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A Camp That Lets Kids Be Themselves…Even if it Means Wearing a Dress

Posted on 11 May 2015

When Bruce Jenner appeared on 20/20 to talk about his transition from male to female, he transformed an issue that had largely been considered a joke into a serious discussion. For many, gender fluidity and transgenderism is seen as the last frontier in the pursuit of equal rights in this country — and for Sag Harbor photographer Lindsay Morris, it’s an issue whose time has come. Her new book, “You Are You,” documents a camp where gender-nonconforming children are allowed and encouraged to be themselves.

Art With Animal Attraction

Posted on 05 May 2015

Maybe it’s an inherent part of our human nature, but it seems very few people can resist images of very cute animals — or any animal for that reason. And this Saturday, art goers and animal lovers alike will have the opportunity to get an eyeful when the Richard J. Demato Art Gallery in Sag Harbor opens “A Magical Menagerie,” an exhibit of 30-plus paintings and mixed media works all depicting animals.

A New Book on East End Wine Goes “Behind The Bottle”

Posted on 05 May 2015

As the deputy editor of Edible East End and digital editor of Edible Long Island, Quogue resident Eileen Duffy has gotten to know a great deal about local food since she began writing about it back in 2003. But if you ask her, she’ll tell you that wine is her real passion. Which is why it’s probably no accident that Ms. Duffy’s new book is all about wine — East End wine, in particular.

Celebrating Steinbeck: Sag Harbor’s Favorite Literary Resident

Posted on 27 April 2015

Though John Steinbeck is known the world over as an author defined by his West Coast roots and his embodiment of the every man spirit, in his later life Sag Harbor was the place that truly became home for him. This weekend, Sag Harbor celebrates John Steinbeck, arguably its most famous resident, with a series of events including a community dog walk inspired by Charley, Steinbeck’s standard poodle and his stalwart traveling companion.

Put on Those Dancing Shoes — the Ailey Dancers are Coming to Town

Posted on 27 April 2015

Back in 2011, Southampton Village commissioned a study to determine the feasibility of creating an arts district. In the end, the firm that put together the study found that while the village was well represented when it came to offerings such as theater, music and the visual arts, what was largely missing was dance. Though she knew nothing about the study at the time, Laura Devinney, a board member of the Southampton Cultural Center (SCC), had noticed the lack of dance too.

At Bay Street Theater, You Can Give Playwrights a Piece of Your Mind

Posted on 20 April 2015

This weekend, audiences at Bay Street Theater will have an opportunity to do something that few theater goers ever get a chance to do — tell a group of playwrights exactly what they think of their plays. But that’s precisely what artistic director Scott Schwartz is encouraging people to do as part of Bay Street’s 2nd Annual New Works Festival which runs Friday to Sunday at the theater.

“Art for Aid:” Tapping Into a Network of Artists to Change Lives

Posted on 20 April 2015

Wendy Wachtel has been in the art business for years. As the owner of Walk Tall Gallery, she operated a gallery space in East Hampton Village for several seasons, and since closing that location has continued to actively work with artists and collectors as an art dealer. While she’s accustomed to moving fluidly among the movers and shakers of the East End’s art and cultural scene, as the assistant director of Meals on Wheels in East Hampton, Ms. Wachtel is also keenly aware of the wealth discrepancies that exist out here and the incredible need among those who struggle on a daily basis to survive.

Violinist Tim Fain Redefines Classical Music in the Modern Age

Posted on 13 April 2015

If you’re one of those people who think classical music is for an older generation and performed primarily by overdressed musicians in stuffy concert halls, you obviously haven’t heard Tim Fain. Or maybe you have — you just don’t realize it.

Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation: School Gardens Grow in the Wake of a Life Lost

Posted on 07 April 2015

In November 2010, Joshua Levine, a young farmer who lived in Sag Harbor, was killed in a tragic tractor accident at Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett. He was 35 years old and he left behind a wife and two small children. The tragedy shook the East End community to its core, especially those involved in the farm to table movement for whom tilling the soil, planting seeds and growing crops is more than an occupation, it’s a way of life. And it was Joshua Levine’s passion.

Musicians Make Great Music for a Great Cause

Posted on 07 April 2015

Going out for the evening to hear local musicians perform live has become a favorite pastime for many music fans on the East End. So when someone figures out how to merge live music with a good cause, there’s absolutely no excuse for not getting out of the house and into a groove — especially when it’s happening just up the road.