50th Anniversary of Jefferson Airplane & The Grateful Dead
So everybody knows that when the Jefferson Airplane shed its wings in the 1970s, the Starship took off into the pop stratosphere with a stellar overdrive fueled by arena rock blasted at full throttle. The ole hippie-dippy psychedelic sound wasn’t quite left behind in the rush from its San Francisco roots, but the band headed in a different direction that had harder metallic edges than it ever had. Going further was always the destination of this ship. And what a long strange trip it’s been on—and it’s still going strong. Climb on board and listen to the music of the stars. Opening the show are Jazz Is Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50. 8 p.m. November 5.
Director Naji Abu Nowar’s powerful and assured directorial debut, set in the land of Lawrence of Arabia, is a wondrous “Bedouin Western” about a boy who, in order to survive, must become a man and live up to the name his father gave him. In 1916, while war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert. The brothers’ quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well located along the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. So as not to dishonor his recently deceased father, Hussein agrees to lead them on the long and treacherous journey. The young, mischievous Theeb secretly chases after his brother, but the group soon find themselves trapped amidst threatening terrain riddled with Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries, and outcast Bedouin raiders. The director will be on hand to discuss the screening at this special preview. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org Members $10, Public $15. 7:30 p.m. November 5.
Iconic is a word best used to describe the musical legacy Judas Priest has created. Since debuting with 1974’s Rocka Rolla, (which was released on Motown’s Gull Records subsidiary), Priest has established itself as a heavy metal standard bearer alongside the likes of Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. Fronted by vocal powerhouse Rob Halford, the quintet has proudly carried the metal mantle while accruing an impressive canon that includes seminal albums including Unleashed in the East, Hell Bent for Leather and Screaming for Vengeance. Opening the show is Mastodon. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $75-$150. 8 p.m. November 5, 6.
Built on a foundation of fiery metalcore and decade-long diehard fans, this Arizona-born band continues to dish out smooth rhythms and screams with each new tour. Their latest album, To Those Left Behind, was released in September. Warming up the crowd will be Stick To Your Guns, Emarosa, Oceans Ate Alaska and Cane Hill. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $18-$22. 5:25 p.m. November 6.
Famous for his signature guitar work alongside The Eagles until 2001, The Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer thrived solo and formed his own band in 2014. He also published an eye-opening memoir, Heaven and Hell: My Life in The Eagles, a New York Times bestseller. Opening the show is special guest Mark Newman. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$65. 8 p.m. November 6.
Born in a war-torn South America and raised on the streets of Harlem, the young rapper’s turned his repressed aggression into lyrical beats. Harsh and cultured truths run through his rhymes. His next album, The Middle Passage, is anxiously awaited by stirred fans. Supporting acts include Diabolic, Poison Pen and Nightwalker. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $20. 8 p.m. November 6.
One of the most requested acts in the comedy chains, Pete Correale was recently named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the Top 10 Comics To Watch. Pete is a veteran of the comedy club and festival circuit as well as television talk shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman and Last Call with Carson Daily. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $25-$55. 8 p.m. November 6.
Born on the sandy beaches of Hawaii, this surfer trio mesmerizes audiences with chill island beats recognized from films including Good Luck Chuck and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Warming up the crowd are Ballyhoo!, Katastro and Jahstic. Mulcahys Pub and Concert Hall: 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $22. 8 p.m. November 6.
You read that right! This band shows no shame in blaring heavy beats and exploiting you to shake what your momma gave ya. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $7-$10. 10 p.m. November 6.
Darcy Novick Presents 13th LI Comedy and Music Fest
get ready to laugh your tuckus off while rocking out to absolutely insane grooves, all night long. This stellar lineup includes: Richie Minervini, Rob Magnotti, Darcy Novick, Don Gavin, John Pizzi and Peter Mazzeo and the Hit Squad. Wow. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $35-$50. 8 p.m. November 6.
Starry Nights November
The twinkling crystals above get their own soundtrack of violins, jazz and many other instruments from praised chamber music. Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook. stallercenter.com $36. 8 p.m. November 6.
Great Beer Expo: Long Island
Entrance fee includes a 5 oz. souvenir tasting cup and your choice of 2 oz. samples of more than 100 beers from any exhibiting brewery. Afternoon or evening session? You decide. Belmont Park Racetrack, 2150 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. greatbeerexpo.com $45, $DOS, $12 designated drivers. 12:30-4 p.m., 5:30-9 p.m. November 7.
