Memorial Day Weekend is upon the Hamptons and East End! Looking for events taking place for the holiday weekend (as well as during the lead up)? Hamptons Art Hub has you covered. We've picked out the best things to do through Memorial Day Weekend to add some extra fun and interest to your East End travels. Making the list are art talks, opening museum receptions, plays, live music, open studios and more. Also of note is LongHouse's "Salon on the Lawn 2018" taking place on Saturday, May 26, 2018, and Southampton Cultural Center's "3rd Annual Gala: An Evening of Wine and Roses," held on Sunday, May 27, 2018. Read on for our full list of Things To Do through Monday, May 28, 2018, in The Hamptons and North Fork.

New Lecture Series at Stony Brook Southampton Library

Stony Brook Southampton Library and the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center presents “ART IN FOCUS: Odyssey: Jack Whitten” on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 7 to 8 p.m. The lecture will be held in Southampton Library Classroom 201.

This spring lecture series kicks off with Katy Siegel, Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art, Stony Brook University. Dr. Siegel's focus is on the African-American abstract painter Jack Whitten’s previously unknown sculpture, which is the subject of an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The show will travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York this fall.

Stony Brook Southampton Library is located at 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY 11968.

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The Play “Don’t Dress for Dinner” in Quogue 

Hampton Theatre Company presents “Don’t Dress for Dinner” from May 24 through June 10, 2018. The play opens on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7 p.m. and continues for three weeks.

The comedic play, “Don’t Dress for Dinner” is written by Marc Camoletti and directed by George A. Loizides. Bernard is planning a romantic weekend at his home with his Parisian mistress while his wife Jacqueline is away. He has arranged for a Cordon Bleu chef to prepare gourmet delights and has also invited his best friend Robert to provide an alibi. Robert and Jacqueline are actually secret lovers and are determined that Jacqueline will not leave for the weekend; the cook has to pretend she is the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. As everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s, an evening of hilarious confusion ensues. The cast includes: Andrew Botsford, Rosemary Cline, Matthew Conlon, Rebecca Edana, Amanda Greimsmann and Sam Yarabek.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $10 for students under 21, and $20 for adults under 35. Performances take place Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Quogue Community Hall is located at 125 Jessup Ave, Quogue, NY 11959.

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Andrew Botsford, Rebecca Edana and Rosemary Cline in a scene from "Don't Dress for Dinner." Photo by Tom Kochie.


Opening Reception for Art Exhibition at the Whaling Museum

The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum presents an Opening Reception for the exhibition “Anchor: A Whale Of A Show,” on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 8 p.m.

“Anchor: A Whale Of A Show” is curated by Dan Rizzie and Susan Lazarus-Reimen. Historically, Sag Harbor, a village of two square miles, was a thriving seaport and whaling port. Although no longer a hub for the whaling industry, it is a unique village with many sharing a common love for the sea. Now an annual tradition, this exhibition pays tribute to Sag Harbor by linking its present artist community with its seafaring past. The exhibition presents art by Arlene Alda, Star Black, Michael A. Butler, Paul Davis, Dave-0, Pat Field, Eric Fischl, Mel Kendrick, Susan Lazarus-Reimen, Christine Moro, Lindsay Morris, Jodi Panas, Joe Pintauro, Dan Rizzie, Donald Sultan, Linda Sylvester, John Torreano and Bob Weinstein.

The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum is located at 200 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.

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"Fare Well, Fair Whale" by Joe Pintauro. Photograph. Courtesy of Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum.


Musical Theater Piece Premiers at The Parrish

The Parrish Art Museum presents “Salvation: Joe Pintauro's Metropolitan Operas” on Friday, May 25, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Salvation” is the world premiere of a fully-staged, contemporary musical theater piece based on three one-acts by playwright Joe Pintauro, adapted and set to music by composer and director Kevin Jeffers. Merging classical and modern musical theater styles, Jeffers directs a cast of six New York-based singers and provides piano accompaniment.

Tickets are $25 and $10 for members and students. Suitable for ages 13 and older. The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976.

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North Fork Artist Opens Studio for Weekend

Artist Charles Wildbank will open his art studio on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 2018, from noon to 6 p.m. 

Born and raised in Long Island, Charles Wildbank is known for his large canvases that capture nature, people and life. His 19 foot tall murals are a permanent fixture on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 ocean liner on its third deck adorning its stairwells. Wildbank has participated at the Westhampton Beach art fairs for the past 40 years. Concluding a lifetime of reclusive living, visitors will be able to take a peek inside the artist’s studio and home plastered with art. Visitors can also enjoy a walk throughout his gardens in view of neighboring farmland and apple orchards reflecting the beauty of the North Fork.

Charles Wildbank's Studio is located on Henry Lewis Lane toward the end of the cul-de-sac in Jamesport, NY. Follow signs inside. Free.

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Pollock-Krasner House Opens for the Season with a Gallery Talk

The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center presents the exhibition “Louis Schanker: The WPA Years” through July 28, 2018. A reception and gallery talk with Greta Berman will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m.

From 1935-1943, the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a New Deal agency created to relieve unemployment during the Great Depression, employed artists across the country. The largest contingent was in New York City, where Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and their contemporaries painted murals and canvases and made sculpture and prints for public buildings. One of the most prominent WPA artists was Louis Schanker (1903-1981), who became a supervisor on both the mural and graphics divisions. The exhibition features a selection of his woodblock and linoleum block prints, and studies for his murals.

Greta Berman, Ph.D., a specialist in New Deal mural painting, focuses on Schanker's three major themes: music, sports, and the circus.

The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center is located at 830 Springs Fireplace Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937.

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Louis Schanker with his mural for WNYC Radio, 1939. Courtesy of The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center.



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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