Recent Stories: Arts

Kurt Wenzel
August 17, 2017
“As You Like It” is a genuine crowd-pleaser. Fulfilling this promise is an enjoyable and inventive new production now running through Sept. 3 at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

Literary scholars often disagree on the merits of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” Many see the play as a trifle, a sharp if innocuous comedy lacking the genius of the Bard’s greatest work. Others, such as the scholar Harold Bloom, view it as a major work, citing the play’s heroine Rosalind as Shakespeare’s most fully realized female character. 

What fans and critics generally agree on is that, from a performance standpoint, “As You Like It” is a genuine crowd-pleaser. Fulfilling this promise is an enjoyable and inventive new production now running through Sept. 3 at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

Mark Segal
August 17, 2017
The 17th annual Box Art Auction to benefit East End Hospice has established itself as a highlight of the late summer season and a testament to the talent and generosity of the local art community.

Now in its 17th year, the annual Box Art Auction to benefit East End Hospice has established itself as a highlight of the late summer season and a testament to the talent and generosity of the local art community. 

This year’s event, featuring the work of some 90 artists, will take place at Hoie Hall at East Hampton’s St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Aug. 26 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., when a reception and silent auction will be followed by a live auction conducted by Lucas Hunt. Ruth Appelhof, the former executive director of Guild Hall, will receive this year’s Spirit of Community Award for her contributions to the East End art community.

Judy D’Mello
August 17, 2017
The accelerating dotage of the ’60s generation is surely a fountainhead of comedic material, and as such, a triple dose of laughs should be in store next Thursday when comedy legends from the last 30 years of stand-up take the stage at Guild Hall.

The accelerating dotage of the ’60s generation is surely a fountainhead of comedic material, and as such, a triple dose of laughs should be in store next Thursday when comedy legends from the last 30 years of stand-up take the stage at Guild Hall. 

Carol Siskind, Jake Johanssen, and Dom Irrera, who were up-and-comers in the ’80s before becoming venue-packing headliners and regular fixtures on the late-night television talk show circuit, will reunite for the second leg of the Boomer Comedy Unlimited Tour. 

Star Staff
August 17, 2017
Bill O’Connell, a bandleader, pianist, arranger, music director, and accompanist for many icons of jazz and Latin music, will perform at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill tomorrow at 6 p.m. as part of the museum’s Jazz on the Terrace series.

Bill O’Connell, a bandleader, pianist, arranger, music director, and accompanist for many icons of jazz and Latin music, will perform at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill tomorrow at 6 p.m. as part of the museum’s Jazz on the Terrace series.

Alex Henderson, writing for allmusic.com, wrote, “As a pianist he is known for a lyrical approach that owes something to Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, and Chick Corea, as well as Herbie Hancock.” Mr. O’Connell has accompanied Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Mongo Santa Maria, and Gato Barbieri as well as the vocalists Jon Lucien, Astrud Gilberto, and Kenny Rankin.

Tickets are $12, free for students and members. The museum suggests that guests take lawn chairs or blankets.

Star Staff
August 17, 2017
Mavis Staples will bring her unique blend of gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and hip-hop to Guild Hall on Saturday at 8 p.m. For more than 60 years, with both the Staple Singers and as a solo artist, she has entertained audiences and performed with such artists as Prince, Ray Charles, Curtis Mayfield, the Band, and Bob Dylan, who once said of her voice, “It was like the fog rolling in.” Tickets are $55 to $150, $53 to $145 for members.

Mavis Staples will bring her unique blend of gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and hip-hop to Guild Hall on Saturday at 8 p.m. For more than 60 years, with both the Staple Singers and as a solo artist, she has entertained audiences and performed with such artists as Prince, Ray Charles, Curtis Mayfield, the Band, and Bob Dylan, who once said of her voice, “It was like the fog rolling in.” Tickets are $55 to $150, $53 to $145 for members.

Star Staff
August 17, 2017
The Montauk Library will present “Songs and Sounds of Michigan,” a free concert celebrating the bicentennial of the founding of the University of Michigan.

