Benefits anyone? How about film, curator and artist talks, voices raised in song or designer shopping set amid nature? Welcome to a Hamptons weekend when all this and more is possible. Read on for our picks of event highlights through June 18, 2017 plus a unique arts meeting on Monday. Looking for art shows to see? Visit our Exhibition Finder by clicking here to discovers what's on view in Hamptons and East End galleries and museums. Happy weekend!

Film Screening & Talk at Montauk Library

The Montauk Library presents the film screening of “Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History” on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 7 to 8 p.m.

A new documentary was produced by Montauk filmmaker, Rosanne Braun, who introduces the film at the screening. The film is based on Helene Stapinski’s best-selling memoir of the same title. Stapinski's extended family in Jersey City included swindlers, bookies, embezzlers and mobster-wannabes, according to the library.

The documentary combines the memoir with present day Jersey City to take viewers inside Helen's struggle to confront her family legacy and reinvent her identity without losing the family she loves, according to the film's website. "Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History” premiered this year on WNET.

The screening is free and open to the public. The Montauk Library is located at 871 Montauk Highway, Montauk 11954.

Click here for event details. 

Parrish Gallery Talk with Curator Alicia G. Longwell on "John Graham: Maverick Modernist"

Parrish Art Museum Chief Curator Alicia G. Longwell presents “The Curator's View Gallery Talk: John Graham: Maverick Modernist” on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Focusing on the critically-acclaimed exhibition, Longwell will lead attendees through the exhibition galleries and provide insights into significant themes specific paintings. In her discussion, Longwell anticipates sharing anecdotes about the artist, who spent time in Southampton and East Hampton in the 1950s and is credited for discovering Jackson Pollock.

“John Graham: Maverick Modernist” is the first comprehensive retrospective in 30 years of the provocative artist’s work. The exhibition explores how Graham became a significant figure in the development of a distinctly American approach to art-making in the first half of the 20th century. The show was reviewed by Hamptons Art Hub. Click here to read.

Tickets are $12, free for members, children and students. The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976.

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Open Studio Weekend Hosted by Painter Anne Raymond 

Established Hamptons Artist Anne Raymond opens her East Hampton Studio to present a behind-the-scenes look at the monotype process and the making of contemporary abstract paintings. Raymond's studio is open for drop-in visitors on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. on both days (June 17-18, 2017). Admission is free.

Anne Raymond has exhibited extensively and her work is held in multiple private and public collections. She now lives in The Hamptons year-round.

For a preview of her studio and her art, click here.


"Late April" by Anne Raymond. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Gary Mamay.


Benefit in Song: "Darren Ottati: The Boys of Broadway"

Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center presents the benefit concert "Darren Ottati: The Boys of Broadway" from Friday to Sunday (June 16 - June 18, 2017). All concert performances benefit Center Stage and kicks off the local theater troupe’s 10th Season in residence at the Southampton Cultural Center.

Darren Ottati will lead a quintet of tenors, baritones and basses, accompanied by the Center Stage Orchestra, in a program highlighting Broadway’s most treasured male musical numbers. The concert will feature songs from "Damn Yankees," "Guys and Dolls," "The Civil War," "Beauty and the Beast," "On the Town," "South Pacific," "Brigadoon," "Les Miserables" and many more. Performers include Ottati, David Michael Cress, Tom Rosante, Doug Sabo and Jack Seabury. Amanda Jones directs the Center Stage Orchestra.

"Darren Ottati: The Boys of Broadway" will be performed Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

General admission tickets are $45.00. Ringside table seats are $55.00. Tickets may be purchased online at and at Gayle’s Beauty Salon in Hampton Bays. Reservations may be made by calling (631) 287-4377.

Click here for event details.


Darren Ottati. Courtesy of Southampton Cultural Center.


Much Ado About Madoo: Party & Garden Market

The weekend is all about Madoo! The Sagaponack Gardens celebrates the opening of the season in a series of weekend events with a focus on design. All also benefit the non-profit cultural organization and gardens. The fun kicks off on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with “Much Ado About Maddo: Sunset Garden Party and Market Preview.” The benefit features a live auction, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and shopping courtesy of over 24 shops offering rare plants, garden antiques, home décor, men’s and women’s fashion and beauty.

The Party and Market Preview also provides a first look at the inaugural Summer Studio Exhibition “Robert Dash: Sagaponack Landscapes.” The exhibition is the first in the newly restored, ca.1740 summer studio. Tickets for members are $150 and non-members are $200.

On Saturday, “Much Ado About Madoo: Garden Market” takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The garden market features exclusive dealers of garden furniture and accessories, rare plants, garden antiques and gourmet foods. 10% of all sales will be donated to Madoo. Members are free and non-member tickets are $20.

The Madoo Conservancy is located at 618 Sagg Main St, Sagaponack, NY 11962.

Click here for benefit details.

Parties, Benefits & Art Auctions

If you're looking for parties that have the added benefit of helping others, you're in luck. There are no fewer than six special benefit events taking place this weekend in The Hamptons. Check out our list and make your reservations. Or, get a jump on next weekend's benefit planning. To get started, click Hamptons & East End Benefit Round Up.


Southampton Arts and Culture Committee (SHACC) will have its Inaugural Meeting on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Southampton Town Hall in the Lower Level Conference Room. SHACC is a new advisory committee to the Southampton Town Board with the aim of providing enhanced access to art and culture throughout the town. Attending is free and input is encouraged.

SHACC was formed by artist Hope Sandrow. Committee members include Terrie Sultan, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Elka Rifkin, Brenda Simmons and others. Click here for details.

Southampton Town Hall is located at 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968.


East End Things To Do – Highlights is published weekly by Hamptons Art Hub. Appearing on Tuesday, the list of events is selected by committee to present some of the best options and things to do for a Hamptons, North Fork and East End Weekend. Expect to find art, culture and events that reveal an aspect of unique living on the East End.


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