Recent Stories: Arts

Star Staff
October 19, 2017
Nancy Atlas and Joseph Vecsey, two mainstays of Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, will perform this weekend, with the Nancy Atlas Project set to rock the venue tomorrow at 8 p.m. and a new All Star Comedy show lined up for Saturday night at 8.

Nancy Atlas and Joseph Vecsey, two mainstays of Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, will perform this weekend, with the Nancy Atlas Project set to rock the venue tomorrow at 8 p.m. and a new All Star Comedy show lined up for Saturday night at 8.

Fans of the Montauk rocker and her band have been advised to snap up the few remaining tickets sooner rather than later. Ms. Atlas has opened for Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Buffett, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and many others. She will be joined onstage by Johnny Blood on lead guitar, Brett King on bass, Richard Rosch on drums, and Neil Surreal on keyboard, harp, and accordion. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 tomorrow.

Star Staff
October 19, 2017
The Gloriosa Piano Trio, experienced chamber musicians who often work with living composers, will perform in the Salon Series at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill tomorrow at 6 p.m.

The Gloriosa Piano Trio, experienced chamber musicians who often work with living composers, will perform in the Salon Series at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill tomorrow at 6 p.m. Consisting of Yoonie Han on piano, Jennifer Carsillo on violin, and Kevin Bate on cello, the group will play Saint-Saens’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor (Op. 92), from 1892, “The New Yorker Trio” by Karen LeFrak, a contemporary American composer, and “Of a Spring Morning” by the French composer Lili Boulanger, a prodigy who died at the age of 24 in 1918. 

Tickets are $25, $10 for members. 

Jennifer Landes
October 19, 2017
There’s more than immediately meets the eye in the work of Michele Dragonetti. In a year like this, it is particularly true, as more and more of her work has met more and more sets of eyes in a round robin of perpetual exhibition on the South Fork.

There’s more than immediately meets the eye in the work of Michele Dragonetti. In a year like this, it is particularly true, as more and more of her work has met more and more sets of eyes in a round robin of perpetual exhibition on the South Fork.

Over the past several months examples have been in group shows at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, Art Unprimed’s pop-up gallery spaces in Sag Harbor and East Hampton, and at Roman Fine Art in East Hampton, a solo show at Quogue Library, and another one at the East Hampton Town Marine Museum. Now, her photographs of boat hulls are back on view at Roman in a solo show “Under the Surface” in participation with Casey Dalene and Art Unprimed.

Star Staff
October 19, 2017
An encore screening of Vincenzo Bellini’s opera “Norma,” which opened the new season of the Met: Live in HD two weeks ago, will take place at Guild Hall on Saturday at 1 p.m. The new production of the bel canto tragedy is conducted by Carlo Rizzi and directed by David McVicar. It stars Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role, which the soprano Renata Scotto has called “the Everest of opera.”

An encore screening of Vincenzo Bellini’s opera “Norma,” which opened the new season of the Met: Live in HD two weeks ago, will take place at Guild Hall on Saturday at 1 p.m. The new production of the bel canto tragedy is conducted by Carlo Rizzi and directed by David McVicar. It stars Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role, which the soprano Renata Scotto has called “the Everest of opera.”

Mark Segal
October 19, 2017
Ashawagh Hall in Springs will host an exhibition of work by Veronica Mahoney, Bo Parsons, and Charles Newman Antiques on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. A reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7. Guild Hall has announced that it is accepting applications to the 2018 Guild House Artist-in-Residence program through Nov. 10. Open to early career artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts, it is not a studio-based program but rather an opportunity for reflection and the development of supportive and collaborative relationships.

Guild House Applications

Guild Hall has announced that it is accepting applications to the 2018 Guild House Artist-in-Residence program through Nov. 10. Open to early career artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts, it is not a studio-based program but rather an opportunity for reflection and the development of supportive and collaborative relationships.

For the first time, applicants can select from two four-week periods. The spring session will run from April 2 through April 30, the fall program from Oct. 22 through Nov. 19. More information and a link to the application can be found at guildhall.org.

 

Folioeast Barn Show

Baylis Greene
October 19, 2017
How exactly did “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” come to be such a tradition, and is there anything behind the surface meaning?

