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!

 

 

 

 

Hot Picks: Saturday, November 12

Southampton Village is brimming with terrific things to do today.

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To start, the Southampton Arts Center, located at 25 Jobs Lane, opens “Colorama,” the final art exhibit there this year. Organized by the George Eastman Museum, the really fascinating show of “the world’s largest photographs,” according to Kodak, will open with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m.

Here’s a bit of background: in 1950, the Eastman Kodak Company installed the first Colorama on the interior east wall of Grand Central Station. These oversized advertisements were 18 feet high and 60 feet long, requiring more than a mile of cold-cathode tubes to light them from behind. Altogether, 565 Colorama photographs would be situated on this spot over the next 40 years. As a major corporate and aesthetic undertaking, the production of Coloramas required the combined efforts of Kodak’s marketing and technical staffs, and scores of photographers, including such notables as Ansel Adams, Ernst Haas and Eliot Porter.

Until 1990, these illuminated illustrations reflected and reinforced American values and aspirations while encouraging picture-taking as an essential aspect of leisure, travel, family and social life. In the decades that evolved from Levittowns and the baby boom to Watts and Woodstock, they proffered an almost unchanging vision of idealized and perfect landscapes, villages and families, American power and patriotism, and the decorative sentimentality of babies, puppies and kittens. They marked traditional holidays, conventional views of the faraway, and such uplifting current events as a moonwalk and a royal wedding, and they suggested, with varying degrees of explicitness, that such sights could be defined, secured, memorialized and enjoyed through the complementary practice of photography.

Today, these images are figures in the landscape of memory. The Coloramas taught us not only what to photograph but how to see the world as though it were a photograph. They served to manifest and visualize values that even then were seen as nostalgic, fading and in jeopardy, salvageable only through the time defying alchemy of cameras and film. The exhibit will remain on view through December 31.

Additionally, the Southampton Arts Center will host it’s final  “LIVE from Southampton Arts Center”music series tonight at 7:30 p.m. with “The Music of Mali, featuring Yacouba Sissoko and LUMA.” The event is held in partnership with The Jam Session Inc and will be recorded live for The Jam Session Radio Hour to be aired on local NPR affiliate WPPB 88.3 FM.

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Over at the Southampton Cultural Center on Pond Lane, it’s the final DanceFusion performance tonight at 6 p.m. The stars of this show will be the FJK Dance Company from Manhattan, who will bring their blend of contemporary dance out east.

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. .

Halloween Hamptons Hot Picks

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Calling all hobgoblins, ghouls and ghastly ghosts: it’s officially your time of the year!

Halloween is a big happening here in the Hamptons, and there’s no dearth of things to do. Here are my top choices for freakishly fun events.

On Saturday, October 29, Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center is hosting “Mourning the Victorian Way: A Funeral Reenactment and Graveyard Tour,” starting at the Rogers Mansion at 3 p.m. The event starts with an 1880s funeral service and wake, and will be followed by a mourners walk to nearby North End Cemetery, for the tour of the burying grounds. Dress up in 19th-century mourning attire, and receive discounted admission for wearing all black. Reservations are required, please call the Museum at 631-283-2494.

 

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The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum is offering two walking tours, but check first to see if they are sold out, as I fear they might be because admission is limited for both. On Friday, October 28, it’s “Spirits of Sag Harbor,” a Haunted Walking tour of the village with Annette Hinkle and Tony Garro at 6 p.m. On Sunday, it’s “History Unearthed,” a Walking tour of the Old Burying Ground with Tony Garro at 2 p.m.

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On Saturday, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons  is hosting an ARF Halloween Pawty from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Adoption Center in Wainscott. Take a walk along the haunted trail and enter to win best costume for children and pets. Admission is free.

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The Southampton Arts Center is continuing its Spooktacular Haunted House tours through out the weekend and wrapping up on Monday, October 31. The center is also screening the scary film “Poltergeist” on Friday night, October 28, at 8 p.m.

