Recent Stories: Arts

Star Staff
December 13, 2017
Ustad Shafaat Khan and his fusion group East Meets West will appear at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill tomorrow at 6 p.m.

The renowned classical Indian musician Ustad Shafaat Khan and his fusion group East Meets West will make an exclusive appearance on the East End at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Friday at 6 p.m. The concert will feature Mr. Khan on the sitar, tabla, and vocals, Coco Bastien on guitar and vocals, and Farhaj Aziz on keyboard.

Star Staff
December 13, 2017
“The Opera House,” Susan Froemke’s 2017 documentary about the history of the Metropolitan Opera won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival.

“The Opera House,” Susan Froemke’s 2017 documentary about the history of the Metropolitan Opera from its original home on 39th Street to its grand opening in 1966 at Lincoln Center, won the Brown Harris Stevens Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival, which was held at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4.

Star Staff
December 13, 2017
A screening of the National Theatre Live’s staging of Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies,” will take place at Guild Hall Friday night at 7.

An encore screening of the National Theatre Live’s first ever staging of Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies,” which took home a total of 15 Tony, Drama Desk, and New York Drama Critics’ Circle awards after its 1971 opening on Broadway, will take place at Guild Hall tomorrow night at 7. 

The play is set on the stage of a Broadway theater in 1971 on the eve of its demolition when, 30 years after their final performance, the singers and dancers of the old Weismann follies gather for a final party. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee, and Imelda Staunton star in the new production, which is directed by Dominic Cooke.

Star Staff
December 13, 2017
An evening of original music by Inda Eaton, Gene Casey, Job Potter, Nancy Remkus, Mariann Megna, and Fred Raimondo, will take place on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Stephen Talkhouse.

“Songwriters’ Share: A Benefit for the Retreat,” an evening of original music by Inda Eaton, Gene Casey, Job Potter, Nancy Remkus, Mariann Megna, and Fred Raimondo, will take place on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett. A $20 donation has been suggested, and guests have been encouraged to bring skid socks or slippers for children or slippers or leggings for adults in lieu of toys.

Star Staff
December 13, 2017
An evening of Afro-Cuban jazz with Oscar Feldman, an Argentinean whose skills on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones are applied to a wide range of Pan-American musical references, will take place at the Southampton Arts Center.

An evening of Afro-Cuban jazz with Oscar Feldman, an Argentinean whose skills on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones are applied to a wide range of Pan-American musical references, will take place at the Southampton Arts Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. Presented with the Jam Session, the concert will be recorded live and aired at a later date on WPPB 88.3 FM.

Jennifer Landes
December 13, 2017
There is no official theme to the grouping of paintings by Perry Burns, Cara Enteles, and Anne Raymond at the Sara Nightingale Gallery in Sag Harbor, but the bright cheery colors and loosely abstract and floral themes are welcoming and cheerful.

There is no official theme to the grouping of paintings by Perry Burns, Cara Enteles, and Anne Raymond at the Sara Nightingale Gallery in Sag Harbor, but the bright colors and loosely abstract and floral themes are welcoming and cheerful. The show is not devoid of content, if one pauses to read between the lines, but it can also be seen as a welcome break from the grim headlines of recent weeks and a way to bring some optimism to the holidays and the darker days of approaching winter.

Mark Segal
December 13, 2017
New Watermill Residents; Lesley Obrock at the Golden Eagle; Charles Jones at the Drawing Room; Tony Oursler at Rental

At Watermill for 2018

The Watermill Center has announced its 20 selections for 2018 artist residencies. Each artist or company will spend two to six weeks at the center utilizing its art collection, library, archives, and grounds to create “works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend the existing norms of artistic practice,” according to a release. 

Jennifer Landes
December 7, 2017
Liz Garbus and her father, Martin Garbus, discussed her film “Shouting Fire: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech” during the Hamptons Take 2 Film Festival gala.

Aside from the lack of more recent stories and cases, Liz Garbus’s “Shouting Fire: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech,” released in 2009, feels like it could have been made last year. The film documents cases that arose in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, during a time when President George W. Bush’s press secretary instructed people to watch what they say. 

Jennifer Landes
December 7, 2017
Guild Hall shook up traditional Giving Tuesday appeals by staging a 12-hour old style telethon with interviews, art projects, wine and beer tastings, and a dancing banana.

It takes a lot to attract the attention of a populace that is still in a food coma from Thanksgiving and exhausted from the financial consumption of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. What is a nonprofit arts organization to do in this environment to stand out from the crowd of others clamoring on Giving Tuesday for end of the year tithes from the dazed and tapped-out masses?

