Watermill Center Photos

Art installation above the entrance

What better way to come back after my semi-sabbatical than to share pix from the wonderful, wacky (and oftentimes artfully naked) Watermill Center benefit. This year’s gala, Fly into the Sun, once again brought together the worlds of art, performance, music, theatre, design, architecture and fashion. Always a hot ticket, this year’s outrageous event did not disappoint. Thanks to Lisa Tamburini for capturing the scene for us here at Hamptons Party Girl.

Described as an “enchanted forest,” the 24th annual summer fundraiser included performances and installations by Daniel Monroy Cuevas, Rachel Frank, Regina José Galindo, Kate Gilmore, Somos Monstros (Raúl de Nieves and Erik Zajaceskowski), Storyboard P, and VVHY, alongside the work of The Center‘s International Summer Program participants. After dinner, the evening continued with a special performance and tribute to Lou Reed by Laurie Anderson. To close the night, guests enjoyed dessert, dancing and a live DJ set by Flat White aka Virgil Abloh.

Hamptons Hot Picks for the Weekend


“Montauk Top” by Dawn Watson.

It’s Friday. And that means it’s Hot Picks time.

Topping my personal list for the weekend is the opening of “Natural Abstractions + Landscape Loves” at the Montauk Library tonight, Friday, March 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., since it’s my show and all.  Please come if you can make it. Check out some of my newest work here. 

Portrait of Michael Holman by Rob Northway_shot in livingroom

Also tonight, which I’m sad to have to miss, is “Confessions of a Subculturalist,” written and performed by Michael Holman, at the Southampton Arts Center at 7 p.m.  Get tickets here. Tomorrow night at the SAC, it’s a “Live” show with Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage Trio, presented with The Jam Session, starting at 7 p.m. Click here for music tickets. 

And since we’re on the subject of theater and the performing arts, be sure to get your tickets for “Imagination,” now staging in Quogue courtesy the Hampton Theatre Company. It looks like a really good romantic thriller. Can’t wait to see it.

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Want some art by the late, great Don Saco? Saturday is the perfect day to pick up work from this true gentleman who was also  a commanding artist. Stop by 117 Cobb Isle Road in Water Mill starting at noon for an arts estate sale of his work.


And don’t let the title fool you (it nearly slipped past me, I’ll admit it), there’s what I’m sure will be a great reading of “May 39th” with the talented Chloe Dirksen and J. Stephen Brantley at the Malia Mills pop-up gallery in East Hampton on Saturday night too. Cool.

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Also on Saturday afternoon,  the Watermill Center will host an opening reception for William Stewart’s “Works on Paper” from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Then on  Saturday night, there’s a fundraiser at the Southampton Publick House for our friends at Our Fabulous Variety Show.

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And Saturday also marks the grand reopening of RJD Gallery, formerly of Sag Harbor and now on Main Street in Bridgehampton. The big to-do, which will feature lots of great art, plus cocktails, music and mingling,  starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Especially now, I’ so glad to see art, and that comes with it, rising from the ashes. Literally in this case.







Also on Saturday, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is hosting  award-winning songwriter and local favorite Gene Casey, who will give a concert at 8 p.m. in celebration of his newest album.



On Sunday at 6 p.m.,  Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor continuing 25 Years of Cinema with the Hamptons International Film Festival by screening one of my very favorite true-crime movies ever–“Heavenly Creatures.” Among other things, including budding lesbian love and matricide, it’s a film that marks the very first time I ever saw Kate Winslet on film. She is EXTRAORDINARY in this movie. If you haven’t seen it, make sure you catch it on Sunday or sometime soon.

It’s also the last Sunday Salon time of chanting, ayurvedic food and meditation with Kate Rabinowitz and Rameshwar Das in Bridgehampton. Here are the details for that:



And lastly, don’t forget that next week is East End Restaurant Week. Yum!  Click here to see the list of participating restaurants.


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.



Photos: Discover Watermill Day


What might be strange anywhere else is but commonplace at The Watermill Center. Lisa Tamburini photo.

More than 1,000 people showed up to check out The Watermill Center on Sunday, August 14, for its annual Discover Day.

On view at the avant-garde laboratory: more than two dozen installations and performances created for FADA: House of Madness, the 23rd Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction, along with new work created by Watermill’s summer residency artists, and sculptures and artifacts from The Watermill Center Collection.

An annual event, Discover Watermill Day, provides a unique opportunity for visitors to see original works created by over 130 artists from more than 27 countries currently participating in The Watermill Center’s International Summer Program, a five to six week residency where participants explore and collaborate on new ideas and endeavors under the guidance of The Center’s Artistic Director, Robert Wilson.

All photos in the following gallery by Kimberly Goff.

