Arts & Leisure

Bedside Reading Books for July 23

Every summer, Bedside Reading distributes tote bags filled with complimentary books for guests staying in hotels and inns around the South Fork. Founded in 2017, Bedside Reading had its beginnings in "Buzz Bags," a gift bag program started by Jane Ubell-Meyer in 2002.

The Macabre World of Gahan Wilson on Full Display at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum

In this drawing, a handful of men — a laborer, a couple of detectives and a cop in uniform — stand in a cemetery, staring down into a freshly opened grave. In the open casket, a nattily dressed man in a suit sits up with a broad smile on his face, looking back up at the group, and speaks. “Anyway, I really appreciate you fellows exhuming me!”

Paul Winters Works to Ensure Gahan Wilson’s Legacy

Paul Winters was Gahan Wilson’s stepson, and he has a lot of fond memories of life with the late cartoonist. “I met him at age 9 or 10 and thought, ‘ Wow, this guy is not normal.’ He had a very childlike sense of humor,” recalled Winters.

An Abbreviated Shakespeare Sets Up Shop in Herrick Park

Thirty-seven plays, 97 minutes and one grassy open area in East Hampton Village. Welcome to “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged” the Neo-Political Cowgirls’ (NPC) latest theatrical venture, which the troupe will perform in Herrick Park from July 15 to 25.

Watercolorist Barbara Ernst Prey Comes Home to the East End in ‘Vanishing Point’

When weather and time allow, Barbara Ernst Prey packs her paints, canvas and easel into the back of her car, hops behind the steering wheel and drives due east from her home in Oyster Bay — a ritual that transports her back to her childhood, riding shotgun next to her mother.

Rasean Davonte Johnson’s ‘Shutdown, Crisis, Restart’ kicks off ‘Wonder/Wall’

This July, Bay Street Theater is trying something very new. Each week, a different video artist is 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.

Let’s Talk Art: Paton Miller’s Visit with Brian O’Leary

Recently, artist Paton Miller visited the Bridgehampton home and studio of Brian O’Leary, whom he's known for 30 years. "Brian’s worn a lot of hats, but he’s been an artist through it all," said Miller. O’Leary’s work is currently on view in “Brian O’Leary: In Perspective,” a show running through July 25 at MM Fine Art, 4 North Main Street, Southampton.

SAC Presents ‘Beyond The Streets On Paper’

Southampton Arts Center takes it to the streets with “Beyond the Streets on Paper,” a new exhibition featuring more than 500 works by some 75 artists from around the globe. The show opens Saturday, July 17, from noon to 5 p.m., with a free barbecue on the SAC’s west lawn.

Filming ‘Fremont’s Farewell’ at LTV

In his one-man play, “Fremont’s Farewell,” author Shelby Raebeck tells the story of Ronald Fremont, a renegade high school English teacher at a posh Hamptons private school who is placed on probation for “breaking down the time-honored boundary between student and teacher.” On Wednesday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m., “Fremont’s Farewell” will be filmed in front of a live studio audience at LTV for future broadcast on the public access station and other outlets.

A Night of Music, Ballet and Modern Dance in Westhampton Beach

On July 30 and 31, the Westhampton Beach Project brings a weekend of free dance and music performances to Westhampton Beach, showcasing both emerging talent from around the world and a tribute to Frank Sinatra.

Cautionary Music Tales

The next Rites of Spring Music Festival concert, “Ballads & Other Cautionary Tales” performed by Tom Manuel & Friends Jazz Quartet, will take place at Castello di Borghese Vineyard, 17150 Middle Road, Cutchogue, on Sunday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Carl D’Alvia Sculptures at Duck Creek

The Arts Center at Duck Creek opens “Liths,” a show featuring two large-scale sculptures by Carl D’Alvia on the grounds at Duck Creek. Opening Saturday, July 17, and on view dawn to dusk through September 4, the show is presented in collaboration with Hesse Flatow Gallery, based in New York City and Amagansett.

Steven Petrow is Avoiding Stupid Things

Washington Post columnist Steven Petrow will be the guest author for the Friends of the Hampton Library's Friday's at Five series, which will be released online on July 16. Visit to register for a link to the talk.

‘Loud Money’ with Max Blagg

New York City-based artist Curtis Kulig and poet Max Blagg recently released “Loud Money,” a publication featuring a series of collaborative works. Blagg will be at the Arts Center at Duck Creek on Sunday, July 18, at 4 p.m. to read from the new monograph.

Nine Artists at Ashawagh Hall

A “Group Show” curated by painter Mark Perry will be held at Ashawagh Hall, 780 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton, from Friday, July 16, to Monday, July 20. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, July 17, from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Montauk Film Festival Back for Second Year: Q&A with Founder

After its debut in 2019, the Montauk Film Festival (MFF) is back with a full slate of films, Q&As and other events. For one week, July 25 to August 1, across six venues and five categories, several films comes to Montauk in a big way. Recently, Jason Ferrante, MFF’s founder and executive director sat down to talk about the festival, the mission behind it and Montauk itself.