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Long Island Summer Events Guide 2011


Sunday,  May 29

Mosaic Street Painting Festival
A day-long celebration of the arts featuring a street painting festival where artists of all skill levels—yes, that includes you—show their talents by creating chalk images on the street, an art form that dates back to the 16th Century. The day includes storytelling, a musician’s showcase, drumming & dance circle, art activities, performances, artist sale & exhibit and face painting. Street painting squares are available for purchase on the day of the event for $20, which includes materials. SUN 5.29, Downtown Riverhead

Boardy Barn Opening Day @ The Boardy Barn

Puppet Theatre Sail @ Rowdy Hall


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Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza @ Ducks Bethpage Ballpark

Sunday Night Funnies @ Governor’s Comedy Club

Slick Rick @ B.B. King Blues Club

Tornado Alley IMAX @ Cradle of Aviation

Set in Color @ Vibe Lounge

Jazz, Sparkling Syrah & Bagels @ Jamesport Vineyards

Teen Beach Party @ Silk Lounge

Montauk Fine Art Show @ Montauk Village Green

Michelle Shocked @ Joe’s Pub

Great Neck Plaza Restaurant Week Begins @ Village of Great Neck

MEMORIAL DAY

Parade of American Flags @ Mt. Sinai Heritage Park

1880 Decoration Day Program @ Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Bethpage Federal Credit Union Air Show Day 2 @ Jones Beach State Park

Memorial Day Bomber Tribute @ American Airpower Museum

Free Game Admission for Active Military & Vets @ Ducks Bethpage Ballpark

Memorial Day @ Sagamore Hill
The Sagamore Hill Band will conduct a special performance at 2 p.m. on the front porch of Theodore Roosevelt’s home, performing patriotic music along with a special performance of Sousa’s Golden Star in honor of Quentin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest son, who died in combat in 1918.

Spring Fair @ Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery

MEMORIAL DAY PARADES

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Tuesday, May 31

Gold Coast Film Festival
A tense mystery set in London among the city’s hipster crowd, the story of a popular fashion photographer who inadvertently shoots evidence of a murder, and a dangerous woman. Nassau County Museum of Art is offering outdoor screenings of several films that complement their exhibit Richard Avedon: Photographer of Influence, including Blow-Up, Rear Window, Unzipped and Funny Face. TUE 5.31-6.4, Nassau County Museum of ArtHybrids @ Islip Art Museum

Brendan Perry/Robin Guthrie @ Irving Plaza

George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill

Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs @ Rumsey Playfield Central Park

New Talent Show @ Governor’s Comedy Club

Movie Night @ Seatuck Environmental Center

7 Walkers @ Brooklyn Bowl
Yet another reason for Deadheads to convene, this quartet has its roots in a collaboration between Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutmann and guitar-playing Louisiana native Papa Mali. Meters bassist George Porter Jr. is a recent and most funky addition to the group that is touring behind last year’s self-titled debut.

Stonehenge to Hubble: Looking at the Stars @ Garvie’s Point Museum

Wednesday,  June 1

TLC’s Robert Hansen Psychic Medium @ Governor’s Comedy Club

Death Cab For Cutie
In a new Spin article, Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard confessed to embracing sobriety in 2008. Not surprisingly, he’s quite pleased that the band’s new album Codes and Keys is “a more even emotional palette than Narrow Stairs was.” Inspired by his marriage to actress Zooey Deschanel, Gibbard has transferred this bliss over to a less guitar-centric and more upbeat batch of songs sure to contrast Narrow Stairs being Death Cab’s “most depressing record.” WED 6.1, Bowery Ballroom

Thursday, June 2

American Idol Winner & Runner Up @ Rockefeller Plaza
Baby lock them doors and turn them lights down low…It’s been a good year for country fans on American Idol. Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery will make their first public appearance and performance post-finale.

