Bits & Banter: Sound Bath, Critique for the Ages, Moveable Feast, Honoring Vervoordt

Daniel Lauter leading a Sound Bath session. Courtesy photo.

Sound Bath, Anyone?

What is a sound bath? Good question.

The sound meditation is an immersive experience that uses instruments and objects d’sound made specifically for deep relaxation, reduction of stress and lessening of anxieties, which can lead to self-healing and personal transformation.

On Saturday, March 24, bowl master Daniel Lauter will lead a session at the Southampton Arts Center, performing with crystal bowls and gongs, Tibetan and Himalayan Bells, rain sticks, ocarina, ambient soprano saxophone and other objects d’sound.

“Sound meditations are based on one of the fundamental threads in the universe, that all things vibrate. These vibrations travel, creating beautiful melodies, harmony and resonance. The sound waves are absorbed through the mechanics of the ears, the skin, through bone conduction, and also can be felt on a deep molecular level through the strong vibrations,” according to a press release. “The whole body ‘listening’ to these sounds creates sympathetic vibrations that are felt in our central nervous system. You awaken and stimulate what is referred to as your ‘Sound Body.’ It is like you are tuning your body and mind.

“This process reduces cortisol levels, stimulates the production of beneficial nitric oxide, lowers blood pressure, reduces your heart rate and allows you to quickly reach relaxing brain waves states,” it continues. “These sounds, when combined with meditative breathing, on a neurological level, allow a circuit to switch in your brain that helps you go into deep relax mode.”

Admission is free, and the Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton. For more information, please call (631) 283-0967 or visit

A Critique For The Ages

As the East End landscape comes back to life and the ospreys return to their nests, the Victor D’Amico Institute of Art will hold a two-day spring critique on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. each day at The Mabel and Victor D’Amico Studio and Archive in Amagansett.

Artists age 16 to 106 are invited to bring two to four artworks in any medium — to be displayed on an easel or 24-inch tabletop — for a critique led by George Negroponte on Saturday and Michael Rosch on Sunday, followed by a brief tour of the studio and archive with Christopher Kohan and refreshments.

Admission is free, but space is limited, and registration is required. For more information, please call (631) 267-3172 or visit

Moveable Feast Continues To Lead The Way

The year was 2011. Slow Food East End joined forces with the Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation, and The Moveable Feast was born.

The fundraiser, which honors the legacy of young farmer Joshua Levine, will be held on Sunday, March 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dodds & Eder Landscape Design Showroom, located at 11 Bridge Street in Sag Harbor, to raise funds for Edible School Gardens.

“These gardens have brought joy and learning opportunities to thousands of children across the East End. But school gardens don’t just grow vegetables. School gardens grow healthy kids, one garden at a time,” according to a press release. “Now, garden-grown vegetables are beginning to be served in school cafeterias, wellness and healthy eating are being taught in our schools, and chefs are coming into the classroom to teach cooking — all because of the support of the wonderful food community here on the East End, and supporters like you.”

All of the food served at The Moveable Feast is donated and prepared by East End restaurants, caterers, farms and vineyards — from Jason Weiner and Jeremy Blutstein of Almond, to Cheryl Stair and Eric Householder of Art of Eating, to Debbie Geppert of Bostwick’s Clambake & Catering, to Abra Morawiec of Feisty Acres Farm, to name just a handful of the dozens of participants working toward a singular cause.

“We have been told our Edible School Garden program is one of, if not the most successful such school program in the United States. In seven years, it has grown from seven to over 25 schools,” the press release said. “The success is largely due to the program’s support of young master farmers who work with the students, administrators, teachers, and parents, in planning, planting, harvesting, and preparing the food grown in these gardens.

“Not only do children learn about the importance of eating nutritious food and its preparation, they also learn about charity and philanthropy, because many of the schools donate some of the food grown in the gardens to food pantries,” it said. “Our children are our future, and this program is so important in enabling them to learn about, not only the importance of establishing healthy eating habits, but also about the needs of others, giving back, philanthropy and citizenship.”

Advance tickets are $150, or $100 for Slow Food members, or $175 and $125 at the door, respectively.

Axel Vervoordt

Honoring Axel Vervoordt

Get a front row seat to Axel Vervoordt’s unique view of the world during the lecture “Living with Art” — and then celebrate the LongHouse Award recipient — on Wednesday, March 28, at the Hearst Tower, located at 300 West 57th Street in Manhattan.

Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m., followed by an award presentation and talk at 7 p.m., before dinner at 8:30 p.m. at the nearby Gainsborough Studios. Tickets range from $250 to $15,000. For more information, please call (631) 329-3568 or email

Upright Citizens Brigade Returns

The Upright Citizens Brigade — founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh — has been home to some of the biggest stars in comedy today.

And, this weekend, they’re coming to the East End.

This time, on Saturday, March 24, the comedy troupe’s touring company will pay the Southampton Arts Center a visit, making it the first show of its kind at the center.

“We have been eager to expand our programming in the theater with the recent upgrades, and live comedy is something that has been on the wish list for some time now,” according to Amy Kirwin, the director of programs. “Being able to bring one of the absolute best improv comedy troupes in the world to our stage is truly thrilling, and will be a special treat to all who attend.”

Four comedians at the top of their game will perform a high-energy, surprising and hilarious show that has never been seen before, and never will be seen again — though the same cannot be said of the talent on stage. From television shows like “Saturday Night Live,” “Silicon Valley” and “Broad City” to films such as “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat” and “The Hangover,” UCB performers are everywhere, not to mention in the writing rooms of “Key and Peele,” “The Daily Show” and “Inside Amy Schumer,” to name a few.

The 90-minute, unscripted show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20. For more information, please call (631) 283-0967 or visit This program is being presented as part of “THAWFest 2018,” a Hamptons Arts Network initiative featuring 19 nonprofit organizations that have banded together for a weekend of exhibitions, theater, film, music, garden tours and more. For more information, please visit