Hamptons Hot Picks: Thursday and Friday, October 20 & 21


Matthew Conlon, Andrew Botsford and Rebecca Edana in a scene from “November.” Tom Kochie photo

David Mamet’s “November” opens tonight–Thursday, October 20–at the Quogue Community Hall. Presented by the Hampton Theatre Company, this super appropriate comedy about inappropriate political machinations will stage through November 6. Read more about it here in the preview I wrote for the Sag Harbor Express.

Also tonight, the Young Cowgirls (of the Neo-Political Cowgirl variety) will stage their final workshop presentation at Guild Hall in East Hampton at 7 p.m.


John Leonard loves his cell phone in “God of Carnage.” Photo by Dane Dupuis

And don’t forget that Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” is staging at the Southampton Cultural Center. Now in its second week, the play continues through October 30. Here’s my review, running in this week’s Sag Harbor Express.



Also tonight, there will be a special God’s Love Charity Ride at the Sag Harbor Gym from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  Call 725-0707 to reserve a bike.



On Friday, October 21, the Bridgehampton Museum is hosting a program celebrating farming in and around Bridgehampton. The event, which starts at 1 p.m., will feature local bee-keeper Mary Woltz and mushroom farmer David Falkowski, who will share their experiences with audience members. For more information call the Museum at 631-537-1088.



The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill continues its Salon Series on Friday at 6 p.m. with a performance by SYBARITE5, the string quintet that plays repertoire ranging from Mozart to Radiohead.



Lastly, for now, the Southampton Arts Center is getting a scary good headstart on Halloween by opening up its doors for a Spooktacular Haunted House, designed by Oscar Gonzalez, which will be open on weekends from Friday, October 21, through Sunday, October 30. Bonus—there will be movies screenings on Friday nights too. This week, it will be “Beetlejuice” at 8 p.m. Next week, “Poltergeist” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be the last film screened on Halloween Friday.


Spooktacular Haunted House photo by Tom Kochie.

“We envision the Southampton Arts Center as your one- stop-shop for terror this month!” says Amy Kirwin, the SAC’s Director of Programs.

Haunted House days and times are: Friday, October 21, 5-10 pm Saturday, October 22, 5-10 pm Sunday, October 23, 3-7 pm Thursday, October 27, 5-8 pm Friday, October 28, 5-10 pm Saturday, October 29, 5-10 pm Sunday, October 30, 4-9 pm Monday, October 31, 4-7 pm




New ZIMA! Photos from Montauk Yesterday

Enjoy these ZIMA! interactive theatrical scavenger hunt photos, brought to us by Kate Mueth and the Neo-Political Cowgirls from yesterday’s event in Montauk, which was held in conjunction with the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation.


Hampton Hot Picks: Big Weekend Happenings


A ZIMA! treasure hunt is headed to Montauk again this Saturday. Yippee!                             Photo by Keri Lamparter, from last year’s festivities. 

Believe it or not, this is going to be  a pretty big weekend in the Hamptons and on the North Fork with two really big happenings–HarborFrost and Winterfest: Live on the Vine–to be enjoyed. But wait, there’s even more! Actually, there’s LOTS more!


The Citizens for Access Rights hosts Trivia Night tonight, Friday, January 26, at the Amagansett American Legion Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. Teams and singles are invited to join. All proceeds will go to CfAR to protect beach access on the East End.


Also in Friday night, Corky Laing and Kofi Baker will take the Bay Street stage at 8 p.m. Gene Casey is playing on Saturday night.

ZIMA! returns big on Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. The Neo-Political Cowgirls crowd-pleaser, held this year in conjunction with the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation, will host an interactive theatrical scavenger hunt for all ages, held throughout Montauk village. ZIMA! (Polish for “winter”) begins at the Montauk village green gazebo, where participants are offered a riddle to solve. Participants solve the riddle piece by piece by visiting several staged vignettes throughout Montauk village, each featuring elaborately costumed actors who offer clues via brief theatrical performances. At the end, participants are invited to the Playhouse for refreshments and to see if they solved the riddle. New groups will leave every 20 minutes, starting at 1 p.m.  


