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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.

Jennifer Landes
September 22, 2016
The Hamptons International Film Festival announced on Thursday that Aaron Eckhart, Holly Hunter, and Edward Norton will take part in its "Conversation With" series at this year's festival.

The Hamptons International Film Festival announced on Thursday that Aaron Eckhart, Holly Hunter, and Edward Norton will take part in its "Conversation With" series at this year's festival.

Jennifer Landes
September 13, 2016
"Loving" and "American Pastoral" will open and close the 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival, respectively.

The Hamptons International Film Festival will open this year’s festival in East Hampton with “Loving,” the story of the couple whose Supreme Court case did away with laws against interracial marriage in 1967. Directed and written by Jeff Nichols, it stars Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, and Michael Shannon. It will open in theaters on Nov. 4.

Jennifer Landes
September 12, 2016
The Hamptons International Film Festival announced this week that Edward Norton will receive a Career Achievement Award during this year's festival, citing a career of acting in as well as producing and directing a number of acclaimed and award-winning films.

The Hamptons International Film Festival announced this week that Edward Norton will receive a Career Achievement Award during this year's festival, citing a career of acting in as well as producing and directing a number of acclaimed and award-winning films.

Durell Godfrey
September 8, 2016
Sunday's Hampton Classic Grand Prix featured the usual celebrities as well as the typical and unusual hats.

The Hampton Classic Grand Prix was a study in confusion on Sunday, as the starting time kept changing due to evolving weather conditions. Despite the early uncertainty, those who attended enjoyed the competition and the people-watching.

Durell Godfrey
August 26, 2016
Bill King looks to be the favorite at this year's Box Art Auction with bids already entered on one of his small sculptures.

The Box Art Auction is Saturday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton. The annual benefit for East End Hospice will begin with a silent auction and reception at 4:30 p.m. and a live auction at 6. The festivities kicked off with a preview on Wednesday and Thursday.