Pope Francis Speech Viewing Party
Long live the Pope! Long live the Pope! Long live the Pope! Don’t watch Pope Francis’ televised speeches alone as he makes his historic visit to the US. Join this viewing party and interfaith discussion that will follow after he becomes the first pope to address Congress at 9:20 a.m. Thursday with the discussion expected an hour later. The next viewing party starts at 8:30 a.m. Friday, when Pope Francis addresses the United Nations, three hours before he leads an interfaith prayer service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Hofstra University Cultural Center Theater, North Campus, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. hofstra.edu Free. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. September 24, 25.
These New Hampshire-based, Ramones-esque punk stalwarts will lovingly assault Long Island’s ears with their catchy, power chord-fueled sonic assault. This is a Press Music Critic Zack Tirana “Must Go To” gig, so best to raise that glass high once you’re there! Warming up the crowd will be Nobodys, Boogie Brains, Filthy Twolips and Yum-Yuckers. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/revolution-bar-music-hall $12, $15 DOS. 7 p.m. September 24.
Since Bob Marley’s untimely death in 1981, his backing band, The Wailers, have continued to perform his greatest hits and albums in full. Although you could never replicate Marley’s distinctive sound, The Wailers are literally the next best thing. Bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett was not only recognized as the musical leader of the group, but was Marley’s most trusted bandmate, performing and arranging countless hits in the 1970s. Get ready to groove! The Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49. 8 p.m. September 24.
Looking Through A Glass Onion: Deconstructing The White Album
Scott Freiman takes Beatles fans young and old into the studio with The Beatles as they create their bestselling album, The Beatles (commonly referred to as The White Album). Scott traces the creation of some of the Fab Four’s most memorable songs, such as “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Revolution,” from demo to final version. Scott also covers the recording of “Hey Jude,” the Beatles’ most successful single. Scott discusses the studio techniques used by The Beatles during 1968 and share many examples of rare audio and video of the Beatles in action. Will some of Press Music Critic Zack Tirana’s favs “Rocky Raccoon,” “Blackbird” and “Long, Long, Long” also be discussed? Only one way to find out, fellow Moppler-Topplers! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $17. 9 p.m. September 24.
Long Beach International Film Festival
This cinematic extravaganza will screen an international collection of films, including feature-length narratives, documentaries, shorts and animations that will compete for a series of Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards. A new addition for 2015 LBIFF includes the Joan Jett Music Film Series. Various locations in Long Beach and Rockville Centre. longbeachfilm.com $10-$200. Times vary, September 24-27.
A Lens on Life
This is an opening reception for an art exhibit featuring the works of Robert Scott, who created a variety of images, including the faces of people, animals, and outcrops of stone. Robert has shown his work in private collections as well as several solo and group exhibitions in galleries such as Neptune Photography, Adelphi University, Barnes Gallery and the Ashok Jain Gallery. Plan to be amazed and inspired. Runs through Oct. 10. Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington. huntingtonarts.org 6 p.m. September 25.
Kids’ dreams are now coming true since the favorite musical kid group is performing live! Putting on a fun, creative, and enjoyable show for all ages. Bring the whole family to get a-jiggly with the Wigglies! This Australian group entertains all over the world. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollor Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $22.50-$29.50. 7 p.m. September 25.
This tribute band covering the influential 1970s British rock band channels the spirit of the late great Freddie Mercury. Opening the show is Unforgettable Fire, a tribute to U2. Wow. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. September 25.
This American blues and folk songwriter produces his own sound, also deriving creativity from modern poetry and philosophy. Touring in support of the 14th record of his career, get ready to rock out! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $25-$30. 8 p.m. September 25.
The Long Island Fair
Races and contests, animal viewing, wagon/pony/camel riding, and a scarecrow building contest; this smorgasbord of events and competition is enjoying its 173rd year! One of the oldest fairs in the United States, there are also games, crafts, and even a sawing competition. 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, Long Island. Lifair.org $8-$12. Friday- 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday- 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. September 25-27.
In this day of watered-down comedy Nick Di Paolo’s brutally honest performances remind us of what great stand-up should be: funny, socially relevant, and a little bit reckless. Nick began his career in his hometown of Boston and two years later made the jump to New York, where he found his seething, sarcastic style welcomed with open arms by New York audiences. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $25. 9 p.m. September 25, 26.
Brain Aneurysm Awareness Walk
This 7th annual walk benefits the Brain Aneurysm Foundation and North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute Brain Aneurysm Center. Help combat this serious condition and spread some hope! Field 5 at Jones Beach, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $25. 8:30 a.m. September 26.
Drum-Taps: Civil War Soldier Stories
NYU Professor Karen Karbiener presents the tragic history of a Civil War soldier, whose life lay in poet Walt Whitman’s hands during his days as a volunteer nurse. Brian Matthew Jordan reads from his new book, Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War, based on soldiers’ words extracted from letters, recollections and reflections. Artist Mort Künstler will present a slideshow and answer questions on his historic interpretive art, including his work “Angel of the Battlefield: Clara Barton with Walt Whitman at Chatham, December 15, 1862.” Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington. waltwhitman.org Free. 2 p.m. September 26.
