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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events December 1–7

The Ataris Revolution
The Ataris rock Revolution Bar & Music Hall on Dec. 4! (Photo: The Ataris official Facebook profile)

John Edward
This is set to be a night absolutely full of unbelievable communications from loved ones who’ve crossed over to the other side, transcendental revelations and intense, passionate emotions, all around. Edward has a gift for delving deep into the afterlife and bringing forth messages from family members, lovers and friends who have “Crossed Over” to the next realm of existence. His psychic abilities are bound to amaze, excite and inspire. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com  $69-$89. 7 p.m. Dec. 1.

Andy Grammer
“Honey I’m Good” and “Back Home” hit-maker Andy Grammer is known for his pop/soul/country style, earning top spots on the Billboard charts and multi-platinum certifications for his big hits. Claiming inspiration from “guitar guys” like Jason Mraz and John Mayer, piano influences like Coldplay, and hip-hop word complexity a la Jay-Z and Kanye, Grammer’s other hits include “Keep Your Head Up,” “Fine By Me” and “Crazy Beautiful.” Opening the show is Oak & Ash and Sir Cadian Rhythm. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $19.50-$44.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 1.

Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival
Four full days of “All Docs, All Day,” with Q&As and an Audience Award. Docs to be screened include A Moment in Time: Hamptons’ Artists, Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future, In Search of Israeli Cuisine and Unlocking the Cage, among others. Wow. Bay Street Theater, Corner of Bay St. and Main St., Sag Harbor. baystreet.org $13-$150. Times vary. Dec. 1-4.

From the Arcade to the Living Room
An opening reception will be held for this exhibit exploring the evolution of video game technology from the early ’70s black-and-white tennis games to the fully immersive 3D environments of the late ’90s. Patrons can play hundreds of games on more than 60 consoles on old-school TVs, plus dozens of arcade classics such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Street Fighter and more. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $8-$15. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Lords of 52nd Street
Long Island’s best musicians—Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata, and Russell Javors—whom Billy Joel hand selected to help create his classic hits and unforgettable tours, reunite on stage once again as The Lords of 52nd Street! Expect a groovin’ and eclectic mix of tunes from the Piano Man’s music catalog including hits and rarities with the same energy and passion as you’ve always known because, the band recorded, toured and performed extensively with Joel during his prominence in the 1970s and ’80s. The Lords aided in the creation of hit records with Joel including “The Stranger,” “52nd Street” and “Glass Houses.” Suffolk Theater, 18 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $39-$45. 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

Pamela Betti Band
This local songstress and Blues Hall of Famer has toured the world and shared stages with the likes of Dave Mason, Poppa Chubby and the Soul Brothers in her 20 years of singing her signature style of blues. Rounding out her eponymous band is guitarist John Haseth, drummer Sal DeVitto and bassist Robert Jack. Check out their album, Pamdemonium, and groove, groove, groove the night away! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

Pamela Betti
Local songstress and Blues Hall of Famer Pamela Betti wows Islip’s Treme Blues and Jazz Club!

America
Vocal harmonies and light acoustic folk sound are highlights of this popular 1970s band’s performance. Gaining Grammy Awards, a spot in the Vocal Hall of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the group is known for hits like “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” “You Can Do Magic” and “Ventura Highway.” On the year of their 46th anniversary, founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell will continue their quest to travel and make music with their bandmates. Not to be missed! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $65-$95. 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

Pooh
Italian pop band Pooh formed in 1966 in Bologna, have sold over 100 million records, and continue to maintain a large international fanbase. Their top hits include “Noi due nel mondo e nell’anima” and “Tanta Voglia de Lei,” and their current 50-year anniversary sparked the 2016 production and release of Pooh 50: L’Ultima Notte Insieme, which hit number one on the Italian charts after its September release. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $110-$185. 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

The New York Bee Gees
This groovy night of full-on disco featuring The New York Bee Gees will be sure to get the crowd dancing. They’ll bring the music, you bring the moves! Can you dig it? Of course you can! Also performing will be Raniere Martin: A Tribute to Donna Summer and 45 RPM. Get ready to dance, dance, dance! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$35. 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

Brother Joscephus and The Love Revolution
Calling themselves a “12-Piece Explosion Of Love,” band Brother Joscephus and The Love Revolution incorporates elements of soul, funk, classic rock, and feel good gospel to spread their message of the necessity of world righteousness. Founded in Brooklyn, New York in 2007, the band has released infectious hits including “Revolution of Love,” “A Child Shall Lead” and “I Won’t Be That Man,” pushing listeners toward a world full of love and acceptance. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $20-$25. 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

The Boeing 314: An Extraordinary Story
The legendary B-314 Flying Boats are those fabled and fascinating seaplanes that pioneered trans-oceanic flying. The Clippers, as all Pan Am aircraft were called, took off from the Pan Am Hangar located on Manhasset Bay in Port Washington, Long Island, first flying to Bermuda, and later to England, Portugal and France via the Azores. Only 12 of these extraordinary flying boats were built, and nine were operated by Pan American. Now, one of them is returning to LI! Whoa. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $8-$15. 9:30 a.m. Dec. 3.

The Italian Chicks
Variety Show is a passionate blend of comedy, characters, music, song parodies, improv and Italian-American culture. When these four dynamic, multi-talented women hit the stage, they will make you remember things you paid your shrink to forget.
It’s a celebration of food, family, memories and Italian tradition. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $35. 7:45 p.m. Dec. 3.

Daughtry Acoustic Trio
Come along for the ride as Chris Daughtry and his band debut songs from their new album Baptized, which represents a shift in the band’s previous style–softer, yet less serious, more playful and fun, but with the soul you fell in love with watching him on the fifth season of American Idol. On a hot streak since 2006–when his debut album Daughtry became the fastest-selling debut rock album in Soundscan history–Daughtry is ready to stretch their wings and see where inspiration takes them. Will they play their brand new single “Waiting for Superman”? Only one way to find out! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 3.

Jingle Bell Bottom Ball
The third annual disco-themed holiday show lights up the opening nights of this festive season. Groove out to performances from Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, The Trammps, France Joli, Bonnie Pointer, Odyssey, Carl Carlton, Lime, MacHine, Disco Unlimited and Melba Moore. All guaranteed to score a little holiday cheer! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 3.

Eileen Ivers “An Nollaig” An Irish Christmas
Experience An Nollaig, “An Irish Christmas,” the way you should: surrounded by friends and loved ones, enjoying great traditional Irish songs, and of course, doing the jig! Jiggity jig jig-jig! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40, $45. 8 p.m. Dec. 3.

Bob Nelson
The rubber-faced funnyman from Massapequa will unquestionably leave all those in attendance in absolute stitches, yet the question remains: Who will assist Nelson at this special evening of bring-down-the-house hilarity!? Jiffy Jeff? Eppy Epperman? Perhaps Wilby Stuckerson and Mr. Pingyeh? If Jacques-Yves Cousteau shows up, or Nelson unleashes his infamous “Football Act” (YouTube it!), then the laughs will linger long after this gig, for sure. Get ready to laugh, laugh, laugh, uncontrollably! Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $25. 7, 9:30 p.m. Dec. 3.

