Bubbles and Oysters
Shuck copious amounts of savory oysters and wash down Long Island’s legendary delicacy with smooth bubbly as you gyrate to live music and mingle and laugh while enjoying all of the evening’s festivities. A little advice: Practice before you show up, because Long Islanders know how to shuck with the best of them. And that’s no jive. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50. 6 p.m. April 30.
The English Beat & Easy Star All-Stars
For one night, you’ll navigate through the industrial Birmingham home of one of the most socially conscious British bands of its time and then descend into a harmonious reggae-provoked daze thanks to two groups with decades of combined experience. The English Beat, the British band that burst on the scene in 1979, is traveling from across the pond and bringing the British Two Tone Ska movement with them. The versatile reggae band Easy Star All-Stars has been busy in recent years—playing in more than 30 countries and maintaining a bustling 100-show schedule per year. It’s going to be a magical night, indeed. Warming up the crowd are The Skints and Underwater Sounds. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$45. 7 p.m. Apr. 30.
Not For Sale
This documentary is about what modern-day abolitionists are doing to fight the rampant terrors of human trafficking in the US and abroad. Directly following the movie, a very informative group of experts will share their knowledge, including Judge Ukeiley, who was the presiding judge for the Human Trafficking Court of Suffolk; Matthew Okerblom, who has been involved in the Federal end of legislation dealing with human trafficking; Shannon Speed, project coordinator of Safe Harbour, and local agencies working with victims and survivors. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7 p.m. Apr. 30.
Art in Marriage
An opening reception for an exhibit of Arthur and Edith Bernstein’s work. The exhibit combines the sculpture work of Mr. Bernstein and afghans made by Mrs. Bernstein. Itt runs through May 18. Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington huntingtonarts.org Free. 6 p.m. May 1.
Abba the Concert
You won’t be getting ABBA, but you’ll be getting the next best thing. The Swedish pop group dazzled fans for decades, selling more than 370 million units worldwide and reaching the pinnacle of music stardom in 2010, when it was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But the cover band won’t disappoint. Get ready for such hits as “Mamma Mia,” “SOS,” “Money, Money, Money,” and of course, “Dancing Queen”—the Press newsroom’s favorite. Tirana especially enjoys sprawling on the floor as he bangs out move after move to the delight of his fellow revelers. What a ham, that Tirana. Hot-diggity damn, son, where he get those grooves!? NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 8 p.m. May 1.
Not to be confused with American hero Sam Adams—you know, the radical revolutionary and second cousin to President John Adams, who would become one of the Founding Fathers of this glorious nation. (Okay, so maybe we went off on a little bit of a tangent there—sorry.) Sammy Adams is a young rapper with a unique style with an impressive social media presence. He burst upon the scene (sort of like Sam) and has captured the imaginations of thousands of passionate fans. And he’s really excited about coming to Long Island:
Paramount , LONG ISLAND !!!!!! MAY 1st !!!!! Link in bio !!!!! https://t.co/KBqge5BgEO
— Sammy Adams (@SammyAdams) April 29, 2015
Opening the show is DEPO. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $22-$45. 8 p.m. May 1.
Perhaps best known for her role on AMC’s mega-hit zombie apocalypse drama The Walking Dead, Emily Kinney is coming to Long Island to show off her other talents. Kinney, as Walking Dead fans may not know, is a talented musician, who left her home state of Nebraska to study theatre at New York University. Kinney scored off-Broadway gigs before landing a spot on Broadway’s musical adaptation of “Spring Awakening.” Despite her presence on one of TV’s most-watched shows, Kinney finds time to write her own songs and, in 2013, released her second EP, titled Expired Love. This gig’s for music and zombie fans alike. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. Boultoncenter.org $20-$25. 8 p.m. May 1.
Coney Island Burlesque, Spring Edition, is a campy and sexy revival of the most glorious and notorious of “girlie revues” in Coney Island history. A perfect fit for our sumptuous decor, against a blend of old-style burlesque, sideshow freaks, strange women, new vaudeville and toe-tappin’ music. But note this: This show is 18 and over. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $34. 8 p.m. May 1.