Nominated three times for a Grammy and having 20 albums with her sublime music, this will be a touching performance that will leave audiences breathless. She is one of the few female artists that ever received an MBE, been honored by the queen, as well as being nominated for the Brit Award. This famous musician is enjoyed all over the world and will be on Long Island to continue sharing her music and her journey. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollor Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $40-$75. 8 p.m. September 26.
The Bacon Brothers
Golden Globe Award-winning actor Kevin Bacon and his brother, Emmy Award-winning composer Michael Bacon, have been performing as The Bacon Brothers for more than 20 years. The band has gigged relentlessly to build up a following and have released seven albums and a live concert DVD. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. PatchogueTheatre.org $45-$85. 8 p.m. September 26.
Fourth Annual Global Citizen Festival
This isn’t on LI, but we had to include it: Pearl Jam, Beyonce, Coldplay and even lil Eddie Sheeran seize Central Park’s Great Lawn in this free (!!) gig to foster activism, upheaval, and raise awareness about the United Nations’ initiatives to fight extreme poverty, inequality, and protect the environment. Central Park, Great Lawn, Manhattan. Free (though you’ve got to join the movement and take action to help end extreme poverty to win your tickets at https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/festival/2015/). 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. September 26.
Merrick Fall Festival & Street Fair
Food, friends and fun! Up to 400 vendors for food and services, games, and contests. Merrick’s fall festival is one of the largest and most popular fairs on Long Island. 1 Broadcast Plaza, Merrick. Nassaucountycraftshows.com Free. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. September 26, 27.
The two-day lineup includes Union Jazz Coalition, John Restrepo Quartet, New York Jazz Mission, and Thom Penn Nonet on Saturday. Performances on Sunday include Janine DiNatale, Interplay Jazz Orchestra, and Swingtime Big Band will be playing a double set! Bring folding chairs. Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. isliparts.org $10. 1-5 p.m. September 26, 12-4 p.m. September 27.
An opening reception will be held for this mesmerizing art exhibit featuring the works of Charles Cohen, Lisa DiClerico, Paula Elliott, Hiroshi Kagoshima and Demetrius Manouselis, who blend art and architecture, exploring themes common to both. Each artist in this exhibition is concerned with fundamental form, line, nature, and color, providing a visual pathway that implies elements of architectural imagery and abstract art. These themes may overlap or influence one another, often developing in several directions concurrently using the mediums of drawing, painting and photography. Runs through Nov. 23. Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. goldcoastarts.org 4-7 p.m. September 27.
Doo Wop Extravaganza
This sensational performance highlights the music from the 1950s and early ’60s. Songs like “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” and “Sealed With A Kiss,” this will surely be an upbeat performance. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollor Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 3 p.m., 7 p.m. September 26.
This alt-rapper is going to show you his skills in blending the realms of hip-hop and rock. Also, creating his own threads, he is constantly selling his merch, such as sweatshirts and t-shirts. He has performed at Warped Tour and is ecstatic about having his own tour this year. Performing with Palisades, Whiteney Peyton, It Lives, and It Breathes. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/revolution-bar-music-hall $15. 6:30 p.m. September 26.
Free B!tchin’ Summer Concert Party
Starring local reggae, rock and pop bands Oogee Wawa, Offshore Regulars and NonStop to Cairo, this party keep summer alive. Ladies in bikinis and gentlemen in Hawaiian shirts win free prizes. Wow. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com Free. 8 p.m. September 26.
Performing his hit singles, “Between Me and You,” “I’m Real” and “Ain’t It Funny,” Ja Rule is coming to Long Island. Having several hits in the top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and performing with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Christina Milian and Ashanti, this is definitely a performance that cannot be missed.
The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15, $25 DOS. 10 p.m. September 26.
Performing the enduring folk songs of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, Fox explores their music, their histories, their triumphs and heartbreaks in song. Fox delves into the meaning behind the tunes, giving us a better understanding of a painter and a poet who mesmerized the world through song. Highlights of the show include Mitchell’s “Chelsea Morning,” “River” and “Both Sides Now,” as well as Cohen’s “Suzanne,” “Bird On A Wire” and “Hallelujah.” John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $45. 7 p.m. September 27.
Alan Parsons Live Project
Born into a showbiz family, Alan Parsons will show audiences why performing comes natural when he’s on stage with “The Orchestra,” starring former members of ELO, playing A Night of Over 30 Greatest Hits. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$99.50 . 8 p.m. September 27.
Step Out to Stop Diabetes Walk
Raising awareness and funds to help the 29 million people in the United States living with diabetes help prevent that number from increasing. Field 5 at Jones Beach, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com 8 a.m. September 27.
Juliette Giorgio/Tery Grant
The authors will speak about and sign their new book What Were You Thinking? Many books address troubled children. This book is unique in that it is written by an educator and a psychotherapist, and focuses on trouble prevention. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. September 28.
—Compiled by Chelsea Russell, Timothy Bolger and Zachary B. Tirana III