Recent Stories: Arts

Star staff
March 24, 2015

Bay Street Theater will present “Get Down With Dawnette: A Classic Variety Show” on Saturday at 8 p.m. Dawnette Darden, who has performed for 10 years with her own band, New Dawn, and more recently with the HooDoo Loungers, will host the program, which will be modeled after such classic television fare as “Laugh-In” and “The Carol Burnett Show.”

Ms. Darden will sing with her two bands as well as with special guests — Inda Eaton, Mama Lee and Rose Lawler, Marvin Joshua, Julia Minerva, a comedian, and Danny Ximo.

Star staff
March 24, 2015

The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival, which will take place in December at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, will begin accepting submissions on Wednesday. Now in its eighth year, the festival celebrates the rich world of documentary films, with a particular emphasis on filmmakers from New York City and Long Island. Details about how to submit work can be found on ht2ff.com.

Star staff
March 24, 2015

The John Drew Theater Lab will present a free staged reading of “In a Roundabout Way,” a play by Kim Sykes, an actress, writer, and artist from New York City, on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

The play is set at a time of political partisanship, financial chaos, and the struggles of women and African-Americans for a place in the American dream. Two women, Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave who became a civil activist and confidante of the president’s widow, try to rekindle their friendship amid the upheavals of late-19th-century America.

Star staff
March 24, 2015

“Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line,” a 54-minute documentary produced by the Checkerboard Film Foundation, will be screened tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill.

Star staff
March 24, 2015

Madoo Talks, the Sagaponack conservancy’s program of spring garden talks, will conclude Sunday at noon with a talk by Stephen Orr, author of “The New American Herbal,” published last fall by Clarkson Potter.

Mr. Orr will examine the long tradition of herbals, while adding layers of new information about the herbs used today in homes and gardens. His book covers the entire spectrum of herbaceous plants, from culinary to ornamental to aromatic and medicinal, presenting them in an alphabetical format.

Mark Segal
March 24, 2015

Inspired at Ashawagh

“Under the Influence,” an exhibition of work by five artists who have been involved with the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 to 4. A reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 7:30.

Star staff
March 24, 2015

“Bach to Broadway,” a free concert by Barbara Fusco-Spera, a mezzo-soprano, and Walter Klauss, a pianist and conductor, will take place at the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor on Sunday at 4 p.m.

The program includes music by Bach, Barber, and selections from Bizet’s “Carmen,” as well as the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Sondheim, Bernstein, and others. Several familiar spirituals will conclude the concert.

Jennifer Landes
March 17, 2015
The cleaning of “Alchemy,” one of Jackson Pollock’s earliest poured paintings, has revealed a new depth of color and contributed further evidence that his working methods included using a structural plan as a way to ground his poured compositions.

The cleaning of “Alchemy,” one of Jackson Pollock’s earliest poured paintings, has revealed a new depth of color and contributed further evidence that his working methods included using a structural plan as a way to ground his poured compositions.

Christopher Walsh
March 17, 2015

The intertwined musical history of Bob Dylan and the Band will be explored on Saturday when the Complete Unknowns, a group that performs the music of Mr. Dylan, and the HooDoo Loungers, a group known for its funky, New Orleans style, pay tribute to the legendary artists at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

Star staff
March 17, 2015

Bay Street Theater will hold equity principal local auditions on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for its 2015 Mainstage productions, “The New Sincerity,” “Other People’s Money,” and “Grey Gardens: The Musical,” as well as for its fall production, “Of Mice and Men.”

Jennifer Landes
March 17, 2015

Johannes Brahms will be celebrated by the Choral Society of the Hamptons on March 22 in an early evening concert at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church.

“Brahms in Love” should remind its audience why the composer’s funeral cortege attracted thousands of mourners on the streets of Vienna in 1897. The program will include an arrangement of his well-known “Lullaby,” as well as “Lovesong Waltzes” for chorus and four-hand piano, four songs for women’s chorus, horns, and harp, and four love songs for men’s chorus.

Star staff
March 17, 2015

“The Sea Is All I Know,” a 29-minute film directed by Jordan Bayne and starring the Oscar winner Melissa Leo, has signed an international distribution deal with IndieFlix and is available for viewing on indieflix.com and Amazon Fire TV.

