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Schneps Communications, Publisher of Queens Courier, Hosts ‘Kings of Long Island’ Event

Schneps Communications, the influential Queens-based publishing company with more than a dozen local news outlets under its umbrella, is bringing its venerable Star Networks awards dinner and networking expo to Long Island.

Dubbed “Kings of Long Island,” the April 12 event at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck will include a slew of high-profile honorees from the public and private sector.

Among those expected to attend are Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his counterpart in Suffolk, Steve Bellone; Glenn Altarac, president of Floor Décor & Design; Anthony Antonetti, finance director at Westbury Toyota; and Mohinder Singh Taneja, president of American Diversity Forum, among other distinguished guests.

The Kings of Long Island ceremony will honor New York Community Bank President & CEO Joseph Ficalora, who will be receiving the coveted Philanthropist of the Year award, and Molloy College President Dr. Drew Bogner, the recipient of this year’s Dan Murphy Memorial award.

Schneps Communication, publisher of the award-winning weekly newspaper Queens Courier, has hosted similar events in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Past events have honored leaders in business, technology, banking, real estate and medical industries.

Schneps’ most recent Star Network event on Long Island, the first annual Power Women of Long Island, attracted more than 700 business people.

If previous events are any indication, attendees will have the opportunity to network with other successful business professionals on the Island while also sharing ideas and accomplishments from the past year.

The event is sponsored by New York Community Bank, People’s United Bank, Flushing Bank, Investors Bank, Progressive Emergency Physicians, Mangano Plumbing, The Scotto Brothers, Sewer and Drain, Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, Laffie Financial Group, Raich Ende & Malter Co. llp, Mattone Group, Merritt Environmental Consulting Group, Sim Play, Servco Industries, Stop and Share Mobile Media, Sandwire and the New York Daily News.

For tickets, visit www.qns.com/upcoming-star-networking-events or call 718-224-5863 ext 237. Leonard’s Palazzo is located at 555 Northern Blvd., Great Neck, NY. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Schneps Communication’s foray into the L.I. market began last year with the acquisition of Morey Publishing’s acclaimed Bethpage Best of L.I. awards competition.

The ‘Walking Dead’ Season 6 Finale Makes Our Head Hurt

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AMC's 'The Walking Dead' (Photo credit: AMC/Facebook)

By Lissa Harris

Oh, how I wish TV writers would stop clinging to the cliffhanger. Don’t get me wrong—it had its day and then some. The most dramatic of plot devices, a cliffhanger could simultaneously produce extreme amounts of anticipation and frustration for the viewers. And there was absolutely nothing we could do but wait until the next season’s premier to know the truth.

But we don’t need to wait anymore. This is the 21st century; we have access to information that no one could have predicted back when the television serial was born. From now until The Walking Dead Season 7 airs in October, we will be bombarded with contraband photos taken by grips and gophers on the set or stolen snippets of scripts leaked from the writers’ room. We may even learn who was killed in the cliffhanger when we see next season’s promotional poster, much like Game of Thrones’ nod to Jon Snow’s apparent survival. Personally, I would much rather live for the next six months with the sickness of knowing which one of my beloved characters died by Negan’s bloody swing of the bat. Today, a cliffhanger is a cop-out.

In past blogs, I’ve previously discussed the lazy writing that plagues Season 6 of The Walking Dead. Some plot lines simply changed or were completely forgotten about from episode to episode while others seemed to be wrapped up with an afterthought as if they never really mattered in the first place. For me, the only substance left in the show is the philosophical debate illustrated through the interplay of Carol and Morgan.

How much human fear justifies the denial of mercy?

Can survival and compassion co-exist in this world?

Is there truly a new world order?

Carol has always been the one willing to do anything to survive. She has lied and stolen, killed sick people, and even threatened and killed children—all in the interest of her own survival. As viewers, we sometimes felt her actions were justified, other times not. She was sent away after Season 3 only to come back to save the day at the prison. Season 6’s episode 13 was her wake-up call. She saw herself in Paula, the red-headed Savior who held Maggie and her hostage. My husband thinks it’s funny when Carol starts acting like the timid housewife. But I know she’s not acting as much as she’s remembering. And each time she “remembers,” another piece of her gets broken off and replaced with…what?

Morgan’s epiphany came a few episodes back in Season 6 when he encountered a man with a goat who believed unequivocally that we need not lose our compassion in this new world and that “all life is precious.”

This season’s finale is their showdown. Carol tells Morgan that she left Alexandria because she doesn’t want to be in a position to have to kill for those she loves. “If you care about anyone, there’s a price, Morgan, and you’re gonna have to pay it,” Carol says. “I have and I can’t anymore.”

Morgan responds that “everything’s about people.” He tells her that being alone means certain death. It’s no coincidence that through much of this episode Morgan rides a white horse. When Morgan kills to save Carol’s life, we think the debate is over. Then we meet the Knights in football pads, and we’re reminded that the white horse wasn’t Morgan’s. They offer help and hope.

So how does the much-anticipated entrance of Negan and his barb-wired beauty “Lucille” fit into the discussion?

My husband and I have always referred to Jeffrey Dean Morgan as “the poor man’s Javier Bardem.” The music may have been more frightening than his Negan, though the drawn-out finale was suspenseful for sure. But Negan’s monologue didn’t sound compelling. The only high point was the amazing bit of insight when he refers to Carl as “the future serial killer.” I think JDM really tried, but the writing betrayed his menace.