Young Thug
Young Thug’s music doesn’t just push the envelope—it tears it up and sets the pieces on fire! Describing his eccentric flow, Fader Magazine said, “He slurs, shouts, whines and sings, feverishly contorting his voice into a series of odd timbres like a beautifully played, but broken, wind instrument.” Still, no words can define what Young Thug does on the mic. His set is sure to include favorites from his three-volume mixtape series I Came From Nothing, as well as “Best Friend,” from his mixtape Slime Season. Get ready for this hot, new hip-hop artist to blow the roof off! Also performing is DJ Wavy. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30, $35 DOS. 10 p.m. Dec. 3.

Charles Dickens Festival
The Adventures of Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol—the list of literary classics authored by genius wordsmith Charles Dickens goes on and on. Come celebrate these masterpieces and their imaginative creator with many of his most famous characters, including Scrooge, Father Christmas and even the chimney sweeps, as they roam the Dickensian streets of a transformed Port Jefferson and revel in holiday delight! Among many other festivities will be parades, cookie walks, plenty of delicious food, an a cappella performance by harmony groups and choirs, ice skating, magic shows, and performances of Nutcracker! This year’s Dickens spectacular will also feature Theater Three’s 33rd Annual production of A Christmas Carol! Wow. No Bah Humbug here! Open to the public. Most events are Free. Friday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Check out portjeff.com/dickens-festival for map and full schedule. Dec. 2, 3 & 4.

How The Big Duck Saved Christmas
The story of how the East End’s own Big Duck saved Christmas from a group of French fry-loving Canadian Elves! Told by Santa with original background illustrations drawn by Frosty The Snowman’s original animator DON DUGA! Photos with Santa! Tell the jolly ole fella you want to send a massive Greek smorgasbord to the Press crew! Yeah! Suffolk Theater, 18 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $10-$15. 1 p.m. Dec. 4.

Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite
Beloved bunnies Max and Ruby from the bestselling children’s books by Rosemary Wells are whisked off into a Christmas fantasy land accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. With original choreography by professional ballerina Patti Caplette (who has danced in over 100 Nutcracker performances), and dancing, singing, and delicious treats, Max and Ruby’s antics bring a new feel to the classic Christmas performance. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$59.50. 12:30, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

The Ataris
Indiana rock band The Ataris have released five studio albums, and are best known for their hit cover of “The Boys of Summer.” Dabbling in punk rock, emo, and skate punk, the Ataris have been going strong for 20 years and continue to do what they love, performing songs like “In This Diary,” “The Saddest Song” and “Unopened Letter to the World.” Opening the show is Me The Enemy and All New Episode. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $15. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

Flatbush Zombies
Composed of rappers Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Eric Arc Elliot, this hip-hop group originates in the Flatbush (hence their name) section of Brooklyn and are part of the East Coast hip-hop movement “The Beast Coast.” With a release of their debut solo album 3001: A Laced Odyssey this year, this group’s popularity is just exploding, with hits like “Palm Trees,” “New Phone, Who Dis” and “This Is It.” The group has also performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Pemberton,The Afropunk Festival, and the Hudson Project. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$45. 8 p.m. Dec. 4.

Blood On The Dance Floor
This electronic music duo, consisting of Dahvie Vanity and Jayy Von Monroe, has released eight studio albums and plans to disband at the end of 2016. Controversy has surrounded the group’s sexually graphic lyrics, performance style, and vocals, however the pair maintain a large and loyal fanbase, who encouraged their release of recent single “Safe Word.” These months are the last chance to see them perform hits like “Bewitched,” “Scream for my Icecream” and “Call Me Master.” Warming up the crowd are Tear Out The Heart, Vanity Strikes and Justin Symbol. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12, $15 DOS. 6 p.m. Dec. 5.

Sebastian Bach
Frontman of heavy metal hellraisers Skid Row, actor and author, will be signing copies of his new book 18 and Life on Skid Row. Ask him about his heydays back when metal ruled the airwaves, his inspiration for the “Youth Gone Wild” and phenomenally infectious ballad “I remember You.” Bach rocks! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Dec. 5.

Jerrod Carmichael
This comedian, actor and writer is known for his creation and presence on NBC series The Carmichael Show, role in hit movie Neighbors, and HBO stand-up comedy special filmed by Spike Lee, Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store. With a recent wrap of season two of his show, and upcoming appearance alongside Mark Wahlberg in Transformers 5: The Last Night and Lorene Scafaria’s The Meddler, Carmichael is adding to his success by writing a feature for himself and spreading his vivacious personality and irresistible comedy. Get ready to laugh, laugh, laugh! Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $22. 8 p.m. Dec. 5.

Main Art: The Ataris rock Revolution Bar & Music Hall on Dec. 4! (Photo: The Ataris official Facebook profile)

-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III

Win A Chance To Meet Rangers Legends Messier, Leetch & Richter

Rangers 'Captain' Mark Messier

Three legendary New York Rangers will be on hand at the Steiner Sports store in Roosevelt Field Mall this weekend to sign autographs for their beloved fans—including the lucky winner of a Press contest that includes free autographs and an opportunity to meet each of the former players.

The retired fan favorites include:

Mark Messier, aka “The Captain,” whose illustrious career spanned parts of three decades, including 10 years with the Rangers. Messier played in 698 regular season games with New York City’s hometown team, amassing 691 total points. Messier was also a member of the 1994 Rangers’ Stanley Cup winning team.

Brian Leetch spent nearly his entire 19-year career with the Rangers. The defenseman appeared in nine All-Star games, earned Rookie of the Year honors in 1989, was twice honored as the league’s top defenseman, and perhaps most importantly, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Rangers championship-winning 1994 season.

Mike Richter was a Ranger until the end. The four-time All-Star goalie played 23 games in his rookie season and never looked back. He secured 16 victories in the Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup run—notching four shutouts.

Time, Date & Prices

The trio of legends will be signing autographs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Steiner Sports Store on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Event pricing goes as such: $199 for flats/pucks, $210 for equipment, and $40 inscriptions. A bundle package including autographs from all three retired players costs $269.99 for pucks/flats and $299 for equipment.

The contest details are as follows:

Simply enter your name and email address below.

One winner will be picked at random.

One person and a guest will win one autograph (total) from each of the three players and have an opportunity to meet the legendary trio. (Prize subject to players’ schedules and availability.)

Good luck!

(Photo credit: New York Rangers legend Mark Messier aka “The Captain” by Brendan Lee/Flickr)

35% of Long Island Households Struggle to Make Ends Meet, Study Finds

By Timothy Bolger and Natalie Coloprisco

Alana Downey, a married veteran and mother of two, moved to Long Island hoping to make a better life for her family, but instead she is struggling to survive, living paycheck to paycheck.

Unable to find work in Nevada, she thought the job prospects would be better here, but things didn’t work out the way they’d hoped, and her family wound up in emergency housing. Public assistance helped for a while, although once she started making money, food stamps and rental assistance was cut off, landing her in financial limbo, where she’s one crisis away from ruin. As a veteran, she’s thankful for charities designed to help those in her position, yet she admits that asking for help still takes an emotional toll.

“It’s very embarrassing to have to go to places and be like, ‘Can you help my son out with some presents?,’ ” said the 30-year-old Hempstead resident through tears as the coming holidays compounded her concerns.

Her family is among the 35 percent of Long Island households that are above the poverty level but don’t make enough to keep up with the high cost of living in Nassau and Suffolk counties, according to a new study released Sunday by the nonprofit United Way of New York.

