The holiday season has officially begun in The Hamptons and on the North Fork with festive cultural events taking place through the weekend. Our list of some of the best things to do on the East End includes a documentary film festival, a live radio play, a cocktail fundraiser, creative holiday shopping, artist talks and more. Read on for our for your East End weekend (and a bit before) taking place through December 4, 2017.

Live Radio Play at Southampton Cultural Center

"A Christmas Carol, A Live Radio Play" has its final run of performances Thursday, November 30, 2017 through Sunday, December 3, 2017 at the Levitas Center for the Arts at Southampton Cultural Center. Performances will be held on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2, 5 and 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 and 5 p.m.

Based on the classic story, A Christmas Carol, this production is Joe Landry’s take on the epiphany of Ebenezer Scrooge. Produced and written as a live 1940s radio broadcast, the adaptation visually and aurally recreates the era and the hopeful message that define the original work.

Tickets are $25, $15 for students. A Dinner & Theater package is available for $65. Southampton Cultural Center is located at 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, NY 11968.

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Courtesy of Southampton Cultural Center.


Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival

The 10th annual Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival will present screenings, programs and special events during its run, taking place Thursday, November 30 through Monday, December 4, 2017 at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY.

Marking the 10th anniversary of its founding, the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival has expanded and will present five days of “all docs, all day.” For Hamptons Art Hub's story on this year's Festival, click here. For our take on documentaries at HT2FF focusing on visual arts and dance, click here.

Click here for event details. Bay Street Theater is located on the Long Wharf at Bay and Main Streets, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.


Still from “Last Dance" - Dancer Otis Cook. Courtesy of HT2DFF.


Greenport Gallery Walk 

The Greenport Gallery Walk takes place on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Village of Greenport on the North Fork.

The free self-guided tour unfolds throughout Greenport Village featuring nine participating galleries. Shops throughout the village will stay open late for the Gallery Walk where fine crafts, jewelry and other items can be found.

Click here for event details, a map and a list of participating galleries and businesses.

Documentary Screening & Talk with Painter & Filmmaker

A Screening of the documentary "Yigal Ozeri: The Chameleon" by Vincent Zambrano takes place on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Parrish Art Museum.

The film is followed by a talk with Ozeri and Zambrano. Ozeri currently has art on view in the exhibition "From Lens to Eye to Hand: Photorealism 1969 to Today."

"Yigal Ozeri: The Chameleon" (2016, NR, 102 minutes) has brief moments of nudity. Tickets are $20 for non-members and $5 for museum members and students. Includes admission to the museum. Click here to purchase. The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976.

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Wooden Wonderland with Wood Carving Demonstrations & Holiday Craft Show at Suffolk County Historical Society Museum

The Suffolk County Historical Society presents its “7th Annual Wooden Wonderland: Holiday Craft Show & Sale” on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Riverhead, NY.

The 7th Annual Wooden Wonderland Holiday Craft Show and Sale will feature local artisans and vendors offering handmade wooden objects as well as other creative items. The family friendly event will also feature live woodworking and woodcarving demonstrations in the Museum and on the grounds.

Admission is free. The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum is located at 300 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901.

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Courtesy of The Suffolk County Historical Society.


Poetry Reading of Works by Manoucher Yektai at Guild Hall

Poems by artist Manoucher Yektai will be read on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. Yektai's work will be read in Farsi by Iraj Anvar, Visiting Lecturer in Modern Persian Center for Language Studies at Brown University, and in English by his sons Darius and Nico Yetktai.

Video excerpts of Manoucher reading his own work in Farsi will be screened. Complimentary copies of Manoucher’s poetry book, Paint Box, will be available for all who attend. The Poetry Reading is held in conjunction with the exhibition "Yektai: Manoucher Yektai, Nico Yektai, Darius Yektai." Click here for details.

Admission is free with registration encouraged. To sign up, click here. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937.

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Holiday Cocktail Party & Fundraiser at The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum

The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum presents its 4th Annual Holiday Cocktail Party & Fundraiser on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Museum invites guests to celebrate the winter holidays with drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live jazz by Steve Shaughnessy. The event also includes an art sale and a chance to take home a holiday ornament.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum is located at 200 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.

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Courtesy of the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historic Museum.


"Halsband Portraits" Gallery Tour by Halsband

Photographer Michael Halsband will lead a gallery tour through his portrait retrospective on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at noon at Southampton Arts Center.

The portraiture survey spans over three decades of the artist’s work, including the iconic photographs from the 1985 Warhol/Basquiat with Boxing Gloves series and 35mm film of The Rolling Stones live performance during their Tattoo You tour. The exhibition includes a variety of 20th century artists, writers and musicians including James Brown, David Byrne, Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop, LL Cool J and others.

Admission is free. Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968.

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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.  Looking for art? Visit our Exhibition Finder to see what's on view in the galleries and museums. Click here to begin browsing.


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