As the weather begins to settle down, folks on the East End can truly settle in to a new season, with plenty of spring-themed parties and events scattered about the Hamptons. This first May weekend also sees South Forkers celebrating Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby, with a Star Wars-themed party and a “during dinner” drag show thrown into the mix for good measure.
Here some classically trained musicians perform at local cultural centers and get gussied up for an extra fancy cocktail party to benefit the Parrish Art Museum. Take in some theater talks and screenings all weekend long at East Hampton Library and don’t forget to show up for a good cause, as there’s a special taco-themed event to benefit Shinnecock senior citizens. Here’s your handy-dandy guide to what’s happening in the Hamptons this weekend.
Listen to a belleza concert in Montauk
Mezzo soprano Anna Tonna and classical guitarist Francisco Roldán perform at the Montauk Library on Sunday, May 7, beginning at 3:30 p.m.. Performing selections from composers from Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean, the concert (sung in Spanish) will also include historical and modern musical numbers native to both Europe and the United States. Free and open to the public, call 631-668-3377 to register.
Attend a concert and cocktail party at the Parrish
The Parrish Art Museum’s Spring Salon Series kicks off tomorrow, May 5, at 6 p.m. with pianist Alexandria Le. For this concert, Le will pair works from American composers with those of international composers, including selections from both classical and pop musical genres. Tickets for Le’s performance are $35, $25 for members, $20 for students and children.
On Saturday, May 6, all are welcome to the Parrish’s “Spring Fling,” an annual cocktail party and fundraiser, chock full of music, food and fun to benefit the Water Mill-based museum’s year-round education programs. Guests can enjoy dancing, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and open bar. Cocktail attire is requested. Starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $200 for members, $250 for non-members. Get yours here.
Jump into a spring jubilee at The Church
Sag Harbor native Nancy Remkus is on hand for “Knowledge Friday” at The Church in Sag Harbor beginning at 6 p.m. tomorrow, May 5. Remkus, a musician, former teacher and current pastor at the Old Whaler’s Church, will speak about her work and her service to her beloved village spanning over 30 years. Tickets are $10, free for members. Click here to RSVP.
On Sunday, The Church kisses winter goodbye with a “Spring Jubilee,” a day-long creativity celebration beginning at 11 a.m.. There’ll be a puppet show, face painting, a bounce house and slime making workshop for the kiddos, while adults can enjoy axe throwing, beer and wine from Kidd Squid Brewing Co. and Wölffer Estate, as well as a concert from Pussy Tales beginning at 5 p.m.. Day passes are available: $60 for adults, $30 for children 18 and under. A family package is also available (2 adults and 2 children) for $150. All events have à la carte tickets available in case you can’t make the whole day. For Sunday’s itinerary and to purchase tickets, click here.
Enjoy the Derby, dinner and drag at Rams Head Inn
The Rams Head Inn on Shelter Island hosts a couple of cool parties this Saturday, May 6. First, all are welcome to bust out their best and biggest hat for an afternoon garden party beginning at 11:30 a.m. in honor of the Kentucky Derby. Celebrate “clubhouse style” with rosé, lobster rolls, oysters, Bocce ball, croquet, cornhole competitions, ‘Juleps & Tulips’ and live music as folks gather ‘round to watch “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.”
Later on, at 7 p.m., guests can enjoy dinner and a show as the infamous Lady Bunny performs her one-woman drag and musical comedy show, sure to contain and encourage plenty of laughs. The $125 ticket includes a three-course dinner plus some top-notch entertainment. Beverages, taxes and gratuity are NOT included. Make your reservation here.
Show up for Shinnecock seniors
Shell out for tacos tomorrow, May 5, as the Shinnecock Community Center celebrates Cinco de Mayo, but for a cause. Organized by Hamptons Community Outreach and Shinnecock Tribe members, the community center will host a taco lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a taco dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.. All proceeds go to home repairs for Shinnecock senior citizens. Located at 31 Church Street in Southampton, the cost is $20 per person and delivery is available. For more information, call HCO at 631-488-8715.
