carcultureArt Exhibit: Car Culture
While some artists focus on images of the car itself, inspired by its alluring modernity or its status as an icon or expression of personal identity, others create art work from car parts such as scrap metal and tires. Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Through August 11

MarionWinikMarion Winik
A cross between Nora Ephron and David Sedaris, longtime NPR commentator Marion Winik has a uniquely hilarious way of looking at life. Her new book Highs in the Low Fifties follows Winik’s attempt to rebuild her world as a once-widowed, once-divorced single mom. With her signature optimism, resilience, and poor judgment, Winik dives into a series of ill-starred romantic experiences. Winik will speak and sign her book. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. 7 p.m. August 2

sickpuppiesSick Puppies
The L.A.-based, Australian-bred band struck an elusive musical and lyrical balance of past and future on Connect, as band co-founder/singer/guitarist Shimon Moore explains: “There are two ways to shoot yourself in the foot—never changing… or changing too much.” With Connect, Sick Puppies came into their own, thanks in no small part to five years of touring and a full year of songwriting, finding their musical medium without sacrificing intensity or their trademark, dead-on lyrical acuity and introspection. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $47.25, $32.75. 8 p.m. August 3

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Suzanne Vega 06.07.09 MusikZentrum LCSuzanne Vega
Known for her songs, “Toms Diner” & “Luka,” Vega is one of music’s most distinctive singers and storytellers, whose career spans more than 20 years. Stephen Talkhouse, 61 Main St., Amagansett. $95, $80. 8 p.m. August 3

Gary ValentineGary Valentine (King of Queens)
A 20-year veteran traveling the country refining his comedy, performing at clubs, theaters and festivals, Valentine has since made the jump from standup to acting and is best known for his nine years as Cousin Danny on the hit CBS show King of Queens. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. $55, $25. 7 & 10 p.m. August 3

Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn, 7 p.m. August 4


beyonceBeyoncé: The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour
Expected to be bigger in scope than any of her previous shows, Beyoncé’s latest tour is slated to run for almost one year and take her around the world. Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. $282.75, $59.15. 8 p.m. August 3-5

Panel Discussion: “No Nukes, No Wars, Save the Planet” 
In commemoration of the 1945 Hirsoshima bombing, award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck), and Margaret Melkonian and Ariel Flajnik of L.I. Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives will discuss nuclear weapons and drones. With music by folk singer Dave Sear. Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Rd., Manhasset. 7 p.m. Free. August 6

wizkhalifaUnder the Influence of Music Tour
With Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B, Trinidad Jame$, Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Berner, Chevy Woods, Smoke Dza. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. $175, $38.25. 6 p.m. August 6
silversun pickupsSilversun Pickups
Their latest album Neck of the Woods sees Silversun Pickups stretching the boundaries of their exhilarating psychedelia with confidence, invention and undeniable ambition. Having long made their bones as masters of widescreen power, this Los Angeles-based band takes their filmic vision to another level entirely on their third Dangerbird Records album—this is full-on IMAX rock ‘n’ roll, in stereoscopic 3D and Sensurround. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $74.75, $35.25. 8 p.m. August 7

jimmyeatworldJimmy Eat World
With Royal Bangs. Central Park Summerstage, East Drive, Manhattan. $35, 7 p.m. August 7

The Dillinger Escape Plan
With Animals as Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, AEON, Rings of Saturn & Thy Art is Murder. Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway, Manhattan. $35, $29.50, 2:30 p.m. August 7

NorthForkCraftBeerFestcopyNorth Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival
Showcasing the finest craft breweries—more than 50 in all—from across the country, the annual festival will feature award-winning beer from local favorites including Blue Point Brewing Company, Long Ireland Beer Company and the Port Jeff Brewing Company; plus attendees will also have the opportunity to sample exceptional craft beer from national and international craft breweries. Martha Clara Vineyards, 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead. $85, $57. 2-6 p.m. August 10

onerepublicOne Republic
With Mayer Hawthorne & Churchill. Hudson River Park, Pier 26, Manhattan. 5:30 p.m. August 10

Film janisFilm: Janis
This biographical film about Janis Joplin, from her Texas origins to Woodstock and super-stardom, features performances by Big Brother and The Holding Company. Refreshments including wine and beer are available throughout the evening, and audiences are encouraged to come early and enjoy a picnic on the lawn. Post-show the party moves back outside. $10. 7 p.m. Tilles Center, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. August 11

Maroon5Maroon 5/Kelly Clarkson
With Rozzi Crane. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. $100, $35. 7 p.m. August 11

Lecture: Free Speech & the Constitution
Despite the absolutist wording of the First Amendment, the Supreme Court ruled in a 1919 decision that free speech does not “protect a man in falsely shouting ‘fire’ in a theater and causing a panic.” As a consequence, the government routinely makes laws preventing people from speaking or expressing themselves in every instance without recourse. So if free speech is an absolute right, then when are government restrictions permitted? In this lecture, circumstances and other landmark Supreme Court decisions will be discussed to analyze the challenge of balancing an important civil liberty and public safety in America. $25. 10 a.m.-noon. LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. August 14

