Friends Salute Jack Lenore Larson on his 85th Birthday
When you get to be an octogenarian, I imagine you like to think you’ve made a contribution to the world. Well, there’s no question Jack Lenore Larson has. In more than one field. Jack has made a name for himself as a one of the world’s preeminent textile designers. His books are masterworks on the art and craft of textile design. But that’s not enough for him.
Jack has made it his mission to share his good fortune with the world in general, and the East End of Long Island in particular, though his spectacular public garden: Longhouse Reserve.
Jack used the occasion of this 85th birthday party to unveil two new art installations:three new pyramids in the Ginko Allee and Chinese Contemporary Warriors, 2005 by Yu Minjun. this is a fascinating display of 25 bronze lifesize sculptures.
25 bronze lifesize sculptures at Longhouse Gardens
Lauren Ezersky congratulates Jack Lenore Larsen at his 85th birthday celebration
About Cherry is a titillating look at the San Francisco porn industry
Lauren Ezersky Likes this Flick
Well, call me wacky, but I loved this crazy movie! In it, newcomer Ashley Hinshaw plays Angelina, a teen living in a broken home. Her mom, played by the fab Lilly Taylor, is an alcoholic and unable to take care of her and her sister. She lets her sleazy boyfriend talk her into taking some nude photos. Skipping town with her best friend (played by Dev Patel) she becomes a cocktail waitress in a strip club then meets a flush lawyer James Franco and starts to live large . Wanting to earn her own money she begins working in the porn industry with ex porn star turned producer Heather Graham. What I loved about this movie is that it’s not judgmental. The porn business is portrayed as just that— a business, .actually big business. There is a lot of money to be made. This flick reveals the everyday and realistically unsexy side. You feel like you are there watching how the movie is made. Opens in theaters Sept 21. VOD and digital platforms on August 9.
The owners of Sotto Sopra (who also own Bobby Van’s) are bold and courageous. Brave and true. They have opened a classy restaurant in a spot where nothing ever lasts that long, even though it’s right on Montauk Highway in the heart of Amagansett. This new incarnation, Sotto Sopra, should change the fortunes of that location. There are a lot of reasons why it should succeed… from the welcoming light and airy space to the thoughtful menu, to the food itself.
We stopped in for a late Saturday lunch recently and snagged a table in the pleasant and quiet back terrace. Of course, it’s the staff that presents the first, and lasting, impression of a restaurant, and here we were greeted by a cheery and attractive hostess who turned us over to our solicitous waiter. He didn’t miss a beat in delivering a basket of fresh bread and bowl of olive oil. We each ordered a glass of wine for the nifty wine list, Pinot Noir for Lauren and Riesling for me. We were given the choice of ordering from the brunch or lunch menu. We weren’t feeling very brunchy so we opted for lunch.
Lauren enjoys a glass of pinor noir at Sotto Sopra
The first (and only) disappointment of the afternoon occurred not long after we were seated. Lauren was bummed to learn that the lobster roll was sold out.
No matter, we started with a crostini for Lauren and a arugula salad for me. I swear, I had never seen a bigger heap of arugula. With match sticks of fresh apple and a few delicious cherry tomatoes, with truffle dressing on the side, it was a great start. Lauren enjoyed her steak sandwich with aoli. While I fell in love with my Linguine Mollusco: tender little neck clams in the shell or pasta with a lovely garlic sauce dotted with chiles. I emptied the breadbasket, sopping up the sauce after the clams were gone.
The insalata fresca at Sotto Sopra is a magnificent heap of aruglua.
On to desert. We had a crazy layered crepe kinda thing and some knock-your-socks off chocolate mint gelato.
It turned out to be a wonderful, relaxing meal. We’ll be back.
Theodor Herzl as he appears in the documentary, "This Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl"
Lauren Ezersky reviews a striking new documentary
The new movie “Ii Is No Dream: The Life of Theodore Herzl” is a fascinating tale. Being a devout Jew (not. I am Jewish by heritage, not by religion.), I was so captivated by the story of this man. Herzl was the father of Zionism, but started out as an assimilated Jew who rarely went to synagogue or believed in the tenants of Judaism. He never even had a bar mitzvah but instead had a conformation. The movie, narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, follows Herzl’s early years from an unsuccessful playwright to a successful journalist. Herzl covered the Dreyfus affair—a notorious scandal in France in which a very decorated French army captain was falsely accused of spying for Germany. He witnessed mass rallies in Paris where people chanted “Death to the Jews!” It was this incident that spurred his desire to create a Jewish state where there would be no anti Semitism and Jews could feel free to pray and be themselves.For all you history buffs this one is not to be missed! It also has some great old footage of Europe in the !800′s.
The film contains some great old photos and footage, which shows you the European cities as they used to look. He met with the top leaders of the day including some of the wealthiest Jews of that time—most of whom thought he was nuts. This may be the movie’s main lesson: persistence pays off. For all you history buffs out there, this one is not to be missed.
