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Dave Davies of The Kinks Invades Suffolk Theater

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Dave Davies, legendary guitarist for The Kinks, rocks Suffolk Theater in Riverhead on April 22! (Photo: Robert Loerzel via Dave Davies official Facebook profile)

Fueled by two brothers sharing a penchant for messy power chords and infectious melodies, English rockers The Kinks’ explosive, raw style and catchy tunes embody the spirit and dirty, jagged riffs that would inspire punk and heavy metal and revolutionize rock and roll.

Formed in 1964, with a foundation in late ’50s R&B, brothers Ray and Dave Davies, Pete Quaife and Mick Avory branded their own form of traditional rock by tossing out the rule books and simply having fun. In turn, they influenced generations of bands and musicians and helped spawn the raw, visceral sounds of such musical deviants as the Ramones and Clash, Van Halen, Blur, Oasis, Green Day, Nirvana, and countless others.

Their 1964 chart-topping single “You Really Got Me”—immediately recognizable by its quick succession of dissonant, choppy chords—led the charge. Described as “a love song for street kids” by the tune’s architect, The Kinks’ lead guitarist Dave Davies, the song dismantled the myth that only seasoned, well-trained musicians could achieve stardom and radio play, and went on to inspire legions throughout the decades to pick up a guitar and launch their own sonic revolutions—its simple structure and rough sound serving as the blueprint. It was aided by Davies’ slashing the amp cone with a razor blade.

The Kinks became infamous components of the late wave of the British Invasion and recorded more than two dozen albums since their formation—at the center of it all resides the imaginative guitar work and craftsmanship of Dave Davies, who will be ripping through an unforgettable set of Kinks classics as well as his own solo efforts at Suffolk Theater in Riverhead on Saturday, April 22.

Even if you don’t blatantly identify yourself as a fan, you know the songs: Besides “You Really Got Me,” the group’s ear candy arsenal includes “Tired of Waiting for You,” “All Day & All of the Night,” “Picture Book,” “Lola,” “Victoria,” and dozens of others. And don’t ever forget Dave Davies’ melancholy masterpiece, “Death of a Clown.”

In 2003, Dave Davies was ranked 91st in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” and for damn good reason. Do not miss out on this phenomenal chance to experience this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and the supreme glory that is The Kinks in this extraordinary and intimate venue!

Repeat: Don’t miss this gig!

Featured Photo: Dave Davies, legendary guitarist for The Kinks, rocks Suffolk Theater in Riverhead on April 22! (Photo: Robert Loerzel via Dave Davies official Facebook profile)

Dave Davies, lead guitarist for the legendary band The Kinks will be destroying Suffolk Theater, located at 118 East Main Street in Riverhead, on Saturday, April 22. Tickets are $49, $60 & $65. For more information about this amazing show and to purchase tickets, visit!

Watch Harlem Globetrotters Make Trick Shot from Nassau Coliseum Roof

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The Harlem Globetrotterrs's star player, Flight Time, makes a trick shot from the roof of Nassau Coliseum.

The Harlem Globetrotters just couldn’t wait to show off their tricks at the newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

One of the team’s star players, Herbert “Flight Time” Lang, made a shot from 75 feet up on the Uniondale arena’s roof tossing it over its new metallic façade—then did it again backwards. Swoosh! There was nothing but net.

“This is the long distance shot from Long Island,” the bedazzling b-ball-handler extraordinaire said while showboating in a video of the back-to-back trick shots that the team posted Tuesday on YouTube.

Fans of NBC’s The Amazing Race may recognize Flight Time from seasons 15, 18 and 24 of the reality show competition. He came in second place—just short of wining the $1 million prize—his second time around.

This weekend marks the first time the Harlem Globetrotters will play Nassau Coliseum since December 2014, before it closed for extensive renovations. The arena reopened last week.

The Harlem Globetrotters are playing at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 14. Tickets range in price from $22 to $158. The arena is located at 1255 Hempstead Tpke. in Uniondale. For more information, visit

Guitar Legend Jorma Kaukonen Combats Autism With Music At The Space At Westbury

Jorma Kaukonen

Melding pure, unrefined passion, joy, unquantifiable heartbreak and unimaginable loss into transcendental musical tapestries that amaze and inspire is just one characteristic of the blues.

Another is the extraordinary ability among true blues players to somehow translate all of this, while adding their own personalities via unforgettable notes, into licks and chords that tug at your heartstrings and simply do not let go, conjuring a whirlwind of visions and memories and that unidentifiable something that resides deep, deep within your very being and immediately transforming this all into raw and visceral emotions as varied and colorful as a collapsing rainbow, the hot amplifier an electric, aural prism.

