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Long Island Concerts & Events May 29-June 1

2017 Long Island Memorial Day Parades

Alejandro Aviles
This Cuban-American jazz saxaphonist will lead his quartet in performing the music of Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh and others. Treme – Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com Free. 7 p.m. May 31.

SoulFire
Spiritual teacher, yogini, mother, author, pirate, energy healer and awakened being of the new heaven and the new earth, SoulFire, will be speaking and signing her memoir, Fearless Freedom Becoming SoulFire: book 1. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. June 1.

Games We Play
This South Florida Pop Punk band will rock out with And Then There Were None, Fawkes, Jarrett & Kevin, A Fighting Chance, Scared20 and A Place To Hide. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionliny.com 7 p.m. June 1.

The Illusionists
Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show is coming to Long Island! Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $39-$99. 7:30 p.m. June 1.

Craig Robinson
Star of NBC’s hit television show The Office, Craig Robinson is taking his stand-up act to Long Island. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $34. 7, 9:30 p.m. June 1.

2017 Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged
Athletes will compete in track, field, slalom, archery, swimming, wheelchair basketball and table tennis. Participants, ranging from ages 5 to 21, face disabilities including blindness, visually impaired, deaf, hearing impaired, spinal cord injured, amputees and those who have cerebral palsy, dwarfism and other physical challenges. Mitchel Athletic Complex, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Uniondale. nassaucountypcgames.com June 1-3.

Long Island Concerts & Events June 2-4

Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean

Path to the Presidency
An opening reception will be held for this art exhibit featuring unique campaign textiles such as, ceramics, flags, posters, parade lanterns, torches, games, stickers to provide tangible insight into how and why our leaders became our leaders. The exhibition underlines the historically powerful role of mass-market campaign advertising in American elections from George Washington to Donald Trump. Runs through Oct. 2. The Bridgehampton Museum, 2368 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton. bhmuseum.org $5. 7:30 p.m. June 2.

Stephanie Mills & The Whispers
This NY-based soul singer and Broadway star will sing her many hits, including  “Home,” “I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love,” “I Feel Good All Over,” “(You’re Puttin’) A Rush on Me” and “Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel).” Mills’ 1980 song “Never Knew Love Like This Before” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Broadhollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49-$200. 8 p.m. June 2.

Quadralove
Easing the mind and freeing the soul with their reggae grooves is this four-piece local band that has played in venues from Amagansett to Manhattan, spreading their passion for music everywhere they go. Their EP, The Power Inside, presents the group’s reggae roots, but also shows their desire to explore other musical landscapes. Their mission is to share their love for music to ease pain in the world. Treme – Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. June 2.

Chanel West Coast
This California-based rapper and singer will perform her latest hit single, “Countin’,” when she hits the East Coast. Warming up the crowd are Sarkazm, Lindsey Jenningz, iDeal2Times and JBARR. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd, Amityville. revolutionliny.com $20-$25. 8 p.m. June 2.

Nautical Mile and Blues Festival
Thousands of visitors are expected to enjoy the great weather and flock this weekend to Freeport for the festival’s specialty foods, rides and live music, including performances by Steel Drum bands, as well as regional and nationally acclaimed Blues musicians. Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport. 12 p.m. June 3.

Born This Way
The Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival kicks off Gay Pride Month with a celebration of queer arts culture with visual art and performances including music, dance, new burlesque, spoken word, opera, Drag performers, DJs and more. Activities include a 1 p.m. reception for an LGBT art exhibit curated by Anu Annam and Rebecca Canese, 2 p.m. performances by New Burlesque performer Sarah Tonin, Opera performer Danielle Davis and more followed by a screening of My Own Private Idaho preceded by performance by Lady Labelle, a drag artiste. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $5. 1 p.m. June 3.

KTUphoria
The Jones Beach summer concert series kicks off with Miley Cyrus, Fifth Harmony, Nicky Jam, Jason Derulo, Shaggy, Craig David and Starley. Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $25-$125. 7 p.m. June 3.

Douglas Brunt and Nelson DeMille
These two bestselling authors will be speaking and signing copies of Brunt’s new novel, Trophy Son. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., HUntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. June 3.

