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.
IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
On Tuesday, Belgian citizens became the latest victims of yet another terror attack carried about by the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Authorities in Brussels said 36 people died in explosions at a metro station and Brussels Airport.
Since the attacks, GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump reaffirmed his Muslim ban pledge by saying the US needs to shut down its borders and his Republican rival Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas called for tough surveillance of all Muslim communities, which prompted New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to say that “Cruz doesn’t what the hell he’s talking about.”
Muslim Americans have joined in condemning the latest attacks, as they did when civilians were murdered in Paris last November and in San Bernardino, Calif., earlier this year. On Long Island those views have been spelled out in an open letter from leaders at the Selden Mosque who decried violence perpetrated in the name of Islam. The following has been edited for clarity:
The congregants, Imam, Board of Trustees and the Executive committee of Islamic Association of Long Island from The Selden Mosque (The Oldest Mosque of Long Island) are saddened and strongly condemn the Belgium terror attack that killed 36 and seriously injured more than 200 innocent people Tuesday.
The Terrorist group ISIS which, took responsibility for the attacks, must be brought to justice. We urge the international community to stand together against all extremist groups. We call for international cooperation against all types of barbarism, terrorism, and murders of innocent civilians anywhere in the world. According to International Business Times, 1.5 million Muslims have signed a Fatwa, issued by a very large number of Muslim scholars, condemning the violence and barbarism committed by ISIS.
We call for international solidarity against all types of terrorism and brutality. No act of terrorism should be tolerated.
The savage and despicable attacks on civilians are outrageous. We condemned these horrific crimes in the strongest terms possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved one of those killed and seriously injured, and we stand together with the people of Belgium in the time of sorrow.
The perpetrators of these heinous attacks must be apprehended as quickly as possible and must face justice. Their crimes are crimes against humanity and Islam. These so called jihadist are a group of sick-minded people, who only represent themselves, and must be stopped at any cost.
We stand in solidarity with our fellow Americans, in defense and security of our country.
Islamic Association of Long Island
The Selden Mosque (The Oldest Mosque of Long Island)
Wayne “Big Chuck” Bradshaw
Undercover police officer and author Wayne “Big Chuck” Bradshaw will be speaking about and signing his new book Jersey Tough: My Wild Ride From Outlaw Biker To Undercover Cop. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. March 17
With worldwide record sales topping 80 million, “The Loaf” is one of the best-selling artists of all time. He is known across the globe for his Bat Out Of Hell series, featuring Bat Out Of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose. Expect fan favorite, the classic, irresistible sing-a-long “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” What a gig! Meatloaf is a living legend. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $59.50-$199.50. 8 p.m. March 17.
Four Year Strong
About a century ago, give or take a few decades, this uncompromising American so-called easy core band supposedly took off from Worcester, Mass. on a metal musical mission that has taken them to water parks out west and venues across the sea. Along the way they’ve banged heads by the thousands while making fans by the ton. They called their 2010 albumEnemy of the World, which some say is their best, but others have their favorites like last summer’s EPGo Down in History, which was also recorded at the Machine Shop (where Fall Out Boy did their thing). But it’s all good. They’ve got the power chords, the heavy throbbing bass, the pulsating drums, the cathartic keyboards, and the fearless lyrics sung with passion and truth. Four Years Strong says they know their days are numbered so they’re making each one count. Warming up the crowd are Light Years, Can’t Swim, Giants At Large, Shorebreak and Whittled Down. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com $15, $18 DOS. 5:30 p.m. March 18.
Joss Stone landed her first record deal at only 15 years old. Now 28, Stone has blossomed into a chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning artist thanks to her unique vocals. The British-born soul singer was named Billboard‘s Reggae artist of the year in 2015, with her latest album, Water for Your Soul, topping the charts last year. Along with her success on the charts, Stone has also performed on stage with icons like James Brown and Gladys Knight, to name a few, and is not shy about speaking her mind. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $30 8 p.m. March 18.
Mayday Parade & The Maine
The pop-rock quintet is primed to deliver yet another high-energy performance before a raging fan base that is as loyal as they come. In the 11 years the group has been together, Mayday Parade has amassed five full-length albums, led by vocalist Derek Sanders. Also taking the stage is The Maine, which is no stranger to high-octane settings. These rockers from Tempe, Ari. have graced stages across the globe, interspersing tracks from some of their four albums. This is going to be a night to remember. “The American Lines Tour ’16,” indeed. Opening the show will be Better Off. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$45. 8 p.m. March 18.
