June is notorious for iffy weather. Whether it rains, whether it doesn’t and whether this crazy weird, yellow-hued smoke/haze the whole Northeast is covered in lifts, (because climate change is just a theory, right??), there’s still plenty of interesting, unique and cutting-edge activities one can enjoy if you can’t hit the beach.
A few concerts are scattered about the South Fork: a Battle of the Bands for Southampton youth will be in Hampton Bays, while members of The Perlman Music Program perform in East Hampton, and a piano bar-style show is at a local arts center. Tour through a trio of extra special homes on Shelter Island or catch the first show of a new live comedy series at a Southampton resto.
Girl power is a recurring theme this weekend as there’s a couple of really cool talks with some really cool female professionals, like the strictly female panel of MD’s at Bay Street or the conversation featuring two female authors at East Hampton Library discussing how women changed American journalism.
Lastly, be sure to check out LTV Studios, located at 75 Industrial Road, in Wainscott as they host “Indigenous Fashion & Film Review,” a day-long event this Saturday dedicated to showcasing the fashion, art, and culture of Native Americans.
Piano bar lovers unite!
Southampton Arts Center hosts the launch of “Jobs Pub Piano Bar Night” tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. for an evening of song and socializing. For $25 per person ($20 for SAC members), music lovers can gather at the Jobs Lane locale to celebrate an East End version of an NYC piano bar. Cocktails will be served. To register, click here.
Meet a Parisian photog at the Parrish
Tomorrow night, all are welcome to the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill for at talk with Parisian photographer and street artist JR, internationally known as an almost graffiti artist who posts his large black and white photographic images in public locations. Beginning at 6 p.m., he’ll be on hand to discuss and launch his new work, Les Enfants d’Ouranos, a 200-foot long banner on display on the south façade of the Parrish and visible from Montauk Highway. The banner features depictions of children from refugee camps he’s visited from across the globe. Admission for this artist talk is $16, $5 for members, $12 for seniors, free for children and students. The event will be followed by a book signing of JR’s latest critical catalogue, Artist Until I Find A Real Job.
Tour some special Shelter Island homes
The Shelter Island Historical Society hosts a house tour this Saturday, June 10, beginning at 1 p.m.. Titled “Re-envisioning Cottages and Waterfronts,” the tour will include three extraordinary Shelter Island homes, with a reception from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. featuring a fundraising auction, beverages and light bites. Tickets are $75 per person or $65 each for two or more. Get yours here.
Rock out at the Battle of the Bands at Ponquogue Beach
The 20th Anniversary Battle of the Bands is at Ponquogue Beach (276 Dune Road) in Hampton Bays tomorrow night, featuring five local high school bands competing for prizes, and serious bragging rights! There’s a special guest performance at 7 p.m., and the Battle of the Bands will start promptly at 8 p.m.. Admission is $10 and audience members will also have a chance to win prizes by correctly answering music trivia questions. Concession will be available on site. Rain date is June 16. For more information call Southampton Town’s Youth Bureau at 631-702-2425.
Head to JCOH for a special concert
The Jewish Center of the Hamptons, in partnership with The Perlman Music Program, presents Tutti Suonare, on Saturday, June 10, beginning at 7 p.m. to celebrate PMP’s young artists. Featuring PMP’s chamber music workshop leader and cellist Merry Peckham, along with esteemed artist-faculty members, like Itzhak Perlman and Molly Carr, among others, the event will feature the workshop’s young artist participants as they perform and sing together. JCOH is located at 44 Woods Lane in East Hampton. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and tickets start at $40. Purchase them here.
See indigenous fashion and film at LTV
At Wainscott’s LTV Studios it’s “Indigenous Fashion & Film Review” on Saturday, June 10, from noon to 7 p.m.. Native American fashion designer Kayla Lookinghorse and Native American filmmaker Ginew Benton will be on hand for the day-long event, which is slated to include a fashion show featuring Lookinghorse’s designs as well as the premiere of Benton’s new film The Dim. There will also be a vendor market, a Native American short film festival, panel discussions, and a small reception. Free and open to the public.
Meet a few of today’s female science trailblazers
Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor hosts “Behind the Microscope: Today’s Women Pioneers in Science,” a free panel discussion beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 10. Featuring four female doctors (all STEMM professionals) on hand as speakers, the discussion will be on the past and current challenges facing underrepresented groups along with possible solutions. Presented in conjunction with the theater’s mainstage production Double Helix, a new musical about a 1950’s woman’s research on the structure of DNA.
Catch a movie, share some writing, discuss journalism at EH Library
There’s a weekly writing group meeting at 3 p.m. today in the Bendheim Room at the East Hampton Library. Participants will be able to share their works in progress and collaborate with other writers. Tomorrow, June 9, there’s a screening of Moonlight at 1 p.m. On Saturday, June 10, NYU professor emerita and author Brooke Kroeger will discuss her newest book, Undaunted: How Women Changed American Journalism at 6 p.m.. New York Times writer Jim Rutenberg and broadcast journalist and author Lynn Sherr will also be on hand for the discussion. All events are free and open to the public.
Swim, bike, run, for a cause, then bless the fleet in Montauk
The Robert J. Aaron Memorial Mighty Montauk Triathlon is in Montauk on Saturday, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Founded in 1982 by the late Aaron, a beloved Montauk resident, the race benefits the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. The race consists of a 1-mile swim, a 20-mile bike ride, and a 6.2-mile run. $150 per person and you can register here.
On Sunday, June 11, it’s the annual Blessing of the Fleet at the town dock beginning at 5 p.m., an effort set to bless the boats and the fishermen who sail them as the summer fishing season starts.
Laugh your heart out at Blu Mar in Southampton
Tonight is the launch of “Laughs on Main,” a brand new, Thursday night comedy showcase at Blu Mar, located at 136 Main Street in Southampton. For the kick-off show tonight, attendees can enjoy the comedic stylings from Joe Winchell, Bridget Kavanagh, Billy Geyer, Gino Strong and Tugboat Manny. Music by DJ Biggie and DJ BeigeLife. Hosted by fellow comedian Keith Fairfax, doors open at 7 p.m. and showtime is at 8 p.m.. Entry is $25 and you get tickets in advance here.