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Water Mill Philanthropist Joan Hornig to be Honored at Ellis Island

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Joan Hornig of Water Mill will be honored for her philanthropic work at Ellis Island this weekend. 

By Tessa Raebeck

Joan Hornig, a philanthropist, art patron and jewelry designer from Water Mill, will be awarded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) with the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor May 10.

According to NECO Chairman Nasser J. Kazeminy, the honorees have the following traits: “The vision of a better world for all; the tenacity to overcome great adversity; the leadership and imagination to blaze their own trail. And most importantly, they have the humility and self-reflection to appreciate the amazing opportunities the America has given them. They inspire me; and we honor them so they can inspire others as well.”

Ms. Hornig is being recognized due to the philanthropic commitment of her jewelry line, which donates 100 percent of its profits from ales to the charity of the consumer’s choice through her Joan B. Hornig Foundation. The foundation has donated to more than 800 charities across the world, aiding causes that include the arts, animal rights, education, environmental protection, medical research and social services.

Stages Brings a Favorite Back to Bay Street

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The cast of Stages' 2006 performance of "Once Upon a Mattress." Photo courtesy of Stages.

The cast of Stages’ 2006 performance of “Once Upon a Mattress.” Photo courtesy of Stages.

By Tessa Raebeck

A twist on the fabled tale of “The Princess and the Pea,” the romantic comedy “Once Upon A Mattress” returns to the Bay Street stage this weekend in three shows by Stages, a Children’s Theatre Workshop, Inc.

A fractured fairy tale that takes a comedic twist on the classic story, “Once Upon a Mattress” has music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Marshall Barer, Dean Fuller and Jay Thompson.

The play will mark the 97th production for Stages, which begins its 20th season of professional-quality shows featuring local young actors this summer.

Director and choreographer Helene Leonard manages a cast of 30 young actors. Local musicians Amanda Jones and James Benard will provide accompaniment.

For Sunday’s Mother’s Day show, all mothers in the audience will receive a crown marking them “Queen-for-a-day.”

“Once Upon a Matress” is Saturday, May 10 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m. at Bay Street Theatre, 1 Bay Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, visit stagesworkshop.org, email info@stagesworkshop.org or call 329-1420.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Brings “The Planet’s Happiest Music” to Westhampton Beach

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The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

By Tessa Raebeck

The sound of New Orleans is coming to Westhampton Beach this Friday, as the famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band brings their celebrated jazz music to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

Sharing what they call “the planet’s happiest music,” the Preservation Hall Jazz Band was formed in 1961 to bring traditional New Orleans jazz music to a wider audience. A multi-generational ensemble of musicians joins together to share the heritage of jazz in a performance that will leave both novice listeners and die-hard jazz fans smiling, dancing and full of energy.

Coming off the recent release of their latest album, “That’s It,” directed by Ben Jaffe, the group is bringing a new spark to its timeless sound. The East End is ready for a taste of the Big Easy, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band promises to deliver it with their signature funky style.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 to $95 and are available online at whbpac.org.

Dance is Now at the Southampton Cultural Center

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By Tessa Raebeck

With performances by Danse Arts, Hamptons Dance Authority and Studio 3, the Southampton Cultural Center presents Dance is Now, a gala dance performance and reception to benefit the center.

The evening will feature ballroom, hip hop, ballet, Latin and lyrical dance performances. In addition to the one-hour show, guests will enjoy beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to meet the performers, visit tables set up by the studios and learn about dance classes on the East End.

The performances are Saturday, May 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30. Tickets are $45 and available by visiting scc-arts.org or calling 287-4377.

Artists as Babysitters: Gabrielle Selz Unveils Memoir on New York City Art Scene of the Sixties

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By Tessa Raebeck

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Gabrielle Selz of Southampton will release her new memoir. “Unstill Life” at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill Friday.

The writer recounts her childhood growing up in the 60’s and 70’s in New York City, among art and artists during the peak of Abstract Expressionism. Ms. Selz’s father, Peter Selz, became the chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art shortly after her birth.