AMERICAN IDOL: Candice Glover. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright: FOX.American Idol Live
Get up close and personal with Season 12 Idol Finalists Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, Burnell Taylor, Candice Glover, Curtis Finch Jr, Devin Velez, Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison, Lazaro Arbos, Paul Jolley and Aubrey Cleland, who joins the Tour as the 11th Idol finalist thanks to the Tour Fan Save voted on by fans. Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. $81.55, $28.50. 7:30 p.m. August 15

lynyrd skynyrdLynyrd Skynyrd
With their first set of new studio material since 2003’s Vicious Cycle, legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd returns with God & Guns, due out September 29 on Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records. Recorded in Nashville in 2008-2009, the project was interrupted—but, tellingly, not ended—by the deaths of founding member/keyboardist Billy Powell and longtime bassist Ean Evans earlier this year. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. 877-598-8694. $80.50, $60.50, $40.50. 8 p.m. August 15


macklemoreMacklemore & Ryan Lewis
Part of the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series. Viewers are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield via the 72nd Street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6 a.m. when the park opens. Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, Manhattan. 7 a.m. Free. August 16

Matchbox 20/Goo Goo Dolls
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. $133.50, $25. 7 p.m. August 17

paul reiserPaul Reiser
In addition to co-creating and starring in NBC’s Mad About You, which garnered him Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, Reiser is author of multiple New York Times best-selling books including Babyhood, featuring his trademark humorous take on the adventures of being a first-time father. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. $60, $30. 8 & 10:30 p.m. August 16; 7 & 9:30 p.m. August 17

Bigger and better every year, Madonnathon is the annual celebration/dance party in honor of Madonna’s birthday, featuring live performances by some of New York City’s most talented musicians/singers who collaborate to bring out the very best of Madonna’s huge repertoire. This year’s all-star cast includes Tammy Faye Starlite, Mark Rinzel (Jessie’s Girl), Amber Martin (Mattachine), Yana Chupenko (Shiny Mama), Hot Sausage, Emily Strigl (The Mynks), Cathy Cervenka (The HoHos, Love Bites), Daryl Glenn, Angela Di Carlo, Patrick Johnson, Rhythm Knights Dance Troupe, Gia Mele, Edie Nightcrawler, Daniel de Jesus and a special appearance by “Renowned Madonna Tribute Artist, Chris America.” Wear your best Madonna look (virgin bride, lucky star, peepshow dancer, geisha glam, cone bra & ponytail, urban cowgirl, Evita, material girl…etc.). Best-dressed Madonna fans will sing onstage with the band and win prizes! Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn. $12. 8 p.m. August 17

uproarfestivalRockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival
Featuring Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Walking Papers, New Politics, Middle Class Rut, Danko Jones and The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. $128, $39.75. 2 p.m. August 18
pastrami&punsPastrami & Puns
A buffet dinner followed by a comedy show with Greg Rahner, Les Degen and Stevie GB. $35 per person includes all. Reservations must be paid in advance by calling 631-979-8770. Zan’s Kosher Restaurant, 135 Alexander Ave., Lake Grove. August 18

Rickie_Lee_JonesRicki Lee Jones
Stephen Talkhouse, 61 Main St., Amagansett. $125, $110. 8 p.m. August 22

Janet Leigh Screams In Shower From 'Psycho'Pay-to-Get-Out Horror Marathon
A showing of five hardcore classic horror films with vintage horror trailers until dawn. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. It’s $25 if you survive the night and $35 to escape before the end. 11 p.m. August 24

cheaptrickCheap Trick
Performing classics like “I Want You to Want Me,” ”Surrender” and “Dream Police,” plus tunes from their more recent body of work, veteran rockers Cheap Trick hit Westbury, more than 30 years after forming in Rockford, Ill., in the early 1970s. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. 877-598-8694. $49.50, 8 p.m. August 24

DoThis_AddOnChallenger Baseball League Benefit
A BBQ to raise money for Special Needs Little League Teams featuring the Hofbrau Mug Holding Contest Round One. Mr. Beery’s, 4019 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage, August 25

aliciakeysAlicia Keys
Part of the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series. Viewers are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield via the 72nd Street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6 a.m. when the park opens to the public. Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, Manhattan. 7 a.m. Free. August 30

tootsandmaytalsToots & The Maytals
He’s known for songs “Do the Reggae” and “Funky Kingston,” but at the heart of it all is that voice—drenched in soul, rooted in gospel and still breathtakingly powerful after decades in the spotlight. Stephen Talkhouse, 61 Main St., Amagansett. www.stephentalk $125. 8 p.m. August 30 & 31


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electric zooElectric Zoo
Now in its 5th year, New York’s Electronic Music Festival features DJs and live acts providing techno, trance, house, dubstep, electro, indie dance music and more over three days on multiple stages. This year’s festival includes Main Stage performances by AVICII, Above & Beyond, Tiesto, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren and more. $359, $139. Randall’s Island Park, Randall’s Island. August 30-September 1

owl cityOwl City
Say goodbye to summer with the last show of the season on the Tanger stage. Owl City performs at the Arches Fountain for the finale of the Sounds of Summer Concert Series. The electronica band will play their top hits including quadruple-platinum hit “Fireflies” and recent release “Good Time.” Tanger Outlets at the Arches, 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park. Free. 6 p.m. August 31