July and August are prime time for beach lounging and bar hopping, but the summer months also boast some of the greatest art and music to bless our fair island. Behold our 7th anniversary Arts & Music Issue. When you’re not catching rays, or a buzz, delve into the cultural cocktail and paint a picture of the best week…
3 CAN’T MISS EVENTS
15th Annual Long Island International Film Expo
Bellmore Movies, Bellmore
A weeklong festival of indie cinema in its truest form, the best shorts and feature-length submissions from around the globe will be screened and judged for the awards ceremony on July 19. longislandfilm.com
It Happened One Act
Houghton Hall Theatre at Trinity Episcopal Church, Northport
A ticket to this festival of original one-act plays will buy a glimpse of raw talent and a dash of invention on stage. See the work of numerous American playwrights performed. minstrelplayers.org
Avram Theater at Stony Brook Southampton
The final concert of Pianofest in the Hamptons. This performance ends two months of intensive study and a brilliant concert series. pianofest.com
SEVEN GREAT DAYS
Stop by the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society for A Bellport Tale: Photographs by Bruce Weber. This exhibit is a fantastic look at the iconic fashion photog’s early work, shot locally with Isabella Rossellini, among others. Dinner? The Bellport Restaurant, of course.
Get off the Island and make your way north to Pound Ridge Golf Club for 18 holes at this pristine upstate course. You’ll appreciate the extended weekend. Closer to home? Try Cherry Creek in Riverhead.
Tour Sea Cliff, where the Gold Coast’s finest Victorian homes line the streets. Follow this quiet pleasure with a free concert from Oyster Bay’s Music Under the Stars program.
If you can play hooky, try hooking a bass on a Montauk fishing charter. If you can muster a second wind, catch Hamptons queen of rock Nancy Atlas at the The Surf Lodge in Montauk or dinner at Race Lane in East Hampton.
Visit the Pollock Krasner House in Springs, then land at Georgica Restaurant for HamptonsDRAMA!, an evening of dinner and dancing to benefit student drama and creative writing programs.
Patchogue is Alive After 5 and you should be there. Get messy at the South Shore’s best musical block party, then stay for a Piggy Platter and the porky décor at Two Morrow’s Pub.
Drive west while everyone else heads east. Enjoy a summer lunch on the Hudson at Manhattan’s Hudson Terrace, and then drive crosstown for some quality tunes at Rockwood Music Hall on the LES.