Weekends in The Hamptons and on the North Fork continue to be vibrant with plenty of choices for events with an art and culture twist. This weekend, expect live music, theater, film and artist talks making our list of the best things to do this weekend on the East End. Looking forward, we've also selected a few events to add to your calendar in the upcoming week.

1.  Noël Coward’s “Private Lives” Opens in Quogue 

Hampton Theatre Company (HTC) welcomes summer with a performance of Noël Coward’s “Private Lives” with performances Thursday through Sunday. Opening on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the Quogue Community Hall in Quogue, Coward’s effervescent 1930s comedy “Private Lives” is considered to be his masterpiece. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.

“Private Lives” takes a side-splitting look at the volatile chemistry that can draw couples together or split them apart. Sparkling with wit and wisdom, the play opens with once-married Elyot and Amanda now honeymooning at the same hotel with their new spouses. When their paths cross, the old spark is reignited and the two impulsively run away to Paris, only to wonder a few days later whether love, jealousy or anger is the hotter passion.

Performances run through June 9, 2019. Tickets are $30 for Adults; $25 for seniors 65 years and older (excluding Saturday night performances); $20 for those under 35 years, theater industry members and veterans; and $10 for students under 21 years old. Group discounts are available. Click here to purchase.

For a preview, read "Hamptons Theatre Company Welcomes Summer with Noël Coward Masterpiece 'Private Lives'"

2. Photographer's View on Thomas Joshua Cooper at the Parrish

Jeremy Dennis, a Parrish Art Museum collection artist and 2018 Parrish Road Show artist, will give a special gallery talk on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Parrish Art Museum on photography exhibited in "Thomas Joshua Cooper: Refuge."

Dennis, a member of the Shinnecock Nation will reflect on Cooper’s photographs, which capture East End history, migration, and settlement at sites ranging from Conscience Point to Shinnecock Reservation locales. In his own work, Dennis explores indigenous identity, assimilation, and tradition from the lens of a millennial. To create his photographs, he stages supernatural images that transform Native American myths and legends into depictions of virtual experiences

"Refuge" features 49 photographs made between 1998 to 2018 along the Eastern seaboard and the Hudson River, anchored by 21 images of seascapes and interior landscapes made on the East End of Long Island. Each location Cooper identifies is recorded in a single negative taken with the 1898 AGFA field camera that he has used since 1968.

Admission free for museum members and $12 for non-members. Click here to reserve. The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976. www.parrishart.org.

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Jeremy Dennis with Thomas Joshua Cooper s work at the May 2019 opening of Refuge. Photo Tom Kochie.


3.  Art on Film

"Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche" screens on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Guild Hall.

The documentary recounts the start of the Vienna Secession, a magical art movement formed in the late 1890’s for art, literature and music, in which new ideas are circulated, Freud discovers the drives of the psyche, and women begin to claim their independence. It was a movement that marked a new era outside the confines of academic tradition.

At the heart of Secession were artists Gustav Klimt and his protégé and dear friend, artist Egon Schiele. The exhibition highlighted in the film provides an in-depth examination of images of extraordinary visual power: from the eroticism of Klimt’s mosaic-like works, to the anguished and raw work of the young Schiele in his magnetic nudes and contorted figures against the backdrop of nocturnal Vienna, full of masked balls and dreams imbued with sexuality.

Tickets are $18 or $16 for Guild Hall members. Student Rush Tickets are available. Click here to purchase. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937.

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4.  Brazilian Bossa Nova

Nilson Matta's Brazilian Voyage Quintet performs Bossa Nova and beyond in a JOBS PUB concert on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Southampton Arts Center.

Nilson Matta is a pioneer in the art of playing Brazilian Jazz on acoustic bass and is considered one of the greatest bassist in the world. Since moving to New York City, the 2017 Grammy nominee has performed and recorded with renowned musicians such as Yo Yo Ma, Joe Henderson, Paul Winter, Nancy Wilson, Herbie Mann, Don Pullen, Trio da Paz, Gato Barbieri, and many others.

At SAC, Nilson Matta will be accompanied by Helio Alves on piano, John Snauwaert on sax, Marcello Pelliteri on drums, and special guest vocalist Debora Watts. The quintet will perform Nilson’s originals mixed with Brazilian song book standards.

Tickets are $20 or $15 for Friends of SAC. Click here to purchase tickets. SAC is located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. www.southamptonartscenter.org.

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Nilson Matta on bass will perform at Southampton Arts Center this weekend. Photo courtesy SAC.

Nilson Matta on bass will perform at Southampton Arts Center this weekend. Photo courtesy SAC.


5.  Music for the Constellations

Rites of Spring Music Festival presents "Tierkreis: Music of the Zodiac" performed by Cliff Baldwin and Dwight Frizzell on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 8 p.m. at William Ris Gallery in Jamesport, NY. A Wine Reception immediately follows at the adjoining Sherwood House Vineyards.

"Tierkreis: Music of the Zodiac" is Stockhausen's 12 part piece devoted to the constellations in the Zodiac. This is the first Stockhausen work presented by the Rites of Spring Music Festival. The concert features Cliff Baldwin and Dwight Frizzell. The pair have collaborated on projects for 40 years.

Cliff Baldwin is a North Fork artist, composer, sound designer, filmmaker and founder of ACME the Aquebogue Contemporary Music Ensemble. Rev. Dwight Frizzell is the founder of BCR big band, a professor of Media Studies at the Kansas City Art Institute, filmmaker, photographer, writer, sound designer, radio big-wig composer and avid somnambulist.

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Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students ages 13 to 18 years old. Click here to purchase. William Ris Gallery is located at 291 Main Street, Jamesport, NY 11947. On view is "Karl H. Szekielda: Space & Color," a solo show of abstract paintings inspired by satellite images of space and the colors of the ocean. Click here to see some of the work on view. www.williamris.com.


Here's a few events to know about in the upcoming week.

Landscape Pleasures offers a weekend of events from Friday, June 7, 2019 to Sunday, June 10, 2019 with the Parrish Art Museum at its base. The weekend kicks off with a film screening and talk and continues with a symposium and tour of private gardens plus other fun events (including a cocktail party and workshop). Click here for details and to register.

Eric Fischl's curated show "That Eighties Show" arrives in The Hamptons from Nassau County through a slide show and talk by Nassau County Museum Director Charles A. Riley II presented at Stony Brook Southampton Library on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7 p.m. The talk is part of the Pollock Krasner House & Study Center's Spring Lecture Series "Art in Focus." Admission is free. Click here for details.

Spring Performing Arts Festival featuring music, song and dance from a range of Asian cultures takes place on June 8, 2019 at the Southampton Cultural Center. The event includes workshops, performances and a "Taste of Asia" food reception. Click here for details.

Enhancing life and aging gracefully through the arts will be discussed in "Art for Health: Looking forward to Aging on the East End" lecture event on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 3 p.m. at Guild Hall. Presented by Artful Home Care, a panel of experts will discuss ways art, music, and different types of wellness programs can enhance the quality of life and is followed by a Q&B and Reception with light refreshments. The discussion is moderated by Beth McNeil Muhs. Click here for details.


Looking for art openings and gallery events for the weekend? Click here. To discover art on view in The Hamptons, the North Fork and Long Island, visit our Exhibition Finder by clicking here.


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