Battle of the Bands
Come see Long Island native metalcore band Onto Carthage battle pop rockers Nexus in an epic fight to the death! Well, not death: The first place winner gets a free professional recording of a four-song EP from sponsor Green Room Recording Studio. Several genres will be represented so be sure to come and show your favorites some love. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $12, $15 DOS. 3:30 p.m. November 7.
Taste of Flight Wine Expo
Enjoy strolling amongst the jets and planes of aviation history while sipping 200 delicious reds and whites from around the world and 50 ciders! Sample cheeses, olive oils, meats, desserts and listen to the delicious sounds of a live jazz trio! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $49. 7 p.m. November 7.
So You Think You Can Dance?
Evacuate the dance floor! This multi-goovin’, multi-movin’ shake-a shake-a shake-fest is bound to get all those in attendance up and on their feet struttin’ their very best while watchin’ the experts do what they do best: Dance! Dance! Dance! Emmy Award-winning and hugely popular, the 12th season competitors of SYTYCD come to LI to face off. The top 10 competitors from last season’s contest will relive the Stage vs. Street theme that once again made dance aficionados everywhere realize the importance of having dance in our lives. SYTYCD is more than a dance competition, the show and it’s talented contestants have brought the art into the mainstream and have inspired scores of people to move and groove, even if it’s just to exercise or out of pure fun. The show is also responsible for making National Dance Day such a huge hit in America, with fans practicing routines in their living rooms, some are more difficult than others, and going out into the world and showing off their moves. Dance is an art that stirs emotions and inspires countless people around the world, as displayed on SYTYCD. So expect moves that will leave you and your loved ones mesmerized! Instead of voting from your couch, come cheer for your favorites, live! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $59.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. November 7.
R&B fans, get ready. Omarion’s smooth vocals and hypnotic dance moves will be on display in full force. No stranger to the Billboard Hot 100, he’s been at it since his days with R&B boy band B2K. Sex Playlist, which is exactly that, is his fourth solo album, featuring the platinum hit “Post to Be.” “Entourage” and “Ice Box” are catchy oldies, and “I Get It In” will you have on your feet. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20-50. 10 p.m. November 7.
Tommy James and The Shondells
“Hanky Panky” made Tommy James a sensation back in 1966. The rest, as they say, is history. With more than 100,000,000 records sold worldwide, TJ and the Shondells are still rocking sold-out crowds. “Mony Mony,” “Crimson and Clover” and “I Think We’re Alone Now” are pop culture fixtures. This is sure to be a show that you know all the words to every song! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$49.50. 8 p.m. November 7.
Comedy Central called him one of the top 50 stand-up comedians of all time, GQ Magazine called him one of the 20th Century’s Most Influential Humorists, and his gig at Carnegie Hall was standing-room only. Who else but Richard Lewis? This brilliant storyteller has truly turned comedy into an art form. Get ready to laugh! A lot! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $39.50-$59.50. 8 p.m. November 7.
Piece Of My Heart
On the eve of Veterans Day and 50 years after the start of the Vietnam War, this professionally acted drama regarding the fate of five nurses who staffed field hospitals during that conflict is powerfully moving. Named “The most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation,” by The Vietnam Vets Association, it focuses on their roles and seeks to pay tribute to the nearly 11,000 women in uniform who served during that time. Museum of American Armor, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. 6 p.m. November 7, 2 p.m. November 8.
Sousa: A Veteran’s Day Celebration
John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) was an American composer and conductor known particularly for American military and patriotic marches such as “The Star and Stripes Forever.” Celebrate his unique music, played from the original scores by a 50-piece symphonic band very much like his own. You will enjoy all the familiar marches and many melodies that spark the patriotic note in any one’s heart. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $10-$25. 3 p.m. November 8.
Direct from Germany and considered one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world, these five former choir members bridge medieval music traditions and modern compositions. This program includes a rich selection of rarely heard Italian madrigals, German songs from the group’s home in Leipzig (including works by Schumann and Mendelssohn) and a unique collection of folk songs from around the world, including the Philippines (arranged specially for amarcord by Adelphi professor Sidney Boquiren), Ghana, Cuba, Japan, Thailand, Russia and Israel. Expect to be captivated with its expressive, clear and precise singing, and engaging performance style. Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $25-$30. 4 p.m. November 8.
