Recent Stories: Arts

Star Staff
June 22, 2017
Guild Hall will hold a premiere screening of “Larsenworld: LongHouse in East Hampton” tomorrow night at 8. The 23-minute film chronicles the many facets of the career and dreams of Jack Lenor Larsen, the noted textile designer and collector who established the LongHouse Foundation, now LongHouse Reserve, in 1991.

Guild Hall will hold a premiere screening of “Larsenworld: LongHouse in East Hampton” tomorrow night at 8. The 23-minute film chronicles the many facets of the career and dreams of Jack Lenor Larsen, the noted textile designer and collector who established the LongHouse Foundation, now LongHouse Reserve, in 1991.

Star Staff
June 22, 2017
Cracked Actor, a band that has performed the music of David Bowie since the shape-shifting musician’s death in January 2016, will reassemble on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett. The group, which has featured musicians from various South Fork bands as well as the film composer Carter Burwell, plans to perform Bowie’s 1970 album “The Man Who Sold the World” in its entirety, along with several of his best-known songs.

Cracked Actor, a band that has performed the music of David Bowie since the shape-shifting musician’s death in January 2016, will reassemble on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett. The group, which has featured musicians from various South Fork bands as well as the film composer Carter Burwell, plans to perform Bowie’s 1970 album “The Man Who Sold the World” in its entirety, along with several of his best-known songs.   

Jennifer Landes
June 22, 2017
Taking place from July 14 to 16, the Upstairs Art Fair will have a salon feeling and include galleries from here or downtown New York City.

Small is beautiful, even in the overheated atmosphere of a long South Fork summer. While two large tented art fairs have recently withdrawn from the summer social and commerce scene, a new, organically formed, and super-concentrated group of galleries is taking over the old Amagansett Applied Arts building’s top floor to mount its rendition of a Hamptons art fair‚ with just a dozen participants as of this writing. 

Star Staff
June 22, 2017
Jazz on the Steps will return to the Southampton Arts Center on Sunday at noon with a performance by Yacouba Sissoko, one of the world’s foremost players of the kora, a 21-string lute-bridge-harp used extensively in West Africa.

Jazz on the Steps will return to the Southampton Arts Center on Sunday at noon with a performance by Yacouba Sissoko, one of the world’s foremost players of the kora, a 21-string lute-bridge-harp used extensively in West Africa.

The jazz series, which is organized by Claes Brondal, co-founder of the Jam Session and a drummer in the Thursday Night Live band, will feature Bill O’Connell, Ada Rovatti, Richie Scollo, Morris Goldberg, and Mr. Brondal, among others.

The free programs will take place every Sunday from noon to 2 on the front steps of the center. 

Mark Segal
June 22, 2017
On Sunday afternoon at 3, Guild Hall will host a panel discussion featuring Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck, the founders of the Innocence Project, and several of the people who have been found not guilty and freed.

The artist Taryn Simon’s “The Innocents” opened at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday. While the project dates from 2002, its subject is timeless: wrongful conviction for violent crimes and the subsequent reversal of those convictions because of DNA evidence. Ms. Simon photographed a number of those exonerated in locations that were significant to the case, such as the scene of the crime, the scene of the alibi, or the scene of misidentification.

Star Staff
June 22, 2017
Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will hold auditions for an August production of “Kiss Me Kate” on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the theater. The director, Will Pomerantz, and the associate producer, John Sullivan, are looking for male and female actors of all ethnic and racial backgrounds for 10 roles.

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will hold auditions for an August production of “Kiss Me Kate” on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the theater. The director, Will Pomerantz, and the associate producer, John Sullivan, are looking for male and female actors of all ethnic and racial backgrounds for 10 roles. 

Those auditioning have been asked to prepare two contrasting 16-bar selections of music from the Broadway Songbook prior to 1960. An accompanist will be provided.

The production is an outdoor concert reading that will take place in two performances at Mashashimuet Park on Aug. 25 and 26. Rehearsals will be held in New York City from Aug. 21 through 23, and in Sag Harbor on Aug. 24.