The torturous beauty of the blues also possesses that magical ability to soothe the soul, erasing pain and worry, and like some melodic magnet, draw those feet out from beneath listeners’ tables or seats, and out onto the floor of the gig’s venue, to express themselves in the only ways they truly know how—tapping and kicking and leaping and dancing along.

Jorma Kaukonen is a blues-folk-rock master, and his guitar might as well be his second mouth, because the blizzard of tones and notes and colors that jump from those frets, traveling through its cable and materialize like lightning out of his amp to explode across our synapses speak in some universal tongue that resonates with all who hear them.

Whether it’s the eternal sonic tattoos he’s etched with Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane, or his own legendary works, the man is a virtuoso, and his gig at The Space at Westbury on April 13 is not just a must-attend show due to all the aforementioned, it’s also a not-to-be-missed show because of its additionally extraordinary purpose.

This intimate evening with such a phenomenal blues-folk-rock guitar god will benefit nonprofit Long Island Autism Communities! Besides the mind-bending music, there will be live auctions featuring autographed items donated by Jorma Kaukonen himself—including an autographed guitar and weekend at his family’s renowned Fur Peach Ranch!

Kaukonen will also be sharing personal stories from his legendary career!

This exclusive event combining the blues and a fantastic cause exemplifies the true spirit of music, and in utilizing his many gifts to help so many others, this true legend elevates the art form and helps spread its very essence and meaning. Come and enjoy the tunes and lend your support to this all-important cause!

Jorma Kaukonen rocks The Space at Westbury with a transcendental night of music to benefit Long Island Autism Communities on April 13! Doors: 7 p.m. / Show: 8 p.m. For more information about the gig, tickets, and how to help the cause, visit and

U.S. Rep. Rice & Nassau Legis. Walker Join Gastroenterology Associates In Raising Colorectal Cancer Awareness

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U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) (far left) and Nassau Legis. Rose Walker (R-Hicksville) (far right) join staff and patients of Gastroenterology Associates and the Long Island Center for Digestive Health (LICDH) during its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Uniondale headquarters on March 6, 2017 to help stress the importance of colorectal cancer screenings during National Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice and Nassau County Legis. Rose Walker joined doctors, staff, and patients of Gastroenterology Associates, one of the largest gastroenterology practices on Long Island, in helping raise awareness about colorectal cancer at the grand opening of its recently relocated offices and outpatient facility, the Long Island Center for Digestive Health, in Uniondale.

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and the March 6 educational event and ribbon-cutting highlighted the importance of colon cancer aka colorectal cancer screening in the battle against this highly preventable disease, which claims more than 50,000 lives each year and remains the third-most common cancer in the United States and second-leading cause of cancer death.

Several patients of Gastroenterology Associates and the Long Island Center for Digestive Health shared their personal stories of survival, with each advocating for screening. Both Legis. Walker and Rep. Rice spoke briefly as well.

“I was honored an proud to attend the ribbon cutting for Gastroenterology Associates’ new headquarters—a beautiful, spacious facility with a kind, caring staff who goes out of their way to make their patients comfortable,” Legis. Walker told the Press about the experience, explaining that for her, raising awareness about colorectal cancer is personal. “It is always a pleasure to attend all the ribbon cuttings and events I am invited to, but some have a special significance.

“In 2012, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colorectal Cancer,” she continued. “Thanks to the love and support of my family, friends and co-workers and the excellent care of my entire medical team, all affiliated with Winthrop Hospital, I am blessed to say I am now cancer-free. I am one of the lucky ones, and I feel that I have been given the opportunity to give back—to reach out to others and share the importance of screenings.”

“I’m grateful to Dr. [Leonard B.] Stein and Dr. [Robert S.] Bartolomeo for inviting me to tour their new facility as we commemorate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and highlight the dangers of this disease and the potentially life-saving value of regular screenings,” Rep. Rice told the Press regarding the event.

“We know that colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer among men and women combined–this year alone, more than 135,000 people will be diagnosed and more than 50,000 will die from it,” she continued. “We also know that this is one of the most highly preventable forms of cancer–the CDC estimates that we could prevent 60 percent of all colorectal cancer deaths if all adults over age 50 were regularly screened, but just one-in-three adults between age 50 and 75 are up to date on recommended screenings.

“That has to change,” she added.

Congresswoman Rice, the U.S. Representative for New York’s 4th congressional district, has long been a proponent of increasing accessibility and affordability to these life-saving preventive screenings. She is currently a cosponsor of bipartisan legislation, titled the “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Screening Act of 2017,” which would direct Medicare not to charge co-pays for colon cancer screenings that result in the discovery and removal of polyps.