The Montauk Library will present “Songs and Sounds of Michigan,” a free concert celebrating the bicentennial of the founding of the University of Michigan, on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Jordan Shapiro on piano and James Kerr on classical guitar and banjo, both alumni of the university’s music school, will perform pieces by William Bolcom and other notable faculty composers as well as works by Castinuovo-Tedesco, Leslie Bassett, Ralph Towner, and Frank Zappa, among others.

Thomas Bohlert
August 17, 2017
Midway through its summer season, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival gave an outstanding concert that exemplified what it has come to be known for: a well-chosen selection of sublime classics offering entertainment of the highest order, along with a refreshing sampling of the best of the newest additions to the repertoire.

Midway through its summer season, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival gave an outstanding concert that exemplified what it has come to be known for: a well-chosen selection of sublime classics offering entertainment of the highest order, along with a refreshing sampling of the best of the newest additions to the repertoire. A full house of devotees gathered at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church on Aug. 6 for a “Bunch of Mozart and Mendelssohn,” aptly named for the music of the two greats and the contemporary American composer Kenji Bunch.

Star Staff
August 17, 2017
The Hip to Hip Theatre Company will bring its 2017 season of Free Shakespeare in the Parks to Agawam Park in Southampton tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The Hip to Hip Theatre Company will bring its 2017 season of Free Shakespeare in the Parks to Agawam Park in Southampton tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Tomorrow’s program will feature “Measure for Measure,” Shakespeare’s dark comedy in which human nature and the law are often at odds in Vienna. “Henry IV, Part I: The Prince and the Rebel,” the story of the king’s troubled reign, his carousing son and heir Hal, and the rebellious Hotspur, will be performed on Saturday.

Mark Segal
August 17, 2017
The Montauk Artists Association’s 23rd annual show on Montauk Green will take place tomorrow from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. As summer in the Hamptons winds down, the Tripoli Gallery in Southampton will present “Summer Trip,” a group exhibition that “formed itself around a chill mood,” from Saturday through Sept. 18, with a reception set for Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

New at Fireplace Project

“Second Skin,” a solo exhibition of work by Justin Adian, will open tomorrow at the Fireplace Project in Springs and remain on view through Sept. 10. A reception will be held on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mr. Adian stretches oil, enamel, or spray-painted canvas around foam cushions, often combining two or more shapes to form composite wall-mounted objects that blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture. The artist’s most comprehensive solo show to date, “Second Skin” will include wall paintings, tabletop ceramics, and drawings.

 

On the Montauk Green

Jennifer Landes
August 17, 2017
Beginning Sunday, the bluffs will be alive with the sound of music as Music for Montauk returns for a week of concerts under the direction of Lilah Gosman and Milos Repicky.

Beginning Sunday, the bluffs will be alive with the sound of music as Music for Montauk returns for a week of concerts under the direction of Lilah Gosman and Milos Repicky.

Since taking over the program a few years ago, the couple have brought world-class musicians to “the End” to perform creatively conceived programs in unconventional outdoor locales.

This year, the series will include four regular concerts and an “immersive musical experience” at a benefit event to be held at the Art Barge, on Friday, Aug. 25. The $150 Sunset Salon will include cocktails and light fare.

Jennifer Landes
August 17, 2017
The Christy’s Art Center on Madison Street in Sag Harbor is showing "Velvet Elvis," an eclectic group of artists united somewhat by their compositional focus on undulating lines.

The Christy’s Art Center on Madison Street in Sag Harbor is an evocative space to view art. With cement floors, brick walls, and funky archways it has a cave-like atmosphere and is not always an easy place to hang wall pieces, making it a challenge for all but the most intrepid curators.

There have been a couple of shows this year and some screenings organized by Julie Keyes, Pamela Willoughby, and Ashley Dye. Currently on view is “Velvet Elvis,” a seemingly disparate grouping of artworks in several mediums, all brought together primarily through their makers’ associations with Ms. Willoughby. 

Star Staff
August 10, 2017
Billy Porter, a Tony and Grammy Award-winning singer, composer, actor, and playwright, will present an evening of songs and stories from his career on and Off Broadway at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater on Monday at 8 p.m., as part of the venue’s ongoing Music Mondays series.