Electric Six/Township/Les Sans Culottes @ The Bell House

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffitti @ Irving Plaza

Steve White @ Governor’s Comedy Club (Through 6.5)

Cabaret Festival @ Long Beach Library

Teresa Giudice
From the woman who single-handedly lifted up a set table in a rage—and author of Skinny Italian—comes a new cookbook, Fabulicious! with more than 60 family recipes. Giudice will be in town to sign your book and chat. Just don’t make her mad. THU 6.2, Book Revue

Friday,  June 3

Allen Ginsberg Howl! Festival
This festival of cutting edge art and fantasy celebrates the birthday of poet Allen Ginsberg with sculpture, interactive installations, performance art, carnival rides, poetry, yoga, theater and acoustic performances in the park each day. It opens with the traditional reading of Ginsberg’s famed poem HOWL, led by Bob Holman and Beat poets, John Giorno, Hettie Jones, Ed Sanders, Bob Rosenthal and more. FRI 6.3-6.5, Tompkin’s Square

Nautical Mile Festival @ Freeport Waterfront
This two-day vintage boat and motor show features the Island’s best antique and classic boats and engines, a collection of historic vessels, sea shanty bands and food, plus regattas on the Great South Bay. Also 6.4

Kip Winger @ Crazy Donkey

Strawberry Fields Beatles Tribute Band @ BayWay Arts Center

Josh Ritter @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center

Pizza & Pajamas @ Children’s Museum of the East End

School Boy Humor @ Vibe Lounge

The Go-Go’s @ Central Park
Out commemorating the 30th anniversary of their 1981 debut Beauty and the Beat, it’s amazing to realize that the Go-Go’s only recorded two more albums in the ensuing three years before cutting the 2001 comeback record, God Bless the Go-Go’s. Meanwhile, guitarist Jane Wiedlin promises the band might just have some new material to play during the shows that make up the Girls Gone Wild Tour. (Also 6.7 @ NYCB Theatre @ Westbury)

Spring Rodeo @ Captree State Park

Tom Tom Club @ Stephen Talkhouse

Stiff Little Fingers
Oftentimes referred to as the “Irish Clash,” SLF has often been overshadowed by Joe Strummer and company along with a number of other peers including The Alarm and The Jam. Still kicking around after a five-year breakup in the 1980s, Stiff Little Fingers have soldiered on. With this most recent date, local diehard punk fans get a chance to witness history and find out if the band’s long-awaited tenth studio album is any closer to getting completed following the 2007 announcement that the band had started working on it. FRI 6.3, Gramercy Theater

Saturday,  June 4

WWE’s Mick Foley @ Center Island Sports

North Fork Spring Pig Roast @ Pindar Vineyards

LI Gay Pride Dance @ Sayville VFW Hall

Puerto Rican & Hispanic Day Parade @ 5th Avenue, Brentwood

The Wizard of Oz @ John W. Engeman Theater

Michelle Shocked @ Stephen Talkhouse

CKY @ Crazy Donkey

Barnaby Bye @ YMCA Boulton Center

The Script @ Rumsey Playfield Central Park
As you’d expect from a group that emerged from the ashes of a boy-band and has worked with contemporary R&B producers Teddy Riley and Rodney Jerkins, Irish pop trio The Script has a feel for the pop culture zeitgeist. And while the trio has had its music pop up on tween-friendly shows like 90210, The Vampire Diaries and The Hills, The Script has also parlayed its MOR-flavored sound onto high profile tours opening for Paul McCartney and U2.

Bottle Rocket Competition @ Cradle of Aviation

Dennis Coffey/The Dirt Bombs @ The Bell House

Sock Hop 2011 @ Merrick Road Golf Clubhouse

Sondre Lerche @ Bowery Ballroom

Jackie Mason @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury

The Pirates of Treasure Island @ Vanderbilt Museum

Antiques on the Riverfront @ Peconic Riverwalk, Riverhead

Black Label Society
Even though metal fans have long been aware of the guitar-playing might and intimidating build of ex-Ozzy axe-slinger Zakk Wylde, American Idol fans were given quite the visual shock when he was tapped for six-string duty alongside finalist James Durban during a surreal reading of Sammy Hagar’s “Heavy Metal.” As the headliner for Fuse’s Uranium Tour, fans might be surprised to see the long-haired Yankees fan pull out an acoustic given the recent release of The Song is Not the Same, essentially an unplugged version of the preceding Order of the Black. SAT 6.4, Irving Plaza

Sunday,  June 5

The Granny Chronicles @ Huntington High School
Award-winning Island Hills Chorus presents a fun-filled afternoon of music, laughter and entertainment with their original production as they join Granny at a huge birthday bash. 3 p.m. Island Hills has performed at Radio City Music Hall & Madison Square Garden.