The report dubbed this segment of the population ALICE, short for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. That is, those people who can’t make ends meet without making tough choices regarding basic necessities: food, shelter, child care, transportation and health care. For example, some are forced to forgo health care, child care, good food and even car insurance in order to pay their rent—sacrifices that put their health, safety and future at risk.

“Many of us have been ALICE,” Stephanie Hoopes, director of the United Way ALICE Project, told reporters during a news conference announcing the results of the study. “Maybe we haven’t had that term before… These are people who are working at low-wage jobs, have little or no savings, and are struggling to get by.”

The report found that 44 percent of all New Yorkers are ALICE or live below the federal poverty level, which is $23,834 for a family of four per year. In 2014, New York’s poverty rate was 15 percent, or 1 million, the same as the national average. While this number has remained just about the same over the last 10 years, an additional 29 percent—2.1 million households—qualify as ALICE statewide.

“Defying many stereotypes, ALICE households are working households, composed of women and men, young and old, of all races and ethnicities, and they live in every county in New York—urban, suburban and rural,” the report states.

In Nassau County, the poverty rate is six percent and the ALICE rate is 25 percent, while in Suffolk, it’s seven percent and 32 percent, respectively. The communities that the report cited as having the top 10 highest rates of poverty and ALICE on LI were Riverside, Northampton, Inwood, Hempstead, Calverton, Greenport, Aquebogue, Moriches, Central Islip and Mastic Beach. Overall, 267,894 LI households are struggling to make ends meet, according to the study.

The report blames the phenomenon on low wage jobs dominating the local economy and the basic cost of living outpacing those wages. More than 55 percent of all jobs in New York pay less than $20 per hour, and more than half of those jobs pay between $10 and $15 per hour, it found. Those making an annual salary of roughly $30,000-$40,000 fall significantly short of the $62,000 annual household survival budget for a family of four with an infant in child care.

United Way officials said they hope the study will prod policymakers to find a long-term solution to the problem. For those like Alana Downey—who has a 10-year-old son, an 8-year-old daughter and a husband who is out of work with an injury—help needs to arrive faster than the usual speed of government.

“We’re in an awkward area where, yeah, I’m making money, but it’s hard,” Downey said. “It’s little things that come up, like birthdays and Christmas, or my son wants to join a sport. It’s little things that you don’t even think of until something breaks…and you don’t have any savings.”

Long Island Christmas Events, Parades & Tree Lightings 2016

Santa Claus by Leslie J. Martin
Eat your heart out, Santa Claus. Chad Smith, Fred Cash Jr. & GE Smith will be ushering in the New Year at The Stephen Talkhouse with ferocious sets of devastating rock, damn the mistletoe. (Photo by Leslie J. Martin)

By Natalie Colprisco

With Thanksgiving in the rear view, Long Island joins the rest of the Christmas-celebrating world in the return of the season to be jolly. What follows is our annual guide to the dozens of tree lightings, Christmas parades and other related holiday events over the next month.

Christmas at Hicks
Animated characters star in “Christmas at the North Pole,” a walk-through story telling how Santa picks out gifts for his friends who are penguins, elves and more. Enjoy the festive sounds of the brass band, take pictures with the jolly old man himself, and meet live reindeer! Donations of non-perishable food items for Long Island Cares accepted. Hicks Nursery, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury. hicksnurseries.com Free. 8 a.m.-9 p.m Mon-Sat., 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Sunday Nov 10-Dec. 31

A Christmas Carol
Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas—past, present and future—in this fine performance of the Charles Dickens classic. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. theatrethree.com $35 Adults, $28 Seniors, $20 Children under 12. Days, times vary. Nov. 19-Dec. 30.

Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa Reading and Author Book Signing
Santa Claus will kick off things at 3 p.m., as he reads the holiday classic The Book of Kringle – Legend of the North Pole. At 4 p.m., the author, Derek Velez Partridge, hosts a book-signing. At 7 p.m., the tree lighting will commence, followed by family-friendly activities. Santa Reading: Waterfront Gazebo, Main Street, Northport. Book Signing: True Blue Vintage, 67 Main St, Northport. Tree Lighting: Village Park, Main St, Northport. villageofnorthport.com 3-3:30 p.m., 4-6 p.m., & 7 p.m. Nov. 25.

Barnaby Saves Christmas
The littlest elf and his reindeer friend, Franklynne, set off on their journey to save Christmas. Along the way, they meet some new friends and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukah and the holiday season. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. theatrethree.com $10. Days, hours vary. 11 a.m. Nov. 25, 26, Dec. 3, 10, 24, 28, 29 and 30.

Bayville Wonderland
Visit the elves hard at work in Santa’s toy factory funhouse, ride the holiday express train, brave the arctic ice skating adventure, meet Mrs. Claus and other holiday characters, plus much more! Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville. bayvillewinterwonderland.com $22. Days, hours vary. Nov.25-Jan. 1.

2016 Connetquot River Boat Parade and Fireworks
Viewing locations include the Snapper Inn, Oakdale Yacht, Nicoll’s Point Marina, Vanderbit’s Wharf, Great River Town Ramp and Timber Point. Fireworks follow the parade. connetquotboatparade.com Connetquot River, Oakdale. Free. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26.

Annual Tree Trimming Event
Kick off the holiday season by helping to decorate the traditional lighthouse tree. Free hot chocolate and cookies. Fire Island Lighthouse, east of Robert Moses State Park Field 5. nps.gov. Free. 10 a.m. Nov. 26.

It’s a Wonderful Village
Four Saturdays of holiday merriment! There’ll be horse and buggy rides every weekend. The “parade of lights” steps off the day after Thanksgiving and ends with a tree lighting. Expect plenty of visits from Santa. Full list of events here: southamptonchamber.com Free. 12:30-5 p.m. Nov. 26, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 4, 12:30-4 p.m. Dec. 10 and 12:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 17.

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Five talented actors will perform the dozens of characters as well as produce sound effects, in a live radio broadcast of It’s A Wonderful Life. Step back in time to the 1940s and become the live studio audience. All the magic of Bedford Falls will come to life right in front of your eyes. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.com. $18-35. 3 p.m. Nov. 26.

A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas
Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum continues this annual event, bringing excellent holiday entertainment to all. This year’s holiday jazz extravaganza will feature Norman Brown, Keiko Matsui and special guests Kevin Whalum, John Stoddart, and Shelea. The Madison Theatre, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Center. madisontheatreny.org $45-$75. 4, 8 p.m. Nov. 26.

Frosty the Snowman
Join Jenny and Frosty on their chilly adventures as they try to save the town of Chillsville from the mean old Ethel Pierpot and her evil machine that will melt all the snow and ruin winter! John W. Engman Theate, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $15. Days, times vary. Nov. 26-Dec. 31.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us all about what’s most important during the Yuletide season. This faithful stage adaption of the cartoon classic is performed on stage by an adult cast. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.com. $12-$20. 1, 4 p.m. Nov. 27.
 
Holiday Spectacular
Dean Karahalis & the Concert Pops will perform with special guest “Sal the Voice” Valentinetti for a 90-minute holiday concert. Additionally, the Five Towns College Chamber Singers and the Glen Cove Select Choir will perform.  David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. nassaucountyny.gov. Free. 5 p.m. Nov. 27.

