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The Can't-Miss Events of the Holiday Season

By Briar Davis | November 21, 2019 | Calendar

’Tis the season to be social—check out our roundup of can’t-miss events happening right here in the Hamptons.


The Sensational Soul Cruisers will rock the house for one night only.


11/23: THE MET: LIVE IN HD—Philip Glass’ Akhnaten (Met Premiere)

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo will headline American composer Philip Glass’ contemporary creation, with Karen Kamensek conducting. The stunning production by Phelim McDermott will feature acrobats and jugglers to conjure a mystical reimagining of ancient Egypt. 1-5pm, tickets $23, Guild Hall,

12/6-8: Hampton Ballet Theatre School presents The Nutcracker

The season’s most lauded production returns for three enchanting evenings. Hampton Ballet Theatre School students will transport the audience to a land where angels, snowflakes and flowers dance as Clara saves the Nutcracker Prince from the evil Mouse King. The ballet is choreographed by the director of HBTS, Sara Jo Strickland, with costumes designed and handsewn by Yuka Silvera and lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski. Times vary, tickets $20-$50, John Drew Theater,


11/12-12/1: Literature Live! Presents A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play A Raisin in the Sun chronicles the tragedies and triumphs of the Younger family set in 1959 Chicago. Witness the unforgettable story during its limited run at the theater. Times vary, tickets $20-$55, Bay Street Theater,

11/30: All Star Comedy: Special Late-Night Edition

Looking to laugh? Don’t miss this comedy show hosted by comedian Joseph Vecsey with Dante Nero and Ayanna Dookie. The one-night-only affair is sure to leave you in happy tears. 9:30pm, tickets $30, Bay Street Theater,


11/16: Shaun Gladwell, Lynsey Peisinger, Andrina Smith

12/14: Emily Furr, Dawn Kasper, Ni’Ja Whitson,
Sasha Wortzel

Join the center for its ongoing series of open rehearsals, workshops, artist talks and studio visits, where it will invite the community to engage with the work of its international artists-in-residence. Attendees will gain unique insight into the creative process of artists through the intimate, direct engagement-focused sessions. 2pm, free, The Watermill Center,


11/10-4/2021: What we see, How we see—The Permanent Collection

Each year, the museum creates a new show inspired by important artists drawn from the Parrish’s permanent collection of more than 3,000 works. This year’s seven-gallery installation features paintings and works on paper by a wide range of artists, including a gift from the Saul Steinberg Foundation, American Landscapes from the 19th to 21st centuries, and Circles, Squares and Squiggles. Hours vary, tickets $12, Parrish Art Museum,


Artists Choose Artists

The three-month exhibition will highlight the unconventional relationships among the multigenerational artist community of the East End. Seven notable artist jurors selected two artists based on submissions and studio visits. The duos include Lillian Ball with Scott Bluedorn and Janet Culbertson, Valerie Jaudon, abstract painter, with Janet Goleas and Bastienne Schmidt, and more. The works include painting, sculpture, photography, prints and mixed media. Hours vary, tickets $12, Parrish Art Museum,


12/6-7: Holiday Spectacular—East Meets West

WHBPAC’s Arts Academy and Our Fabulous Variety Show team up to feature over 50 student performers, ages 5 to 85, alongside professional singers and dancers for a holiday fete for the books. Expect both new and old mashups of songs, dances and theatrics for the season. Times vary, tickets $25, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center,

12/28: Destination Motown featuring the Sensational Soul Cruisers

The Sensational Soul Cruisers, an 11-man vocal harmony group, will rock the stage for one night only. Don’t miss their soulful spins blending the classic sounds of Philly soul, Motown, disco, stax and the music of The Temptations, Four Tops, Chicago, The Trammps, Earth, Wind & Fire and many more favorites. 8pm, tickets $55, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center,


Photography by: Courtesy of WHBPAC