Currently, under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and private insurers aren’t supposed to charge for co-pays for such screenings, including colonoscopies, explains her office. If a patient undergoes a screening and a polyp is detected and removed, however, the procedure gets reclassified as “Therapeutic” and not simply a screening, and they can be charged a co-pay.

This bill would eliminate that possibility, ensuring that patients can’t be charged for these important screenings, whether a polyp is found and extracted or not.

Rice, a Democrat who was elected to Congress in 2014 and previously served three terms as Nassau County District Attorney where she received national acclaim for her efforts combatting drunk driving, also cosponsored this bill in the last congressional session, and also cosponsored a resolution designating March 2017 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in both sessions.

Health experts advocate for regular colorectal cancer screenings for those 50 and over, stressing such preventive procedures can identify polyps before they become cancerous—though some are discouraged when there’s a chance its result could cost money, explains Rice’s office.

Thus, these legislative initiatives would remove dissuading financial barriers and actually help save lives.

Gastroenterology Associates is a renowned private group gastroenterology practice in Uniondale, NY specializing in high-quality digestive healthcare for patients experiencing a wide range of disorders. Long Island Center for Digestive Health (LICDH) is a distinguished non-hospital outpatient facility providing advanced diagnostic testing and procedures including upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, and more.

Gastroenterology Associates’ new headquarters in Uniondale boasts ground-floor access for patients, plentiful parking, and is conveniently situated near Meadowbrook Parkway, Stewart Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike. LICDH, which shares the premises, is a New York State-licensed ambulatory endoscopy center that has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

This is the second consecutive year Rep. Rice has joined Gastroenterology Associates and LICDH’s staff in publicly raising awareness during Colorectal Awareness Month about the preventable disease and the significance of screening—and she vows to continue this all-important quest in Congress.

“We need to keep raising awareness and educating the public, like we did [at Gastroenterology Associates] and will continue doing all month,” Congresswoman Rice told the Press. “And we need to make screenings more affordable so that no one can be denied or discouraged from getting a procedure that could save their life.

“I’ve cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would help eliminate copays for colon cancer screenings, and I’m going to keep working to get it passed,” she added.

Legis. Walker, a Republican, further emphasized the value of colorectal cancer screening and raising awareness, explaining it could quite literally mean the difference between life and death.

“Yes, colorectal cancer is a deadly disease, yet highly preventable,” she said. “If I had gone for screening, perhaps I would not have had to go through all I did—chemo, radiation, surgery, then more chemo and more surgery—so I need to speak out to others, share my story, thank those who saved my life, and hopefully encourage everyone to follow the advice of specialists, because prevention is our first line of defense.”

Featured Photo: U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) (far left) and Nassau Legis. Rose Walker (R-Hicksville) (far right) join staff and patients of Gastroenterology Associates and the Long Island Center for Digestive Health (LICDH) during its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Uniondale headquarters on March 6, 2017 to help stress the importance of colorectal cancer screenings during National Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

Gastroenterology Associates is located at 106 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Suite B, Mitchel Field, in Uniondale, NY 11553. Long Island Center for Digestive Health shares the premises, and is located in Suite C. To talk with staff or schedule an appointment, call 516-248-3737 or 516-794-1868, respectively, or visit

Gastroenterology Associates is a client of Morey Publishing, the parent company of the Long Island Press.

Long Island Under Blizzard Watch: 12-18 Inches Of Snow Possible

(Photo by Michael Damm/Long Island Press)

Long Island could get buried in 12 to 18 inches of snow Monday evening throughout Tuesday, according to forecasters.

The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Blizzard Watch for Long Island, New York City, and other parts of the region in effect from late Monday night through Tuesday evening.

The forecast predicts heavy snow, strong, gusty winds and temperatures in the 20s.

Snow accumulations could amount to 12 to 18 inches, according to the agency, with wind gusts clocking in at 40 to 50 mph.

The National Weather Service warns of “hazardous travel and potential for power outages,” as well as low visibility.

“A Blizzard Watch means there is a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities,” it states. “This can lead to whiteout conditions and make travel very dangerous.”

Rock Extraterrestrials The Flaming Lips Invade The Space At Westbury

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Psychedelic experimental space rock extraterrestrials the Flaming Lips invade The Space at Westbury on March 11! (Photo:

Psychedelic experimental space-noise rock extraterrestrials the Flaming Lips deploy their intergalactic tractor beam of kaleidoscopic aural supernovae and legendary theatrics at The Space at Westbury on Saturday, March 11 in a mesmerizing show bound for the books of must-attend Long Island concerts.

