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“To Kill A Mockingbird” Offers a Timeless Message

Posted on 11 November 2014

If there is such a thing as a seminal American novel, then “To Kill a Mockingbird” would have to be at the top of the list.
Set in Alabama in the depths of the Depression, Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for her 1960 novel which tackles the subjects of race, segregation, poverty and prejudice. The book came out in the midst of the Civil Rights struggle and though we’d like to think the issues it raises are firmly entrenched in the rear view mirror of the 21st century, given current political and societal polarization playing out across the nation — and its accompanying hateful rhetoric — Lee’s Maycomb County circa 1935 can look an awful lot like Main Street U.S.A. in 2014.

Abstraction Inspired by Nature

Posted on 11 November 2014

You might say that Roisin Bateman’s artwork is inspired by nature. But hers is not a literal interpretation, instead, her art speaks to forces hinting of change to come—in a moment, an hour or even a lifetime.

A Battle of Revolutionaries, Writers and Artists in “Travesties”

Posted on 01 July 2014

Well, the folks at Bay Street Theater promised us a summer of “Art and Revolution,” and with their current production of Tom Stoppard’s “Travesties,” they ain’t kidding. A note of caution: don’t go expecting light summer theatrical fare that will allow you to zone out for a couple hours after a hard day at the beach. This play requires your attention — in fact, it demands it.

The State of Our Bays in 2014

Posted on 09 April 2014

Water quality is an issue that has long been on the radar screens of environmentalists and scientists on the East End. But in recent years, even average citizens couldn’t fail to notice the degradation of local waterways through an increasing number of algal bloom events.

Elizabeth Dow: An Artist by Design

Posted on 08 April 2014

In the world of interior design, Elizabeth Dow is best known for her textiles and wall coverings (a selection of which can not only be found in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian, but on the walls of the Oval Office as well). But Dow is also a passionate and accomplished painter and she finds she’s at her creative best — both as a designer and a fine artist — when she’s able to quickly transition between artistic disciplines.

In the Heartland: At the Junction of Dysfunction

Posted on 19 March 2014

Maybe it’s the fertile soil or the weather-battered buildings — there’s just something about the heartland that breeds great material for the stage. But beyond the atmospheric starkness of the rural landscape there typically lies in middle America broken promises, lives unfulfilled and the most universal fertile ground of all — family dysfunction.

Bridgehampton CAC Debates Future of CVS

Posted on 29 January 2014

Word of a possible CVS store coming to Bridgehampton was a hot topic of discussion at the Bridgehampton CAC meeting Monday night. While some in attendance expressed support for a new pharmacy in the area, no one present wants to see it located at the hamlet’s busiest and most notorious intersection — the corner where Lumber Lane, Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike and Montauk Highway all meet.

Jonathan McCann

Posted on 29 January 2014

The president of the board of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) who talks about the shelter’s new veterinary mobile clinic, a van that will travel throughout the state to communities where low income pet owners are in need of spay and neutering services.

I Hope I Get It…Life in the Chorus Line

Posted on 28 January 2014

The glamour of Broadway has been a powerful lure for an endless succession of aspiring performers who find their way from small town America to New York City in hopes of making it big. And while some do find success in the big city, for most young actors, it’s a struggle to make ends meet as they bounce from audition to audition waiting for a big break which never comes. Competition is fierce and it’s a hard life — always has been, always will be. Which is why “A Chorus Line” still hits home, despite the fact it premiered on Broadway almost four decades ago.

Beatlemania Comes to Bay Street

Posted on 28 January 2014

“It was 50 years ago today….” Well, not quite yet, but a week from this Sunday, it will be exactly half a century since The Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. It marked their debut on American television and chances are, if you recognize the somewhat altered quote above as being from the 1967 Sgt. Pepper LP, you just might be one of the 60 million Americans who sat in front of a 13” black-and-white screen on Sunday, February 9, 1964 and watched the show live.