The Brian Setzer Christmas Rocks! Tour
Guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, and 3-time Grammy award-winner Brian Setzer, is accompanied by his 18-piece orchestra as they perform the 13th annual “Christmas Rocks!” tour. The tour will contain selections from his four Christmas albums. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $29.50-$148.59. 8 p.m. Nov 27.

The Lighting of Malverne 2016
Enjoy bowling, breakfast with Santa, a cookie workshop, a holiday ornament workshop, as well as the Menorah and tree lighting. There will also be hayrides, horse and buggy rides, a live ice sculpture demonstration and a living Nativity. Full listing of events at malvernevillage.org Various prices. Days, hours vary. Dec. 1-26.

Holiday Light Show
This brilliantly illuminating drive-through holiday light display moved this year to a new location by the sea. Funding goes to support the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County. Smith Point County Park, William Floyd Pwy., Shirley. $20 per car, $40 per minibus or RV, $70 coach or school bus. (credit card only, no cash) holidaylightshow.org 5 p.m.-9 p.m. weekdays, 5-10 p.m. weekends, 5-11 p.m. Dec. 18-23.

Annual Manhasset Christmas Tree Lighting
The program will feature a performance from the Manhasset High School Brass Choir, the lighting of the tree and an appearance by Santa. Attendees will be treated to live music from DJ Kev D, a photo booth station and hot chocolate. Mary Jane Davies Green, Plandome Road across from Town Hall, Manhasset. Free. 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

Kennedy Plaza Tree Lighting
Come celebrate the annual Christmas tree lighting as the Kennedy Plaza Norway Spruce illuminates with hundreds of multi-colored lights. The tree will also feature ornaments imprinted with the names of people who have gone above and beyond. Also enjoy outdoor ice-skating for $2. Kennedy Plaza, 1 West Chester St, Long Beach. longbeachny.gov. Free. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

20th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Join us in a sing-a-long of traditional holiday carols while awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. Upon his arrival, Santa will light the tree for the 2016 holiday season. Hot beverages will be served after Santa lights the tree. Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Hwy., Great River. www.bayardcuttingarboretum.com Free. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Upon his arrival, Santa will light the tree for the 2016 holiday season. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. All activities will take place outside so please dress accordingly. In the spirit of the season, we will be collecting winter coats and non-perishable food items for families in need. Orient Beach State Park, Sound Avenue East, Orient. www.nysparks.com Free. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Join town officials and Santa Claus for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be gifts for children, costumed characters, music and refreshments. Town Hall, 200 East Sunrise Highway Lindenhurst. townofbabylon.com Free. 7 p.m. Dec 2.
 
Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet
World-renowned ballet stars of the Leggz Ballet Company team up with the South Shore Symphony Orchestra to bring this classical ballet to life. This is one of the few productions on Long Island that features a full orchestra, so don’t miss it! The Madison Theatre, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Center. madisontheatreny.org $30-$39. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 5 p.m. Dec. 3, 4 p.m. Dec. 4.

Annual Holiday Train Display
This 32nd annual holiday train display features a model train layout highlighting railroading from the age of steam to present day. Mills Pond House, St. James. stacarts.org. Admission by donation to St. James Model Railroad Club Adults $2, Children 50 cents. 6 p.m. Dec. 2, 11 a.m. Dec. 3, 11 a.m. Dec. 4.

Charles Dickens Festival
The Adventures of Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol—the list of literary classics authored by genius wordsmith Charles Dickens goes on and on. Come celebrate these masterpieces and their imaginative creator with many of his most famous characters, including Scrooge, Father Christmas and even the chimney sweeps, as they roam the Dickensian streets of a transformed Port Jefferson and revel in holiday delight! Among many other festivities will be parades, cookie walks, plenty of delicious food, an a cappella performance by harmony groups and choirs, ice skating, magic shows, and performances of Nutcracker! This year’s Dickens spectacular will also feature Theater Three’s 33rd Annual production of A Christmas Carol! Wow. No Bah Humbug here! Open to the public. Most events are Free. Friday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Check out portjeff.com/dickens-festival for map and full schedule. Dec. 2, 3 & 4.

Santa in the Park
See Santa arrive in a Fire Truck, and speak with Santa about your holiday wish list. Toys, candy, cookies, and hot chocolate will be distributed by Santa’s elves. Wantagh Park Administration Building, 1 King Rd., Wantagh. nassaucountyny.gov Free. 1 p.m. Dec 3.

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Along with the lighting of the tree, there will be a host of traditional holiday music courtesy of the local school chorus, ice sculpting demonstration, and a spectacular fireworks display. Also, a visit from Santa arriving on the Long Island Sleigh Express! Belmont Lake State Park, Exit 38, Southern State Parkway, West Babylon. www.nysparks.com Free. 4:15 p.m. Dec. 3.

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Celebrate the Season with Santa Claus as he lights the Hatchery’s Christmas Tree. Hot chocolate, tea, and cookies for all. Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. cshfishhatchery.org. $6 Adults, $4 Children and Seniors. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3.
 
Not Quite Christmas Cabaret
Cocktails, dinner, desert and performances by Broadway actors Lauren Worsham, Mykal Kilgore, and Sally Wilfert. Castle Gould, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. thesandspointpreserve.com $125. 7 p.m. Dec. 3.

Jingle Bell Bottom Ball
The third annual disco-themed holiday show lights up the opening nights of this festive season. Groove out to performances from Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, The Trammps, France Joli, Bonnie Pointer, Odyssey, Carl Carlton, Lime, MacHine, Disco Unlimited and Melba Moore. All guaranteed to score a little holiday cheer! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 3.

Eileen Ivers “An Nollaig” An Irish Christmas
Experience An Nollaig, “An Irish Christmas,” the way you should: surrounded by friends and loved ones, enjoying great traditional Irish songs, and of course, doing the jig! Jiggity jig jig-jig! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40, $45. 8 p.m. Dec. 3.

Nautical Mile Holiday Boat Parade
Approximately a dozen boats will compete to light up the Nautical Mile and spread holiday cheer by competing in a luminous hour-long procession down Woodcleft Canal, past Sea Breeze Park to Randal Bay, and then back. The glittering flotilla is a proud annual tradition that officially kicks off the holiday season in Freeport, as residents go all out to deck the decks of their boats. Spectators and onlookers will have a chance to vote on this year’s favorite holiday ship. Woodcleft Avenue and Front Street, Freeport. Free. 8 p.m. Dec. 3.

Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite
Beloved bunnies Max and Ruby from the bestselling children’s books by Rosemary Wells are whisked off into a Christmas fantasy land accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. With original choreography by professional ballerina Patti Caplette (who has danced in over 100 Nutcracker performances), and dancing, singing, and delicious treats, Max and Ruby’s antics bring a new feel to the classic Christmas performance. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$59.50. 12:30, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

How The Big Duck Saved Christmas
The story of how the East End’s own Big Duck saved Christmas from a group of French fry-loving Canadian Elves! Told by Santa with original background illustrations drawn by Frosty The Snowman’s original animator DON DUGA! Photos with Santa! Tell the jolly ole fella you want to send a massive Greek smorgasbord to the Press crew! Yeah! Suffolk Theater, 18 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $10-$15. 1 p.m. Dec. 4.

Christmas Gala Cocktail Reception
A wonderful night of hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music, raffles, and holiday fun. Brookwood Hall Ballroom, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. isliparts.org. $50. 6 p.m. Dec. 8.
 
Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
This 12th annual tree lighting will feature a spectacular poinsettia display, caroling by the Barber Shop Quartet, and The House of the Red Hart Singers. Ioin the carolers on the south side of the Camelia Greenhouse where the magnificent 35-foot Japanese Umbrella Pine will be lit by Santa. Also visit Coe Hall decked with holly and meet Santa at the Hay Barn! Visit Periwinkles Café in the Visitor Center and enjoy eggnog, hot chocolate and cider, gingerbread men and other assorted holiday sweets. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Route 25A, Oyster Bay. plantingfields.org Free. 6 p.m. Dec. 9.

Irish Christmas in America
Produced by Slingo fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada, this Irish Christmas in America show features top Irish music, song and dance, and engaging performances. In addition, photographic images will provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions of Ireland. Come take a glimpse into the spirit of Christmas, as the finest Irish artists bring you a fun-filled start to the holiday season. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.com. $27-$57. 8 p.m. Dec. 9.

Northport Chorale’s Holiday Concert
Selections performed with the Northport Community Band. Northport High School, Laurel Hill Road, Northport. northportchorale.org Free. 8 p.m. Dec. 9.

14th Annual Reenactment of the Flying Santa
Relive the days when Santa would visit the Fire Island Lighthouse keepers and their families by flying by in small plane. Fire Island Lighthouse, just east of Robert Moses State Park Field 5, Fire Island. fireislandlighthouse.com Free. 11:30 a.m. Dec. 10.

Hearthside Cheer at the Rogers Mansion
Celebrate the pleasures of the holiday season at the Captain Albert Rogers Mansion at Hearthside Cheer. The Greek Revival Mansion will be decorated with garlands of fresh winter greens and filled with bountiful hors d’oeuvres, sumptuous sweets, and a bar. Gather around a baby grand piano and sing along to traditional and contemporary holiday songs at this festive annual event. Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton. southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org $50-$60. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10.

3rd Annual West End Electric Light Parade
Come see antique cars, fire truck, floats and bicycles wrapped in lights for this festive holiday parade! There will be antique fire truck rides, trolley rides and hot cocoa. Yum. Ohio Avenue and Beech Street, Long Beach. longbeachny.gov Free. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10.
 
Christmas Tree Lighting
Join the mayor, Santa, his elves, and the fire department as they light the tree. Islandia Village Hall, 1100 Old Nichols Rd., Islandia. newvillageofislandia.com Dusk, Dec. 10.

The Nutcracker Suite with Full Orchestra
The Atlantic Wind Symphony teams up with the Ovations Dance Repertory Company to bring you this famous ballet like you’ve never seen it before! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.com $15-$30. 1 p.m. Dec. 10, 7 p.m. Dec 10, 1 p.m. Dec 11, 6 p.m. Dec 11.

Holiday Concert
Celebrate the spirit of the holidays with the FTC Concert Pops Orchestra and Wind Ensemble Five Towns College Performing Arts Center, Five Towns College, 305 North Service Rd., Dix Hills. ftc.edu/ftcpac $10. 2 p.m. Dec. 11
 
A Celtic Tenor Christmas
From the other side of the pond come The Celtic Tenors, who are set to perform tunes from their first holiday album, The Celtic Tenors Christmas’. During the performance The Celtic Tenors will create some holiday cheer by singing traditional Christmas songs, such as ‘O Holy Night’, ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’ and ‘We Three Kings.’  Adelphi University PAC 1 South Ave, Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu. $40-$45. 8 p.m. Dec. 16. 

Post-Election Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Post-Election Thanksgiving Guide
Post-Election Thanksgiving Guide: Don't talk about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton around the turkey and mashed potatoes this year!

By Jaime Franchi and Michael Conforti

Thanksgiving marks that fateful feast so long ago when European colonists and Native Americans shared freshly harvested food and celebrated their mutual appreciation of life together for a fleeting moment. Fleeting, yes. Eventually these sacred native peoples would be stripped of their ancestral lands and all but decimated.

This Thanksgiving has a special hypocrisy in that it falls amid the ongoing, government-sanctioned human rights violations unfolding outside the Oceti Sakowin Camp—an unprecedented and historic gathering of Indigenous Nations and allies banding together in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and protect the drinking water of countless families who depend on the Missouri River. Hundreds have been arrested, and recently a 21-year-old New York woman was critically wounded when law enforcement officers threw a concussion grenade at her.

There’s much to genuinely be thankful for this Thanksgiving, for sure. Yet there’s also so much to be vocal about, and far too many injustices currently taking place here in the United States and across the globe worthy to fight against. So while Thanksgiving can typically be somewhat stressful in simply dealing with one’s family members and relatives, especially if they’re being really annoying and tiresome, take time to reflect upon and appreciate your loved ones—and recognize the importance of standing up for the rights of so many others.

On the heels of such a polarizing and divisive presidential election, below are some lighthearted, useful tips on how to perhaps best navigate this year’s celebratory feast. Happy Thanksgiving!

1. Stay away from Trump or Hillary-related topics. Stick to less-controversial subjects, like the death penalty, abortion or religion.

2. Don’t snort when you talk to your relatives. It’s impolite. Plus, it implies you may either do drugs or have some serious psychological issues.

3. When asked if you are en route with Mom to the holiday, saying “I’m with her” is not a proper response.

4. If the turkey gets burnt or you forget to cook the candied yams, do not blame it on the Russians or a “rigged” stove.

5. Refrain from building a wall with your mashed potatoes…

6. …and making your mother-in-law pay for it.

7. When your cousin’s baby starts to cry at the table, do not shout: “Get that baby out of here!”

8. Acceptable responses to differing opinions: “Interesting. I’ve never thought of it that way. Please pass the stuffing.” Unacceptable: “WRONG!”

9. Do not tweet anything. In fact, turn off all devices at the table.

10. Don’t go Putin Russian dressing on anything.

11. “Fat” “chubby”—are adjectives for turkey, not relatives.

12. No grabbing the family pussycat.

13. Wishbone pullers must mutually agree on “Time Machine!”

14. No banning in-laws while you “figure out what’s going on.”

15. No one is taking away your inalienable right to second helpings.

16. Make sure you get there on time, but don’t Russia.

17. Don’t take more than your fair share. There’s enough thin skin to go around.

18. Make sure to break out the good JINA.

19. Wedding registry? Good. Baby shower registry? Beautiful. Muslim registry? ABSOLUTELY WRONG.

20. You know those crazy relatives? The ones you love, but maybe you shouldn’t admit it? You can seat them on the alt-right side of the table.

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events November 24–30

Jim Breuer
Jim Breuer and The Loud and Rowdy slay Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall on Nov. 26! (Photo: Jim Breuer official Facebook profile)

Thanksgiving Events: 5 Thanksgiving 2016 Events on Long Island & Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016 Guide

Mind Open
This psychedelic-jazz band evolved from a gig at a New York club in 2012 and has been spreading its infectious Brazilian, rock and groovy tunes ever since. Described as “a jazz version of the type of music being played at the Fillmores in the late 1960s, but with a contemporary slant,” the group released their self-titled debut in 2014, and continues to expand on material produced by their percussionist Chris Covais. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Nov. 25.

Mike Birbiglia
You may know him as corporate tool Danny Pearson in season three of Orange Is The New Black, but Mike Birbiglia is also a comedic powerhouse not to be reckoned with. The actor, author and panelist for NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! muses about the vagaries of life, all while explaining how he once got arrested in New Jersey and why he was reamed out by a renowned director. Prepare for contagious belly laughs thundering from the sure-to-be packed audience as he performs his mirthful magic! Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $28. 7:30, 10 p.m. Nov. 25.

