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Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Alan Cumming

Dancers For Good, the magical Benefit evening of dance, will feature an extraordinary line-up of performances by renowned companies and choreographers such as Amy Marshall Dance Company, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Eryc Taylor Dance, Martha Graham Dance Company, Pam Tanowitz Dance, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Rock the Ballet and a special tribute to Broadway’s CHICAGO The Musical!

Two legends of the dance world, Bebe Neuwirth and Chita Rivera will be honored. Guests will enjoy a spectacular array of ballet, modern and Broadway dance performances followed by an intimate cocktail reception with the honorees and an opportunity to meet the dancers.

The Benefit celebrates innovative, passionate and heartfelt dancers who have devoted their lives to the wonder of movement. 100% of Dancers For Good net proceeds support The Actors Fund which fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for all performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. This is done through a wide variety of programs including The Dancers’ Resource which is geared toward the professional dancer dealing with significant injury, and helps by mitigating the isolation many dancers experience during recovery. Other vital programs include The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts, The Actors Home, Womens' Health Initiative, HIV/AIDS Initiative, and Disaster Relief among many services.


Multiple Tony winner and this June's "Special Tony for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre" recipient Chita Rivera & Emmy and Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth


Alan Cumming
Billy Porter


Friday, July 20, 2018

7:00 PM – Curtain

Reception following the performance


Guild Hall

158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY


$150 – $250

For tickets and more information, visit

About Dancers For Good

During the summer of 2015 dancer Michael Apuzzo of Paul Taylor Dance Company, and event planner/former Broadway performer Eric Gunhus came up with the idea to bring a new and fresh event to East Hampton: a dance festival of some the most prestigious dance companies and prominent dancers in the world, sharing their gifts to raise funds in support of the arts and the local community.

Michael & Eric decided to combine their efforts and the collaboration brought Dancers For Good to life with their acclaimed event in summer of 2016. Dancers For Good incorporated as their own 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2018.

The name Dancers For Good is two-fold in meaning: Dance is a discipline that stays with the dancer for life…for good. Additionally, this event brings together incredible dancers eager to give their time, talents and energy for charitable philanthropy…to do good. This celebration allows all of us an opportunity to experience Dancers For Good.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre presents Green Afternoon VI, an annual interactive garden installation and performance at the home of architects Marcia Previti and Peter Gumpel in East Hampton, NY on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 5pm-7pm.

The evening begins at 5 pm with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and several outdoor sitting rooms featuring performance installations, with performers dancing in tree houses, on outdoor sculptures, in and around the swimming pool, in the woods, and more. After the moving installations, at 5:50 p.m., the audience will move to the lawn for a seated performance of Selwyn's developing work Crossroads. Green Afternoon VI takes place at 230 Old Stone Hwy, East Hampton, NY 11937. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at

Crossroads is a new work in development by Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre scheduled to premiere in June 2019. The piece explores forging into unchartered waters and that tumultuous process of self-discovery. Inspired by the work of Margritte and Escher, Selwyn will collaborate with scenic & costume designer, Anna-Alisa Belous to shape a surrealistic landscape that highlights these lingering moments at the crossroads, choosing one path or another, and how these moments steer the course of our lives.

"Amanda Selwyn is a master at illustrating the symbiosis of sound and movement, the romance of motion and emotion - she had me laughing, crying, cringing and gasping all in the short 55-minute production."
- Inside New York

"Amanda Selwyn's work is masterly and emotionally expressive, she is truly gifted in the art of dance making." - NYC Dance Stuff

Dancers: Torrey McAnena, Jarred Bosch, Manon Halley, Adam Dickerson, Alex Cottone, Sarah Starkweather, and Maggie Westerfield. Costume and Scenic Design: Anna-Alisa Belous. Sound Design: Joel Wilhelmi.