HarborFest Dock Day @ Port Washington Waterfront
Featuring cruises on the bay, pirates, stage coach rides, art in the park, treasure chest, kayaking and trolley rides.

Loudness @ Looney Tunes & The Crazy Donkey

Volksfest @ Plattdeutsche Biergarten

Antique & Collectible Auto Show @ Old Westbury Gardens

Sandra Bernhard @ The Stephen Talkhouse
Since she first stepped on stage at the Comedy Store in the ’70s, Sandra Bernhard has been challenging fans and critics with her outrageous humor, keen satire and stage shows. In addition to her original songs, Bernhard performs covers from Led Zeppelin to Britney Spears.

New Talent @ Governor’s Comedy Club

LI Rose Show @ Planting Fields Arboretum

Queens Pride Parade @ 85th Street & 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights

Art in the Park
Nearly 100 artists and craftspeople will show and sell original works of art and handmade crafts such as paintings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, woodwork, glasswork, wearable art, and more under the trees of Heckscher Park, while Art League faculty members provide live demonstrations. Live musicians and food vendors will be on hand so visitors can picnic in the park. Prizes will be awarded to artists and craftspeople for superior artistry and craftsmanship. SAT 6.4 & SUN 6.5, Heckscher Park

Monday,  June 6

Richard Avedon: Photographer of Influence
Richard Avedon revolutionized fashion photography through his imaginative portrayals of modern women wearing extraordinary clothes in irresistible settings. His iconic images in Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue showed the public a new American woman—one with wit, individuality and glamour. The installation will run alongside a presentation of fashion and photography in film and incorporates several of his most noted portraits of stars, including Marilyn Monroe, Ezra Pound, Bob Dylan, and Humphrey Bogart. MON 6.6-9.4, Nassau County Museum of Art

NY Met Shawn Green @ Book Revue

The Melvins @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Bell XI @ Bowery Ballroom

Tuesday,  June 7

10-Line Beer Tasting Night @ The Pony

Natalie Cole @ City Winery

The Go-Go’s @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury (Also 6.3)

Okkervil River @ Terminal 5

Keren Ann @ The Bell House

Cruise Night @ Oyster Bay

Wednesday, June 8

All Time Low @ Looney Tunes
Cribbing its name from the lyrics the New Found Glory song “Head on Collision,” All Time Low has spent the past decade going from pop-punk indie imprints to finally landing a major label deal in November 2009. And while fortune has smiled on the band that included landing a song on the soundtrack to the Tim Burton film Alice in Wonderland, they’ve been banned from playing Six Flags parks around the country after the group objected to staff using pepper spray on the crow at a concert in the Arlington, Texas amusement park.

Kathie Lee Gifford @ Book Revue

The Get Up Kids/Saves the Day @ The Crazy Donkey

‘Photoscapes by Andie’ @ Northport Tasting Room & Wine Cellar
Photos by Andrea Garone, landscape photographer. The photos are digitally manipulated to create an impressionistic picture, then printed. Through 6.23

Thursday, June 9

Bedouin Soundclash @ Mercury Lounge
Despite its exotic name, Bedouin Soundclash actually hails from Toronto. With its sound firmly rooted at the nexus of ska and reggae, it should come as no surprise that the trio landed a deal with Los Angeles-based punk imprint SideOneDummy Records and that the band has a longstanding creative relationship with Bad Brains bassist Daryl Jenifer.

Medium Hollister Rand @ Book Revue

Guys & Dolls @ John W. Engeman Theater

Tops of the Pops @ Dix Hills Performing Arts Center

Friday, June 10

Garden City Belmont Stakes Festival @ Garden City

Inside the World of ESPN: James Miller & Tom Shales @ Book Revue

Xanadu Opens @ CM Performing Arts Center

Adler’s Appetite @ Crazy Donkey
Of the many storylines emanating from the soap opera that is Guns ‘N Roses is this project spearheaded by the band’s original drummer. A frequent participant in the VH-1 reality shows Celebrity Rehab and Sober House thanks to a lifelong struggle with drug addiction, Adler is apparently on the road to sobriety. While Adler is scheduling a July press conference to announce his group landing “a big television show and major record deal,” he’s on the road with a band that includes Enuff Z’Nuff bassist Chip Z’Nuff rounding out the Adler’s Appetite rhythm section.

