A Film festival, an artist studio tour, curator talks and more made our list of things to do this weekend in The Hamptons and East End. Singer Queen Esther Marrow will perform at the Southampton Cultural Center, Mountainfilm Festival comes to the Southampton Arts Center and the Artist Alliance of East Hampton hosts an Open Studio Tour Weekend. Need more? Guild Hall Museum Director and Chief Curator Christina Mossaides Strassfield gives a talk and tour of "Avedon's America" and the Southold Historical Society presents an exhibition Walk & Talk of “Homefront" along with a special invitation for veterans. Read on to discover events that can make your weekend an interesting one.

Queen Esther Marrow Performs at the Southampton Cultural Center

Southampton Cultural Center presents “Queen Esther Marrow: Here’s To Life!” on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Queen Esther kicks off her USA tour at the Southampton Cultural Center with "Here's to Life," a musical celebration and a jazz flavored evening.

The legendary Queen Esther Marrow has long enjoyed the status of an international star, performing in concert halls and theaters throughout Europe including audiences with the Pope, Royalty and several presidents. Her career began when she was discovered by Duke Ellington at 22 and joined the Civil Rights movement and toured with Dr. Martin Luther King, Harry Belafonte and others. Since then, she's appeared with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, BB King, on Broadway and television and in films.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for students under 21 with ID. The Southampton Cultural Center is located at 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. www.scc-arts.org.

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Mountainfilm Festival at Southampton Arts Center

The Southampton Arts Center presents the “Mountainfilm on Tour Southampton – Life on Earth” with two days of film screenings and programs on Friday, September 15, 2017 and Saturday, September 16, 2017.

Mountainfilm on Tour brings a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm Festival, held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado. The touring film program features highlights from the film festival that explore themes aligning with Mountainfilm’s mission to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. At Southampton, films selected on Friday Night have a connection to nature or science while those screened on Saturday night have tales of human inspiration as their throughline. Each screening features as series of eight or nine short films.

On Friday at 7 p.m. “Life on Earth – Land and Nature Films” will be screened followed by a Q & A with Filmmakers. On Saturday at 4 p.m. family films will screen; at 5:30 p.m. the Filmmakers Party will be held and at 7:30 p.m. “Inspiring Stories – Best of Mountainfilm 2017” will begin.

Tickets for each evening is $15, the Filmmakers Party is $75 (includes admission to Saturday evening’s films). A special rate of $45 is available for guests 35 and under. The Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Ln, Southampton, NY 11968. www.southamptonartscenter.org.

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Film still from Danali's Raven. Courtesy Southampton Arts Center and Mountainfilm on Tour.

Film still from Danali's Raven. Courtesy Southampton Arts Center and Mountainfilm on Tour.

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AAEH Open Studio Event

The Artists Alliance of East Hampton presents the "2017 Open Studio Event" on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit studios of 20 participating artists in this year's AAEH Open Studio Event. Artists include: Barbara Hadden, Bernice Faegenburg, Beth Barry, Beth O'Donnell, Carol Saxe, Christine Chew Smith, Deborah Palmer, Frank Sofo, Joan Klutch, Katherine D. Crone, Kenna Panton, Leslie Obrock, Mark Perry, Mary Milne, Peter Gumpel, Phyllis Hammond, Rosa Hanna Scott, Sheila Rotner, Teresa Lawler, and Tracy Harris.

Free and open to the public. For the Artist Tour Map, click herewww.aaeh.org.

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Guild Hall Gallery Talk on “Avedon’s America” 

Guild Hall presents the “Gallery Talk with Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Museum Director/Chief Curator: The Impact of Photography on Social Issues in the Work of Richard Avedon,” on Sunday, September 17 at 12 p.m.

Displaying over fifty years of Richard Avedon's photographic career, the show is a comprehensive presentation of black and white images of Avedon's work that are both visually striking and psychologically intriguing. Avedon’s work reflects his dedicated desire to understand the unifying beauty in diversity. The exhibition reveals this passion through the photographs selected by Strassfield to reveal “Avedon’s America.”

Free admission with reservations required. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, New York 11937. www.guildhall.org.

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Homefront Exhibit Walk & Talk + Invitation to Veterans

The Southold Historical Society presents the “Homefront Exhibition Walk & Talk” on Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Gallery.

Join director, Karen Lund Rooney, for a Walk and Talk of "The Homefront.” The exhibition commemorates 100 years since the U.S. entered WWI, focuses on the Town of Southold in the years 1917 -1918 and the young men and women who went to war in France.

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On Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 4 to 6 p.m., the museum hosts a gathering of our veterans and their family and friends in recognition of their service to our country. Wine and cheese will be served in the Pine Neck Barn, and special tours will be conducted at the “Homefront” Exhibit, as well as throughout the museum complex. For information, call (631) 765-5500.

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“Homefront” remains on view Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m., through October 8, 2017. Southold Historical Society is located at 54325 NY-25, Southold, NY 11971. www.southoldhistoricalsociety.org.

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Image Courtesy Southold Historical Society.

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Things to Do on the East End is published weekly and presents our selection of the most interesting events in art and culture for the upcoming week and weekend in The Hamptons and on the East End of Long Island.

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