Better Together

The current clime has been tough on pretty much everyone I know in one way or another. And regardless of our opinions, our political leanings, or even what we believe to be true, we can’t forget our common bonds. Let’s everyone agree on the fact that we all have something that we hold dear.

 To that end, it’s certainly apropos that the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is hosting a “2017 People’s State of the Union Story Circle” tomorrow night, Friday, January 27, starting at 6 p.m. The free event is one of hundreds that are taking place nationwide, and is meant to be part of an annual civic tradition rooted in the belief that democracy is a conversation, not a monologue.

“The Story Circle aims to create a space for sharing and listening and to bring together our communities at the Parrish,” said Corinne Erni, Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish. “It is open to everyone who cares about the condition of our nation and wants to have a voice, and we encourage all members of the community to participate.”

 The People’s State of the Union Story Circle is an invitation to anyone to host a national conversation in their homes, schools, houses of worship, cultural institutions, and community centers. The concept was created by the “U.S. Department of Arts and Culture” an artists’ collective that is neither an official agency nor affiliated in any way with the federal government. The USDAC defines itself as “a people-powered movement dedicated to cultivating empathy, equity, and social imagination.”  Between January 27-February 5, 2017, hundreds of individuals and organizations across the U.S. will sign up to host Story Circles. At the Parrish, participants will join together in the Lichtenstein Theater in small circles of about eight people each to tell stories and discuss topics in a conversation facilitated by a moderator. After the Story Circles, the stories and images will be uploaded to an online platform, yielding a body of work that can be searched and shared, inspiring new ideas and new actions.

 Registration is open to all East End residents age 15 and older. No preparation is necessary. Current participants include artists, therapists, poets, veterans, educators, and community leaders. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please visit parrishart.org or email info@parrishart.org for more information and to RSVP.

Halloween Hamptons Hot Picks: Part II

Even with that giant list from yesterday, there’s still a scary good number of activities that I haven’t yet covered. Here are the rest of my top picks for this unbelievable busy weekend.

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The Amagansett Food Institute & Kate Mueth and the Neo-Political Cowgirls are bringing “Hysteria,” an immersive and haunting terror experience, to the Amagansett Farmers Market this weekend. The outdoors experience allows groups of 10 audience members to move through this guided journey approximately every 12 minutes to experience vignettes of “hysteria.” “Hysteria” runs from 7 to 10 p.m. each night, from Friday, October 28, through Sunday, October 30. Hot cider, donuts, sweet treats and wine will be available for purchase, through 10 p.m.This experience is for ages 13+. All tickets are $20 at the door.

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Jack Ferver might not be intentionally working the dress-up holiday vibe but he’s certainly got us worked up into a frenzy (one might call it a fervor, haha) over his “Chambre” at the Watermill Center on Saturday, October 29, starting at 5 p.m. This program, which was developed during the artist’s residency at Watermill in 2014, is the final performance of the 2016 reACT season. Not only is this hybrid interdisciplinary performance and art installation a piece that tackles the timeless tension and widening gap between the “haves” and the “have nots,” it’s also inspired by a real-life MURDER case by a pair of French maids who beat their employers to death. Interesting. Tickets are $30 and grant access to a pre-show cocktail reception.

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“Manurhin” by Jackie Black.

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is bringing back its annual “Artists Choose Artists” exhibit. The group show opens with a members reception on Sunday, October 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features the work of 21 artists, seven who chose and 14 who were chosen. Juror Tina Barney with Dinah Maxwell Smith and RJT Haynes; Juror Lynda Benglis with Garrett Chingery and Saskia Friedrich; Juror Donald Lipski with Suzanne Anker and Ben Butler; Juror Tony Oursler with Jackie Black and Marianne Weil; Juror Jorge Pardo with Anne Bae and Monica Banks; Juror Cindy Sherman with Bill Komoski and Toni Ross; and Juror Leo Villareal with Karin Waisman and Almond Zigmund. Learn more about it here, in a feature I wrote for the Sag Harbor Express.

And lastly, for now, Long Island Restaurant Week has also returned. The 10th annual fallcheers-over-food promotion kicks off on Sunday, October 30, and will run through Sunday, November 6. Participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix fixe for $27.95, all night, every night, except Saturday when the menu may only be offered until 7 p.m. Each restaurant will serve a unique menu with a minimum of three appetizers, three entrées and three desserts during the promotion. Venture out and explore the island and a few new places to dine.

 

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

 

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?

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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?  : )

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Hey Hamptons, Get Out There and Do Something!