Johnny Mathis
After being signed by Columbia records in 1958, Johnny’s Greatest Hits, a combination of funky jazz and harmonic pop, went on the Billboard Top Albums Chart and remained there for almost 10 years. He’s worked with Ray Charles, and has been awarded his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The artist has received five Grammy nominations throughout his career, his latest in 2014 for “Sending You a Little Christmas” for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Broadhollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $80-$321. 8 p.m. June 3.

The Temptations Revue
This R&B and soul group is led by by Nate Evans, hand-picked by original Temptations lead singers Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, and Dennis Edwards to join the group and continue the legacy. They’ll perform the original group’s hits, including “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” “Just My Imagination” and more. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49-$55. 8 p.m. June. 3.

Priscilla Queen of The Desert
This heartwarming, uplifting musical adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. The hit parade of dance-floor favorites includes “It’s Raining Men”, “I Will Survive”, “Hot Stuff”, “Finally”, “Boogie Wonderland”, “Go West”, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “I Love The Nightlife.” The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale. cmpac.com $16-$40. Times vary. June 3-July 8.

The Atlantic Wind Symphony: The Sound of Long Island
Featuring music by Long Island Composers, and music written about Long Island and New York. The concert will also feature some of Long Island’s finest high school musicians in concert with the Atlantic Wind Symphony and the winner of our Solo Competition. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St, Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $7. 3 p.m. June 4.

Clippers Go To War
An opening reception will be held for a new exhibit bringing to life the journey of the famed Pan Am Clipper flying boats — their many aviation accomplishments, distinguished service during World War II and the dedicated heroic people who made aviation history. Cradle of Aviation, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $75. 5 p.m. June 4.

Gaelic Storm
This chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 7 p.m. June 4.

Mavis Staples
This singer is an alchemist of American music, having continuously crossed genre lines like no musician since Ray Charles. Weaving herself into the very fabric of gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and hip hop over the last 60 years, this iconic singer has seen and sung through so many changes. Now in her seventh decade, with the release of her new album Livin’ on a High Note, she is only gaining momentum. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $54-$69. 7 p.m. June 4.

Jason Aldean
The country rocker will perform with Chris Young, Kane Brown and Dee Jay Silver. Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $46.50-$71.75. 7:30 p.m. June 4.

Taylor Caniff
This Indiana-based internet personality, actor and rapper who starred in the Netflix reality series Chasing Cameron will hold a meet and greet with fans. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $20-$25. 4 p.m. June 7.

Meet The Best and Brightest in The Industry at Star Network’s Premiere Excellence in Real Estate & Development Awards & Networking Event

Tami Bonnell, CEO of Exit Realty Corp International will be speaking at the networking event.

Mix and mingle with Queens’ preeminent realtors, developers and more at the Star Network’s Premiere “Excellence in Real Estate & Development Awards & Networking Event.”

On Wednesday, June 14, join the Star Network as we honor the best and brightest from 6 to 9 pm at Terrace on the Park, 52-11 111th St, Flushing, NY 11368.

Don’t miss what internationally renowned leader Tami Bonnell, CEO of Exit Realty Corp International has to say. As the night’s keynote speaker, she will be covering is “The best is yet to come!” Find out how to improve day after day, year after year in every aspect of your life.

Bonnell, who had been President of EXIT Realty’s US Organization since 2001, is a more than 30-year veteran of the real estate industry and was instrumental in building three major brands. Among her many achievements & awards, she was recognized by real estate trend-watcher Stefan Swanepoel, as one of the 200 Most Powerful & influential Influential people in residential real estate, among the 20 corporate executives and among the top 10 women leaders in Real Estate.

At the event, the Star Network will be feting successful real estate and development professionals in the following categories: development, residential, and commercial accomplishments.

Among some of those being honored are: Tyler Morse, CEO and Managing Partner for MCR Development; Eric Benaim, CEO, President and Founder, Modern Spaces
Seth Pinsky, Executive Vice President and Investment Manager of the RXR Metropolitan Emerging Market Strategy; Joe Mattone Sr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Mattone Group; Michael Meyer, President, F&T Group

The Excellence in Family Business award will go the Shirian Family of The Lion’s Group NYC.