The veteran guitar-wielding artist is known to tackle a slew of genres during performances, meaning you never know quite what to expect from Sexton. With his wide-ranging talents and willingness to blend genres, Sexton is one of those unique performers who oozes passion and delivers powerful sets anytime he’s on stage. It is said that Sexton’s public shows inspire audiences to do good. If that’s true, there’s only one way to find out! Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $35-$60. 8 p.m. March 18.
In Print: Evolving Processes
Part of Hofstra University Museum (HUM)’s Spring 2016 Exhibitions, Associate Director of Exhibitions and Collections Karen T. Albert leads a discussion into the realm of fine art printmaking, explaining, among other fascinating tidbits, how technological developments have influenced this craft, from Durer to Warhol. She’ll address the incorporation of new and commercial processes, as well as improvements in existing printmaking methods. Expect to be intrigued, and inspired. Hofstra University, David Filderman Gallery, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Ninth Floor, South Campus, Hempstead. For more information, check out: hofstra.edu 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. March 18.
As with many comedians, Rick Glassman got his start at local comedy clubs in his homestate of Ohio and then hit it big when he and 21 other comedians were invited to the “New Faces” Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. Glassman quickly went from a standup performer to TV funny man after landing the role as Burski in NBC’s comedy Undateable. Glassman is bringing his rip-roaring routine to LI. You’re not going to want to miss it. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $22. 8 p.m March 18, 7 & 9:30 p.m. March 19.
The Marshall Tucker Band
These hard-rockin’, big-hearted good ol’ Southern boys are out “searchin’ for a rainbow,” as they titledtheir 2015 tour—with a tribute to the title of their 1975 album—and we hope they all find more than a pot of gold at the end. Hell yeah, thanks to their dedicated following, they’ve been out on the road for 44 years since they first took the highway out of town. Singer Doug Gray’s spirited drawl has been bringing fans to their feet, creating a high energy buzz from start to finish. There’s rock, naturally, plus plenty of country, blues and jazz. Everybody can see what makes these rocking and rolling rednecks the greatest band to ever come out of Spartanburg, S.C. And they can thank a blind piano tuner who left his personalized key ring behind him in their rehearsal space for inspiring the band to immortalize him. As Gray recalls the first time they ever met, the man whispered to him, “You’ve never let me down yet, don’t let me down now!” And the Marshall Tucker Band never has and never will. Opening the show will be Stolen Rhodes & Kevin Edmond Burke. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$59.50. 8 p.m. March 19.
Innovative, original and spiritual, this legendary performer combines eclectic love songs to create haunting melodies of adulterous romance and other tantalizing topics. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. March 19.
Everybody knows that when the Jefferson Airplane shed its wings in the 1970s, the Starship took off into the pop stratosphere with a stellar overdrive fueled by arena rock blasted at full throttle. The ole hippie-dippy psychedelic sound wasn’t quite left behind in the rush from its San Francisco roots, but the band headed in a different direction that had harder metallic edges than it ever had. Going further was always the destination of this ship. And what a long strange trip it’s been on—and it’s still going strong. Climb on board and listen to the music of the stars. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $45-$55. 8 p.m. March 19.
Smith Sisters Ensemble
The immensely talented Smith Sisters Ensemble will give you chills as you become consumed by their graceful melody. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $40. 1 p.m. March 20.
Long Island Food & Film Feast
Come for the movies, stay for the food pairings. Opening the screening with cocktail hour will be A Very Old Concept and then Macari Wines, served with (what else?) Macari Wine and raw veggies with Sang Lee’s Garlic Scallion Dip. For the next course, watch The Oyster Divers of LI Soundwhile dining on with Fried Po Boy Oysters and Fried Po Boy Tofu. Kevin Joseph, Co-Founder of NY Oyster Week, will lead the discussion during this part of the festival. A second round of appetizers comes during a screening of Sang Lee Farms, served with mixed field greens with Japanese dressing, kale and potato leek soup. For the entree, David Falkowski will lead a talk about the film Open Minded Organics while the audience enjoys Asian rice pasta with Shiitake mushrooms. For dessert, viewers will see Michael Phillips and the Holistic Orchard, Who Keeps the Beekeepers and Sugar is Killing Us, served with GF Apple Cobbler. The fest concludes with Green Bronx Machine and a discussion led by Stephen Ritz. Bon appetite! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $55-$65. 6:30 p.m. March 20.