Mark Segal
December 7, 2017
“L’Chaim . . . to Life: Quilts by May Kelman,” which will open on Sunday at Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, is a singular exhibition.

“L’Chaim . . . to Life: Quilts by May Kelman,” which will open on Sunday at Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, is a singular exhibition. Not only is it the first show of quilts ever presented by the temple, it is also a celebration of Ms. Kelman, who at age 103 is the temple’s oldest member. She has lived a productive but relatively quiet life in Sag Harbor since moving there in 1946, when her husband, Irving, relocated his dental practice there.

Ann Chwatsky, a photographer and educator who serves as the temple’s curator, organized the exhibition with Ms. Kelman’s daughter, Edith Kelman, who lives in Atlanta, and with the help of the Eastern Long Island Quilters Guild. 

Mark Segal
December 7, 2017
South Fork galleries making the pilgrimage to Miami this year are Mark Borghi Fine Art, Eric Firestone, Todd Merrill Studio, Lawrence Fine Art, Chase Edwards Contemporary, Halsey Mckay, Harper’s Books, and Rental Gallery.

The first week in December is when some 1,200 art galleries and thousands of collectors, curators, critics, and celebrities descend on southern Florida for Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Miami, and more than 15 satellite art fairs. Artists are thick in the mix as well, despite John Baldessari’s famous assertion that an artist going to an art fair is like a kid walking in on his parents having sex — you know it happens, but you never want to see it.

December 7, 2017
The Choral Society of the Hamptons was conducted on Sunday by Mark Mangini, its music director, in “Dances, Carols, and Lullabies,” a program with a varied, non-traditional mix of music having to do with Christmas and Hanukkah.

The Choral Society of the Hamptons, which often performs standard classical repertoire, was conducted on Sunday by Mark Mangini, its music director, in “Dances, Carols, and Lullabies,” a program with a varied, non-traditional mix of music having to do with Christmas and Hanukkah. I had been its rehearsal pianist for one season about ten years ago, when the group was working on Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” and was glad I was there on Sunday to hear it.

Mark Segal
December 5, 2017
An ability to visualize in space, which he said came from his dyslexia, is what Bob Schwarz credits for his 40-year career as a television director of shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show," "Sesame Street," and "As the World Turns."

As Bob Schwarz said recently — and many scientific studies have confirmed — “One of the advantages of being dyslexic is the ability to visualize in space. I was very dyslexic, and when I was going to school in the 1940s and early 1950s, they thought I was just stupid. But the minute I walked into a television studio, I understood how it worked.”

And so began a 40-year career in broadcast television as a director on such productions as “The Electric Company,” “Sesame Street,” “Live From Lincoln Center,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “Another World,” “Search for Tomorrow,” and “As the World Turns.”

Star Staff
December 5, 2017
The Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor will present “Home for Christmas,” its annual free candlelight concert, on Saturday at 5 p.m.

The Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor will present “Home for Christmas,” its annual free candlelight concert, on Saturday at 5 p.m. The program will feature the church’s holiday and bell choirs, the Fighting Chance Chorus, the East End Recorder Ensemble, and Sue Vinski, Douglas Sabo, and Dominick Abbate as soloists. Walter Klauss will conduct and lead the audience in singing carols of the season.

Star Staff
December 5, 2017
The Ellen Johansen and Marlene Markard Piano Duo will perform free holiday sing-along concerts on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Montauk Library and on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Guild Hall.

The Ellen Johansen and Marlene Markard Piano Duo will perform free holiday concerts on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Montauk Library and on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Guild Hall. Both programs will include sing-alongs as well as piano performances.

The Montauk concert will feature compositions by Handel, Vince Guaraldi, Mykola Leontovych, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Mendelssohn, Bach, and Leroy Anderson that have been adapted for duo performance. Among the four-hand arrangements to be performed at Guild Hall are “Silent Night,” “Christmas Time Is Here,” “Sleigh Ride Fantasy,” and excerpts from “The Nutcracker Suite.”

Star Staff
December 5, 2017
St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Bridgehampton will host three programs of dramatic readings of holiday stories offset by interludes of seasonal music tomorrow and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2.

St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Bridgehampton will host three programs of dramatic readings of holiday stories offset by interludes of seasonal music tomorrow and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2. Terrance Fiore, Bonnie Grice, Devon Leaver, Timothy Lewis, Tristan Vaughn, Marshall Watson, and Charles Williams, East End actors all, will read stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, Isaac Bashevis Singer, O. Henry, and other notable writers.

