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  •    It was a Thursday afternoon, and Monica Banks was home listening to NPR. But it could have been any day, really, as long as she was at work in her East Hampton Village studio or in the workroom she keeps in her house.
        The fact that the artist works to the jumbled sounds of nations crumbling, world economies sputtering, talking heads debating health care reform, or, perhaps in lighter moments, the poignant oral histories of “Storycorps” resonates in her artistic output and seems to urge her along in her practice.

  • Fireplace Opens Koh
        A solo show by Terence Koh, “yes, pleased,” will open at the Fireplace Project in Springs tomorrow. In his first presentation at the gallery, Mr. Koh will offer a variety of mediums drawn from his work in drawing, sculpture, video, performance, and the Internet.

  •    Beginning this weekend a series of July art fairs will erect tents in a variety of fields from Bridgehampton to South­ampton, offering attendees a pleasant environment to see work from galleries from the East End to Europe and beyond under one roof while benefiting some local nonprofit organizations.
        First up is the oldest, ArtHamptons, which will begin its fifth iteration today at Nova’s Ark Project in Bridgehampton with two benefit previews for the LongHouse Reserve. It will remain open through Sunday.

  •    Stony Brook Southampton announced last week that Christine Vachon, an independent filmmaker, has joined its faculty to begin the process of establishing a graduate program in film on the campus.

  •    Guild Hall has a full lineup of films, concerts, and other events for this week that should appeal to everyone in one form or another.

  • Pollock Lecture
        Bobbi Coller, a co-curator of “The Persistence of Pollock,” will present a gallery talk on the exhibition at the Pollock-Krasner House on Sunday at 5 p.m. A reception will follow.
        Ms. Coller is an art historian and the chairwoman of the Pollock-Krasner House advisory committee. She will discuss how the committee selected the 13 artists in the show and the ways in which those chosen address Pollock’s legacy.

  •    Edmund Hollander isn’t just kidding when he says his outsize, dense, and lavishly illustrated new book, “The Private Oasis” (Grayson Publishing), is not a coffee-table book: “It could break the typical coffee table in weight alone,” the part-time Sag Harbor resident joked. But, more than that, “The Private Oasis” is meant to be highly utilitarian, rather than simply ornamental.

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  •    How often does a true Hollywood ending happen in real life? Maybe more than immediately comes to mind, but still, not that often. The first film in the Hamptons International Film Festival and Guild Hall SummerDocs series, to be shown on Friday, July 6, has that Hollywood ending with an added surreal twist, and it is all a true story.

  • Vered Auction
        Vered Gallery in East Hampton will hold a reception for its 14th annual July Silent Art Auction on Saturday from 9 to 11 p.m. The auction will benefit Sheba Hospital’s post-traumatic stress disorder center.

  • Tria Giovan’s moody and restrained evocations of the Sagaponack shoreline, the subject of a new book and exhibition, were taken over the course of a decade.

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