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When Life Gets You Down, Get to The Joshua Show

Posted on 30 March 2015

Three years ago when Joshua Holden performed a 10-minute puppet slam piece in Chicago, little did he know he was on the brink of inventing a whole new life for himself. But with The Joshua Show, a full-length performance piece which grew out of that short offering, Mr. Holden has done just that. Along the way he has also found his place in the world — and being true to oneself is really what the Joshua Show is all about.

Restoring History: Inside Look at the Nathaniel Rogers House

Posted on 30 March 2015

Next Thursday, John Eilertsen of the Bridgehampton Historical Society leads a tour of the Nathaniel Rogers House in the center of Bridgehampton. This will be the public’s first peek inside the classic Greek Revival structure which, after decades of neglect, is being renovated and restored by the historical society in a joint effort with Southampton Town, which owns the property. While the exterior is looking pretty good, Mr. Eilertsen admits people may be disappointed when they see what’s inside. That’s because $2 million doesn’t go very far these days.

Julie Andrews Looks Back on 50 Years of “The Sound of Music”

Posted on 25 March 2015

In March of 1965, the United States was in a state of turmoil. Malcolm X had just been assassinated, civil rights marchers were beaten by state troopers in Selma, Alabama and on the West Coast civil unrest would lead to the Watts Riots in Los Angeles later that year. Meanwhile, audiences around the country were flocking to theaters to see a film that seemed to offer an antidote to all the upheaval — Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” which was based on the Broadway blockbuster and premiered at the Rivoli Theater in New York City on March 2, 1965.

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The Southampton Review: A Literary Treasure (and a Visual One too)

Posted on 23 March 2015

Though it may not always feel like it, spring has officially sprung on the East End — and with it has come the arrival of The Southampton Review (TSR), the annual literary journal produced by Stony Brook Southampton and edited by the faculty of the MFA in Creative Writing program. This is the ninth edition of TSR, which each year highlights some of the best poetry, fiction, memoirs and screenplays that writers from around the globe have to offer.

The Buzz About Bees

Posted on 16 March 2015

This winter has been hard on everyone. But for Mary Woltz, the challenges have gone far beyond simply shoveling and making sure there’s enough firewood on hand. That’s because Ms. Woltz is a beekeeper — a job that doesn’t end just because the pollination season has.

Jules Feiffer Revisits His Long Lost Youth in “Kill My Mother”

Posted on 16 March 2015

You’d think that with an Academy Award, a Pulitzer Prize, two Obies and a Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award under his belt (the latter occurring just last week), cartoonist/playwright/screenwriter/filmmaker Jules Feiffer wouldn’t be afraid to try anything. But you’d be wrong. Up until last summer, Mr. Feiffer, who just turned 86, had never tackled the noir style comic, that genre of crime literature where tough talking detectives hook up with sassy dames who aren’t quite on the level and together, they solve murders in bleak, black and white setting. It’s a genre Mr. Feiffer has loved since he was a child.

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Joe Zucker: In Consideration of the Spider

Posted on 16 March 2015

In 1992, artist Joe Zucker traveled to Steamboat Springs, Colorado where he worked with Riverhouse Editions to create a series of prints based on his exploration of the spider. Nine of those drawings were recently gifted to the Parrish Art Museum, which prompted curator Alicia Longwell to engage in a much deeper exploration of the artist’s work from this period through the Parrish Perspectives program.

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?