It’s become a staple of the major league ballpark experience, sung during the seventh-inning stretch, when fans rise from their hard plastic seats to let blood circulate and aid in the digestion of Nathan’s finest, cheese fries on the side. It’s rousing, it’s joyful, its singsong verses suitable for lusty belting en masse and en plein air. But how exactly did “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” come to be such a tradition, and is there anything behind the surface meaning?

Star Staff
October 19, 2017
The Art of Song concert series will present Steve Washington, a jazz and blues vocalist, on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Session House of the East Hampton Presbyterian Church.

The Art of Song concert series will present Steve Washington, a jazz and blues vocalist, on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Session House of the East Hampton Presbyterian Church. The program will pay tribute to Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Johnny Mathis, Joe Williams, Johnny Hartman, Al Jarreau, and Harry Belafonte. Mr. Washington performs his blend of big band, cabaret, and jazz regularly at top venues in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, and he recently debuted at New York City’s Metropolitan Room. 

Jennifer Landes
October 17, 2017
In an unusual move, Christie's auction house is including a recently rediscovered masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci along with Andy Warhol's "Sixty Last Suppers" in its Post-War and Contemporary Art sales this year.

In Walter Isaacson's new book, "Leonardo da Vinci" (reviewed in this week's issue of The Star), there is an extended passage about a work that was long presumed lost but was found not too long ago in a small regional auction house in the United States.

Jennifer Landes
October 12, 2017
All of Marianna Levine's worlds will come together Tuesday night at the reading of her play "A Night in Manoa" at Guild Hall.

Anyone who knows Marianna Levine and has seen her embrace a multitude of roles in journalism and the arts on the South Fork might be surprised to learn that she has a background in acting and writing plays and novels.

All of those worlds will come together Tuesday night in the reading of a play, “A Night in Manoa,” at Guild Hall as part of the JDT Lab of performance works in progress. The play is the result of the clearing of a major bout of writer’s block that beset Ms. Levine some years ago and caused her to leave several incomplete projects on the shelf. 

Mark Segal
October 12, 2017
“A lot of movie stars are movie stars because they basically play themselves all the time,” Bob Balaban said to Annette Bening. "You become other people."

“A lot of movie stars are movie stars because they basically play themselves all the time,” Bob Balaban said to Annette Bening during their discussion at the East Hampton Middle School as part of the Hamptons International Film Festival’s A Conversation With . . .  series. “To me, the more I’ve watched you, the more I’ve been amazed at how you become other people . . . which I find wonderful and also amazing in somebody who is a ‘star.’ ”

The highlight reel that preceded the conversation offered especially dramatic proof of that.

Jennifer Landes
October 12, 2017
Sotheby’s November sales of modern and contemporary art will be enlivened and enriched by the inclusion of a significant collection of works on paper owned by Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Carl Spielvogel, who have long had a house in Southampton.

Sotheby’s November sales of modern and contemporary art will be enlivened and enriched by the inclusion of a significant collection of works on paper owned by Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Carl Spielvogel, who have long had a house in Southampton.

The collectors have focused much of their attention on the pastels, watercolors, gouaches, pen-and-ink, and charcoal drawings of the superstars of modernism, including Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, and Joan Miro from the early years in France, to the American masters Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns, and Roy Lichtenstein. 

Star Staff
October 12, 2017
The Met: Live in HD will bring its new season to Guild Hall on Saturday at 1 p.m. with Julie Taymor’s production of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute).” James Levine, the Met’s music director emeritus, will conduct the full-length version of the magical fable, with Golda Schultz, Kathryn Lewek, Charles Castronovo, Markus Werba, and Christian Van Horn among the cast members. Tickets are $22, $20 for museum members, and $15 for students.

The Met: Live in HD will bring its new season to Guild Hall on Saturday at 1 p.m. with Julie Taymor’s production of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute).” James Levine, the Met’s music director emeritus, will conduct the full-length version of the magical fable, with Golda Schultz, Kathryn Lewek, Charles Castronovo, Markus Werba, and Christian Van Horn among the cast members. Tickets are $22, $20 for museum members, and $15 for students.

Star Staff
October 12, 2017
Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will present a performance tomorrow by Mike Marshall, a mandolinist, and Darol Anger, who plays violin, and an evening of cabaret on Saturday with Judy Carmichael, a Grammy-nominated pianist, singer, and songwriter. Both shows will begin at 8 p.m.

