Need Some Cheering Up? Three Hot Events TODAY

I don’t know about you but I could sure use some fun right now! Here are a few happenings for today and tonight that should do the trick.


Rock out with Kate Mueth and a bunch of other cool chicks at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett tonight and help raise some dough for girls and women in need.

croppedscarlet-letter-nov-2016Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor opens “The Scarlet Letter” today. The Literature Live! performance stars Chloe Dirksen (yay for you Chloe!!) as Hester Prynne, a married woman who becomes a social outcast. After an adulterous affair, she conceives a daughter during her husband’s long absence. She is required to wear the letter “A” for adultery on the breast of her gown. Refusing to name the father, Hester is forced to live a life set apart from nearly everyone she knows. The show stages through November 26.




Feel like heading into the city for a good cause? Tonight’s a good night for it, as the  Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will host its 19th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction. The evening, which starts with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. at Cipriani Wall Street, will be held in honor of footwear industry icon and former Hamptons resident Vince Camuto and will be hosted by Chris Wragge of CBS 2 News show “This Morning, plus Roger Daltrey of The Who will also perform.




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?


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.


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


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.


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.


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?  : )



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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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!


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.




Photos from EH Group for Wildlife Benefit at the Talkhouse


Thanks to Yuka Silvera for not only keeping me informed about the fundraiser for the East Hampton Group for Wildlife to Stop Cruel Deer Sterilization in East Hampton at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett last night, but also for sharing some pictures.





Leading Ladies of the Hamptons


Photo of Juliet Garrett of Psychobaoy by Noel Valero.

Psychobaby, featuring lead singer Juliet Garrett of Shelter Island, has just had their first-ever music video premier on Independent Music News (click on the link to watch it) earlier this month. AND they were featured as ‘Emerging Artist of the Week’ by Headcount, a non-profit organization that works to register music fans to vote and increase participation in democracy, recently too. Want to see the band live? They are playing at Pianos in the East Village tonight, Wednesday, December 16, at 11 p.m.


Image courtesy Lynn Blue.

The Lynn Blue Band takes the stage at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Saturday, December 19, from 8 to 9:30 PM. Catch Lynn and the boys–Dave Portocarrero, The REV Jim Nanos, Alex Sarkis and special guest Paul Brokaw on keys–for rockin’ good time.


Looking for something amazing to do tonight? Head to Guild Hall in East Hampton at 7 p.m. to watch the Young Cowgirls share their inspiring stage creations. These creative lasses, led by the lovely and creative Kate Mueth, have met once a week for the past two months to journal, explore and direct one another in dance theater pieces based on Elizabethan pavanes. The results, performance art meant to compel and inspire, should be well worth the trip.


Courtesy Young Cowgirls.

Navy Beach Photos from Saturday’s Navy SEAL Benefit + Sax Leader Benefit Reminder

Navy Beach in Montauk raised over $10,000 this weekend for the Navy SEAL Foundation. The restaurant sponsored its third annual “Honoring Our Warriors” benefit on Saturday to help raise awareness and funds.

From now through Labor Day, Navy Beach will add a donation of $1 to each dining check in support of the Navy SEAL Foundation. Guests will also be able to increase the value of the donation if they like. In an effort to improve upon the $20,000 raised for the foundation last year, Navy Beach will again match the first $2,500 raised through this season’s efforts. Donations may also be online at

Enjoy these photos by Stephanie Lewin, courtesy WordHampton.

*** Don’t forget that the Sax Leader Foundation Stir It Up benefit will be held tonight at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The event will include live music by Nancy Atlas, yummy stir-fry, auction items and lots of fun!

Hamptons Hot Picks for Saturday, May 9

Joan Osborne will play at the Ross School's benefit in East Hampton tonight, as will GE Smith.

Joan Osborne will play at the Ross School’s benefit in East Hampton tonight, as will one of our local favorite’s, the fantastic GE Smith.

A few clouds certainly aren’t going to slow us down today. There’s certainly no lack of things to do, so let’s get right to it!

* Eileen Duffy and select winemakers will talk about her book, “Behind the Bottle: The Rise of Wine on Long Island” at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill at 2 p.m. today.

* Today will be a FUN (and free!) Family Day at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring the kids for guided tours on the half-hour, a treasure hunt, performances by East End students and more.

* Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton is also now open. Two events are slated for today: Building Your Soil, From Compost to Fertilizer with Paul Wagner of Treewise Organics and Watercolor Classes with artist/educator Lois Bender. Check the site for times and additional information.

* The inaugural 2015 Music for Montauk series kicks off today with a spring concert at the Montauk School at 4 p.m. featuring music for strings, voice and piano. The show will be followed by a reception at Gosman’s. Click here to read the feature I wrote about this series for the Sag Harbor Express.

* Dockers Waterside in East Quogue will host its big Season Kickoff Party (it’s always a BASH!) from 5 to 7 p.m. with music by Souled Out.

* The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton will hold a “Grand Gallery Opening” reception from 6 to 8 p.m. with music by Mama Lee & Friends and artwork by Eric Ernst, Jim Gingerich, Sally Breen, and more.

* Ross School’s annual “Club Starlight” is happening tonight at 6:30 p.m.! The talent at this rock-and-roll event, which will be held at the Upper School in East Hampton, will include Joan Osborne, GE Smith and more.

* Citizens for Access Rights is holding its annual fundraiser at 7 p.m. at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, with live music by Mashup.

* Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor will screen a shortened live version of Verdi’s “La Traviata” at 8 p.m.

* The Southampton Animal Shelter’s benefit art show, “A Magic Menagerie,” will open with a reception tonight at the RJD Fine Arts Gallery in Sag Harbor from 6 to 8 p.m. |