s Haven Ugly Sweater Party and Winter Fundraiser will be held at the Greenport Brewery on Friday, December 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. Have a beer, enjoy some cheer, and help raise money for this worthy nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight homelessness on Long Island.

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The Southampton Historical Museum is hosting its annual Hearthside Cheer Holiday at the Rogers Mansion on Saturday, December 10, at 5:30 p.m. This year’s big shebang will be a Festive Fifties Party, inspired by the decade, not the age. Dress in 1950s attire to amp up the neato fun.

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Another popular regular returns to the stage, after being away for too long, to the delight of its fans all over the East End. This weekend  The East End Special Players bring an original production, “Trouble in Jamaica,” to Bay Street in Sag Harbor on Saturday, December 10, at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, December 10, the Southampton Arts Center will host  “An Evening of Cabaret with Valerie diLorenzo” starting at 7 p.m. The multi-award-winning NYC cabaret artist, accompanied by Steven Silverstein, will present an evening of songs, stories, and laughter as she muses on her journey through the Great American songbook and the history behind some of our best loved songs. Composers featured in the concert will include Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb, Joni Mitchell, Irving Berlin, and Elvis Presley, to name a few.

yawp-high-school-2015Also, it’s that time of year again for YAWP. The  Young Artists and Writers Project High School Playwrights Festival will be held on Saturday, December 10, at 7 p.m. at the Avram Theater at Stony Brook Southampton. This year’s program will include six short plays written and performed by local, NYC and international high school students, including those from YAWP playwriting classes at Pierson High School and Eastport South Manor,  the YAWP Summer Workshops at Stony Brook Southampton, and the recent YAWP Scriptwriting Retreat, which included students from Pierson, the Harlem Educational Activities Fund  in New York City and Robert College of Istanbul, Turkey.

Lastly, here are two more  — a Gift Making event for kids at the Montauk Library and a Holiday Trunk Show featuring a few of our friends. Cheers!

 

 

 

 

Even More Halloween Happenings

Halloween weekend events are coming out of the woodwork faster than the hallucinated ghostly  women appear in “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

Here are a couple more fun things to do this weekend, some scary and some not.

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The Montauk Library is hosting two Pumpkin Decorating workshops for kids today, Saturday, October 29, at 2 and 3 p.m. Registration is required. On Sunday, there’s also an “Agatha Christie is Missing” performance at 3:30 p.m., starring Prudence Wright Holmes. As Detective Clarissa Marbles, the actress comes back for a return engagement to lead the audience on a fun-filled romp in a solo interactive murder mystery.  Gunshots ring out, screams are heard in the night and a rollicking good time is had by all!  Also on Sunday, photographer Gary Kuehn will be on hand for an opening reception of his works downstairs from noon to 2 p.m.

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The Southampton Arts Center is hosting its haunted house through Monday. And for those who are dying of antici … ………………………………………………………………………………………………….

… pation, there’s also screening “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” tonight, Saturday, at 10 p.m. and tickets can be purchased here. 

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Need a bit of assistance in the getting-ready department? Stop by White’s Apothecary in Southampton and East Hampton for some make-up help with Angelica.  Check the hours but I know for sure that she’ll be in East Hampton today, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and in Southampton on Monday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to 6 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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

 

 

Three More Quick Hot Picks for Memorial Day Weekend

Are you still thirsting for more things to do here in the Hamptons and on the North Fork during Memorial Day weekend? Well, here are a few more opportunities just for you.

The Montauk Library is holding a yard sale on Saturday morning, May 28, starting at 9 a.m.

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Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton is showing “Fresh Cuts,” a group exhibit, opening with a reception on Saturday.

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“Blue Moon Over Dallas” by Rosson Crow will be included in Fresh Cuts at Eric Firestone.

And Riverhead will be chock-full of creative Street Art, thanks to East End Arts, on Sunday, during its 20th annual festival. Free fun for the whole family!

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Click here for more Hamptons Hot Picks for Memorial Day weekend. 

Hamptons Party Girl’s Hot Picks

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The weekend is upon us and it looks like we are finally in for some decent weather. Celebrate by getting out and about and enjoying it! Here are a few of the many things that are happening over the next few days:

* Tonight, Friday, April 11, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is hosting Daria Rabotkina as part of the Salon Series. The performance begins at 6 p.m. http://www.parrishart.org

* Alfredo & Jay & Obed perform @ The Living Room c/o the Maidstone in East Hampton tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m.

* Hampton Ballet Theatre School will stage “Cinderella” at Guild Hall in East Hampton at 7 p.m. http://www.hamptonballettheatreschool.com

* On Saturday, April 12, the Parrish Art Museum will host “Architectural Sessions: 5 Minutes Max” with a dozen architects, moderated by Maziar Behrooz. Anybody who has gone to the museum’s PechaKucha presentations will get a big kick out of this fun night. http://www.parrishart.org

* Josh Gladstone will direct a free staged reading of “The Tempest” at the Montauk Library on Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. The reading will feature: Jessica Mortellaro, Robert Anthony, Terrance Fiore, Tristan Vaughan, Chloe Dirksen, Lydia Franco-Hodges, Vincent Cinque, Joe Brondo, Sawyer Avery, Kate Mueth and Josh Gladstone. http://www.montauklibrary.org

* Also worth mentioning: on Sunday, April 13, Robert Strada will be feted for his restoration work at the Charles Ives Studio at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in Manhattan. It’s invite only (I think) but be sure to congratulate this great guy on his continuing commitment to preservation an restoration.

Happy weekend!

* Photo of Daria Rabotkina courtesy Parrish.