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Aren’t we glad that Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters is still here in the Hamptons? Not one to rest on his laurels, the Bridgehampton resident and co-lead vocalist, bassist, and principal songwriter of “The Wall” and “Dark Side of the Moon,” among many other achievements, has stretched his creative legs yet again.
It’s extremely good news for the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, with which he performed back in 2015 as narrator for Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale” and has returned with a new interpretation for the 100th anniversary of the work. Based on a Russian folk tale, the score of this “modern fairy tale and anti-war piece” follows the story of a man who sells his violin to the devil in exchange for immense wealth. Recorded at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church with members of the ensemble, the multi-talented musician narrates and plays every character—soldier, devil, princess, king, etc.—on the 46-track album.
“I’m hugely proud of it and feel hugely honored to have been given the opportunity to be part of the production,” Waters says in a video trailer for the album, which dropped in November. The prolific musician keeps himself quite busy, recently touring South America and Mexico for an “Us + Them” tour. He released the album “Is This The Life We Really Want” in 2017.
Terrence McNally, another prodigious East End talent, is the focus of the just-released documentary, “Every Act of Life.” The film is a detailed must-see love letter to the four-time Tony Award-winning playwright of “Ragtime,” “The Full Monty,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Master Class” and “Love! Valour! Compassion!”
Chock-full of amusing anecdotes and stories about the man who also happens to have scored an Emmy, a Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, and many, many others, the doc features interviews and performances with his husband, Tom Kirdahy, and a slew of big-name talent. Better yet, there are lots and lots of East Enders in the mix, which includes F. Murray Abraham, Jon Robin Baitz, Christine Baranski, Tyne Daly, Edie Falco, John Benjamin Hickey, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Joe Mantello, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Doris Roberts, Don Roos, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Dan Bucatinsky, Bryan Cranston and Meryl Streep.
Movie buffs will be thrilled to see another cinematic endeavor that showcases our gorgeous East End. The name of the flick is “The Pleasure of Your Presence,” and it stars Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott.
Filming reportedly happened in September and flew mostly under the radar. Now in post-production, the story follows Silverstone, as Audrey, as she tries to stop the fancy Hamptons wedding of her brother. No word yet on the release date but we’ll keep you in the loop as the action progresses.
Just in time for the holidays, our favorite cookbook author Ina Garten has been at it again, serving up her own special brand of delicious for an 11th food tome. In her latest effort, “Cook Like a Pro: Recipes for Home Cooks,” the East Hampton resident and one-and-only Barefoot Contessa shows us home cooks how to do it with extra panache.
Standouts featured in the book include: setting up an elegant home bar, a prepare-ahead Raspberry Baked Alaska, custardy Truffled Scrambled Eggs, Fried Chicken Sandwiches and a Chocolate Chevron Cake that “your friends won’t believe you decorated it yourself.” Yum.
Since we’re on the subject of culinary delights, Amagansett’s Bobby Flay has also been cooking up more for foodies. The chef, author and television personality is opening up another eatery in the New Year.
The seafood restaurant will be called “Shark” and it will be at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, opening in March. Offering a wide selection of fresh sea fare, sushi and raw bar items, the closely guarded menu is said to focus on sashimi, ceviche and tartare.
And lastly, cheers to Sandra Lee, a frequent visitor to our neck of the woods. The Emmy Award-winning television host, author, philanthropist and de facto First Lady of New York has been collecting kudos for producing “Rx: Early Detection, A Cancer Journey with Sandra Lee.” The breast cancer survivor, who starred in and produced the Oscar-eligible documentary, received the Made in New York Award at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in late November.