Friday, July 12, 2024

Summer in the Hamptons: The Wild, the Innocent, and the Magnificent Come to Party


All summer the Hamptons have been rocking with party after party. The premiere party thrower is Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events. He put together Hamptons Magazine’s 40th anniversary at the original Parrish Art Museum in Southampton. It was like a throwback to a great 90s event, with tons of local celebrities like Rosanna Scotto of Channel 5 and Chris Wragge of Channel 2, and the great Jane Hanson shimmying their asses off. The food was plentiful and so were the wildly dressed servers Scott employed.

The other great event was Dancers for Good’s gala at Guild Hall, which honored both Chita Rivera and Bebe Neuwirth. They brought in about 10 major dance companies from Martha Graham to Paul Taylor, each of which staged a fully produced number. I’ve never been a dance fan, but now I’m interested.

There hasn’t been a minute without a cocktail party in any direction. Longhouse Reserve, one of the great art retreats in the world, staged their annual surreal Zen art auction under the aegis of famed decorator Jack Lenor Larsen. If you’re in East Hampton, see this place. It’s a hidden gem.

This weekend East Hampton Library sponsors Authors Night, which starts with a massive book signing and then fans out into about a dozen private dinners. Guild Hall celebrates its annual gala with an Ellsworth Kelly exhibition and a big tented gala.

And still the summer keeps going, all over the world. This is where I’m told the bold face names have been spotted:

Neil Patrick Harris spotted at Union Cantina in Southampton, NY enjoying nachos, guacamole, tacos, and frozen pineapple margaritas with his husband and 2 kids.

Fergie took center stage at the private benefit concert for the 13th Annual Feinstein Institute Summer Concert produced by Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events

Darren Star and Erica Pelosini Leeman spotted taking a class lead by Andrea Fornarola of Elements Fitness Studio, in East Hampton, NY.

Actress Chloe Moritz at La Pulperia 57th Street with the cast and crew of “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” after the New York premiere

Lawrence Fishbourne spotted dining at Demarchelier restaurant in NY

Brooke Shields spotted at Union Cantina in Southampton, NY enjoying tacos and shrimp, with friends.

Lori Loughlin, Andy Hilfiger, Donald Paul, Melissa Bolona, Camille Kostek, Natalie Vie, Charmaine Bingwa, Jim Chandler and Jenn Gotzon-Chandler at Southampton Social Club

50 Cent partying at AM Southampton to the wee hours.

Musician and Writer Dessa spotted at La Pulperia UES.

Actress Natali Yura spotted at the premiere of The Row in LA

Charles S. Cohen and Clo Cohen enjoying dinner at Michelangelo’s in Antibes, at the next table were Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Lori Loughlin spotted have dinner at Union Cantina in Southampton, NY with her family

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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