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Celebrating the Swedish Christmas Table

Posted on 15 December 2014

As the winter solstice approaches, Scandinavia is plunged into darkness and folks there know they won’t see the sun again in any serious way for months to come. So when the longest nights of the year set in, lighting up the indoors becomes crucial. Food, of course, is key to celebrating any holiday in style and in Sweden the bountiful Christmas table, a Yuletide smorgasbord — or Julbord — laden with an array of delicacies is traditional for making spirits bright.

Mixed Nuts: What Happens When the Nutcracker Meets The Grinch?

Posted on 15 December 2014

At this time of year, here are any number of annual traditions that are near and dear to people’s hearts, including Tchaikovsky’s enduring ballet, “The Nutcracker.” From professional big city productions to small town dance companies featuring the tiniest dancing toddlers, December tis the season for Sugar Plum Fairies, Mice Kings and Snow Queens. But each year at Studio 3 in Bridgehampton, the Nutcracker is presented with a twist — a classic mash up, if you will.

Yuka Silvera’s Candy Cane Couture

Posted on 10 December 2014

This weekend, when the Hampton Ballet Theatre School presents its annual performance of the Nutcracker, all eyes in Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater will be on the 100 or so dancers — some as young as three — who will have their moment to shine in the spotlight. But also having a starring role will be the spectacular costumes which the young dancers will wear.

Small Works Make the Holidays Bright at Kramoris Gallery

Posted on 10 December 2014

Romany Kramoris describes her eclectic gallery as a “little bit of Greenwich Village” in Sag Harbor. That certainly seems to be true at this time of year when the walls of Kramoris Gallery are adorned with small works by some 40 artists from all over the East End and beyond.

Take 2 Film Fest: Journalist and Director Revisits TWA Flight 800

Posted on 03 December 2014

On the evening of July 17, 1996, a TWA Boeing 747 bound for Paris exploded mid-air nine miles off the coast of Long Island. The flight had left JFK Airport just 12 minutes earlier. All 230 people on board were killed. The NTSB’s final conclusion was that a spark in the plane’s center fuel tank caused an explosion which brought the plane down. But more than 18 years later there are still many who dispute those findings, including journalist and documentary filmmaker Kristina Borjesson.

Filmmaker Finds his Focus on the East End

Posted on 02 December 2014

In recent weeks, folks in Sag Harbor may have noticed a small film crew setting up at various businesses and locations around the village, including the Old Whalers’ Church, Estia’s Little Kitchen, Bay Burger and Schiavoni’s IGA Market. The film, “We Only Know So Much,” is based on a 2012 novel by Elizabeth Crane and it stars Jeanne Tripplehorn and Damian Young as a middle aged couple with two children who are forced to move in with and care for their own aging parents.

Guild Hall Expands the Collection

Posted on 01 December 2014

By its most classical definition, though the term “museum” may denote historic preservation, a museum isn’t necessarily a repository for the past — whether the focus is cultural, artistic or scientific, at its most dynamic, a museum is also an expression of the future. That’s certainly true at Guild Hall in East Hampton where 68 vibrant newly acquired works of art are currently on view in “New Additions to the Permanent Collection.”

Across The Americas: Taking the Road Trip of a Lifetime

Posted on 24 November 2014

Late November is upon us, and in the days ahead, people from all over the country will take to the road as they head out to visit family and friends for the holidays. By January, most folks will be back at their desks, either in the office or the classroom, looking forward to the next time they can get away. But what if you didn’t have to be back? What if you could leave all your personal and professional commitments behind and set out on a journey with no time constraints and only the open road and endless possibilities ahead? Where would you go?

A Man is Drawn to the Blues

Posted on 24 November 2014

Jake Lear is an impressive guitar player who, despite the fact he was raised in Vermont, Sag Harbor and East Hampton, has a love of (and a talent for) blues and roots music from the Mississippi Delta. It’s an incongruity that Mr. Lear can readily explain.

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Paul Davis: Defining the Art of Theater

Posted on 17 November 2014

As a work of art, the theater poster is a unique object with two very specific jobs to do. The first is to convey the emotion, tension and drama inherent in a play through a single iconic image that is both compelling and accurate. The second is to sell tickets. Between 1975 and 1991, Sag Harbor’s Paul Davis created 51 posters for Joseph Papp’s Public Theater. Now, 16 of his iconic theater posters are on permanent display at the Public Theater on Lafayette Street in New York City.

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