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Jim Gaffigan
This hysterically funny man has four cable television specials, including Mr. Universe, Beyond the Pale and King Baby, to his name. The fourth, Obsessed, debuted last year on Comedy Central. He is the author of the bestselling book Dad Is Fat, and most recently published Food: A Love Story. He has appeared in comedies and dramas, including Portlandia, Flight of the Conchords, Law and Order and Bored to Death. Anyone doubting his ability to get a crowd ROTFLing should check out our review of the last time he came to town. Be prepared to laugh, uncontrollably. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com  $49.50-$99.50. 7 p.m. Nov. 25, 7, 9:30 p.m. Nov. 26.

Dark Star
Grateful Dead historians and enthusiasts make up this tributary ensemble, offering tastes of Jerry circa the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. Sure to entice Dead Heads young and not so young, many of Dark Star’s set lists emulate past Grateful Dead shows, enabling fans to vividly dip into their memory banks and relive the essence of the experience. Opening the show are Dennis McNally and Susana Millman. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50-$75. 8 p.m. Nov. 25, 26.

Gene Cornish of The Rascals & Friends
Guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer and Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Gene Cornish performs his hits with keyboardist Billy Alessi, drummer Steve Holly and vocalist Phil Naro. Founding member of Billboard chart-toppers The Rascals, known for hits like “People Got to Be Free” and “How Can I Be Sure?” Cornish and his musician friends bring back the pop rock of the ’60s nightclub The Peppermint Lounge, where they first performed, to show that they still know how to tear the joint up. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. Nov. 26.

Ebi
Known by Ebi, his stage name, the masterful Persian pop singer Ebrahim Hamedi has blown audiences away around the world with his amazing vocal range. Some say Ebi’s a living cultural icon—he certainly has the pipes to justify being called “The Most Beloved Iranian Singer Of All Time.” Born in Tehran, he turned down a chance to become an opera star in Italy so he could pursue a different vocal career in music. Reportedly he was on tour in the United States when the Iranian Revolution deposed the Shah in 1979, and he never returned because his music was not allowed by the hardliners. But you can bet his people back home know it well. Let your ears resonate with his artistry. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $90-$200. 9 p.m. Nov. 26.

Jim Breuer and The Loud and Rowdy
SNL alumnus, stand-up comic, existential Mets fan and native Long-Islander, Jim Breuer is known for his original character “Goat Boy,” his dead-on impressions, and his family friendly stand-up comedy. Here he’s joined by his longtime backing band, The Loud and Rowdy. Blurring rock, metal and wit, this show features hits like “Who’s Better Than Us” and “Sugar Rush,” which are full of comedy, “deranged excitement and infectious exuberance,” as he puts it. Not to be missed. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $12, $15 DOS. 9 p.m. Nov. 26.

Funk Flex
Funk Flex will be kicking out the jams and getting everybody up out of their seats and onto the dance floor to shaky shake and groovy groove till the wee hours of the morn and burnin off those turkey-yam-potato Thanksgiving Feast calories! Bumpity bump bump bump! Get ready to be mesmerized! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $40,$50 DOS. Nov. 26.

Planting Codes: Unleashing Nature’s Healing Powers
Alternative health advocate Gary Null will be in person to present his powerful new documentary exploring how our eating habits are destroying our health and causing irreversible damage to the environment. In his new film, some of America’s leading doctors and their patients speak out about how a plant-based diet can prevent, treat, arrest and cure type 2 diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart disease and many of the leading causes of death and disability. In short, if you don’t eat a Standard American Diet, you don’t get standard American diseases. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 12 p.m. Nov. 27.

Joe Lynn Turner
This New Jersey-born prog-rocker, who’s fronted Rainbow, Mother’s Army, Hugh Turner Project, Sunstorm and so many others, is touring solo. Opening the show are Trainwreck and Red Sun Riot. Come experience rock and roll the way it’s supposed to be: raw, deafening, and bone-shaking to the core! Come and be saved! 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $18-$30. 6 p.m. Nov. 27.

The Brian Setzer 13th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour
The former Stray Cats frontman and hometown rockabilly hero returns to Long Island with his 18-piece orchestra on their Christmas Rocks Extravaganza! tour. The concert will include Setzer’s legendary guitar magic on hits such as “Rock This Town,” “Stray Cat Strut” and much more, as well as his re-imagined and acclaimed Holiday classics. Opening the show is Beat Root Revival, a folk duo that released their self-titled album earlier this year. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 27.

The Word Alive
Metalcore group The Word Alive is touring to promote their fifth album, Dark Matter. With leading Billboard singles “Battle Royale,” “The Wretched” “Made This Way” and “Play the Victim,” fans devastated by Luke Holland’s leaving the band after their November concerts recognize that it makes these last shows with him even more worth seeing. Warming up the crowd are Volumes, Islander, Invent Animate and Basilisk. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $18, $20 DOS. 6 p.m. Nov. 29.

Battlecross
Crossing classic metal with upbeat thrash, Battlecross is a self-described blue-collar thrash metal band known for singles like “Push Pull Destroy,” “Force Fed Lies” and “Never Coming Back.” Through many lineup changes (especially drummers), the band has produced many top-requested singles on Sirius Xm’s Liquid Metal station, and remains committed to high energy performances. Supporting acts include Allegaeon, Necromancing The Stone, Reign of Fear and In Lucid Dreams. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $16, $18 DOS. 7 p.m. Nov. 30.

Alice Hoffman
This bestselling author will be signing copies of her new book Faithful, reading passages and also answering questions from all those in attendance. Come on down and ask Hoffman herself about where the inspiration comes from. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Nov. 30.

Ralphie May
A larger-than-life comedian is guaranteed to dish out larger-than-life hilarity. During this performance, Ralphie tells stories about growing up poor in Clarksville, Ark., dealing with brutal winters with his house having more holes than actual windows, decorating a dead Christmas tree, and getting shafted on presents. His White Trash Christmas Show finds humor in enduring the worst life has to offer. As Ralphie says, “It’s like Bad Santa meets fried bologna sandwiches.” Whoa! That could be an amazing combination. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $29.50-$49.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 30.

Fall Dance Adelphi: Aszure Barton
The Adelphi University students of the Department of Dance present a piece choreographed by Aszure Barton. Hailed by critics and audiences alike, Canadian choreographer Aszure Barton is the founder and director of Aszure Barton & Artists. She has created works for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, and The Martha Graham Dance Company, to name a few. The program will also feature works choreographed by members of the faculty. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), Olmsted Theatre, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $25. Nov. 30-Dec. 4.

Main Art: Jim Breuer and The Loud and Rowdy slay Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall on Nov. 26! (Photo: Jim Breuer official Facebook profile)

-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III

Long Island Christmas Tree Farm Guide 2016

Christmas Tree Farm Long Island

By Natalie Coloprisco

Those shopping for a Christmas tree are once again faced with the same choice: Buy a pre-cut tree from the store, or drive to the East End and chop it down yourself.