How important has John Mayall been to rock and roll history? What a bloody silly question! Without this quintessential British bluesman, where would Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor have perfected their licks? It was in Mayall’s Bluesbreakers that these brilliant guitarists came to the forefront, and once they were established with a firm foundation, they went on their way. A sizzling live performance from 1967, now available in the US, features Green on lead guitar, John McVie on bass and Mick Fleetwood on drums—yes, they went on to form Fleetwood Mac. Mayall has always given his musicians room to move. So here is Mayall in person, still blowing a mean harp, still wailing like a midnight express coming on down the line, and he’s got another great cadre of musicians alongside him. He’s out on the road touring with his 63rd album, Find a Way to Care, an uplifting, hard-hitting mix of music recorded at the fabled House of Blues Studios in Encino, Calif. Whether Mayall’s on keyboards or at the microphone, he’s channeling all the great roots music that’s gone on before because it’s buried deep in his bones and flows like a river through his soul. The man’s a living legend, and that ain’t no lie. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $57-$62. 7 p.m. March 20.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Come swing as the uber-moving, mondo-electrifying Big Bad Voodoo Daddy seize the stage. This band reinvented the swing hits of the ’40s and ’50s and made them cool again. Featured in the cult favorite filmSwingers, starring Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, BBVD has an unparalleled sound that will get you out of your seats and dancing in the aisles. We’re just hoping they perform “You and Me and the Bottle Make Three Tonight.” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$60. 8 p.m. March 20.
Long Island author Sheree Jeanes will be speaking and signing her new book Simon and Sedef: A Seal’s First Adventure. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. March 23.
Kosher Kitchen Seminar & Pampered Chef Fundraiser
Everyone knows that Alure Home Improvements goes above and beyond to help those in need. As an eight-time (!!) remodeler for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, their generosity and commitment to improving the lives of others less fortunate is more than evident. So is their expertise and dedication to sheer excellence in the home remodeling realm—as their recent ranking as “Remodeler of the Year” by Professional Remodeler Magazine is also testament. Join Alure Home Improvements and its passionate team as they raise much-needed funds, and awareness, about those fighting the battle against breast cancer. This must-go-to special event will include a meet-and-greet with Kosher Kitchen designer and host Sherry Gossett, a Q&A session about proper appliances from experts at Appliance World, fun cooking and learning workshops with Pampered Chef, wine pairings with various Kosher wines, and so much more! Come nosh, learn, and lend support! This important seminar and fundraiser proves that once again, Alure truly does go to extremes to build dreams! All proceeds will benefit nonprofit Sharsheret Foundation, committed to supporting young Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer. Alure Home Improvements Showroom, 1999 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. alure.com RSVP: Lindsey-RSVP@alure.com or 516-396-9037. FREE. 7 p.m. March 24.
St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, but revelers will have the entire month to show off their Irish pride. Enjoy the festivities at a local parade, eatery, party, or fair. Whether you are looking for fun with the kids or just letting loose, St. Patrick’s day is the perfect excuse to get out and have fun. Go green!
Glen Cove Parade
Marches from Finley Middle School to St. Patrick’s Church at the corner of Glen St. and Pearsall Avenue. 1 p.m. March 20.
Holding the title of New York’s second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade, it marches up Edgemere Road and finishes at the end of Main St. 11:30 a.m. March 20.
Marches down Main Street. This year’s theme is Hope House Helpers Make Spring Eternal. 10 a.m. March 19.
Rockville Center Parade
Grand Marshal Michael O’Reilly to lead the march down Maple Avenue. 12 p.m. March 19.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
With themed stories, playtime, pizza, and cupcakes, this is a great opportunity for kids to play and have fun. Time slots (sign up!): 10am-12pm, 1-3pm or 4-6pm. March 17. Le Play Cafe, 2465 Merrick Rd., Bellmore.
Hampton Bays Parade
Starts at Hampton Bays Elementary School on Ponquogue Avenue and ends in Hampton Atrium Parking Lot. 11 a.m. March 19.
Marches from Washington Avenue to Ross Memorial Park. 1 p.m. March 19.