The evening will begin with a VIP Hour, there will be an expo and networking, and conclude with a raffle, of which 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Candles for Hope, dedicated to providing birthday parties for displaced children.
Candles for Hope was founded for the purpose of bringing joy into the lives of children and their families. They accomplish this by providing birthday parties and gifts for children living in shelters.

Sponsors of the event include: The Mattone Group, Quontic Bank, Cushman & Wakefield, California Closets, National Grid, Modern Spaces, Exit Realty, Flushing Bank, and Bethpage Federal Credit Union.

To nominate, learn more, or for sponsorship opportunities, call Tonia N. Cimino at 718 224 5863, ext 227 or email [email protected]

Long Island Concerts & Events May 26-28

Audra McDonald photo by Rob Rich © 2011 [email protected] 516-676-3939

Anchor: A Whale of a Show
An opening reception will be held for this nautical-themed exhibit curated by Susan Lazarus-Reimen & Dan Rizzie. Exhibit runs through June 12. Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum, 200 Main St., Sag Harbor. sagharborwhalingmuseum.org 6 p.m. May 26.

The N.Y. Bee Gees
This groovy night of full-on disco fever featuring The New York Bee Gees will be sure to get the crowd dancing the double-bump. They’ll bring the music, you bring the moves! Can you dig it? Of course, you can! The dance floor beckons. Also performing will be Raniere Martin, A Tribute to Donna Summer and Dancing Dream, an ABBA Tribute Band. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20- $35. 8 p.m. May 26.

Kiefer Sutherland
The actor best known as playing Jack Bower on 24 is touring to promote his debut album, Down in a Hole, which he co-produced with his friend, Jude Cole. w/ Opening Act Rick Brantley. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com $50. 8 p.m. May 26.

Stop Kiss
Diana Son’s critically acclaimed first full-length play is the story of Callie and Sara, two women who unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes an attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org Free. 7:30 p.m. May 26-28.

Memorial Day Weekend Show on the Green
This art festival turns the Montauk Village Green into an outdoor gallery of exquisite original, handmade art by artisans from across America and overseas. Through their extraordinary vision, talent and skills the artisans weave a tapestry of art from remarkable creations in painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, glass and ceramics to mixed media, woodworking and more. Meet the artists that create the works. Montauk village green, Montauk. Free. 12-6 p.m. May 26, 27; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 28.

Raid New York
This Marine and Navy Helicopter Landing is a part of the Fleet Week 2017 activities in New York City. The U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs will perform an aerial parachute demonstration showcasing the skills of the Naval Special Warfare Team at 10 a.m. Then the CH-53 Sea Stallion, MV-22 Osprey and AH-1W Cobras will perform an area sweep and transport a Marine Raid Force to the landing zone at 12:30 p.m. Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow. nassaucountyny.gov/parks Free. 10 a.m. May 27.

Portraits of Honor, Dignity, and Respect -The Patriot Guard Riders
An opening reception will be held for an exhibit by award-winning portrait photogrpaher Rick Wenner. Exhibit runs through June 10. RIPE Art Gallery, 1028 Park Ave., Huntington. ripeartgal.com 6 p.m. May 27.

Memorial Day Fireworks Extravaganza
Musical entertainment from both Desert Highway, an Eagles tribute band, and DJ Kev Dee, who will be playing popular songs from today and yesterday, plus students from New Hyde Park Memorial High School singing the National Anthem. North Hempstead Beach Park. Free, plus $10 parking. 6 p.m. May 27.

John Scofield’s “Country For Old Men”
Featuring Vincent Archer, Sullivan Fortner, & Bill Stewart. The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave., Stony Brook. thejazzloft.org 7 p.m. May 27.

Little Feat & The Midnight Ramble Horns
This American rock band will take fans back to the 1970s with songs from all 35 albums. Although members of the band have changed throughout the years, the quality of music hasn’t. Get ready for some “Dixie Chicken” and brush up on your air guitar, because this show is sure to rock! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$79.50. 8 p.m. May 27.

Colin Quinn
The star of the critically acclaimed one-man show on Broadway “Long Story Short,” the off-Broadway hit “Unconstitutional” and the upcoming one-man show “The New York Story” is bringing his act to Long Island. The Brooklyn native went from stand-up comic to TV host and a stint on Saturday Night Live before embarking on his latest projects. Bay Street Theater, c/o Bay St. & Main St., Sag Harbor. baystreet.org $65-$75. 8 p.m. May 27.