To get to the performance site from the center of East Hampton, take Montauk Highway/Route 27 to first traffic light past windmill. Turn left onto Accabonac Highway. Drive 4 miles to stop sign at forked intersection. Cross main road and turn right onto north-most fork, Old Stone Highway. Drive 0.25 mile to #230 (mailbox on tree). Please park on main road and walk up drive to first house on right.

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre creates original and dynamic dance theatre that raises questions, challenges social norms and values, and magnifies humanity through dance. Productions pivot around core themes and through an interplay between athletic and pedestrian motion, activate emotional expression, character, and narrative in a rich and abstract collage. Presenting dance in an immediate, mature, and inclusive way, we engage audiences from start to finish and beckon a response of thought, feeling, and soul.

Founded in 2000, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre has presented over 65 productions at NYC venues including Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York Live Arts, Dance Theatre Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam, Danspace Project, Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Kumble Theater, John Jay College, and Mark Morris Dance Center. We have been presented twice at Jacob's Pillow, Westfest, DUMBO Dance Festival, Dixon Place, Dance Teacher Summit, COOL NY, Movement Research, and Pushing Progress Series. We have toured to festivals, presented open rehearsals, interactive performance events and workshops, and offer arts-in-education programming through Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre to children in the NYC public schools.

Photo Courtesy Of: Michelle Tabnick PR

Saturday, June 17, 2017



Jay Leno

Jay Leno, the celebrated “Tonight Show” host and comedian, takes the stage at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday, July 1 at 7pm. A benefit dinner immediately follows at a nearby location. This is a rare stand-up appearance on Long Island by this TV late night legend. Don’t miss out! There are two levels of tickets: Performance-only starts at $150 and the Benefit Dinner ticket ranges from $1,000-$1,500 including premium seating and reserved parking.

Performance Only Tickets:

($150-$250) visit, Box Office, or call 631.324-0806.

For Performance & Benefit Dinner tickets:

($1,000-1,500) call 631.324.0806 or visit

The John Drew Theater in the Dina Merrill Pavilion at Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, New York 11937

About Jay Leno

Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…it’s no wonder that Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”

Jay Leno’s late night television ratings domination included more than two decades of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” winning every consecutive quarter of his hosting over the past 19 years.. After resuming hosting the 11:35 PM program following its one-time interruption, he made it once again the consistent and uninterrupted ratings leader for late night, once again leading all of the ensuing quarters handily, under the supervision throughout of executive producer Debbie Vickers. He has been honored by the Television Academy with an Emmy for “Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series.” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has also taken home the trophy for “Favorite Late Night Show” in the annual TV Guide Awards determined by voting viewers, and he was recently installed in the Television Academy's Broadcast Hall of Fame.

As if night-time dominance were not enough, Leno has also succeeded in the newest entertainment arena. “Jay Leno’s Garage” of which he is a producer as well as star. The NBC creation, which is viewed at, has gained an international following on the Web, not to mention an Emmy Award and two additional nominations for Outstanding Special Class–Short-Format Nonfiction Programs. Leno, himself, is the recipient of the People’s Choice Award and other honors, including the Harris Poll selection as most popular star on television. Other personal highlights include his induction into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Broadcasting Hall of Fame, his upcoming reception of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the Hasty Pudding Award at Harvard University, an honor whose sole prior comedy/talk host recipient was Johnny Carson and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Emerson College. Like Mr. Carson, Groucho Marx and an elite group of entertainment figures, he has been invited to have his papers installed in the Library of Congress. He also received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame (asking that it be placed in front of the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum since is where he was arrested for vagrancy when he first arrived in Hollywood. He also has set several land speed records and became the first person to drive the pace car of all major NASCAR events.

An indefatigable performer, Leno loves to test his humor live on audiences across the nation, performing over 100 live appearances in nightclubs, theaters and stadiums each year, including during his long Tonight Show hosting. He has been touted as one of the nicest people in show business and the hardest-working -- a winning tandem for the man who says “Anyone can have a life - careers are hard to come by!”