For more than three decades these sonic hellraisers hailing from Oklahoma have been re-writing the rules of rock and roll, melding the realms of music, science fiction and experimentation into the most beautifully bizarre and involuntarily contagious expressions of love and chaos created by earthlings, and continue to be one of the most exciting, electrifying, and magnetic bands in existence.

Led by founding members and martian rock masterminds Wayne Coyne on vocals and guitar, bassist Michael Ivins and multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd, the Flaming Lips are as known for their extraordinary live performances as much as their Grammy Award-winning tunes. A Lips show, as any attendee who has ever witnessed one can attest, is anything but ordinary.

Giant costumed creatures, smoke, puppets, enigmatic video projections, balloons, copious amounts of confetti, mushrooms, rainbows, gigantic hands that shoot lasers—even a monstrous, translucent man-sized bubble, which Coyne navigates atop the audience—the Flaming Lips literally and figuratively transcend any singular art form and instead transport fans into their own unique world, one beyond comparison and free of labels, stereotypes, or really, any other “concert” experience.

Coyne and Drozd’s songwriting might as well be an interdimensional black hole, in that past one layer is an infinite amount of others, all embodying various possibilities explored and shared with audience members via this multi-sensory tapestry of theatrical amplified paint.

At the center is an exploding universe of love.

Touring in support of their latest foray into the unconventional, this year’s Oczy Mlody (Polish for “Eyes (of the) Young,” the Lips’ 14th studio drop, the band have a vast sea of releases to draw from—with the melodies, time signatures, arrangements and songs as diverse as their album and song titles. Their first, 1986’s noisy, punkish Hear It Is, includes tracks “Jesus Shootin’ Heroin,” Charlie Manson Blues” and “Godzilla Flick.” 1993’s Transmissions from the Satellite Heart contains perhaps the band’s most well-known single, as well as its biggest radio hit, “She Don’t Use Jelly.” 1997’s experimental Zaireeka features eight songs across four CDs, which ideally are to be played simultaneously on separate audio systems to create its intended harmonics. 1999’s The Soft Bulletin and 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots both achieved critical and commercial success and remain fan favorites.

Standout tracks from The Soft Bulletin include: “The Spiderbite Song,” “What Is the Light?” (“An Untested Hypothesis Suggesting That the Chemical [In Our Brains] by Which We Are Able to Experience the Sensation of Being in Love Is the Same Chemical That Caused the “Big Bang” That Was the Birth of the Accelerating Universe”), “Waitin’ for a Superman” (“Is It Getting’ Heavy?”) and “Suddenly Everything Has Changed” (“Death Anxiety Caused by Moments of Boredom”). Those from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots include: “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” (Pts. 1 & 2), “It’s Summertime” and “Do You Realize??” the latter also a popular charting single, and ranked #31 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Best Songs of the 2000s.”

All that being said, pretty much every single Flaming Lips tune is an amazing, otherworldly entity onto themselves, across various, multi-tiered levels, and in the intimate confines of The Space at Westbury, they and all the aforementioned elements of this mind-bending band combine to create a rock and roll experience guaranteed to be absolutely unforgettable and unquestionably one for the books of epic Long Island concerts.

Do not miss this gig. Repeat: Do Not Miss This Gig!!

Featured Photo: Psychedelic experimental space rock extraterrestrials the Flaming Lips invade The Space at Westbury on March 11! (Photo:

The Flaming Lips destroy The Space at Westbury, at 250 Post Ave. in Westbury, on Saturday, March 11. Opening the show is Clipping. For tickets and more information, visit

5 Dream Open Houses On Long Island This Weekend

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Long Island boasts some of the most gorgeous (and most expensive) homes and real estate in the country, and this weekend is loaded with open houses throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties for prospective buyers to check it all out with a tour.

You don’t have to be a multimillionaire, or even necessarily in the market for a new home, to ooh and ahh at these luxurious mansions and estates, however. Open houses enable anyone, no matter their budget or present zip code, to peruse these dream homes—and this list enables you to do so from the comfort of your laptop!

Below are five insanely breathtaking (multi-million dollar) homesteads hosting open houses this weekend, along with their corresponding listing summaries, according to real estate records on Hey, everyone can dream, right! Enjoy the tour!