The power of JDM’s performance remains to be seen but his character’s impact has been felt. It’s the idea of Negan and his bat that adds a new layer to the debate. He’s meant to be the evil we never imagined. He is the post-apocalyptic, psychopathic ruler General Bethlehem (Will Patton) we saw in “The Postman” (1997) and more recently the Commandant (Idris Elba) in “Beasts of No Nation” (2015). Clearly Negan doesn’t feel regret, therefore Carol’s philosophical rules don’t apply to him. The new world order didn’t change him—it changed to better suit him.

Those of us who are paying attention to this show don’t care as much about whom Negan chose to kill. We care more about why.

Do This: Long Island Concert & Events April 7–13

Belinda Carlisle playing in Sydney on Feb. 10, 2011 (Photo by Eva Rinaldi).

The True Cost
This groundbreaking documentary about clothes, those who make them and the industry’s worldwide impact asks viewers to consider who really pays the price for our clothing. Screening followed by panel discussion. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7 p.m. April 7.

John Waite
The British rocker best known for his 1984 hit “Missing You” takes his Wooden Heart Accoustic Tour on the road with an intimate evening of songs, stories and Q&As, featuring The Axemen, Tim Hogan and Mark Ricciardi. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$70. 8 p.m. April 7.

Duke Robillard
The legendary blues guitarist, singer, bandleader, songwriter and producer brings his special groove to Long Island in support of his current CD, “The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard,” released last September. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8:30 p.m. April 8.

Legends of Old School
A trip down hip hop memory lane with Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane and Rakim. The Emporium, 1 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20, $30 DOS. 9 p.m. April 8.

Citizen Cope
An intimate solo acoustic performance featuring the soulful, genre-defying sounds of Citizen Cope, aka Clarence Greenwood. This singer/songwriter/music producer whose songs have been recorded by Carlos Santana, Dido, Pharoahe Monch and the late Richie Havens will be performing his own compositions. Opening the show will be Victoria Reed. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$66. 9 p.m. April 8.

Taste of Flight Wine and Food Fest
Wine, artisanal food trucks, Long Island’s top chefs and local dessert masters, all under one roof! Can you handle it? Come hungry and thirsty–and you’ll leave fulfilled. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $25-$50. 6 p.m. April 9.

Mock The Vote
Washington D.C.-based satirists The Capitol Steps lampoon Obama, Hillary Clinton, the GOP presidential hopefuls and more. As people say, after you see The Capitol Steps, you’ll realize that the opposite of progress…is Congress. Imagine the First Amendment set to four-part harmony and you’ll get a sense of their take on the issues of our day. You’ll laugh at their clever parodies and their music is right on the mark, too. Not to be missed.  patchoguetheatre.org $27. 8 p.m. April 9.

When the enigmatic Maynard James Keenan isn’t the frontman for prog-rock bands Tool and A Perfect Circle, fans can find him performing for his solo act, touring to promote the third album, Money Shot, released in October. Opening the show is Luchafer. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$75. 8 p.m. April 9.

Walshy Fire
Member of the LA-based electronic group Major Lazer, Walshy Fire will get the dance party started. The Emporium, 1 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com Free. 10 p.m. April 9.

It’s More Expensive to Do Nothing
This documentary exposes the side of criminal justice left out of popular TV shows such as Cops and Law & Order: revolving door prison institutionalization, the complexities of remediation and programs that have worked to help nonviolent ex-offenders succeed after release. Panel discussion to follow screening. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 10 a.m. April 10.

An opening reception will be held for Huntington artist Constance Wain’s solo exhibit, which includes collages and art created in mixed media. b.j. spoke gallery, 299 Main St., Huntington. bjspokegallery.com Free. 2 p.m. April 10.

Internal Bleeding
This local death metal quintet are the self-described pioneers of slam, a heavy, groove-laden style of death-core. Warming up the crowd are Thracian, In Lucid Dreams, Path We Choose and Aegresco. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12, $15 DOS. 6:30 p.m. April 10.

Esperanza Spalding
This stunningly talented Grammy-winning singer-composer-bassist performs her newest project, “Emily’s D+Evolution,” which she describes as “live musical vignettes.” She’s a true artist and we’re lucky to have her. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $31-$86. 7 p.m. April 10.

Eric Paslay
At 15, Eric Paslay wrote his first song. The rest, as they say, is history. Whether he’s penning number-one hits for Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum, or captivating listeners with his own tunes, Eric Paslay is rocking the country music world with his soul-searching lyrics and on-stage charm. No longer the guy behind the scenes, Paslay has taken center stage with last year’s eponymous record. With so much radio airplay, “Friday Night” is sure to be a singalong and “Song About a Girl” will have everyone on  their feet. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $20-$25. 7 p.m. April 10.

Take 6 and Manhattan Transfer
These two a-cappella groups will show how varied the genre can be. Alabama-based Take 6 performs gospel while New York City-based Manhattan Transfer sings jazz fusion and pop. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com 7 p.m. April 10.

Brenda Janowitz
This highly regarded local author will be speaking and signing copies of her fifth novel, The Dinner Party, a delicious new work of scintillating fiction. Janowitz, a graduate of Cornell and Hofstra Law School, has been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post and Salon, to name a few venues. If you’re nice, maybe she’ll tell you what’s cooking in her popular book, “Recipes for a Happy Life.” Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. April 12.

Belinda Carlisle
This LA-based darling diva, best known as the former frontwoman of The Go-Go’s, is touring in advance of the release of her first new solo album in nearly a decade. She’ll surely sing some Go-Go’s hits, such as “Mad About You”, “I Get Weak” and “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.” Hey, one thing’s for sure, Belinda’s Go-Go never got up and went. She’s still got it going on, if you can keep up with her, that is. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$75. 8 p.m. April 12.

Just Eat It
This documentary follows food lovers Jen and Grant, who expose the billions of dollars of food wasted on the trip from farm to fork. A meaty issue, indeed, and timely too, considering the hundreds of thousands of people going hungry every day on Long Island. A panel discussion follows the screening. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. April 13.

