Special guest Van Jones, who serves as President Obama’s special advisor for Green Jobs, on the White House Council for Environmental Quality spoke to 120 quests at the Riverkeeper’s first annual Hamptons EcoSalon benefit hosted by Joan & George Hornig at their Water Mill Estate. The group including Lorraine Bracco, James Lipton and Karim Abdul Jabar were treated to a brief environmentally focused program led by ardent Riverkeeper supporter Christie Brinkley, Hudson Riverkeeper and President Alex Matthiessen.
The Ocean View Art Center and guest co-host ACA Galleries of New York presented a selective retrospective of Jan Sawka at the Principi Art Barn, 551 Montauk Highway in Amagansett. Sawka, a renaissance man of our times was part of the Polish Poster “School” of the 1960’s and 70’s and was well known for his set designs for avant-garde theater of that era. In the mid-1980’s he established himself on the gallery scene of New York as well as continuing his set design work with renowned NYC theater companies. After 1991, he shifted his focus toward Asia collaborating with Japanese experts and turning his focus to multi-media projects.
Guild Hall Presented Private Lives Revealed: The Letters Of Noel Coward, a musical revue written and hosted by Barry Day and starring Steve Ross with Edward Hibbert, Dana Ivey and Stepfanie Morse in the newly renovated John Drew Theater.
Evidence Dance Company, presented the 6h Annual “ON OUR TOES” in the Hamptons, a benefit dance performance in Watermill at the home of Bernard H. Jackson & Joyce Mullins-Jackson. Emceed by Rene Syler the smashing afternoon featured Ron Brown and dancers from Evidence.
A spirited revival of the light hearted musical Dames at Sea opened at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor on Saturday August 15. Directed smartly by Ray Roderick the evening is a campy delight that is sure to keep audiences laughing with glee. The gifted ensemble performs the broad style of the 1968 award winning show with an abandoned merriment that is a joy to behold. Every member of the talented cast sings beautifully and they execute Shea Sullivan’s dynamic choreography with energetic enthusiasm.
The ART of FASHION in the HAMPTONS, a stylish installation inspired by Guild Hall Executive Director Ruth Appelhof, celebrated the design trends of Tory Burch, Betsey Johnson, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Reed Krakoff, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, Elie Tahari, and Vera Wang at Guild Hall. The international luminaries all showed up for a fabulous evening of high style at the 2009 Summer Gala sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels. The dinner afterwards at the magnificent estate of Tony Igrao and Randy Kemper featured music by Peter Duchin and his Orchestra, as well as a live auction with the renowned auctioneer Simon de Pury Photography: Barry Gordin
Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters launched its 25th anniversary season with the world premiere of A LifetimeBurning by Cusi Cram directed by Pam MacKinnon and featuring Jennifer Westfeldt, Christina Kirk, Raul Castillo and Isabel Keating. Cram’s imaginative new play is the first in a season of three new works that celebrate the female playwright. The story about a privileged woman who writes a false memoir for a hefty advance is billed as a dark comedy and will run through Saturday September 5th, 2009. Tickets are available at Ticket Central by calling 212- 279-4200 or online @ www.ticketcentral.com
The immensely gifted comedian Mike Birbiglia, who recently ended an 8 month run of his Drama Desk Nominated "Sleepwalk With Me" brought a brand new show to The John Drew Theater @ Guild Hall in East Hampton, where the deft comic gave the East End a taste of his hilarious style. Photo: Barry Gordin
Grammy Award winning folk legend, Joan Baez, performed to a sold out audience at WHBPAC (West Hampton Beach Performing Arts Center) on Sunday July 26. The evening (sponsored, in part, by the Ann Liguori Foundation, sold out quickly when first announced. Her appreciative audience was a testament to her acclaimed status. Next up is Joan Rivers, another sold happening at WHBPAC, this Friday July 31.
Fresh off her resounding success at the Metropolitan Room in NYC, which compelled Stephen Holden to gush her praises in the NY Times, Marilyn Maye held court at Guild Hall, where this “national treasure” enraptured the audience at The John Drew Theater. Her performance was an inspirational celebration of life spanning a wide array of music including Johnny Mercer, Ray Charles, Kander and Ebb, and even Jack Feldman, who was in attendance at the benefit evening sponsored by The Board of Trustees of Guild Hall and Co-Chairs. An intimate dinner followed at the Maidstone Tennis Club.
Vered Gallery’s Semi-Annual Silent Bid Auction @ 68 Park Place in East Hampton this July leads with a unique painting by Andy Warhol of Michael Jackson. Impressive early works at Vered’s include Romare Bearden’s ‘Opening at the Savoy’, a fabulous Willem de Kooning dedicated to himself, a massive 1971 John Chamberlain, a 1962 Cy Twombly painting and a beautiful symbolist Redon pastel. Amonag the 100 plus lots are works by Avery, Man Ray, Modigliani, Hockney, Picasso, Nogouchi, Hirst, and many others. The Last bid party benefiting Sderot concludes on Sun July 12. Bid and Enjoy until the hammer drops at 4pm sharp.