Designing Atari’s Coin-op Machines
Raiford Guins, associate professor of Culture and Technology at Stony Brook University, will give a talk on “Designing Atari’s Coin-op Machines, 1972-1979” followed by a signing of his book Game After: A Cultural Study of Video Game Afterlife. Afterward, enjoy the Arcade Age exhibit and play over 50 classic arcade games! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $10. 7 p.m. February 25.
67th Annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival
Adapted and directed by Jean Dobie Giebel, experience The Great Bard’s timeless tragedy in all it’s intrigue and glory, as Hofstra University’s Department of Drama and Dance breathe fresh, new life into Hamlet’s torturous quest for revenge in “The Play’s The Thing: A One-Hour Hamlet”! Hofstra University, Hempstead. Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center. Tickets: HofstraTickets.com. $10 – $12. 8 p.m. February 25. Special performance with The Hofstra Collegium Musicum titled “Hofstra Shakespeare Festival Musicale: Love Is Merely A Madness,” directed by Christopher Morrongiello and featuring songs from “Shakespeare’s Time on the Most Vexing of All Maladies.” 2 p.m. February 27. Laugh till your britches hurt during “As You Like It,” one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni. Hofstra University Black Box Theater, New Academics Building. $10 – $12. 8 p.m. February 26 & 27. 2 p.m. February 28.
Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx
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 progressive rock band from Chicago a nationwide sensation. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$79.50. 8 p.m. February 25.
Dave Mason, Leon Russell
One of the living legends of English rock, Dave Mason has collaborated with a host of artists over his storied career, from Jimi Hendrix to Michael Jackson. This time, he’s joining forces with the time-tested American original, Leon Russell. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$74.50. 8 p.m. February 25.
This hip-hop/rap group burst out of Cleveland in the mid-’90s, with their breakout hit single “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” gaining them enough of a following to continue releasing a smattering of albums and EPs, including Grammy winning song, “Tha Crossroads.” Consisting of rappers Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone and Flesh-n-Bone, this group has been commended by many for their unique sense of melody and dynamic stage presence. Now, they’re taking the stage again for the 20th Anniversary of “Tha Crossroads.” The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30. 9 p.m. February 25.
This California-based alt-rock quartet is touring in advance of the release of their seventh studio album, DNA, which is slated to drop this year. Opening the show are J. Rad, Lubricoma, Inherit The Earth and Cracked Alice. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $20. 7:30 p.m. February 26.
Wave: A True Story In Hip Hop
Join the legendary creator of the famous “wave” dance move, Mr. Wave himself, for a documentary about his incredible life and a chance to learn the moves from the master himself. Mr. Wave will demonstrate his moves and teach audience members how to dance the wave. DJ Kool Herc, regarded as the father of hip hop, will be spinning tunes for the dance party to continue into the night! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. February 26.
B-52s fans can anticipate a transformation of the concert space into the bonafide Loveshack when this fantastically quirky and over-the-top new wave band take the stage. Iconic for the famed beehive hairdo and funky tunes like “Rock Lobster,” “Private Idaho” and “Roam,” the B-52s will make the whole dance floor shimmy and shake! One thing is for certain: Audiences are in for a fun, fun, fun night in celebration of longtime keyboard player, guitarist, bandmate, and B-52s brother, Paul Gordon, who recently joined that great, celestial musical jamboree up in heaven. Opening the show is Strange But Surf. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave, Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $55-$85. 8 p.m. February 26.
Uniting in a tribute concert to the Grateful Dead are these two groups, Reckoning and Half-Step. Reckoning originated on Long Island in 1990, capturing the spirit and emotion of Grateful Dead songs by creating a new take on classic tracks through innovative techniques and improv. Each of their shows is unique. In contrast, Half-Step consists of dedicated students and fans of the Grateful Dead, attempting to capture the spirit and emulate the original band’s music. Jerry would be proud, indeed! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$65. 8 p.m. February 26.
The Lone Bellow
Playing what they call “Brooklyn Country Music,” the Lone Bellow are a group of transplanted Southerners who deliver a passionate, soulful, acoustic-based alternative rock Americana. The band includes lead singer and songwriter Zach Williams, singer and mandolin player Kanene Dohehey Pipkin, and singer/guitarist Brian Elmquist. You’ve heard them on WFUV for months, now it’s time to experience them live! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. February 26.
