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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STDs or the dangers of heavy petting (whatever that is), one fact remains — a majority of these films were hopelessly out of date by the time most of us saw them in the classroom.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.

Playwright Tackles the Toughest of Issues in “Honor Killing”

Posted on 02 February 2015

For the past year, the John Drew Theater Lab at Guild Hall has been a place where playwrights and performing artists can come to develop new work. The theater’s artistic director, Josh Gladstone, and the JDTLab provide support, space and, perhaps most importantly, an audience for creative collaborators to further their vision. Next up at the JDTLab on Tuesday will be a reading of “Honor Killing,” a new play by Sarah Bierstock that delves into the abuse of women halfway around the world while also taking a hard look at gender politics in the United States.

East End Special Players Offer “The Fish Juggler

Posted on 02 February 2015

For more than 20 years, members of the East End Special Players, a group of learning disabled adults, have taken to the stage to share a range of theatrical pieces. Most of the troupe’s plays incorporate original material exploring their own hopes and dreams, anxieties and experiences. Now they are extending their on-stage storytelling to include their take on art as well.

Get Cooking with the Chefs at Topping Rose House

Posted on 27 January 2015

Over the years, those of us who call this place home have come to understand that there are some amazing perks that come with living on the East End in the off season. Finding parking on Main Street is one of them. Working from home next to a roaring fireplace when a blizzard rolls through is another. Now, having the opportunity to learn culinary techniques alongside accomplished chefs at Topping Rose House can been added to that list.

Pierson Thespians go Wilde with “Ernest”

Posted on 27 January 2015

Next weekend, the students of Pierson High School will take the stage to present their annual dramatic production. But this time around are taking on, not a heavy and serious theatrical piece, but rather Oscar Wilde’s classic “The Importance of Being Ernest,” a play billed as “a Trivial Comedy for Serious People” when it premiered in London back in 1895.

Designing Architecture That Makes a Difference

Posted on 20 January 2015

As a form of artistic expression, architecture possesses the power to evoke strong emotion in those who live, work or visit a space. A beautifully designed building has the capacity to accomplish any number of goals — from enlightening and educating, to comforting and inspiring. But for architect Sharon Davis, architecture is most meaningful when it has the ability to change lives.

Celebrating East End African American Artists

Posted on 20 January 2015

The Levitas Gallery at the Southampton Cultural Center is currently hosting an exhibition featuring an eclectic mix of colorful and intriguing work that runs the gamut of artistic expression, from painting and sculpture to collage and photography. All of the work on view was created by African American artists who live or work on the East End, for at least part of the year. Among them is abstract painter and sculptor Tina Andrews, the curator of the exhibition.