Natasha Bedingfield @ Irving Plaza

Alejandro Escovedo @ YMCA Boulton Center

Jennifer Hudson @ Central Park

James Vincent McMorrow @ Mercury Lounge

Dengue Fever @ Highline Ballroom

Ollabelle @ City Winery

Jonny w/ Norman Blake & Euros Child @ The Bell House

Richie Byrne @ Governor’s Comedy Club (Through 6.12)

Long Island Fest
The old Long Island Hardcore scene has been enjoying something of a revival recently—peaking with a March show including some of the scene’s most beloved vets, Glassjaw, Mind Over Matter and Vision of Disorder. But Long Island Fest blows that one out of the water. Featuring three days of music at two venues the Fest brings back the likes of Tripface, Mind Over Matter, Most Precious Blood, skycamefalling and dozens more. But it’s not an exercise in nostalgia: The bills are packed with new bands, too, including new projects from some of the scene’s vets (such as Primitive Weapons and I Am the Avalanche). As the festival’s organizers succinctly put it on the Long Island Fest Facebook page, “Don’t bitch about your own scene if you’re not doing anything to try to make it better….get involved!” Getting involved starts here. FRI 6.10-6.12, Bergen Point Country Club, West Babylon; Sinai Reform Temple, Bay Shore

Robert Klein
Neither bitter nor cynical, Klein made his mark on stand-up comedy with his wry, observational style. Twenty-five years after he debuted his hilarious take on his generation’s cultural touchstones with the album Child of the Fifties, echoes of Klein could be heard in all the top comics of the day, most notably Jerry Seinfeld. FRI 6.10, The Brokerage

Saturday, June 11

The Belmont Stakes
Long Island’s had a pretty decent year in horseracing, with West Hempstead’s own John Velazquez leading Animal Kingdom to a win in the Kentucky Derby. And now it’s time for the famous Belmont Stakes annual race to kick off. The Belmont Stakes website offers a racing glossary, a list of contenders, along with how-to wager materials so even the novice gambler can participate in this summer classic without fear of losing their life savings. SAT 6.11, Belmont Park

Crime Det. Novelist & Scientist Archer Mayor @ Stony Brook Borders Book Store

Pirate Festival & Boat Show @ Long Island Maritime Museum

Joseph Arthur @ Looney Tunes

LI Bavarian Festival @ Plattduetsche Biergarten
Enjoy an afternoon, evening or both under the trees in the beer garden with folk dancing, alpine bell ringing and sawing, live bands, children’s rides, games, crafts and of course, bratwurst, franks, German specialties and beers on tap plus Riesterer’s Bakery products.

Rockabetty Bruisers vs Brick City Bruisers Roller Derby @ United Skates

Daryl Hall & John Oates/Chris Isaak @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

NKOTBSB @ Nassau Coliseum
Pull out your dolls, pins and Joey McIntyre lunch boxes, ladies (You know you still have them somewhere) and revisit your preteen years as the boys of the ’80s and the boys of the ’90s unite on one stage to sing their hits. (Also 7.31)

Nassau County Craft & Gift Show @ Eisenhower Park

Arts Festival by the Bay @ Main Street, Bay Shore

KidsFest @ Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Levittown

Brooklyn Pride Parade @ 5th Avenue from 14th Street to Sterling Place, Brooklyn

Easy Star All Stars @ Stephen Talkhouse

Spring Fest @ Sweetbriar Nature Center

The B-52s @ Irving Plaza

The Led Zeppelin Experience w/Hammer of the Gods @ YMCA Boulton Center

Country Western Line Dancing @ Hither Hills State Park

Vines & Canines Vineyard Walk @ Martha Clara Vineyards
Bring your dogs down and enjoy an educational walk through the vineyards with winemaker Juan Micieli-Martinez and his dog Satchmo. A donation of a non-perishable pet food item is requested.

Brian Wilson @ Highline Ballroom

LI2DAY Breast Cancer Walk Day 1

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