This upcoming weekend is filled with extra special choices for things to do in the Hamptons and East End. Film is vibrant this weekend in The Hamptons. Also making our list of some of the best things to do this weekend are a panel discussion on modernism, a staged theatrical reading, live music and more. Especially noteworthy is an Open Studio event on Shelter Island featuring 18 artists to discover during a self-guided tour.

Read on to discover your options for things to do through August 21, 2017 in the Hamptons and on the East End.

The Thursday Night Live Band: Special Guest Series 2017 

The Jam Session Inc. presents “The Thursday Night Live Band: Special Guest Series 2017” on Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bay Burger.

The evening features Max Feldschuh, vibraphone, Wayne Sabella, piano, Peter Martin Weiss, bass and Claes Brondal, drums/md.

Bay Burger is located at 1742 Sag Harbor Turnpike, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.

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The Eighth Annual Artists of Shelter Island Open Studio Event

The Eighth Annual Artists of Shelter Island (ARTSI) Open Studio Event will be held on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20, 2017 from noon to 5 p.m.

Founded eight years ago by working Shelter Island artists of various disciplines and styles, ARTSI has become an annual summer highlight for visiting art lovers who come to the East End of Long Island. There is no charge for admission, no ticketing, just a "walk-in" welcome at the open studios of 18 Shelter Island resident members of ARTSI, from painters to photographers, printmakers, digital artists and sculptors.

Participating artists include: Janet Culbertson, Kathryn A. Cunningham, Roz Dimon, Jerry Glassberg, Melora Griffis, Katherine Hammond, Megan Hergrueter, Karen Kiaer, Liss Larsen, Diana Malcolmson, Kia Pedersen, Linda Puls, Joe Reilly, Susan Schrott, June Shatken, Jana Sheinker, Peter Waldner and Mike Zisser.

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To learn more, visit The Eighth Annual Artists of Shelter Island (ARTSI) Open Studio Event – Aug 19 & 20. 

HENRY TAYLOR: A Documentary by Matthew Chambers

Rental Gallery presents “HENRY TAYLOR: A Documentary by Matthew Chambers” on Saturday & Sunday, through August 27, 2017. Screenings will be held at 3 p.m.

Over the course of several years, Matthew Chambers filmed his friend and fellow artist Henry Taylor through some of the most fertile and transitional years of his career. This intimate, vérité portrait of Henry Taylor offers the public a view into the professional, personal and philosophical life of an artist, through another artists' lens.

Paintings by Matthew Chambers and Henry Taylor remains on through August 27, 2017

Screening Room seating is limited. Please contact the gallery by email at, or voicemail at 631-527-5524 to make a reservation. Rental Gallery is located at 87 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937.

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"HENRY TAYLOR: A Documentary by Matthew Chambers." Courtesy of Rental Gallery.


Fisherman's Fair & Springs Invitational Art Exhibition

The 85th Annual Fisherman's Fair takes place on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, outside of East Hampton Village.

The Fisherman's Fair features a full day of live music, crafts, family fun and more. Inside Ashawagh Hall is the final weekend for the 50th Annual Springs Invitational Art Exhibition. This year, the show is curated by Teri Kennedy. For details on the exhibition, click here. Ashawagh Hall is located Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY 11937.

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To read about the Springs Invitational, click here to get started on a series that reveals the stories behind some of the art on the walls.

Talk & Book Signing

The Parrish Art Museum presents “Talk & Book Signing: Diane Tuft: The Arctic Melt” on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

The environmental photographer Diane Tuft will discuss her new monograph, “The Arctic Melt: Images of a Disappearing Landscape,” which reflects her journey to capture Arctic landscapes before global warming renders them unrecognizable. Guests are invited to meet the author at the book signing in the lobby following the talk.

Tickets are $12 and free for Members, children, and students. Includes Museum admission. Space is limited; advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976.

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"The Arctic Melt" bookcover. Photo: Diane Tuft. Courtesy of Parrish Art Museum.


Panel Discussion on Modernism Featuring Photography and Painting

Janet Lehr Fine Art presents "Who, What & How of Moderns: The Two Poles of Photography and Painting" on Sunday. A free brunch begins at noon with the panel starting at 1 p.m. The origins of modernism will be explored by Artcritical publisher David Cohen, art historian and professor Joan Marter and historic photography expert and gallerist Janet Lehr. Panelists will be joined by surprise guests to discuss the relationship between photography and painting and the rise of Modernism.

The brunch and panel are free but reservations are requested and can be made by calling 631-324-3303 or emailing

The panel is held in conjunction with the exhibition “The Triumph of American Modernism,” a near-survey of American Modernism from the 1900s through Abstract Expressionism in the last 20th century. To learn more, click here to read about the show and the panel.

Janet Lehr Fine Arts, 68 Park Place, East Hampton, NY 11937 (located in the Starbucks passageway).

RELATED: Janet Lehr Fine Arts Presents Panel on Origins of American Modernism on August 20, 2017.


"Ships Bow" by Ralston Crawford. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of Janet Lehr Fine Arts.


Documentary Film on Artist Nathan Slate Joseph

Keyes Art Consulting presents the documentary film “The Way It Goes,” by Lana Jokel on painter and sculptor Nathan Slate Joseph on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 8 to 10 p.m. at Christy’s Art Center.

Artist Nathan Slate Joseph’s work is about expansion and contraction, statements of destruction and reconstruction. Comprised of rusted sheets of steel and chosen objects, the works – vibrant in color – are cut, bent, and welded into shapes and wall reliefs. The documentary film takes you through his creative process. Interwoven with the art are scenes through the decades on family life and art-world figures and events.

Christy’s Art Center is located at 3 Madison Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.

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Nathan Joseph Working. Courtesy of Keyes Art.



Special Theatrical Presentation by the Jewish Film Festival 

The Southampton Cultural Center’s Third Annual Jewish Film Festival presents “The Resettlement of Isaac” by Robert Karmon on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

The Playwrights' Theater of East Hampton’s premiere staged reading of “The Resettlement of Isaac,” is based on the true story of Isaac Gochman, a 17-year old from Rovno, Poland, who, in one horrific night, survives a Nazi massacre of his entire family along with 20,000 other Jews.

Thrust alone into the forest and the wilderness of war, Isaac finds the courage to fight back as a Russian partisan blowing up Nazi trains, and finds the passion to fall deeply in love with Anya, a Russian partisan nurse. Many years later in New York, the elderly Isaac is still haunted by the memory of his first love. His only friend, a young German-American woman, is tormented herself by doubts about her father’s role as a German soldier during the war. Deeply affected by Isaac’s past, she becomes the loving caretaker of his memories after he is gone. The play confirms what Faulkner once wrote, “The past is never dead, it’s not even past.”

Free Admission. Southampton Cultural Center’s Levitas Center for the Arts is located at 25 Pond Ln, Southampton, NY 11968.

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