Ace Frehley
Here’s an interesting tidbit for fans of Ace Frehley, the Kiss guitarist: on his newest album, Space Invaders, his fiance, Rachael Gordon, wrote the lyrics to two songs, “Change” and “Immortal Pleasures.” When this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer storms into town to promote the album, he’s sure to bust out both songs. Prepare to “rock and roll all night” as one of the most influential rock guitarists of all time brings his brand of far-out music to our little corner of the planet. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $27.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. April 13.

Donald Trump Rally Forces Closure Of Long Island Rape Crisis Center

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An April 6, 2016 stop on Long Island by billionaire real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump forced a rape crisis center to unexpectedly close its doors. (Photo: Donald Trump 'Make America Great Again' campaign website)

By Spencer Rumsey and Christopher Twarowski

A campaign rally on Long Island for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump abruptly shut down a refuge center for victims of domestic and sexual abuse Wednesday, sparking outrage among victim advocates and adding to concerns about his problematic image with women voters.

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Trump, the billionaire real estate mogul-turned reality TV star and GOP presidential hopeful, made a campaign stop at Grumman Studios in Bethpage, NY, to drum up support in advance of the state’s primary on April 19, attracting thousands of supporters and protestors and prompting road closures in the vicinity.

The Safe Center LI, located on Grumman Road, was one of those locations shut down to make way for Trump’s rally. It offers cost-free, confidential services to victims of rape, sexual assault, human trafficking, domestic and dating violence, as well as child abuse. Among these: a 24-hour hotline, child advocacy, crisis intervention, emergency counseling, transitional housing, and “safe home” services.

With a stated mission “To protect, assist and empower victims of family violence and sexual assault while challenging and changing social systems that tolerate and perpetuate abuse,” The Safe Center LI services more than 1,000 victims annually.

“Due to the Donald Trump rally being held at Grumman Studios today, our center will unfortunately be closed to the public after 1 p.m.,” it announced on its Facebook page Wednesday at around noon. “Walk-in emergency appointments, regular appointments, and deliveries will not be able to access The Safe Center due to the road closure. We will resume full services at 9 a.m. Thursday morning. Thanks for your cooperation. If you have an emergency, please call our 24-Hour Hotline at 516-542-0404, or 911.”

Maurice Moe Mitchell, state director at New York Civic Engagement Table responded below the posting: “This is outrageous.”

“Donald Trump, making Long Island a less safe place for everyone,” added another poster.

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A Donald Trump rally on Long Island Wednesday, April 6, 2016, forced the temporary closure of a center for rape and domestic abuse victims.

Trump has been no stranger to criticism regarding his rhetoric and his attitude toward women.

For years he’s had a very public feud with actress Rosie O’Donnell, which became a subject of now-infamous inquiries about his misogyny made by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly during the first Republican presidential debate, televised live in August last year.

“You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals,” said Kelly.

“Only Rosie O’Donnell,” Trump replied, to laughter and applause from the audience, and he followed up that night with a series of tweets and subsequent remarks that furthered their own feud.

“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” he told CNN about her questioning—his campaign later insisting that he stated “whatever.”

Trump, who’s in a tight race with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for the GOP’s nomination, recently attacked Cruz’s wife, Heidi, threatening “to spill the beans” on her, after a SuperPAC supporting the Texas Republican had run a provocative nude photo of Trump’s third wife, Melania, taken in 2000 for a British GQ photo shoot with the headline: “Meet Melania Trump. Your Next First Lady.”

Trump followed that up with a retweet of an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz next to a flattering photo of his supermodel wife, with the words: “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

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Recently, the real estate billionaire made waves again when he told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews at a town hall event that “there has to be some form of punishment” for a woman who got an abortion if it were made illegal. Later, he tried to retract that televised response by releasing a statement saying that doctors who perform abortions, not women, should be “held legally responsible.” For good measure, Trump added, “The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb.”

Nationwide, Trump’s appeal among women voters is weak, at barely 42 percent, and declining. According to Wisconsin exit polls of primary voters, Trump only got 34 percent of female voters, despite having Melania try to shore up his support by giving her first campaign stump speech in Milwaukee.

“I’m very proud of him,” she said.

Requests for comment from the Trump “Make America Great Again” presidential campaign about the rape crisis center closure were not returned as of press time. Nor were attempts to reach The Safe Center LI.

A Nassau County Police spokesperson told a Press reporter that the office had no knowledge of The Safe Center LI, or any other local businesses, being adversely impacted by the road closures until notified by the Press, nor knew of any protocol in place to accommodate sexual abuse victims looking for help.

The spokesperson suggested any victims seek medical attention at an ER, instead.

Trump’s Therapist Unlocks the Mystery Behind The Donald: A Fairy Tale?

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By Arnie Dodge

Recently I sat down in New York with Donald Trump’s therapist, Dr. Rufus T. Quackenbush, the renowned Yale-trained psychiatrist. It should be noted that Dr. Quackenbush, a Freudian, is the second major analyst to work with Mr. Trump. Dr. Carl Gustav Jung, who died 55 years ago, worked with him during the ’90s, Trump preferring to be alone during the sessions. Trump claims this was a great experience despite Jung’s absence because Trump has “the best” unconscious and the “most interesting” dreams. Fortunately for me, Trump sanctioned my interview with Quackenbush, giving us both license to discuss any matter that arose.

AD: Thank you for sharing some of your observations about Mr. Trump.  Let’s get right down to it. Why do you think he agreed to let us talk?