His “everyman”-style and personality have helped him earn millions of He remains passionate about performing in front of live audiences, including the military, and appears regularly in Las Vegas, on college campuses around the United States and in other venues.

About Guild Hall

Founded over 80 years ago, Guild Hall is the Hampton’s year-round visual and performing arts center wholly dedicated to serving the residents, members, families, and artists of the East End. The center offers enriching experiences by presenting relevant and meaningful programs and events, working in collaboration with artists, and providing a meeting place for the community. For more information, visit

Photo Courtesy Of: Jonathan Marder & Company

Friday, July 08, 2016



Jill Stuart And Kelly Bensimon

Jason Binn With Courtney Love And Mike Heller

Azteca & Maya Henry
Private jet charter company JetSmarter, in collaboration with and Talent Resources, presented an exclusive art exhibition at East Hampton’s renowned Gallery Valentine, dedicated to the works of Peter Beard, which featured subjects such as Pamela Anderson, Hannah Davis, Chanel Iman, Nina Agdal, Helena Christensen and Alexandra Richards. A private viewing was held on Saturday, July 2nd, 2016, with 25 unique art pieces on display. The works were shown by artist and women’s right activist Natalie White, who was Beard’s recurring muse and the subject of many of his works of art. All of the works were available for purchase and range from $50,000 to $150,000, with the total collection of works worth over a million dollars. Some of the remaining works can be seen at Art Southampton through July 11, 2016.

Notable attendees included: Courtney Love with producer boyfriend Nick Jarecki, Beard’s muse Natalie White with sister Elizabeth White, art world collectors Helly Nahmad and Larry Warsh, nightlife impresario Richie Akiva, DuJour magazine’s Jason Binn, socialite Kelly Bensimon, it girl Maya Henry with mother Azteca Henry, Tony winning producer Rose Caiola, lawyer to the oligarchs Ed Mermelstein, fashion designer Jill Stuart and artist Erik Parker. Courtney Love showed considerable interest for the works, taking her time browsing through the art collection with boyfriend Nick Jarecki. Love and boyfriend also signed up with JetSmarter on the day and used one of their private jet charters to fly back to the west coast.

Peter Beard’s world famous bodies of work are influenced by his love for Africa and the East End of Long Island. Many depict the artist’s take on the changes in landscape that he witnessed throughout his time in Kenya, mixed into collages with images of Western civilization and pop culture. Many of them are controversial, including racy images of famous models and socialites. Beard became the subject of a major lawsuit from model and muse Natalie White when the model had been denied the, according to herself, 50 works that she had been promised in return for her $100,000 investment into the artist’s works. The Hamptons exhibition includes 25 of the artworks provided to White in this notorious lawsuit. The same 25 photos have reportedly since been sold to a private group of art investors.

Additional works of Peter Beard are on display at East Hampton’s Guild Hall museum with the solo show “Last Word From Paradise” for the month of July 2016, which is the artist’s first U.S. museum solo exhibition in over 15 years.

About Gallery Valentine

Gallery Valentine, located at 33 Newtown Lane in East Hampton, specializes in the acquisition and sale of major works by modern and contemporary artists. Gallery Valentine showcases a diverse list of internationally established artists such as Banksy, John Chamberlain, George Condo, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Keith Haring, KAWS, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann and many others.

Open year-round, Gallery Valentine exhibits outstanding artworks in an approachable and friendly atmosphere. With passion paired with expertise and experience, Gallery Valentine offers clients unparalleled advice for acquiring art—whether for someone contemplating a first purchase or a seasoned collector looking to make an addition to an already well-established collection.

