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  • If the complaint that there are not enough meaty roles in the theater for women sounds familiar, it may be because more women are doing something about it, even if they have to take matters into their own hands. Two actresses felt so strongly about appearing in “This Wide Night,” a play by the British playwright Chloe Moss, that they decided to produce it as well, and it will be staged at Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater beginning next Thursday.
  • Ruth Appelhof was surprised with her own Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday night at the Rainbow Room in New York City.
  • For the past few months, Guild Hall has displayed an array of photographic portraits in the intimate space of its Wasserstein Gallery. The set of 15 predominantly black-and-white prints, the work of Walter Weissman, befit the room, and the room enhances them.
  • With a freshly minted M.F.A. from the State University at New Paltz, Christian Little, a Southampton native, is already attracting attention for the coldly suggestive paintings in his “Exhibitionists” series on view now at Sara Nightingale’s gallery in Water Mill.
  • Arlene Bujese has had a long association with East End artists through several galleries and independent projects. This history has made her partnership with the Southampton Cultural Center successful for all concerned.
  • Orson Munn grew up during the Great Depression, when skinny boys were considered sickly and were often sent to bed in the afternoon for rest. Munn, a summer resident of Southampton from his birth in 1925 until he died in 2011, was one of those boys, according to his wife, Pat Munn.
  • A political season with many candidates hoping to distinguish themselves in the race for their party’s nomination has created little light but a great deal of heat in American discourse. Most of the smoke of the campaign is traveling well north and west of here (the New York State federal primary election is not until April 18). Yet many artists on the South Fork and farther afield have taken note of the acrimony, and their reactions now hang at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton.
  • Last week’s announcement of the Academy Award nominations for 2015 films included a number with connections to the South Fork.
  • Don’t you just love permanent-collection shows? Even institutions as large as the Metropolitan Museum of Art never get to show all of their holdings at one time. Sometimes there are good reasons objects are not on display, but many times it just has to do with whether they fit a chosen theme or time period.
  • At a time when Iowa is dominating the headlines because of its imminent caucuses to help select the next president, the sobering differences between the mores and beliefs of middle America and those of the coastal elites could not be clearer.

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