Hamptons Hot Picks: January 2017


This awesome photo of Nancy Atlas by Michael Heller is courtesy Bay Street Theater. 

Winter schminter. The snow might be gently coming down but the activities this weekend are fast and furiously rolling along. Here are a few of the hot things to do that are on my radar.
Nancy Atlas will be tearing the roof off at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor tonight for the first of only four Fireside Sessions this winter. Most of the shows are already sold out so get your tickets now before they are completely gone. Read all about it here in this story I wrote for the Sag Harbor Express this week. Really awesome gigs!
Also tonight, Friday, January 6, catch some Smokin’ Hot Tunes Fridays at Townline
Bands, Brews and BBQ with Junkyard Farmer. The show at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack is from 5 to 8 p.m., and yes, there are accompanying food and drink specials.
I’m sad to announce that Zigmund’s in Bridgehampton is shutting it down for good next Sunday, January 15. So get out there and support this live music venue while you still can. Tonight, Friday, January 6, it’s Haines Goodale & Co. live at  9 p.m. On Saturday, Retro Sounds play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There are more musical acts next week through Sunday so check it out on Zigmund’s website and Facebook page.

From Zigmund’s — The bar, which opened in July, was the most recent project for the restaurant duo Jason Weiner and Eric Lemonides, who also own Almond in Bridgehampton and two restaurants in Manhattan.
“Zigmund’s was intended to be a pop up.  Back in July, the owner of the building (who is a buddy of ours) had an opening for a season before a more permanent tenant moved in so we said ‘screw it, lets open a bar!’ It’s been a blast, but we are now moving on to bigger projects,” states Lemonides. “We are looking forward to rounding out the season in the next two weeks with live music, karaoke and our signature Retro Sounds on Saturday. We will close out with a final Karaoke night, so bring your best singing voice to serenade us one last time,” concludes Weiner.
The duo has another project on the horizon for the 2017 season, soon to be announced.
On Saturday, Guild Hall and the Hamptons International Film Festival couldn’t be more timely. Hurrah! They will be screening the 1962 classic “To Kill A Mockingbird,” hosted by Alec Baldwin, at 7 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton Join the HIFF Co-Chair (that’s Mr. Baldwin) and Artistic Director David Nugent for this annual Winter Classic screening of a wonderful film and a conversation directly following. And don’t forget, our very own Truman Capote is portrayed as a young boy in this fantastic film version, based on the seminal book by Harper Lee. Don’t miss this!

thumbnail_promisespromises_finalposter-2On Sunday and Monday, January 8 and 9, Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center will hold auditions for “Promises, Promises” at 6 p.m. Interested in auditioning? Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre or pop standard. Comfortable clothing required for learning a dance combination. There are A LOT of parts to fill in this one so now’s your chance; dare to dream of being on the stage and actually do it. Performances are March 9 through 26, 2017. Need to know more? Contact Michael Disher at mbentondisher@gmail.com

Last but most definitely not least. Want to give a big thank you to the Sag Harbor Fire Department and all the other incredible volunteers who assisted and responded to the terrible Sag Harbor Cinema conflagration? Then head to Page in Sag Harbor on Sunday night from 5 to 7 p.m. for a well deserved benefit to raise funds for those in need and to thank and support the men and women who battled the December fire and saved our Main Street. For more information, please call 631-725-1810 or email Jacqueline LaBorne at jaci@pagerestaurantgroup.com.


Dawn Watson photo, taken about an hour before the facade was gently pulled down. 

Another Sag Harbor Fire to Remember


Main Street at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16. Photo by Dawn Watson

There are many people who can write more knowledgeably, with considerably more experience in the village, and who can better articulate on the subject of Sag Harbor than I, but there’s never been a place I’ve been more humbly proud (I know, weird juxtaposition but it’s true) to call home.

Starting with a single spark, which quickly grew to a blazing conflagration and ultimately ended in considerable loss, yesterday became another one of a series of days that will be marked with sadness in the history books for Sag Harbor. The destruction of a large piece of the heart of the village leaves holes in the hearts of many, much larger than the now empty space that formerly housed 90 Main Street.


Sag Harbor Main Street just after 10 p.m. on Friday, December 16. Dawn Watson photo

I am saddened by the loss of the iconic Art Deco neon Sag Harbor Cinema sign and the building which it has graced for decades, of the countless original artworks that had been on display at the RJD Gallery, of the other businesses that have served this community so well, and most of all by the homes and hearts of the people who have been displaced. But I know that although this is, right now,  a crushing blow, I also know that Sag Harbor will rise again, as it has done every single time in its storied history. Sending love and light.



Marine Park, 10:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16. Dawn Watson photo


The Sag Harbor puzzle I received as a Secret Santa gift from Kathryn Menu on Friday morning, opened on air with Bonnie Grice, Brendan O’Reilly and Annette Hinkle at 88.3 WPPB, fewer than two hours after first hearing the news of the devastating fire in Sag Harbor. I will treasure it. 

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.


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.


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.