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The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton is throwing a “Hell of a Halloween”screening party for the super scary movie “The Omen” on Monday, October 31, at 6 p.m. Enjoy sinful treats, such as deviled eggs and devil’s food cake, some rock n’ roll (“the Devil’s Music”), and receive your very own pitchforks and devil horns. This program is free, but registration is highly encouraged, as are costumes. http://www.hamptonlibrary.org

The Southampton Inn is hosting a full-fledged “Murder Mystery Weekend,” from Friday through Sunday, complete with a special accommodation package, plus a reception on Friday night, costume party on Saturday night and brunch on Sunday.

Several local restaurants are also getting into the mood. Kicking off the weekend with a time-honored latin-flavored tradition, La Fondita in Amagansett is celebrating the Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, from Friday through Sunday, October 28 through October 30. Stop by for food specials and festivities.

Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett is getting a jump on things by throwing its Halloween Party on Friday, October 28, starting at 10 p.m. The evening will feature drink specials, complimentary “jelly-o” shots and a $100 gift card will be awarded for the best male and female costume. There will also be prizes for best couple costume, best group costume, scariest costume and more! There will be a $10 cover at the door.

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Muse in the Harbor in Sag Harbor is throwing a “Halloween’s a Drag” party and costume contest on Saturday night, October 29, starting at 10 p.m. Cover is $15.

The Southampton Publick House is celebrating Halloween with its annual costume party on Saturday, October, 29, starting at 10 p.m. DJ Dory Seymour spins, plus drink specials, a costume contest and more. There will be a $10 cover at the door. Read my recent review of the Publick House here.

Zigmunds Bar in Bridgehampton is also hosting a Halloween costume party on Saturday night, starting at 9 p.m. DJ Drop D will be spinning retro sounds all night long and there will be prizes for best costumes. No cover.

Solé East in Montauk invites all monsters, ghouls, witches and ghosts to celebrate Halloween in The Backyard to mark the 2016 season’s end on Saturday, October 29, beginning at 8 p.m. The evening will feature free bar food, drink specials and a live DJ. Guests who come in costume will also be entered to win a weekend stay. Admission to the party is free.  Special room rates will be offered for the weekend starting at $99.

Capping the holiday, Rowdy Hall in East Hampton will host its 17th annual “Rowdyween” party on Monday, October 31, from 8 p.m. until the witching hour. A $30 admission fee at the door entitles revelers to one complimentary drink, delicious Rowdy snacks, $5 drafts and $6 well drinks, and a DJ spinning tunes all night. There will be $500 in cash prizes awarded for the best costumes.

 

 

 

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.

 

Hamptons Hot Picks: Sunday, October 9

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Today seems like the perfect day to head to the Southampton Arts Center to catch a 25th anniversary screening of “The Addams Family” movie.  The film, inspired by the illustrated works of our very own Charles Addams, will be screened tonight at 7 p.m. in association with the Hamptons International Film Festival. Come dressed as your favorite character and you might win a best costume prize. While there, check out the more than 50 original works on exhibit from all aspects and genres of subject matter, including The Addams Family cartoons, courtesy the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation.

Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for that cameo appearance in the movie by Barry Sonnenfeld, who not only directed the film but also lived on the East End for years and years. And just for fun — bonus Party Girl points if you know which famous TV actress Jimmy Workman, the kid who played Pugsley, is related to. Because this is the kind of thing that my brain likes to focus on.  : )  Get tickets here.

Here’s what else is happening at HIFF today. Only one more day left to catch your new favorite features, documentaries, shorts, special programming, talent and more.

 

And congrats to our friend Janet Lee Berg, who will be at the Quogue Library today at 2 p.m. to talk about her newest book, “Rembrandt’s Shadow.” Similar to some of the themes in the book “The Lady in Gold” and the subsequent film “The Woman in Gold,” this book is also based on real-life events centered around the Holocaust and an original masterpiece. The novel tells the story of the early life of Sylvie Rosenberg, an aristocratic daughter of a renowned Jewish art dealer in Holland. After spending the first 15 years of her life doubting her father’s love, she discovers one day that he has traded his beloved Rembrandt to the Nazis in exchange for her life. Good stuff! Hats off to Janet!!

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Later today, starting at 6 p.m., Dockers in East Quogue is hosting its wildly successful end-of-year “Eat & Drink Us Dry” celebration. The annual season finale party is always a great time and a fantastic way to bring the season to a close.

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