Everything Must Go from the Designers’ Vignettes
ARF, you look fabulous for 40. You only get better with age. Your shop in Sagaponack has never looked better than this Memorial Day weekend, all decked out from a makeover by seven top designers. In each room a designer created a vignette from thrift store donations, as well as his or her own personal collections. All the items in the room were for sale. Paintings, rugs, chairs, sofas, lamps, you name it, it had a tag. And they were going fast as soon as the show opened. In fact, while we were there, someone bought an entire suite of wicker furniture right out from under us!
The occasion was the fourth annual Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons Thriftshop Designer Showhouse and Sale, held to raise money to support the good work done by ARF in rescuing pets. It coincided with ARF’s 40th anniversary.
Fern Mallis was the Honorary Chair of the event, while Gordon Hoppe, Gigi Mahon and Sandra McConnell were chairs, and Peter Hallock and Lisa McCarthy were vice chairs.
The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons actively rescues cats and dogs, provides quality care and offers sanctuary until loving homes can be found. If would like like to make a donation, follow this link.
Lauren Visits Authors’ Night in East Hampton.
I recently had the pleasure of attending one of the best summer events in the Hamptons— Authors Night. If you don’t know, this is when authors, most with local ties, show up to sign their books and chat with fans to benefit the East Hampton Library. I just couldn’t stop rubbernecking there were so many celebs! Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband—Chris Martin of Coldplay, chef Marcus Samuelson, Nelson DeMille, Nile Rogers, Dr. Ruth, Phillipe Petit, Kelly Bensimon, Lynn Scher and, of course, Alec Baldwin. It was a swell evening with good food and drink. I actually got to talk to these authors about their recent works and buy an autographed copy of their latest tome. DJ Bonnie Grice was interviewing for the local station. Fun was had by all!
After the signing, authors were invited to dinners hosted by local fans. Boo hoo! I wasn’t invited to that, but I did have an awesome time and it was all to benefit the library in East Hampton.
I have always loved going to the library. Reading a book can transport you to anywhere in the world. I have to give kudos to the Amagansett library and my peeps that work there! I’m always demanding that they get me this or that. And they cheerfully do. Ah well, I don’t have to wait a whole year to read anything. I’m just going to my library.
Philip Seymour Hoffman Leads a Great Cast
I hope my husband’s not reading this but, Wow! How much do I love Phillip Seymour Hoffman? More than I can say! In his new movie, “A Late Quartet” he gives a bravura performance. He, Christopher Walken, Katherine Keener and Mark Ivanir, make up a string quartet called Fugue. They actually become as close as a family with all the rivalries and dysfunction that normal families endure. Over the course of the film, resentments build and tempers flair. It’s a kind of Woody Allen New York love story combined with some anally retentive musicians. if you want to see awesome performances see Yaron zilberman’s new movie.
“A Late Quartet”
Lauren Thinks Something is Fishy with Citizen Hearst
The third flick I went to see at the 2012 HIFF was “Citizen Hearst”. So, I’m sitting in the theatre thinking this is great… well good… but then I begin to wonder “hmmmm is this an ad for the Hearst Publishing Company? . Leslie Iwerks’ new movie “Citizen Hearst” starts off great, with old footage of Hearst, his San Simeon castle lifestyle, and his magazines. But it turns into one big promotion for all current Hearst TV channels and magazines. Academy-award-nominated Iwerks answered audience questions at the end of the flick in East Hampton and revealed that Hearst was a sponsor of her movie. Yup, I knew something was fishy. The best thing about the movie for me was sitting next to the fab China Machado, who was the first women of color featured in the Hearst magazine Harpers Bazaar
Lauren Ezersky Goes to the Hamptons International Film Festival
One of my favorite things to do all year is attend the Hamptons International Film Festival. I know before i go that I am going to see some extraordinary films. My first movie this season was no exception. “One Day After Peace” It is an Israeli film written and directed by brother and sister Erez and Miri Laufer. It is the moving saga of one woman’s attempt to find the answers to why her son was killed by a sniper while serving in the Israeli Army. Amazingly, mother Robi Damelin hopes to start a dialogue with the shooter so she can come to terms with her loss and have closure. She looks to South Africa, her birth country, to learn how the horror of apartheid was dealt with over the years with the instigation of a program called Truth and Reconciliation. There is amazing footage of some of these actual committee hearings where perpetrators of these violent and murderous acts met the actual family members of those they killed. This amazing and moving story is one of forgiveness in some cases. You get to see the humanity in both the victims’ relatives and the men who actually killed them or gave the orders. I feel if everyone on the planet could see this maybe just maybe there would be less horror in the world. Don’t miss this one.
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.
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.
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.
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 Nature – Jene 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.
Granted they were just opening for the season, but our waiter obviously didn’t know Lauren Ezersky. He mistakenly place some of our order in front of me. Lauren set that straight pretty quickly. One pound lobster—Lauren. Half dozen little neck claims—Lauren. Corn on the cob—Lauren. Cole slaw—Lauren. Clam chowder (New England style) and Peroni—Warren. (Ok, two Peronis) And don’t forget the extra sauce for Lauren! That’s how we roll at Bostwick’s in the Spring in East Hampton.