Bangers and Mash Gigs
With great craft beer and “Celtic insanity”, the band Bangers and Mash makes its acclaimed return to Long Island once again, with gigs after many parades for those looking to continue the party, or those wanting to hop on for the ride. Performances: March 17 at 7 p.m., Manning’s Pub & Grill, 377 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, NY 11514; March 19 at 11 a.m., That Meetball Place, 52 West Main St., Patchogue, NY 11772; March 19 at 6 p.m., Hotel Indigo East End, 1830 West Main St., Route 25, Riverhead, NY 11901
Parlay Gastropub Irish Day
With a full brunch menu for early birds, and a D.J. and drinks from 4 p.m. until closing for party animals, this is a good place to let loose. Starting at 11 a.m., March 19. 210 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570.
St. Patrick’s Day Party
Boasting a photo station, take-home art project, dance party and themed snacks, this is a perfect place for kids to have fun on St. Patty’s day. 4-5:30 p.m., March 16. Kidville, 250 South Service Rd., Roslyn Heights. $18 members, $22 non-members.
Federal prosecutors alleged in court papers Tuesday that Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota quashed investigations into embattled ex-county correction officer and Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Edward Walsh, who was indicted last year on charges of defrauding taxpayers of more than $80,000 in no-show work.
Detailed in the 58-page pretrial filing in U.S. District Court in Central Islip are assertions that Spota stonewalled several attempts by Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco to investigate Walsh for theft and fraud, and ultimately declined to participate or prosecute. Walsh’s trial begins March 15.
The accusations are the latest bombshells lobbed against the district attorney’s office, which along with the Suffolk County Police Department, has been the subject of an ongoing federal probe sparked by the misdeeds of its disgraced former Police Chief James Burke, who recently pleaded guilty to beating a Smithtown man who’d taken a duffel bag containing Burke’s gun, ammo, sex toys and pornography, and demanding that fellow police officials help cover it up. Federal investigators have reportedly expanded that inquiry to include Christopher McPartland, Spota’s public corruption bureau chief.
Instead of his duties as a lieutenant in the sheriff’s office, where he was employed for more than two decades, prosecutors allege Walsh was out playing golf, gambling, and conducting political work on behalf of the Suffolk County Conservative Party—something he also did within the Suffolk County jail, which is illegal, state court papers.
“Instead of upholding the law, Edward Walsh abused his position and authority and robbed from taxpayers to fund his personal and political activities,” then-U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch stated at the time. “We and our partners in the FBI will continue to root out government fraud wherever we find it.”
Walsh enjoyed a salary of nearly $127,000 in 2015, according to See Through NY, and retired in February, ensuring he’ll also enjoy a generous taxpayer-financed pension, no matter what the outcome of his criminal case.
As Suffolk County Conservative Party leader, Walsh wielded substantial “influence and power,” prosecutors claim in the most recent filings, which emboldened and helped protect him from any ramifications. Each time Sheriff DeMarco, Walsh’s boss, initiated probes into Walsh’s activities or sought to terminate him, say court papers, those efforts died at Spota’s doing.
The district attorney has issued a nearly 850-word statement refuting these claims, which was posted on Spota’s office’s website Wednesday and referred to the Press Friday by a spokesperson in response to a request for comment for this story. [Read Spota’s Full Statement HERE] Among Spota’s rebuttals: It was the district attorney’s office that made referrals to the sheriff’s office regarding complaints against Walsh, it was DeMarco and his office who was responsible for investigating and addressing them, and ultimately, “…it was the Sheriff and his staff who thwarted the District Attorney’s Office, not the other way around.”
Submitted by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Robert L. Capers and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Catherine M. Mirabile and Raymond A. Tierney, Tuesday’s court filings tell a different tale, chronicling anonymous complaints sent to Demarco in 2007, 2009 and 2010 (two of which were also addressed to Spota) that alleged Walsh was engaged in political activity during work hours and that he doled out “special favors,” including promotions, to Conservative Party members at the Sheriff’s Office. DeMarco instructed an undersheriff to order Walsh to cease the activities in response to the earlier complaints, state the court papers, and personally asked Spota to address the issue in 2010.
When media outlets reported in 2012 that Walsh provided false information on his application for employment with the Sheriff’s Office—allegedly leaving out a December 1984 arrest by the University of Maryland Police Department for a sex offense, his related guilty plea and conviction; as well as a criminal mischief charge by the Nassau County Police Department and subsequent guilty plea to disorderly conduct—DeMarco again sought to investigate, but was “unable to take personnel action,” according to the filings, thus referring to a concerned Suffolk County legislator who’d contacted him about the reports to the Suffolk County Civil Service Department and Spota’s office.
