On Stage This Week in the Hamptons

Want to go see a play this week? We don’t need no stinkin’ Broadway (but of course we do still love it!). We’ve got plenty to do right here in the Hamptons.

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Diana Marbury and Ben Schnickel in a scene from “4,000 Miles.” Photo by Tom Kochie

Staging now through January 29 in Quogue, it’s “4,000 Miles.” The drama, starring Diana Marbury and Ben Schnickel, is a great telling of reconnecting family relationships and closing the generation gap. Written by Amy Herzog, the show, directed for the Hampton Theatre Company by Sarah Hunnewell, also stars Amanda Griemsmann and Samantha Herrera. Read more about it here in this preview I wrote for the Sag Harbor Express.

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Looks like Joseph Marshall and Tamara Salkin are about to get physical in this scene from “The Money Shot.” Photo by Dane DuPuis.

money-shotOpening tomorrow night–Thursday, January 19–at the Southampton Cultural Center, it’s Neil LaBute’s edgy 2014 play “The Money Shot.” Strictly for adults, this graphic comedy about sex after the bloom has faded is pure LaBute. No familiar? Watch “In the Company of Men” and “Your Friends and Neighbors,” which are both raw and rough, but also incredibly compelling. Starring Bonnie Grice, Joseph Marshall, Tamara Salkin and Kristin Whiting, the show is directed by Joan Lyons.

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And then there’s the southern-style tearjerker “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling, courtesy the Springs Community Theater Company. The production opens on Friday, January 20, and stages at the Springs Presbyterian Church this weekend and next, through Saturday, January 28. It features a spirited local cast of characters–Shelley Bennett, Susan Conklin, Vay David, Jayne Freedman, Virginia Haller and Claire Hopkins–who I’m positive will absolutely prove fitting for such a show. The action will be directed by Diana Horn and Kathleen Horn and produced by Barbara Mattson.  Here’s the link for tickets. Can’t wait to see another of this group’s don’t-miss productions.

Hamptons Hot Picks: January 2017

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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.
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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.

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

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!

 

 

 

 

The Best Dance Show That You’re Missing

I am pleased as punch that I got first-row tickets to this past Saturday’s DanceFusion performance at the Southampton Cultural Center. Wow! I’ve been to a couple of these shows now and I’e been blown away every time. Seriously, we’ve got superpro-level dancing being staged for us right here in the Hamptons and hardly anyone seems to know. I’m telling you now, it’s here and it’s amazing. If you like Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, any of those other dance-related television shows, or if you’re of the mind to head into the city to catch a performance, then do yourself a favor and check out DanceFusion right here on the East End.

On Saturday, we were treated to the artistic endeavors of FJK Dance, a New York-based pro troupe. The dancers performed two programs–Take Two, which was inspired by ballroom elegance and glamour and adding in plenty of drama and mystery and featured music by Dave Brubeck, John Klemmer and Benny Goodman, and Dum Talk, which included a percussive combination of Middle Eastern drum and Latin salsa and featured music by Mario Kirlis and Johnny Arraj. It was cool and I’m glad I got to go. Unfortunately that was the last program of the year  but I do hope that you make sure to check out the series when the 2017 DanceFusion season begins. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

*Pardon the video quality. I shot it on my iPhone. Thank you Laura Devinney for all your incredible efforts with launching and supporting this program, and for the great seats!

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.

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 Happenings: October 12 & 13

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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.

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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.

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