2015 RXR Long Island Marathon
Festivities kick off Friday, May 1 in a the weekend-long run-up to Sunday’s 26-mile race, half-marathon and 10k. A 5k, 1-mile run and Kids Fun Run are scheduled for Saturday. Mitchel Athletic Complex, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Uniondale. thelimarathon.com Times vary. May 1-3.
Liberty Deep Down
One of the coolest “boy bands” around, Liberty Deep Down features twin brothers, Halen and Noah Bouhadana, plus Dom Frissora, Dalton Dye and Brian Goins, all out of the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. Three of the young men graduated from high school just last year, so they’re still fresh with all the crazy stuff adolescents gotta go through as they, yikes, grow older! Already they’re trying to evolve beyond their “teeny bop” sound and embrace something more mature to appeal to a larger audience, while drawing upon their love for hard rock and roll. “Bad Girl” marked their first single from their EP, and now they’re out touring in support of their debut album Blackout, with another hit in the making, “On Fire (Rain).” Catch them on their way up! Opening acts include In Development, Morell Brown and The Individuals. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12. 2:30 p.m. May 2.
The Big Time
This earnest young band hails from Altoona, Pennsylvania, with a big pop rock/alternative sound full of heart and passion. Starting in 2009, they’ve taken their “The Almost Famous Tour” to points south, east and west, getting noticed along the way and inspiring legions of new fans. With Derek Mrdjenovic on vocals and guitar, brothers Brandon Porta on guitar and Aaron Porta on drums, and Dylan Auerbeck on bass, The Big Time (aka TBT) has released four albums, with their last one, Imaginary Heart, coming out last September and a new one on the way. We are especially taken with their t-shirt: “The Big Time Doesn’t Suck.” No, they definitely don’t! Their time is now! Supporting line-up includes The Resolution, An Honest Year, Count To Ten, Matt Weiss, One-Click Waiting and Red Tide. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. amityvillemusichall.com $12, $15 DOS. 4:30 p.m. May 2.
Former White House Press Secretary and current co-host of Fox’s The Five will sign her new book And The Good News Is... The author reveals the lessons she’s learned that have guided her through life, including stories from behind the scenes at the White House with President George W. Bush that the cameras never captured. The Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. May 2.
Bill O’Reilly & Dennis Miller Don’t Be A Pinhead Tour
How the truth marches on! Ready or not, here come those two very funny—or very serious depending on the subject—conservative white men on a mission, telling it like it is, scaring liberals to death, and making the bleeding hearts cry out to make them stop. But you know damn well that this dynamic duo won’t cease delivering their mix of scathing political commentary and sizzling social satire until they’ve done their duty: telling Americas not to be pinheads! It’s inspiring for the like-minded and infuriating for the nitwits—and you know who they are! Besides, let’s be perfectly frank, they’re not allowed in! Why not? Because it’s just going to be too much for their puny little brains to process. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $53-$133. 8 p.m. May 2.
The Fab Faux
Take five of the hardest-working musicians in NYC and give them the artistic freedom to explore the Beatles’ musical magic in a way you never imagined possible, and you’ll begin to discover what makes the Fab Faux’s shows so astounding. Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke called them “the greatest Beatles cover band without the wigs,” adding that they “invigorate the artistry of even the Beatles’ most intricate studio masterpieces with top chops and Beatlemaniac glee.” Grammy Award-wining Will Lee on bass spent two decades playing in Paul Shaffer’s CBS Orchestra on The Late Show with David Letterman. He’s joined by Rich Pagano on drums and vocals, who’s played with Patti Smith, Robbie Robertson and Ray Davies, to name a few. Frank Agnello has played guitar with Marshall Crenshaw, Phoebe Snow and Jill Sobule, among others. Jimmy Vivino is a well-known guitarist and arranger in the New York music scene, having worked closely with Conan O’Brien. Jack Petruzzelli is a multi-instrumentalist talent on guitar and keyboards who’s recorded and toured with artists like Rufus Wainwright, Joan Osborne and Patti Smith. These guys will be accompanied by the four-piece Hogshead Horns and Crème Tangerine Strings. Since they came together in 1998, they’ve been making fabulous live music ever since. Here they’ll be performing what they call “the Glorious Hodgepodge Show,” including the Beatles’ early greats to their later symphonic masterpieces. They may be the walrus but all you need is love. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $59-$89. 8 p.m. May 2.
