Arts & Leisure

Artists’ Table Dinner Highlights Dance at the Watermill Center

On Friday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m., The Watermill Center will host an “Artists’ Table Dinner” with alum Catherine Galasso who will present an open rehearsal of “Get Dancing,” a piece featuring dancers Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal and Meg Weeks that will premiere later this month at Guild Hall.

Jamming at The Parrish with Morris Goldberg

The Parrish Art Museum is a partnering venue with The Jam Session, Inc., for the first annual Hamptons Jazz Fest 2021. On Friday, July 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Morris Goldberg & SafroJazz performs with special guests trumpet player Diego Urcola, and bassist Bakithi Kumalo.

Music Meets Mykonos in Water Mill

As a restaurant, Calissa in Water Mill may be best known for its Greek eats, but beginning this week, it also becomes the place for music with the likes of Wyclef Jean, Questlove, Rev Run x Ruckus, DJ Cassidy and others performing in the weeks ahead.

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Regroups and Reimagines Live Venues for 2021

Anyone who works in the arts will tell you that the worldwide pandemic made this past year unlike anything they have ever seen in their careers. For Julienne Penza-Boone, who was named executive director of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in early 2020, just weeks before COVID-19 shut down theaters for more than a year, figuring out how to schedule this year’s summer season for the 425-seat theater was nothing short of a balancing act.

‘The God Committee’ is a Medical Thriller that Poses Philosophical Questions

“The God Committee,” a new film by part-time Bridgehampton resident Austin Stark, explores the ethical quandary that arises when a wealthy donor tries to bribe a group of doctors to move his son up the organ donation priority list.

This Summer at Duck Creek, it’s All About the Music

Now that summer is in full swing, social calendars are filling, temperatures are rising, and live music is back in a big way. The Arts Center at Duck Creek in Springs is putting on a robust lineup for its 2021 music series. Thirty musicians are playing over 11 concerts for the third year of the series, all out in Duck Creek’s big, beautiful barn. Although each performance will be different, they share a common through line. 

North Fork TV Festival Names Christopher Jackson its Ambassador to the Arts

The North Fork TV Festival has named Tony-nominated and Emmy and Grammy Award winner Christopher Jackson this year’s Ambassador to the Arts recipient. A formal dinner ceremony will take place on Thursday, August 5, at American Beech in Greenport at 6:30 p.m.

Community Day at The Watermill Center

The Watermill Center will host a Community Day on Saturday, July 17. Community Day offers a chance to experience The Center’s grounds as its artists-in-residence do — a space to explore, unwind, and get inspired

Darren Vigil Gray at Keyes Gallery

Since the 1980s, artist Darren Vigil Gray has been known for dynamic works that probe personal and tribal mythologies, portraiture, the broad landscape of northern New Mexico, and abstraction. On Saturday, July 10, Keyes Art in Sag Harbor opens an exhibition of Gray’s work with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

‘Milton Avery: A Sense of Place’

Phillips Southampton is currently featuring “Milton Avery: A Sense of Place,” an exhibition running through July 31 with works available for both private sale and at auction. Curated by the artist’s grandson, Sean Cavanaugh, and Waqas Wajahat, the show features works directly from the Milton Avery Trust.

The Bard Abridged in Herrick Park

Kate Mueth and the Neo-Political Cowgirls (NPC) in partnership with the Village of East Hampton and the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, will present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged” by Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield and Adam Long from July 15 to July 25.

Live Music on East Hampton’s Main Beach

On Tuesday nights, Main Beach in East Hampton Village is the place to be for live music on the East End. The Main Beach Summer Music Series kicked off with The Nancy Atlas Project (on Thursday, July 8 since Tuesday was a wash-out) and will continue through September 7.

In Short, There’s Simply Not a more Congenial Spot

Tickets are on sale now for Bay Street Theater’s upcoming outdoor staged concert production of “Camelot,” with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The production opens Thursday, August 5, at a location in Bridgehampton to be announced soon.

Remembering Jean Patchett

On June 26, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center honored the late fashion model Jean Patchett with a book signing featuring Robert and Lois Lilley, authors of “Jean Patchett: American Goddess.” Patchett, a former Westhampton Beach resident and dedicated benefactor to the theater, died in 2002.

Tomashi Jackson’s ‘The Land Claim’ Opens at The Parrish

On view July 11 through November 7, “Tomashi Jackson: The Land Claim” is a multi-part exhibition of newly created work in painting, sound, photography, and archival materials. The show centers on the experiences — past and present — of communities of color on the East End and it opens up a discourse around collective memory and historical narratives of labor, educational access, transportation, and land rights, bringing to light systemic racial segregation in the area.

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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.