Star staff
March 17, 2015

The Bridgehampton Museum’s Parlor Jazz series resumes Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by Ada Rovatti, a jazz saxophonist, composer, and arranger. The program, “Colori di Primavera,” will be hosted by Jane Hastay, a pianist, and Peter Martin Weiss, a bassist.

Abby Jane Brody
March 17, 2015

The flowers on the witch hazels opened within a few days of the temperature rising above freezing. One large clump of crocuses that had begun flowering in January before the blizzard resumed blooming as if six weeks of bitter cold and continuous snow had never happened. As the snow recedes the buds of the early crocuses and snowdrops are pushing out and need only a little sunshine to open.

Mark Segal
March 17, 2015

Ceramics at Ille Arts

Ille Arts in Amagansett will open a solo exhibition of sculpture by Peter Jauquet with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will run through April 6.

Mr. Jauquet, who lives in Greenport, has worked as a ceramic sculptor for eight years. His work is informed by Cubism and Surrealism and reflects his interest in tribal art, veneration objects, and religious and political figure types.

Bridget LeRoy
March 17, 2015

Taken by themselves, either act of “Clybourne Park” — the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning dramedy by Bruce Norris now at the Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue — would stand as a searing yet comedic paean to race relations. Taken together, the two acts masterfully blend into a social commentary on the advancement (or stagnation) of black and white amalgamation over half a century in a desirable Chicago suburb.

Mark Segal
March 10, 2015

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is launching a new exhibition series, Parrish Perspectives, which will focus on ways of thinking about art, artists, and the creative process. The first three shows, on view from Sunday through April 26, will feature work by Robert Dash, Jules Feiffer, and Joe Zucker.

Isabel Carmichael
March 10, 2015
Made with wire, aluminum, string, acrylic, linen, brass, silk, wood, and even watch parts, Adrian Nivola's sculptures are elegant three-dimensional drawings evoking the draftsmanship of Saul Steinberg, the mobiles of Alexander Calder, and the paintings of Joan Miro.

We have always envied birds their ability to fly, and in the West, once Leonardo da Vinci had made drawings of his ornithopter in about 1505, it seemed only a matter of time before early primitive models would evolve into power-driven vehicles.

Star staff
March 10, 2015

The Met: Live in HD will present a new production of Rossini’s “La Donna del Lago” on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Guild Hall. Premiered in 1819, the opera was based on a translation of “The Lady of the Lake,” Sir Walter Scott’s narrative poem set in the medieval Scottish Highlands.

Thomas Bohlert
March 10, 2015

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, which has been a zenith of classical music on the East End every summer since it started with a small series of concerts in 1984, has, over the years, found various innovative ways of programming. Now the festival will inaugurate a new venture, called BCMF Spring, with two Sunday concerts on March 22 and April 26.

Star staff
March 10, 2015

“Legends of Comedy Film,” a compilation by Joe Lauro of 100 years of great moments in comedy, will be screened Saturday night at 8 at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

Mr. Lauro, a filmmaker, musician, collector, and archivist, has assembled vintage clips of early performances by Joan Rivers, Jackie Mason, George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Carol Burnett, Phyllis Diller, and many more.

Star staff
March 10, 2015

The second annual Robert Dash Garden Design Lecture will take place at a private club in New York City on Monday at 6 p.m. Peter Wirtz, a Belgium-based landscape architect and C.E.O. of Wirtz International, will speak about the importance of horticultural knowledge in garden design.

Mr. Wirtz’s company, founded by Jacques Wirtz in 1948, has been in the forefront of garden design for almost six decades, creating public, private, and corporate gardens throughout Europe, the United States, Israel, and Japan.

Star staff
March 10, 2015

Long Island Grown II: Food and Beverage Artisans at Work, the Peconic Land Trust’s spring lecture series, will continue on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton with “The Appetizer,” a discussion featuring three of the East End’s producers.

The participants will be Brendan Davison, owner and operator of Good Water Farms, an organic microgreen farm in East Hampton; Carissa Waechter, the owner of Carissa’s Breads and co-founder of the Amagansett Food Institute, and Jeri Woodhouse, founder of A Taste of the North Fork.

Mark Segal
March 10, 2015

Two at Drawing Room

The Drawing Room in East Hampton will reopen Saturday with concurrent solo exhibitions of paintings by Vincent Longo and sculpture by Elaine Grove. The show will run through April 27.