Star Staff
December 5, 2017
The Southampton Cultural Center will offer an escape from winter’s doldrums with five monthly celebrations of Latin dance beginning Saturday evening from 7 to 11. Presented by Jaime Ruiz with support from OLA of Eastern Long Island, the programs will be geared to both beginners and those with advanced Latin dance skills.

The Southampton Cultural Center will offer an escape from winter’s doldrums with five monthly celebrations of Latin dance beginning Saturday evening from 7 to 11. Presented by Jaime Ruiz with support from OLA of Eastern Long Island, the programs will be geared to both beginners and those with advanced Latin dance skills. Tickets are $10, $5 for children, and include light refreshments. Future festivities are planned for Jan. 6, Feb. 3, April 21, and May 20.

Star Staff
December 5, 2017
This weekend, Bay Street Theater presents a new All Star Comedy show on Friday and the HooDoo Loungers with Joe Delia and Thieves on Saturday for a Rockin' Holiday Dance.

A new All Star Comedy show hosted by Joseph Vecsey (of Optimum’s “The Un-Movers” and the podcast “The Call Back”) will take place tomorrow night at 8 at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. Mr. Vecsey’s guests will include Crystian Ramirez (“Last Comic Standing”), Omar Thompson (BET’s “One Mike Stand”), Veronica Mosey (“Gotham Live”), and Jared Sandler (Netflix’s “The Do-Over”). Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 the day of the show.

Mark Segal
December 5, 2017
Tracy Jamar at Amagansett Library; Photographers at Malia Mills; Group Shows at Drawing Room and Ashawagh Hall, and more

Tracy Jamar in Gansett

“Coils, Folds, Twists, and Turns: Contemporary Techniques in Fiber,” an exhibition of work by Tracy Jamar, is on view at the Amagansett Library through the end of the month. A reception will take place tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m., and the artist will discuss contemporary fiber art on Dec. 28 at 6 p.m.

Ms. Jamar, who lives in Springs and New York City, strives to expand the possibilities of traditional handmade techniques such as rug hooking, collage, appliqué, and embroidery in her diverse body of work, which uses new, old, and repurposed yarns and fabrics as well as nontraditional materials.

 

East End Photographers

Star Staff
December 5, 2017
In Process @ the Watermill Center will present Dylan Neely and Alex Nathanson, and Brian O’Mahoney on Saturday afternoon.

In Process @ the Watermill Center provides an opportunity for interaction between the center’s resident artists and members of the community through open rehearsals, studio visits, and artist talks. From 2 to 4 on Saturday afternoon, Dylan Neely and Alex Nathanson, and Brian O’Mahoney will be the featured artists.

Star Staff
November 30, 2017
The Southampton Cultural Center will hold open auditions for its spring production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m. in its theater on Pond Lane.

The Southampton Cultural Center will hold open auditions for its spring production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m. in its theater on Pond Lane. Auditions will begin promptly, and late arrivals will be seen at the discretion of the director, Michael Disher, and the music director, Amanda Jones. 

Jennifer Landes
November 30, 2017
Jeff Lincoln's Southampton gallery feels more Meatpacking District warehouse than Bridgehampton potato barn.

Set in an old power station on the outskirts of Southampton’s busy commercial center, Jeff Lincoln’s Art + Design gallery has one of the coolest spaces on the East End. Art viewers are accustomed to the various potato barn galleries that sprout each summer, but this space feels more Meatpacking District than Bridgehampton farm field.

Playing off its high ceilings and industrial interiors, Mr. Lincoln opens his gallery’s garage doors to the air on sunny and warm days and the space is filled with light and objects.

Star Staff
November 30, 2017
The Neave Trio, a chamber ensemble, will return for its second performance in the Music at St. Luke’s series on Saturday at 5 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton.

The Neave Trio, a chamber ensemble that has performed in concert series and festivals worldwide, will return for its second performance in the Music at St. Luke’s series on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Hoie Hall at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton.

The program will include Debussy’s Trio in G major, Foote’s Trio in B-flat major, and Piazzolla’s “Estaciones Portenas.” The group recently recorded the Debussy piece along with works by Roussel and Fauré on the Chandos label.

Mark Segal
November 30, 2017
The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film festival, which opens today at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, is celebrating 10 years and exponential growth in five packed days of film screenings and talks.

Now in its 10th year, the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film festival has grown from four films to 25, added a fifth day of free screenings, and created three new awards to enrich an already jam-packed program.

Opening today at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor and continuing through Monday, the festival will include such noteworthy films as Susan Froemke’s “The Opera House,” the history of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, which premiered at this year’s New York Film Festival and will be shown this evening at 8, and Friday night’s Spotlight Film, Susan Lacy’s “Spielberg,” an intimate portrait of one of cinema’s towering figures.