Hard Luck Café (Folk Music Concert)
Coffee, lattes and folk!? What a combination, and what a night this will be. The Folk Music Society of Huntington presents a coffeehouse concert featuring local artists. This edition will include eclectic acoustic guitar duo Wicked Karma, fingerstyle guitarist Robert Bruery and singer/songwriter pianist Gail Storm. The Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Avenue, Huntington cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 18.
Teresa Caputo has embedded her way into pop culture’s echelon with her hit TV show Long Island Medium. With her uncanny ability to communicate with the dearly departed, Caputo has helped thousands find closure with their lost loved ones. With a personality as big as her hair, Caputo is an icon Long Island is proud to call our own. Her four-night block of appearances run through Dec. 20. Read Caputo’s recent interview in the Press here. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50-$96. 8 p.m. Dec. 18.
Probably best known for his 1991 smash hit “Wicked Game” and the video that cemented supermodel Helena Christiansen into the hearts and minds of adolescent boys for all eternity, Chris Isaak is a multi-talented rock star and television personality whose understated voice and smooth guitar has been featured in multiple films including True Romance, Blue Velvet and Married to the Mob. This cooler than cool, sexier than sexy musician has a stage presence that drips charisma and a masterful command of his one-of-a-kind Gibson guitar (which has his name inlaid across its body), but its that voice that will bring Long Islanders to see him live. This rockabilly crooner is back in town to put fans in the Christmas spirit during his Holiday Tour 2014. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $55-$85. 8 p.m. Dec. 18.
“The Happy Medium” describes herself as a psychic journalist due to her ability to receive information from spirits with whom she communicates. She is now the host of The Haunting of … and Psychic Intervention on the LMN channel, in which she visits the homes of celebrities with paranormal presence. Russo will be giving live readings to eager audience members. The Boulton Center, 37 Main St., Bay Shore. Boultoncenter.org $55-$65. 8 p.m. Dec. 18.
Trans Siberian Orchestra
The rock orchestra wills out their live debut of The Christmas Attic, a holiday tradition for a new generation. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is returning to Long Island as a stop on their national winter tour. Their unique combination of classical music and rock has captivated audiences and filled arenas. In addition to their worldwide fame, the Orchestra also engages in philanthropic activities, donating at least a dollar of every ticket sold to a local charity. Their concert promises lasers, pyrotechnics, special effects, and a great time for the whole family. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $41-$71. 8 p.m. Dec. 18.
If you’ve never experienced this band live, well, you’re truly missing out. Nothing beats Huntington’s own ska stars. Their gigs are more like celebrations–their addictive brand of ska and rhythm typically inspiring the entire venue to get up and skank skank skank along to their rocksteady beats. Besides being just insanely talented musicians, they’re also just insanely cool dudes, very down to Earth and approachable, whether that’s to share their thoughts on music, advice on playing in a band, or simply to party with. Also rocking out will be Noah’s Arc and Slavery by Consent. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $5. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19.
Peter Pan the Musical
Riding the success from the NBC live show starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walker, the musical based on the J.M. Barrie play is being performed at the CM Performing Arts Center. This classic performance features the famous boy who won’t grow up in the magical world of Neverland and its production runs through January 4. The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Highway, Oakdale. cmpac.com $18-$27. 2 p.m. Dec. 14, Dec. 17, Dec. 20, Dec. 21, Dec. 22, Dec. 23; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19.
George Frideric Handel’s most famous oratorio will be broadcast from a performance in Westminster Abbey. This performance utilizes the London cathedral’s incredible acoustics and promises an evening of beautiful, transcendental music. Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton. guildhall.org Free. 8 p.m. Dec. 19.
Robert Kelly, Dan Soder & Joe List
This holiday-themed stand-up comedy show is headlined by Robert Kelly, known for his recurring role on the hit FX series Louie. Kelly, who will be joined by Dan Soder and Joe List, are all up-and-coming comedians who are looking to enter the A-List. The night is billed as “Laugh Your Snowball Off.” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$35. 8 p.m. Dec. 19.
That’s right, it’s that time of year again: Time to open up the closet, rummage through the boxes and put on that insanely putrid greenish-brown rug with the crusty stains of dried up calamari sauce from last year’s holiday season gathering, the straggler yarns half-yanked out by your brother’s akita and ripped holes from that time you were hopping over the sump fence down by the railroad tracks. Wait. What!? It doesn’t matter how the hell it got that way, really. Perhaps you even bought it down at the thrift store in its present state, well, just because. (Love love love to the thrift stores out there yo!) Regardless, it’s needed now, in all its sham-shackle chaotic and frayed glory. This is an ugly Christmas sweater contest you do not want to miss, featuring live music, poetry, craft beer and holiday sweet treats. Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington. Huntingtonarts.org. $5 suggested donation. 6-10 p.m. Dec. 20.