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377 Cobb Rd., Water Mill NY, 11976


Listing Summary:

School: Southampton
Style: Traditional
# Families: 1
Beds: 7
Baths: 9 Full/1 Half
MLS#: 2910950
Lot Sq. Ft.:36,155
Approx Year Built: 2016

Open House:

Saturday, 3/4 Noon – 2 p.m.
Sunday, 3/5 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Nicholas Amato
Nest Seekers International LLC

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172 Kings Point Rd., Great Neck NY, 11024


Listing Summary:

Section: Kings Point
School: Great Neck
Style: Other
# Families: 1
Beds: 6
Baths: 7 Full/2 Half
MLS#: 2905914
Lot Sq. Ft.: 55,000

This 10,000 Sf. European-Inspired Stone Masterpiece Stands Tall On 1.3 Flat Acres. Soaring Entry Leads Directly To Spectacular Waterviews Of Manhattan Skyline. State-Of-The-Art Kit, Den, Library, Cabana W/Br, 2 Mstr Brs. French Architect Philippe Starck Inspired. Whole House Generator. Complete Reno 2016.

Open House:

Saturday, 3/4 12:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, 3/5 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Maggie Keats
Douglas Elliman Real Estate

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16 Forest Dr., Sands Point NY, 11050


Listing Summary:

Section: Sands Point
School: Port Washington
Style: Colonial
# Families: 1
Beds: 7
Baths: 6 Full/2 Half
MLS#: 2901782
Lot Sq. Ft.:88,340
Approx Year Built: 2017

Masterpiece Brk & Stn New Const13000Sf Majestically Sited On 2+ Acres. Entertain On Grand Scale In This Palatial Est Featuring 2 Story Barreled Ceiling In Magn Ent Foyer & Great Rm. Intricate Custom Millwork,Lg Arched Hallways.Mag Master Suite W/Balcony, Plc, Sitting Rm, Fantasy Walk-In Closet. Fin Ll W/Movie Theater,Gym,Br,Ose, 7 Brs, 6.55 Bth,Pool, 3 Garages

Open House:

Sunday, 3/5 Noon – 2 p.m.

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Maggie Keats
Douglas Elliman Real Estate

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11 Sandpiper Ct, Old Westbury NY, 11568


Listing Summary:

School: Jericho
Style: Colonial
# Families: 1
Beds: 6
Baths: 7 Full/1 Half
MLS#: 2841593
Status: Active
Lot Sq. Ft.: 87,120
Approx Year Built: 2017

This Elegant 2017 Chc Sits On 2 Flat Acre Property On A Cul-De-Sac In Old Westbury.It Offers 6 Br,7.5 Bth,Designed W/ Wainscot Paneling,Oversized Mbr, Hide-A-Hose Central Vac,600 Amp Underground Utilities,Copper Pipe Pluming,Hydronic Heating System,Control4 Smart Home,Basemnt W/Home Theatre,Wet Bar,Game Room,20′ By 40′ Saltwater Gunite Pool And Jacuzzi & Much More

Open House:

Saturday, 3/4 Noon – 2 p.m. By Appointment Only! Contact Dalia Elison To Show. 516-707-9022

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Dalia Elison
Douglas Elliman Real Estate

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1257 Plandome Rd., Manhasset NY, 11030


Listing Summary:

School: Manhasset
Style: Colonial
# Families: 1
Beds: 7
Baths: 6 Full/1 Half
MLS#: 2911417
Lot Sq. Ft.: 111,579
Approx Year Built: 2001

Magnificent 12,000 Sq Ft Mansion On The Former Estate Of Ny Mayor Matthias Nicoll. The Approach To The Home Features An Impressive Gated Entrance, Long Winding Driveway And Beautifully Landscaped Property.

Open House:

Sunday, 3/5 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Jason Friedman
Coldwell Banker Residential

Sarah Friedman
Coldwell Banker Residential

Related: 5 Open Houses of Mega-Cheap Homes On Long Island This Weekend

Legends Arlo Guthrie & Taj Mahal at LIU Post’s Tilles Center

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Music legends Arlo Guthrie and Taj Mahal combine forces at LIU Post's Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on March 4!

Two musical legends are teaming up for an epic night of timeless songs on Long Island.

Legendary folk icon Arlo Guthrie and bluesman Taj Mahal combine forces at LIU Post’s Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 4, unleashing a kaleidoscopic barrage of music spanning a smorgasbord of genres bound to immerse all those in attendance in a veritable whirlwind of tunes that transcend the ages.

Guthrie, a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and son of Woody Guthrie—perhaps one the most influential musicians of all time—has released more than two dozen albums throughout his storied career, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Arlo follows in his father’s footsteps as a hellraiser, both musically and politically, consistently penning protest songs that put forth meaningful messages, stick up for the common man, and lash out against social injustice.