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will present a performance tomorrow by Mike Marshall, a mandolinist, and Darol Anger, who plays violin, and an evening of cabaret on Saturday with Judy Carmichael, a Grammy-nominated pianist, singer, and songwriter. Both shows will begin at 8 p.m.

A fluid jazz improviser and three-time Grammy nominee, Mr. Marshall draws from American roots, Brazilian choro, and European classical music. Mr. Anger has been central to the evolution of the contemporary string band, having been involved with such ensembles as the Republic of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, and the Montreux Band. Tickets to their performance range from $25 to $35.

Star Staff
October 12, 2017
The Salon Series at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will feature Arianna Korting and Robin Giesbrecht in a recital of works for piano four hands and solo piano tomorrow evening at 6. “Piano four hands” refers to a duet played side by side on a single piano, as opposed to works composed for two pianos.

The Salon Series at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will feature Arianna Korting and Robin Giesbrecht in a recital of works for piano four hands and solo piano tomorrow evening at 6. “Piano four hands” refers to a duet played side by side on a single piano, as opposed to works composed for two pianos.

The program will begin with solo works, including a performance of the first 12 of Chopin’s 24 Preludes Op. 28 by Ms. Korting and Liszt’s “Dante Sonata” by Mr. Giesbrecht. The second half of the concert will feature works for piano four hands by Debussy, Brahms, and Schubert. Tickets are $25, $10 for members. 

Star Staff
October 12, 2017
In partnership with the Jam Session, the Southampton Arts Center will present a concert by the South African All-Stars on Saturday at 7 p.m.

In partnership with the Jam Session, the Southampton Arts Center will present a concert by the South African All-Stars on Saturday at 7 p.m. 

One of the pioneers of Cape Jazz, Morris Goldberg, who plays the saxophone and pennywhistle, counts among his influences both South African and American jazz. In addition to touring with Paul Simon, Bakithi Kumalo has played bass with Joan Baez, Herbie Hancock, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and many others.

Diego Urcola, a trumpet player and three-time Grammy nominee, has been a member of the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet since 1991. David Bravo, a pianist from Cape Town, has recorded with Harry Belafonte, Jack Bruce, Debbie Harry, and Hugh Masekela, among others. 

Mark Segal
October 12, 2017
“Syd Solomon: Time and Tide,” a centenary exhibition of paintings by the influential Abstract Expressionist, will open tonight at 6 with a reception at the Berry Campbell Gallery in Chelsea. It will run through Nov. 11. “Elemental Forces,” an exhibition of three-dimensional monochrome canvases and colorful oil paintings by Thomas Buhler, will open at Art Space 98 in East Hampton with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and continue through Nov. 12.

New at Art Space 98

“Elemental Forces,” an exhibition of three-dimensional monochrome canvases and colorful oil paintings by Thomas Buhler, will open at Art Space 98 in East Hampton with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and continue through Nov. 12.

Mr. Buhler’s oil paintings hint at figuration — a mummy in one instance, a yellow bike in another — but their expressive, intensely colored slashes of paint push them in the direction of abstraction. The mixed-media canvases, which present bold fragments of limbs in relief, suggest uncovered archeological remains or, in the artist’s words, “mummies of the past or modern hieroglyphs of the present.”

Judy D’Mello
October 11, 2017
One of the highlights of this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival was a discussion on Sunday evening at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor called “Anatomy of a Scene: Get Out.”

It is amazing how many people (especially women) chose not to see the extraordinary hit “Get Out” because it was billed as a horror movie. It was so much more. Still, skittish viewers notwithstanding, Jordan Peele’s film grossed more than $200 million worldwide from a $4.5 million budget, making it 2017’s most profitable movie. 

It was remarkable for lots of reasons: A debut film from a cult comedian, with no big-name stars and a premise that wove suspense, humor, and horror while making a hard-hitting political statement about liberal America. 

Christopher Walsh
October 10, 2017
“LBJ,” the Rob Reiner biopic that had its New York premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival, is particularly meaningful and poignant in the context of the nation’s present political turmoil and spasms of gun violence.

“LBJ,” the Rob Reiner biopic that had its New York premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival, is particularly meaningful and poignant in the context of the nation’s present political turmoil and spasms of gun violence. A powerful biography of Lyndon Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, who was thrust into the role by John F. Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963, it drew a long ovation at the Southampton Cinema on Saturday.

