By Kelly C. Johnstone, Contributing Writer

Whether your wallet is from Bendel’s or Target, here are some tips to make this week in the Hamptons fun and finance friendly.


Pollack Krasner house & studio tour


Gaze around at the hi-fi phonograph, a collection of old jazz records, and the personal library that once belonged to Jackson Pollock, the leading iconoclast of the abstract-expressionist movement. The original Composition with Red Arc and Horses remains on display in his home, alongside prints by both the artist and his late wife Lee Krasner. Step over the paint splattered floors of the old barn-turned-studio and feel the vibes of creativity as you stand on the spot where some of Pollock’s most renowned pieces were borne. Here in this barn, which he purchased with help from Peggy Guggenheim, the artist would lay his canvas down flat and experiment with the techniques of drip and pour. The house and studio are open Thursdays through Saturdays at noon for a guided, hour long tour ($10) or you can explore on your own from 1-5pm for just $5.


Bookhampton Readings ft. Bret Easton Ellis & Dan Rattiner


If it’s been a while since the lazy days of grade school story time, visit one of the Bookhampton store locations this week and let someone else do the reading for you. Better yet, listen to the voice of the author! With free admission, the only dough you may be dishing at these events will be on a good read, and you can even try to score a signed copy.

If your literary taste leans toward the dark side, you may have enjoyed some of the cold-blooded and often explicit work of author Bret Easton Ellis. Famous for cult classics like The Rules of Attraction (1987) and American Psycho (1991), Ellis will be reading from his most recent piece of fiction, Imperial Bedrooms, a sequel to his first novel Less Than Zero.

Friday June 25th @ 8pm. Bookhampton East, 41 Main Street, East Hampton. 631-324-4939

Editor of Dan’s Paper, and author of the novel, In the Hamptons, Dan Rattiner will be hosting reading sessions at various Hamptons locations and in Bookhampton stores this summer. At each spot Rattiner will discuss some of the local history and personal stories that correlate with the chapters of his new book; In the Hamptons Too.

Saturday June 26th, Sayre Park in Bridgehampton @ 11am, 5pm @ Bookhampton South, 93 Maint Street, Southampton. 631.283.0270


The Fifth Annual Long Island Comedy Festival


Did you indulge a little too much at Serafina (or insert alt restaurant name) last week? Nervous about heading back to the beach in your bikini? Get a good ab workout, and laugh that ass off at the Fifth Annual Long Island Comedy Festival at Montauk Downs.

Saturday, June 26th. 8:30pm-10:15pm. Montauk Downs, 50 South Fairview Avenue, Montauk. To purchase tickets visit or call 631.668.5757

Monday Night Concert on the Green


It’s like Pandora Radio but live, local, and commercial free! Every Monday in July, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a free concert by local musicians. Grab a blanket, a loved one, and head on over to the Village Green to get your jam on picnic style.

Monday, June 28th 6:30-8:30pm. On the Green, Montauk, NY. 631.668.2428


After booking it to all of those free, and finance-friendly gigs, you must be starving! You’ve already embarked on a budgeter’s journey, so why stop now? Check out some of these Hamptons venues for cheap eats and discounted drinks.

Publick House

Wednesday-Friday this restaurant/brewery has a three-course prix fixe for $19.95. Tune in to DJs on any Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday, and enjoy the tastes of summer on tap.

Second House Tavern

There’s nothing pretentious about the Grill Room in this hundred year old building. Rest your eyes on the waterside views and give your wallet a break too with the Tavern’s daily prix fixe menu ( $20.10). There is also a happy hour every day from 5-7pm for half priced drinks and a complimentary pizza at the bar. Red meat lovers come in on Thursdays for the $24.95 Prime Rib dinner, and there is a $10 burger and beer special every Sunday night.

The Ditch Witch takeout truck

Surfers and beach bums stop by this snack shack on wheels for lower priced breakfast burritos, tofu, wraps, and salads.

Beach Hut snack bar

Bask in true summer revelry every Wednesday and Sunday at Westhampton beach with live local music, and a delectable deal on lobster dinner. 1 and 1/4 lb lobster and corn on the cob for only $10.99. Two-for-one margaritas.

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