Audra McDonald
Blessed with a luminous soprano, she is as much at home on Broadway and opera stages as she is in roles in film and television. In addition to her theatrical work, she maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $100-$175. 8 p.m. May 27.

10,000 Maniacs
Touring on the 30th anniversary of their critically acclaimed, break-out album, In My Tribethey, this band helped define “college rock” and the first wave of “alternative rock” bands with their pop-conscious, literate and lush aesthetic. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com $100-$115. 8 p.m. May 27.

Decoration Day Celebration
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. This annual celebration offers a look at the region’s past, culminating with the village’s commemoration of Decoration Day, as it was observed in the early years of this holiday. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. nassaucountyny.gov $8-$12. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 27, 28.

Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach
The Thunderbirds, a squadron of F-16 fighter pilots, headline the biggest annual event on Long Island with more than 400,000 spectators kicking off Memorial Day weekend. Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. airshow.jonesbeach.com $10 parking. 12-5 p.m. May 27, 28.

Disaster! The Musical
What begins as a night of disco fever on a floating casino quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love that they’ve lost… or at least escape the killer rats. The Richie Applebaum Theater, 1021-1 Portion Rd., Ronkonkoma. DisasterMusical.com $18-$22. Times vary. May 27-June 11.

Jonathan Morse
This photographer will be signing copies of his new catelogue, Face to Face, in advance of an exhibit of his work opening next month. Sylvester & Co, 103 Main St., Sag Harbor. 5 p.m. May 28.

Long Island Muslims Welcome the Month of Ramadan

Eid prayer
An estimated 5,000 people took part in an Eid prayer service at Mitchel Field in Uniondale. Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan on July 6, 2017.

By Dr. Isma H Chaudhry

O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint.” (Al Quran 2:183)

In the Islamic tradition, the month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar is considered a month of Blessings, charity, prayer and submission to God. This year Muslims from all over the world will start observing the month of Ramadan on Saturday, May 27.

The fundamental aspect of fasting is to establish our focus back from the extravagance and self-indulgence to the needs of the less fortunate and underprivileged around the world. It is the time for transformation, to reassess and to reprioritize our life, with compassion, morals, ethics, and humanity. God consciousness, charity, spirituality, and prayer are the fulcrums of this month.

The typical day of fasting starts before dusk, Muslims take an early breakfast and make the intention of fasting for the whole day. The aspiration is not just to stay hungry, but to be very conscious of their social and civic responsibilities, making sure that they are mindful of their obligations as an individual and as a member of the society, and being cognizant of their spiritual and religious obligations of remembering God, prayer, and submission to God. They break the fast at sunset do the prayer and have dinner. At night every mosque has a congregational prayer, with Quranic recitations. Typically, Muslims break the fast with dates, which is from the tradition of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)1.

According to the Islamic tradition, the process of revelations, to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was started in the month of Ramadan. Muhammad (pbuh), was born in 510 CE Mecca, Saudi Arabia and at the age of 40, he received his first revelation of the holy scriptures (Al Quran) through angel Gabriel. The process of revelations continued for the next 23 years of his life and he died in 632 AD.

“Say: We believe in God, and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in (the Books) given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between one and another among them.” (Al Quran 2:136)

Isma H Chaudhry, M.D., M.P.H. is President Islamic Center of Long Island based in Westbury.

Long Island Concerts & Events May 22-25

Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow (Photo by Matt Becker)

Hinder and Nonpoint
Hailing from Oklahoma, Hinder is currently touring in advance of their sixth album, which is expected to drop later this year. Co-headlining the show are Floridian hard rockers Nonpoint. Warming up the crowd is Nine Shrines. Mulcahey’s Pub & Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $22, $25 DOS. 6:30 p.m. May 23.

Rita Harvey’s Heart Like A Wheel: Linda Ronstadt Tribute
This show celebrates one of the most beloved and versatile pop singers of the past five decades. Hear the hits that Linda Ronstadt helped make famous, including “You’re No Good”, “Blue Bayou”, “When Will I Be Loved”, “It’s So Easy”, “That’ll Be the Day”, “Desperado”, “Heat Wave” and many others. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main Street, Northport. engemantheater.com $25. 8 p.m. May 23.

