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Chris Messina Had Two Roles Making “Alex of Venice”

Posted on 16 April 2015

Just as the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival is underway comes the theatrical release of a film from last year’s festival. You can see Alex of Venice beginning Friday in New York. Chris Messina, a native of Newport, has been all over the place as an actor–from television’s The Mindy Project and The Newsroom to major films like Argo, Manglehorn, Cake and Vicky, Christina Barcelona to such TFF flicks as Fairhaven and The Giant Mechanical Man–and you can see him in Alex of Venice, too, but it is also his directorial debut. And he has done a super job, particularly with his fine cast.

Sag Harbor Restaurateur Gerard Wawryk Dies

Posted on 15 April 2015

Gerard D. Wawryk, a familiar face in Sag Harbor, where he presided over the restaurant Page at 63 Main, often darting out from the doorway to buttonhole a passerby to voice a complaint about village government or wax on enthusiastically about his latest business venture, died on Sunday, April 12, at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Mr. Wawryk, who took an active role in education, serving a stint as school board president, and local politics, suffered a stroke at his home, an apartment above the restaurant, on April 6. He was 68 years old.

Sag Harbor Adopts New Wetlands Law

Posted on 15 April 2015

Despite some pushback from a pair of environmental consultants who represent clients before municipal boards, the Sag Harbor Village Board on Tuesday adopted a new chapter to its code aimed at protecting wetlands and better controlling applications for development near them.

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Chilly Reception for Water Testing

Posted on 15 April 2015

At the tail end of a nearly 3-hour meeting of the Sag Harbor Harbor Committee on Monday, April 13, Kevin McAllister, the director of the environmental organization, Defend H2O, sought permission to conduct water testing near a runoff filtration system next to Havens Beach.

Skirmish Over Building Plans

Posted on 15 April 2015

Members of the Sag Harbor Village Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review sparred on Thursday, April 9, with John McLaughlin, the owner of a one-story house at 43 Suffolk Street who wants to tear it down and replace it with a two-story house.

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Sag Harbor Village Board Approves Sailing Club’s Lease Extension

Posted on 14 April 2015

Confronted by an at times boisterous audience that demanded an immediate vote, the Sag Harbor Village Board on Tuesday agreed to approve a 10-year extension to the Breakwater Yacht Club’s lease, while club leaders, in turn, promised a new era of better communication with the village board.

Sailing Club’s Lease on Sag Harbor Village Board Agenda

Posted on 14 April 2015

Members of the Breakwater Yacht Club are mobilizing to oppose a proposal—on the agenda for tonight’s Sag Harbor Village Board meeting—to allow the Mayor Brian Gilbride to reject the sailing club’s effort to extend its lease for another 10 years.

An email campaign and posts on social media sites such as Facebook have encouraged a large turnout in support of the club. The board meets at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building on Main Street.

The Weight Comes to Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater

Posted on 14 April 2015

The Weight is no cover band. While they focus their work on playing songs of The Band, these five musicians have tight ties to the group, from playing as official members of the Canadian-American rock roots band to writing some of The Band’s original songs. So when they get together to play, it’s more than a tribute to a great American band. It’s a tribute to music itself, and to the longevity of these songs, which these very musicians helped to create.
Jim Weider, who was in Sag Harbor for the recent Masters of the Telecaster show at Bay Street Theater this winter, played lead guitar with The Band from 1985 to 2000. Randy Ciarlante was the drummer for The Band from 1990 to 1999, and Marty Grebb wrote songs on The Band’s 1993 album, “Jericho.” So when they get together, it’s as much a remembrance of first-hand experience as it is paying homage.
“It’s not a tribute band,” said Mr. Grebb. “It’s a reincarnated sidecar of The Band, because there’s so much closeness.”

Local Artists Embrace the Audacity of Abstraction

Posted on 14 April 2015

Independent of representational imagery, abstract art is a bold departure from its figurative and scenic brethren.

Not surprisingly, given the bohemian allure of the Hamptons in the mid-century years, the East End has long been associated with the boundary-pushing genre. From the beginning of the movement—which saw the birth of colorful works of Mark Rothko to the expressive drip paintings of Jackson Pollock and biomorphic geometry of Willem de Kooning—to the artists who are producing today—including Dan Welden, Roy Nicholson, Gerson Leiber, Shari Abramson and Dennis Leri—it’s easy to see that when it comes to genres of art, there is perhaps none more audacious than that of the abstract ilk.

Community Calendar: April 16-April 23

Posted on 14 April 2015

  Calendar Spotlight: The Grenning Gallery, 17 Washington Street in Sag Harbor, will host an opening reception for “Cardone, Lucas and Lucas” on Saturday, April 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The opening show of the gallery’s 17th season, the show will feature the work of Maryann Lucas, Thomas Cardone and Edwina Lucas. For more [...]