Not to knock Surf Lodge, but sometimes we?re just not up for big crowds, big lines and even bigger tabs. Luckily, the Hamptons have plenty to offer in the way of low-key entertainment. Here are three upcoming events to put on your culture radar next month.
Guild Hall?s ?Stirring the Pot? Series In this conversation series at Guild Hall, culinary celebrities talk shop with food critic Florence Fabricant. Kicking things off on Sunday, August 10, is Anthony Bourdain, followed by Martha Stewart (on the 17th) and Daniel Boulud (on the 31st). (General admission, $15; series of three conversations: $40; 158 Main St., East Hampton)
Parrish Art Museum Talks We?re super-excited for August?s ?Brain Food? talks, which will be held in the Lichtenstein theater at noon on August 7 and 21. Pick up lunch at the adjacent café (or bring your own) and take in a conversation centered around the current exhibition. Up next is a discussion of the work of American realist painter William Glackens, best known for his paintings of daily life in pre-WWI New York and Paris. (General admission, $10; 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill)
Gosman?s Summer Concerts Gosman?s Dock restaurant has all the same scenic amenities you?ll find at Surf Lodge, minus the agoraphobia-inducing crowds. They also have their own concert series every Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. On tap for the rest of the summer is classic rocker Randy Jackson (lead vocalist, songwriter and lead guitarist for Zebra), country/rock group the Nancy Atlas Project and country group Gene Casey & the Lone Sharks. (500 W. Lake Dr., Montauk)