As February chugs on, we share some of our top picks to make this week a great one. Spend Valentine's Day feasting at the Long Island Aquarium, learn about Southold lighthouses, listen to artist Laurie Anderson talk about her new book and catch a screening of a 2018 Oscar nominated Foreign Language Film. Also of note are two lecture series, one will be on the history of pigments and the other with a leading landscape architect.

ChocoVino Returns for Valentine’s Day

The Long Island Aquarium presents "ChocoVino" on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2018 at 8 p.m.

ChocoVino features a five-course dinner with each gourmet meal enhanced by a creative incorporation of rich Belgian chocolate. Guests can enjoy tasting meals featuring lobster, filet mignon and duck or sweet potato stew, grilled portabella mushrooms and black bean steak with cauliflower rice. All courses have a weaving of chocolate for a flavorful dining experience. Each of the five courses is paired with a wine, selected to partner with a vintage from Raphael VineyardsIn the background, live acoustic music will play, and fish will glide in water settings to help make this Valentine’s Day celebration a special one.

ChocoVino is $195 per couple (plus tax). Reservations are required and can be made by calling 631-208-9200 ext. 426. The Long Island Aquarium is located at located at 431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901.

Stay overnight with a Sweetheart Sleepover Package at the Hyatt Place, located right next door. The Sweetheart Sleepover Package is $304 per couple and includes ChocoVino, hotel accommodations and more. To make a reservation, email

Make Valentine’s Day a Special One with a Chocolate, Wine & Gourmet Tasting Dinner


A table at ChocoVino. Courtesy of The Long Island Aquarium.


Learn About the Lighthouses of Southold 

The Southold Historical Society presents the “Director's Lecture Series: A Magic Carpet Tour of the Lighthouses of Southold Town: Icons of our Maritime Heritage by Ted Webb” on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Southold Town has more lighthouses than any other township in the United States. Ted Webb, resident of Orient and tour guide of the Lighthouses, will share his knowledge of these unique maritime landmarks.

Free and open to the public. Ann Currie-Bell House is located at 55200 Main Rd, Southold, NY 11971.

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Courtesy of the Southold Historical Society.


Artist Talk with Laurie Anderson

Guild Hall presents the “Artist Talk with Laurie Anderson and Christina Strassfield, Museum Director / Chief Curator,” on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 2 to 3 p.m. The talk will be followed by a reception and book signing from 3 to 4 p.m.

Artist Laurie Anderson, will discuss the inspiration behind her new book, “All the Things I Lost in the Flood: Essays on Pictures, Language and Code,” with Christina Strassfield, Museum Director and Chief Curator at Guild Hall. Anderson is a musician, performance artist, composer, fiction writer, and filmmaker. Her book provides insights into four decades of art—drawings, multimedia installations, performances, and projects in virtual reality—including the 2017 “Chalk Room” installation at Mass MoCA, which will be on view at Guild Hall this summer from June 2 to July 22, 2018.

Free, registration is encouraged. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937.

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Screening of a 2018 Oscar Nominated Foreign Language Film 

Bay Street Theater and the Hamptons International Film Festival presents a screening of “The Insult” on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Sag Harbor theater.

"The Insult" (Lebanon, 2017, 112 minutes), has been nominated for the 2018 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In today’s Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds Tony, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court. As the media surrounding the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon, Tony and Yasser reconsider their values and beliefs as revelations of trauma complicate their understanding of one another.

Tickets are $15, $13 for members, and free for Patrons. Bay Street Theater is located at 1 Bay St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.

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Lecture on the History of Pigments 

Hallockville Museum Farm presents “Coffee and a Good Book Winter Lecture Series: Sharing Traditions” on Sunday, February 18, 2018, from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Presenter Arielle Hessler will speak on the "Colorful History of Pigments and Poisons.” Colors and their uses have a fascinating history in human culture. This journey through time includes backstories about colors through the millennia. From indigo and woad to lead and arsenic, discover how natural materials were transformed into coveted colors, along with the often unintended consequences of their use. Hessler is a Preservation Technician and Bookbinder at Stony Brook University.

Tickets are $10. Hallockville Museum Farm is located at 6038 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901.

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Winter Lecture Series Continues at Madoo

The Madoo Conservancy presents the “Winter Lecture Series: Our Waterways: Beka Sturges” on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at noon in the Summer Studio in Sagaponack, NY. The talk will be held in the recently restored 1740 barn followed by a reception in the adjacent summerhouse.

The Winter Lecture series presents three talks with leading landscape architects, who will discuss their experience working in the bays, ponds, and oceanfront of the East End of Long Island. Each of the three talks will be moderated by Rachel Gruzen, MEM, LEED AP, an environmental planning consultant and educator. Gruzen currently coordinates The Peconic Estuary Protection Committee, an alliance of Eastern Long Island municipalities and agencies addressing water quality.

Sunday's Lecture features Beka Sturges of Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture. Sturges is an Associate Principal of Reed Hilderbrand and leads the firm’s office in New Haven. Always working to achieve spatial power by shaping the land, she aims to demonstrate the cultural and environmental value of landscape. She served as project landscape architect and manager for the award-winning expansion of The Clark Art Institute. A Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Connecticut College, she also teaches as a guest critic Yale School of Architecture.

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Future lectures will be held on February 18 and March 11 at noon. Tickets for all three lectures are $50 for Madoo members and $65 for non-members. Madoo Conservancy is located at 618 Sagg Main St, Sagaponack, NY 11962.

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Things to Do on the East End is published weekly and presents our selection of the most interesting events and things to do in art and culture for the upcoming week (and weekend) in The Hamptons, the North Fork and 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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