Arlo’s debut, 1967’s Alice’s Restaurant, includes the title track “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” a sprawling, first-person, spoken word stream of consciousness anthem about 1960s counterculture with anti-Vietnam War leanings, has evolved into a Thanksgiving Day radio mainstay for decades, and clocks in at a whopping 18 minutes and 34 seconds.

The song is perhaps too coincidentally the nearly exact length of the infamous void in President Richard Nixon’s “Watergate Tapes,” a fact Arlo mused about on the song’s 30th anniversary, stating that the disgraced president owned a copy.

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal, whose career encompasses more than half a century of music, with just as many albums released, masterfully melds the worlds of blues, rock, R&B, jazz, reggae, country, soul and world music to create a musical genre entirely all his own.

1969’s Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home, just one example of Mahal’s expansive and seemingly boundless range and pool of influences, contains a multi-genre patchwork of songs veering from near-straight-up traditional blues to country to rock, Cajun and spoken-word.

African roots, zydeco, gospel, calypso—two-time Grammy Award-winner Mahal’s musical artistry has never fit squarely into one defined box of stereotypes, in fact, he defies them all.

Together, Arlo Guthrie and Taj Mahal comprise vital threads in the still-evolving tapestry of Americana more than half a century in the making, defining critical aspects of its collective canon, and are the living, breathing embodiment of sheer musical genius.

Do whatever you have to do in order to attend this gig. It’s one for the books, indeed. Repeat: Don’t miss this gig!

Arlo Guthrie and Taj Mahal will be performing at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. $43-$78. 8 p.m. March 4.

Related: Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events March 2 – 8

5 Open Houses of Mega-Cheap Homes On Long Island This Weekend

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Recently married and now scouring Long Island for your first home? Professional house flipper looking for a dream-come-true renovation project to redo, list back on the market, and turn a nice profit? Moving? Relocating? Simply out there on the prowl for an inexpensive home on Long Island?

You’re in luck. We searched the real estate listings for you, and have come up with this quick list of bargain home buys, all welcoming would-be owners in for a tour this weekend.

There are currently 38 open houses across Long Island this weekend (Feb. 18 & Feb. 19) showcasing single-family homes for sale between $100,000 to $250,000, according to real estate records on

Here are Five Open Houses of Mega-Cheap Homes On Long Island that may be very well worth the visit this weekend (it’s supposed to be absolutely glorious out), along with their corresponding listing summaries from

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3117 Heather Ave., Medford, NY, 11763


Listing Summary:

Section: Eagle Estates
School: Patchogue-Medford
Style: Split
# Families: 1
Beds: 4
Baths: 2 Full
MLS#: 2906873
Status: Active
Lot Sq. Ft.: 8,276
Approx. Year Built: 1963

Split Level With Accessory Apartment With Proper Permit Renewal. Well Maintained Home With Room For Mom Or Dad. Updated Kitchen And Baths. Ceramic Tile Kitchen Floor And Some Hardwood Floors Under Carpet. Move In Condition.

Open House:

Saturday, 2/18 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Roberta Franzese
Better Homes Premier LLC

Long Island real estate open houses

1061 Udall Rd, Bay Shore NY, 11706


Listing Summary:

School: Brentwood
Style: Ranch
# Families: 1
Beds: 3
Baths: 1 Full
MLS#: 2906778
Status: Active
Lot Sq. Ft.: 16,553
Approx. Year Built: 1954

Super-Mint Move In Ready Home. Completely Renovated With So Much More Potential To Grow Into. New Porceilaine Floor, New Kitchen Cabinets, New Doors, Upgraded Electric, 2 Heating Zones, Wooden Back Deck On A Huge Backyard. 1 Car Garage And 3 Car Driveway. Excellent Condition. No Additional Expenses To Upgrade Lot Is Irregular Approximately 230 Feet Deep

Open House:

Saturday, 2/18 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Richard Halloran
Signature Premier Properties

Long Island real estate open houses

36 8 Ave., Huntington Station NY, 11746


Listing Summary:

School: S. Huntington
Style: Colonial
# Families: 0
Beds: 2
Baths: 1 Full
MLS#: 2894850
Status: Active
Lot Sq. Ft.: 7,405
Approx. Year Built: 1934

Bank Owned Property, Very Nice Lot With Detached Garage. Low Taxes, Convenient To All.

