Kicking off August are an array of lectures and talks along with live music and theater to liven the weekend. In the Hamptons, the kick off of the Springs Invitational Artist Exhibition and the arrival of the music "Evita" at Bay Street are noteworthy. On the North Fork, the monthly Geenport Gallery Walk takes place on Friday. Read on for all our picks of the best things to do in the Hamptons and on the North Fork through August 5, 2018.

Art Lecture on 1970s Land Art

Montauk Library presents "ISOLATION & LIGHT 1970s Land Art in the American Southwest" on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. 

Jane Weissman, mural artist/historian/curator drove 4,566 miles in a rented SUV through the scenery of Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Texas in order to observe a number of land art sites. Through her photographs and the words of the artists, Weissman will talk about lesser known works and discuss the philosophies that inform them and their effect on the surrounding landscapes.

Free and open to the public. Montauk Library is located at 871 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954. www.montauklibrary.org.

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Summer Lecture Series at The Watermill Center

The Watermill Center presents "Summer Lecture Series with William Middleton | Double Vision: The Unerring Eye of Art World Avatars Dominique and John de Menil," on Thursday, August 2, 2018, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  

William Middleton is a journalist and editor who has worked in New York and Paris. He will talk about Dominique and John de Menil, who created an oasis of culture in their Philip Johnson-designed house with everyone from Marlene Dietrich and René Magritte to Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. In Houston, they built the Menil Collection, the Rothko Chapel, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, the Cy Twombly Gallery, and underwrote the Contemporary Arts Museum. By the 1960s, their collection had grown to include 17,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, rare books, and decorative objects. Now, with access to family archives, Middleton has written a biography on this couple and will discuss a behind-the-scenes look at the art world of the twentieth century and the influence the de Menils held.

Tickets are $15. The Watermill Center is located at 39 Water Mill Towd Rd, Water Mill, NY 11976. www.watermillcenter.org.

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Photo © Tim Walker. Courtesy of The Watermill Center.

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ICP TALKS Present Photographer Elliott Erwitt

International Center of Photography and the Southampton Arts Center presents "ICP TALKS: Marl Lubell In Conversation with Elliot Erwitt" on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 7 p.m. 

The first in the ICP TALKS series is a conversation between ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell and photographer Elliott Erwitt. Erwitt's documentary photographs have appeared in major US magazines and he has also published work through the Magnum Agency. His work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, ICP, and elsewhere. "Elliott Erwitt: Pittsburgh 1950" is currently on view at the ICP Museum in New York City.

Tickets are $15 or $10 for Friends of SAC. Southampton Arts Center is located at Southampton Arts Center 25 Jobs Lane Southampton, NY 11968 . www.southamptonartscenter.org.

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August Greenport Gallery Walk

The Greenport Gallery Walk will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Nine galleries located in the historic maritime village along Greenport Harbor in Peconic Bay and participate in the monthly Gallery Walk. In addition to galleries, many village shops will stay open late. If you're looking for art, it can be found at Hector deCordova Studio & Gallery, The Sirens’ Song Gallery, Nova Constellatio Gallery, Gallery M, The South Street Gallery, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company Gallery, Olive Studio, North Fork Art Collective, and VSOP Art + Design Projects.

Free and open to the public. The Greenport Gallery Walk will be held on the first Friday of the month, from June through December. www.greenportvillage.com.

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To read a preview, click “The Greenport Gallery Walk Returns on First Fridays This Summer Through December 2018

The Nancy Atlas Project Performs 

The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum presents "The Nancy Atlas Project" on Friday, August 3, 2018, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

The Nancy Atlas Project is celebrating their 22nd year together as a band. Known for her live performances and songwriting Nancy and her band (Johnny Blood on lead guitar, Brett King on bass, Richard Rosch on drums and Neil Thomas on keys and accordion) will perform a live show at the Museum in an intimate setting.

Free and open to the public. The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum is located at 200 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org.

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Springs Invitational Artist's Exhibition Curator Tour

"The 51st Annual Springs Invitational Artist’s Exhibition" will be held from August 3 through August 12, 2018 at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. A free Opening Reception will be held on Friday, August 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. The curator’s tour, conducted by Scott Bluedorn, takes place on Sunday, August 5, from noon to 2 p.m. Proceeds from this event will support the maintenance of Ashawagh Hall by Springs Improvement Society and the society’s scholarship program.

This annual show is a cornerstone event for the local art community, a culture that has thrived in this hamlet since the heydays of the abstract expressionists, the exhibition continues to celebrate the legacy through the diverse members‘ work. This year the show includes artists from both the South Fork and the North Fork, as well as newer artists who are making their debut.

Ashawagh Hall is located at 780 Springs Fireplace Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.ashawagh-hall.org.

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Artwork by Scott Bluedorn. Courtesy of the artist.

Artwork by Scott Bluedorn. Courtesy of the artist.

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Béla Fleck Live

Guild Hall presents “THE SOLO CONCERT: Béla Fleck” on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 8 p.m.

The Solo Concert will bring together all of 15-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck's diverse influences to create a flowing musical statement. Striving to showcase the possibilities of the five string banjo, Béla will use its properties to create new music for solo banjo, while reprising music from his 40+ years of performing. Born and raised in New York City, Béla began his musical career playing the guitar.

Tickets start at $63. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.guildhall.org.

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Photo credit: Jim McGuire. Courtesy of Guild Hall.

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Talk on Long Island Wine Industry

Southold Historical Society presents "Long Island’s Wine Industry: Past, Present and Future by Eileen Duffy" on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 3 p.m. 

Eileen Duffy, author of "Behind the Bottle" will share her reflections of Long Island’s wine industry. She will address the question "How did the wine industry grow to be a major part of the East Ends culture and history?"

Free to the public. To RSVP or for more information, call (631) 765-5500 or email info@southoldhistorical.org. Southold Museum Complex (Ann Currie Bell House) is located at 55200 Main Road, Southold, NY 11971. www.southoldhistoricalsociety.org.

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