This year, upon entering through the bamboo-lined entrance, guests encountered Jacques Reynaud’s Angels of Apocalypse, accompanied by sound installations adapted from recent recordings by Oscar nominee singer/songwriter, ANOHNI (formerly Antony Hegarty). Following Tony Piazza’s flower terraces, highlights from the day included: an exhibition of Clementine Hunter’s paintings, Marianna Kavallieratos’ four-part performance Far West, bird houses by Wilson’s long-time collaborator Christopher Knowles, a young man submerged in John Margaritis’ One Ton Tank, and The Bruce High Quality Foundation’s Manneken Pis, which offered a welcomed spritz of water from the rooftop. Guests of all ages enjoyed cotton candy from The Candy Man, face painting and temporary tattoos with Manu Halligan, hatmaking with Genevieve Neve, drawing workshops with Tea Taneski and pillow fights on the lawn with pillows from Brian O’Mahoney’s cats sleep anywhere 2. At 5:00pm, attendees gathered under the tent for an open rehearsal of Robert Wilson’s Two Oars and Turnadot, followed by a performance by gospel jazz singer Marcelle Davies-Lashley.

All photos in this gallery by Lisa Tamburini.


Photos: Watermill Center’s FADA House of Madness

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In case you weren’t able to get to the festivities at the Watermill Center‘s can’t-miss annual benefit on Saturday, July 30.  Or if you just want to relive the moment …

Enjoy these darn good photos (courtesy WMC) of Saturday night’s 23rd annual summer fundraiser–which  featured sound installations with ANOHNI, a collaborative installation by The Bruce High Quality Foundation, and installations and performances by the Watermill Center’s 2016 International Summer Program–in addition to the usual unusual assortment of characters and art makers. “FADA House of Madness” brought together the worlds of theater, art, fashion, design, and society with artists arriving at the center’s camp from more than 25 countries to create installations and performances throughout the 8.5-acre grounds. Funds raised benefitted the Center’s year-round Artist Residency and Education Programs.



Jazz for Jennings Photos

Randy Becker, Ada Rovalli, Steve Turre, Jon Faddis, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Dan Rose, Carl Allen, Cyrus Chestnut, Stella and Tyler Faddis

Sunday was a great day to get jazzy for the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center, as evidenced by these terrific photos from Kimberly Goff. The second annual Jazz for Jennings fundraiser, held at the Watermill Center this year, was a big success and helped to raise money for much needed programs at the BCCRC. Bravo!



Want to learn more? Here’s a note from Kayce Jennings, the late newscaster’s wife:

“Jazz for Jennings to support of the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center is less than 3 weeks away! Peter would be so pleased that we are carrying on this tradition because he cared so deeply about his community and about this very special place at its core.

The Center, as it is known locally, has for more than 60 years been committed to providing essential services and programs to the often over-looked community of African-American and immigrant families that live out here – and, most particularly, to the children. But after Peter’s death and with the end of Jazz@Jennings, the benefit for The Center that we hosted formany years at our home, The Center fell on hard times. It continued to provide critical services, but a major source of funding had been lost. Jazz for Jennings is changing that.

The generosity of supporters last year is turning things around. Added to the already fully subscribed after-school program, The Center now has a music program – the kids are learning to play piano on electric keyboards donated by the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. They also have a shiny new trumpet, a gift from the huge-hearted Jon Faddis,and this year’s band leader, who taught a day-long workshop at The Center’s summer camp last August.

The Center was able to hire a tutor to assess each of the 36 children in the After-School program and to train volunteers to work with each child on his or her homework. Because of generous donors, The Center now has a new playground, Chess and Scrabble Clubs, a Girl Scout troop, and expanded Teen and SAT prep programs. Four Center kids are going off to college this fall! The Center was also able to finish the studio space in the McCall building used for the music classes, karate, dance, yoga and special presentations like one on Black History, a Latino Culture Celebration and holiday family parties.

All this, and more, because of the support for Jazz forJennings. Peter would be very, very grateful.

 The Center’s children thank you. And so do I for your caring and helping to spread the word about Jazz for Jennings on June 26th at the Watermill Center.”

Kayce Freed Jennings


Three Things To Do Today in the Hamptons


Photo by Dudi Saad.

Want to see some site-specific art? Then you’re in luck as there are still 20 VIP tickets available for the “Trisha Brown: In Plain Site” performance at the Watermill Center today. The exclusive ticket comes with access to the VIP pre-show reception and performance beginning at 3:45pm, admission to the general performances at 5:00pm and reserved seating for the final portion of Trisha Brown: In Plain Site.

Another super good show is happening at Ashawagh Hall in Springs today. Hosted by the Springs Improvement Society and curated by Christina Strassfield of Guild Hall, the group exhibit features word by a bunch of talented Hamptons artists, plus music by Job Potter. Sounds like fun to me.





Be a significant part of history by attending the inaugural summer gala for the Southampton Cultural Center. The event, An Evening of Wine and Roses, will be held tonight at the Southampton Social Club from 5 to 8.