Open House:

Saturday, 2/18 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, 2/19 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Steven Pagano
Coldwell Banker Residential

Long Island real estate open houses

41 Robin Rd., Rocky Point NY, 11778


Listing Summary:

Section: North Shore Beach
School: Rocky Point
Style: Ranch
# Families: 1
Beds: 2
Baths: 2 Full
MLS#: 2909515
Status: Active
Lot Sq. Ft.: 3,920
Approx. Year Built: 1960

This Completely Updated Home Is Situated Just A Block From The Long Island Sound/North Shore Beach. Bright And Sunny Ranch Featuring A Large Country Kitchen, Cac, Hw Floors Throughout, New Bathroom, New Oil Tank And More. Basement Has An Ose, Small Kitchenette & Full Bath. Meticulously Maintained Home Inside And Out. Being Sold Furnished.

Open House:

Saturday, 2/18 12:30-2:00PM

1 Block From The Beach. Completely Renovated Home With Furniture Included!

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Jennifer Baer
Bel Breeze Real Estate Inc.

Long Island real estate open houses

200 Longfellow Dr., Mastic Beach NY, 11951


Listing Summary:

School: William Floyd
Style: Cape
# Families: 1
Beds: 1
Baths: 1 Full
MLS#: 2898748
Status: Active
Lot Sq. Ft.: 6,098
Approx. Year Built: 1951

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Last-Minute, Out-of-the-Ordinary Valentine’s Day Events On Long Island

Long Island Valentine's Day Events
There are plenty of last-minute, out-of-the-ordinary Valentine's Day events taking place all across Long Island!

Been too busy to plan a show-stopping Valentine’s Day night out with your sweetheart, and now in panic mode to figure something out? Sick and tired of the typical mucho-dinero “romantic dinner” thing? Majorly screwed up in your relationship recently and it’s only now just dawned on you that a spectacular, unforgettable Valentine’s Day could be just what Cupid ordered to repair all the damage you’ve done and restore that sweet, loving bliss?

Fear not, for this list is replete with last-minute, out-of-the-ordinary Valentine’s Day Events on Long Island that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on your loved one! From succulent Shrimp Nibblers by candlelight at White Castle and transcendental insights about love to communal mass protests and even a brokenhearted bar crawl, there’s no doubt that participation in any of these happenings will be sure to make this year’s Valentine’s Day go down in your sweetheart’s book as truly unforgettable!

Paint & Prosecco

Prove your love with this romantic twist on “Sip & Paints” as you and your sweetheart create a shared portrait of an inviting tropical island paradise, complete with swaying palm trees and a melting setting sun! You’ll both paint one side of the overall image, titled “Paradise Cove”—creating a museum-worthy masterpiece when merged together! Dessert, as well as a complimentary glass of prosecco will be waiting for the lovebird-artistes once finished, and guests are also welcome to bring their own special feasts to enjoy during the session! Check out this Guide to Long Island “Sip & Paint” and “Paint Night” Venues for additional wine-inspired misadventures, too! Pinot’s Palette, 61 W. Main St., Bay Shore. 631-446-4777. $48. 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Editorial Cartoon Exhibit

Wait—politics? On Valentine’s Day? Please, if ever there was a day for a reprieve, it’s this one. Well these aren’t talking heads, nor dissertations about the latest executive order, by any stretch of the imagination. This exhibit exemplifies how artists can breathe life into topical subjects of the day through visual interpretations bound to inform and inspire. Romantic? Sure, especially for those out there who’ve been glued to the television since November, or those who’ve since discovered an inner thirst for public participation, organization, and perhaps, revolt (the Women’s March, anyone?).

This phenomenal exhibit features works by award-winning editorial cartoonists including Walt Handelsman, Steve Kelley, Matt Davies and Signe Wilkinson, as well as historical works from Thomas Nast. If you opt for the less-intellectual option, a candlelight dinner, perhaps, instead, know that it runs through March 12 and is titled “Political Slant II: Editorial Cartoons.” Hofstra University Museum, David Filderman Gallery, 112 Hofstra University, Hempstead. 516-463-5672. Free. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Planets & Moon Viewing

There are a constant barrage of unseen forces pushing and pulling all matter in this universe, from the immeasurable draw of our nearest star, the Sun, to the magnetic fields permeating our precious Earth’s inner core and poles. Poets and star-crossed lovers throughout the ages have, in perhaps fewer and much more eloquent worlds than these, written and spoken and sung about the all-dominating force tugging at humans since the dawn of time: love. True, the gravity of one’s own heart and eternal yearning for another, reciprocal magnetism is perhaps greater than all the forces throughout this vast universe, combined. Whoa.

This otherworldly Valentine’s Day event enables those in attendance to discover this deeper, invisible gravitation, as well as those massive orb-like spheres silently encircling our world: the planets, including Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn—and possibly, the International Space Station! It also gives couples the chance to telescopically magnify that omnipresent celestial body that’s been artists’ muse throughout the eons, too: the moon. There will also be a quick astronomy class involved!

