05/02/17 6:00am
Shelter Island Historical Society

A scene from a previous derby party at the Shelter Island Historical Society. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby takes place this Saturday, May 6. Billed as “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports,” while it’s amazing to see these thoroughbreds run in person, if you’re not able to travel to Churchill Downs in time for this weekend’s race there’s a fine alternative right here on Shelter Island. (more…)

02/01/17 6:01am
The Money Shot

Photo: From left, Joe Marshall (Steve), Kristin Whiting (Bev), Bonnie Grice (Karen) and Tamara Salkin (Missy) in Neil LaBute’s play “The Money Shot” at the Southampton Cultural Center. (Credit: Dane DuPuis)

Have you ever considered what would you might do to salvage your sinking career?

How about taking part in a film that puts you in a compromising position in the most literal of terms?

In Neil LaBute’s play “The Money Shot,” that’s the question facing Steve and Karen, two fading Hollywood stars whose outsized egos take center stage wherever they go, much to the dismay of their respective long-suffering spouses who are inevitably dragged along for the ride. LaBute’s 2014 Off-Broadway play is currently enjoying its Long Island premiere in a Center Stage production at the Southampton Cultural Center. (more…)

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…)