Star Staff
October 10, 2017
The weekend-long Southamptonfest, which will keep the village hopping with concerts, food trucks, sidewalk sales, and art exhibitions, will kick off tomorrow evening at 6:30 with a party at the Southampton Cultural Center

The weekend-long Southamptonfest, which will keep the village hopping with concerts, food trucks, sidewalk sales, and art exhibitions, will kick off tomorrow evening at 6:30 with a party at the Southampton Cultural Center. The Nancy Atlas Project and Beau Hulse will provide the music. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door, and will include complimentary beer and wine from 6:30 till 8.

Jennifer Landes
October 5, 2017
The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs is featuring artists from Eastern Europe who bucked the conventions and limitations imposed by their Communist lead­ers to create their own version of Abstract Expressionism.

Although many treat “Abstract Expressionism” as a uniquely American phenomenon, its emotional bravura approach to art-making did inspire artists in Europe to participate in a free exchange of ideas, resulting in their own Art Informel movement.

There were others though, who were not so free to express themselves or who did not have direct access to these ideas. Yet somehow these artists too, in Soviet Bloc countries during the 1950s and 1960s, managed to discover what their colleagues were doing elsewhere and began reacting to it.

Star Staff
October 5, 2017
By the time the Hamptons International Film Festival is over on Monday, it will have screened 65 features and 50 short films. With so much to choose from and many films in competition, a small cross section of reviews and previews follows.

The 25th Hamptons International Film Festival begins today. By the time it is over on Monday, it will have screened a roster of 65 features and 50 short films, both narrative and documentary. With so much to choose from and many films in competition, a small cross section of reviews and previews follows for those who want to see something more adventurous than the blockbusters-in-waiting on the schedule. 

 

“The Last Pig”
Allison Argo
East Hampton, Sunday, 2 p.m.; Bay Street Theater, Monday, 2 p.m.

Christopher Walsh
October 5, 2017
Over a plate of clams on the half shell at Gosman's Top Side, Jack Douglas shared epic tales of musical genius, and sometimes madness, working on albums by artists such as John Lennon and Aerosmith as a producer at the Record Plant Studios in New York.

Sitting at Gosman’s Topside restaurant, overlooking Montauk Harbor on a perfect September afternoon, the stories flowed from Jack Douglas like the tide, epic tales of musical genius, and sometimes madness. Between a plate of clams on the half shell, the music producer best known for long and close associations with John Lennon and Aerosmith recalled a lifetime of creation, onstage and, especially, in the studio.

“You’re facilitating a dream,” Mr. Douglas said of his work. “You may have to write, you may have to rewrite, you have to arrange most of the time. You’re dealing with tremendous egos, some problem children, some people that are just blessed with talent, and a lot of other things.”

Star Staff
October 5, 2017
Two screenings of the classic 1920 German horror film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” accompanied by a live improvised score by the Dave Harrington Group, will take place at the Southampton Arts Center on Sunday at 7 p.m. and Monday at 2 p.m.

Two screenings of the classic 1920 German horror film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” accompanied by a live improvised score by the Dave Harrington Group, will take place at the Southampton Arts Center on Sunday at 7 p.m. and Monday at 2 p.m.

Consisting of Mr. Harrington on guitar, bass, and electronics, Andrew Fox, keyboards, electronics, and vocals, and Samer Ghadry, drums and percussion, the group will bring free jazz, drone, ambient, and film music to bear on Robert Wiene’s important work of German Expressionist cinema.

Star Staff
October 5, 2017
The Rising Stars piano series at the Southampton Cultural Center will open its fall season with a concert by Igor Lovchinsky on Saturday at 7 p.m. The recital will include works by Bach, Chopin, Wild, and Gershwin.

The Rising Stars piano series at the Southampton Cultural Center will open its fall season with a concert by Igor Lovchinsky on Saturday at 7 p.m. The recital will include works by Bach, Chopin, Wild, and Gershwin.

The Russian-born pianist, whose repertoire includes both classical music and jazz, has performed at the Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, and the American Embassy in Beijing. His recent tours have included performances in Poland, Lithuania, and Brazil.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. There is no charge for students under 21.