Mark Segal
June 22, 2017
Thirty years ago, Paul Schenly, an acclaimed classical pianist, injured a hand. From that acorn, the oak of Pianofest of the Hamptons grew. While Mr. Schenly was undergoing physical therapy in New York City, a friend suggested he escape its steamy summers and continue his recovery in the Hamptons.

Thirty years ago, Paul Schenly, an acclaimed classical pianist, injured a hand. From that acorn, the oak of Pianofest of the Hamptons grew. While Mr. Schenly was undergoing physical therapy in New York City, a friend suggested he escape its steamy summers and continue his recovery in the Hamptons.

“So I rented a small cabin on Three Mile Harbor,” he said during a recent conversation, “and I just fell in love with nature and the Hamptons. I thought it would be a wonderful place to start a sort of artists’ colony for pianists.”

He discussed the idea with several local people, and one, Bill Plate, was so enthusiastic about it that he offered to connect Mr. Schenly with others who might be helpful. 

Jennifer Landes
June 22, 2017
The Hamptons International Film Festival will continue its celebration of its 25th year with an expanded SummerDocs program this season, featuring five titles that will be presented in East Hampton, Montauk, and Southampton.

The Hamptons International Film Festival will continue its celebration of its 25th year with an expanded SummerDocs program this season, featuring five titles that will be presented in East Hampton, Montauk, and Southampton.

“Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press,” directed by Brian Knappenberger, will be first out of the gate on July 8 at Guild Hall. The film follows the legal battle between the former online media gossip site Gawker and Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist who was outed by the site as being gay (a 2007 post that is still online). 

Mark Segal
June 22, 2017
“Natural Selection,” an exhibition of work by artists who draw inspiration from nature, will be on view tomorrow through Sunday at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. A reception will take place Saturday evening from 5 to 8. “Jeremy Dennis: On This Site,” a photography and research project by Mr. Dennis, who is a Shinnecock tribal member, will take place at the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum in Southampton from Saturday through Aug. 24. A reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Native American Landscapes

“Jeremy Dennis: On This Site,” a photography and research project by Mr. Dennis, who is a Shinnecock tribal member, will take place at the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum in Southampton from Saturday through Aug. 24. A reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

“On This Site” aims to preserve and create awareness of culturally significant Native American landscapes throughout Long Island. Among the many locations featured in the exhibition are Nissequogue, Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, the Sebonac Creek settlement, Sugar Loaf Hill in Orient, the Stony Brook site of a prehistoric Indian village, and Fort Pond in Montauk, known by the Montaukett Indians as Konkhunganik.

Jennifer Landes
June 15, 2017
After immersing himself in the history of the South Fork artistic community and unearthing some of its long-forgotten gems, Eric Firestone is solidifying his place on the continuum of dealers who matter here.

Eric Firestone made a name for himself on the South Fork art scene several years ago with splashy one-off shows that attracted attention and curiosity for their flamboyant and sometimes controversial content. The shows were fun and witty, and had more complexity than a  surface view might have suggested. 

In his first show of the 2017 high season, he takes a more thoughtful and subtle approach. The title “Season Opener” is simply declarative. No “Blam!” No “Whiz Bang!” No “Ka-Pow!” After immersing himself in the history of the South Fork artistic community and unearthing some of its long-forgotten gems, Mr. Firestone is solidifying his place on the continuum of dealers who matter here. 

Star Staff
June 15, 2017
Center Stage at the Southampton Cultural Center will present “Darren Ottati: The Boys of Broadway” tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

Center Stage at the Southampton Cultural Center will present “Darren Ottati: The Boys of Broadway” tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

Mr. Ottati will lead a quartet of tenors, baritones, and basses in the concert, which will feature songs from “Damn Yankees,” “Guys and Dolls,” “The Civil War,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “On the Town,” “South Pacific,” and more.

David Michael Cress, Tom Rosante, Doug Sabo, and Jack Seabury will join Mr. Ottati onstage. Amanda Jones will direct the Center State Orchestra.

Jennifer Landes
June 15, 2017
It won’t take a detective to notice a different feeling at Guild Hall this year. Exhibitions and public performances have a more heterogeneous focus, and that is intentional, according to Andrea Grover, the cultural center’s executive director.

It won’t take a detective to notice a different feeling at Guild Hall this year. Exhibitions and public performances have a more heterogeneous focus, and that is intentional, according to Andrea Grover, the cultural center’s executive director.