RQ:  It comes as no surprise to me that he agreed. Donald is suffering from extreme narcissism, the worst case I’ve seen in my 40 years in the mental health field.  In such extreme cases the patient believes that any and all things about him will be adored by others.  I am sure that no matter what we talk about he will consider our discussion another testimony to his greatness.  One time, Donald used the bathroom in my office.  When he was done, he asked me to look at his bowel movement.  He quipped, “I’ve had thousands and thousands of terrific bowel movements.”

AD: I bet that was a bit unnerving.

RQ: It was, but I showered him with praise because he is my patient, after all. He is quite proud of his achievements but there’s always an underlying element of intense insecurity.

AD: What is your assessment on his candidacy for president? Do you think he can serve the American people with integrity?

RQ: Donald is clearly a sociopath managing to fool others that he has their best interests in mind. He has risen to the top of the business world through a global sleight-of-hand that is breathtaking, convincing the wealthy and the powerful to partner with him, even in dubious endeavors.  Trump “University,” promising a world-class education with Trump’s name on the diploma, bilked students out of thousands of dollars in tuition costs. His career is rife with similar examples. If integrity is a prerequisite for the presidency, then he surely is not suited for the position. He has a genius for dissembling and manipulation, characteristics that are informally known in the psychiatric community as Dissociative Sadistic and Psychotic Malevolent.

AD: If he does become the President, do you foresee his condition affecting him in his new role?

RQ: Yes, I am worried about the relationship between his illness and his ascension to the presidency. For example, he has shared with me that his role as Commander-in-Chief will be exhilarating. He has likened his position to a childhood game in which he set up toy soldiers as “good guys” and “bad guys.” He would douse the “bad guys” with gasoline and gleefully set them ablaze with the toss of a lit match. The display was submitted as his science project while attending military school. This pyromania is certainly cause for alarm in someone who will have his finger on the “trigger.” As an aside, I might mention that when he discusses his new title, he salivates uncontrollably. I have to have our custodial staff sanitize the area before my next patient arrives.

AD: That must cut into your hours.

RQ: Well, I try to schedule Donald at the end of the day but then he wanted to just call in when it was convenient to him and I couldn’t have that. It was totally unacceptable.

AD: Mr. Trump has often said that he will confront those in Washington who do not agree with him and they will succumb to his will.  Recently he suggested that if the Speaker of the House disagrees with him, the Speaker will “do as I say.” How would you characterize this behavior in psychological terms? 

RQ:  Our protected rights against domestic tyranny notwithstanding, Donald has shared with me that the Constitution was poorly negotiated, and written by low energy people.

AD: That’s an important distinction to him, isn’t it?

RQ: No doubt. As a deal maker—and a billionaire—he told me that he will “make the Bill of Rights great again.”  In addition, my notes include the following statement from Donald: “I am already making an ‘enemies list’ for those who will not follow orders, especially those creeps in the media, some of the worst people I have ever met. Would I shoot them?  Maybe yes, maybe no.” A temperament that includes violent fantasies typically requires involuntary hospitalization.

AD: That may not be possible in his case.

RQ: It’s worrisome, indeed. He could prove very resistant.

AD:  What about his obsession with the “wall” he wants to build?

RQ:  There is no mistaking the indicators of a borderline personality. Of course, in his mind it’s all about keeping out “the other.”

AD:  It is common knowledge that mental health professionals probe their patients’ sub-conscious mind through an analysis of their dreams. Have you applied this technique to your work with Mr. Trump?

RQ: Most definitely. Here is where we examine the layers of the troubled psyche. Donald recounts a recurring dream from childhood—a dream that appears occasionally even today—of being castrated by gangs who pass around his severed member, laughing at its uncommonly small size. I am fairly certain that building very tall structures that bear his name is his way of compensating for his shame.

AD: What other characteristics have you observed, Doctor?

RQ: Screaming epithets at his opponents, “making faces” that an adolescent might present in a grammar school lunchroom, referencing bodily functions to insult women. These are gestures that reflect a serious conduct disorder and a dangerous lack of impulse control. Quite frankly, I worry about these aberrations if he were to facilitate a meeting in the Oval Office or address  the United Nations General Assembly.

AD: What is your long-term prognosis for Mr. Trump?

RQ:  Donald has survived so well this far that I believe he will continue to present his disruptive behaviors because they have worked for him. Unchecked psychosis emboldens a distorted mind. However, I am more concerned about the pathology we see in his followers. The public displays are quite unsettling. The most recent example—the most disturbing one of all—is the spectacle of his acolytes pushing, shoving and punching those who disagree with Donald’s message at his rallies. People who cannot discern right from wrong—they’re countenancing violence, adhering to deformed logic and cheering at the prospect of dismantling democracy as we know it—they are easy targets for impostors promising to fulfill their desires. Donald should engender outrage from any sane individual. But here he engages people on a primitive level, stroking their id. Mobs of people under the spell of a lunatic can only lead to catastrophic outcomes.

AD: Thank you very much for sharing your professional perspective with us.  Would you like to make any final comments?

RQ: Yes. God help us.

(Editor’s Note: Of course, this is fiction. But yes, God help us.)

Donald Trump Hosting Presidential Campaign Rally Wednesday in Bethpage

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Donald Trump speaks to supporters. (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

By Rashed Mian and Timothy Bolger

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is rallying Wednesday on Long Island less than two weeks before an uncharacteristically pivotal New York State primary—and authorities are bracing for a crowd of up to 13,000 people.

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The GOP frontrunner, reality TV star and real estate magnate will hold the rally 7 p.m. Wednesday at Grumman Studios in Bethpage. Nassau County police said the venue can hold more than 12,000 people and up to 1,000 protesters—for and against Trump—are expected to rally outside in a “free speech zone” on South Oyster Bay Road.

