Arts Organizations Welcome a New Season

THAW Fest is this weekend
The Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama was filmed surrounded by her artwork and signature polka dots in “Kusama: Infinity,” which will be shown at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Sunday. Parrish Art Museum and Hamptons Doc Fest

The roots of the Hamptons Arts Network go back to December 2016, when a few representatives of local arts institutions got together at a bar in Sag Harbor to talk about how to move beyond informal, ad hoc partnerships to more focused and sustained collaborations that would not only involve supporting each other’s missions but also help stimulate the region’s off-season economy.

The Hamptons Arts Weekend Festival (THAW Fest), which debuted last March and will roll out its second iteration this weekend, is the most visible manifestation of the arts network. “You can think of it as almost like an open house for the 19 organizations that are involved,” said Andrea Grover, Guild Hall’s executive director.

Starting Friday evening with a dance party with D.J. Twilo at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill and an All-Star Comedy Show at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, the weekend will shift into high gear Saturday with a variety of programs and events, including films, tours, performances, music, theater, and art exhibitions.

The Hamptons Visitors Council has arranged a free shuttle to events on Saturday and Sunday in East Hampton and Southampton Towns. The shuttle schedule can be found at along with a complete listing of programs and events. A breakdown of events by category follows.



The Hamptons International Film Festival will present a free screening of “Field of Dreams” in celebration of that classic’s 30-year anniversary on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Guild Hall. Kevin Costner and Amy Madigan star as Ray and Annie Kinsella, a young couple whose plan to quietly run a family farm in Iowa is disrupted when Ray, standing in the middle of his cornfield, hears that famous line: “If you build it, he will come.” 

The critic Roger Ebert called the sports fantasy drama “the kind of movie Frank Capra might have directed, and James Stewart might have starred in — a movie about dreams.” The festival promises a discussion with special guests after the screening.

Although she is the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama will never be accused of selling out. Now 89, the Japanese artist has pushed boundaries in the art world for more than 60 years with a body of work that spans painting, sculpture, installation art, performance, poetry, and literary fiction. “Kusama: Infinity,” a new documentary by Heather Lenz that will be shown at the Parrish Art Museum on Sunday at 2 p.m., captures the extraordinary life and work of this artist, who opened her own museum in Tokyo in 2017.

Presented in partnership with the Hamptons Doc Fest, the screening will be followed by a discussion between John Torreano, an artist, and Terrie Sultan, the museum’s director. Tickets cost $15, $5 for members and students.



“Mamma Mia!” — the jukebox musical based on the songs of the Swedish pop foursome ABBA — will be performed at the Southampton Cultural Center Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 and Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Tickets are $30, $15 for students under 21, and the experience can be extended with a dinner-theater or brunch-theater package.

Bay Street Theater will present a rock concert by Foreigners Journey on Saturday at 8 p.m. The group brings together the music of Foreigner and Journey, two of the most popular arena bands of the 1970s and 1980s, whose hits included “Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Jukebox Hero,” “Anyway You Want It,” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Tickets are $35, $45 the day of the show.

Also on Saturday at 8 p.m., Jobs Pub at the Southampton Arts Center will host “Songs of the Silver Screen,” a live concert featuring Valerie diLorenzo, an award-winning New York City cabaret artist, and her guests Sue Conklin, Amy Kirwin, Julienne Penza-Boone, and Darren Ottati. The program will include songs from such movie musicals as “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “Guys and Dolls,” “The Sound of Music,” and “Funny Girl.” Tickets are $25, $20 for SAC members.



Guild Hall and the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center will partner on Saturday afternoon at 3 to present “Straight Talk, Real People,” a free talk by Charnele Brown, an actress and East Hampton native best known for her portrayal of Kim Reese in the sitcom “A Different World” and one of the first African-Americans in the Broadway musical “Serafina.” Ms. Brown will discuss growing up on the East End, race, entrepreneurship, and mentoring with Lynn Sherr, a broadcast journalist, writer, and longtime East End resident. 

“Gardening in Two Worlds” will be the subject of a lecture at the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack on Sunday at noon. Andrea Brusendorf, director of outdoor landscapes at Longwood Gardens in Chester County, Pa., since 2018, will discuss her transition from working in and managing a historic garden in central London to overseeing Longwood’s outdoor gardens. Internationally trained, Ms. Brusendorf has studied in gardens in South Africa, Germany, France, Botswana, Israel, and the United States. Tickets are $25, $20 for members.



At the Watermill Center, Marina Rosenfeld, a composer and artist, will share a new work in progress on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Drawing on her history of creating dubplates, or acetate test LP pressings used in recording studios, as the basis for performances and installations, her new work integrates “turntablism,” notation, and photography and will be premiered at the Time:Spans music festival in New York City in August.

Performance of a different kind will be featured Friday night at Bay Street Theater when it partners with the comedian Joseph Vecsey (Optimum’s “The Unmovers,” Netflix’s “Father of the Year”) to present the stand-up comics Corinne Fisher (Fox’s “Laughs”), Justin Silver (host of CBS’s “Dogs in the City”), and Moody McCarthy (“Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”). Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 the day of the show.



The Southampton History Museum in collaboration with the Amagansett Food Institute will present “Live Food, Local Food” at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Jack Formica, a chef from Amber Waves Farm, will lead a workshop on native foods and discuss the medicinal and nutritional properties of various species of plants, seaweed, and mushrooms from the region. Techniques for harvesting will be covered, recipes will be demonstrated, and tastes of plant-based food will be offered. 

The cooking workshop and presentation will take place from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m., a tasting and discussion will follow from 12:30 to 1, and an open house will conclude the program. Tickets are $10. 



The Eastville Community Historical Society in Sag Harbor is presenting “Genesis and Transcendence,” a solo exhibition of paintings by Michael A. Butler on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mr. Butler will also host a free “sip and paint” party there on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Madoo Conservancy will have the opening reception for “Madoo: A History in Photographs” on Saturday from noon to 4. The exhibition, which celebrates the conservancy’s 25th year as a public garden, will be on open Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 4.

The Dan Flavin Art Institute will be open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6, when its installation of works by Dan Flavin and Keith Sonnier’s mixed-media piece “Dis-Play II” will be on view.

In addition to works from its permanent collection, the Parrish Art Museum will open two photography exhibitions, “Renate Aller: The Space Between Memory and Expectation” and “Jean-Luc Mylayne: A Matter of Place,” on Sunday.

Guild Hall will be open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 with its 81st annual Artists Members exhibition. 

At the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs, “The Permanent Collection: A Thirty-Year Survey” will be on view Sunday afternoon between 1 and 4.

The Southampton Arts Center has two exhibitions, “TAKEOVER! Artists in Residence” and “Handoff: Weaving in Space,” which can be seen Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6.

“Morris Studio: The Unseen Collection, Photographs of Southampton 1892-1940” will be on view at the Southampton History Museum Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Tours of the building, grounds, gardens, art collection, and study library of the Watermill Center will be offered on Saturday afternoon between 1 and 3. Not to be outdone, the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center will be open Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. with live jazz, cookie and collage workshops, and tours of the house and Pollock’s studio. 

A tour of the Flavin and Sonnier works at the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton will take place Saturday afternoon at 4:30. The East Hampton Historical Society will host a decorative arts tour at Mulford Farm on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and garden tours at the Madoo Conservancy will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Keith Carmichael, the lead vocalist of Foreigners Journey, which will perform at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor Friday night
Marina Rosenfeld, standing, addressed members of the Sheer Frost Orchestra in New York City in 2000. Jason Schmidt