Arts

Last week, Ruth Appelhof told the board and staff she would retire as director of Guild Hall at the end of 2016, after 16 years of steering the East Hampton arts institution.
As his teacher had before him, the late saxophonist Hal McKusick, who lived in Sag Harbor, wanted to inspire students to pursue their dream and be passionate about what they believe in. “That takes mentors,” he told The Star in 1998. “And that’s what I’d like to do with my students.”
For those who like their iambic pentameter served alfresco while seated on lawn chairs or picnic blankets, this weekend should be a cause for celebration, with two free productions of Shakespeare plays to choose from and a new partnership that could offer more in the future.
I took a look at Ryan McGinness’s work at the Silas Marder Gallery, then I looked again, and then once more. No matter how familiar his world of idiosyncratic signs and symbols, there is always something new to see in their more-is-more layering.

The Star's reviewer says the new production, starring Betty Buckley and Rachel York, is "everything it should be." The play runs at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor through Aug. 30.
Bulletproof Stockings, a Hasidic rock duo, will grace East Hampton for the first time next week, and the two front-women are curious how the audience will react.
“Summer Diaries,” a show by Billy Sullivan will open at Ille Arts with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. “Anna Walinska: Abstractions From the ’50s and ’60s” will open Saturday at Lawrence Fine Art in East Hampton with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and remain on view through Sept. 3.
The Hamptons International Film Festival’s 23rd iteration, which will take place from Oct. 8 through 12, will be the last with Stuart Match Suna as chairman. Mr. Match Suna, the president of Silvercup Studios and a founder of the festival, has been chairman for 18 years.
Rock ’n’ roll, ballet, cabaret, and Dr. Oz will take turns entertaining and informing audiences at Guild Hall in East Hampton Village this week, with “Bjork: Biophilia Live,” a film that captures the artist’s 2013 multimedia concert in London, set to conclude the Rock Cinema series tonight at 8.