Film, music and strolling among cultivated gardens are on our list for the best things to do this weekend on the East End. Taking place through Mother's Day on May 12, 2019, scroll on to discover the possibilities in The Hamptons and on Shelter Island and the North Fork.

Picasso on Film

The Hamptons International Film Festival screens "Young Picasso" on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 8 p.m. at the Southampton Arts Center.

The documentary centers on the early years of Picasso including his upbringing and the learning that led to his achievements. Three cities play a key role:  Malaga, Barcelona and Paris. The film visits each one and explores the city's influence on Picasso, focusing on specific artworks from these early years. Directed by Phil Grabsky. Running Time is 91 minutes.

Tickets are $15 or $10 for Friends of SAC or HIFF Members. Southampton Arts Center is located at Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968.

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Artists in Residency Talk at Watermill Center

Watermill Center reveals the next set of artists in residency in a presentation on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The presentation includes talks by five artists and one artist collective. Taking the microphone will be Colective Zoológico, multidisciplinary theatre artists from Chile and France; visual artists Eileen O'Kane Kornreich (New York); Laurie Lambrecht and Toni Ross (The Hamptons); Maya Watanabe (Peru) and Austina Muñoz (Argentina).

Admission is free. The event is already filled to capacity. Contact Watermill Center to inquiry about a waiting list. Watermill Center is located at 39 Water Mill Towd Road, Water Mill, NY 11976.


Colectivo Zoológico. Courtesy Watermill Center.


Madoo Conservancy Opens for the Season

Madoo Conservancy opens its 25th Season this week and offers free admission for visitors on two days. The grounds are open on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

Opening for the season on Friday, May 10, 2019, free permission to stroll the grounds on Fridays and Saturdays from May 10 to October 12, 2019. Right now, tulips are in bloom in the potager with the garden painted the green of spring. The Summer Studio features a photography exhibition of Madoo's history.

Admission is free. Maddoo is located at 618 Sagg Main Street, Sagaponack, NY 11962.

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Madoo Conservancy.


Roots Music Fusion at Sylvester Manor

Jazz pianist turned folk and bluegrass musician Sam Reider brings his band of young bluegrass and jazz musicians The Human Hands to the May House Concert on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in  performances at 6 and 8 p.m. 

The Human Hands redefines roots music as well as breaks down boundaries between jazz, folk and chamber music. Reider had been featured at Lincoln Center and on NPR and has performed alongside pop stars, jazz and folk musicians around the world. Check out their sounds by clicking here.

Tickets are $30 or $35 at the door and can be purchased by clicking here. The concert is held at Sylvester Manor's Manor House Music Room, 8 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11965.

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New Opera Based on Ibsen's "A Doll House"

"A Doll's House: A New Opera" by Grace Oberhofer will debut at the historic Jamesport Meeting House on the North Fork on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7 p.m. as part of the Rites of Spring Music Festival.

Composed by Grace Oberhofer and directed by Allison Benko, "A Doll's House: A New Opera" is based on Henrik Ibsen's play "A Doll's House" (1879) which catapulted Nora Helmer to a world-wide symbol of female empowerment and spurred many women to begin finding their voices. The 90-minute piece follows the structure of Henrik Ibsen's original play, but uses music an extension of Nora's "gilded cage." Although Nora's domestic life honors manipulation over authenticity, she is forced to find her own voice when the masquerade ends. It is then that her musical confines begin to unravel.

Click here to watch a trailer.

Tickets are $25 or $30 at the door. Jamesport Meeting House is located at 1590 Main Rd, Laurel, NY 11948.

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Composer Grace Oberhofer of "A Doll's House: A New Opera." Photo courtesy Rites of Spring Music Festival.

Composer Grace Oberhofer of "A Doll's House: A New Opera." Photo courtesy Rites of Spring Music Festival.



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