In June 2012, the motion continues, Walsh was detained and photographed during a Suffolk County Police Department raid of an illegal gambling establishment. Despite a report documenting the incident, the photos, and acknowledgement of Walsh’s detainment by Spota and the police department’s Internal Affairs Bureau, and attempts by DeMarco and the Sheriff’s Office’s Internal Affairs Unit, again Walsh suffered no ramifications, with Spota poo-pooing the whole ordeal and ultimately killing any investigation, according to the court documents.
“Spota told DeMarco, in sum and substance, not to do anything and that the DA’s Office would take care of it and get back to DeMarco,” reads the filing. “DeMarco will testify that after some time passed, Spota informed DeMarco that the defendant’s conduct was not criminal and that it was not illegal to be a player at an illegal gambling establishment.”
DeMarco will also testify that Spota allegedly quashed another investigation into Walsh in 2014, launched after a widely reported (and still unsolved) botched assassination attempt on Oheka Castle owner Gary Melius. Walsh allegedly told an undersheriff he’d been with Melius at a company shareholder meeting the previous Friday, according to the court papers. In this instance, surveillance of Walsh and another correction officer named Steven Compitello discovered Conservative Party paperwork in the trunk of Walsh’s Sheriff’s Office vehicle. Following Compitello’s arrest by the DA’s Office for grand larceny associated with fraudulent time sheets, and armed with Walsh’s own time sheets and publicly available information from a golf website with dates that Walsh was allegedly playing golf when he should have been at work, DeMarco met with Spota.
Again, Spota swept it all under the rug, allege the court papers:
“According to DeMarco, Spota minimized all of DeMarco’s concerns regarding the defendant, stating, in sum and substance: that the surveillance evidence was not sufficient; that the Conservative Party material in a Sheriff’s Office vehicle was not a big deal; and that the printout of the defendant’s golfing activities did not contain a specific time linked to the defendant’s alleged activities.”
In response to DeMarco’s request for a subpoena for Walsh’s golf records, Spota allegedly stated, “I’m not subpoenaing anything,” according to the motion, which also contains phone call records from Walsh’s cell phone—revealing a bevy of calls between Spota and Walsh around that period.
Another correction officer, Lt. Brian Baisley, supervisor for the Sheriff’s Internal Affairs Unit, is expected to testify that after he warned Walsh about the alleged improprieties, Walsh stated that “if you think that the agency across the river is going to do anything about this, you’re wrong,” and “that guy is not going to do anything about this,” reads the court filing.
“The office across the river” refers to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, which is located across the Peconic River from the Sheriff’s Office, the filing asserts. “Baisley will further testify that the ‘guy’ the defendant was referring to is Spota.”
The district attorney’s March 9 statement [again, Read Spota’s Full Statement HERE], explains things differently, offering a conflicting narrative and timeline.
“The anonymous complaints received about Walsh by the District Attorneys’ Office beginning in March of 2010 were immediately forwarded to Sheriff DeMarco because they were complaints about his office and his employee,” contends Spota’s statement. “Sheriff DeMarco never reported the results of his investigation of these allegations: if he indeed conducted one. The appropriate question to ask is: If the District Attorney was protecting Mr. Walsh, why would he forward the complaints to the Sheriff for action?
“With regard to the Walsh employment application issues; the conduct alleged could never have been the subject of a criminal prosecution by Mr. Spota because the statute of limitations had run out before he was elected District Attorney,” claims the statement. “How this demonstrates anything about the District Attorney’s alleged protection of Walsh is truly mysterious. Why Sheriff DeMarco did not pursue relief against Walsh based on these alleged falsehoods under Article 50 of the NYS Civil Service Law can only be answered by him.”
Addressing the Conservative Party chairman’s detainment during an illegal gambling raid, it asserts:
“Walsh’s presence as a player in an illegal gambling establishment is not criminal. In fact New York State Penal Law section 225.00(3) specifically provides that a person who is a player cannot be charged with a gambling offense. The claim that Mr. Spota ‘failed’ to charge Walsh with any crime related to this incident when he could have is contrary to New York State law and false. Every competent state criminal law practitioner knows a mere player in a game of social chance cannot be charged with a
gambling offense in New York State.”