The Fiery Sensations dance troup wowed the crowd on Long Wharf as dusk fell during the inaugural Sag Harbor HarborFrost celebration on Saturday, 2/5/11

In Sag Harbor on Saturday, February 26, there’s lots of fire and ice. The sixth annual HarborFrost festivities will start with the Frosty Plunge at Windmill Beach at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m.,  it’s time for the live ice carving on Long Wharf, followed by fire juggling by Keith Leaf at 3 p.m. and the always fun to watch Fire Dancers at 5:45 p.m. Fireworks by Grucci will be shot off at approximately 6:15 p.m.

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Winterfest concerts will be held in a variety of locations across the North and South Forks.


The East Hampton Library will screen Academy Award-nominated “Trumbo” on Saturday, February 27, at 1 p.m. If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you do. This was one of my favorites of the entire year.


Dawn Watson photo to illustrate the dark page-turner “The Winter Girl” by Matt Marinovich. 

Author Matt Marinovich will visit Southampton Books on Saturday, February 27, at 4 p.m. for a book signing and author talk on “The Winter Girl.” Read all about the book in this week’s Sag Harbor Express.

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival returns with a heckofa concert, “Bach’s World,” at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 27, at 6 p.m. Spring comes early in a program of Baroque delights that revolves around the life and times of Johann Sebastian Bach. The program will include “Trio Sonata in G major, BWV 1039″ by JS Bach; ” Flute Sonata in G minor (formerly BWV 1020)” by CPE Bach; “Quartet in D major for Flute, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 19, No. 2” by JC Bach; “Sonata in B-flat major for Flute and Two Violins” by Fasch; “Trio Sonata in A major, Op. 3, No. 12” by Corelli; and “Tafelmusik Quartet in D minor for Flute, Two Violins, Cello, and Harpsichord, TWV 43:d1” by Telemann. Performers will include: Marya Martin, flute; Bella Hristova, violin; Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin/viola; Edward Arron, cello; Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord.






Leading Ladies of the Hamptons


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.


Image courtesy Lynn Blue.

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.

“Eve” Is Headed Off Broadway in NYC

I’m super excited to head into my old neighborhood in the city this weekend to see what has become of Kate Mueth’s and the Neo-Political Cowgirls’ production of “Eve.”

Having gotten a fantastic taste of the immersive dance theater experience a few summers ago during a preview workshop performance at Michael Daly’s home in Sag Harbor, I can’t wait to view the outcome.  Set in an 11-room set this time, the resurrection story, wherein “The Maker: creates his perfect woman and sets her loose with her “Man” companion, is sure to be just as sensuously riveting and compelling as I remember it from Michael’s beautiful backyard.

Can’t wait to see what this show, which runs from Tuesday, September 8, through October 1 at The Gym at Judson at 243 Thompson Street in Manhattan!  Learn more at http://www.npcowgirls.org and for tickets, visit npceve.brownpapertickets.com

Bullies Beware: ‘One Billion Rising’ and ‘Project Hero’ Gain Power and Strength

Just as I was getting ready to post about how super excited I am to share the news that Kate Mueth & the Neo-Political Cowgirls have not only partnered with The Retreat and Dodds & Eder in support of “V-Day, One Billion Rising” event to end violence against women, I happened to see Kate’s Facebook post that her “Project Hero” anti-bully/ empathy building intensive theater workshop has been awarded a substantial grant to be implemented into four local schools.

Great news and FANTASTIC JOB Kate!!! Solidarity sister!

According to Kate’s post, the gift, granted by The Greater East Hampton Education Foundation, “is powerful in not only its generosity, but also in the commitment it gives to our community of children for a future full of promise with better tools to approach and deal with the issue of bullying and communication.” Project Hero was developed and directed by Kate for Guild Hall of East Hampton and the Hamptons International Film Festival.

As for “One Billion Rising,” that cool, female empowering event will be held on Friday, February 13, at Dodds & Eder in Sag Harbor from 5 to 7 p.m. The family-friendly performances will include a flash mob dance, poetic readings, and musical performances by Skylar Day, Lynn Blue and the East Hampton High School Key Club, in addition to the Neo-Political Cowgirls. “One Billion Rising” is the brainchild of Eve Ensler, the creator of “The Vagina Monologues.”

