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Race Relations, Then and Now, Explored in “Clybourne Park”

Posted on 09 March 2015

There have been numerous stories making headlines in recent weeks that offer dramatic evidence of just how far this country has come in terms of race since the 1960s. But in the past year, there have been many more news stories that paint quite a different picture — one that offers a stark reminder of just how far we still have to go. This weekend, Hampton Theatre Company opens “Clybourne Park,” Bruce Norris’s 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning play about white flight and gentrification in a Chicago neighborhood. The play examines the state of race relations in America both then and now — and it couldn’t be more timely.

Spring Training: Extending the Reach (and the Season) for Artists & Writers….

Posted on 09 March 2015

Every August, a group of enthusiastic, if eclectic, softball players gather at Herrick Park in East Hampton for the annual Artists & Writers Celebrity Softball Game. The game started in 1948 with the likes of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning (whose affiliation was obvious) facing off against authors like James Jones and Willie Morris. This year’s Artists & Writers game (the 67th) takes place on Saturday, August 15 in East Hampton. That’s still months away, which is why Artists & Writers has opened the season early with “Spring Training,” an exhibition on view now at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts Gallery in Bridgehampton that highlights the considerable off-field talents of many of the players — well, half of them at least.

Rogers Mansion: 375 Years of Family Living

Posted on 03 March 2015

In recent months as Southampton Town was gearing up to celebrate its 375th anniversary, Emma Ballou, curator at the Southampton Historical Museum, was busy conferring with museum director Tom Edmonds about what sort of exhibition they should create at the Rogers Mansion to tie into the event. After all, how could one exhibit possibly convey 375 years of Southampton history?

Michael Disher: Reprising the Impossible Dream

Posted on 02 March 2015

Ask anyone who directs musicals on a regular basis, and you may soon learn there is a play which is near and dear to his or her heart —a musical known and loved so well that it has come to signify something of a milestone in life. For Michael Disher, director of Center Stage at the Southampton Cultural Center, that musical is “A Chorus Line,” which opens this weekend at the Levitas Center for the Arts in Southampton.

Long Island Grown: “Let’s Start with a Drink”

Posted on 24 February 2015

Given the snow and ice that has piled up on the East End it recent weeks, it’s hard to imagine better weather and the growing season ahead — or behind. Which is why now is a perfect time to talk (and dream) about exactly that. This weekend, the Peconic Land Trust’s Bridge Gardens kicks off its sixth annual series of conversations with local experts.

New Book Looks Back at Dan Rizzie’s Artistic Leanings

Posted on 23 February 2015

As an internationally acclaimed artist, Dan Rizzie’s work is bold, colorful and instantly recognizable. Blackbirds perched on limbs, saw tooth tulips, curving arabesques, brightly colored circles, botanical illustrations and backgrounds laden with text and found materials are the recurring components of his iconic artistic imagery. Now, Mr. Rizzie, who lives with his wife Susan Lazarus in North Haven, is the subject of a new monograph, “Dan Rizzie” which has just been published by the University of Texas Press.

Playwright (and Actor and Director) Joe Brondo Takes Flight with “Bluebirds”

Posted on 19 February 2015

In musical theater, the most formidable performer on the stage is known as a “triple threat,” a term that gives a nod to his or her skill as an actor, dancer and singer. This weekend, the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall opens “Bluebirds,” a new comedy by Joe Brondo who happens to be a triple threat in his own right. But in this case, Mr. Brondo’s trio of skill sets have cast him in the roles of playwright, director and actor.

Rediscovering the Manors of Long Island

Posted on 19 February 2015

Dr. Gaynell Stone is an archeologist by training. Her PhD topic involved analyzing Long Island’s Colonial gravestones as above ground artifacts, and though she knows a great deal about the island’s history, one thing Dr. Stone, director of the Suffolk County Archeological Museum, never set out to be was a filmmaker. Yet that is exactly she has become in recent years thanks to the “Manors of Long Island” — her personal quest to discover and document the history of the island’s manor properties, large expanses of land which were given to influential individuals through Colonial era land grants.

Classroom Questions: Screening of Vintage Films Explores Love & Marriage

Posted on 11 February 2015

If you happen to be of a certain age, you no doubt remember watching them — and, more likely than not, laughing hysterically over them. We’re talking educational films, those black and white (and occasionally color) 16mm wonders that millions of American children were forced to sit through during their formative years. Whether the topic was surviving puberty, alcohol and you, the truth about STDs or the dangers of heavy petting (whatever that is), one fact remains — a majority of these films were hopelessly out of date by the time most of us saw them in the classroom.
And here’s your chance to see a few of them again…..

Margo Selski’s Paintings: A Curious and Wonderful Bewilderment

Posted on 11 February 2015

Gazing deeply into the paintings of Margo Selski is a lot like going down the proverbial rabbit hole. Populated by fairy tale characters, Victorian debutantes, steampunk conquers and yes, even white rabbits, her work is full of fanciful twists and turns. Along the way, viewers can’t help but wonder what’s happening just out of frame or around the next corner.