“Violence will not be tolerated,” Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter told reporters when asked how authorities are preparing for the bad behavior that has made headlines at some of Trump’s other rallies nationwide. Krumpter would not say if specific threats have been received, but warned drivers to expect major traffic delays in the HIcksville area. He said police are expecting even more protesters than the hundreds they saw at the 2008 and 2012 presidential debates at Hofstra University.

Those who get tickets to attend the rally will be required to go through metal detectors and be screened by Secret Service agents before entering the facility, the police commissioner said. No firearms will be allowed inside the venue, he noted. Grumman Road, the route to the venue, will be closed at 2 p.m. Wednesday along with South Oyster Bay Road between South Broadway and Grumman Road.

Grumman Studios and the adjoining Gold Coast Studios boast a combined 605,000 square feet of space. Grumman Studios itself is equipped with seven stages, and has played been the set of major movie productions such as The Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man and several live TV broadcasts such as “Peter Pan Live” starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken. Iranian immigrant Parviz Farahzad, a real estate mogul, owns Grumman Studios.

A coalition of protesters, including African Americans, Latino groups and the political-arm of Planned Parenthood in Nassau County, have already announced plans to hold a peaceful anti-Trump rally outside the studio in response to his controversial comments seen as anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and misogynistic. In a press release, protesters said they plan to “embrace and empower the groups that Donald Trump aims to tear down, like women, Muslims and immigrants.”

But he also has his supporters. Nassau GOP boss Joe Mondello has endorsed Trump. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who lives in Bethpage, reportedly plans to attend the rally but has not endorsed the candidate.

The rally comes as Trump has 737 delegates as of Tuesday, about half of the 1,237 needed to secure the Republican nomination. Presidential primary candidates historically need not rally in The Empire State since they usually clinch their party’s line well before the primaries here, which this year fall on April 19. Trump is leading the polls in his home state of New York, which has the second-most remaining available delegates after California.

Trump is coming off perhaps the roughest patch of his campaign. On March 30, Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was charged with simple battery in Florida for allegedly grabbing Michelle Fields, then a Breitbart reporter, who was attempting to ask Trump a question. Trump, no stranger to incendiary comments, received widespread condemnation days later when, in responding to a hypothetical posed to him by MSNBC, he suggested that women who undergo illegal abortions should be punished. Trump later backtracked, saying that abortion providers who perform the procedure should be punished instead if abortion is made illegal.

“The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb,” Trump said in a statement clarifying his position.

Trump previously stirred controversy when he called for a ban of all Muslims from entering the United States and said he would compel Mexico to build a wall to keep immigrants from crossing the southern border. He’s also toyed with the idea of placing Muslim American citizens in a database and told one interviewer: “I think Islam hates us.”

Trump’s interpretation of how Muslim Americans perceive this country comes in stark contrast to statements made by the Muslim community on Long Island who have repeatedly condemned violence and proclaimed that the so-called Islamic State is a false caliphate that doesn’t represent the religion of some 3 billion people. Muslim Americans throughout the US have reported unprecedented levels of backlash—ranging from verbal broadsides and physical attacks—against members of the community and their mosques amid the election season.

Trump isn’t the only White House candidate making a campaign stop on the Island. Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is languishing behind Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), made stops at Hofstra, Sagamore Hill and The Paramount in Huntington on Monday. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will reportedly hold events with party faithful in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was in Elmont on Tuesday. Her opponent, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), has yet to announce plans to come to LI.

Horoscopes By PsychicDeb for April 2016


Aries – Venus & Uranus conjunct your natal Sun – a lucky social contact provides the influences that will open doors for you. You’ll appeal to someone at the top of the ladder because of your bright wit and optimistic manner. Ask questions, obtain answers; you’ll learn much. Sagittarius and Gemini are involved.

Taurus – Mercury conjunct your natal Sun – a change of pace brings an intelligent, witty person into range. This person can introduce you to a more exciting social life, including much travel around your local area. Be prepared for romance, amusement, much talk and gossip. A flexible attitude is a must.

Gemini – 12th house issues emphasize illusions, fantasy and make-believe. This can be productive if applied to an area of creativity or artistic expression. You’ll be extra sensitive where personal relationships are concerned. Retreat to a special hide away if pressures mount.

Cancer – Pluto opposite your natal Sun – the cycle surges upward and you’ll feel like you’re in the driver’s seat. Personal enterprises pay off in a big way. Power, prestige and more money will seem worth fighting for. Don’t deal with underlings. Go right to the top with requests and ideas. Your lucky number is 8.

Leo – Lunar vibrations are affecting your mood this month. If you get bothersome chores out of the way, you’ll have time for a group meeting and an unusual answer to a quandary. Cut out unnecessary frills; be practical, shrewd, and observant. Goals can be reached through inventive methods. Your lucky number is 4.

Virgo – Jupiter conjunct your natal Sun – speculation, risk taking and games of chance are accented. You’ll feel lucky and ready for adventure. An optimistic mood is bound to draw friends and would-be lovers in your direction. Enjoy popularity but don’t promise more than you can deliver.

Libra – your ruling planet in your 7th house – share secrets with a loved one or family member. Be compassionate; understand problems that are presented to you. A loving, caring attitude will overcome all differences. A special gourmet treat can break through barriers. Your lucky number is 6.

Scorpio – your ruling planet in your 3rd house – communication requires steady effort. Follow the rules instead of adding to your own interpretation. Catch up on routine correspondences and phone messages. You’ll feel less pressure if you lighten the backlog of work. Avoid spending time in gossip.

Sagittarius – Mars & Saturn conjunct your natal Sun – personal power continues at a high point. You can complete a major project and move onto bigger things. Your magnetism draws many to you, but the focus will be more on an appeal to the masses than personal relationships. Aries and Libra figure prominently.

