Monthly Archives: May 2012

Lauren Lunches at ‘Lunch’

Lauren Loves Lunch aka the Lobster Roll

She also loves lobster rolls, which this place on the Napeague stretch of 27 between Amagansett and Montauk touts as the best around. She loves a whole steamed lobster most of all. But this Saturday, she said she knew she just didn’t’ have the energy to do the whole cracking and extracting thing. That’s how i knew for sure she was sick. And indeed, she’s fighting a wicked cold.

Lauren Lunching at Lunch

Lauren loves the fresh seafood at Lunch on Route 27 in Napeague

So, following the adage of “Feed a cold…” or is it “Starve a cold?” Regardless soup is always good when you’re not feeling well, so she ordered the Manhattan seafood chowder. I managed to steal a spoonful or two from her and i have to say, it was delicious—full of shrimp, clams, and all kinds of stuff. Lauren followed that with a shrimp roll, which disappeared as soon as the plate hit the table. I didn’t get to sample that, but no worries, i was completely satisfied by my tuna steak sandwich, cooked perfectly and served with some of the best fries I’ve had lately. Sick or not, Lauren wasn’t about to skip desert and so she ordered a slice of their famous, homemade raspberry pie. All in all it was a memorable early spring Lunch at Lunch.


Lunch aka The Lobster Roll on the Napeague Stretch

Massacre (Sing to Your Children)

Massacre (Sing to Your Children) at the Rattlestick.

You won’t find a more alarming, provocative, startling start to a play, off-Broadway or on- than the assault on the audience in Massacre (Sing to Your Children.) As music blares and lights flash, six characters in outlandish masks burst through a door into a grim slaughterhouse. They are all soaked in blood. A seventh rolls in through a chute.

They’re wild, adrenaline-drunk, frenzied in the aftermath of what they’ve just done—killed a man, Joe. Or at least they hope they have killed him. Sure they hacked him with scimitars, poked him with a pitchfork, pierced him with an icepick, and they all wear gallons of his blood. Still, there’s a fear that they might not have completed the job. Why?

It seems that this character, Joe, is some sort of supernaturally evil being who has taken over their small New England town. With his arrival, crops have withered, births have ceased, children have turned against their parents, people disappear, and all live in fear. At least that’s what this crew of locals—two auto mechanics, a teacher, a housewife, a psychic, a fry cook and a drifter—believe. The info about Joe is revealed in dribs and drabs in the first act. Action is non-stop–and so is the talk, as each of the characters  reveals something about themselves. Until an ominous pounding on the door brings the first act to a close.

Massacre (Sing to Your Children) at the Rattlestick

The second act brings shocks and revelations as all comes undone. Unfortunately, by this time the action has slowed to a crawl and twists and turns become formulaic.

Massacre was written by Jose Rivera and directed by Brian Mertes. The repertory cast does an excellent job in a difficult piece. Massacre (Sing to Your Children) is at the Rattlestick until May 12

Rites of Spring at Longhouse Gardens of East Hampton

Accumulation: Now at Longwood

The Arts at East Hampton’s Longhouse Reserve Gardens

Saturday, the Rites of Spring at Longhouse included the premier of an exhibit of 500 works in craft media from the last 100 years from the collection of Longhouse. And what an exhibit it was! The hall was filled with all manner of cutting edge art in what appeared to be all possible media, from fabric to wood, to stone, to ceramic. It was dazzling.

But that wasn’t all. The outdoor exhibits included:

Diversities of Sculpture/Derivations from NatureJene Highstein, Anne Chu,
Ronald Bladen, Judith Shea, Daniel Wiener (Sculpture Exhibition
curated by Bonnie Rychlak)

Art in the Gardens
– Isamu Noguchi, Study for the Sun
Roy Lichtenstein, Endless Drip

And of course, there was the garden There is always the garden. Always spectacular. Ever soothing. It always feels like Spring at the Longhouse Reserve in East Hampton.

Longhouse Garden

It's Spring! and Tulips Flourish at Longhouse in East Hampton












Endless Drip by Roy Lichtenstein

Dream of Africa (small totems) Shin Sang- Ho