See some new works at the New Works Festival
Bay Street Theater hosts the 9th Annual Title Wave: New Works Festival, beginning tomorrow, May 5, at 8 p.m.. The New Works Festival returns to the stage at the Sag Harbor locale with four new plays currently being developed and all written by female playwrights. The weekend-long festival will feature staged readings along with critical discussions and talks allowing for the directors and actors to work on their respective play in-person, in real time. Friday night’s performance is at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 6, there’s two plays, one at 2 p.m., the other at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, May 7, the final play will be shown at 3 p.m.. Tickets are $10 per person, per performance. Call the box office at 631-725-9500 click here to get yours.
Talk Shakespeare, watch a doc and see a play all at East Hampton Library
Throughout this weekend all are welcome to the East Hampton Library for a slew of theater and film-inspired events beginning on Friday, May 5, with an hour-long talk on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Led by Joan Baum, the 6 p.m. discussion covers all facets of what many consider the most famous play in history. The talk will also be available on Zoom and you can register here. On Saturday, May 6, library goers can see a production of the opera Princess Ida from the Gilbert & Sullivan Light Theater Company starting at 2 p.m. Save you spot here. The film Underwater Dreams screens at the library on Sunday, May 7, at 2:30 p.m.. Written and directed by Mary Mazzio, with narration by Michael Peña, the story follows the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants and how they build an underwater robot out of parts from Home Depot. The documentary is presented in conjunction with the East Hampton Town Anti-Bias Task Force and you can RSVP here. All events are free and open to the public.
Check out Cinco de Mayo and the Derby at The Chequit
This Friday, May 5, grab your sombrero and say salud for Cinco de Mayo as The Tavern inside The Chequit offers food and drink specials from 4 p.m. ‘til close ($2 tequila shots; $5 ‘ritas and select beers, for starters), kicking off the celebration that marks Mexico’s 1862 win over France at the Battle of Puebla.
On Saturday, May 6, The Tavern is hosting a special Kentucky Derby Night from 5 to 7 p.m.. Guests can enjoy $12 mint juleps while they compete in a hat contest. First prize wins a $50 gift card to the Shelter Island resto/bar/hotel.
Jam out at the Jam Session in Sag Harbor
Each Tuesday for the rest of this month, the Sag Harbor Masonic Club presents the Jam Session from 7 to 9 p.m.. This singer/songwriter series, which ends after this month, features a slew of East End musicians performing in the Wamponamon Masonic Temple, located above the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Admission is $15 per person and supports tons of local charities and organizations. Located at 200 Main Street. Secure your spot here.
Hear an award-winning pianist at SCC
Pianist Ling Yi performs this Saturday, May 6, at 6 p.m. as part of the Southampton Cultural Center’s Rising Stars Piano Series. The young pianist is the first prize winner of the 2021 Young Concert Artists International Auditions as well as a recipient of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival Prize. For Saturday’s performance at SCC, Yi is slated to perform excerpts from Ravel, Liszt and Prokofiev. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Students under 21 can attend for free.
Use the “Fourth” and celebrate the “Fifth” at K Pasa
“May the Fourth Be With You.” Today, in honor of “The Fourth,” (May 4, that is) K Pasa in Sag Harbor hosts a Star Wars theme party beginning at 9 p.m. until closing time. Attendees can “escape the dark side” while enjoying electronic dance music and sipping on special JAJA blanco margaritas. Dress up as your favorite Star Wars character and get a free shot!
Tomorrow, May 5, be sure to check out the taqueria-style resto’s Cinco de Mayo-themed menu featuring selections from their tasty tacos, chips and dips, sides and apps. Don’t forget to save room for the tres leches cake. For more information, call 631-603-6625.
Take a moment at SAC
The Southampton Arts Center’s newest exhibition “A Moment in Time: Iconic Images by Harry Benson,” opens Saturday, May 6. Curated by Sally Martin Katz, the exhibition showcases a collection of Benson’s photographs and images depicting politicians, athletes, civil rights figures, musicians and other celebrities of the 20th and 21st centuries. Exhibition opens at noon. An opening reception will be later this month on Saturday, May 26.