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It’s not too late to sign up for the Neo-Political Young Cowgirls Workshop at Guild Hall in East Hampton, which starts TODAY, Tuesday, September 20, and runs through October 20. The workshop meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Girls ages 8 through 12 will explore issues they care about through exercises, journaling and theater games to create their own mini-dance theater pieces that they will direct and perform. A safe, fun, and free environment to support girls in their unique voices and creative expression. Anything goes! Email Jennifer here to register.

latin-dance-salsa-partyDanceFusion at the Southampton Cultural Center is presenting free Latin Dancing instruction tomorrow night, Wednesday, September 21, at 5:30 p.m. at Rogers Memorial Library in the village. The class will help you prepare for a fun Salsa Party on the Southampton Arts Center grounds on Sunday, September 25, from noon to 2 p.m. Fun! Fiesta! Danza!!

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As part of the Thinking Forward Lecture Series, “Well Well Well,” presented by the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center and the Eastern Long Island NAACP, Dr. Katrina Meachem will talk about hypertension at the BHCCRC on Wednesday, September 21, at 7 p.m.

The Parrish Art Museum is inviting members of the community to apply for its Docent Program, the first time it is being offered in four years. Docents are volunteer educators and Parrish ambassadors, serving the Museum and its community by bringing art to life for hundreds of visitors each year. Those interested are encouraged to apply before September 30, and are asked to commit to eight months of training and two years of volunteer service. No prior experience in the arts or public speaking is necessary, and the Museum requests a minimum of only 35 hours of service per year. Applicants may review the docent program and download the Parrish docent handbook and application at http://parrishart.org/docentprogram.

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The Alex Ferrone Gallery on the North Fork has issued a Call for Artists for its National Juried Small Photographic Works Exhibition on the theme of “The Circle.” Judged by Charles A. Riley II, PhD, art critic, curator and historian, submissions must depict how the circle(s) plays an integral role in composition, form, design and/or subject matter of the PHOTOGRAPHIC image. Prizes from Olympus and Berger-Bros Camera, Duggal Visual Solutions, Abbot Art Framing, and Abatelli Realty. Submit entries here at CallForEntry.orgClick here for more information.

Lastly but certainly not leastly,  in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Retreat in East Hampton is accepting monetary donations to go towards new clothes and shoes for victims of domestic abuse. Held in association with Goodcircle, the drive has been kicked off with generous support by DJ Hart in Sag Harbor. Click here to donate. 

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Almost Labor Day Weekend Hot Picks: Saturday, August 27

I’ve got summer brain in the worst way. Don’t know if I’m coming or going. Anyone else out there need some reminders about what day it is, what to do and where to do it? This one’s for you. 

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I just love Margery Gosnell-Qua’s pretty entry into this year’s Box Art Auction.

The East End Hospice’s annual Box Art Auction will be held tonight, Saturday, August 27, at Hoie Hall at St. Luke’s Church in East Hampton. Stop in and pick up some terrific artwork and help raise funds for an amazing cause. Read more about East End Hospice and its annual Box Art Auction here, thanks to the Sag Harbor Express.

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Dianne Reeves photo by Jerris Madison.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation‘s annual gala will be held tonight at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, starting at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature special musical performances by Grammy award-winning singer Dianne Reeves, nationally recognized pop vocal group The Company Men, and other special surprise guests. All of the funds raised throughout the evening will support groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research.

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Matisyahu  will perform a free concert at the Backyard Restaurant at Solé East Resort in Montauk tonight, starting at 7 p.m.

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The Mark Humphrey Gallery in Southampton is hosting a reception tonight of new work. Stop by from 5 to 7 and check it out.

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It’s a big weekend for the Southampton Arts Center, which is putting on a huge slate of events. Today, it’s a free concert, courtesy Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People® on Tour program, starting at 4 pm.

A sneak peek for tomorrow, Sunday, August 28, the Wellness Series continues  at 11 a.m. with the final Yoga on the Lawn with Mary Angela Buffo of Ananda Wellness & Yoga Center. Class is one hour, multi-level. Bring your own mats and towels. Admission is $10. Then, from noon to 2 p.m., the weekly Jazz on the Steps is happening, featuring Ada Rovatti on tenor sax and Bill O’Connell on piano. Later, at 7 p.m, there will be a special indoor screening of the 2016 documentary film “Under the Gun,” produced and narrated by Katie Couric. The 110-minute film will be followed by a Q&A with panel members including John Feinblatt, President of Everytown USA & Joe Quint, Spokesman for Moms Demand Action NY. Admission is Free.

And of course, the big “Winning the White House: From Press Prints to Selfies” exhibit is still hanging through September 11. The show explores the complex relationship between candidates’ representations in visual media and their carefully created and tightly controlled campaign images. Every presidential candidate constructs a public persona. From official portraits and campaign ads to selfies and televised debates, these images can influence voters’ decisions on Election Day.

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Speaking of Sunday, the Southampton  Cultural Center is offering a super biggie double-win with the American debut of Opera San Miguel and a Master Class Live with Maureen O’Flynn and four rising starts of Mexico, starting at 5:30 p.m. Cool.

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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.