Bay Street's popular New Works Festival returns to The Hamptons and may bring with a television camera crew. In addition to theater, our picks for the most interesting events in The Hamptons and North Fork include film, a museum ground breaking ceremony, a legal talk on art law and more. Continue reading for six choices to fill your weekend taking place through May 6, 2018.

Ground-Breaking Ceremony at Suffolk County Historical Society Museum   

A Ground-Breaking Ceremony will be held at the Suffolk County Historical Society Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 11 a.m. on the front lawn grounds of the museum. The ceremony will celebrate the construction of a new entrance wing.

The new museum wing will feature a reception entrance and will incorporate all ADA-compliant handicap access accommodations, including an elevator, restrooms, and on-site parking. The approximately 30-minute ceremony will recognize major donors, grants, and political support. Located on West Main Street in Riverhead, the museum, a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1930. Its architectural features and multiple staircases have presented accessibility challenges for many patrons, for decades.

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

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Suffolk County Historical Society Museum.


The 5th Annual New Works Festival

Bay Street Theater presents “Title Wave At Bay Street: The 5th Annual New Works Festival” on Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Sunday, May 5 at 3 p.m.

Enjoy free readings of plays and musicals in development from some of America's most exciting writers. “Medea: A Rock Musical,” written by The Kilbanes and directed by Reggie D. White will be read on Friday at 8 p.m. On Saturday at 2 p.m., “A Seagull in the Harbor,” written by Emily Mann and directed by Stephen Hamilton and at 8 p.m., “The Prompter,” starring Estelle Parsons, written by Wade Dooley and directed by Scott Schwartz will be read. On Sunday at 3 p.m., “Eight Nights,” written by Jennifer Maisel and directed by Will Pomerantz will finish up the weekend long event.

Free. Reserve seats in advance here. Everyone attending will need to consent to appear on broadcasts as a local PBS arts station may cover this event, according to Bay Street. Bay Street Theater is located at 1 Bay St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.

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New Works Festival. Courtesy of Bay Street Theater.

New Works Festival. Courtesy of Bay Street Theater.


Screenings of the Foreign Language Film “The Square”

The “Now Showing: First Run Screening Series” makes a stop at the Southampton Arts Center for a screening of “The Square” on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 6 p.m. 

Presented in cooperation with the Hamptons International Film Festival, The Square” (English, Swedish & Danish | R | 151m), directed by Ruben Östlund, has been Oscar Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. This film follows a respected curator of a contemporary art museum as he finds himself in times of professional and personal crisis while trying to arrange a controversial new exhibit.

Tickets are $10. Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968.

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Final 2018 BCMF Spring Concert

Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival presents “Spring Winds: Beethoven, Poulenc, Mozart,” on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 6 p.m. The concert will be held at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church.

The program of works includes Beethoven’s youthful trio for Flute, Cello and Piano; Poulenc’s Sextet and Trio; and Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds. The Spring Concert will feature Marya Martin on flute, John Snow on oboe, Romie de Guise-Langlois on clarinet, Peter Kolkay on bassoon, Eric Reed on horn, and Roman Rabinovich on piano.

Tickets are $60, $40 and $10 for students. Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church is located at 2429 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton, NY 11932.

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Live Concert at Montauk Library

The Montauk Library presents “Concert: Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo” on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo will perform a live concert of clarinet sonatas composed by Brahms, Saint-Saens and Poulenc toward the ends of their careers. The Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo – comprised of clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov and pianist Misuzu Tanaka – performs throughout the U.S.A.  Clarinet and piano duos are still rarely presented on the modern concert stage, the mission of the Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo is to bring about a resurgence of interest in the instrumental dynamic.

Free. The Montauk Library is located at 871 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954.

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The Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo. Courtesy of The Montauk Library.


Discussion on Nazi-Looted Art 

The Floyd Memorial Library presents "From Murder to Museums: Current Controversies Over Nazi-Looted Art," on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 3 p.m. 

Raymond Dowd, an attorney specializing in copyright litigation and Nazi art looting, will discuss an overview of art theft during World War II and look at how the sale of stolen works often bankrolled large parts of the Nazi regime. Dowd will explore past and present cases and discuss laws that address the looting. He will also examine the extent to these laws have been successful in returning the stolen art to its rightful owners.

The Floyd Memorial Library is located at 539 1st St, Greenport, NY 11944.


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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