Dakota 38
This documentary follows Native American riders on a 330-mile healing journey across South Dakota to Minnesota, in honor of those lost 151 years ago at the end of the Dakota War of 1862, in the largest mass execution ever seen in the United States. John Karhiio Kane, host of “Let’s Talk Native” on WBAI, hosts a reception after the screening. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave, Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $11-$16. 7:30 p.m. May 24.

Wayne Cobham
This Grammy-winning seasoned trumpeter and MIDI pioneer has worked with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com  $10. 8 p.m. May 24.

All That Remains
This Massachusetts-based metal band it touring to promote their eighth album, Madness, which was released last month. Warming up the crowd is Through Fire, Patterns of Decay, Despyre and American Sin. Mulcahey’s Pub & Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $20. 7 p.m. May 25.

Ralph Boral with Henry Hilaire
Award-winning producer Ralph Boral will be speaking and signing his children’s book, Buddy the Jerboa, along with the illustrator, Henry Hilaire. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. May 25.

Barry Manilow
The classic crooner will perform his many hits, including “Copacabana,” “Mandy” and “Could It Be Magic.” NYCB Live at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. ncyblive.com $18-$724. 7:30 p.m. May 25.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union Acquires Northwell Health Federal Credit Union

Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Bethpage Federal Credit Union

Bethpage Federal Credit Union acquired Jericho-based Northwell Health Federal Credit Union on Friday in a merger worth more than $7.4 billion, the two institutions jointly announced Friday, May 19, when the consolidation took effect.

The National Credit Union Administration approved the deal between BFCU, the largest credit union in the Northeast, and NHFCU, the credit union for the Northwell Health medical system, which has 19 hospitals and 62,000 employees, making it the largest private employer in New York State. BFCU acquires NHFCU’s $100 million in assets and 17,000 members under the deal.

“Through our expanded charter, Bethpage now has a growing footprint that very closely aligns with Northwell Health’s growing footprint,” said Wayne N. Grossé, BFCU president and CEO. “We look forward to serving Northwell Health and continuing a healthy partnership for many years to come.”

BFCU, which recently celebrated its 75 anniversary, is the 16th largest credit union and Northwell Health is the 14th largest health care system in the country.

The acquisition comers as BFCU reported record net income of $61 million last year, a 53 percent increase over 2015. For the same time period, deposits grew 9 percent to $6 billion, assets grew 11 percent to $6.9 billion and Bethpage also funded $3 billion in loans, a 12 percent increase over 2015.

Members of NHFCU, which has locations in Jericho and Manhasset, will now also be served by BFCU’s 35 branches across LI and New York City, including its recent addition in the Chelsea section of Manhattan and another planned for Lake Success.

“While the Northwell Health Federal Credit Union has served our employees well for many years, we are very excited about the merger with Bethpage Federal Credit Union,” said Joseph Moscola, senior vice president and chief people officer for Northwell Health. “Bethpage is a trusted financial partner and we believe the merger will allow us to further meet the needs of our employees, and the communities we serve.”

Long Island Concerts & Events May 19-21

Broadcast Blues
Last month, after a 10-year battle, Sue Wilson won her lawsuit demanding public accountability from news media. She succeeded in removing the FCC license from her local radio station—as well as the media conglomerate that owns it. She will appear as a special guest of the Long Island Media Task Force for a Q&A session following the presentation of her award-winning documentary, Broadcast Blues. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau, 223 Stewart Ave., Garden City. limediataskforce.org Free. 6:45 p.m. May 19.

The Godfather in Concert
The Godfather LIVE brings Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece film to life on stage! Music performed LIVE by the Long Island Concert Orchestra while the film is simultaneously shown in HD on the big screen. LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $49.50-$200. 7:30 p.m. May 19.

Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot
This is the only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who still share a stage with the most famous Long Island pop star, 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—and the performances are absolutely stellar! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$50. 8 p.m. May 19.

