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At Bay Street Theater, You Can Give Playwrights a Piece of Your Mind

Posted on 20 April 2015

This weekend, audiences at Bay Street Theater will have an opportunity to do something that few theater goers ever get a chance to do — tell a group of playwrights exactly what they think of their plays. But that’s precisely what artistic director Scott Schwartz is encouraging people to do as part of Bay Street’s 2nd Annual New Works Festival which runs Friday to Sunday at the theater.

“Art for Aid:” Tapping Into a Network of Artists to Change Lives

Posted on 20 April 2015

Wendy Wachtel has been in the art business for years. As the owner of Walk Tall Gallery, she operated a gallery space in East Hampton Village for several seasons, and since closing that location has continued to actively work with artists and collectors as an art dealer. While she’s accustomed to moving fluidly among the movers and shakers of the East End’s art and cultural scene, as the assistant director of Meals on Wheels in East Hampton, Ms. Wachtel is also keenly aware of the wealth discrepancies that exist out here and the incredible need among those who struggle on a daily basis to survive.

“Light in the Tunnel” Opens to Benefit The Retreat

Posted on 20 April 2015

For the sixth year in a row, Sag Harbor’s RJD Gallery will host an art exhibit benefiting The Retreat, the only non-profit domestic violence agency serving the East End of Long Island. “Light in the Tunnel” will open on Saturday, April 25 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit features three accomplished [...]

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.

Violinist Tim Fain Redefines Classical Music in the Modern Age

Posted on 13 April 2015

If you’re one of those people who think classical music is for an older generation and performed primarily by overdressed musicians in stuffy concert halls, you obviously haven’t heard Tim Fain. Or maybe you have — you just don’t realize it.

Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival Presents a Tribute to Albert Maysles

Posted on 13 April 2015

On Sunday, April 19 at 2:30 p.m. the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival will pay tribute to pioneering documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, who died at his Manhattan home at the age of 88 in March, with a special screening and discussion at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. The festival, which is run by [...]

Les Sylphides & the Littlest Mermaid Come to Guild Hall

Posted on 13 April 2015

The Hampton Ballet Theatre School will present its spring ballets, “Les Sylphides” and the “Littlest Mermaid” this weekend in Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater on Main Street in East Hampton. “Les Sylphides” is a short non-narrative romantic ballet, a “ballet blanc,” originally choreographed by Michael Fokine with music by Frederic Chopin. The ballet premiered  in 1907 [...]

“Five Presidents” & “The Darrell Hammond Project” Added to Bay Street Mainstage Season

Posted on 12 April 2015

Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater announced Sunday it has added two new productions to its 2015 Mainstage Season—both East Coast premieres. “Five Presidents,” a new play by Emmy Award winning writer Rick Cleveland (“Six Feet Under,” “The West Wing,” and “House of Cards”) will be directed by Mark Clements and will run June 23 through [...]

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A Life Less Ordinary with David Slater at the Peter Marcelle Project

Posted on 08 April 2015

It’s been 60 years since David Slater first picked up a paintbrush.
In that time, the Sag Harbor-based artist has lived a storied life, full of unusual experiences. He has travelled the country, frequently by thumb and boxcar. He’s met a coterie of unusual characters. He’s taught art, both here in the States and abroad. And he’s done his fair share of hard labor as well.