A weekend in The Hamptons can be a busy one...even in January! Our picks for interesting entertainment include film, artist talks, theater and more. Looking for something to do on Wednesday night? Head to Watermill Center to hear a talk by artist resident alumni Andrina Smith. Click here for more. Nancy Atlas's popular Fireside Concerts at Bay Street Theater have already sold out for this weekend and next. A wait list has formed, so reach out if you'd like to take a chance. Read on to discover what made our list for the best things to do this weekend in The Hamptons through January 12, 2020. Happy New Year!

1.  Theater Opening - Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance" - Southampton Cultural Center

Theater Performances open on Thursday, January 9, 2020, and continue through January 26, 2020 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Literature and classic theater takes the stage when Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance" is performed at the Southampton Cultural Center in Southampton Village. Directed by Joan M. Lyons, the play is one for our times when fear and avoidance drives three people to seek refuge in the home of a married couple and an alcoholic relative and transforms everyone involved.

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Performances take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. on the stage of The Levitas Center for the Arts in the Southampton Cultural Center.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students under 21 years old. Group rates are available. In addition, Brunch and Dinner Packages are available with five area restaurants to choose from. Prices range from $47 to $70 for packages paired with dining at  Edgewater Restaurant, Le Chef Southampton, Claude’s Restaurant, Fellingham's Restaurant Sports Bar or The Plaza Cafe of Southampton Inn.

Click here to reserve a ticket or call 631-287-4377. Southampton Cultural Center is located at 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, NY, across from Agawam Park. www.scc-arts.org.

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Performing at SCC in "A Delicate Balance" are Bonnie Grice, Kristin Whiting, Tamara Salkin and JoAnna Mincarelli. Photo by Dane DuPuis. Courtesy Southampton Cultural Center.

Performing at SCC in "A Delicate Balance" are Bonnie Grice, Kristin Whiting, Tamara Salkin and JoAnna Mincarelli. Photo by Dane DuPuis. Courtesy Southampton Cultural Center.

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2.  "Artists Choose Artists" Talk at the Parrish

The excellent "Artists Choose Artists" exhibition is enlivened through an Exhibiting Artist Talk on Friday, January 10, 2020, at 6 p.m.

Stepping up to discuss their art are artists with an environmental bent:  Irina Alimanestianu, Scott Bluedorn, Janet Culbertson and artist juror Lillian Ball in conversation with ecologist Carl Safina.

Admission is $12 or free for Museum Members. Click here to purchase and for details. The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976. www.parrishart.org.

3.  Opera Lecture & Live HD Screening - Guild Hall

Opera Lecture on Saturday, January 11, 2o20, from 12 to 12:45 p.m. Opera screening "Live in HD" from 1 to 3 p.m.

Tap into the composer's mind as told through Victoria Bond. A composer, conductor and opera scholar, Bond discusses Alban Berg's "Wozzeck," which tells the tale of a soldier who murders his love and commits suicide after driven mad by jealousy. The dark story is contrasted and heightened by Berg's brilliant music--which draws upon 12-tone atonal scoring--and is one of the few 20th Century works to enter the opera repertory. Tickets are $30 or Free for Opera Donors. Click here for details and tickets.

Immediately following the lecture "Wozzeck" screens in HD glory. Tickets are $23 for the General Public; $21 for Guild Hall Members; and $16 for Students. Click here for details and tickets.

Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.guildhall.org.

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A scene from Alban Berg's opera Wozzeck as performed at the Salzburg Festival. Photo by Ruth Walz. Courtesy Guild Hall.

A scene from Alban Berg's opera Wozzeck as performed at the Salzburg Festival. Photo by Ruth Walz. Courtesy Guild Hall.

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4.  Daredevil Balloonist Fights for Survival in the historical film "The Aeronauts" at Guild Hall

The Hamptons International Film Festival teams up with Guild Hall to screen "The Aeronauts" on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 6 p.m.

The 2019 English film, directed by Tom Harper, portrays the story of 1862 daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) as she teams up with meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to fly higher than anyone in history. Breaking records and advancing scientific discovery, they face dire challenges as the ascent becomes a fight for survival.

Tickets are $15 or $13 for Guild Hall Members. Click here for tickets and information. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.guildhall.org.

5. "Targets" & Talk by Sag Harbor Cinema

The 1968 film "Targets," directed by Peter Bogdanovich as his debut, screens at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at 2 p.m. as part of the Sag Harbor Cinema's "Here Comes the Cinema" Series. The screening is followed by a talk by Renée Shafransky, a psychotherapist, writer and former film programmer and producer.

The movie centers around Byron Orlok, a horror movie star, who decides to retire and move back to his native England. Before he can do so, fate intervenes when a Vietnam Vet attempts a mass shooting at a San Fernando Valley, CA, drive-in where Orlock is making a special appearance to promote his farewell film. The film is loosely based on a 1966 shooting by 25-year-old student Charles Whitman.

Tickets are $15 or free for Sag Harbor Cinema members. Click here to purchase and for details. Pierson High School Auditorium is located at 200 Jermain Ave, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.

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