Russia invaded the Crimean peninsula, so now these Ukrainian gypsy punk Wonderlust Kings from the Lower East Side are invading Long Island with their surreal musical debauchery, melding folk, punk and even accordian/violin/saxophone-infused dub. It’s only fair. Don’t forget to wear purple. Opening the show is Low Cut Connie. These good-time warlords are known for absolutely mind-bending shows full of positive energy and nonstop dancing. This gig is most definitely one for the books. Not to be missed! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$50. 8 p.m. Dec. 29.
These Long Island metal-hardcore hellraisers have been delivering scorching rock since their formation in 2007. They have earned a reputation for delivering powerful performances that will stick with you long after the gig. Think Sabbath and Slayer in a head-on collision with Biohazard and Pantera, zapped with a defibrillator from Sepultura. Yeah. Expect to be crushed. With All But Impossible, WestNyle and John Byrnes Band. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12. 7 p.m. Dec. 29.
These Maryland-based indie rockers who have been dishing out sonic ear candy since the mid-’90s will undoubtedly play all their hits during this two-night “XXmas Wish List” stand, including “Hey Girl,” “This Town” and “Shattered (Turn the Car Around).” Touring in support of their latest drop, XX, expect an unforgettable night of some really catchy tunes and plenty of singing along! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50- $89.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 29 & 30.
13th Annual Girl Scouts of Suffolk County’s Holiday Light Show
Grab your friends and family and drive through this dazzling annual holiday light extravaganza, featuring a vast array of multi-colored lights, decorations and displays guaranteed to amaze, astonish and lift the holiday spirit! Thanks, Girl Scouts of Suffolk, for lighting up our lives! Smith Point County Park, 1 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley. holidaylightshow.org $20 per car; $70 per coach and school bus. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 29 & 30.
This hilarious funnyman, actor and director has taken his comedy show to Carnegie Hall, The Village Gate, and several local TV shows. He always leaves his audiences in absolute stitches. Also known for his appearances on Fox’s Comic Strip Live and HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, George is all about being uncool and not trying to fit in. For some reason that resonates with us. We don’t know why. So come prepared to laugh, uncontrollably. You know we will! The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $15. 8 p.m. Dec. 30.
Bumpin’ rhythms and slick, smooth and spitfire lyrical smorgasbords define this stellar night of grooves and tunes, bound to kick 2016, well, right in the tuckus! Dance dance dance the night away with these high-energy acts, including TKA, Noel, Trilogy, Rockell, Joe Zangie and Soave. Guaranteed: You will be compelled to raise your arms up in the air, laugh loudly, and bop hard till the early morn! You will be floored! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $25. 10 p.m. Dec. 30.
These blues rock-cover maestros have been mesmerizing audiences at clubs and private events across Long Island. Performing material spanning Rod Stewart to the great John Prine, Blue Tourmaline perform powerfully led by strong female vocals. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Dec. 30.
These ’90s British rockers are out to reclaim their title of “Sonic Ear Candy Purveyors” in a big way, performing their comeback album The Sea of Memories, their first release in 20 years (its track “The Sea of Winter” topped the charts for six weeks), as well as all their popular earlier hits. Bush rose to success two decades ago, selling close to 20 million records in the US and Canada alone, and pumping out 18 consecutive Top 40 Hit Singles on the Modern and Mainstream Rock charts, including “Comedown,” “Glycerine,” “Machinehead,” “Swallowed,” “The Chemicals Between Us” and “The Sound of Winter.” True, frontman Gavin Rossdale definitely needs to have his head examined after allegedly cheating on Gwen Stefani with a look-a-like nanny (who’s is at the center of their ongoing divorce), but perhaps he’ll channel all that frustration and misplaced angst into a really show-stopping performance! There’s no beating around it: Bush is back in town. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $54.50- $149.50. 10 p.m. Dec. 31.
Kamran, Hooman and Sepideh
Canadian-Iranian brothers Kamran and Hooman Jafari pair up with Iranian-American pop singer Sepideh of the group Black Cats (which Kamran and Hooman were briefly part of) to sing all their collective hits, including Kamran and Hooman’s “Iran, Iran” and tracks off Sepideh’s Beauty and the Beat and No Fear. Prepare to be mesmerized! Prepare to be teleported! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $75-$125. 8 p.m. Dec. 31.