The family home was filled with artists like Mark Rothko and Willem De Kooning, and Ms. Selz recounts both the excitement and the ruin of the day.

Starting Friday, May 2 at 6 p.m., the evening includes a short film screening, a reading from “Unstill Life,” a book signing with Ms. Selz and a question and answer session with special guest Peter Selz.

For tickets and more information, visit parrishart.org/programs/662 or call 283-2118.

Southampton’s Tripoli Gallery Will Explore Connections of 13 Artists in “Side X Side”

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Left: Johnathan Beer, "Moon Landing," 2013. Right: Fe?lix Bonilla Gerena, "Untitled," 2009. Courtesy of Tripoli Gallery.

Left: Jonathan Beer, “Moon Landing,” 2013. Right: Fe?lix Bonilla Gerena, “Untitled,” 2009. Courtesy of Tripoli Gallery.

By Tessa Raebeck

Using selections from the work of 13 artists, curator Tripoli Patterson explores the bonds of both similarity and contrast in “Side X Side,” a group show at the Tripoli Gallery in Southampton.

Opening Saturday, the show features highlights from artists Linda K. Alpern, Jonathan Beer, Herbie Fletcher, Eric Freeman, Fe?lix Bonilla Gerena, David Matterhorn, Melanie J. Moczarksi, Lola Montes, Matisse Patterson, Saul Steinberg, Nick Weber, Darius Yektai and Yung Jake.

In “Side X Side,” artwork that differs in medium and subject matter is linked by color, such as in the pairing of Eric Freeman’s “Untitled” and Darius Yektai’s “Untitled Wave Series.”

The 13 artists are as diverse as the show itself.

Specializing in creating sculptures and installations from found objects, such as driftwood or rusty antiques, Matisse Patterson last showed at “Danger Deep Water” the Tripoli Gallery in 2011.

Her brother, Yung Jake, was recently featured in the Huffington Post alongside music legends Pharrell Williams and Jay Z as one of “10 Rappers Who’ve Dipped Their Toes in The Art World’s Waters.” “E.m-bed.de/d,” a “music video experience that is as meta as it gets,” according to the Huffington Post, was featured at the New Frontier Art Festival at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

An opening reception for “Side X Side” is Saturday, May 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will be on view through May 10. For more information, visit tripoligallery.com or call 377-3715.

Pamela Topham to Show Landscape Tapestries at Sag Harbor’s John Jermain Memorial Library

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Tapestry by Pamela Topham. Courtesy John Jermain Memorial Library.

Tapestry by Pamela Topham. Courtesy John Jermain Memorial Library.

 

By Tessa Raebeck

Inspired by nature’s beauty from the shores of Accabonac Harbor to the canyons of the West, artist Pamela Topham creates tapestries of landscapes, which she will show this month at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor.

“I have lived most of my life in an uncommonly beautiful place of wetlands, farmland, endless sea and sky,” the artist, who lives on the East End, said in a statement. “I also travel to find other places of similar and contrasting aesthetic inspiration, in the tradition of Thomas Moran. My landscapes reflect my longtime devotion to preserving and interpreting these visual impressions.”

This show marks the first time Ms. Topham is showing her tapestries from the Southwest on the East End. She will also show tapestries from her Sagaponack, Accabonac and Hudson River series.

An opening reception for the show, which runs May 1 through June 6, will be at the library on Saturday, May 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, call the library at 725-0049.

Poetry and Wine: Locals Night at Wölffer Estate Vineyard

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Locals nights are every Tuesday at Wölffer Estate Vineyard.

Locals nights are every Tuesday at Wölffer Estate Vineyard.

By Tessa Raebeck

What will bring locals out of their winter hibernation for a springtime Tuesday night? Wine and poetry is a good place to start. As part of its Locals Night series, the Wölffer Estate Vineyard is hosting an evening of local poets, complimented by half-priced glasses of local wine.

