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.
Tony award winning actor Eli Wallach starred in a reading of Jeff Baron’s "Visiting Mr. Green" at Guild Hall on Sunday June 21. The stage and movie veteran turned in a skillfully nuanced performance opposite the young Peter Sabri in the moving two hander helmed by James Larocca. A talk back with the audience followed the performance produced by Guild Hall in association the Playwrights’ Theatre of East Hampton.
Celebrities, philanthropists, and environmentally- interested New Yorkers and End Enders joined forces to support the protection and restoration of eastern Long Island’s natural environment to benefit the Group for the East End at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Bridgehampton on this past Saturday evening June 20 which raised over $530,000. . Photography: Barry Gordin
This past Saturday evening June 20 the Ross School in Sag Harbor kicked off their Hampton’s summer season with the 6th annual Club Starlight Benefit for the Ross School programs and scholarships, where Martha Stewart was honored for her support of their students. The evening featured entertainment by recording legend James Ingram, Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers and Alexa Ray Joel, the daughter of Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel. Photography: Barry Gordin
On Sunday May 24, 09 Mickey Straus, chair, Guild Hall Board of Trustees Ruth Appelhof, Executive Director, Mayor Paul Rickenbach, Jr., East Hampton Village, State Asemblyman Fred Thiele, and hundreds of enthusiastic guests gathered to witness Mr. Straus cut the ribbon to the newly renovated state of the art John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in East Hampton after a 2 year renovation.
The John Drew is ready to go and specially invited guests were treated to a behind the scenes look at the newly restored “state of the art” theater, a project in progress for two years. Stage & screen legend Liza Minnelli, just off the heels of her stupendous show at the Palace Theater this past December and freshly restored herself, will officially launch the East Hampton Theater Season on Memorial Day weekend with the incomparable Billy Stritch at the piano. The Box Office opens on May 7. Photograpahy: Barry Gordin
Alec Baldwin hosted The Hamptons Interational Film Festival screening of "The Cove", winner of the 2009 auidience award for Best Documentary at Sundance. Following the film at the newly renovated John Drew Theater there was a discussion led by Alec with director Louie Psihoyos, Richard O’Barry and Fisther Stevens.