Learn more by emailing npcowgirls@gmail.com or visiting http://www.npcowgirls.org and https://www.facebook.com/vday.

Lots and Lots of Hot Picks for This Busy Weekend

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Indian summer on the way this weekend? I don’t know but I’ll take sunshiny days in the 70s any day when it’s the end of September. I’m glad that Mother Nature looks to be cooperating as we’ve got one heck of a weekend planned—with two major festivals, a Harvest Fair and lots and lots of awesome activities to attend.

* First off, The fourth annual Sag Harbor American Music Festival kicks off at Old Whalers Church with Christian McBride and friends on Friday, September 26, at 8 p.m. The free music and festivities continue on Saturday, September 27, throughout the day. http://www.sagharbormusic.org

* Also on Friday, the fourth annual Southampton Septemberfest begins with a kickoff party at Agawam Park starting at 6:30 p.m. with music by New Life Crisis and and the BeauNatra Tribute to Frank Sinatra. The festival will continue in the village through Sunday, September 28. Don’t miss the Teresa Fellion BodyStories performance, held in conjunction with the Southampton Cultural Center’s fantastic new Dance Fusion program, on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. www.scc-arts.org http://www.southamptonseptfest.org

* Over at the Southampton Arts Center, “Béatrice Coron: Cut Worlds” opens on Friday, September 26, and will be on view through November 2. www.southamptonartscenter.org.

* And last but not least, the Media Mavens Mixed Media Art Show will open at Dodds & Eder in Sag Harbor on Friday at 3 p.m. with work from more than 35 local artists on view. http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org

* On Saturday, September 27, Mecox in East Hampton will host a book party reception for Anthony Iannacci’s “Design in the Hamptons” from 5 to 7 p.m. Featured designers—which include Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, John Barman, Fox-Nahem, Thad Hayes, Tony Ingrao, Todd Merrill, Roman & Williams, and Joe d’Urso—will be in attendance.

* The Southampton Historical Museum will host its annual Harvest Day Fair at Rogers Mansion in Southampton on Saturday, September 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by and check out costumed trade and craft people demonstrating decoy carving, beekeeping, blacksmithing, candle making, basketry, and many other traditional skills; Civil War re-enactors making camp, shooting rifles, and parading; and a re-enactment of a Whaling Captain Wedding. http://www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org

* Also on Saturday, September 27, stop by Guild Hall in East Hampton for the free Smithsonian magazine Museum Day Live! From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/tickets/ Free admission http://www.GuildHall.org.

* Artists Jerry Schwabe and Kirsten Benfield will show their work at Ashawagh Hall in Springs this weekend. The exhibit opens on Friday and continues through Sunday. www.ashawagh-hall.org

* Over at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill “Platform: Maya Lin Related Programs” will be held on  Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28, jointly organized with The Nature Conservancy to raise awareness about East End ecological issues. On Saturday, it’s Watershed at 11 a.m. with eight speakers—including architects, writers, scientists, artists, local political leaders, and water advocates—who will give short-format presentations of 20 slides for 20 seconds each on water issues in the region. On Sunday, September 28 at 10 a.m., two guides from The Nature Conservancy will lead a one-hour guided walking tour of Accabonac Harbor’s marsh and upland habitat, one of the area’s most important tidal marsh systems. The tour begins at the Merrill Lake Sanctuary and ends at East Hampton-based Landscape Architect Edwina von Gal’s property, where participants can see Maya Lin’s installation, “Avalanche.” http://www.parrishart.org

* Learn about sustainability while sampling the wares of some of the East End’s top chefs, farmers, fishermen, wineries and breweries at S.E.E.D. (Sustainable East End Development) on Sunday, September 28, at the Westhampton Beach Country Club from 4 to 7 p.m. http://www.acfelichefs.org

* Finally, looking ahead, just wanted to let you know that Kate Mueth & The Neo-Political Cowgirls will present an 8-week Children’s Theater Workshop for Girls at Guild Hall in East Hampton starting Saturday, October 4, and running through November 23. A final performance is planned for November 24 at 7 p.m. http://www.npcowgirls.org

Cheers to a wonderful weekend and beyond!