All in a Weekend — A Round-Up of Events on the Forks

Whispers of Southampton
Whispers of Southampton

Both Southampton and Southold are hosting 375th Anniversary events this weekend. Southold will play host to a massive parade Saturday morning, beginning at 11 a.m. near the intersection of Route 25 and South Harbor Lane near Triangle Park. The parade will end at the intersection of Route 25 and Boisseau Avenue and refreshments will be served at the Southold Fire Department. More information is online here. Agawam Park and the Southampton Arts Center will host “Whispers of Southampton,” a dance performance at both locations at both 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday. More information is online here.

Surfboards as Art, Akashic records, Sign Trees

Lola Montes "Cutting the Akashic Cords"
Lola Montes “Cutting the Akashic Cords”

Of note amongst gallery openings this weekend is “Surf Craft — Design and the Culture of Board Riding,” which opens with a reception at Longhouse Reserve in East Hampton tonight from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and a gallery talk Sat., Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. This new exhibition, organized by Mingei Museum of San Diego, CA and curated by surf historian Richard Kenvin, presents 45 surfboards built from the late 1940s to the present day in their historical context of craft and design. SURF CRAFT captures the influences behind design in board riding, from the alaia boards of ancient Hawaii, to obscure surf bathing boards of England, Japan and Africa, to postwar hydrodynamic planning hulls from Southern California.

Tripoli Gallery in East Hampton presents “Lola Montes: Akashic records” through Aug. 17, which opens with a reception tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.  In theosophy and anthroposophy, the Akashic records (a term coined in the late 1800s from akasha or ākāśa, the Sanskrit word for “sky,” “space,” “luminous,” or “æther”) are a compendium of thoughts, events, and emotions believed by Theosophists to be encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the astral plane. Lola Montes is a maker of hallucinogenic scenes configuring into namable and unnamable.  Her images are clear but cryptic, like in dreams where the unconscious mind connects the rational and irrational into poetry.

Opening for Ryan McGiness: Sign Trees at Silas Marder Gallery
Invite for “Ryan McGiness: Sign Trees” at Silas Marder Gallery

Silas Marder Gallery hosts “Ryan McGinness: Sign Trees,” a solo exhibition of recent paintings and sculptures, opening August 1, 2015 and on view through August 29, with a reception Sat., Aug. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. In this most recent body of work, McGinness appropriates the common street sign, using off-the-shelf industrial parts to create objects that imitate the style of the urban transportation system. “The Sign Trees” resemble overpopulated traffic signposts, each trunk splitting off into a constellation of branches supporting panels arrayed with the artist’s signature symbols.

The Quogue Gallery presents “Photographs by Peter Moore: A Retrospective,” which opens with a reception Sat., Aug 1 from 4 to 7p.m. and continues through Aug. 19. The exhibit showcases the artists stunning black and white landscapes, his “A Moment at the Guggenheim,” collection and his newest foray into abstract images. In his current work, Moore has completely abandoned the dark room and old-school techniques and plunged into the world of digital to create spectacular colorful abstract images. .

Also in the arts world this weekend, the Springs Improvement Society hosts their 48th Annual Artists of the Springs Invitational Exhibition, with an opening reception tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. and Guild Hall in East Hampton hosts its annual Clothesline Art Sale tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Beacon’s full art listings are online here.

Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando

Listen to Me, Marlon!

The Hamptons International Film Festival hosts the second of its summer-long “SummerDoc” presentations at Guild Hall Saturday night at 8 p.m., with a screening of “Listen to Me Marlon.”

With exclusive access to personal archive, this is the definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary – much less a factual recital of Brando’s acting career and personal life than a creative odyssey into the mind and motivation of an enigma. Like an arch hypnotist Brando’s own voice leads the storytelling – there are no interviewees, no talking heads, just Marlon guiding us into the padlocked recesses of his own memory, and through the story of his life. [$21/$23]

The Beacon’s full film listings are online here.

Collins, Cohn and Hendrick Muerkens

Folk singer Judy Collins will be performing tonight at 8 p.m. at The Suffolk Theater, and the theater has added a second show tomorrow night, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. due to popular demand.  Known for her sublime vocals and vulnerable storytelling as well as her social and environmental activism, Collins has continued to thrive in the music industry for half a century. Tickets range from $45 to $60.

Hendrik Meurken
Hendrik Meurken

Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, best known for breakout hit “Walking in Memphis,” will perform at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Sat., Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. Cohn has built a reputation as a masterful storyteller able to combine the precision of a tunesmith with the passion of a soul man. [$48-$78]

Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, self-taught harmonica prodigy Hendrik Meurkens has achieved a great command of both the vibraphone and chromatic harmonica. He’ll be performing at the Parrish Art Museum’s Jazz en Plein Air tonight at 8 p.m.  In 1982 he moved to Rio de Janeiro, invited by Mauricio Einhorn, the great Brazilian harmonica player and composer of bossa nova, to immerse himself completely in the country’s music styles. Mr. Meurkens’ understanding of the Brazilian music vocabulary has since been praised by native Brazilian musicians, and his works are considered as true to this influence as those of a Brazilian composer. [Free]

The Beacon’s full music listings are online here.

Take a Blue Moon Hike

Drum Circle
QWR will celebrate the Blue Moon with a drum circle tonight

Tonight is the Blue Moon, the second full moon of the month! The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and the South Fork Natural History Museum are hosting a Blue Moon Hike tonight at 9 p.m., the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is hosting a Blue Moon Drumming Circle tonight at 7 p.m. and Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island is hosting a Blue Moon Walk for families tonight at 8 p.m. The next Blue Moon won’t occur until January of 2018.

The Beacon’s full nature listings are online here.

Fishing, Cooking and Otherwise Just Being Here

Clarence Hickey will read from and discuss his new book “On The East End: The Last Best Times of a Long Island Fishing Community” tonight at Tale of Two Sisters Bookshop in Montauk at 5 pm.

On The East End is a personal story and historical account of the commercial fishing community on Long Island’s East End during the 1970s, when the fisheries were abundant and the fishers were vigorous in their pursuit. That community vigor of the 1970s is contrasted with its decline, along with the quality of the marine environment, in the 1980s to present.

Also this weekend, New York Times food critic Florence Fabricant will read at the Hampton Library’s Fridays at Five this evening at 5 p.m., Dans Papers editor Dan Rattiner will read from “In the Hamptons 4Ever” at Bookhampton in Southampton this evening at 5 p.m. and at Bookhampton in East Hampton on Sun., Aug. 2 at 3 p.m.

Architectural critic Paul Goldberger will revisit his 1983 New York Times lament for The Hamptons,   “The Strangling of a Resort at the East Hampton Library’s Tom Twomey Lecture Series Sat., Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. and Morris Dickstein will discuss memoir writing on Sat., Aug. 1 at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor at 5 p.m.

All of the above readings are free and open to the public. The Beacon’s full literary listings are online here.

Free, Free, Free!

For free, tonight, two movies and some music: Media Crime, which plays “Heavy Americana,” flavored with the social commentary of folk and 60s rock with the sonic and visual impact of punk, will play a free concert at the Riverhead Townscape series in Grangebel Park tonight at 7:30 p.m. Also tonight, Southampton Arts Center hosts a free outdoor screening of “Psycho” at dusk and Marders Nursery in Bridgehampton hosts a free screening on their haywall of “Cool Hand Luke,” also at dusk.



Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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