The Secret Sisters
There’s a mythical pull to music that kept sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers moving forward after the folk duo lost their label and went bankrupt. They’re touring to promote their third album, You Don’t Own Me Anymore, which will be released nexct month. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $25-$30. 8 p.m. May 19.

Spuyten Duyvil
The six-piece powerhouse band performs its infectious blend of American roots and alternative folk rock. This past year, their CD “The Social Music Hour Vol. 1” received an International Folk Music Awards Album of the Year nomination, and their new single “The Warmth of Other Suns” is an International Folk DJ Top 20 single. Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. www.ourtimescoffeehouse.org $15-$20. 8 p.m. May 19.

Blu Mojo
Five integral pieces combine to form this musical masterpiece: Paul Curcio on vocals and harmonica, Chuck Russell on guitar, John Giordano on bass, Mike Drums on drums, and Vic Delgado on saxophone. This band loves the blues with a rock infusion and it shows as they put a personal spin on songs from the ’40s and ’50s right up through today’s current artists. Known for an upbeat, funky presentation, and an absolutely brilliant live show, this band delivers. Treme – Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. May 19.

Long Island Dog Show
Local dogs and their owners will get the chance to strut their stuff at the annual all-breed dog shows, obedience and AKC Rally® trials. In addition to watching more than 800 dogs entered to compete in a variety of dog sports, visitors and their purebred or all-American dogs can get in on the action at AKC’s My Dog Can Do That, where participants try out Agility, a fun and fast-paced obstacle course.  They can also test their water skills at Dock Diving in the 25,000-gallon tank as part of this three-day celebration.Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay. $10 per person, $20 per carload. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 19-21.

Students of Long Island Maker Expo (SLIME)
From recyclables to robotics, celebrating 21st century learning for all Long Island students. SLIME is an interactive day of making for family and educators from all across Long Island. Hands-on learning activities from recyclables to robotics promote critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for our children to participate in the global community. We anticipate over 100 activities, demonstrations, presentations and speakers. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City.  cradleofaviation.org $5. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 20.

Mike Birbiglia
You may recently know him as corporate tool Danny Pearson in season three of hit series of Orange Is The New Black, but Mike Birbiglia is also a comedic powerhouse not to be reckoned with. The actor, author and panelist for NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! muses about jokes themselves, all while explaining why he once got arrested in New Jersey and why he was reamed out by a renowned director. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com 7:30, 10 p.m. May 19; 7, 9:30 p.m. May 20.

Asian-American Festival
The celebration includes live performances from around the world, food from local restaurants, and cultural activities. There will be food and fun from China, India, Japan, Pakistan, Korea and more. North Hempstead Beach Park. $10 parking. 12 p.m. May 20.

Ray Anderson’s Pocket Brass Band
Led by one of the best trombonists making jazz albums, fans will be treated to he and his band’s thrill-seeking take on multiple jazz traditions all at once. The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave., Stony Brook. thejazzloft.org $10-$20. 7 p.m. May 20.

Streetlight Manifesto
The New Jersey-based ska/punk band will play their sophomore effort, Somewhere in the Between, in its entirety to celebrate a decade since that fan favorite record dropped. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. May 20.

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra
This globetrotting contemporary jazz duo will thrill the audience with their wide range of influences. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. May 20.

Spring Festival
Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Cool Science Experiments, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Inflatables, Carnival Games, Field Games, Vendors & Food Trucks. Thomas School of Horsemanship, 250 Round Swamp Rd., Melville. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 21.

Robert Zeller
This local author teaches three different methods of figure drawing, using his own work and the work of contemporary masters to illustrate techniques. He also uses famous classical artwork to give the reader historical context to the art of figure drawing and painting and will hold a talk and signing for his new book, The Figurative Artist’s Handbook. The Teaching Studio of Art, 115 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay. Free. 2 p.m. May 21.

11th Annual First Exposure Student Film Festival
Curated by professional filmmakers from the Suffolk County Film Commission, this is an hour-long exhibition of the “best of the best” high school short narrative, documentary, and animated films from the Long Island Media Arts Showcase at Five Towns College in Dix Hills. Hundreds compete, but only a handful make the cut. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org Free. 2 p.m. May 21.