Pam Betti Band
This eponymous band’s lead singer, who was recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, is backed by veteran guitarist and sound sculptor, John Haseth, soulful drummer Sal DeVitto and amazing bassist Robert Jack. Imagine all that is transcendental in aural reverberations, singing and shining and beckoning your soul through the enigmatic auditory receptors within the back of your mind. Yes, redemption is here, dear dream lovers. Come and rejoice! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. February 26.
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 was welcomed with open arms by audiences at such clubs as Catch a Rising Star, Caroline’s, and The Comedy Cellar. It was at clubs like these where he honed his uncompromising point of view, which makes him not only a club favorite, but a true “comic’s comic.” You are quite simply going to laugh your tuckus off lol! The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $25. Various times, February 26, 27.
Hops and Props Craft Beer Festival 2016
This 100-percent draft-only craft beer festival features some of the finest suds from some of the best breweries in the United States and beyond. Many styles of beer are featured. Enjoy generous, heaping samples of liquid-chee-soaked Philly Cheesesteaks, weighty empanadas, crispy bacon, juicy ribs, never-ending nachos, sumptuous desserts and so much more to accompany these soothing heal-alls! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $20-$95. 12, 6 p.m. February 27.
Joe Lynn Turner
This New Jersey-born prog-rocker, who’s fronted Rainbow, Mother’s Army, Hugh Turner Project, Sunstorm and so many others, is touring solo. Opening the show are Trainwreck, Stryctnyne, Trendkill, and Tang. Come experience rock and roll the way it’s supposed to be: raw, deafening, and bone-shaking to the core! Come and be saved! Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $18, $20 DOS. 7 p.m. February 27.
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot
This is the only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Island crooner to date, The Piano Man, himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol—with spot-on performances and personalized, in-concert moments so Billy, you’d swear it was really him up there! Opening the show is Kodiak. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. February 27.
I Love the 90s!
Break out the MC Hammer pants, dust off the Starter jackets, and pump up your sneakers, because the ’90s are coming back to the stage on LI! Performing will be Salt N Pepa, Kid N Play, Coolio, Tone Loc, Rob Base, and Color Me Badd! Yes, yes, and yesss! Sorry, Vanilla Ice couldn’t make it (he sorta went hardcore anyway, after his you-know-what hit; not to say there’s anything wrong with hardcore, though, it’s just not the right fit for this particular bill). NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $69.50-$129.50. 8 p.m. February 27.
In 2004, Marc Broussard, then a precocious 22-year-old singer/songwriter, released his major-label debut. He called it Carencro, after the Louisiana town where he was born and raised, and its thematic centerpiece was a hickory-smoked slab of Bayou soul called “Home.” Now, a decade after his critical breakthrough, Broussard has come full circle with A Life Worth Living, his sixth studio album, a celebration of what home means to him, starting with his wife and kids, the street he’s lived on his entire life, surrounded by loved ones, and all the minutiae of everyday life that he has come to treasure so dearly. Wow. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore.boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. February 27.
Native New Yorker and hip-hop artist, A$AP Ferg began his career in the hip-hop collective A$AP Mob when pushed to rap more by high school friend (and fellow collective member) A$AP Rocky. His debut single, “Work,” released in 2012, quickly gained more than 2 million views, and was remixed by A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Trinidad James, and French Montana. Soon after, he released his debut album Trap Lord, and its success prompted the making of his next studio album, Always Strive and Prosper, set to drop this year. With Funk Flex and Fotsbeats. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20, $30 DOS. 10 p.m. February 27.
Jack Hanna’s Into The Wild Live!
The host of TV’s Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild is considered America’s favorite zookeeper. Jungle Jack and his family explore the far corners of the globe and discover amazing animals and cultures. His live show features many of his favorite animal friends, fascinating and humorous stories, and footage from his adventures around the world. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $29.50-$49.50. 3 p.m. February 28.
Laura Prepon and Elizabeth Troy
Laura Prepon, star of Orange Is the New Black, and integrative nutritionist Elizabeth Troy, will be speaking and signing their new book The Stash Plan: Your 21-Day Guide to Shred Weight, Feel Great, and Take Charge of Your Health. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. March 1.
Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime
Heavy metal singer and musician Geoff Tate got his start in the band Queensrÿche, whose success inflated in the ’80s, and led to the sale of over 20 million albums worldwide. After conflicts in the band, it was renamed Operation: Mindcrime in 2014, and released its debut album, The Key, last year. Inspired by international intrigue, political corruption and greed, this new album begins a new era for Tate. He’ll be performing a Suite of Operation: Mindcrime, plus classic hits. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. March 2.
-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel & Timothy Bolger