The winter blues are making way for a sunny spring, and Tony-nominated actor Paul Hecht, in conjunction with stage producer and director Amanda Kate Joshi, musician and photographer Ralph Gibson and Guild Hall Chief Curator Christina Mossaides Strassfield, has organized a seasonal celebration of poems focused on rejuvenation, rebirth and creativity for the benefit of Guild Hall. Recited in the spirit of hopefulness for a new season, “Reawakenings” will be voiced by some of America’s greatest actors while a survey of curated images from Guild Hall’s permanent collection scroll on screen. The program on Sunday, May 23, at 8 p.m., will take place virtually on Guild Hall’s YouTube channel.
Bay Street Theater kicks off its 30th anniversary summer season on Friday, June 4, at 8 p.m., when it opens “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” an illuminating one-woman show written by playwright Mark St. Germain and starring four-time Tony Award-nominee Tovah Feldshuh in the title role of famed sexologist Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
Now through July 11, Southampton Arts Center (SAC) is showing “EARTH — Artists as Activists” a multidisciplinary exhibition curated by Amy Kirwin with work by more than 30 artists that creatively confronts the threats to the environment by bringing forth a collective effort to inspire action. In conjunction with the art exhibition, SAC is offering a series of environmental themed programs, all of which were created by SAC’s curatorial associate Daniela Kronemeyer.
Every Friday night, it’s time to “Sip & Sing” with Bay Street Theater. The weekly sing-along series takes place Fridays at 5 p.m. and is hosted by Broadway star Kyle Barisich, alongside a different star of the Broadway and Bay Street stage each week.
Salon Series, the Parrish Art Museum’s concert program featuring multi-award winning, world-class artists, is returning for its ninth year with livestream performances from the museum’s Lichtenstein Theater. Co-programmed with Louis Meisel, the spring Salon Series features Wynona Wang on Friday, May 14, and Nadejda Vlaeva on May 21, both performing at 6 p.m.
Laura Mancuso has always had a deep and abiding love for the ocean, and it’s a passion she is now sharing with her two young daughters — Sarafina, 9, and Lucia, 7. In fact, the Hampton Bays mom reports that her girls regularly stop by the wishing well in front of the local ice cream store to express their desire for just one thing. “I wish I could be a mermaid,” they say. Now, they are — if only on paper.
This past week brought a first to American politics. On April 28, during a speech to the nation in a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C., seated directly behind President Joe Biden were the two most powerful women in the country — Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “Madame speaker. Madame vice president,” began the president. “No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it’s about time.”
Nanette Carter (b. 1954), an artist with work in the Parrish exhibition “Affinities for Abstraction,” teaches at Pratt Institute and began coming to Sag Harbor in her youth after her parents bought a home in Sag Harbor Hills.
Virva Hinnemo (b. 1976), an artist in the Parrish exhibition “Affinities for Abstraction,” was born in Finland and now lives and works in Springs.
This week Sag Harbor Cinema opens a new documentary. Inspired by Michael Davis’s book, “Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street” it follows the making of the renowned PBS children’s television program.
Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton presents “HSRQ,” Ann Pibal’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Seven new paintings make up the show and continue Pibal’s exploration of light as a thematic subject and material for painting.
“Sag Harbor in Focus,” an exhibition of photography created by students from Pierson High School, is currently on view at The Church in Sag Harbor. The work, created during the past year, is a visual reflection of the students’ experiences, diversity of interests and unique perspectives on living in Sag Harbor and growing up on the East End.
OLA (Organización Latino-Americana) of Eastern Long Island recently commissioned “Voices of Youth” a short film by Sag Harbor resident and college student Allura Leggard on the topic of mental health access for adolescents.
On Saturday, May 8, Keyes Art Gallery in Sag Harbor opens “Mysteries,” an exhibition featuring the art of the late David Geiser and Lucy Villeneuve, with a reception from 4 to 8 p.m. The show remains on view until June 10.
More than a year after it was scheduled to open, “Sylvia,” by A.R. Gurney, will be the Hampton Theatre Company’s (HTC) first production at the Quogue Community Hall since all theaters in New York were shuttered on March 12, 2020 at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.