Dick Fox’s Spring Doo Wop Extravaganza
Find out who put the bop in the bop shoo bop shoo bop when The Duprees, The Brooklyn Bridge, The Vogues, Brian Hyland and The Toys & The Eternals take the stage. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49-$100. 6 p.m. May 21.

Bad Mary
This local high-energy pop-punk band will get the crowd dancing with opening acts Crisis Crayons, Megaweapon, Bending Backwards and more. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionliny.com $10-$13. 6 p.m. May 21.

Judy Collins
Send in the Clowns, Both Sides Now, Amazing Grace- and countless other hits from one of the great voices of any generation – Ms. Judy Collins. Suffolk Theatre, 118 Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $50-$75. 7 p.m. May 21.

Geraldo Rivera Turns Expose Into Life Mission

Geraldo Rivera
Geraldo Rivera

It was four decades ago when reporter Geraldo Rivera exposed the brutal living conditions inside Staten Island-based Willowbrook State School, which at the time was the largest institution in the country serving kids with developmental disabilities.

For Rivera, now a host on the cable news juggernaut Fox News Channel, the experience proved to be a seminal moment, as he continues to raise awareness about autism and other developmental disabilities.

“Families with autistic children work heroically to provide them the care and services they need to enjoy life,” Rivera told the Press. “It is a tough job, often lonely and unrecognized. They need our help, especially because government doesn’t always step up to the plate.”

As a sign of how far autism awareness has come, hundreds of people last week attended the 30th Annual Geraldo Rivera Golf & Tennis Classic, a fundraiser to help support the nonprofit Life’s WORC, which recently opened The Family Center for Autism in Garden City.

That Rivera was doing his part to help inspire people to support Life’s WORC is no surprise. While reporting on Willowbrook State for WABC-TV in 1972, Rivera met Vicki Schneps, the nonprofit’s founder and whose daughter, Lara, was a resident of the defunct institution. Lara was among 5,000 other young people crammed into the derelict school, which fell into disrepair following state funding cuts. Schneps is also co-publisher of Long Island Press.

Schneps later founded Life’s WORC, which now supports more than 1,500 people with developmental disabilities and autism across Long Island and Queens. To better support its mission, the nonprofit recently opened The Family Center for Autism in Garden City, which is open seven days a week and offers a variety of services for people with autism.

To Rivera, Life’s WORC symbolized the quintessential charity.

“It provided the services so woefully lacking in the big institutions of that dark era,” he said, referring to infamous Willowbrook State.

Among the most common problems associated with autism spectrum disorder is an inability to communicate effectively. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children have autism spectrum disorder, which is most common among boys (one in 42).

Researchers have said the best way to treat autism spectrum disorder is through early intervention. Another way to address it is to develop a cohesive support structure that includes providing assistance to families, Rivera noted. 

“Autistic children often have acute needs,” Rivera said. “As they grow to adulthood, their developmental lags. They can become a handful for a parent, who is also aging. What happens when the parent can no longer care for the autistic individual? This really is a situation that ‘takes a village.’”

Stewart’s All American Restaurant Opens First Long Island Location

Stewart’s All American Restaurant, the hamburger chain launched by the old-timey root beer company, recently opened its first location on Long Island when a franchise in Wantagh debuted last week.

Besides burgers and their famous root beer floats, the full-service sit-down eatery with a vintage themed also serves up hot dogs, fries, steaks, sandwiches, wraps, salads and more.

“No two Stewart’s Restaurants look exactly alike, but you can always expect to enjoy traditional American food and Stewart’s beverages with local fare at a ‘family-friendly’ price,” the company said in a news release. “The experience that we provide for our guests and local communities has generated a growing loyal following who promote our brand through word-of-mouth.”

Stewart’s has more than 30 locations, mostly in the Northeast and only one other restaurant in New York, in Brooklyn.

The company was founded in 1924 in Ohio and has grown over the past century, but stuck to founder Frank Stewart’s special blend of root, herb and berry extracts in his root beers and specialty sodas sold in classic glass bottles.

The opening of LI’s first location comes as New Jersey-based Stewart’s All American Corp. announced that it plans to begin offering stock in the company this year.

The new Stewart’s is located in the Willow Wood Shopping Center, 1161 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh.