When Patrick J. Peters III picks up the phone last Friday afternoon, he is standing in front of an 80-square-foot canvas, staring at a cacophony of color — and, within it, two dichotomous dragons. The first is black and red, greedy and fear-driven, overshadowed by the beast behind him. She, on the other hand, is vibrant and playful, her taloned hand plunged deep into her foe. And, out of the struggle, comes energy and light.
In the days and weeks following the 2020 presidential election, writer and Quogue resident Roger Rosenblatt began to feel a distinct sense of unease. His was a common reaction, and one that only grew worse during the subsequent interregnum and the storming of the Capitol on January 6. So Rosenblatt decided to put out a call to arms — or in this case, quills — with the suggestion that he and his writerly compatriots create a literary venue in order to share their works, ideas and compassion with a wider audience on a regular basis.
Beer, brawls, bad behavior… Joe Clifford’s fifth book in his Jay Porter series delivers once again for guys, though “Rag and Bone” may also appeal to women intrigued by what constitutes a hardcore male mystique in crime fiction (the protagonist “bulled up the sidewalk”).
My 2010 Toyota Corolla is what people politely call a beach car, and impolitely call a piece of … well … they’re just being honest. The exterior is covered in nicks and scrapes. Inside, it looks like I’m always on my way to the dump. It’s the sort of car that you never have to lock, because if someone is desperate enough to steal it, be my guest.
Bay Street Theater will host its 30th anniversary Season Kick-Off Benefit on Wednesday, February 24, at 6 p.m. The evening will be presented live, online via Zoom, and will begin with an introduction from Bay Street Artistic Director Scott Schwartz, who will introduce exciting new plans for the upcoming season. Schwartz will then hand it over to Wölffer Estate Vineyard’s master winemaker, Roman Roth, who will lead a wine tasting of three Wölffer wines, all included and sent directly to attendees’ homes.
Guild Hall in East Hampton has extended its deadline to register for the 83rd Artist Members Exhibition to February 8. Artists are required to be active members of Guild Hall through April 12 in order to submit their works.
In its effort to support the outstanding films nominated by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in the category of Best Documentary Feature, Hamptons Doc Fest will profile and promote the five documentary nominees, starting on March 15, after the Academy’s announcement of the Oscar finalists.
Guild Hall has teamed up with Bel Canto Boot Camp (BCBC) for two presentations — the first is a one-night-only session, and the second a series of four workshops, based on the history, lexicology and love of opera.
Roman Fine Art in Sag Harbor is currently hosting “Halcyon Daze,” a solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based painter Adam Umbach. This exhibition marks Umbach’s first solo show at Roman Fine Art and showcases new work from his ongoing series, “Playtime.” The exhibition will continue through Sunday, February 28, and the gallery will host a private cocktail reception for the artist on Saturday, February 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Bedside Reading, which places a wide variety of complimentary books on bedsides in luxury hotels and boutique properties each summer on the East End, is sharing the love by returning early this year with a variety of Valentine’s Day book candy to be savored by guests of partner hotels. Sugar-covered romances, chewy thrillers and minty wellness books are just some of the offerings to be found at the hotels from February 12 to 14.
Tuesday nights are for bonding, if only in the virtual sense. At least, that’s the philosophy of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) which, now through March 30, is hosting a biweekly Tuesday night movie series for patrons and staff to watch (and comment) on films as a group.
“Cinema Live,” conversations and new films hosted online by Sag Harbor Cinema, continues this Saturday, February 6, at 4:30 p.m. with a live discussion featuring Pietro Marcello, who discusses his latest film, “Martin Eden.”
Cultural strategist András Szántó, Ph.D., will discuss his new book, “The Future of the Museum: 28 Dialogues,” with Parrish Art Museum’s senior curator of ArtsReach and special projects Corinne Erni, in a livestream talk on Friday, February 12, at 5 p.m.
It appears as if the centuries-long and inevitable exodus of the coyote in North America is almost complete. The offspring of coyote families that colonized the Bronx a couple of decades ago have now made their way into Nassau County, where two breeding pairs have been identified in the past couple of years, one in a county park and the other on an estate on the celebrated Gold Coast. Sightings and photo evidence have recorded a coyote roaming the South Fork since 2013 — and last year for the first time, a single photo by a local hunter captured two coyotes together here.
Back in January 2017, art dealer and Sag Harbor resident Richard J. Demato opened the doors of his brand new RJD Gallery on Bridgehampton’s Main Street. The space was christened just a month after a devastating fire destroyed his previous gallery in the Sag Harbor Cinema building, along with millions of dollars in artwork. Now, exactly four years later, Demato has relocated again, this time to the small town of Romeo, Michigan, where he is set to soon open his newest gallery space.