“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


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




Hamptons Happenings: October 12 & 13

It’s the middle of the week in October but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Here are three great things that are happening today and tomorrow–Wednesday, October 12, and Thursday, October 13, in the Hamptons.
Dell Cullum, bless him, is showing his film and photo exhibition for “Isabella: A Green Explorer Expedition” at LTV in Wainscott on Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m. for the photos and 7:30 for the documentary about how littering affects the environment. Powerful stuff!
The Riverhead Marine Research & Rescue Foundation will also be there with a display and info. on how trash and debris affects us and our shorelines right here at home.
The photo exhibit will be of Dell’s work taken during the expedition and never before shown on exhibit. Additionally, three of Billy Strong’s sculptures from the film will be on view.  Admission is free but be a mensch and bring a donation. * Photos here courtesy Dell Cullum. 


Tonight, Wednesday, don’t miss the Dancehampton fundraiser at Harbor Bistro. Proceeds from the benefit will help the dancers raise dollars for a trip to Disney.


And tomorrow night, “God of Carnage” opens at the Southampton Cultural Center. See you tomorrow night. In the meantime, read the preview I wrote that’s in this week’s Sag Harbor Express.



Stop by the Opening for My New Show on Sunday


“Solace Seekers” by Dawn Watson

“Blue, Green & East End All Over,” a solo photographic exhibition by Dawn Watson, opens with a reception on Sunday, July 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. Stop by and check it out. Can’t make the preview? The show hangs through the end of August.

To further whet your appetite, here are a few of the images that are included in the show.


Want to see more? Click my photo site here.

Still curious? Then read this wonderful feature, written by Michelle Trauring for the Sag Harbor Express. I might be biased but I think it’s a heck of a fantastic read!  : )

Hope to see you on Sunday!

Weekend Hamptons Hot Picks

Another jam-packed weekend with more things to do than time to fit them all in. Here are a few of my tippy top picks for Friday and Saturday, which include three top-tier home and garden events and one big darn deal art opening.


A view of the Landis garden, which is included in the ARF 30th Anniversary Garden Tour.

First off, it’s ARF’s 30th Anniversary Garden Tour. The event kicks off tonight, Friday, June 17, with a cocktail party at the oceanfront home of Barbara Slifka from 5 to 8 p.m. The actual self-guided tour will be held tomorrow, Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s tour includes the gardens of Susan Calhoun and Charlie Moss, Nancy Corzine, Gillian Spreckels Fuller, Bettysue and Jeffrey Hughes, and Rosalind and Ken Landisin Bridgehampton, Sagaponack and Wainscott. As a bonus, tour-goers receive free admission to Much Ado About Madoo Garden Market.

The Holiday House Hamptons Showhouse returns, this time to an incredible modern in Water Mill that happens to have the only rooftop tennis court on the entire East End. And it’s for sale! Here’s a link to the Douglas Elliman listing with Linda Haugevik.  The showhouse, presented by HC&G, is a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and opens with a White Party on Saturday, June 18, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The house will remain open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for tours Thursdays though Mondays through July 26.


This year’s Design Chairs are Thom Filicia, Robert Stilin, and Vicente Wolf. Participating Showhouse designers include: 2Michaels, Anne Tarasoff Interiors, Baltimore Design Group, Barbara Ostrom & Associates, Carmiña Roth Interiors, LLC., Chad James Group, Dorfman+ Sag Harbor/NYC, Elizabeth Dow Home, HB Home, Jolie Korek & Co., KARA MANN, LIAIGRE, Mabley Handler Interior Design, Maddux Creative, Melanie Roy Design, Sasha Bikoff Interior Design, Timothy Brown Studio, Unlimited Earth Care by Frederico Azevedo, V Starr by Venus Williams, Wesley Moon, Inc. and West Chin Architects & Interior Designers.

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There’s also Much Ado About Madoo, a wonderful weekend celebration of 50 years of organic gardening at the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack. The festivities begin with a Garden Cocktail Party and Market Preview tonight, Friday, June 17, hosted by Honorary Chairmen Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan from 6 to 8 p.m. at Madoo. On Saturday, the Garden Market is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than two dozen distinguished dealers in rare plants, home and garden accessories, gourmet treats, fragrance and beauty collections and more are expected. Additional events include a Conversation with Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, author of “Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design” and Catie Marron, author of “City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World” on Saturday at noon and  Once Upon a Time at Madoo storytelling and music for the kiddies,  performed by a graduate trio from the Perlman Music Program, at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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And lastly, the “Peter Beard: Last Word From Paradise” exhibition opens with a members-only preview at Guild Hall tonight, Friday, June 17. The don’t-miss solo retrospective is open to all starting tomorrow, Saturday, June 18, and hangs through July 31. The exhibition focuses on the two outposts that Beard calls home – Africa and the East End of Long Island and includes more than 50 multi-layered collages, drawings, photographs, and diaries from the 1960s to the present, some on public view for the first time. Read more about it here in this feature I wrote in this week’s Sag Harbor Express.

Still want more? Check back later for additional Hamptons happenings for your  June 17, 18 and 19 weekend.