After taking the helm in September, she has let a simple guideline define her vision. “Diversity every day, not one day or one month, but every day,” she said in her office during a recent discussion with Josh Gladstone, the theater’s artistic director.

Ms. Grover is putting an early stamp on programming with this directive. Inclusion and collaboration are no longer just aspirations, met when all other imperatives have been satisfied, but marching orders.

Star Staff
June 15, 2017
The Montauk Library will present “Alegria Hispana: Songs and Dances of Spain and Latin America” on Saturday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The international artists Anna Tonna, a mezzo-soprano; Francisco Roldan, a virtuoso guitarist, and Elisabet Torras Aguilera, a dancer, will perform.

The Montauk Library will present “Alegria Hispana: Songs and Dances of Spain and Latin America” on Saturday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The international artists Anna Tonna, a mezzo-soprano; Francisco Roldan, a virtuoso guitarist, and Elisabet Torras Aguilera, a dancer, will perform.

The program embraces the breadth of Hispanic music from its roots in Spain to its influence on music throughout the Americas, with works by composers from Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, and Puerto Rico.

Star Staff
June 15, 2017
The Southampton Center for the Arts, in collaboration with the Jam Session, will present a concert by the Peter & Will Anderson Quintet on Saturday evening at 7. The Anderson brothers are virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone. Adam Moezinia on guitar, Claes Brondal on drums, and Marcus McLaurine on bass round out the ensemble.

The Southampton Center for the Arts, in collaboration with the Jam Session, will present a concert by the Peter & Will Anderson Quintet on Saturday evening at 7. The Anderson brothers are virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone. Adam Moezinia on guitar, Claes Brondal on drums, and Marcus McLaurine on bass round out the ensemble.

Mark Segal
June 15, 2017
“Face to Face: East End Portraits by Jonathan Morse,” an exhibition organized by Peter Marcelle, will open tomorrow at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum and remain on view through July 12.

The South Fork has been a magnet for artists since the 1880s, and perhaps never more so than now. A new exhibition aims a lens, figuratively and literally, at the remarkable size, diversity, and level of today’s artistic community.

 “Face to Face: East End Portraits by Jonathan Morse,” an exhibition organized by Peter Marcelle, will open tomorrow at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum and remain on view through July 12. Forty-one black-and-white photographs, taken in Mr. Morse’s Sag Harbor studio, capture visual artists, playwrights, architects, and other creative residents. 

Kurt Wenzel
June 15, 2017
Dreams are the stuff of “The Man in the Ceiling,” a new musical by Andrew Lippa, from the book by Jules Feiffer, running now through June 25 at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

Dreams are the stuff of “The Man in the Ceiling,” a new musical by Andrew Lippa, from the book by Jules Feiffer, running now through June 25 at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. 

A young boy named Jimmy loves to draw cartoons, spending hours in his room behind closed doors. The characters he creates are so vivid to him they come to life (literally) before him. But the outside world keeps intruding on his creativity, mostly in the form of his father, who wants Jimmy to play baseball and do better in school. 

Christopher Walsh
June 15, 2017
Drew Petersen, a part-time Springs resident and a prodigy who first performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall at age 5, won the American Pianists Award and the Christel DeHaan Fellowship of the American Pianists Association.

There may be fewer days at the beach for Drew Petersen, a resident of Springs and Oradell, N.J. 

In April, at age 23, Mr. Petersen, a prodigy who first performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall at age 5, won the American Pianists Award and the Christel DeHaan Fellowship of the American Pianists Association. He has also been named artist-in-residence for two years at the University of Indianapolis, where the association is based, starting in the fall. 

Mark Segal
June 15, 2017
“Botanic Verses,” an exhibition of paintings by Dominique Rousserie, will open at Tripoli Gallery in Southampton with a reception on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and continue through July 10. Tonight from 5 to 8, Ashawagh Hall in Springs will be the site of a one-night celebration of scenic art and Buddhist-inspired paintings by Lois Watts, an East Hampton artist with burdensome medical expenses. Nancy Atlas and Inda Eaton will perform, food and wine will be available, and both silent and Chinese auctions will be held. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Summer at Art Barge

With a press release titled “Make America Paint Again,” the Art Barge on Napeague has announced its summer programs. Classes, many of which begin in mid-June and continue through the summer, include painting, watercolor, pastel, ceramics, encaustic, photography, sculpture, collage, and writing. 

