“American Masters,” the award-winning PBS biography series, will launch its 31st season on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on PBS with the nationwide premiere of “By Sidney Lumet.”
The director Sidney Lumet being interviewed for “American Masters: By Sidney Lumet” in 2008. Augusta Films
Sidney Lumet, right, with Ethan Hawke, left, and Philip Seymour Hoffman on the set of “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” in 2007. Think Film/Everett Collection

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At the Southampton Cultural Center

“Dreaming in Vinyl” reached No. 2 on a folk radio airplay chart compiled from nationwide playlists in October and November
Caroline Doctorow is enjoying the success of her latest release, “Dreaming in Vinyl,” which reached No. 2 on a folk airplay chart in two consecutive months. Grover Gatewood
Caroline Doctorow performing with Gary Oleyar, left, and Karl Allweier. “I love to tour, record, write songs, and perform for people,” she said. Grover Gatewood

A visual dialogue between discrete triads of artists who work and live on the East End
Left,Ben Butler’s “Elegy to the Disappearance of Objects,” Right, Tony Oursler’s “#ISO”. Elisabeth Bernstein; Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong
Suzanne Anker’s “Vanitas (in a petri dish)”

Next summer the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will open its Mainstage season with the world premiere of “The Man in the Ceiling,”
Jules Feiffer’s musical, “The Man in the Ceiling,” was first presented in May in a staged reading at Bay Street. Bunnii Buglione

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"Preston Hollow #2," an inkjet print by William Eric Brown

Now 86, Phyllis Hammond shows no sign of slowing down
Phyllis Hammond’s Springs studio is a maze of colorful aluminum sculptures. Mark Segal Photos
Four of Ms. Hammond’s works are spending the next six months at the library in Summit, N.J.

The images were feats of analog technology
The photographer Ozzie Sweet depicted a bucolic New Hampshire winter in “Snowmobile Pulling 9 Sleds.”
The mother in Norman C. Kerr’s 1965 image “Family by Fireplace,” top, and the cowboy in Herbert Archer and John Hood’s western panorama captured quintessentially Kodak moments.

By David M. Douglas
The recent Choral Society of the Hamptons holiday concert was “what community music-making can and should be.” Durell Godfrey