Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events January 21-27

Long Island Music Hall of Fame
Members of The Billy Joel Band—drummer Liberty DeVitto, guitarist Russell Javors and saxophonist/flutist/clarinetist/keyboardist Richie Cannata (joined onstage by late, great bassist Doug Stegmeyer’s guitar and several friends—rip through “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant” and other hits while closing out the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at The Paramount in Huntington on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (Christopher Twarowski / Long Island Press)

The Fulcrum
This up-and-coming rock trio from Long Island can be somewhat difficult to define, as they deftly infuse their music with diverse influences, but their sound can best be described as emotional, intriguing and memorable. Also performing will be Jungle Gypsy, a four-piece local band that considers themselves “Island Rock.” That is, rock music flavored with reggae, blues, funk and just about anything a song’s mood calls for. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com Free. 8 p.m. January 21.

God of Carnage
This internationally acclaimed comedy, which won the Olivier Award in London and a Tony Award in New York, takes you into the most dangerous place on Earth: parenthood. The play is about two pairs of parents who meet after their kids got into an altercation at a public park in Brooklyn. At first, they intend to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. But as the evening wears on, the parents become increasingly childish, and their meeting devolves into unmannered chaos. When it premiered on Broadway, the cast included James Gandolfini, Hope Davis, Marcia Gay Harden and Jeff Daniels. You can bet that the cast at the Engeman will be up to the challenge. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $59-$64. Times vary. January 21-March 6.

Joelle & The Pinehurst Trio
This classic quartet’s unique chemistry on and off the bandstand has led the versatile ensemble to perform their distinctive brand of “jazzed up pop and popped up jazz” at many of the top venues in New York City and beyond. Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay. plantingfields.org $25. 6:30 pm.  January 22.

The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air
Now, this is a story all about how the ’90s got flipped-flopped-turned upside down. And they’d like to take a night, so just sit right there, and they’ll tell you how they became the Fresh Kids of Bel-Air. Break out the Starter jackets and pump sneakers for this “I Love the ’90s” show. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $10-30. 8 p.m. January 22.  

Joseph Vecsey
Whether it’s sharing stories about his days playing professional street basketball with the modern Globetrotters or being the sensitive soft dude in relationships, Joseph Vecsey loves making audiences laugh at his expense and sharing his bizarre personal experiences. Joseph made his television stand up debut on Gotham’s AXS TV and also co-starred and punched up a web series and commercial for Optimum Cable TV called “The Un-Movers.” Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor. baystreet.org $20. 8 p.m. January 22.

Darlene Love
Hers was the voice that helped launch 100 hits: The No. 1 “He’s a Rebel,” “(Today I Met) the Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” and ”Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” all of which she sang for the legendary producer Phil Spector during the glory days of the girl-group era, as well as countless songs she sang backup for such as artists like Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Dionne Warwick, Cher and Aretha Franklin. This woman is a living legend. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $47.50-65. 8 p.m. January 22.

William Shatner
If there was ever a person who truly needs no introduction, this is the guy. After all, it’s “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It.” In this one-man show, Shatner will take you through his 50-year career in front of the camera, with anecdotes about his work on Star Trek and Boston Legal, his musical career, and his Canadian upbringing. Poignant, insightful and even laugh-out-loud funny at times, this is Shatner like you’ve never seen him before. NYCB Theatre, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $25-90. 8 p.m. January 22.

Jessica Kirson
This comic’s unique style and captivating stage presence captures the attention of audiences everywhere she performs. Her wide variety of characters brings a diverse energy to her routine. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $17. Various times January 22, 23.

Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx***POSTPONED TO FEB. 25 DUE TO SNOW***
Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto! We’re still not sure what that means—but who cares?!? Dennis DeYoung, the founding member of Styx, will perform (we can only hope) hits like “Mr. Roboto” and “Come Sail Away” (a six-minute adrenaline-filled work of musical genius) and several other blasts-from-the-past that made the prog rock band from Chicago a nationwide sensation. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-79.50. 8 p.m. January 23.

The Lords of 52nd
Long Island’s best musicians—Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata, and Russell Javors—whom Billy Joel hand selected to help create his classic hits and unforgettable tours, reunite on stage once again as The Lords of 52nd Street! Get ready to hear an eclectic mix of tunes from the Piano Man’s music catalog including hits and rarities with the same energy and passion as you’ve always known because, the band recorded, toured and performed extensively with Joel during his prominence in the 1970s and ’80s. The Lords aided in the creation of hit records with Joel including, “The Stranger,” “52nd Street” and “Glass Houses.” Opening the show will be Rick & Tara Eberle of iRideSense The Space At Westbury, 250 Post Ave, Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $30-55. 8 p.m. January 23.

