Hamptons Hot Picks for the Weekend


“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.







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.



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:



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


TAP: All Rhythm and No Blues


The troupe performs a big number together. Tom Kochie photo

I’m so glad I got to see “Tap: an Evening of Rhythm” last night at the Southampton Cultural Center. What a joy, what a treat! It was charming and oh so sweet!

The dance program, presented by Our Fabulous Variety Show and held in conjunction with the SCC’s Dance Fusion program, featured oh so winsome OFVS co-founder Anita Boyer, the inspiring tapper Aaron Tolson, dozens of young local dancers and emcee extraordinaire Rick Boyer. I just loved it.

One of the things that always impresses me about this group is their gumption and go-getter attitudes. They never fail to please, and I truly enjoy watching them perform. It’s impossible to not have a smile on your face when you get the chance to see these talented, committed, hardworking and genuinely positive people in action. We need more of this on the East End.

Big cheers to Ms. Boyer, who serves as director of “Tap,” and her partner in crime Kasia Klimiuk, who shares artistic director, producer, choreographer and performer roles. Congrats to “Tap” soloists: Madeline Albanese, Colleen Edwards, Kate Havlicek, Zach Ianotta, Megan Kremer,  Rhiannon Pendola, Kudos also to performers: Kayla Angona, Frank Bademci, Adriane Barone, Kristen Curcie, Alexandra DiMaria, Taylor Duchemin, Madison Fitzgibbon, Sophie Flax, Madison Florian, Caterina Harris,  Georgia Hren, Emma Hren, Silas Jones, Georgia Kenny, Cassandra LaMonica, Brenna Latour, Eden Lowlicht, Mary McDonald, Lee Michel, Sorrel Miller, Angela Nadeau, Theresa Nadeau, Erika Naranjo, Brittanie Naughton, Ryleigh O’Donnell, Isabelle Ondrush, Isabella Ortiz, Molly O’Shea, Mia Pardini, Dakota Quackenbush, Sophia Renna, Olivia Suter, Marisa Szajkowski, Christina Terry, Kylie Tesoriero and Hilary Woodward. Kudos also to DanceHampton, Hamptons Lifelong Arts, Hamptons AARP, Daniel Shappert, Lori Newell, Dennis Milone and Anthony D’Allesio, who also contributed in meaningful ways.

Last night’s sold-out performance was the second of two at the Southampton Cultural Center. But if you missed those, no worries as there’s another show coming up this next Friday at Stony Brook Southampton. Make sure you see it, you’ll be glad you did!

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A moment during “Singin’ in the Rain.” Tom Kochie photo.

Toe-Tapping Fun in the Hamptons


Back by popular demand, “TAP: An Evening of Rhythm”  returns to the East End this weekend. Last year the Our Fabulous Variety Show performance staged to a standing-room-only crowd at Guild Hall in East Hampton. This year, it travels to the Southampton Cultural Center for two nights of fun!

Expect not only some fabulous dancing, but you’ll also get to learn some of the history of this incredible dance art form as Anita Boyer and her troupe of tappers pay tribute to the originators of tap while showcasing local and Broadway talent. This 13th OFVS production opens at the Southampton Cultural Center in conjunction with Dance Fusion on Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m., with performances continuing on Saturday, April 23, at 7 p.m. The show will also debut at the Avram Theater at Stony Brook Southampton on Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m., featuring professional tap dancer Aaron Tolson and his tap dance company, Speaking in Taps!

Sponsored by Hamptons Lifelong Arts and Hamptons AARP, the show aims to introduce people to the incredible world of tap from its roots to its many off-shoots in the hopes to continue to spread the love and appreciation of this wonderful artistic dance style. Tickets range from $25 to $35. Reserve at  www.ourfabulousvarietyshow.org or calling (631) 594-2906.



Go See ‘A Spectacular Christmas Carol’


Photos of ‘A Spectacular Christmas Carol’ cast by Hailey Nielsen.

If you are in the mood for a toe-tapping, entertaining, and grinning -from-ear-to-ear good time, then buy your tickets now for one of the three remaining performances of “A Spectacular Christmas Carol” at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

I went to see the Our Fabulous Variety Show production last night and I absolutely loved it!! Conceived, created, produced and directed by Anita Boyer and Kasia Klimiuk, this show is an adorably updated take on the classic Dickens’ tale. It’s kind of a “Christmas Carol”-meets-“Back to the Future” but with tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, ballet and singing. And lots and lots of humor. All done by a troupe of incredibly talented local young people.  Good on you girls! And boys!

Here’s who’s in the show: Anthony D’Allessio (Scrooge), Lee Michel, Hanna Medler, Talia Albukrek, Tori Schmitt, Danny Ximo Ft. DEOX, Alexandra DiMaria, Claire Krauss, Peter Nolan, Kristen Curcie, Anita Boyer, Brittney Schmitt, Vincent DiMaria, Kerri O’Donnell, Georgia Kenny, Ryleigh O’Donnell, Olivia Suter, Carlee Kenny, Krystal Lamiroult, Eden Lowlicht, Thomas Sulfaro, Christina Terry, Julianna Gargiulo, Emma Hren, Samantha King, Madeleine Brown, Georgia Hren, Mia Pardini, Lila Ruddy, Kasia Klimiuk and Enda Winston.