The hardcore punk-thrash maniacs will undoubtedly stoke the audience into a fevered frenzy, incite moshing and synchronized head-banging while re-affirming all attendees belief that yes, music is divine, and yes, yes indeed, there is still hope. Warming up the crowd will be Bane, Tension, Society’s Downfall, Demon Racer and Gangway! Revolution Bay and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $20. 7 p.m. Dec. 20.
Joe DeGuardia’s STAR Boxing Presents Rockin’ Fights 16
Star Boxing has pretty much solidified its position as a premier producer of some of the region’s most celebrated boxing events, and this special night of brawl and beauty will undoubtedly build upon that reputation yet again, as local brawler Cletus Seldin, aka “The Hebrew Hammer” goes fist-to-fist with “The Mongolian Mongoose” Bayan Jargal. it’s bound to be a compelling night of left hooks and upper-cuts, along with a whole lot of passion. Whether you’re a boxing fan or not, this not-to-be-missed grudge match will surely convert you, or at least inspire you to join a gym. Ouch that looked like it hurt! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50-$200. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20.
This is the only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians that actually shared a stage with The Piano Man himself, namely Mike DelGuidice, and typically has audience members singing along, raising their drinks in the air, rejoicing in their Long Island-ness. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. Muls.com $12. 9 p.m. Dec. 20.
Long Island Pan Jazz Explosion
Steel pans are traditional instruments from Trinidad and Tobago, where musicians strike their indents with rubber sticks, creating reverberating notes that are pleasing to the ear. Although traditionally presented under the genre of Calypso, steel pans will be offered as jazz instrumentals. The Long Island Pan Jazz Explosion, returning after a successful performance in November, features music by Supreme Team, and performances from Andre White and Deverne & the Vintage Soul. Vibe lounge, 60 North Park Ave., Rockville Centre. Vibeloungeli.com $20. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21.
NY Jazz Mission
The New York Jazz Mission is a band whose primarily goal involves spreading the jazz music to the world. They will accomplish just that in their holiday-themed concert at Islip’s gem-of-a-spot, Treme jazz club. Featuring Allison Jeanes on vocals, the New York Jazz Mission will do what they do best–-spread cheer through mastery of the genre. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. Tremeislip.com Free. 7 p.m. Dec. 21.
Jewish Orthodox teachings, reggae and hip-hop combine to create the otherworldly musical deity that is Matisyahu, a Hebrew name that translates to “Gift of God.” Touring in support of his latest, Akeda, a collection of songs Matisyahu himself describes as possessing a “stripped back sound,” expect salvation via the divinity of music and self-expression. Festival of Light Tour The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$55. 8 p.m. Dec. 21.
Max & Ruby Nutcracker Suite
Max and Ruby have been delighting children on television since 2002. Now, they are hitting the road and coming to Long Island with an all-new show based on the Tchaikovsky ballet. It features Max and Ruby’s typical bunny adventures as well as ballet performances from around the world. It is guaranteed to entertain everyone in your family, from the youngest to the oldest members. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $9.50-$62.50. 1 p.m., 4 p.m. Dec. 21.
Explore NASA’s New Orion Spacecraft
Take the “Next Giant Leap” by learning about NASA’s new Orion spacecraft, which is intended for exploration beyond low-earth orbit, and one day even travel to Mars. This is NASA’s first space exploration project in more than 40 years, since the days of Apollo! Guests will explore the different parts and functions of the Orion spacecraft, as well as the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will be launching the manned Orion missions in the future. Young space explorers will experiment with different house-hold materials to create and take home their own Orion heat shield, learn what is needed to live in space, and sign their name to our Orion “#I’m on Board” banner. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Museum Row, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofavaition.org Price of admission. 12-4 p.m. Dec. 22-Jan. 2.
The Country Music Hall of Famer has charted more than 120 hits across multiple genres of music and remains one of the top-selling artists of all time. Expect a mix of classics and fan favorites, such as “The Gambler,” of course, and newer gems, spanning his more than half-century as one of America’s greatest song-storytellers. Not to be missed. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $32.50-$62.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 23.
Bijan Mortazavi & Shahram Solati
Imagine one of the most mind-bending Iranian violinists ever born joined forces with one of the most talented Iranian songstresses ever born and the two formed a band. Yes, this is that unimaginable realm. ANd yes, you are supremely invited to experience it. You’re welcome, dear seekers of all that is truth and beauty. You’re welcome, indeed. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $65-$125. 9 p.m. Dec. 24.
—Compiled by Ryan Dobrin, Jaime Franchi, Spencer Rumsey, Rashed Mian, Timothy Bolger & Zack Tirana