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Creators, Cocktails & Conversations at Bay Street Theatre

June 5, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

lucy sykes and jo piazza

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is launching a series titled CREATORS, COCKTAILS, & CONVERSATIONS. The series begins with “Novel Ideas” on June 5.

Enjoy a glass of wine and join six authors as they dish on their latest books. The second event will be “Style Setters,” featuring fashion veterans on July 10, and on August 21, the conversation will be “Design in Mind,” with interior design experts. These are the first ever discussions by both organizations. The events will be moderated by Samantha Yanks, Editor-in-Chief, Hamptons magazine. All three events start at 5 pm. Tickets are $20 each and are available by visiting www.baystreet.org or by calling the Box Office at 631.725.9500.

Six novelists will take to the stage to share their novels with the audience. The writers of the evening are Aliza Licht (Leave Your Mark), Suzanne Corso (Hello Hollywood), Kate Betts (My Paris Dream), Colleen Saidman (Yoga For Life) and co-writers Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza (The Knockoff). This conversation with the writers includes a free glass of wine.

The Authors:

Kate Betts is an award-winning magazine editor and author who has held top positions at two of the world’s most successful fashion magazines, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. “My Paris Dream” chronicles her rise through the ranks of the fashion business working as a Paris reporter and later the associate bureau chief for the daily trade newspaper Women’s Wear Daily. In 2003 she was named editor at large at Time magazine where she created the first globally published style supplement.  She is the author of the critically acclaimed book on the First Lady’s style,” Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style” and was the subject of the Lifetime documentary, Putting Baby to Bed: Wife, Mother, and Editor in Chief, about her experience as the youngest editor ever to take over a national fashion magazine. Betts was named editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar in June 1999. Betts, a graduate of Princeton University, has written for over 25 different national magazines and newspapers and has appeared regularly on CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and The Charlie Rose Show. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.

Suzanne Corso is the author of three novels. “Brooklyn Story” (2011), “The Suite Life” (2013) & “Hello Hollywood”, the last part of the trilogy; release (Simon& Schuster 2015). She has also penned the screenplay to Brooklyn Story. Ms. Corso has produced for the New York and London stages. She has also produced two documentaries; “Indonesia, A Personal Journey” and “Hear Them Roar”, shot entirely at the Endangered Animal Rescue Sanctuary in Citra, Florida. This documentary was the foundation that inspired her children’s book “Sammy & Sue™ Go Green Too!” (2009) an eco-friendly, environmentally educational book. Corso is currently developing several shows for television and is a contributing TV Film Correspondent to NBC – The Today Show as well as a columnist for Downtown Magazine.

Aliza Licht is the fashion PR executive and Twitter phenom, DKNY PR GIRL®. Featured on the front page of the New York Times style section as one of “America’s Next Top Mentors,” dubbed the “Reigning Queen of Social Media” by Women’s Wear Daily, and called one of “Six Women Who Rule the Fashion World” by TIME Style & Design, she is a TEDx speaker and five-time Fashion 2.0 award winner for DKNY PR GIRL®. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two children.

Jo Piazza is the managing editor of Yahoo Travel and a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal.  Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York, Glamour, Gotham, The Daily Beast, and Slate.  She is the author of “Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make Money”, “If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission,” and a novel, “Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps”.  She lives in New York City with her giant dog.

Lucy Sykes Rellie has worked in the fashion world as a stylist, fashion editor, and fashion director.  For six years she was the fashion director at Marie Claire magazine, and was most recently fashion director for Rent the Runway.  Her own children’s clothing line, Lucy Sykes New York, was sold in more than one hundred department stores worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and Nordstrom.  Together with her twin sister Plum, she moved from London to New York City in 1997, where she now lives with her husband and two children.

Colleen Saidman Yee‘s first book, “Yoga for Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom”, was released by Atria/ Simon and Schuster on June 2nd, 2015. Colleen has been teaching yoga since 1998 and has been a globetrotting fashion model since 1979. She has been featured in dozens of Gaiam yoga videos. Articles about her have appeared in The New York Times (they named her the First Lady of Yoga), New York magazine, Vanity Fair, and O, The Oprah Magazine.  Colleen has also appeared on 2 covers of Yoga Journal. She is director and owner of Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor, New York, and co-owns Yoga Shanti in Westhampton Beach and New York City. With Donna Karan and Rodney Yee, Colleen created and runs the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, utilized in healthcare facilities around the country. Colleen resides in Sag Harbor with her husband, Rodney Yee. Their 4 kids continue to be their most humbling teachers.


June 5, 2015
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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