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The Hamptons: Happenings Underway!

Originally Posted: May 03, 2011

Christopher Beninati

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“Theater Your Way” at Southampton Cultural Center. (Tom Kochie)

Southampton - With the warm weather comes many happening events in The Hamptons, and elsewhere, while locals and celebrities get ready for the sizzling season.

With many new concepts and venues coming East from Manhattan and local staples staying put, this season of debauchery will not be a let down. Hamptons favorites like East Hampton's Serafina will remain open, however famed Della Femina has sadly closed its doors. Taking over the space is the Houston Restaurant Group, which has an extensive list of restaurants across the country and will re-name their outpost, East Hampton Grill. Blue Parrot Grill will be back in action drawing celebrities most weekends and Lily Pond will be taken over by the EMM Group. The EMM Group headed by Mark Birnbaum and Eugene Remm own Abe and Arthur's Restaurant in the Meatpacking District which is housed over the exclusive lounge, SL. The team is bringing that concept to the Lily Pond space and naming it, SL East.

Tom McGowan joins the cast of "Wicked." (Courtesy Photo: The Hartman Group PR)

Exciting news for Bridgehampton as Polo is back on! Who really thought that it wouldn't happen? Special events and tents are going to be operated by the Strategic Group again. The Strategic Group is headed by Jason Strauss and Noah Tepperberg, will again be back to take on Dune on North Sea Road in Southampton. Dune has been the king of nightlife in Southampton but this year will bring many changes to the Southampton scene.

The Dual Groupe from the Day and Night brunches fame will be moving from East Hampton Point to the 230 Elm space. The St.Tropez style brunches are operated by brothers Derek and Daniel Koch, both have opened their own restaurant in the Meatpacking District a year ago called MPD. Madame Tong's Redux, which was taken over by Ian Duke last year, will rename it the Southampton Social Club. Also coming to Southampton is Gabby Karen's Tutto il Giorno to Nugent Street. This will be the outpost of the original Sag Harbor space. Another exciting venue to add to the already impressive list of Hampton's hot spots will be Nobu at the Beach. Nobu, which is the famed sushi restaurant in Manhattan and internationally will bring a casual atmosphere and menu to the Capri Hotel off County Road 39. They are looking to create a lounge in the pool area as well.

The bad news is that we are still a few weeks away from being in full swing, however, the good news is that the nightlife and social excitement is only a few weeks away. It will be here before we all know it - so get tan, go shopping and be prepared for the best summer of your lives.

On a sadder note, prominent New York entertainment lawyer and former federal prosecutor, Leonard M. Marks, whose clients included Billy Joel, The Beatles, Sir Elton John, and Eddie Murphy, among others, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at his Manhattan home. He was 69 years old, and the founding partner of the law firm Gold, Farrell & Marks from 1972 to 2001.

Nate Berkus sips HINT. (Courtesy Photo: 5WPR)

The "Our Fabulous Variety Show," provides a truly unique "theater your way" style presentation for patrons of the arts, and upcoming variety shows run May 19 and May 20 at 7 p.m., May 21 at 2 p.m., and May 22 at 5 p.m. at the Southampton Cultural Center. Lauren Rowland and Nick Williams host this high-energy show featuring regulars of the Southampton Cultural Center Stage: Anita Boyer, Bethany Dellapolla, Kasia Klimiuk, Christine Martinez, Erin McKenna, and Bobby Peterson and introducing Julia King.

"Wicked" welcomes Tom McGowan beginning Tuesday, May 3. McGowan will assume the role of The Wizard in the Broadway company. He joins a cast which includes Teal Wicks, Katie Rose Clarke, Kathy Fitzgerald, Richard H. Blake, Etai BenShlomo, Jenny Fellner, and Tom Flynn.

Participants of the 14th Annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women on April 30 found ways to hydrate and gear-up for the five kilometer event. Celebs including Jessica Biel, Nate Berkus, Lily Tartikoff and Karen Duffy who were spotted in the VIP tent listening to the inspirational stories of female cancer survivors and hydrating for the race with the official water sponsor of the event, HINT Water. Since 1994, the Run/Walks in both LA and New York have distributed over $60 million for cancer research, treatment, counseling and outreach programs.

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Guest (Tara Founderstein) from Hamptons says::
Mark Birnbaum is so freaking HOT.
Aug 16, 2011 11:34 am

Guest (Sara Newman) from New York says::
Mark Birnbaum puts together such great places to party in.
Aug 11, 2011 10:33 am

Guest (Cindy) from Palm Beach says::
We would like to know if there are any events where we could come up and sell our Jewelry, SabineLaBelle.com. So many people here in Palm Beach have suggested we come up with our jewelry this summer!
May 3, 2011 3:30 pm


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