Rex & The Rockabilly Kings
This Elvis birthday show is all about The King’ early era. Bring your Pink Cadillac and your Blue Suede Shoes and dance to the dozens of amazing songs that inspired John Lennon, Keith Richards and changed popular music forever. The Rockabilly Kings features Scotty Moore-style electric guitar, Bill Black-style slap back bass, DJ Fontana-style drums and Elvis Presley-style acoustic guitar plus great lead, and Jordanaires-style backing vocals. Add it up and you get a whole lot of burning love. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $25-$30. 8 p.m. January 23.

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare
Escape Fire examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo, a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care. After decades of resistance, a movement to bring innovative high-touch, low-cost methods of prevention and healing into our high-tech, costly system is finally gaining ground. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring health care experts. Cinema Arts Centre. 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $15 members, $20 public. 10:30 a.m. January 24.

Rock in the Red Zone
Despite constant fear and regular runs to bomb shelters that occur in the Israeli town of Sderot, this particular community has become an epicenter for rock music in Israel. Director Laura Bialis travels to Israel and finds a community there that is unlike any other. Screening to be followed by panel discussion featuring a Middle East expert from the Anti-Defamation League. Cinema Arts Centre. 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $13 members, $18 public. 6:30 p.m. January 24.

Bill Burr ***POSTPONED***
Having first gained notoriety for his recurring role on the second season of “Chappelle’s Show,” Bill soon developed his own comedic style making him a regular with Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon. Bill went on to create his animated Netflix series “F is For Family” featuring Bill, Laura Dern and Justin Long as the Murphy Family. Bill has starred alongside Mark Wahlberg and Will Farrell in “Daddy’s Home,” and can be recognized for his work in “The Heat” featuring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, “Stand Up Guys” starring Al Pacino and Christopher Walken and “Date Night” alongside Steve Carell and Tina Fey. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. paramountny.com 7, 10 p.m. January 24  

Call it Home
The five-man Long Island-based band connects with fans through hardcore jams, detailing experiences throughout their lives. Following their latest single, “Just A Dream,” a full-length album, Unfamiliar, released late last year. Opening the show will be White Fox Society, In Honor of, Ashes of My Regret, Part Time Bear and Onto Carthage. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd, Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $12. 6 p.m. January 25.

Chosen: The True Story of America’s Trafficked Teens
As traffickers narrow their target to lure younger and younger victims, America’s youth find themselves engaged in a battle they never prepared for. Hear the shocking true stories of two “All-American” teenage girls tricked into trafficking. Eighteen-year-old Brianna was an honor-roll student, cheerleader and waitress at a local café. Thirteen-year-old Lacy was an active member of her youth group and a community volunteer. Both were manipulated. Both were exploited. Both were chosen. Both were abused. Both escaped to make a new life. Screening followed by a panel discussion. Cinema Arts Centre. 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 memebrs, $15 public. 7 p.m. January 25.

“Dolores,” a one-act play presented by NY-based theatre and performing arts company FENGARI Ensemble, raises awareness about domestic violence.

Art can be an extremely powerful vehicle for social change, and this ambitious one-act, all-women show based on the play by NYC playwright Edward Allan Baker aims to cast light on one of the darkest-yet-pervasive crimes permeating modern-day society: domestic violence. Set in the suburbs of Providence, RI in the early 1980s and directed by Kathleen McNenny, Dolores tells the tragic story of two sisters, Dolores and Sandra—portrayed by actresses/producers Paulina Cossio and Luisa Muhr, respectively—grappling with the nightmarish effects of the former’s dangerously abusive husband. Though first performed in 1986, Dolores‘ tale is timeless, and its many lessons remain all-too relevant to this day. This performance, presented by FENGARI Ensemble & Coaching—a New York-based theatre and performing arts company co-founded by Muhr—seeks to raise awareness about the insidious abuse that thrives within every community, highlighting not just the wrath unleashed against domestic violence’s direct victims, but its myriad collateral damage, too. Amplifying this message and further disseminating the ugly truths about domestic violence and all forms of abuse will be guest speaker Marissa Ghavami, founder/CEO of nonprofit SHEARED (Spreading Hope for the Exploited and Abused through Resources, Education and Discourse), who will host a discussion following each performance. Her group strives to spread hope of true healing to survivors of all types of exploitation and abuse, reduce further instances of abuse, and decrease the harmful misunderstanding of trauma and its widespread effects. Support the Dolores project via its Indigogo Crowdfunding Campaign, and don’t miss this moving weaponization of art. The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th St., Manhattan. theplayroomtheater.com General Admission: $16.50. Students & Seniors: $13.50. 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. January 25 & 27.

Daniel Simone
This local author will speak about and sign copies of his new book, The Lufthansa Heist, which he co-authored with Henry Hill before the late mobster-turned-informant’s death, telling the inside story—from the wily organizer himself—of the largest unrecovered cash haul in history. This full account brings readers behind the heist memorialized in Goodfellas, which baffled law enforcement for decades. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. January 27.

–Compiled by Chuck Cannini, Timothy Bolger & Zackary B. Tirana III

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