Sure, either way the buyer is going home with a tree that will fill the home with that pine-fresh smell and embrace all those special family ornaments. But ask anyone who’s grabbed a saw, marched into the woods and hunted down that perfect Douglas Fir or White Spruce—there’s nothing like chopping down your own Christmas tree.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent-flyer looking for a new farm to try, here are 12 Christmas tree farms on Long Island to visit this holiday season to find that perfect tree:

Carter Christmas Tree Farm
This farm promises old-fashioned holiday fun while cutting down a fresh Christmas tree. Tree wrapping is available for most trees, and handsaws are provided. Varieties include Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine, White Spruce and Norway Spruce, with trees ranging in size from 3 to 9 feet. 123 N. Country Rd., Miller Place. 631-331-4699 cartertreefarm.org 9 a.m. –4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Nov.19-Dec. 18.

Dart’s Christmas Tree Farm
This third-generation historic North Fork family farm is only selling pre-cut Fraser fir and Concolor fir while they wait for trees to grow back following prior years’ harvest in their “Magic Forest.” But they still offer a fittingly festive seasonal family outing, nonetheless. 2355 Main Bayview Rd., Southold. 631-765-4148. dartschristmastreefarm.com 9 a.m.-5 p.m.daily Nov. 25-Dec. 24.

Elwood Christmas Tree Farm
Long Island’s westernmost Christmas tree farm invites you to bring your own saw and search their 22-acre farm for that perfect tree. They also sell pre-cut Frasier Firs. 1500 East Jericho Tpke., Huntington. 631-368-8626. elwoodpumpkinfarm.com 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, 3–7 p.m. Monday-Friday Nov. 25-Dec.24.

Lewin Farms
Travel through the farm on a large tractor-drawn wagon as you search for the perfect tree. Saws are available for rent with a $5 deposit, which is taken off the total purchase. Refreshments and a snack stand are all on site. Pre-cut and “balled” trees also available. Varieties include Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce and White Pine. 812 Sound Ave., Calverton. 631-929-4327. lewinfarm.com 9-4 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 18.

Matt’s Christmas Tree Farm
Guests will be provided with all the tools needed to cut the perfect tree. With a selection of more than 10,000 trees, there will be quite the variety. Trees range in size from 2 to 10 feet. 305 Weeks Ave., Manorville. 631-875-1465. mattschristmastreefarm.com 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 24. Closed Tuesdays.

Mike’s Christmas Tree Farm
A small farm with a huge selection of different trees. Cut the perfect tree accompanied by the sound of Christmas carols. Saws are provided, as well as tree wrapping, and assistance in carrying your tree to the car. Selection includes Norway Spruce, White Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce and more. Dogs on leashes welcome. 323 Weeks Ave., Manorville. 631-874-3551 alsonetworks.com 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 24.

Muller’s Christmas Tree Farm
Selection includes White Pine, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce and White Spruce. Also check out their gift shop! 338 Woodland Ave., Manorville. 631-878-1060.  9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11.

Paul’s Christmas Tree Farm
The wide variety of trees for sale here include Blue Spruce, White Spruce, White Pine, Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce, Concolor Fir, Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir and Canaan Fir. They also sell pre-cut trees, wreaths, potted trees and other novelties in their gift shop. 240 Frowein Rd., Center Moriches. 631-878-8645. ctfany.org 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 24.

Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm
This farm has 45,000 trees chose from, including Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir and Blue Spruce, up to 15-feet tall. On the weekends there will be a special guest appearance from Santa Clause from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s also pony rides, live reindeer that you can feed, and a large retail store filled with gifts, fresh wreaths, custom bows, and more. They’ll even help you chop your tree, carry it to the car, and rope it to the roof. Tailgating, picnics, and dogs on leashes are always welcome. 30105 Main St., Cutchogue. 631-734-8641. santaschristmastreefarm.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm
Enjoy Christmas carols, train rides around the farm, life-sized nutcrackers, a holiday gift shop, a fire pit, and a snack shed. Santa visits 12-5p.m. Saturday and Sunday. They have 5-to-9-foot-tall Douglas Firs, plus pre-cut, “balled” trees, potted Spruces and 4-foot Charlie Brown trees. 20685 Main Rd., Mattituck. 631-298-4619. shamrockchristmastreefarm.com 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec.24.

Tilden Lane Farm
This 225-year old farm has a variety of different trees to choose from. Saws will be provided, and there is plenty of help. 48 Wyckoff St., Greenlawn. They also sell holly and wreaths. 631-261-6392 tildenlanefarm.com 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday Nov. 26, 27, Dec. 3, 4, and Dec. 10, 11

Zuhoski Farms
Cut your own tree with your saw or borrow theirs when you find the perfect one. Enjoy a free cup of hot chocolate or cider and some popcorn while sitting around the fire pit. Pet-friendly, dogs on leashes are always welcome. You can also purchase fresh wreaths, centerpieces and garlands. 11825 Oregon Rd., Cutchogue. 631-734-5036. zuhoskifarms.com 9 a.m.-dusk. Nov. 25-Dec. 24.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016 Guide

Fifty million TV viewers typically watch the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from home, but the experience pales in comparison to watching the floats, entertainers and celebrity performers live, curbside in Manhattan.

Ask anyone who’s gone and they’ll likely give the same response: Those who can join the 3.5 million spectators that line the 2.5-mile parade route should not miss their chance to do so this year for the 90th annual installment. Tony Bennett, Sarah McLachlan, Regina Spektor and De La Soul many more will be performing on some of the 26 floats—not to mention 16 marching bands, 1,1oo dancers, 1,000 clowns and especially Santa Claus!

“This year, as we celebrate 90 years of magical moments, we are truly humbled by the unique role the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade fills in the lives of millions worldwide, and we are thrilled to celebrate this special milestone with a spectacular line-up filled with amazing new and commemorative elements that will continue our storied legacy of unparalleled holiday entertainment,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The 16 giant character balloons—aside from dozens of smaller novelty balloons—include Pikachu, Paddington Bear, Hello Kitty, Spongebob Squarepants and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger.

The parade will be broadcast live starting at 9 a.m. through noon, as usual for those unable to attend. But for those willing to brave the crowds and the cold, here are seven things Long Islanders heading to New York City for Turkey Day need to know:

THE ROUTE: The parade starts on the Upper West Side at the corner of West 77th Street and Central Park West, heading southbound for 18 blocks to Columbus Circle, where it turns left onto Central Park South. Two blocks later, it turns right onto 6th Avenue before continuing another 25 blocks to Macy’s at Herald Square—where West 34th Street, Broadway and 6th Avenue meet.

GETTING THERE: Mass transit is the way to go because only the foolish drive into the city when gridlock is guaranteed there. Long Island Rail Road riders can take the subway to the start of the parade by catching the A or C trains from Penn Station to West 72nd Street. Straphangers can also take the 1, 2 or 3 train from Penn to 59th Street/Columbus Circle, where there is viewing from The Shops at Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center. Since there is no public viewing in Herald Square, LIRR riders looking to get a spot near there should walk north on 7th Avenue from Penn and then one block east on any block north of West 38th Street—or take the 1, 2 or 3 trains to Times Square and walk east to 6th Avenue.

ARRIVE EARLY: Much like the Black Friday sales that follow, the early bird gets the worm. Those hoping to secure a good spot to watch a parade that draws millions of spectators need to stake their claim before dawn—usually by 6 a.m. That ensures being able to get a spot in the front row instead of having to have an obstructed view for hours on end.

