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  • The plein air painters group, the Wednesday Group, will be showing an exhibition of their work at The Nature Conservancy in East Hampton. An opening reception will be held on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., until July 1. The East End Photographers Group will take over Ashawagh Hall in Springs on Saturday for nine days with an exhibition of work by 25 of its members. An opening reception, with music by Job Potter and Friends, happens on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.,
  • While the culinary world’s emphasis on locally sourced ingredients shows no sign of abating, the ingredients and techniques of global cuisine are increasingly important to the chef community, as exemplified by the presence at the Stony Brook Southampton Food Lab’s upcoming conference of Deuki Hong, a 25-year-old chef at one of New York’s hottest Korean restaurants.
  • The Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will kick off its 25th summer season Saturday night with “How Long Has This Been Going On?” an evening of stories, songs, and laughs with Mario Cantone and Jerry Dixon, followed next week by the world premiere of “The Forgotten Woman,” a new comedy-drama by Jonathan Tolins.
  • Among the best-known benefits are the Parrish Art Museum’s Midsummer Party and the Bay Street Theater’s 25th Summer Gala, both of which are likely to sell out in advance despite being held the same evening. Art or theater, it’s your choice.
  • The Art Barge on Napeague will open for classes on June 6, featuring courses in studio painting and ceramics. The Springs Improvement Society will hold its 32nd annual members’ show from tomorrow through Monday at Ashawagh Hall.
  • The first-ever Sag Harbor Cultural Heritage Day will bring to the village a plethora of programs and events related to its history, culture, community, and music on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. and continuing throughout the day and evening.
  • “Water, water everywhere . . . but is it safe to drink?” If he were alive today, Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner might have told a different, less poetic story, perhaps as a speaker at “Tideland Sessions,” an all-day program of talks and performances organized in conjunction with the Parrish Art Museum’s current exhibition, “Radical Seafaring.”
  • Sitting in the living room of the Sag Harbor apartment-studio where he has lived for most of the past 30 years, surrounded by books, objects, sketchbooks, and dozens, if not hundreds, of paintings, David Slater apologized for the clutter, lit a stick of incense, and began to weave the threads of a life fully lived. Early on, he recalled, “My father was an artist. He would say things like ‘The life of art is so hard that I tied a brush to my son’s crib, and every time he would reach for it I would slap his hand.’ ” In Mr. Slater’s case, Pavlovian conditioning didn’t work.
  • The Watermill Center is shedding the relatively low profile it has maintained for the past few weeks with a weekend of open studios and rehearsals by resident artists, a guided tour of the facility, and the second installment of its spring International Brunch series.
  • The new gallery Art Space 98 will open Saturday at 98 Newtown Lane in East Hampton. The inaugural exhibition, “People and Lost Traces,” which will open Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., will include paintings by Thomas Buehler and clay assemblages by Rosemarie Schiller. Paton Miller, the Southampton artist whose work reflects his extensive travels and his admiration of such Spanish artists as Goya, Velazquez, and El Greco, will show new paintings at the Monika Olko Gallery in Sag Harbor from tomorrow through June 13.

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