Jake Walker Band
They call Jake Walker the “ambassador of New York Blues,” because he’s been there and done that in the city he loves. He’s wowed audiences all over the world with his guitar prowess and singing that is simultaneously deeply soulful, moving and grooving. With a repertoire that ranges from Chicago’s South Side to Stax/Volt studios in Memphis to the Big Easy’s R&B, Walker pays tribute to the great blues masters that went before him but takes a uniquely nuanced approach that is all his own going forward. Some have compared his playing on his debut album, Confidence Man, to Freddie King, Albert King and Otis Rush. Walker gives the Blues Gods their due in the only way he knows how: to play the music with all the talent he can muster. And there’s a lot of artistry in his fingertips alone. This guy is destined for greatness, and his backup band is one of the best around. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. May 2.
The actor, comedian and host of The Best Damn Sports Show Period and CMT’s My Big Redneck Wedding and famed ex-husband of Roseanne Barr will take to the stage to perform his unscripted stand-up that promises to poke fun at his Midwest past, examine his marital follies and expose absurd Hollywood stories from his life participating in more than 100 films. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $47-$57. 8 p.m. May 2.
Long Island Geek Convention
Actors from The Hobbit, Guardians of the Galaxy, Game of Thrones and more are among the celebrities slated to appear at the Island’s newest sci-fi and fantasy convention. Aside from the celebrity Q&As, cosplay and trivia contests, panel discussions range from talks on Batman, Star Trek, Star Wars, Legos, Doctor Who, X-Files, Twin Peaks, American Horror Story and The Avengers, among many more. May the force be with you! Long Island MacArthur Airport, 100 Arrival Ave., Ronkonkoma. longislandgeek.com $10-$55. Times vary. May 2, 3.
The Silent Portrait of Michael Brannigan
A profound and intimate look at the lives of Northport’s Brannigan family, and the unique challenges and opportunities they face with their son Mikey, a high school track champion with autism. The movie screens with the Brannigan family and the director, Devon Narine-Singh, a Northport High School senior. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $7 members, $9 students, $12 public. 11 a.m. May 3.
Print Up Ladies
An opening reception will be held for this exhibit of contemporary works created by female artists exploring various printmaking techniques both traditional and non-traditional. Works explore various themes including gender, the body, identity, politics, fantasy and the environment, often with playfulness and humor. Various printmaking forms are used and include traditional woodcut, screen-printing and layered mono-prints. Through June 1. Islip Art Museum, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. Islipartmuseum.org Free. 1 p.m. May 3.
Let’s Swing: The Artie Shaw Orchestra
This big band orchestra plays in homage to one of the country’s finest jazz clarinetists: Artie Shaw, who passed away in 2004. Inspired by his raw talent and incredible success, including his 1938 recording of Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine,” the Artie Shaw Orchestra performs with skilled aplomb and keeps audiences “swinging.” Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $25. 3 p.m. May 3.
This British new wave band, famously inspired by the New Romantic movement of the 1970s, is perhaps best known for their 1983 No. 1 single “True.” After a 20-year break up, the band reformed in 2010 and hasn’t looked back since. Audiences have welcomed back these legendary performers. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. May 3.
This South African rock band is perhaps best known for their hits “Remedy,” “Fake It” and “Country Strong.” You can hear influences of American grunge rock in each of their recordings, resurrecting slivers of Nirvana and Alice in Chains. And it’s no wonder: Shaun Morgan, Seether’s lead singer/songwriter, is a huge fan of the late Kurt Cobain. With special guests Tremonti & Red Sun Rising. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$45. 7:30 p.m. May 6.
You haven’t heard heavy metal until you’ve heard Swedish heavy metal–amirite? In Flames is the natural progression of the Swedish death metal band Ceremonial Oath into more melodic and mellow (by comparison) territory. With 11 studio albums, three EPs and a live DVD since 1990, these prolific rockers know how to inspire head-banging nirvana. (This is a very, very good thing.) Opening the show are All That Remains and Periphery. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $25. 7:30 p.m. May 6.
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten
Alternately exhilarating and haunting, John Pirozzi’s amazing documentary reveals the lost glories of Cambodian Rock and Roll through the eyes, words and songs of its popular music stars of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. He will appear at the screening. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $75 members, $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. May 6.
—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Jaime Franchi, Rashed Mian, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III