Billy Porter, a Tony and Grammy Award-winning singer, composer, actor, and playwright, will present an evening of songs and stories from his career on and Off Broadway at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater on Monday at 8 p.m., as part of the venue’s ongoing Music Mondays series.

Mr. Porter’s many Broadway credits include “Kinky Boots,” which landed him the 2013 Tony Award for best lead actor in a musical; “Miss Saigon,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” and “Dreamgirls.” Tickets range from $69 to $125, with only a few seats available as of press time.

Star Staff
August 10, 2017
This weekend will be a busy one at Guild Hall, with its annual summer party tomorrow evening and two new art exhibitions opening on Saturday.

This weekend will be a busy one at Guild Hall, with its annual summer party tomorrow evening and two new art exhibitions opening on Saturday. 

Nothing stops the juggernaut of its John Drew Theater, however, which will turn over its stage on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. to JB Smoove, a writer, comedian, and actor perhaps best known for his role as Leon on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Mr. Smoove’s unique comedic talents have been deployed on television, at stand-up venues, as a co-star in films with Chris Rock, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Johan Hill, Matt Damon, and Sasha Baron Cohen, among others, and as an award-winning writer on “Saturday Night Live.” Tickets range from $45 to $100, $43 to $95 for members.

Star Staff
August 10, 2017
Go People, a professional company ­from England that specializes in high-quality intimate theater, will perform two Noel Coward plays, “Ways and Means” and “Hands Across the Sea” on Sunday afternoon at 4 at the Southampton Arts Center.

Go People, a professional company ­from England that specializes in high-quality intimate theater, will perform two Noel Coward plays, “Ways and Means” and “Hands Across the Sea” on Sunday afternoon at 4 at the Southampton Arts Center.

“Ways and Means” is a light comedy set on the French Riviera in the 1930s about an heiress and her gambling husband who find themselves plagued by debt and embarrassment while staying at their friends’ villa. “Hands Across the Sea” is a comedy of manners about a well-traveled aristocrat who is unexpectedly visited by a couple she had encountered in her travels, whom she cannot remember.

The program is free, with donations to the company encouraged.

Star Staff
August 10, 2017
The Watermill Center will open its doors Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. for an afternoon of art installations, performances, workshops, tours, and family activities both inside the center and on its eight-and-a-half landscaped acres.

The Watermill Center will open its doors Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. for an afternoon of art installations, performances, workshops, tours, and family activities both inside the center and on its eight-and-a-half landscaped acres. “Discover Watermill Day 2017” provides an opportunity for the East End community to meet and see the work of artists from more than 30 countries who are participating in the center’s International Summer Program. Admission is free, and reservations are not required.

Mark Segal
August 10, 2017
“Jackson Pollock: The Graphic Works,” which will open at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday and continue through Oct. 9, includes seven engravings from original plates made by Pollock in 1944 and 1945, and seven serigraphs from screens made by his brother Sanford in 1951.

While Jackson Pollock’s poured and dripped paintings emerged in the late 1940s, his road there passed through, among others, Thomas Hart Benton, Picasso, Surrealists, and the Mexican mural painters, one of whom, David Alfaro Siqueiros, introduced him in 1936 to pouring and dripping liquid paint.

What is perhaps less well known is that he worked out the ideas for his paintings, including the poured works, not with sketches but through prints, including a large number of serigraphs. 

Star Staff
August 10, 2017
The Southampton Cultural Center’s Center Stage will hold open auditions for Marc Camoletti’s play “Boeing Boeing” on Sunday and Monday at 6 p.m.

The Southampton Cultural Center’s Center Stage will hold open auditions for Marc Camoletti’s play “Boeing Boeing” on Sunday and Monday at 6 p.m. Auditions will begin promptly, with late arrivals seen at the discretion of Michael Disher, the director. Readings will be from the script. Performances will take place from Oct. 20 through Nov. 5.