Experience these timeless enigmatic creations together, as one, and unleash your eternal love throughout the heavens! If this Valentine’s Day is not weather-permitting, fear not, this intergalactic masterpiece of illuminating hearts continues through May 1! Northport Harbor Park, bottom end of Main Street at Woodbine Avenue, Northport. More information: sidewalktelescopeviewing 631-486-4818. 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Free.

Anti-Valentine’s Day Bar Crawl

Celebrate the fleeting emotions and banal insignificance of love and relationships while tossing back endless beverages and conversing with equally jaded broken-hearted vagabonds on this truly unforgettable crusade through some of Patchogue’s best bars and pubs. True, this intoxicating event perhaps belongs more so on a Valentine’s Day Events for Long Island Singles list, but couples can surely crash it to bestow the intimate knowledge of relationship bliss with the frustrated heathens crying in their beers all night throughout this trek! True love, indeed! Meet at Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company, 41 E. Main St., Patchogue. 631-207-1000. $15 ADV/$20 DOS. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Buddha’s Modern Relationship Prescription

Money? A fancy car? Lotsa bling-bling? Love permeates the materialism of this realm and radiates from our very souls. Bring your honey bear to this intimate, transcendental experience, and learn from the experts the true, deeper meaning of Valentine’s Day, as well as insights on how Buddha viewed relationships. Guaranteed to open the eyes, ears and hearts of all those star-crossed romantics in attendance, and also bring you closer to the genuine divinity of existence! Kadampa Meditation Center Long Island, 282 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-549-1000. $15. 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Protests For Love: ‘Protect Our Care’ & ‘Love Fights Back

Sponsored by Long Island Progressive Coalition, Long Island Activists, the New York State Nurses Association and 1199SEIU (United Healthcare Workers East), bask in the all-enveloping love derived from exercising your constitutional rights to dissent at either of three simultaneous Valentine’s Day actions to tell Reps. Lee Zeldin and Peter King to “have a heart and save our healthcare.” Dubbed “Protect Our Care,” activists and community groups will be delivering a special Valentine’s Day card to Zeldin’s Patchogue office, and those who can’t physically make the rally are encouraged to participate by either creating and emailing along your own digital Valentine, to be printed and delivered for you, or sharing your healthcare story telling the lawmakers why the Affordable Care Act is important to you and your family via a video, to be posted on groups’ Facebook pages! Congressman Lee Zeldin’s Office, 31 Oak St., Patchogue. Noon – 1 p.m.

Following the Valentine’s Day delivery to Rep. Zeldin’s office, protestors can hop on the LIRR to join yet another demonstration in Manhattan at Foley Square dubbed “Love Fights Back: Rally For #ImmigrantNY,” the New York Immigration Coalition will stand alongside other concerned groups and New Yorkers to show their love and solidarity with “immigrant communities who are under attack!” Foley Square, 111 Worth St., New York, NY. 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Classical Ballet Class

Anyone who’s ever been in a long-term relationship knows that it takes a great deal of communication to make it all work, and that alone, we may stumble, but that together, as one, we may discover true grace. Well, relationships share some of the fundamentals of dance. This extraordinary class by instructor Nora Goodman—who’s highly trained in classical ballet, modern and Irish Step dance—will help couples not only discover the untapped talents residing within themselves, but the meticulously choreographed beauty of all relationships—as dance serves as the perfect vehicle for cooperation, collaboration and trust between partners.

Who knows—this first foray into ballet may inspire couples to return again and again, as these sessions continue throughout June 13! The Ballet Center, 1863 Pond Rd., Ronkonkoma. 631-737-1964. $20. 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

White Castle Valentine’s Day Sizzlin’ Spectacular

Forget those fancy high-end steakhouses and hosh-posh bistros serving insanely expensive snacks that have been booked up for weeks leading up to this Valentine’s Day, anyway. Head to White Castle and enjoy their addictive burgers in scintillating style, while making forever memories to be shared for a lifetime. Now in its 26th year, the popular go-to spot for those smooth, delicious sliders is yet again offering a special Valentine’s Day experience for all couples looking for romantic meat-and-cheese bliss. Tables will be draped in pink and red, with various loving decorations. Diners can share these scrumptious meals over candlelight, as tableside service takes your orders.

No Valentine’s Day would be complete without some quality photos and Shrimp Nibblers! White Castle. Multiple Locations. Regular menu process. 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Who needs a bouquet of roses when you and your loved one can participate in all these extraordinary Valentine’s Day events?! Always remember: Love is eternal, so get out there and share some! Happy Valentine’s Day!