Capricorn – Pluto conjunct your natal Sun – you will be cautious, money conscious and protective of yourself and family members. Build up resources, save rather than spend. Your intuitive understanding of values and bargains give you an extra edge. Use imagination in earning a living. A Cancer plays a key role.

Aquarius – your ruling planet in your 3rd house – a completion of a major cycle is about to take place. Put the past behind you; make big plans for the future. Travel, higher education and spiritual philosophy are involved in this month’s high-minded scenario. An alert aggressive person goes out of the way to gain your friendship.

Pisces – Neptune conjunct your natal Sun – the accent is on new starts, great personal appeal and a possible change in appearance or body image. You’ll approach life with a dramatic, forceful attitude. Your warmth will draw love to you; don’t be afraid to make the first move. Your lucky number is 1.


Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. Self-taught, she began her studies in astrology when she was 8 yrs. old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books on Astrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: www.astro-mate.org

Do This: Long Island Concert & Events March 31–April 6

Carle Place native, extraterrestrial guitar god-sorcerer, Joe Satriani.

The King of Arcades
Richie Knucklez, The King of Arcades, will lead a lecture about The Richie Knucklez Arcade in NJ, one of the biggest arcade phenomena in the world, and discuss the upcoming documentary in which he stars. Lecture followed by arcade play time. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $10. 7 p.m. March 31.

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Patti LaBelle
Witnessing a performance by the “Queen of Rock ‘n‘ Soul” can be summed up in one word: soulful. Of course, a singular adjective could never capture all the passion, all the joy, all the emotional upheaval and celebratory enthusiasm unleashed in the symbiotic love-affair between performer and audience that is a Miss Patti Labelle concert. She is a true diva—a legendary singer, a talented actress, a gifted author and even a talented cook! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $69.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. April 1.

Joe Satriani
The former Deep Purple guitarist who, legend has it, taught original guitar hero Stevie Vai how to rock, is coming home to Long Island. Read more about the Carle Place High School graduate in the Press’ profile of him. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $45-$100. 8 p.m. April 1.

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Jessie’s Girl
Break out the Converse, strap on a headband and dust off the jean jacket, because this Back to the Eighties Show will do everything short of taking you in a Delorean back to the decade when Men at Work, Flock of Seagulls and Debbie Gibson ruled the airwaves. That’s because Jessie’s Girl is more than just a cover band. They’re here to party like it’s 1989! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$30. 8 p.m. April 1.

Keb’ Mo’ Band
This three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music virtuoso has come to embody all the hopes and dreams, joys and sorrows in the great American art form known as the blues for a new generation of aficionados. Hard to believe he embarked on this journey only two decades ago because his roots run so deep, but here he is continuing to grow as an acoustic guitarist and an accomplished artist, and it’s fitting that on his 12th album, BLUESAmericana, he offers some of the most poignant and uplifting melodies he’s ever recorded. He imbues the Chicago blues, soul-blues, the legendary greats like “Big” Bill Bronzy and Robert Johnson, plus pop, R&B, rock and jazz influences. Opening the show is Gerald Albright. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $45-$95. 8 p.m. April 1.

Tom Cotter
This 2012 America’s Got Talent runner-up may not be a doctor, but if laughter’s the best medicine, he’ll give the audience a healthy dose of what they deserve. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $25. 8 p.m. April 1, 7 & 9:30 p.m. April 2.

John Popper
Lead singer and principal songwriter of Blues Traveler, John Popper, will be speaking and signing his new book, Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed to Tell. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. April 2.

Rock Legends Live
This trifecta of tribute bands includes Beginnings, performing the greatest hits of Chicago, FM recreating the timeless music of Steely Dan, and Petty Rumors, playing the best of Tom Petty and everyone’s Fleetwood Mac favorites. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $37-$57. 7:30 p.m. April 2.

Off-stage he’s a mellow fellow named David Adkins but when he’s on stage, look out! He’s on fire as Sinbad, a hugely entertaining American stand-up comedian and actor who’s been lighting up the comedy world with his incendiary HBO specials, his TV shows—he even got his family into the act—and funny films like Necessary Roughness, Houseguest, First Kid and Jingle All The Way. Some have dubbed his comic style “hit ’em in the face” because when Sinbad gets going, he delivers a no-holds-barred laugh riot that pulls no punches. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 8 p.m. April 2.

Folk Festival
The first event since this venue temporarily closed for renovations is their seventh annual Folk Festival, headlined by The Chapin Family, performing the songs of the late great local music icon Harry Chapin. A free local singer-songwriter showcase, featuring nine artists, will be held in the lobby starting at 2 p.m. the same day. Patchogue Village Center for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $28-$58. 8 p.m. April 2.

The Zombie Wedding
From the producers of Tony & Tina’s Wedding comes this comedy of matrimonial mahem. It’s sort of like My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets The Walking Dead. Audience members (and dismembers) are encouraged to come in costume. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $45. 8 p.m. April 2.

Naughty By Nature
Are you down with O.P.P.? Yeah, you better be at this 25th anniversary party! The Emporium, 1 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15, $20 DOS. 10 p.m. April 2.

The Wonder Years
This Philadelphia pop/punk/emo sextet is not to be confused with the TV show of the same name. Warming up the crowd are Microwave, Tiny Moving Parts and letlive. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 7 p.m. April 3.

The inaugural TEDxAdelphiUniversity, organized by the staff from the Center for Health Innovation, will gather 100 of the most impassioned TEDx enthusiasts for a day of networking and dialogue featuring a stellar line-up of nine speakers and TED Talks videos under the theme of “What if…” The event will also be streamed live. Lunch is included in the event, and audience members are strongly encouraged to stay for the entire program. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. adelphi.edu $10 members, $20 public. 9 a.m. April 5.

