A breath of fresh air blew into Amagansett two weeks ago with the arrival of “The Outsider Eye,” an exhibition of Outsider Art at Ille Arts that will remain on view through Sept. 17.
Every summer the East End is jammed with art galleries and fairs displaying every imaginable type of art, but outsider artists have for the most part remained outside the arena.
New at Drawing Room
Concurrent solo exhibitions of work by Costantino Nivola and Rolph Scarlett will open at the Drawing Room in East Hampton tomorrow and remain on view through Oct. 13.
Nivola, who lived in Springs from 1948 until his death in 1988, developed a lexicon of sculptural form ranging from monumental public commissions to intimately scaled figures and abstractions in relief, bronze, clay, marble, concrete, and sand casts. This exhibition focuses on works in clay of figures at leisure on Louse Point.
“The Homesman,” a western starring Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones and directed and co-written by Mr. Jones, will be the Centerpiece Film at the 22nd annual Hamptons International Film Festival, taking place from Oct. 9 through Oct. 13. Hilary Swank, the film’s star, will be in East Hampton for the film’s East Coast premiere.
The actor, writer, and director Bob Balaban, who has a house in Bridgehampton, has been named this year’s honorary chairman of the festival.
Parrish on the Road
Parrish Road Show, the Parrish Art Museum’s off-site creative summer series, is featuring work by Michael Combs and Evan Desmond Yee. Mr. Combs’s project, “Outhouse 2014,” will be on view from today, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., through Sept. 28, at the Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead.
Guild Hall is steaming toward Labor Day weekend with a jam-packed schedule of programs ranging from comedy to new music to rock ’n’ roll to film. A staged reading of “Night With Oscar,” a new comedy by the Emmy-nominated writer Eugene Pack, will start things off tonight at 8. The play, set in a Long Island town on Oscar night, stars Tony Danza, Anita Gillette, Tate Donovan, Gina Gershon, Dayle Reyfel, Lucy DeVito, and John Mangaro. Tickets are $30, $28 for members. Prime orchestra seats and a V.I.P. reception are available for $75 and $70.
Sciulli at Duck Creek Farm
“Quiet Riot,” a site-specific installation by Christine Sciulli, will open today with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. in the John Little Barn at Duck Creek Farm in Springs and remain on view through Sept. 20.
Ms. Sciulli, who lives in Amagansett and New York, uses projected light to explore the potential of simple geometry. The exhibition, which has been organized by the John Little Society and Jess Frost, will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and by appointment.
Athos Zacharias’s house on Copeces Lane in Springs is unlike any other in the neighborhood. It is a two-story rectangular solid, constructed of whitewashed concrete block, flat-roofed, with large windows, an outdoor circular staircase, and an exterior block wall painted to resemble a Mondrian. The entrance is through the kitchen.
“ToasT,” a new play by the acclaimed spoken-word artist and Tony Award-winning writer Lemon Andersen and directed by Elise Thoron, will be given a staged reading at Guild Hall tonight at 8. A Public Theater commission first presented at the Public’s Under the Radar festival, “ToasT” weaves characters from black oral narratives into a drama about a group of inmates at Attica during the 1971 riots at the prison.
New at Halsey Mckay
Halsey Mckay Gallery in East Hampton is presenting two concurrent exhibitions through Aug. 24. “Waterworks” features Karl Haendel and Adam Helms, both of whom transform pre-existing images from pop culture, news media, the Internet, and other sources, in this case, water-related subjects.
Saturday's foul weather didn't deter filmmakers and filmgoers from a festive brunch at c/o the Maidstone, which serves as the headquarters for the Hamptons International Film Festival. Mimosas, bloody marys, and passed hors d'oeuvres helped warm up a happy crowd.
The Hamptons International Film Festival's official kickoff took place at Guild Hall Thursday night with a screening of Theodore Melfi's "St. Vincent" starring Melissa McCarthy as newly single mother who must leave her 12-year-old son (Jaeden Lieberher) in the care of her curmudgeonly new neighbor, played by Bill Murray, while she works.
"Charlie's Country" is the third collaboration between David Gulpilil, an Australian Aboriginal actor, and Rolf de Heer, a Dutch-born director who lives in Australia. Mr. Gulpilil plays the title character, who lives in a Northern Territory Aboriginal community where white laws have encroached and undermined the traditional ways of life.
The annual Box Art Auction to benefit East End Hospice will take place Saturday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Ross School Center for Well-Being in East Hampton. Now in its 14th year, the event is the hospice’s only annual fund-raiser held in East Hampton.
Each year, approximately 100 artists transform small cigar and wine boxes into works of portable art. Among this year’s participants are Jennifer Cross, Eric Fischl, Connie Fox, April Gornik, Priscilla Heine, William King, Rex Lau, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, and Frank Wimberly.
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