Do This: Long Island Events June 26 – July 2


Sandcastle Contests
“Castles made of sand melt into the sea, eventually,” as Jimi Hendrix soulfully sang. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enter our sand castles into contests before the waves wash them away. Sculptors may use sand, water and any other natural materials native to the beach. Prizes are awarded for the best sculptors and castles in several categories. Hither Hills State Park, 164 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk. nysparks.com/parks/122 Free. 9:30-10:30 a.m. registration June 26 and every Thursday through Aug. 28

Iron & Wine with The Secret Sisters
The secret’s out: Laura and Lydia Rogers are real-life sisters from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, a legendary locale of down-home music, and they’ve been harmonizing with a special blend of country and Americana ever since they learned to sing. They open for the evocative Iron & Wine, featuring singer/songwriter Sam Beam, whose lush, golden tones recreate a late 1960s vibe with other influences that range far and wide from other times. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$65. 8 p.m. June 26

Huntington Arts Festival
The 49th season of this 40-night run of outdoor performances kicks off this weekend with some fabulous crooning Huntington Men’s Chorus on Thursday. Then rock ’n’ roll legend Garland Jeffreys brings down the house on Friday. He’s followed by the great singer/songwriter Jimmy Webb on Saturday and the innovative Ethiopian/Israeli vocalist Ester Rada on Sunday. Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park, Huntington. huntingtonarts.org. Free. 8:30 p.m. June 26-29

The English Beat
Soulful, ska-inspired fusion of reggae and punk. Lyrics that touch upon romance and politics—all handled to perfection by iconic lead singer Dave Wakeling, the humble king of rock-steady royalty. This Beat you can dance to. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amaganset. stephentalkhouse.com $80. 8 p.m. June 27

onguardJRJoseph Reboli Exhibit
On the 10th anniversary of his death comes an exhibition celebrating the life of the late North Shore-based painter who embraced the Long Island landscape. His work features balance, harmony and an unflinching eye for detail inform his iconic paintings as he captured the beauty and nature of the local historic area without sentimentality. Exhibit on display through July 14. Opening reception precedes Wet Paint Festival held every year in Reboli’s honor at Avalon Park and Preserve, Stony Brook and Harmony Vineyard, Head of the Harbor, July 11-13. Gallery North, 90 North Country Rd., East Setauket. gallerynorth.org Free. 5-7 p.m. June 27

Texas Chainsaw Massacre
This grizzly classic horror flick will have you hiding beneath your covers for the entire summer, wishing you’d never seen such frightening, gruesome and disturbing cinematography. All the reasons to spend your Friday night here, witnessing such bone-chilling insanity in all its freaky glory, up on the big screen, preferably with a loved one. You’re welcome. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $6 Members/$11 Public. 11 p.m. June 27

Artist Discussion
The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) will host a panel discussion on the Role of the Artist before an opening reception for an exhibit that launched June 21 and runs through July 27. Moderated by Robert Storr, in conversation with Tina Barney, Lynda Benglis, Chuck Close, Joel Shapiro and Carrie Mae Weems. Panel at 3 p.m., reception at 4 p.m. Museum at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. guildhall.org Free. 3-6 p.m. June 28

Shinnecock Powwow
Native-American arts & crafts, music and heritage. First powwow to promote the legacy of St. Priest Paul Cuffee. Shinnecock-Sewanaka Society, 304 Station Rd., Bellport. shinnecocksewanakasociety.org $5. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 28, 29

Drive-By Truckers
Atlanta-based alt-country rockers touring to promote their 10th album, English Oceans. With Brooklyn’s The Hold Steady. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30  8 p.m. June 28

ForeignersStyx / Foreigner / Don Felder
Classic rock fans get ready to rock out to Foreigner, who’ll be playing their hit classics, such as “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice” and “Urgent,” with supporting acts Styx and Eagles’ guitarist Don Felder on their Soundtrack of Summer tour. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $37.15-$99.85. 7 p.m. June 28

Long Island Music Conference
Get down to business and bust a move as DJ Decoy spins all night. With the Gia, Kulture Shock, Kevlar & Corvaa. Hosted by Suicide Girls & Big Ang. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15, $20 DOS. 10 p.m. June 28

This 20-year reunion revives the sometimes trippy, other times dark fun at since-shuttered Deer Park nightclub of the same name from the ‘90s. Leave the Jncos, take the glow sticks. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $15, $20 DOS. revolutionli.com 9:30 p.m, June 28

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Swing on down to the beach to see these Big Band Revival performers best known for the hits “Go-Daddy-O,” “Mr. Pinstripe Suit” and “I Wanna Be Like You.” Includes car show, food stand, fireworks display and tribute to veterans. Point Lookout Town Park, 1300 Lido Blvd., Point Lookout. toh.li. Free. 7:30 p.m. June 28

OneRepublic / The Script / American Authors
OneRepublic, known for their Hip-Hop-influenced sound, is coming together with The Script, an Irish rock trio with true Celtic soul and American Authors, a Brooklyn-based indie pop-rock group, for OneRepublic’s Native Summer Tour. Together, the three bands have come out with successful singles like “Counting Stars,” “Hall of Fame” and “Best Day of My Life.” This unique collection of sounds will please any listener. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. jonesbeach.com. $69-$134.86. 6:30 p.m. June 29

Boston / Cheap Trick
Boston—the band, not the city—is on the road for its Heaven on Earth tour, and the band is bringing along fellow rockers Cheap Trick. Both bands have gained acclaim over the past four decades. Fans will recognize Boston’s hits like “Peace of Mind,” “More Than a Feeling” and “Amanda.” They’’ also enjoy Cheap Trick’s performances of classics “Surrender” and “The Flame.” It’s sure to be a high-energy show. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. jonesbeach.com.$37.50-$112.50. 7:30 p.m. July 1

Bill Maher
The Host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher is bringing his biting commentary to Long Island. Almost nothing is safe from the ire of this satirical stand-up comedian who famously tackles religion and politics (and political correctness) in intellectual take-downs of the right wing that will leave you in stitches—and with food for thought. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$96. 8 p.m. June 29

The Skatalites
Simmer down! The legendary Jamaican band has backed such icons as Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert and Peter Tosh over the past half century, but remain a musical force of their own, even if there have been a few lineup changes. Wear your dancing shoes. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amaganset. stephentalkhouse.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. July 2

—Compiled by Arielle Martinez, Jamie Franchi, Spencer Rumsey, Timothy Bolger & Peter Chin.