A New York State Parks’ naturalist will lead visitors on a 90-minute leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the way, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine biology. Dress appropriately and wear comfortable footwear. Binoculars are recommended. Bring water, too. Similar hikes are scheduled every weekend. Don’t miss out on this incredible chance to witness these extraordinary whiskered (and oh-so cute!) creatures all up-close and personal! No petting allowed, though! Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, Jones Beach State Park Field 1, Ocean Parkway. nysparks.com $3-$4. 1:30 p.m. Jan. 1.
New Year’s Day Hike
What better way to ring in 2017 than by taking a brisk, invigorating walk along the beach? Those looking to sweat out their New Year’s hangovers can join one of two hikes on either end of Fire Island starting at the same time. One sets off from the Fire Island Wilderness Center at the entrance to Smith Point County Park and goes to the breach, aka New Inlet. The other begins at Robert Moses State Park Field 5 and goes to the Fire Island Lighthouse. Fire Island National Seashore, Fire Island. nps.gov Free. 10 a.m. Jan. 1.
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New Year’s Hike
Start the year off by learning about Long Island’s winter habitats with a guided nature hike. Pre-registration required. Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Rte 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. www.CSHfishhatchery.org $4-$6. 11 a.m., 2 p.m. Jan. 2.
Let’s Celebrate The New Year!
With a mission of encouraging visitors to explore the maritime realm and learn about science, this special hands-on interactive event will transform children’s imaginations into a deeper understanding of geometry and its countless applications to daily life. Participants (children 2 to 12 years old; though all ages are welcome) will discover these extraordinary principles and even design their own Times Square Ball! Wow! Maritime Explorium, Port Jeff Harbor, 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson. maritimeexplorium.org $5; members and children under 1 year of age are Free. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Jan. 2
Promise of Redemption
A solo side project of Shane Henderson, the voice behind Valencia, Promise of Redemption plays acoustic, ambient pop that has the extraordinary ability to not only lift people from their seats and get them groovin’ along, but also somehow lifts up their souls. With the release of Lights That Flicker Will Surely Fade and When Flowers Bloom, Henderson artfully crafts songs about love and hope that fascinate, amaze and inspire. Warming up the crowd are Triangle Shirt Factory, Self Help Me, Amboy and The Phoenix Within. Wow. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. amityvillemusichall.net $12. 7 p.m. Jan. 4.
Starring Long Island’s own Natalie Portman, Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s Jackie transports viewers through the turmoil and tragedy of the JFK assassination and its immediate aftermath as experienced by Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. It’s a powerful, moving, and fascinating depiction of America’s First Lady during one of its darkest hours, and Portman brings a depth to her role that is guaranteed to amaze, and enlighten. Here’s a primer before heading in: Read Jackie O: LI’s First Lady. A must-see, indeed. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org Public: $12; Students & Seniors: $9; Children 12 & under: $5. Members: Check website. Noon, 2:20 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:20 p.m. Through Jan. 5.
Norman Rockwell and Friends: American Illustrations from the Mort Künstler Collection
Featuring illustrations from such masters from the Golden Age of American Illustration as: Dean Cornwell, Howard Chandler Christy, Maxfield Parrish, Charles Dana Gibson, Howard Pyle, Edwin Austin Abbey, Winslow Homer, N.C. Wyeth, J.C. Leyendecker, and of course, Norman Rockwell, among others, this extraordinary exhibit highlights not only dozens of wondrous works, but underscores the significance they played in influencing the minds and shaping the beliefs of an ever-literate public. Think about how omnipresent TV, Facebook, Twitter and digital media are today (to truly grasp an understanding of this, as well as its pitfalls, Read Information Overload: Fake News in The Era of Online Propaganda & Disinformation). These works were as significant, back then. Fascinating. Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. heckscher.org Check website for price of admission. Through March 5.
-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III
Featured Art: Gypsy punk warlords Gogol Bordello invades The Space at Westbury on Dec. 29! (Photo: Cambria Harkey, Gogol Bordello official Facebook profile)