Regarding the timeline of the Suffolk County district attorney’s interactions with Sheriff DeMarco:
“Beginning on April 25, 2014 and continuing until early August, 2014 when an Internal Affairs investigator was granted permission by DeMarco to advise District Attorney investigators that the case was in fact being investigated by federal authorities it was the Sheriff and his staff who thwarted the District Attorney’s Office, not the other way around.”
The March 8 pretrial filing by federal prosecutors includes eight exhibits, consisting of media reports, copies of the anonymous complaints sent to Sheriff DeMarco and Spota, and other documents. A motion in limine, it requests the admission of the aforementioned “background evidence” and testimony regarding Walsh’s “other bad acts,” as well as the preclusion of Walsh’s mentioning in his opening statement, cross examinations, or introducing evidence about other “bad acts” allegedly committed by unindicted correction officers and/or Sheriff’s Office employees.
Claddagh – The Prodigals Show
Long Islanders who experienced the breathtaking mix of Prodigals’ music and Irish dance during two sold-out performances last year will be glad to hear that the show is back for another go around. The uninitiated will get the glorious opportunity to be immersed in a romantic storyline, told effortlessly through two graceful art forms–music and dance. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $50. 8 p.m. March 10.
This rock legend Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane fame is touring to promote his latest solo album Ain’t In No Hurry, a collection of Jorma originals, blues, rockers and classic American songs, including Woody Guthrie lyrics set to music on a new song with Grammy-winning producer Larry Campbell. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org8:30 p.m. March 10.
Catchy tunes from this up-and-coming Maryland-based pop rock/reggae/ska quartet will bring some good vibes. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $15, $17 DOS. 10 p.m. March 10.
Piff The Magic Dragon
Wreaking havoc on stage to the delight of the audience with his Chihuahua sidekick Mr. Piffles (who has endured cannon-launching, lamination, levitation and a straitjacket’s limitation), Piff the Magic Dragon delivers jaw-dropping magic tricks. Piff (real name John van der Put) has appeared in his magical dragon glory to perform comedy and magic tricks in front of audiences around the world at Radio City Music Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, and soon, right near you! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$35. 8 p.m. March 11.
Known for his television hosting, his role on the show ER, and his judgeship on America’s Got Talent, Howie Mandel takes his dynamic presence to a new level with his entertaining comedy, which he dials up depending on the audience. With adult-ears only humor, Mandel crafts a show based on audience interaction, keeping the crowd in stitches with his sardonic humor and his acerbic wit. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50. 8 p.m. March 11.
The Ivy League of Comedy
Rarely do you get an opportunity to see a trio of veteran comics each known for clever routines that leave audiences gasping for air. The Ivy League of Comedy includes Shaun Eli, Karen Bergreen and John Fisch, all of whom you’ve no doubt heard unleash belly-aching jokes on late-night TV or on Comedy Central. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $35. 8 p.m. March 11.
Known for her witty commentary on NPR’s news quiz show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” Paula Poundstone is among the top tier of comedians in the country, if not the world. Her spontaneity is admired by fans who love her engaging comedy and rip-roaring humor, whether they’ve heard it through her popular radio appearances or seen her side-splitting stand-up routines. This is one funny lady. The Landmark Theatre, 232 Main St. Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $37-$60. 8 p.m. March 11.
Doo Wop Extravaganza
Do it up doo-wop style with this amazing lineup! Take a trip down memory lane with classic hits by the Duprees, The Coasters, Shirley Alston Reeves, The Marcels, The Elegants, The Capris and The Knockouts. Guaranteed to deliver a great night of music and memories, this show will have you singing “skiddly bop doo-bee-doo weeee” all the way home! (Yes, this is a very good thing!) NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$69.50. 7 p.m. March 12.
From MTV’s “Remote Control” to SNL to Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd,” Mr. Quinn is not one to take a hint and bow out gracefully. He’s been on Broadway with “Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake” and “Colin Quinn: Long Story Short.” And he’s been off-Broadway with his show “Colin Quinn Unconstitutional.” His first and last printed work, “The Coloring Book,” is now out from Grand Central Publishing. Colin can be seen as Amy Schumer’s father in the hit Universal film “Trainwreck.” Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $25. 7, 9:30 p.m. March 12.
Asleep at the Wheel
Don’t let their name fool you, this band has shown no sign of nodding off and slowing down. Asleep at the Wheel has been putting on show-stopping performances for 44 years now, bringing their version of western swing to regions of the country that never experienced it before. Thanks to their deep-devotion to the genre, new audiences are waking up to what Asleep at the Wheel has been offering up for decades. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $45-$50. 8 p.m. March 12.