Gallery Valentine is dedicated to cultivating a dynamic roster of artists with global appeal. With a finger always on the pulse of the ever-evolving art market, the gallery sources the rising stars of the art world. For more information, please visit

About JetSmarter

JetSmarter is a mobile marketplace for private jet charter that operates globally and is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The company uses a smart phone application to transparently connect passengers and air carriers to chartered flights. For more information about JetSmarter, please visit

About Talent Resources

Talent Resources is an entertainment and sports marketing agency built on the power of celebrity personality. Talent Resources utilizes the power of celebrity through social media, digital media and events to raise brand awareness in organic and creative ways resulting in unprecedented exposure. For more information, please visit

Sunday, October 11, 2015


Jean And Martin Shafiroff

Spotted: Jean Shafiroff with husband Martin in East Hampton at the Hampton Film Festival on October 10, 2015. Jean and Martin , guests of Southampton Animal Shelter and Best Friends Animals Society were getting ready to see The Champions, the documentary produced by Best Friends Animal Society on the Michael Vick pit bulls. The movie tells the successful story of the rehabilitation of these pit bulls after their brutal abuse at the hand of Michael Vick. Best Friends Animal Society made their rehabilitation possible and has placed the majority of these abused animals in loving homes. 

For over 30 years, Best friends Animal Society, located in Angel Canyon, Kanab, Utah, has been running the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and building effective programs all across the country that reduce the number of animals entering shelters. For more information go to

Wednesday, July 29, 2015



Jean Shafiroff With Shannon Hales, Penny Grant And Flo Anthony

The 2nd Annual All Star Code Benefit took place this weekend at the Lewis Resident in East Hampton, New York. The co-chairs for the event were Valentino D. Carlotti, Troy Carter and Loida Nicolas Lewis. The night's theme was "Bridging the gap between young men of color and the Tech Industry."

 Honorees included Frank A. Baker, Goldman Sachs Gives and Marcus Mitchell. Guests included Alma Rangel, Sherry Bronfman, the Honorable David Dinkins, Jean Shafiroff, Dr. Penny Grant, Flo Anthony and Kyle Donovan enjoyed a sumptuous dinner prepared by the Red Rooster Harlem's Chef Marcus Samuelsson, dancing, auction and live entertainment. The benefit committee included Attorney Shannon J. Hales, Leslie Lewis, Lola C. West and Ian Fuller.

Monday, June 15, 2015



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Florence and The Machine

FLORENCE RULES --- The new (and third) studio album from the UK band Florence and the Machine--How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful—is just sensational. For new artists, it’s usually their second album—often called the “sophomore jinx,” is the hardest one to get through. However, lead singer Florence Welch and her band had another hit record with their second LP, the brilliant Ceremonials. This new one, however, is just as blindingly great as the first two—perhaps more so.

The first single, “Ship to Wreck,” is just a great, great song that has been well-received everywhere. When they performed on a recent SNL episode—followed by a performance over at ABC’s Good Morning America last week—Welch unleashed her passion and nearly brought the house down with her energy. The second track (and current single) “What Kind of Man” solidly follows up the album opener in a captivating way. Republic Records’ Nate Albert said that she and the group have already done a video for each track; and they’re said to have been done brilliantly.

Florence Welch, born in London, is indeed one of the most compelling artists I’ve ever come across in the past few years. While she almost certainly hails from the school Enya, she rocks out too in fine form. Out of all the artists who have hit big from Britain, and Lord knows there’s been more than a few (Adele; Duffy; Jessie J; and Leona Lewis just to name a few) , she’s bigger and better than ever. For me, she has begun now to eclipse what Amy Winehouse was able to do before she so tragically passed at age 27. I was a big Amy proponent, but I feel that Welch has indeed picked up the torch.

After several listens to the album, my favorite is “Queen of Peace,” which blends perfectly some staggering lyrics and blistering music.

It’s admirable that her music with the group has been embraced by so many. She’s been a terrific supporter of festivals (including the recent Governor’s Ball), but equally at home on a more intimate show like NBC’s SNL. I also appreciated how well-balanced the sound was at SNL (especially when the live sound there at the SNL studio is usually pretty spotty.