It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl
Directed by Richard Trank
The new movie “True Wolf” by Rob Whitehair and Bruce Wade is a revelation. It’s the true story of a couple, Pat and Bruce, raising a baby wolf from cub ‘til death in Montana. The wolf, Koani, was hand raised—but never domesticated—and became an ambassador for the breed.
The couple was completely dedicated to raising the wolf and changed their lives to suit her needs. Wolves have been hunted almost to extinction in the U.S. and when the Wild Sentry organization tried to reintroduce them there was much opposition as, you will see. The film makers combine old footage with new to tell the story of the past and present attitude toward these awesome creatures.
Koani had a great life, enjoying long, two-hour walks every day with Indie, her canine companion. In the end, the movie raises the question as to whether this dedicated couple did the right thing by raising her in captivity. Even though they loved her, they questioned their actions themselves. See the movie and decide for yourself.
“This Time“, the new documentary from Victor Mignatti shows the bleak and sometimes tragic side of the music industry. The movie profiles five musical artists—four who were once on or near the top, and one who has been trying to make it for over a decade.
The group Sweet Inspirations (originally with Cissy Houston) sang backup with Elvis Presley for several years, as well as Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklyn, Dusty Springfield and even Jimi Hendrix. Unfortunately, very little recognition has come their way. One of the more poignant scenes shows them singing back up for Elvis impersonators in Las Vegas.
Then there’s Pat Hodges. She’s an awesome singer who wound up homeless in L.A. Despite her travails and her life on the street, she keeps the faith, as do all of the singers in the film. Even though they have faced failure, they pick themselves up and keep on going. They have learned the hard way that talent doesn’t guarantee success.
The movie follows music producer Peitor Angell who tries to revive the careers of the Sweet Inspirations and Pat Hodges—with minimal success. In the meantime, cabaret singer Bobby Belfry tries to makes it in New York. and manages to land a gig at the fabulous Feinsteins at Loews Regency.
I would have liked to see more background info and interviews with some of the celebs they worked with or who knew them. The film was a bit long and edited erratically, but it is an interesting story and a cautionary tale about how fickle fame can be.
You've been Trumped is a real life version of "Local Hero"
As I watched “You’ve Been Trumped“, I was absolutely outraged. I kept screaming to my husband, “OMG, I can’t believe it!”
You see, i live near the dunes on Long Island, and I know how precious and ecologically fragile they are. So a crime against dunes anywhere in the world gets my temper up.
Director Anthony Baxter never dreamed that his first feature film would star Donald Trump. The film, “You’ve Been Trumped” is a classic, real-life David and Goliath story. I don’t know if David ultimately wins this one, but Goliath sure comes off looking like a monster and an ass. Sure, people might find Trump’s blustery TV personality and his catch phrase, “You’re fired” amusing, but it’s not so funny when he gets his claws into a town’s resources and way of life.
With an arrogant disregard for nature and local sovereignty, Trump swooped into the environmentally sensitive and oh so beautiful dunes of Northern Scotland to erect and obscenely big playground for the rich and fabulous—a huge hotel, two golf courses, and 1500 time-share condos.
The local Aberdeen council originally rejected Trump’s proposal, but he managed to get the national government to step in and overturn the ruling. Once he got the go-ahead, Trump attempted to seize the land of locals who did not go along with his plans. They were harassed by police and had their water and electricity interrupted.
Fortunately, filmmaker Anthony Baxter was there to document this egregious display of the entitlement of the 1%. Baxter understood the situation because he is a local. He got so involved that he was actually arrested and thrown in jail. Other heroes are local landowners Michael Forbes and Susan Munro and friends and family who turn out to support them.
If you want to know why some of the world calls us “ugly Americans”, this film will provide the answer. “You’ve Been Trumped” is a real-life version of the film “Local Hero”, but without the happy ending.
The film opens in New York on August 3 at the Angelica. The director will be there to answer questions.
Lauren arrives in Southampton for a pet rescue benefit
It was a sultry Water Mill Saturday night as pet lovers from all over the East End and beyond descended upon the lovely estate of Marcy and Michael Warren for Martinis for Mutts.
The event was a benefit for Last Chance Animal Rescue. “This non -profit organization rescues dogs and cats from high kill shelters down south. These puppies and dogs are still being killed with a heart sticks and being gassed, in such inhumane ways,” Marcy explained. “There are pure breeds and mixes, all waiting for their forever homes.” And in fact, a number of the pets present found homes that evening.
One of the stars of the evening was Roscoe the Mutt who was their with his sponsor. Rosco clearly enjoyed the attention as he frolicked with other dogs.
Wendy has taken Roscoe into her home until he can find a permanent family.
Last Chance Animal Rescue is a 100% volunteer run non-profit organization. To date, they have rescued more than 5,000 animals. To adopt a pet, volunteer, or donate, contact Last Chance at PO Box 1661, Southampton, NY 11969 or call 631-478-6844.