The former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star amazingly survived a devastating car crash and has made a miraculous recovery. He made his first public appearance at last year’s Emmy Awards, and is now ready to hit the stage once again. We expect Morgan’s sense of humor hasn’t changed all that much. Definitely only for a mature crowd. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50-$70. 8, 10:30 p.m. March 12.
In addition to successes in his home countries’ music charts, namely Sweden and Iran, the platinum-selling singer and producer Arash has had hits in Eastern European and South-East European charts. This is a great opportunity to hear him live. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave, Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $55-$125. 9 p.m. March 12.
Women, Not Victims: Moving Beyond Sexualized Atrocities During Genocide
Sexual violence has been a weapon of mass destruction used against women, children, and men, throughout history. It is degrading, dehumanizing, and barbaric, yet sexualized atrocities continue through to this day, throughout the world. It’s vitally important, as a society, that we remember the genocidal atrocities committed during the Holocaust, as well as those of other conflicts, while likewise acknowledging that hate and intolerance remain constant enemies to peace and harmony throughout the present day, manifesting itself not only across current war zones across the globe, but in everyday interactions, whether at the workplace, in public, or behind closed doors in the privacy of one’s own home. It is a daily, moment-by-moment struggle, and this powerfully moving, absolutely unforgettable symposium is a must-attend for us all, focusing on the sexualized atrocities perpetrated against women. Survivors and their relatives will share their deeply emotional stories of living through multiple genocidal crimes and horrors, ranging from the Holocaust to the Congo to Namibia and Guatemala, among many others. Consolee Nishimwe, a Rwandan genocide-rape survivor, will keynote a morning discussion titled “One Woman’s Survival.” Najwa Nabti, J.D., a former prosecutor at The Hague, will lead an afternoon session titled “Survivor Testimony and International Law.” Presented by the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County, this is an event that will educate, move, and inspire, and should not be missed. (An exhibit of the same name, featuring testimonies, photos, and video footage, will run through March 31, and May 2 through August 31 at the center, located at 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove.) Free. Register: hmtcli.org/events/womennotvictims 516-571-8040 x 107. Nassau Community College, CCB Multi-Purpose Room, Garden City. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. March 13.
Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
The star of Happy Days and Arrested Development, Henry Winkler, and bestselling author Lin Oliver will be speaking and signing their new book Here’s Hank: You Can’t Drink A Meatball Through a Straw. Find out what Hank cooks up in the seventh book of their popular series! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 1 p.m. March 13.
Emmy winners with their own hit Disney show, Imagination Movers provides music for kids with the goal of “speaking to them, not talking down to them.” Best for kids ages 1-7, this performance is a show parents can also sit through and enjoy! Silly, but high energy and upbeat, this concert gets kids singing and dancing, and maybe parents will be moved to follow them, too. Licensed to Move Tour. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$49.50. 2 p.m. March 13.
Where else are you going to be inspired about saving the environment while also experiencing top-notch singing and industrial-style drumming? And if that’s not all, the audience will likely be treated to Vocal Trash’s mesmerizing break-dancing and some pretty good comedy. The Texas natives emphasize recycled instruments, all in the spirit of bringing people together through music. That’s an initiative we can get behind! John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $50. 2, 7 p.m. March 13.
Phil Coulter, Andy Cooney
Legends of Irish music, Phil Coulter and Andy Cooney, come together for their Celtic Crossings tour, featuring many of their haunting ballads. Coulter and Cooney’s sell-out Carnegie Hall performances are one of the many signs of their success in their rendition of classic Celtic songs with their own special twists. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $54.50-$69.50. 3 p.m. March 13.
Rickie Lee Jones
The two-time Grammy winner and Billboard hit-maker continues to give her beloved fans what they want. The “Chuck E’s in Love” and “Making Whoopee” singer and songwriter is also know for her collaborations with Walter Brecker of Steely Dan, among others, which are pop up on TV and film with songs “Flying Horses” and “Satellites.” Rickie believes music resonates deep within our souls, and she’ll likely bring it to the surface and take it to the stratosphere during her LI stop. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49. 7:30 p.m. March 13.
