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Jennifer Landes
August 30, 2017
On Wednesday, the Hamptons International Film Festival announced several films with ties to the East End, including its opening night film on Oct. 5, the world premiere of Alison Chernick’s “Itzhak,” a documentary about Itzhak Perlman, who has a house on Shelter Island.

On Wednesday, the Hamptons International Film Festival announced several films with ties to the East End, including its opening night film on Oct. 5, the world premiere of Alison Chernick’s “Itzhak.” The documentary is about the life of Itzhak Perlman, an Israeli violin virtuoso and conductor who has a residence and musical school on Shelter Island. Mr. Perlman will attend the screening.

Jennifer Landes
August 22, 2017
Those attending the 25th anniversary Hamptons International Film Festival this year should expect lots of star power, serious cinematic achievement, and some surprises.

The Hamptons International Film Festival will celebrate 25 years of films and other programs at this year’s festival over Columbus Day weekend.

Those attending should expect lots of star power, serious cinematic achievement, and some surprises. In order to build excitement for the weekend, the festival is already announcing a few of its films and events.

A United States premiere screening of “Breathe,” a film by Andy Serkis, starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, will screen on Oct. 8. It is an inspiring love story about a couple’s quest to conquer a disease.

Jennifer Landes
August 11, 2017
Questlove will be the D.J. for Guild Hall's after party for its summer gala tonight at the museum and then a private residence. A few tickets in several categories are still available.

Guild Hall’s annual Summer Gala announced a surprising last minute plus-one this evening.

Questlove, of the band the Roots and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," will be the D.J. for the after party beginning at 9 p.m. A few tickets are still available in several categories including dinner, cocktails, and dancing and dessert. The dessert and dancing tickets are $250. Young patron tickets, for those between the ages of 21 and 40, are $100 for cocktails, dessert, and dancing. Tickets can be purchased on Guild Hall’s website.

Jennifer Landes
July 24, 2017
There are still tickets available in some categories for Fly Into the Sun, the Watermill Center's annual summer benefit. For those who cannot make it, works from the benefit's auction are online at Artsy.

Fly Into the Sun, the Watermill Center’s annual summer benefit on July 29, is sold out in several categories, but there are still tickets left for cocktails and dinner at a few levels of pricing.

This year’s soiree will honor Laurie Anderson and Isabelle Huppert in tribute to Lou Reed. Reed, who died in 2013, was Ms. Anderson’s husband. They lived in Springs.

Art installations on the grounds will include 30 works and performances in tribute to Reed by artists such as Daniel Monroy Cuevas, Rachel Frank, Damir Ocko, and Stephen Shanabrook. Also on view will be the usual installations of the center’s summer program residents.

Jennifer Landes
July 17, 2017
There are still tickets available for Boom! the Cosmic Benefit, Saturday’s celebration of Jack Lenor Larsen’s 90th year at the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. Now, the benefit’s art auction is available for bidding online at Paddle8.

There are still tickets available for Boom! the Cosmic Benefit, Saturday’s celebration of Jack Lenor Larsen’s 90th year at the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. The benefit’s art auction is now also available for bidding online at Paddle8.

Jennifer Landes
June 30, 2017
Four authors, three judges, two rounds, and one final reading/writing slam add up to a night of highbrow hilarity.

With four accomplished authors as contestants and a dream team of judges, this year's Literary Death Match at Guild Hall on July 7 promises bons mots aplenty and lots of quick and witty banter.

The contestants -- Elna Baker, a producer for "This American Life"; Chimene Suleyman, a British poet; Sunil Yapa, an Asian-American Short Story Contest winner, and Dan Wilbur, the author of "How Not to Read" -- will face off by performing seven minutes of their most compelling writing. The contestants will compete in pairs, and the judges will give their comic critiques and announce the winners, who will try to up their games when they square off in a final.

Jennifer Landes
June 30, 2017
Although shy of its self-imposed goal, the Sag Harbor Partnership said it was confident this week that they would raise the money necessary to purchase and rebuild the Sag Harbor Cinema.

Those marking off the pages of their calendars in anticipation of the self-imposed July 1 deadline for meeting a $6 million goal of the Sag Harbor Partnership to purchase the Sag Harbor Cinema property, can rest easy.

“The point of our goal was to gauge community support and it is abundantly there!” said April Gornik on Friday.

After meeting close to 75 percent of its goal, or about $4.5 million, Ms. Gornik, who is on the board of the partnership, said its members had decided to go forward with the contract with the intention of rebuilding the cinema as both a film screening and community space. 

Jennifer Landes
June 15, 2017
The Hamptons International Film Festival's SummerDocs film series will return to Guild Hall on July 8.

The Hamptons International Film Festival continues the celebration of its 25th year with an expanded SummerDocs program this season, featuring five titles that will be presented in East Hampton, Montauk, and Southampton.

“Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press,” directed by Brian Knappenberger, will be first out of the gate on July 8 at Guild Hall. Also at Guild Hall will be “Trophy,” about the hunting of endangered African animals, by Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz on July 29.

Mark Segal
May 25, 2017
Montauk’s Woodbine Collection is holding an exhibition of paintings by Kenneth B. Walsh, who lived there in the 1960s and ’70s and founded the Bonart Gallery.

It’s fitting that Montauk’s Woodbine Collection is holding an exhibition of paintings by Kenneth B. Walsh, because Montauk is where the artist lived in the 1960s and ’70s, and where he founded the Bonart Gallery. “Montauk in the Seventies,” which includes paintings like “Jonathan,” right, will open on Saturday with a 6 to 8 p.m.