Buzz Aldrin
Beloved American hero and Astronaut, Buzz Aldrin will be at Book Revue to sign his new book, No Dream is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon. You won’t need a lunar module to get you into the store, but you will have to have a copy of his book with you or you won’t get to meet him this time around. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. April 5.

The Cult
More than 30 years removed from their beginnings as a gothic rock band in the UK, The Cult is still going strong. Already holding nine studio albums to their name, The Cult is touring America while working on a tenth. Led by singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, the group’s 1985 album Love reached to No. 4 on the UK charts. Today, The Cult still achieves the success they had back then. Their most recent album, Choice of Weapon, debuted at No. 1 on the UK Rock Chart and was named the iTunes Rock Album of the Year. Will they perform Sonic Temple’s “Fire Woman”? “Edie (Ciao Baby)”!? Sure hope so.  The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$75. 8 p.m. April 6.

Randy Newman
With songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical and a host of unforgettable film scores, Randy Newman has used his many talents to create musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences. The man is a genius who doesn’t take himself too seriously, but his work can cut like a knife or soothe like a feather, depending on the song. In addition to his solo recordings and regular international touring, Newman began composing and scoring for films, including The Natural, Awakenings, Ragtime, all three Toy Story pictures, Seabiscuit, James and the Giant Peach, A Bug’s Life, and most recently, Monsters University. The highly praised 2008 “Harps and Angels” was Newman’s first album of new material since 1999. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $55-$95. 8 p.m. April 6.

Here’s How Towns and Villages Can Fix Long Island’s Critical Housing Shortage

By Christopher Jones and David Sabatino


ong Island faces a critical need for multifamily housing. This challenge needs to be addressed locally through actions that require sound planning and an engaged community. The good news is that small modifications in zoning can generate the housing Long Island needs, if only enough towns and villages embrace the changes.

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There is no question that Long Island needs more housing that average residents can afford. According to studies, people living in Nassau and Suffolk counties pay a higher share of their income for housing than other suburbs in the New York region, and new housing coming on the market costs too much for a majority of residents, especially young adults just starting their careers. As a result, 20-something Long Islanders live with parents or other older relatives at more than twice the national average. Over the past 25 years, Long Island has lost a greater share of its younger residents—16 percent—than other parts of the region have. By comparison, New York City’s population of younger adults has grown by 8 percent.

The problem is going to get worse unless more housing is built at a greater range of rents and prices. Demand will grow from people already living here as children are born, life expectancy increases and growing numbers of the baby boom generation retire. Young people, as well as empty nesters, want smaller units, rental options, co-ops and condos, and downtown housing near restaurants and entertainment. There also will be more people who want to move to Long Island, particularly if New York City’s dynamic economy continues to draw more people to the metropolitan region and the Long Island Rail Road adds a new third track in Nassau and connects to Grand Central Terminal with the East Side Access tunnel.

Recent research that we worked on for the Long Island Index, in conjunction with consulting firm HR&A Advisors, found that modest changes in zoning would eliminate the multifamily housing shortage if they’re implemented throughout downtowns across Long Island. (Multifamily housing is defined as any building with three or more attached residential units and includes both rentals and owner-occupied buildings such as co-ops and condominiums.) The study, Long Island’s Needs for Multifamily Housing, recommended reducing the minimum size of a housing unit, increasing maximum lot coverage and raising the maximum permitted building height. To make sure these steps would work in the real world, we included case studies of three communities where new multifamily housing has been created.

Still, the proposed changes raise some legitimate questions. First, what impact would multifamily housing have on local infrastructure, including schools? Also, will additional apartments and townhouses actually reduce rents and prices?

In the first case, simply zoning for new housing is necessary but not sufficient. Zoning changes will be made locally, and the needs of each individual community including school capacity and parking should be planned for carefully. But modest increases in multifamily housing also can bring a number of local benefits, including creating more attractive downtowns, supporting local businesses and growing the tax base. And multifamily homes generally result in less automobile traffic and fewer schoolchildren than single-family homes.

In the second case, zoning changes can help reduce housing costs in a number of ways. By increasing the supply of the type of homes that are in greatest demand, it will decrease pressure on housing prices Island-wide. Also, by making it possible to build more housing units on the same amount of land, it permits a developer to spread costs over a larger number of units and create smaller units that can rent for less.

Before the 1960s as much as 50 percent of rental housing on Long Island was built near train stations.

These revisions won’t automatically bring down the cost of housing in the short run, but they do give communities more leverage to negotiate for more affordable housing or amenities. If developers can create more units at a lower cost, then towns and villages can negotiate that more of them should be rented or sold for less. That emphasis also will permit housing subsidies to go farther. State and federal funding intended to support low, moderate or middle-income housing can support more homes when the per unit cost of each apartment or condo is lower.

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It’s worth noting that there is nothing new about locating rental apartments near train stations on Long Island. According to the Long Island Index, before the 1960s as much as 50 percent of rental housing on Long Island was built near train stations.

The solution is to build more affordable multifamily housing in downtowns—especially transit-oriented downtowns—across the region. It won’t change the basic fabric of Long Island. Most Long Islanders will continue to live in single-family neighborhoods and drive to work, but both young and old will have more options, and a growing economy will create a better quality of life.

Each community on Long Island will decide what it should do—local zoning control is not being challenged—but with modest steps in many places there is an opportunity to address both local and regional needs. Those steps will leave the overall feel of Long Island intact, while allowing young Long Islanders and empty nesters to remain in the communities they love.