Television host, designer, entrepreneur and star of MTV ‘s hit reality series Laguna Beach and follow-up show, The Hills, Kristin Cavallari will be speaking and signing her new memoir Balancing in Heels: My Journey to Health Happiness, and Making It All Work. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. March 15.
Globalization Day: Wars Of The World
Presented by Hofstra University’s Center for Civic Engagement and International Scene Lectures, this day features screenings, panel discussions, and performances focusing on how migration, global conflict, food security, and the environment, continue to both unite and divide the world. Prepare to be informed, and inspired. Hofstra University, Hempstead. For more information, check out: hofstra.edu 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. March 15.
With worldwide record sales topping 80 million, “The Loaf” is one of the best-selling artists of all time. He is known across the globe for his Bat Out Of Hell series, featuring Bat Out Of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose. Expect fan favorite, the classic, irresistible sing-a-long “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” What a gig! Meatloaf is a living legend. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $59.50- $199.50. 8 p.m. March 15, 17.
An “explosive and unpredictable stage presence,” country singer Chris Janson brings his third album Buy Me a Boat (2015) to the stage, a collection named after its central song, which reached the top of the iTunes country charts within three days. Called a “breakout voice in the country industry,” Janson is the performer to hear firsthand. With Clare Dunn. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $36. 8 p.m. March 16.
More than ever, Long Island residents are struggling to pay for housing. Since 1980, the Island has lagged behind regional competitors like Northern New Jersey and the Hudson Valley in residential construction. With comparatively little new housing stock and variety, home prices and rents in Long Island have soared. That has made those other areas more attractive to workers—especially younger ones—and the companies that seek them. According to the Long Island Index 2015 Survey, 62 percent of Long Islanders find it difficult to pay their monthly housing costs. That’s the highest percentage in 10 years of surveys. Fortunately, there’s a way to address the problem.
The solution focuses on building multifamily housing in downtown areas, especially transit-oriented ones. Demographic projections show that more than two-thirds of new renters and buyers will want homes in mixed-use communities that are near shopping and public transit. Recent research that my firm conducted for the Long Island Index—contained in a new report titled “Long Island’s Needs for Multifamily Housing”—highlights strategies specific to the communities of the Village of Babylon, the Hamlet of Hicksville, and the Village of Valley Stream, that, taken together, can provide a model for the rest of Long Island’s towns and villages.
The case studies reveal that modest changes in zoning regulations would allow for higher density and smaller apartments. These zoning changes are just exemplary and do not assume that these three individual communities would necessarily make these changes. But they demonstrate the potential impact that modest changes in individual communities could have if implemented broadly enough. In addition to providing apartments at lower rents, these strategies also have the benefit of producing significantly more multifamily units than currently planned or proposed in Long Island, thereby making a dent in the estimated gap of up to 94,000 multifamily housing units needed on Long Island in the next 15 years.
In Valley Stream, for instance, modest zoning changes could create almost 800 new, more affordable, multifamily housing units on just seven sites in the downtown area. The changes include establishing a minimum unit size of 850 square feet that responds to the needs of singles and smaller households, increasing maximum lot coverage to 60 percent, and increasing the maximum building height from three stories to four stories. These changes could potentially result in reductions in rent of nearly 50 percent by giving a young couple the option to rent an 850-square-foot apartment that is more appropriate for their lifestyle and needs instead of a 1500-square-foot unit that’s mandated under current zoning.
In Hicksville, rezoning several commercial areas as multifamily residential ones, applying 50 percent lot coverage, and establishing new minimum unit sizes could generate over 1,900 new, more affordable, multifamily units. Similarly in Babylon, minor zoning changes—such as increasing density to 20-24 units per acre, establishing a building height limit of up to three stories, and increasing lot coverage to 50 percent—could provide room for more than 200 new, more affordable, multifamily units. The combined effect of these zoning changes could result in the reduction of rents of up to half, a significant economic boost to families in Long Island that are struggling to cover their housing costs.
These are modest changes that are consistent with Long Island’s history of developing multifamily rental units in downtowns before the 1960s. Such developments today would help revitalize those downtowns and make them even more attractive to young people as well as businesses.
Each community on Long Island must decide what course it will set. But failing to respond to the region’s high housing costs will mean that jobs and young people will continue to go elsewhere.
Shuprotim Bhaumik, a resident of Syosset, is a partner at HR&A Advisors, which conducted research for the Long Island Index’s recent report, “Long Island’s Needs for Multifamily Housing.”