Here are a few picks for virtual entertainment for every day of the week. Many are events that give back to the community.
Every Wednesday, Hamptons Doc Fest presents Festival Favorites, with a selection of films that Hamptons Doc has screened prior and links to stream them. Films include “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” “Three Identical Strangers,” “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” “Every Act of Life,” “Penny and Red: The Life of Secretariat’s Owner,” and others. Each film also includes links to interviews or panel discussions held at Hamptons Doc Fest events. Visit www.hamptonsdocfest.com.
i-tri also invites you to a “Power-up Virtual Cocktail Hour” at 6:30 PM this Wednesday, May 13, via Zoom. It’s an empowerment session to help adults feel strong, brave, and capable. All while raising money for i-tri’s programming, which teaches self-confidence, positive body image, and healthy lifestyle choices for adolescent girls. The evening will teach those who join some of the techniques i-tri girls learn from program leaders. Register via GoFundMe.
The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center presents a virtual viewing “Sip & Watch” for the Netflix hit “Dead to Me!” while teaming up with Kate and Carinn of the Pop Fiction Women podcast via Zoom. During the Zoom, participants will discuss the complex female characters, and their motivations and emotional bondage. The events will take place on a series of three Thursdays, starting this week. The programming is free but donations are encouraged. Visit www.whbpac.org.
Friday evenings at Wölffer Estate have always been a favorite of mine. Whether it was Candlelight Fridays in the tasting room or Sunset Friday at the Wine Stand, live music would fill the air and start the weekend in a wonderful way. Wölffer has been keeping these good feelings alive by going live with music on Instagram on Fridays (check for upcoming dates). Tune in while you sip your favorite Wölffer wine and cheers the weekend.
After that, check out Wölffer’s website for a recipe by Marc Wölffer for baked dorade. While you cook and enjoy dinner, paired with more Wölffer wine of course, enjoy a Spotify playlist by Joey Wölffer, “that feels just like summer should.”
After dinner, head over to the Hamptons Film website for a Friday Flashback film. Each week Hamptons Film board member Alec Baldwin records a video introduction and recommends a film for you to stream. Films include “Victor/Victoria” paired with a Q&A with Julie Andrews, “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” “Listen To Me Marlon,” and more. Visit www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.
Saturday is movie night (correction: every night is movie night!). Try a film from the Sag Harbor Cinema @Home series. Visit the theater’s website for selections that includes first run and newly restored classics like “Rififi,” “The Infiltrators,” “Gold Diggers of 1933,” and “What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael.” Grab the popcorn! Visit www.sagharborcinema.org.
At 8 PM this Saturday, Guild Hall is presenting a staged reading of “Portrait of Tennessee Williams,” starring Mercedes Ruehl, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Harris Yulin, and Tedra Millan. Visit www.guildhall.org to register.
Start Sunday with some culinary goodness. Guild Hall is offering its “Stirring The Pot” series streaming on YouTube, featuring chefs like Katie Lee, Tom Colicchio, Jacques Pépin, and Alex Guarnaschelli, interviewed by Florence Fabricant. Recipes from some of the past Stirring The Pot participants like Lidia Bastianich and Bobby Flay are also included on Guild Hall’s website. Think Fabricant’s lobster spaghetti or Jacques Pépin’s codfish in olive and horseradish sauce.
Break up the Monday doldrums with a #GoneHomeWithGurneys recommendation. Gurney’s Resort has included a cocktail recipe on its Instagram page for the Gurney’s Palermo Old Fashioned. Tune in to the Gurney’s Fire Pit Spotify playlist while you play some gin rummy and sip.
This week marks the fifth week of programming of New York City Ballet’s six-week digital spring season. At 8 PM this Tuesday, NYCB will release George Balanchine’s “Diamonds,” led by Sara Mearns and Russell Janzen. The final section of “Jewels,” “Diamonds” is set to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Visit www.nycballet.com/digitalspring.
Thursday, May 21
Maureen’s Haven, which brings together houses of worship and other organizations across the East End to provide temporary shelter for the homeless, is hosting a virtual benefit from 7 to 8 PM, honoring Jesse Thistle, the author of autobiography “From The Ashes.” Thistle struggled with addiction and homelessness in his late teens and 20s. After a 2006 robbery attempt, he entered a drug rehab program. Visit www.maureenshaven.com for more info.