Scott Chaskey, the “poet farmer,” published author and farm director at the Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett, will read selections of his work, as will his wife Megan. Local poets Julia King, Lucas Hunt, Tom Oleszczuk and Ivo Tomasini will also perform.

“Come support two thriving, local art forms: winemaking and poetry, while enjoying great local wines,” said event organizer Tyler Armstrong, a local ecologist who will host the evening and read selections of his own poems.

The evening of poetry, wine and local friends is Tuesday, April 29 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard, 139 Sagg Road in Sagaponack. With a $10 entry fee, half-price glasses of wine are available from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 537-5106 or visit wolffer.com.

Sag Harbor’s April Gornik to Show Recent Landscapes in New York City

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"Radiant Light" by April Gornik, oil on linen, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

“Radiant Light” by April Gornik, oil on linen, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

By Tessa Raebeck

In a solo exhibition at the Danese/Corey Gallery in New York City, Sag Harbor’s April Gornik will show her large paintings and drawings, many of them featuring East End landscapes.

"Light After the Storm" by April Gornik, oil on linen, 2012.

“Light After the Storm” by April Gornik, oil on linen, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

Ms. Gornik, a North Haven resident, who has work in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, to name a few, recreates landscapes ranging from rolling sand hills to stormy oceans.

"Storm, Rain, Light" by April Gornik, oil on linen, 2013.

“Storm, Rain, Light” by April Gornik, oil on linen, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

In this selection of her recent paintings and drawings, Ms. Gornik explores landscapes in dozens of natural colors ranging from gray skies to light pink sea foam, finding the speckles of light shining through a dense forest and the hazy reflections of clouds on a tree-lined river.

In addition to the large paintings and drawings, a catalogue of the show produced by the gallery will be available.

The opening is tonight, April 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Danese/Corey Gallery, 511 West 22nd Street in New York City. Please call 212-223-2227 or visit danesecorey.com for more information.

“The Fantasticks” Premieres as Pierson’s First Student-Directed Musical

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The cast/production team of "The Fantasticks." From left to right, front row seated: Emily Selyukova, Becca Dwoskin, Audrey Owen. Middle row: Shane Hennessy, Paul Hartman, Colleen Samot, Matthew Schiavoni. Top row: Denis Hartnett. Photo courtesy of Paula Brannon.

The cast/production team of “The Fantasticks.” From left to right, front row seated: Emily Selyukova, Becca Dwoskin, Audrey Owen. Middle row: Shane Hennessy, Paul Hartman, Colleen Samot, Matthew Schiavoni. Top row: Denis Hartnett. Photo courtesy of Paula Brannon.

By Tessa Raebeck

In its first ever musical produced and directed entirely by students, Pierson Middle/High School presents “The Fantasticks,” a comedic romance that tells the story of two neighboring fathers who pretend to feud in order to trick their children into falling in love.

First opened in 1960, “The Fantasticks” is the world’s longest running musical, after running for over 52 years in Manhattan. Tom Jones wrote the book and lyrics and Harvey Schmidt composed the music, which includes classics like “Try to Remember,” “They Were You” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”

Along with acting in the show, Pierson Senior Emily Selyukova is making her directorial debut.

“With a keen eye and natural instincts, she guides her fellow classmates through a difficult but beautiful score, iconic characters and a story that is both familiar and needed,” Paula Brannon, Pierson’s theatre director, said of her student.

Acting as both performers and production designers, Becca Dwoskin, Denis Hartnett, Paul Hartman, Shane Hennessy, Audrey Owen, Matthew Schiavoni, Colleen Samot and Zoe Vatash make up the rest of the cast.

“The Fantasticks” will run Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 725-5302 or emailing pbrannon@sagharborschools.org. All proceeds benefit the Pierson Theatre scholarship fund. The show, which also marks the first time Pierson High School is offering a third musical in one school year, was not budgeted for by the district and was instead funded entirely through donations by local merchants and parents.