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  • John Jonas Gruen, a writer, critic of several arts, composer, and photographer who for more than five decades chronicled this country’s loftiest cultural circles, died on July 19 in his apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
  • Jamie Patricof was disappointed he could not be in East Hampton for the opening of the film “Captain Fantastic” last Friday. Not because he hadn’t seen it; with Lynette Howell Taylor, he co-produced the film and had in fact seen it countless times. However, having spent summers and weekends here for much of his life, he fondly remembers the theater before it was a multiplex.
  • Athos Zacharias and Knox Martin will open summer exhibitions of their work on Saturday at Lawrence Fine Art in East Hampton. The Springs Improvement Society will hold its 49th annual invitational art exhibition from tomorrow through Aug. 21 at Ashawagh Hall in Springs.
  • The Southampton Cultural Center will present an off-site production of “An Iliad,” a play by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare.
  • The Watermill Center will launch its annual Scaler Lecture Series on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. with a talk by Kinan Azmeh, a Syrian clarinetist and composer, titled “Art in Times of Crisis.” Robert Wilson, the center’s artistic director, and Kate Eberstadt, a former artist-in-residence there, have selected the six speakers.
  • Martha Redbone comes by her immersion in American Roots music honestly. Her late father was an African-American from North Carolina, her mother was a Cherokee-Shawnee-Choctaw from Appalachia, and she spent much of her youth in Kentucky coal-mining country. The singer-songwriter’s lineage has inspired “Bone Hill: The Concert,” an interdisciplinary theater work that will be presented at Guild Hall tomorrow at 8 p.m.
  • Solo exhibitions of work by Sharon Horvath and Adrian Nivola will be shown at the Drawing Room in East Hampton. The East Hampton Library has inaugurated a local art exhibition series in its Tom Twomey Gallery with a show of work by Karen Peters Sloves. A reception will take place Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and the exhibition will continue through Aug. 5.
  • “Top Drawer: Stories of Dysfunction and Redemption From Park Avenue to Havana,” a one-woman show written and performed by Adelaide Mestre that combines music and storytelling, will be performed at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Tuesday evening at 7.
  • When Michael Cohen was 15, growing up outside of Philadelphia in Cheltenham, Pa., his father told him and his brother it was time to get summer jobs. “My brother went to work in a pet store, because he was interested in fish and reptiles,” Mr. Cohen recalled one sunny afternoon in the garden of East Hampton’s 1770 House. “I said I’m going to work at a restaurant as a busboy. I found a job at a really swanky restaurant, and I got the bug. I’ve had a passion for wine and hospitality ever since.”
  • The sculptor Michael Combs, whose work is inspired by the lives of his ancestors, North Fork baymen, fishermen and decoy-carvers, will sign copies of his new book in the lobby of the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Sunday at 11 a.m. “Time Out of Mind,” an exhibition of oil paintings by Michael Oruch, will open with a reception Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Art Space 98 in East Hampton and remain on view through Aug. 22.

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