There’s Plenty of Cultural Activities Happening in the Hamptons

There’s still lots to feed the cultural beast in you if you’re visiting the Hamptons this month. Here are some of the best for a range of interests from art to theater to music.

Bay Street Theater – A Musical under the Stars: Camelot

Courtesy Bay Street Theater

Bay Street Theater moves from its Sag Harbor location to an expansive open-air setting in Bridgehampton. The theater’s outdoor version of Camelot has been such a hit that it’s been extended through September 5. Broadway stars grace the performance which is set on an elevated stage in a socially distanced, Covid-aware setting. Masks are required and there is ample parking in the lot behind Carvel. Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot is a star among Broadway musicals with music that transcends generations. With memories of Richard Burton, Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet in mind, the cast shines with outstanding performances by Britney Coleman (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Sunset Boulevard) as Guinevere and Jeremy Kushner (Rent, Jersey Boys) as King Arthur. Allan Dalla Villa’s Mordred, an evil troll like character, is a showstopper.

Calissa Restaurant – Calissa Sounds

Courtesy Calissa Restaurant

Calissa Restaurant in Water Mill adds a musical note to their shimmering Greek dining with performances on their outdoor stage. Set adjacent to the restaurant’s expansive, light-rimmed terrace, the very international experience concludes on September 3 with a collaborate DJ set by St. Lucia and RAC. Calissa Sounds bring live DJ entertainment under one open-air “roof” to create the ultimate Mykonos meets the Hamptons mashup music-driven experience. Reservations with table minimums can be made by visiting https://www.calissahamptons.com/calissasounds/. Have a meal with the likes of grilled branzino, horiatiki and lobster pasta or enjoy late-night bottle service in this magical setting.

Calissa  Restaurant – Broadway Out East

Joshua Henry at Broadway Out East, Calissa Restaurant © Meryl Pearlstein

The hugely popular Broadway Out East weekly program at Calissa has one more concert to go, with timing TBD, featuring Broadway star Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Annie Live!). Check out the restaurant’s website for updates. The good news is that the new program was such a success that it will become a permanent series next summer. The recent show by Joshua Henry (Hamilton, Carousel) was a wonderful mix of familiar show tunes and songs from his upcoming album GROW. Other performers this summer included husband-and-wife superstar team, Andy Karl (Pretty Woman, Groundhog Day, Rocky) and Orfeh (Pretty Woman, Legally Blonde).

Southampton Arts Center — Hamptons Fine Art Fair

Hamptons Fine Art Fair courtesy Hamptons Fine Art Fair

Southampton Village has evolved to become a thriving arts district on the East End. 70 galleries from around the globe will gather at the Southampton Arts Center for the Hamptons Fine Art Fair as a celebration and tribute to the region’s rich history as a haven for the creation and patronage of art. The SAC galleries and grounds will be transformed from Thursday, September 2 through Sunday, September 5 for the international art fair which also benefits the Southampton Arts Center.

The Parrish Art Museum

© Carl Timpani

There’s always something exciting happening at Water Mill’s Parrish Art Museum.

In addition to the Parrish Collection of more than 3,000 paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and mixed media, visitors can learn more about the artists and individual art works featured in Artist Stories. The series explores the dynamic history of artists of the region from the 1820s to the present through historic photographs, biographical information, a timeline and interactive map.

Music will ring out on the museum’s outdoor terrace on September 3 with The HooDoo Loungers who take their inspiration from the Gri Gri of Dr. John to the swingin’ rock n’ roll of Fats Domino. Blending it all together with a bit of classic soul and New Orleans Swing, the band brings it together for an inspired and original musical gumbo. This outdoor event requires all attendees to show proof of their vaccination status or recent negative COVID test (within 72 hours).

Stephen Talkhouse

Courtesy Stephen Talkhouse

If a rock or folk concert is more your thing, the intimate Stephen Talkhouse concert hall in Amagansett has a schedule of performances lined up for the coming weeks. Book online for The Wailers on September 3, female rockers Lez Zeppelin on September 4 and local favorite The Nancy Atlas Project on September 5. Each date also features a late-night addition of other rock ‘n roll bands. Check the website for the full concert program for upcoming weeks.

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