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  • Will Ryan has had a few rough years, but even though the physical toll of his rare blood disease is still evident in his reed-thin physique, the vitality of his spirit is obvious.
  • The Hamptons International Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 6 through 10, announced the bulk of its lineup on Tuesday: 126 films from 32 countries, with 8 world premieres, 9 North American premieres, and 20 United States premieres.
  • The Hamptons International Film Festival announced some of its key films for this year’s event last week. On Oct. 6, it will open the festival in East Hampton with “Loving,” the story of the couple whose Supreme Court case did away with laws against interracial marriage in 1967. Directed and written by Jeff Nichols, it stars Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, and Michael Shannon.
  • A Montauk resident, Edward Albee wrote "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "A Delicate Balance," which won the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Admit it, it’s been on your list since May, but did you actually go see the Dennis Oppenheim exhibition at the Storm King Art Center?
  • It’s rather odd to think of a show of Minimalism in a place like Guild Hall, which has historically dedicated itself to more homegrown art. Minimalism seems anything but, which is why “Aspects of Minimalism” is exciting and almost a bit naughty, as if the museum were cheating on its partner.
  • Today is Andrea Grover’s first day as executive director of Guild Hall, replacing Ruth Appelhof, who is retiring. Ms. Grover, who comes to Guild Hall as an active member of the East End arts community, has already helped transform one local institution, the Parrish Art Museum.
  • The media, particularly cable news, loves the horse-race aspect of elections, so much so that they devote hours of airtime to the speculation of who will run for president five minutes after the current president has been inaugurated. This election cycle brought the usual frenzy, but then it trebled with the announcement last year that Donald Trump would run.
  • What makes a painting a painting? Sure, some kind of painting medium on a support, wood or canvas, fresco or encaustic, all have a claim. Beginning in the 1960s, artists began playing with the boundaries of what constitutes a painting by reshaping canvases, cutting up painted wood and masonite to create compositions, and making negative space (literally) with holes and cutouts.
  • We are all accustomed to seeing boldface names associated with the South Fork: Alec, Jimmy, Gwyneth, Sir Paul, et al. Yet, there is something fresh and pulse-quickening about the faces and names of a different century: Pablo, Jean, Cole, Man Ray, Ernest, Scott, and Zelda lighting up the current exhibition “Living Well Is the Best Revenge: A Jazz Age Fable of Sara and Gerald Murphy” at Clinton Academy in East Hampton.

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