This summer, Bay Street Theater is trying something very new. Each week, a different video artist has been taking over the courtyard for immersive art in a series called “Wonder/Wall.” Comprised of audio, projected visuals and some aspect of live performance, each show runs only 15 minutes, five times a night, for one week. The focus of each week’s show is very different: from Yee Eu Nam’s “Frankenstein,” which showed July 13 to 18, to Rasean Davonte Johnson’s “We Are In This Together, Shutdown, Crisis, Restart," which I saw in early July on a humid, Saturday night.
What’s the hottest you’ve ever been? That time you were gills-to-breathe, flip-flops-stuck-to-asphalt, torture-chamber hot. Almost everyone’s been there. For me, it was Phnom Penn, Cambodia, 2019.
Screenwriter Heywood Gould spent many years on the East End and has a big following with friends, colleagues and fans here. For that reason, he is holding the launch of his memoir, “Drafted: A Memoir of the ’60s” (Tolmitch Press) on Saturday, July 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Julie Keyes Gallery in Sag Harbor. Mimosas and bagels will be served.
The story of “Fighting Shirley” is coming Southampton Arts Center (SAC) in a one-woman play written and performed by part-time East Hampton resident Ingrid Griffith. Directed by Zoya Kachadurian, “Shirley Chisholm: Unbossed and Unbowed” tells the largely unknown story of Chisholm, a daughter of immigrant parents. Presented with the Southampton African American Museum, the show takes place on Sunday, August 1, at 2 p.m., followed by a panel discussion.
Pianofest in the Hamptons returns in August for a series of Monday evening concerts at Avram Theater at the Stony Brook Southampton campus. After a year away, Pianofest is back with a four-week season in front of live audiences. Unlike previous summers, the performers will be drawn from distinguished Pianofest alumni, and the size of the audiences will be limited by CDC protocols.
Moving Images: The 19 & Other Works” is an exhibition of videos, paintings, and works on paper by interdisciplinary artist Margaret Garrett. The show, on view at Shelter Island Historical Society, opens with a reception on Saturday, August 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. and remains on view through September 8.
On Saturday, July 24, Tripoli Gallery opens “Twisted Metal X,” a solo show by Los Angeles-based artist Yung Jake, with a reception for the artist from 6 to 8 p.m. The show runs through August 23.
On Friday, July 23, Chase Contemporary in East Hampton opens its first solo exhibition with Atlanta-based painter Imani Bilal and a reception from 4 to 7 p.m.
On Thursday, July 22, Mark Borghi Sag Harbor will open “My Beloved Chogokin” by Jonathan Harkham with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through August 4.
On Saturday, July 24, William Ris Gallery in Jamesport opens “Outeast,” the first of a series of exhibitions with the South Fork-based collective folioeast, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m.
Who will be the next big star of the art world hanging on the line? Guild Hall’s Clothesline Art Sale returns to East Hampton on Saturday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 650 works by more than 230 artists will be displayed outdoors in front of the building at 158 Main Street, as well as online for those who cannot attend in person.
Dubbed the “Next Generation Of Spirit Communication,” psychic medium Christopher Allan is ushering in a new era of spiritual enlightenment. On Saturday, July 31, at 7 p.m., Allan will be at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center for an evening of psychic readings.
dieFirma, an artist-run platform anchored in New York’s Cooper Square, returns to its Shelter Island outpost this week with an exhibition series in an intimate and wild woodland garden. Highlighting returning artist Bill Miller and sculptures by the late Gloria Kisch, dieFirma will host a full calendar of art events including site tours, workshops, creative demonstrations, and a series of artist talks through August 8.
The Arts Center at Duck Creek opens “Present Tense,” an exhibition of paintings by Jennifer Cross in the Little Gallery at Duck Creek, with a reception on Saturday, July 24, 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will be on view Thursday to Monday, 2 to 6 p.m., through August 29.
On Sunday, July 25, at 5 p.m. the Arts Center at Duck Creek presents a free concert by Samara Joy and the Pasquale Grasso Trio with vocalist Samara Joy, guitarist Pasquale Grasso, bassist Ari Roland and drummer Keith Balla.