What began in 2018 as only a single weekend to welcome the coming of spring and celebrate the diverse cultural centers of the area has expanded to four weeks. THAW fest is back. Presented by the Hamptons Arts Network, a non-profit consortium of institutions in arts and culture across the Hamptons, the festival will run March 6 through March 29 with a unified goal, promoting destinations of the region in a way that is more accessible while stimulating the local economy.
It kicks off at The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill with a special film and talk around the documentary “Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack” on March 6 at 6 PM, followed by a conversation with Flack and museum director Terrie Sultan. HamptonsFilm will screen the 1983 film “Silkwood,” directed by Mike Nichols, at Guild Hall in East Hampton on March 7 at 7 PM, followed by a conversation with Alec Baldwin.
Week two highlights include a screening of “Traces of the Trade” on March 14 at 5 PM at the Southampton African American Museum and a performance of “Sherlock’s Secret Life” at the Southampton Cultural Center on March 15 at 2 PM.
On March 21, the Watermill Center will host a public tour at 12:30 PM followed by a special In Process look at artists Saint Genet, Candace Montgomery Hill, and Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa at 2 PM. At 5 PM, Alan Alda will be at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church for “A Portrait of Mozart” with the Bridgehampton Chamber of Music. The Eastville Community Historical Society, located in Sag Harbor, also at 5 PM, will offer a special sip and paint, “Vinyl and Vino.”
The final week of THAW fest includes a curators’ tour of the Waterways exhibit on March 27 at 7 PM at East Hampton Historical Society.
Hamptons Arts Network consists of 19 members spanning from Westhampton to Springs including Bay Street Theater, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, The Dan Flavin Art Institute, Dia Art Foundation – Bridgehampton, East Hampton Historical Society, Eastville Community Historical Society, Guild Hall, HamptonsFilm, Hamptons Doc Fest, LongHouse Reserve, Madoo Conservancy, Parrish Art Museum, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center, Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center & Museum, Southampton African American Museum, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton Historical Museum, and The Watermill Center.
See a complete list of events at www.hamptonsartsnetwork.org.