I saw her at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall when the first album, Lungs (2009) came out. Welch was amazing. She’s loosened up considerably since then, but the music is as powerful and impressive as ever. She’s an important artist, for sure. The new album (which shot to #1 in its first week of release) is, in my opinion, one of the year’s best. Don’t miss it!

WEBB ON GLEN --- Singer/songwriter extraordinaire Jimmy Webb penned an absolutely brilliant narrative on his recent visit to see Glen Campbell, who is now stricken with Alzheimer’s and living in an assisted facility. If you ever loved Campbell’s music –and face it, his interpretations of Webb’s songs were always amazing—you must read it.

DURAN SPEAKS --- You’ve got to hand it to Duran Duran – still here and, in some ways, better than ever. Don’t forget that when they first came to the fore in 1981, they were immediately grouped with the then-new Romantic scene in music. Can you name three other bands that were grouped in as well?

Duran Duran have made it official that their new album will be called Paper Gods.

Due out in September, the new set will be their fourteenth studio release and the first in their new deal with Warner Brothers. Nile Rodgers, who worked with the band extensively during the ’80s, producing the hit singles “The Reflex,” “Wild Boys,” and their entire album Notorious. He also worked with the Taylor brothers on their Power Station side project featuring the “Addicted to Love” ’80s singer Robert Palmer.

Rodgers is joined on the album by Mark Ronson, who produced Duran Duran’s last albums, All You Need Iis Now (a great, much overlooked album), and Mr. Hudson.

Look for the first single from the album Pressure Off, featuring Janelle Monae, prior to the album release.

The answers: Kajagoogoo, Adam Ant and Culture Club!

CLOSING NOTES --- A great quick visit to East Hampton this weekend spotlighted two fab new eateries: Bay Kitchen Bar in East Hampton and Harlow in Sag Harbor. Great food, service and atmosphere. When we entered Harlow, wedded actors Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts were exiting . . .

James Taylor on Today earlier, performing songs from his first new album in thirteen years called Before This World (great title!). His 13-piece band featured our old friend, drummer Steve Gadd. Sensational, as always . . .

When the dust settles later today, Universal’s Jurassic World may have posted the biggest opening ever domestically, at a staggering $208M-$210M, which would overtake previous champ Disney with its Marvel Comics release, The Avengers — which, at $207.4M, held the title for the last three years. JW is also Universal’s widest release ever, opening at 4,274 screens. Legendary co-financed twenty-five percent of the Steven Spielberg-produced movie. Will it make it? Stay tuned!

Friday, July 20, 2012


Alec Baldwin

On Saturday, August 11, 2012, The East Hampton Library will present its 8th Annual Authors Night benefit event.

The evening’s Founding Co-Chairs Alec Baldwin and Barbara Goldsmith will be joined by Honorary Co-Chairs Ken Auletta, David Baldacci, Robert A. Caro, Dick Cavett, Lynn Sherr, Dava Sobel and more than 120 distinguished authors. Featured authors include:

Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Tom Colicchio, Philip Galanes, Oz Garcia, Peter Kaminsky, Robert Klein, Hilary Knight, Lucette Lagnado, Katie Lee, Robert Lipsyte, Jeffrey Lyons, Kati Marton, Peter Matthiessen, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, Michael Shnayerson, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Sam Talbot, Ali Wentworth, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and many more! (List in formation.)

The evening begins at 5:00 pm with the Authors Reception under the tent, where guests will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine and have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the authors, buy their books, and have them personally inscribed. At 8 pm, directly following the Authors Reception, guests will be hosted at dinner parties at private area homes in honor of one of the guest authors.

Location Note: The Authors Reception “under the tent” will be held this year at the Gardiner Farm, (36 James Lane, East Hampton village).

Tickets are available online at the Authors Night website and at the Library.

Proceeds from this special event benefit The East Hampton Library, a private, not-for-profit organization providing outstanding library services to the East Hampton community.