Star Staff
May 23, 2017
A party and performance at the Stephen Talkhouse Thursday at 8.

The Nancy Atlas Project, a fixture on the East End music scene and beyond, will celebrate the release of the CD “Cut & Run” with a party and performance at the Stephen Talkhouse Thursday at 8 p.m.

Jennifer Landes
May 9, 2017
Julie Andrews will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Hamptons International Film Festival in October.

In October, the Hamptons International Film Festival will honor Julie Andrews with a lifetime achievement award as part of its 25th anniversary celebration. 

Jennifer Landes
May 5, 2017
Although still a small segment, East End artists were far more in evidence at Frieze New York this year.

Known for its more cutting edge contemporary international art, Frieze New York has pivoted this year to include some historical work, which has opened it up to even more East End regulars.

Jennifer Landes
April 11, 2017
Ned Smythe's colossal "Male Torso," a 12-foot-high form made out of Styrofoam, was installed in front of Guild Hall on Saturday.

There's a lot more than just tulips and daffodils sprouting from the ground these days. On Saturday, Guild Hall planted a gigantic abstract sculpture on its front lawn.

Jennifer Landes
April 10, 2017
Colson Whitehead has won this year's Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Among the many Pulitzer Prize winners announced on Monday was Colson Whitehead, who has had a long association with Sag Harbor since his youth. Mr. Whitehead won in the fiction category for his book “The Underground Railroad.” 

Jennifer Landes
March 22, 2017
The Hamptons International Film Festival will host three screenwriters and their mentors at its annual Screenwriters Lab over the weekend of April 7. Returning this year is a screenwriting master class, which will be open to the public.

The Hamptons International Film Festival will host three screenwriters and their mentors at its annual Screenwriters Lab over the weekend of April 7. Returning this year is a screenwriting master class led by Michael H. Weber that will be open to the public.

Jennifer Landes
March 14, 2017
The 32nd Academy of the Arts Achievement Awards at New York City's Rainbow Room honored Susan Stroman for performing arts, Edwina von Gal for visual arts, Philip Schultz for literary arts, and Cheryl and Michael Minikes for their philanthropic efforts.

It was time once again Monday for Guild Hall to celebrate the achievements of a special group of East End part-time and full-time residents at the Rainbow Room in New York City.

Jennifer Landes
March 13, 2017
Imagine all of the attitude of the corporate boss Jack Donaghy, from the cult-favorite television series "30 Rock," packed into a toddler with a passing resemblance to Sean Spicer, and possibly a cousin of "Family Guy's" Stewie, and you might have some idea of the elevator pitch for “The Boss Baby."

Imagine all of the attitude of  the corporate boss Jack Donaghy, from the cult-favorite TV series "30 Rock," packed into a toddler with a passing resemblance to Sean Spicer, and possibly a cousin of "Family Guy's" Stewie,  and you might have some idea of the elevator pitch for “The Boss Baby." 

Jennifer Landes
February 27, 2017
In addition to the 45 nominations that the Hampton International Film Festival selections garnered, there were two films with direct local connections.

Sunday was a busy night for films associated with the South Fork at the Academy Awards. Two nominated films had direct connections to East Hampton and Sagaponack, and several others were screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival, including the best picture winner "Moonlight." Because of a mix-up with the announcement, the award was at first thought to be going to "

Durell Godfrey
February 17, 2017

East magazine, launched by The East Hampton Star last year, celebrated its summer fiction contributors with a reading by them on St. Valentine's Day at Malia Mills in East Hampton Village.

Taking part were Patricia Marx, Iris Smyles, Frederic Tuten, each novelists whose shorter fiction has appeared in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Bomb magazine.

Jennifer Landes
February 9, 2017
This year, the Hamptons International Film Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary with encore screenings of films from each of its annual festivals.

This year, the Hamptons International Film Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary with encore screenings of films from each of its annual festivals. One representing each year will be shown in various venues on the South Fork, New York City, Palm Beach, and Los Angeles.

Jennifer Landes
January 20, 2017
A rare Nathaniel Dominy IV clock will be sold at Sotheby's auction house in New York City on Saturday.

A tall-case or grandfather clock crafted by Nathaniel Dominy IV in 1780 will be part of a sale of American antiques at Sotheby’s in Manhattan on Saturday starting at 3 p.m. The auction house has estimated that it will sell in the range of $30,000 to $50,000.

Jennifer Landes
January 9, 2017
Lots of nominations in film and television categories, but the real winner was the Hamptons International Film Festival selection "La La Land," which sweeped most categories.

The Golden Globes on Sunday included nominees, but not many winners, from the long list of part-time and full-time East End residents from the film and television industries. “La La Land,” which was a Hamptons International Film Festival selection, swept all categories in which it was nominated, including best musical.

Jennifer Landes
November 17, 2016
"The Underground Railroad" won the National Book Award for fiction. Robert Caro was honored for his body of work.

Beating out a list of 10 nominees and four other finalists, Colson Whitehead, who has had a long association with Sag Harbor since his youth, won the National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday night.

Star Staff
September 29, 2016

On Sunday, Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater was the setting for a benefit preview of “Chapter & Verse,” a film by Jamal Joseph, an activist and former Black Panther who is now a professor in Columbia University’s graduate film program. A discussion with Mr. Joseph, who is also an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, followed the screening.