Documentaries and films dominate the Hamptons art scene this weekend. The Take 2 Documentary Film Festival launches tonight and continues through Sunday. In the mix are a liberal amount of films capturing artists and slices from the arts. On Friday, John Cage takes the spotlight in a film screening at the Parrish. As always, independent films and art films screen at the Sag Harbor Cinema. Also on tap for this weekend is a benefit for the Southampton Historical Museum, a curator talk at Guild Hall and receptions for small works shows geared for gift giving. Keep reading to discover the options for art and culture this weekend.
BRIDGEHAMPTON ARCHIVES - “2014 Holiday Gift Show” begins on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is on view on Saturdays and Sundays in December from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ceramics by local artists will be on view. The Bridgehampton Archives are located at 2539-a Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY 11932. www.hamptonsclayart.org.
ASHAWAGH HALL - “4th annual friends bazaar” takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bazaar includes art and handmade items. Ceramics by Bob Bachler will be for sale at the event. Ashawagh Hall is located at 780 Springs Fireplace Rd, Springs, NY 11937. www.ashawagh-hall.org.
GUILD HALL - “Gallery Talk with Chief Curator Christina Strassfield” takes place on Saturday at 3 p.m. Strassfield will lead visitors through a tour of the New Additions to the Guild Hall Permanent Collection 2010-2014. The talk is free with museum admission. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street East Hampton, NY 11937. www.guildhall.org.
LONGHOUSE RESERVE - “Mantle Piece, Tabletop & Wreath Workshop” takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Florist, farmer, and educator Florence Rewinski will guide participants in using freshly cut LongHouse evergreens, branches, and seasonal embellishments to create holiday decorations. Participants are advised to dress warmly and bring their own pruners and gardening gloves. Reservations are required. Admission is $95, $80 for members. LongHouse Reserve is located at 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.longhouse.org.
SUFFOLK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - “Book & Bottle: ‘A World Unto Itself’” takes place this evening at 6 p.m. “A World Unto Itself: The Remarkable History of Plum Island, New York” was written by Ruth Ann Bramson, Geoffrey K. Fleming, and Amy Kasuga Folk. Goeffrey Fleming and Amy Folk will be in attendance. RSVP is requested. Admission is $5, free for members.
“4th Annual Wooden Wonderland holiday Carvers’ Show & Sale” takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event features handmade carvings and wooden items by Long island craftspeople plus live woodworking and carving demonstrations. Admission is free.
Suffolk County Historical Society is located at 300 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901. www.suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org.
GRENNING GALLERY - “Gems of the Grenning Gallery” has an Opening Reception & Holiday Party on Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view through December 31. Grenning Gallery is located at 17 Washington St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. www.grenninggallery.com.
SAG HARBOR CINEMA screens art films, documentaries, foreign films and independent films year-round. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Visit their Facebook Page for film schedules and details. Sag Harbor Cinema is located at 90 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. www.facebook.com/SagHarborCinema
SAG HARBOR WHALING & HISTORICAL MUSEUM - “Holiday Cocktail Party & Fundraiser” takes place on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The event includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the decorated Sage Parlor. Sabina Streeter’s “Captains, Mates, + Widows” will return for one night only. All proceeds go toward the Museum’s Capital Campaign for restoration. Sag Harbor Whaling & Historic Museum is located at 200 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org.
TAKE 2 DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL opens today (Thursday) and runs through Sunday at Bay Street Theater, Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Tickets for individual films are $15 each ($13 for seniors). Gala tickets are $40. A Festival Pass (includes admission to all films and the gala) is $125. For programming and tickets, visit www.ht2ff.com.
SOUTHAMPTON HISTORICAL MUSEUM - “Museum Benefit: Hearthside Cheer” takes place on Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rogers Mansion. The event includes hors d’oeuvres, sweets, and a bar. The mansion will be decorated with antique decorations and winter foliage. A piano player will perform holiday songs in the Music Room. Admission is $50 in advance, $60 at the door. The Rogers Mansion is located at 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org.
PARRISH ART MUSEUM - “Four American Composers: John Cage” Film Screening takes place on Friday at 6 p.m. The excerpt from Peter Greenaway’s documentary combines footage of John Cage’s performances with interviews with the composer. Composer Carter Burwell will introduce the film with remarks after the film from Laura Kuhn, Executive Director of the John Cage Trust. Tickets are $10, free for members, children, and students. Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976. www.parrishart.org.
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