This multi-platinum-selling band’s self-described mission to conquer the planet, one venue at a time, remains solidly on track. Put rock ‘n roll legends Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips together (along with the occasional surprise appearance by the original bassist Chuck Panozzo) on stage together, and their power is unstoppable. When they get rolling and their freak flag is flowing, they’ll blow the roof off with their classic rock standards like “Come Sail Away,” “Lady” and “Mr. Roboto.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $35-$59.50. 8 p.m. November 8.
The Story So Far
Guitars, drums, bass and a singer–that’s all these guys need to give you an authentic, back-to-basics hardcore pop-punk experience. Descendants of legendary pop-punkers Green Day and Blink 182, The Story So Far has revived the genre with their three refreshing, energetic albums. In 2013, the Alternative Press included them in their “100 Bands You Need to Know” issue. So go! You won’t be disappointed. Opening acts include Basement and Turnover. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $22-$25. 8 p.m. November 8.
Jenna von Oy
The star of the show Blossom and creator of the blog Cradle Chronicals will speak about and sign her new book Situation Momedy. Jenna brings readers a lighthearted and comedic look at pregnancy and the first year of motherhood, highlighting major mommy milestones with chapters including “Houston, We Have a Pregnancy,” “This Is Your Brain on Baby,” “Bringing Sexy Back” and “All’s Fair in Love and Mommy Wars.” Book Revue. 313 New York Avenue, Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. November 9.
Country music star and winner of last year’s Celebrity Apprentice, Trace Adkins is bringing his own brand of honky-tonk to the island. A character actor wrapped up in dungarees and a cowboy hat, Adkins knows how to entertain with his wildly popular songs like “This Ain’t No Thinkin’ Thing” and “Ladies Love Country Boys,” while leaving his audience with lumps in their throats with his portraits of home country life. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $40-$99.50. 8 p.m. November 10.
Fifth Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival
This mega-cinematic extravaganza with North Hempstead as its epicenter includes workshops, screenings, parties, conversations with prominent members of the film community, and a gala. Celebrating the work of Great Neck native and Academy Award-nominated, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, this seven-day smorgasbord will include retrospective screenings of his acclaimed films, culminating in a special screening of his latest film Listen to Me Marlon, among many other Long Island film visionaries at venues across the famed Gold Coast! Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. goldcoastarts.org $70-$150. Various times. November 9-15.
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
Set in the New York City of 1985, this winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1993 Tony Award for Best Play is widely regarded as a modern masterpiece of the American theatre. This important work was perfectly captured by Jack Kroll in Newsweek when he said: “The most ambitious American play of our time: an epic that ranges from earth to heaven; focuses on politics, sex and religion; transports us to Washington, the Kremlin, the South Bronx, Salt Lake City and Antarctica; deals with Jews, Mormons, WASPs, blacks; switches between realism and fantasy, from the tragedy of AIDS to the camp comedy of drag queens to the death or at least the absconding of God.” Contains strong sexual situations, explicit language and nudity. Runs through November 15. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $20. Times vary. November 10-15.
The former Genesis guitarist and Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer basically invented two-handed tapping and ushered in sweep-picking to electric rock guitar. He is a legend, a six-string demi-god, whose every note should be studied, contemplated upon, and then recreated, though with individualized touches. From solo projects such as Voyage Of The Acolyte and Wolflight to Genesis classics, including the double album monster The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and so much more. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $40-$75. 8 p.m. November 11.
Anderson Ponty Band
The former Yes frontman and multi-instrumentalist has been opening multi-dimensional vortexes of song since 1963, inspiring generations music lovers the world over. This latest incarnation celebrates classic numbers from his decades-long career, as well as new creations genetically laced with the same undeniable emotional power. With Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $45-$64.50. 8 p.m. November 11.
With worldwide record sales topping 80 million, “The Loaf” is one of the best-selling artists of all time, known across the globe for his Bat Out Of Hell series, which includes Bat Out Of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose. Expect fan favorite, the classic, irresistible sing-a-long “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” What a gig! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $35-$49.50. 8 p.m. November 11.
Edgar Winter Band
This multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and brother of the late, great Johnny Winters, has been wowing crowds with his blues-infused rock for more than 40 years and always delivers a high-octane performance, no matter which tunes he resurrects from his decades-long arsenal! Do not miss this gig! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $60-$65. 8 p.m. November 11.
—Compiled by Desiree D’iorio, Chuck Cannini, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III