Remaining performances are today, Saturday, December 5, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 6, at 2 p.m. Proceeds from the show benefit the OFVS Scholarship Fund and HUGS.

Bitten by the Acting Bug?

Then check out these opportunities to shine on stage:

Our Fabulous Variety Show, established in 2010 by Anita Boyer and Kasia Klimiuk, is currently offering an OFVS Performing Arts Scholarship. The OFVS Performing Arts Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to  graduating seniors that have a background in the performing arts. Applicants do not have to be pursuing a performing arts degree. The award-winning theater company has staged such entertaining fare as vaudeville-style shows, “Godspell,” “Our Adventures in Wonderland” and a custom adaptation of the “Christmas Carol.” Next up is a return of “A Spectacular Christmas Carol” at Guild Hall in East Hampton on December 4, 5 and 6. The show will benefit the Performing Arts Scholarship. Email requests to ourfabulousvarietyshow@gmail.com.

Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center will hold open auditions for Del Shores’ “Sordid Lives” on Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1, at 6 p.m. The show, directed by Michael Disher and Joan Lyons, will state on select dates from January 14 through January 31.The “black comedy about white trash”premiered in Los Angeles in 1996 and ultimately won 14 Drama-Logue Awards and has since become a cult classic. For additional information, email mbentondisher@gmail.com or  jlyons@ackermanpartners.com.

Adventures in Wonderland Opens Tomorrow at Guild Hall

The "Wonderland" leads. Photo by Tom Kochie.

The “Wonderland” leads. Photo by Tom Kochie.

The talent and brains behind Our Fabulous Variety Show have done it again! I have it on super good authority that their next production, “Our Adventures in Wonderland,” is going to really rock!

The show opens at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Friday, September 18, and will run this weekend and next, through Sunday, September 27. This eleventh OFVS production was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and is being staged in celebration of the 150th very merry un-birthday of the classic tale, albeit with a whole bunch of new twists and turns. Literally, as the staged version will feature many styles of dance, including ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz funk and hip hop, plus musical performances by several soloists.

The show stars Tori Schmitt as Alice, Tony D’Alessio as the Mad Hatter, Joe Brondo as the March Hare, Lee Michel as the White Queen, Peter Nolan as Mr. Chesire, Anita Boyer and Kasia Klimiuk as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Kristen Curcie as the Ace of Spades, and Hannah Medler as the White Rabbit. The show will also feature Taylor Duchemin, Thomas Sulfaro, Kayla Angona, Lianna Cangin, Vincent DiMaria, Alexandria DiMaria, Madison Florian, Tali Friedman, Hannah Hartsough, Kate Havlicek, Emma Hren, Kelly Hren, Georgia Hren, Georgia Kenny, Claire Krauss, Megan Kremer, Krystal Lamiroult, Eden Lowlicht, Mary McDonald, Brittanie Naughton, Kerri O’Donnell, Ryleigh O’Donnell, Mia Pardini, Sophia Renna, Olivia Suter, and Christina Terry.

Show dates and times are  Friday, September 18, at 7:30 pm; Saturday, September 19, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm; Friday, September 25, at 7:30 pm; Saturday, September 26, at 7:30 pm, with a special cabaret production of “Wonderland After Hours” at 9:30 pm featuring Danny Raffa DEOX and other variety show favorites; and Sunday, September 27, at 2pm. The OFVS production will benefit the OFVS Performing Arts Scholarship Fund as well as the organization HUGS, Inc., a drug and alcohol prevention program and service organization for youth on the East End. Tickets begin at $15 and vary be seat. Make reservations and learn more  at http://www.ourfabulousvarietyshow.org or calling 631-594-2906.

Getting into character. Photo by Tom Kochie.

Getting into character. Photo by Tom Kochie.

Hamptons Party Girl’s Hot Picks for the Weekend

Hamptons Party Girl's Hot Picks for the Weekend

Here’s your weekly dose of events I either hope to attend or highly recommend!
* Our Fabulous Variety Show’s ‘Holiday Spectacular! Spectacular! Spectacular! (that’s a few of the cast members in the photo by Tom Kochie) will stage at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 6 through the 8. Show times vary by day. http://www.ourfabulousvarietyshow.org
* Don’t forget to tune in to the Media Mavens’ return to the airwaves on 88.3 Peconic Public Broadcasting on Friday, December 6, at 9:06 a.m. I know, it’s a shameless plug for me, Bonnie Grice, Annette Hinkle and Kathryn Menu but the show’s great and I’ll DEFINITELY be at that event. : ) http://www.peconicpublicbroadcasting.org
* Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival will screen more than 20 docs at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor this weekend. I’ll be there for a few of them and will also absolutely be hitting the panel on the Unstoppable Creative Impulse with filmmaker Alexandra Branyon, WNPR’s Faith Middleton, actor Mercedes Ruehl, plus a handful of other artistic geniuses, at The American Hotel on Saturday, December 7, at 3 p.m. For the full film festival schedule: www. ht2ff.com and for info on the panel and Alexandra’s film: http://www.treasuresfromtherubble.com
* Cynthia Hopkins will show her film in progress, “A Living Documentary,” during a residency event at Watermill Center on Saturday, December 7, at 4:30 p.m. http://www.watermillcenter.org
There might be a few more later but in the meantime, cheers to a super weekend!