VIEWING AREAS: Not all streets are open on both sides. For example, spectators are only allowed on the east side of Central Park West, where the parade runs from about 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. But, the parade is viewable from both sides of 6th Avenue, where it starts at about 9:30 a.m., and spectators should arrive by 7 a.m. The closer to Herald Square, the less likely it is to find a spot—between West 42nd and 59th streets is the best bet for latecomers. TV crews will take over between 34th and 38th streets, so avoid that area. There is also limited public viewing on the south side of West 34th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue.

WHEN NATURE CALLS: Midtown Manhattan is already a tough place to find a bathroom without being forced to buy something at a random restaurant. That will become even harder on parade day. With that in mind, it is best to relieve oneself before wading into the crowd instead of having to give up a good spot if nature calls before the parade ends. Experienced parade-goers skip drinking anything to avoid the urge striking before their favorite floats go by.

STAY WARM: No parade is worth getting hypothermia for. Dress warmly, pack a bag with an extra blanket and prepare for the possibility of bone-chilling temperatures with some hand and feet warmers. Or, just go with someone huggable and count their body heat as something for which to be thankful.

STAY FESTIVE: Don’t be the party pooper who rains on the parade. Since this is a media-saturated event, be prepared to wind up on TV, from live cameras on a float capturing special moments along the route to 360-degree panoramic photos where fans can find themselves part the action.

BONUS: OK, we said this was seven things parade-goers need to know, but here’s one more for those who can’t get enough of the parade and want to see the balloons inflated the night before. Arrive at 3 p.m. Nov. 23 between West 77th and 81st Streets between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. There will be no public viewing from the north side of 81st or the south side of 77th.

5 Thanksgiving 2016 Events on Long Island

Thanksgiving

By Natalie Coloprisco

Thanksgiving is a week away and with it comes a mad dash to prepare for the annual flood of family in town for the feast celebrating the arrival of America’s earliest settlers.

Sometimes, the meaning of the holiday—to be thankful for what you have—gets lost in the rush to make sure the festivities are perfectly executed. So, here’s one more thing to be thankful for: the Long Islanders that organize these Thanksgiving events designed to make sure nobody forgets what the holiday is all about.

What follows is a listing of five Thanksgiving events on Long Island:

Thanksgiving Craft Workshop
Join in creating a beautiful Thanksgiving craft to share with your family during the holiday season. A portion of the class’s fees will go to Island Harvest. Crafttree, 7 Green St., Huntington. craftreeclasses.com $35. 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 19.

2016 Annual Thanksgiving Native American Feast
This celebration held the weekend before Thanksgiving for more than 25 years includes Native American foods, spear throwing, face painting, fire making, pottery making, wigwam and much more, including the museum’s famous popcorn soup! Films about Native American culture will be shown throughout. Activities are appropriate for all ages. Activities are held both indoors and outdoors. Garvies Point Museum, 50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove. garviespointmuseum.com $5 ages 5 and above. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19, 20.

RELATED EVENTS: Thanksgiving 2016 Turkey Trots on Long Island

1863 Thanksgiving Holiday Celebration
Visitors to this re-created mid-19th Century village will be able to enjoy the sights and aromas of an old-fashioned Thanksgiving, including decorated pumpkin pies baked in a beehive oven, and turkey roasted over an open fire. In addition, each afternoon, Traditional Fiddle music will be played and children’s stories will be read. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. nassaucountyny.gov/parks $10 adults, $7 kids are 5 to 12, seniors and volunteer firefighters. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19, 20, 26 and 27.

Who Took Tom The Turkey?  
Everyone is a suspect in the case of the kidnapping most foul. An annual holiday musical sure to delight to children of all ages. BayWay Arts Center, 265 East Main St., East Islip. broadhollow.org $11. 1 p.m. Nov. 23, 25.

Thanksgiving Day-After Beach to Breach Hike
Make the most of your holiday weekend. Walk off those Thanksgiving calories while exploring Fire Island’s dynamic shore. Fire Island National Seashore Wilderness Visitor Center, County Road 46, Shirley. nps.gov Free. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Nov. 25.

Thanksgiving 2016 Turkey Trots on Long Island

By Natalie Coloprisco

Most people think of Thanksgiving as a day for food and family time, but for hundreds of thousands of people across the country, the holiday is also a time for competitive running.

These festive Thanksgiving Day races known as Turkey Trots are often tied to different charitable fundraisers, food drives and other good causes dovetailing with the season of giving.

What follows is a guide to 16 Turkey Trots on Long Island this weekend through Thanksgiving:

7th Annual Massapequa Park Turkey Trot
Brady Park, corner of Lake Shore Drive and Front Street, Massapequa Park. massapequaturkeytrot.com $15-$30. 8:30-10 a.m. Nov. 19.

2016 Matthew’s Turkey Trot 5K & Chicken Run 1K
West Harbor Memorial Beach, West Harbour Dr., Oyster Bay. bayvilleny.gov $25-$30. 9 a.m. Nov. 19.

12th Annual Long Beach City Council Turkey Trot
New York Avenue & Boardwalk, Long Beach. runsignup.com $5-$30. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 20.

Stony Brook University’s 2016 Turkey Trot 5K
Nichols Road, Walter J Hawrys Campus Recreation Center, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook. studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu $15- $25. 9:30 a.m. Nov. 20.

36th Annual Shoreham Wading River Thanksgiving Day Races
Miller Avenue Elementary School, Miller Avenue, Shoreham glirc.com $15-$20. 8 a.m. Nov. 24.

40th Annual “Run for Fun” Turkey Trot
742 Montauk Hwy., Montauk. montaukchamber.com 8 a.m. Nov. 24.

9th Annual NRSP Foundation 1K Turkey Trot for Kids & 5K Run/Walk for the Park
Nissequogue River State Park, 799 Johnland Rd., Kings Park. ourstatepark.com $10. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 24.

TWF’s 2016 Thanksgiving Day Charity Run (Turkey Trot)
American Legion Hall, 1 Mill Dam Rd., Huntington. townwidefund.org $7-$40. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 24.

Garden City’s 2016 Turkey Trot
St. Paul’s School, 285 Stewart Ave., Garden City. gcturkeytrot.com $15-$35. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 24.

41st Annual Port Washington Thanksgiving Day 5 Mile Run (Turkey Trot)
Manorhaven Park, Manorhaven Boulevard, Port Washington. runsignup.com $25-$60. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 24

Massapequa’s 2016 Turkey Trot
John J. Burns Park, Merrick Road, Massapequa. turkeytrotmassapequa.com $10-$35. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 24

9th Annual Smiles Turkey Trot
Corey Beach Park, 1 Corey Ave., Blue Point. runsignup.com $10-$20. 8:45 a.m. Nov. 24

Smithtown Kickers Turkey Trot 2016
Smithtown Elementary School, 51 Lawrence Ave., Smithtown. smithtownkickers.com $10- $25. 9 a.m. Nov. 24.

11th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
Mattituck High School, Main Road, Mattituck. mufsd.com $15-$30. 9 a.m. Nov. 24.

North Shore Turkey Trot
North Shore Community Youth Organization, 200 Glen Head Rd., Glen Head. active.com $5-$25. Nov. 24.

13th Annual St. John the Baptist Run Your Turkey Off
St John the Baptist Diocesan High School, 1170 Montauk Hwy., West Islip. runsignup.com$25. 9 a.m. Nov. 25.

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