Bits: Papa Coming to WHBPAC, East End Artists to Open Studios

Tom Papa. Courtesy photo

Tom Papa Comes To Town

The closest most have gotten to Tom Papa is likely through the television screen.

A regular on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” Papa recently premiered his third hour-long special, “Human Mule,” on Amazon and Hulu, following “Tom Papa: Freaked Out” and “Tom Papa Live in New York City” directed by Rob Zombie.

But for those who want to see him live, you’re in luck. The stand-up comedian will perform on Saturday, September 22, at 8 p.m. at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, located at 76 Main Street in Westhampton Beach.

“Tom is the new head writer and regular performer for the nationally syndicated radio show, ‘Live From Here,’ the latest incarnation of the legendary radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion,’” according to a press release, “and his first book, ‘Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas,’ released on June 5 from St Martin’s Press.”

When the carb-loving Papa isn’t writing, doing comedy or acting — he co-starred in “Candelabra” and “The Informant,” and appeared opposite Robert DeNiro in “Analyze That” — he is probably eating, thinking about or making bread.

His specialty is sourdough, according to a press release, and he takes his passion for baked goods to the next level in the new Food Network series “Baked.”

“In his mission to find the country’s best breads and pastries, Tom hits cities from coast to coast to shine a light on how local bakeries make life a little sweeter,” the release said. “He kicks the series off in New York City, where he devours glazed donuts covered in everything bagel topping, takes a master class in old world baking and discovers the bready, eggy, cheesy dish khachapuri. Tom then heads to Detroit, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New Orleans, New Jersey and Cleveland in subsequent episodes.”

Perhaps he’ll find himself inspired on the East End. But in the meantime, for tickets, call (631) 288-1500 or visit

East End Artists To Open Studio Doors

An artist’s studio is a sanctuary — a place of work, solitude and concentration. A haven of creation that is not open to the public.

“Slow Burn” by Sheila Rotner

Well, not usually.

This weekend, on September 22 and 23, members of the Artists Alliance of East Hampton will break the rules and invite the community behind the scenes, giving them an insider’s look into their studios from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

“Visiting the artist studios is a great way to meet the artists, hear what inspires their work and see where it is created,” according to a press release.

The participants in the free studio tour — Rosalind Brenner, Michael Cardacino, Bernice Faegenburg, Anna Franklin, Barbara Bilotta, Barbara Hadden, Phyllis Hammond, Teresa Lawler, Kenna Mackay, Mary Milne, Deb Palmer, Mark Perry, Lisa Rose, Sheila Rotner and Frank Sofo — will also be among a group of local artists on view in a Members Show opening Saturday, September 22, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Ashawagh Hall, located at 780 Springs Fireplace Road in Springs.

The exhibit will remain on view through Sunday, September 30. For more information, as well as a tour map, visit

PubSci Spin-Off Reveals Scientific Mysteries Within Historic Artwork

Scientists from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University have broken new ground — or, should they say, canvas.

Under an ultrabright x-ray microscope — Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source II — a minute sample from the 15th-century oil painting “The Crucifixion” by Jan van Eyck recently shed light on how and why some works of art deteriorate, and raised questions on how they might be better preserved.

The three scientists who analyzed the painting — Silvia Centeno, Karen Chen-Wiegart and Juergen Thieme — will discuss their findings during “Illumination: Revealing the Secret Chemistry of Oil Paintings” on Friday, September 21, at 7 p.m. at the Parrish Art Museum, located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill.

“I’m thrilled to launch this new collaboration between the Parrish and the extraordinary Brookhaven National Lab,” Corinne Erni, senior curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects, said in a press release. “There is nothing more exciting than getting to life’s mysteries through a conversation between the arts and science.”

The program is an offshoot of PubSci — a popular science café and conversation series organized by Brookhaven National Laboratory — which brings scientists to public venues to discuss their cutting-edge research in an informal setting.

Admission is $12 and $9 for seniors. Guests who arrive at 6 p.m. may view the exhibitions or attend a talk by a Parrish curator. For more information, call (631) 283-2118 or visit