Bits and Banter: Valero at RJD, Maritime Festival Returns, Birdhouses are Back

RJD_Gallery_Armando Valero_Serenade: “Serenade” by Armando Valero.
RJD_Gallery_Armando Valero_Serenade: “Serenade” by Armando Valero.

East End, Meet Armando Valero

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with Colombian artist and poet Armando Valero, who will give a bilingual reading during the reception for his exhibit, “El Viento Inquieto,” on Saturday, September 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton.

In line with the literary and artistic movement of Magical Realism — which has deep roots in Colombia, from Nobel Peace Prize recipient Gabriel Garcia Marquez to painter and sculptor Fernando Botero — Valero’s work is in constant conversation with this deep cultural heritage.

“Vibrant landscapes and seascapes set the stage for elaborate characters adorned in opulent textiles,” according to a press release from the gallery. “Surrounded by everything from horses to fish, Valero’s romantically stylized forms are placed in poetic balance within the systematic compositions.”

South American-inspired refreshments will be served during the reception. RJD Gallery is located at 2385 Main Street in Bridgehampton. For more information, please call (631) 725-1161 or visit

Boats take center stage at the Maritime Festival in Greenport.

East End Maritime Festival Returns To Greenport

For the last 28 years, the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation has celebrated the nautical history of the East End with its Maritime Festival in Greenport — drawing more than 30,000 people last year alone.

The weekend begins on Friday, September 22, with the Land and Sea cocktail party on the grounds of Greenport Yacht and Shipbuilding, followed by a parade on Saturday morning through downtown Greenport, starting at 11 a.m. Music and entertainment will continue in Mitchell Park, with classic wooden boat displays, kayak races, water sport demonstrations, wood carving, artisanal vendors, children’s activities, fresh oysters, craft beers, local wines and a sail to Long Beach Bar “Bug” Lighthouse.

Sunday morning kicks off with a Mermaid and Pirate Breakfast, hosted by Front Street Station, which will lead into another day of family friendly activities and demonstrations throughout the village.

Admission is free, but fees may apply to some activities. For more information, please call the North Fork Chamber of Commerce at (631) 765-3161 or visit

Tweet, Tweet: Birdhouses Bounce Back

It’s been three years since the last Bird House Auction and, for avid collectors, that’s three years too long.

But this collection of 50 one-of-a-kind birdhouses is making up for lost time. On Saturday, September 23, they will each go to the highest bidder during the 11th annual Artist Bird House Auction, in memory of Don Saco and benefitting Lucia’s Angels and The Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

The auction will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Union Cantina is located at 40 Bowden Square in Southampton. Advance tickets are $40, or $60 day of. For more information, please call (631) 726-8715 or visit and

Let’s Talk About Nature

If there was ever a time to talk about global warming, it’s now — and four experts are stepping up to do just that.

On Saturday, September 23, the South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center will host the third annual Climate Change Conversation: An Update with the following panel: Peter Boyd, founder of The Time4Good Group and senior advisor and climate lead for the B Team; Michael B. Gerrard, who is the Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School and director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law; Rod Richardson, president of the Grace Richardson Fund and co-founder of the Clean Tax Cuts Working Group; and New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., who will act as moderator.

Admission to the event, which will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., is free. Light refreshments will be served. The South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center is located at 377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton. For more information, call (631) 537-9735 or email

“The Watery Owl of Minerva” Pushes Boundaries At The Parrish

Optipus is a nomadic group of chameleon artists — cine-scientists in search of a laboratory — that shape-shifts according to site-specific requirements.

If you’re not exactly sure what that means, “The Watery Owl of Minerva” on Saturday, September 23, at the Parrish Art Museum is the place to find out.

The new, live, multi-projection and sound performance by the New York-based artist collective will stage outdoors after nightfall, and celebrate the natural world with a focus on water throughout history.

“The performance will contrast and superimpose the urban and human environment with the oceanic, undersea universe, layering the wetlands and waterfowl in loops of liquid light and patterns of natural design,” explained composer Bradley Eros. “This expanded cinema’s three-part composition begins with coloration and bio-rhythms dominating the visual flow. The middle section, with bodies, animals and insects abundant, the dance of flowering plants, and the swirl of the earth’s aqua-forms amid the range of landscapes and terrains, is built layer upon layer of activity and element. The third part returns to abstraction, this time via pure light and color, swimming through a template of multiple liquid lenses, for a dynamic finale of shapes and chromatic pulses.”

The performance starts at 8 p.m. outside the Parrish Art Museum, located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. Tickets are $20 and $5 for members, children and students.

“Optipus brings a special dimension to the conversation about nature and climate change, one that is becoming increasingly urgent with the devastating news from Houston and Florida to South Asia,” said Corinne Erni, curator of special projects. “Art touches people at a different level, and experiencing a spectacle like this can bring us closer to the meaning of protecting our environment.”

For more information, call (631) 283-2118 or visit

Hamptons International Film Festival One Step Closer To Full Line-Up

In its most recent teaser, the Hamptons International Film Festival has announced its Centerpiece Films — “Goodbye Christopher Robin” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — and three additional Spotlight Features: “Call Me By Your Name,” “The Shape Of Water” and “In The Fade.”

Making its North American premiere is Simon Curtis’s “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” which explores the life of author A.A. Milne and his relationship with his son, leading to the creation of the beloved character “Winnie the Pooh.”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” will see its East Coast premiere during the 25th annual festival. The latest film from Martin McDonagh tells the story of a woman in conflict with her local police department in an attempt to solve her daughter’s murder case, and recently received the Venice Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay.

Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” which won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, is about a janitor working at a hidden high-security government laboratory when her life is changed forever upon discovery of a secret classified experiment.

Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” the story of a young boy’s summer romance when a charming gentleman arrives in Italy to work with his family for the season, stars one of this year’s 10 Actors to Watch, Timothée Chalamet, and Fatih Akin’s “In The Fade” stars Diane Kruger as a woman struggling to overcome the loss of her family following a Neo-Nazi terrorist attack.

The Conflict and Resolution Winner is “Hondoros,” and “The Last Pig” took top honors in Compassion, Justice and Animal Rights. To date, Competition Films include documentaries “Lots Of Kids, A Monkey And A Castle,” “Mountain,” “Love Means Zero,” and “The China Hustle.” Narrative films include “Disappearance,” “Summer 1993,” Thoroughbreds” and “Under The Tree.”

The world premiere of “Itzhak” will open the festival on October 5, which will continue through October 9 at various locations across the East End. Passes and individual tickets will be on sale starting Monday, September 25. For more information, please visit