There are multiple ways to celebrate Earth Day this week and weekend in The Hamptons and North Fork. Also making our list of some of the best things to do on the East End are live music benefiting a worthy cause, panel discussions, artist talks, film and poetry. If you're in a benefit state of mind, the Parrish Art Museum’s annual Spring Fling takes place on Saturday. Proceeds from the evening support the museum's year-round education programs.

Animals, Art & Meaning: An Evening with George Bumann

Hallockville Museum Farm presents “A Special Evening with Naturalist and Sculptor, George Bumann” on Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will be held at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, NY.

George Bumann is a renowned naturalist and professional sculptor living at Yellowstone Park’s northern entrance in Gardiner, Montana. Listen and watch Bumann as he talks through a live sculpture demonstration. This participatory program provides insight into an artist’s process, and explores the ways in which humans find meaning in natural experiences. George’s work can be found in collections throughout the United States and around the world.

Tickets are $18 for members and $20 for non-members. Martha Clara Vineyards is located at 6025 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901.

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George Bumann at work. Courtesy Hallockville Museum Farm.


Rock The Retreat at Talkhouse

The Retreat presents “Rock The Retreat 2018” on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, NY.

The evening features dance music performed by Booga Sugar. Proceeds will benefit The Retreat whose mission is to provide safety, shelter, and support for victims of domestic abuse and to break the cycle of family violence.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Stephen Talkhouse is located at 161 Main St, Amagansett, NY 11930.

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Booga Sugar. Courtesy of The Retreat.


Gallery Talk with an Architect, Photographer and Curator

The Parrish Art Museum presents “Talk: Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation: Flattened Space In conjunction with Image Building” on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Architect Lee H. Skolnick, photographer Ralph Gibson, and guest curator Therese Lichtenstein will all engage in a conversation in the exhibition gallery. The talk will be on movement, memory, and the peripheral vision in architectural photography, and is held in conjunction with the current exhibition, "Image Building."

Free with museum admission. Space is limited. Advance reservations required. The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976.

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Cover of "Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture" exhibition catalogue. Courtesy The Parrish Art Museum.


Poetry Reading  

Canio’s Books presents “Poet Philip Schultz: Luxury” on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Pulitzer prize-winning poet Philip Schultz, introduced by poet Grace Schulman, will read from his new collection, “LUXURY.” Philip Schultz is the founding director of The Writers Studio. He is the author of seven poetry collections including “The God of Loneliness,” “The Wherewithal,” and “Failure,” as well as the critically acclaimed memoir “My Dyslexia.”

Canio’s Book is located at 290 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.

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Celebrate Earth Day with Two Films

Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival presents “2018 Spring Docs” on Sunday, April 22, 2018. “Mission Blue” (95 min) will be screened at 2 p.m. and “Bird of Prey” (95 min) will be screened at 4 p.m. Both films will be shown at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY.

Fisher Stevens and Robert Nixon’s documentary, “Mission Blue” serves as a biographical portrait of internationally renowned oceanographer and eco-activist Sylvia Earle. "In Mission Blue," we watch the 78-year-old woman dive with sharks in the  sea and dodge fishing nets as she swims through the middle of a major fishing operation. The film offers a bold new view of the famed oceanographer whose pursuit of saving the ocean takes her all over the world. Carl Safina, who is featured in the movie will be in attendance to speak after the screening. Safina is an award-winning scientist, author and founding president of Blue Ocean Institute at Stony Brook University. Free admission. Reserve seats here.

"Bird of Prey," directed by Eric Liner is a documentary film from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The Philippine Eagle is a bird of extremes. It’s the world’s largest and rarest eagle, found only in the Philippines. Fewer than 800 individuals remain today. In 1977,  cinematographer Neil Rettig filmed the first images of the Philippine Eagle in the wild, transforming the bird into a national symbol. The documentary follows Neil’s return to the Philippines as he embarks on an expedition alongside a group determined to protect the eagle.  Tickets are $20.

Bay Street Theater is located at 1 Bay St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.

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East End Things to Do Highlights column 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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