01/05/17 6:08am
Mary Badham (as Scout) and Gregory Peck (as Atticus Finch) in "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Mary Badham (as Scout) and Gregory Peck (as Atticus Finch) in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

In 1960, an unknown airline reservation agent named Harper Lee published her first novel. That book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and became a beloved works of fiction as well as a staple in American classrooms.

Two years later, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote adapted Lee’s novel for the screen and won the Oscar for his work. It was one of the film’s three Academy Awards and it featured a career defining performance by Gregory Peck.

On Saturday, January 7 at 7 p.m., Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater and the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) will present a screening of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a film directed by Robert Mulligan which masterfully captures Lee’s deft exploration of race and class relations, gender roles, and a child’s loss of innocence.  (more…)

11/23/16 6:01am
parrish gift market

The 2015 Parrish Art Museum Holiday Gift (Credit: Tom Fitzgerald)

Who needs Black Friday and the stress of driving to the mall when you can do your shopping, see some great artwork, meet a few authors and artists, and have lots of fun at the same time?

That’s the deal at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill over Thanksgiving weekend. The museum hosts its annual “Holiday Party + Market” on Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26. (more…)

11/14/16 9:49am
Colorama, Southampton Arts

Top: Lee Howick (American, 1928­2009)
Middle: Jim Pond (American, active ca. 1960)
Bottom: Hank Mayer (American, active ca. 1960).

The folks at the Southampton Arts Center are offering offering “Colorama,” a traveling exhibit organized by the George Eastman Museum that takes a look back at the quintessential idealism that defined the post World War II years.

In 1950, the Eastman Kodak Company installed the first Colorama inside Grand Central Station in New York City. These oversized advertisements were 18 feet high, 60 feet long and required more than a mile of cold-cathode tubes to light them from behind. (more…)

11/04/16 6:00am
Scarlet Letter Bay Street Theater

Credit: Bay Street Theater Courtesy

Fans of “The Scarlet Letter” will be pleased to know that its protagonist Hester Prynne is alive and well … and appearing this month at Bay Street Theater.

It’s all part of Literature Live! Bay Street’s annual educational initiative which brings classic books to life on stage, and Hester, of course, is the heroine of the 1850 novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, who you may remember from your high school English class. The play opens at Bay Street on Monday, November 7. (more…)

10/27/16 3:21pm
dinah maxwell smith

Dinah Maxwell Smith, “FIVE SUITS REDUX,” 2016. Oil on canvas. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

If you’re an emerging artist, there’s probably no better compliment than being selected by a heavy-hitter in the field to have your work shown in a major museum.

That’s exactly what the Parrish Art Museum’s annual Artists Choose Artists exhibition is all about. The juried show is open to artists working in all media and living on the East End of Long Island. Seven distinguished artists serve as jurors, each selecting two artists for the exhibition from nearly 200 submissions. The show, which encourages fellowship among today’s multi-generational network of artists, also includes the work of the jurors. (more…)