This year’s iteration of “Artists Speak,” an annual series featuring conversations with noted artists, will include David Salle and Donald Lipski, with a third speaker to be announced.

David E. Rattray
June 10, 2017

A brunch and a talk with artists whose work is on view at the Janet Lehr Fine Art gallery in East Hampton will take place on Sunday. 

Mark Segal
June 8, 2017
E.T. Williams, a retired, well-to-do real estate investor, and Claude Lawrence, an accomplished jazz-musician-turned-painter came to know each other through the extended African-American community in Sag Harbor and changed each other's lives for the better.

How the lives of a retired, well-to-do real estate investor and an accomplished jazz-musician-turned-painter briefly converged, and how that meeting dramatically invigorated the painter’s career, tell a story about African-American art and Sag Harbor’s African-American community.

E.T. Williams Jr. told the story to a visitor on a sunny afternoon at his family compound in Sag Harbor. Now 79, Mr. Williams has been coming to Sag Harbor since he was a child. His father bought the modest house next to Mr. Williams’s own in 1933. 

Star Staff
June 8, 2017
The Montauk Library will present “Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History,” a documentary produced by Rosanne Braun, a Montauk resident, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The film is based on Helene Stapinski’s memoir of the same title.

The Montauk Library will present “Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History,” a documentary produced by Rosanne Braun, a Montauk resident, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The film is based on Helene Stapinski’s memoir of the same title.

Ms. Stapinski’s memoir describes growing up in Jersey City in a family abounding in crooks, corrupt politicians, mobster wannabes, and murderers. The camera also focuses on Jersey City during the 20th century, when for 30 years Mayor Frank (“I Am The Law”) Hague turned the city into a closed system fueled by power, money, and corruption.

Star Staff
June 8, 2017
“Rosa Mystica,” a free concert by the vocal duo Kinga Cserjési, soprano, and Deborah Carmichael, mezzo-soprano, will take place at the Montauk Community Church at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Baroque instruments — two violins, a cello, a viola, and continuo — will accompany the singers.

“Rosa Mystica,” a free concert by the vocal duo Kinga Cserjési, soprano, and Deborah Carmichael, mezzo-soprano, will take place at the Montauk Community Church at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Baroque instruments — two violins, a cello, a viola, and continuo — will accompany the singers.

A Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, motets by Claudio Monteverdi and Heinrich Schutz, and “Quartetto in A minor” by Georg Philipp Telemann are on the program.

Kurt Wenzel
June 8, 2017
“We’re waiting for Wenzel,” the actor announced to the crowd at Guild Hall, seconds before the opening night of the play “Angry Young Man.” He was helping as an usher and must have read my name from the back of my assigned seat while I made a last-second dash to the lavatory. “Wenzel,” he let everyone know, “went for a tinkle.”

“We’re waiting for Wenzel,” the actor announced to the crowd at Guild Hall, seconds before the opening night of the play “Angry Young Man.” He was helping as an usher and must have read my name from the back of my assigned seat while I made a last-second dash to the lavatory. “Wenzel,” he let everyone know, “went for a tinkle.”

It was funny; I can take a little fun made at my expense. And anyway, to be incensed by this sort of playfulness is no way to begin to watch “Angry Young Man,” the zany, frenetic British play by Ben Woolf.

Mark Segal
June 8, 2017
The Landscape Pleasures symposium is set for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and a self-guided tour of private gardens in East Hampton and Water Mill will take place on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Not all summer benefits in the Hamptons are about lavish meals and seeing and being seen. The fund-raising calendar is studded with garden tours, house tours, and other events of a more enlightening nature.

One of them, Landscape Pleasures, the annual horticulture event staged by the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, has added a program to its usual agenda. “Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation,” a new series of discussions focused on building and designing for a sustainable future, will take place tomorrow at 6 p.m. The Landscape Pleasures symposium is set for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and a self-guided tour of private gardens in East Hampton and Water Mill will take place on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.