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Claiborne and Franey: Cooking up History in East Hampton

The South Fork and, more specifically, East Hampton have a long history of inspiring innovation in arts and letters.

Jun 3, 2014
Seeing "RED," a Play about Rothko's Art and Life, at Guild Hall

     The current production of "RED" at the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in East Hampton is an intense 90 minutes of thought-provoking discussion and banter revolving around the life and work of Mark Rothko. Victor Slezak embodies the role of the artist, articulating it with hair-trigger intensity and bellowing a late-career cri de coeur that is as wrenching as it is sometimes purposefully grating.

     Christian Scheider plays the role of Rothko’s studio assistant and subject to his insistent hectoring about the meaning and significance of art and artists.

May 23, 2014
Private Garden Open to Public in Bridgehampton on Saturday

Susan and Stanley Reifer will open their Bridgehampton garden on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. through the Garden Conservency.

The garden was designed by Jian Guo Xu, Chinese artist who has incorporate Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism on the garden's five acres. The garden includes pavilions, bridges, and water features accessed by winding paths.

The garden is at 5 Paumanok Road, Bridgehampton and  admission is $5.

Jul 17, 2014
Parrish Sold-Out Midsummer Party Attracts Swell Crowd

The Parrish Art Museum’s sold-out Midsummer Party on Saturday night raised $1.25 million and attracted some 1,000 guests.

The event honored Inga Maren Otto, a philanthropist, and Katharina Otto-Bernstein, a filmmaker and author.

The party took place in the museum’s galleries and on the terrace and porches of the building.

Jul 16, 2014
Cruising Art Market Hamptons

Thursday night was the night to be in Bridgehampton. Long lines of cars snaked through the back roads and front roads around the Bridgehampton Museum and Nova's Ark where two annual art fairs have taken up residence for the next few days.

It was the opening night for both ArtHamptons and Art Market Hamptons and even those with black cards, VIP passes, or other bells and whistles on their forms of entry had a tough time negotiating parking.

Inside, however, all was lively and fun, as these photos of the Art Market Hamptons fair by Morgan McGivern demonstrate. 

Jul 11, 2014
Bidding is open for LongHouse Auction on Paddle 8

An auction benefiting LongHouse Reserve is open for bidding now at Paddle 8.

Jul 10, 2014
Todd Haynes Greets Filmmakers at Stony Brook Southampton

Filmmakers participating in the Stony Brook Southampton’s summer shorts 20-day intensive production workshop were given a warm welcome on Monday with an opening discussion with Todd Haynes, the director of “Far from Heaven,” “Velvet Goldmine,” “I’m Not There,” “Mildred Pierce,” “Safe,” and many other original and provocative films.

Leading the discussion was the school’s graduate program director Christine Vachon, who directs the film program in partnership with Killer Films, her production company she co-founded with Pam Koffler. Ms. Vachon, who went to school with Mr.

Jul 9, 2014
Last Chance before 'Tempest' Blows Out of Town

There are only three more performances of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at Mulford Farm, presented by the Hamptons Independent Theater Festival, known more familiarly as HITFest. If you can, see all three.

The two-hour production is a delight from start to finish, harnessing a bit of Ariel’s magic to make the spare set and staging as engaging as the acting is polished and professional, rivaling Public Theater productions in Central Park I’ve seen over the years.

This is a production that could.

Aug 21, 2014
Watermill Center Raised $2.2M at Benefit Featuring Resident Artists

The Watermill Center held its benefit “One Thousand Nights and One Night/Sleepless Nights of Sheherazade” on Saturday night with Jim Jarmusch playing guitar in the Zen room and guests such as Philip Glass and Isabelle Huppert milling about the grounds. The party raised $2.2 million for the center’s International Summer Program and its year-round artists residencies and education programs.

This summer’s artists in residence once again did up the grounds with a series of live performance and video work. As per usual, clothing was optional.

Jul 30, 2014
Art Southampton: Clogged Roads and Packed Galleries

Although Southampton Town police officers did their best to keep traffic moving on County Road 39, drivers heading to the fair mixing with the regular summer evening traffic made for a messy commute on Thursday night.

Those attending the very, very important person preview at 6 p.m. still had their choice of parking.

Jul 25, 2014
LongHouse's "White Hot + Blue" Was Festive Despite the Weather

“White Hot + Blue” was the theme of this year’s LongHouse Reserve’s benefit in East Hampton on Saturday and the grounds and guests were done up just right.

Blue drinks, blue tables, blue and white feathers, blue glassware, blue and white dresses, and blue suits on the synchronized swimmers, if not the men, made the evening festive and sporty, even for the mostly arty crowd, who walked down a blue carpet into the party.

Jul 22, 2014
Art Goes to the Dogs at ARF Calendar Party

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons celebrated the 10th edition of its calendar on Saturday night at the Water Mill home of Sandra Powers, who is this year's pet calendar chairwoman.

Previous artists such as Paul Davis, Carol Saxe, and Billy Sullivan joined Eric Fischl, who conceived this year's cover. 

Calendars are on sale now through ARF. Those interested can call Kathy at 537-0400,extension 214.

Sep 30, 2014