While many may spend the summer of 2012 waiting for the end of the world, those on the South Fork might remember it instead as the beginning of a renaissance in outdoor Shakespearean theater. Not one but two theatrical groups plan to stage productions, and both are taking their cues from the outdoors to leave a very small environmental footprint.
Southampton Town officials announced this week that they had raided a private 10-bedroom house in Water Mill that was, they said, being operated as a resort. On Sunday, police officers and town code enforcement officers entered the building at 76 Rose Hill Road and found numerous violations of the town building and rental codes, including two additional basement bedrooms, which were prohibited by the certificate of occupancy and the building plans approved by the town.
With so many pre-eminent American artists associated with the East End, it is not surprising that the Whitney Museum of American Art would feature many of them in the inaugural exhibition for its new home in New York City’s meatpacking district opening to the public on Friday.
A small, but excellently edited collection of Michael Halsband portraits are on display at the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park through April 25.
Included in the mix that goes back to the mid 1980s are selections from Rolling Stones tours, images of artists and other musicians of the time, his nudes series, contemporary surfers and their culture across a few continents, and some recent formal portraits.
Art Groove opened Saturday night at Ashawagh Hall with 13 artists and the band Out East providing fusion rock and a dance party following with DJ G-Funk.
The art was a mixture of color and movement with more restrained or slightly twisted offerings.
The show is on view Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a screening of “Hans Van de Bovenkamp: In His Own Words,” a documentary by John Jinks, who is also one of the artists in the show.