Mark Segal
August 10, 2017
A solo show of silkscreens, collages, maquettes, and paintings by Eugene Brodsky will be on view from Saturday through Sept. 6 at Studio 11 in the Red Horse Plaza in East Hampton. “Wednesday Wonders,” an exhibition of work by the Wednesday Group of plein-air painters, is view at the Nature Conservancy in East Hampton through Aug. 24, with a reception set for Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Mary Heilmann in Bridge

An open house with refreshments will celebrate the exhibition “Mary Heilmann: Painting Pictures” at the Dia Art Foundation’s Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

On view through May 2018, the show presents artworks that mark key milestones in Ms. Heilmann’s career, including a selection of early paintings from the 1970s and ‘80s, when she began visiting the East End. Several recent works that have not been seen outside her Bridgehampton studio are included as well.

Jennifer Landes
August 10, 2017
A stand of three trees encased in steel cages wrapped in hemp twine at LongHouse Reserve are the latest manifestations of the ascendancy of the artistic career of Toni Ross.

In a stand of three trees just past the pond at East Hampton’s LongHouse Reserve, what appear to be cubic hives have gathered around each of the trunks. Too sculptural and hard-edged to be perceived as organic, the layers of hemp twine wrapped around steel frames still seem perfectly suited to the environment, as if they were spontaneous manifestations of an atomic force or a giant caterpillar’s Euclidian chrysalis.

Christopher Walsh
August 10, 2017
The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is celebrating three West African countries tomorrow night with live performances and the screening of two 30-minute documentaries.

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is celebrating three West African countries tomorrow night with live performances and the screening of two 30-minute documentaries. 

Mark Segal
August 8, 2017
“Architecture: Does Modernism Still Matter?” will be tackled by Paul Goldberger, the Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic, Jake Gorst, a filmmaker, writer, and grandson of the Long Island Modernist architect Andrew Geller, and two architects, Robert Barnes of Barnes Coy and Anne Surchin, co-author of “Houses of the Hamptons: 1880-1930.”

Fifteen years ago, the journalist Warren Strugatch found himself “at a party on the East End, stuck between people like Jerry Della Femina and Christie Brinkley and surrounded by A-list characters, but it was so loud I couldn’t hear what all these people were saying to each other. I thought it would be interesting to find out.” 

His curiosity led him to launch “Out of the Question,” a series of panel discussions during which prominent East End­ers are invited to address issues of “national scope and local preoccupation.” This summer’s discussions at the Southampton Arts Center have taken on real estate, the art market, and the restaurant business. 

Jennifer Landes
August 8, 2017
Tinder was kicked out of one house in Montauk this summer after throwing raucous parties, now it has been suggested to be responsible for doing some kicking out of its own.

Tinder was kicked out of one house in Montauk this summer after throwing raucous parties. Now it has been suggested that the dating app is responsible for some kicking out of its own. An artist and gallery cried foul last week when they realized that two artworks scheduled to be on display at Montauk’s Surf Lodge through Aug. 10 were missing from view on July 30.

Kai Matsumiya, an art dealer and curator of the show “Cultural Programme” at the Surf Lodge, noticed the two missing works by the artist Ranier Ganahi from his gallery’s show “Cultural Programme,” which was organized with Ludovica Capobianco and opened on July 16.

Star Staff
August 3, 2017
Sweet Honey in the Rock, a Grammy-nominated a cappella ensemble rooted in African-American history and culture, will perform at Guild Hall on Saturday evening at 8.

Sweet Honey in the Rock, a Grammy-nominated a cappella ensemble rooted in African-American history and culture, will perform at Guild Hall on Saturday evening at 8. Featuring the vocalists Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, and Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass, the group draws upon a repertoire of spirituals, blues, folk, gospel, jazz, and world music. Tickets range in price from $55 to $150, $53 and $145 for members.

Mark Segal
August 3, 2017
In the Bay Street Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” audiences will note its innovative approach to the enduring wit and captivating plot of Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy.

In the Bay Street Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,”which will open Wednesday evening at 7 and continue through Sept. 3, audiences will note its innovative approach to the enduring wit and captivating plot of Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy.

John Doyle, the Scottish Drama Desk and Tony Award- winnning director of the Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” has put his indelible stamp on this production with the use of a musical score and characters who play instruments.