“Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself,” which will have its nationwide broadcast premiere tomorrow at 9 p.m. on PBS and locally on WNET, is a spellbinding film that chronicles the life of a singular man. George Plimpton grew up in a duplex apartment on upper Fifth Avenue, attended St. Bernard’s School, Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard -— where he was a classmate and close friend of Robert F. Kennedy — and Cambridge University.
Almond Zigmund, an artist who lives in East Hampton and Brooklyn, has a new installation, “Plane Sight,” on view in what seems at first an unlikely location, the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Lower Manhattan. Founded in 1988, the museum occupied a basement space in SoHo that offered kids multiple hands-on art opportunities. Once the museum outgrew that space, it built a new, 10,000-square-foot facility that has enabled it to expand its mission.
New at Ille Arts
An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Virva Hinnemo will open Saturday at Ille Arts in Amagansett, with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception, and remain on view through June 2. Ms. Hinnemo, who was born in Helsinki, Finland, and now lives in Springs, has exhibited widely and was selected by David Salle for the Parrish Art Museum’s “Artists Choose Artists” show in 2013.
“Southampton Blue Book, 1930 to 1960: Photographs by Bert Morgan,” an exhibition chronicling the recreational pursuits of the town’s wealthy summer residents, will open at the Southampton Historical Museum Saturday and remain on view through Oct. 18.
“Exteriors: The Explosion of Outdoor Furnishings” will open at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton on May 17 and remain on view through Oct. 11. The largest exhibition in the foundation’s history, it will include outdoor furnishings, including shelters, fabrics, lighting, and materials, from designers and manufacturers from France, Italy, Colombia, Sweden, and the United States.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s annual house and garden tour, this year including six private properties in and around the village of East Hampton, will take place on May 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The evening before, May 9, from 6:30 to 8:30, a cocktail party will be held at a newly built classic cottage-style house on Ocean Avenue as a fund-raiser for the church’s community outreach programs.
The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival will present the East Coast premiere of “Penny & Red: The Life of Secretariat’s Owner” on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. The film, directed by John Tweedy and narrated by Diane Lane, tells the story of Penny Chenery and Secretariat, her champion thoroughbred, also known as Big Red, who won racing’s Triple Crown in 1973.
New at Halsey Mckay
The Halsey Mckay gallery in East Hampton will open a show of paintings by two artists, Ann Pibal and Nathlie Provosty, and a solo exhibition of paintings by Steven Cox on Saturday.
Both Ms. Pibal and Ms. Provosty, who have homes in Brooklyn, use line, form, and sumptuously worked surfaces to create distinct visual languages.
The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill unveiled a monumental sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein on its front lawn on Friday and is about to open the first major museum survey of work by Jennifer Bartlett, whose stylistic and thematic innovations have established her as one of the most important artists of her generation.
Koichiro Kurita at Ille
Koichiro Kurita, a photographer who lives in Southold, will have a solo show at Ille Arts in Amagansett from Saturday through May 10. Mr. Kurita, who was a commercial photographer in Japan, had a life-changing experience when he visited Walden Pond in 1985. “I was inspired by the freedom of the spirit and pursued fine art photography,” he has said.
The Hamptons International Film Festival announced their annual awards Monday morning at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church.
The festival’s Audience Awards went to Stephen Frears’s “Philomena,” a drama starring Dame Judi Dench, and “Desert Runners,” Jennifer Steinman’s documentary about the 4 Deserts Race Series of 150-mile ultramarathons. Irene Taylor Brodsky’s “One Last Hug (…And a Few Smooches): Three Days at Grief Camp” won the Audience Award for Best Short.
Filmed in Bellport over a period of 18 days for $700,000, "The Maid's Room" has the look of an expensive Hollywood production. “We did everything we could to make a local film, but not a small film,” says Michael Walker, its director.