Illustration by Walt Handelsman, courtesy Long Island Index

Christopher Jones is senior vice president and chief planner at Regional Plan Association (RPA); David Sabatino is owner of Sip This in Valley Stream and a consultant to RPA. Both were involved in writing the Long Island Index report.

Do This: Long Island Concert & Events March 25-March 30

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Paul Zerdin
America’s Got Talent winner Paul Zerdin’s hilarious and wide-ranging ventriloquist act is something to behold, just ask the audience of NBC’s hit show. Zerdin is a unique talent. He’s able to create various characters—the precocious infant, the pre-adolescent Sam, to name a few—and delivers rip-roaring routines that you’ll never forget. Zerdin has also appeared on The Royal Variety Show and Montreal’s ITV1’s Comedy Rocks. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$70. 8 p.m. March 25.

Schism (Tool Tribute) featuring VAtallica (Metallica Tribute) / Facelift (Alice In Chains Tribute) / Hurry (Rush Tribute)
What’s better than a night of unbridled nostalgia?!? Fans of Tool, Metallica, Alice in Chains and Rush will be in their glory Friday as they gyrate to the potent tunes of some of their all-time favorite tracks, performed by tribute bands that are equally as passionate about these incredible artists. Listen as Vatallica, FAcelift, Hurry and Schism deliver powerful renditions of songs that have changed lives. What a night this promises to be. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $20. 7 p.m. March 25.

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Big Laughs Comedy
The event’s name says it all. The Boulton Center welcomes three hilarious comedians from the tri-state area who have knack for making people laugh. It’s not easy delivering powerful one-liners that prompt belly-churning roars of laughter, as we well know. Comedians are subject to change. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $20. 8 p.m. March 25.

Lisa Lisa
The Latin hip-hop star has created quite a following over the years with her unique rhythm and range. Her freestyle contemporary band, Cult Jam, was one of the first groups to deliver powerful, off-the-cuff lyrics. The New York City-native is credited with laying the ground for a number of influential Latin performers, including Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. The two singers may have achieved worldwide fame, but it all began with Lisa Lisa. With guests Atomic Mary. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15, $20 DOS. 8 p.m. March 25.

Murder at the Prohibition Pub
Presented by Knock ‘Em Dead Comedy, “Murder at the Prohibition Pub” tells the story of dueling families and one clan’s desire to open a new club in town. Sounds quite serious, but the show promises plenty of laughs and great music. Get into the spirit by donning prohibition-era clothes. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $60. 8 p.m. March 25.

Photo credit: Forever Came Calling/Facebook
Photo credit: Forever Came Calling/Facebook

Forever Came Calling, Major League
Hard to believe that the punk band has been in the game for a decade already. The California crew received some notoriety from the Warped Tour documentary No Room for Rockstars and developed a strong following. The quartet brings its all each and every night. With Sudden Suspension, Count To Ten, Check Engine Light, Parallel. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. ticketfly.com. $12-$15. 7 p.m. March 25.

Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime
Covering everyone’s favorite punk/reggae/ska/pop songs by Sublime is this very cool tribute band, named after the band’s classic tune. Warming up the crowd will be The Warden & FAME, Nonstop to Ciaro and Offshore Regulars. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $18. 7 p.m. March 26.

Carly Rae Jepsen “Gimmie Love Tour”
Carly Rae Jepsen will hit the Paramount in Huntington to spread her infectious pop vocals all over our fair Island. Thanks to Ms. Jepsen, we still haven’t gotten her 2011 summer anthem “Call Me Maybe” out of our heads – and that might be a good thing. This Canadian-born singer is sure to be the life of the party and draw a fun crowd. We’ll see you there! With Special Guest Cardiknox The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$45. 8 p.m. March 26.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian
Don’t miss your chance to catch Monty Python’s classic “Life of Brian” on the big screen at the Cinema Arts Center! This 1979 religious satire stands at the top of the genre and remains as engrossing and timely as ever – especially during an election year like this one! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $4 members, $5 public. 10 p.m. March 26.

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Photo credit: Oscar G/Facebook

Oscar G
Nobody gets a party started like DJ Oscar G. His unique mixes of house tunes will get the blood pumping on the dance floor and keep you there non-stop. This Miami DJ knows how to work a crowd like a pro. Get your dance on! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15, $20 DOS. 10 p.m. March 26.

Peppa Pig Easter Egg Hunt Craft Event
Kids will have a blast creating a Peppa Pig-inspired craft and reading along to “Peppa Pig’s Easter Egg Hunt.” For children and parents alike looking for a fun time in Huntington to celebrate the holiday weekend! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com $20 per child. 2 p.m. March 26.

Universal Horror: Creepy and Classic
For those looking for some old school horror, come down to the Cinema Arts Centre to check out their in-depth peek behind the scenes of the making of some of the creepiest horror characters of all time. For the horror and film afficiando. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. March 28.

Known for their hardcore teeth-gnashing strums that come with a lot of heart, the San Diego band Capsize has amassed a fervent and devoted group of followers. Keep your eye on the lead singer whose vocals and charismatic stage presence will stay with you for days afterwards. With Gnashville, Heal, Carve Your Niche, Graves. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. ticketfly.com. $10-$12. 6:30 p.m. March 28.

The Expendables
The Santa Cruz, Calif., quartet has been blending reggae with rock for two decades, all the while establishing itself as a top attraction for audiences yearning to sway to the beat as they’re bathed in soulful tunes. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $16. 6:30 p.m. March 30.

Tom Philbin: A reading by P.J. Ochlan
This renowned audiobook narrator will conduct a live-reading from Tom Philbin’s 1985 book Precinct: Siberia, a novel documenting a New York City precinct home to some of the most hardened cops on the beat. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. March 30.