On the lookout for engaging and interesting things to do this weekend? Check out some of our Best Bets for events in the Hamptons and the North Fork. This weekend, we’re looking forward to the opening of a play, new exhibitions at Guild Hall museum in East Hampton, a historical symposium in Southold and musical performances at various venues in The Hamptons. 

Curator Talk and Opening Reception at Guild Hall

Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton will offer a curator talk and an opening reception for three new exhibits on Sunday, October 23, 2016.

The three exhibitions, formally opening on October 22, will run through December 31, 2016. The Sunday, October 23 curator talk from 2 to 3 p.m. will be a conversation between artist Connie Fox and Gail Levin, who guest curated the exhibition “Connie Fox & William King: An Artist Couple.” Following the talk, there will be an opening reception for “William King and Connie Fox: An Artist Couple,” “Michael Knigin: The Holocaust and Anne Frank,” and “William S. Heppenheimer,” from 3 to 5 p.m.

“Connie Fox & William King: An Artist Couple” delves into the relationship between artists Connie Fox and her partner, the late William King, showcasing works from the past seven decades by both artists. Included will be paintings and drawings by Fox and sculptures, chairs and works on paper by King. The exhibition will also feature King’s depictions of such other artist couples as Eric Fischl and April Gornik.

“Michael Knigin: The Holocaust and Anne Frank” features works by Michael Knigin that focus on Anne Frank and the terrors of the Holocaust. Invited to Israel in 1974 to establish the first professional lithographic and silkscreen atelier there, Knigin was granted full access to the Holocaust archives and began making art that centered on Anne Frank and the stories of survivors. Many of these works will be featured at Guild Hall in his solo exhibition. 

As part of winning best in show honors in Guild Hall’s 76th Artists Members Exhibition in 2014, William S. Heppenheimer has been awarded his first solo museum exhibition at Guild Hall, featuring his abstracted, kaleidoscopic works of art. According to the museum’s website, the artist creates his works by pouring acrylic paint into ice trays and swirling it to create marbleized effects. He then cuts small cross sections and arranges the pieces into geometric forms and totems.

Admission is free. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937.

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Hampton Theatre Company Presents “November”

Just in time for the upcoming presidential election, the Hampton Theatre Company is presenting “November,” a scathing political satire by David Mamet, opening on Thursday, October 20, and running through Sunday, November 6, 2016.

“November,” a comedic take on American presidential politics, focuses on first-term President Charles Smith in the last week before Election Day. Despite approval ratings near zero and no campaign funds after being abandoned by his re-election committee, the president holds onto the slim hope that he can generate some much needed cash from the annual pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey.

Directed by Diana Marbury, the cast features Andrew Botsford as President Smith, Matthew Conlon as chief-of-staff Archer Brown, Rebecca Edana as head speechwriter Clarice Bernstein, Matthew O’Connor as the Turkey Representative, and Rob Byrnes as Dwight Grackle.

Showtimes are on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. There will also be an additional matinee performance on Saturday, November 5, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, with discounted rates for seniors and students and a new discounted rate for audience members 35 and under for $15.

The Quogue Community Hall is located at 125 Jessup Avenue, Quogue, NY 11959.

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String Quintet Sybarite5 at Parrish Museum

String Quartet Sybarite5. Photo courtesy of Sybarite5 and the Parrish Art Museum.

String Quartet Sybarite5. Photo courtesy of Sybarite5 and the Parrish Art Museum.

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will host Sybarite5 for its next Salon Series on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Sybarite5 is an international award-winning New York City-based string quintet that is known for its eclectic repertoire, ranging from music by Mozart to Radiohead. The quintet is composed of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney on violins, Angela Pickett on viola, Laura Metcalf on cello and Louis Levitt on bass. Sybarite5 has the distinction of being the first string quintet selected as the winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition.

The Salon Series at the Parrish aims to evoke the classical music salons of Paris by having musicians perform in an intimate, casual setting. The audience is even invited to engage in a dialogue with the musicians to learn more about their creative process and program choices, according to Corrine Erni, the curator of special projects at the museum.

Tickets for the Salon Series, which include museum admission, are $20, or $10 for Parrish members. The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976.

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Southold Symposium on Preservation

The Southold Historical Society will host a symposium on historic preservation on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The symposium, at the Anne Currie-Bell House at the Historical Society’s museum complex, will feature Melanie Cirillo and Holly Sanford, members of the Peconic Land Trust staff, in a conversation moderated by Karen Lund Rooney, the director of the Southold Historical Society. They will be joined by Southampton Town Historian and architectural consultant Zachary Studenroth and James Garretson, the chairman of the Southold Preservation Commission.

Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A to explore ideas about historic preservation, according to the historical society’s website.

The event is free, but reservations are requested and can be made by calling the Southold Historical Society at 631-765-5500.

The Anne Currie-Bell House is located at 55200 Main Road, Southold, NY 11971.

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The Weight Band at Westhampton Beach

The Weight Band will perform the music of the Band at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 8 p.m.

The Weight Band is a five-piece ensemble made up of former members of the Band Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante;  Brian Mitchell, formerly of the Levon Helm Band, and musicians Albert Rogers and Marty Grebb.

The Band was an influential rock roots group that originally formed in Canada in the 1960s. The group gained fame touring with Bob Dylan in 1965 as the formerly all-acoustic folksinger embraced electric instruments and amplifiers. They went on to write and record music that spanned several decades and lineup changes. They were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

Filmmaker Martin Scorcese captured the group’s farewell concertin 1976 in a documentary, “The Last Waltz.”

Tickets range from $40 to $60. The WHBPAC is located at 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.

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