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Model Railroad Display Rolls On In St. James The annual “Holiday Open House & St. James Model Railroad Display” is scheduled for Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at The Smithtown Township Arts Council Mills Pond House Gallery, 600 Route 25A in St. James. For more information and schedules, call (631) 862-6575. The weekend will feature the annual open house of St. James Model Railroad club, a Members Fine Art Showcase, a Granny’s Attic sale, and special sales of diecast models, jewelry, and other items.

Holiday Sing-Along At Staller Center

The seasonal traditional concert at Stony Brook University – an annual tradition and a true favorite of Suffolk County holiday revelers – will feature members of The University Orchestra, vocal soloists, and several conductors in a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall at Staller Center. Admission is free to the public for this special event. Vocal scores will be available for purchase for $10 at the door. Choruses from Part One, “Worthy is the Lamb/Amen” and the “Hallelujah Chorus” will all be sung by the audience. A pre-concert beginning at 2:45 pm will feature The University Orchestra’s Brass Ensemble. Solo vocalists will include Eunbi Cho, soprano; Ju Hyeon Han, soprano; Alexis Estrada, soprano; Monica Sciaky, mezzo-soprano; Lucas Rena de Souza, tenor; Daniel Nwatu, baritone; and Dallas Garvin, bass. Conductors are David Davani, Susan Deaver, Malinda Haslett, Mikael Darmanie, Zachary Gursky, Mohit Mansukhani, and Dallas Garvin. For further information on an event that’s eagerly anticipated by many area residents looking to truly get into the holiday spirit: (631) 632-7330 or music.

Annual Dickens Festival In Port Jefferson Village The eighth annual Charles Dickens Festival takes part throughout Port Jefferson Village daily from December 6 through December 8. This event is free to the public. Enjoy a unique day with a truly one-of-a-kind vibe with family and friends at the Festival, which features live characters including Scrooge, Father Christmas, and chimney sweeps; a reindeer viewing; and an old-fashioned radio show with all the sounds and performers of the era. The Festival will also include such free or low-cost attractions as carriage rides, Santa's workshop, Dickens' Trolley, house tours, a Gingerbread house contest at The Masonic Lodge, the storied Crystal Ball, and the annual grand finale parade, which draws huge crowds to the area each year. Learn all about the activities and events at the Dickens Festival at A complete schedule of events is at

A Rocky Horror Shadowcast In Babylon Village

Channel your inner Dr. Frank-N-Furter as the biggest cult film and rock-based musical of all time meets modern technology: A live “Rocky Horror Picture Show” shadowcast will be presented on Saturday, December 7 at 11:30 pm at Bow-Tie Babylon Cinemas in Babylon Village. Tickets are $8. This unique event features a full screening of the original hit film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" along with a live presentation on the stage, performed by Zen Productions. Full costumes, lighting effects, and props are used, and, as always, audience participation is encouraged. Even better: "Goodie" bags to encourage participation will be for sale for a nominal fee. Tickets are on sale now; make plans early. For additional information, call (631) 669-3399.

Queens Edition Jean Ann Kump & Barry Feterman

by area favorite Isabel Robin is among the highlights. Light snacks and soda included. BYOB and wine, but please respect Kosher dietary laws. Reservations: (718) 428-6363; info:

LIC Flea & Food

Begins Dec. 7

A Cabaret Night:

Music & Fun In Bayside A special “Cabaret Night” is slated for Saturday, December 7 beginning at 8 pm at The Bay Terrace Jewish Center in Bayside. Admission is $22 in advance, or $25 at the door for this performance, presented in cooperation with Theatre By The Bay. Veteran Queens community theater performer Jean Ann Kump and her partner, singing impressionist Barry Feterman, will transform The Bay Terrace Jewish Center into an intimate cabaret club-like setting for a night of music, comedy, and dancing. A special guest appearance

LIC Flea & Food will operate an indoor holiday market for three consecutive Saturdays and Sundays starting December 7, located in a warehouse connected to the Flea's outdoor lot at


learly, she’s one of the most popular personalites to ever hail from this region, and now she’ll appear here live: Theresa Caputo star of “The Long Island Medium” on TLC, will headline during an unprecedented four nights on October 18, 19, 20, and 21 at The NYCB Theatre in Westbury. Tickets are now on sale, and are available via, charge by phone at (800) 7453000 or at the Westbury box office. For more information, visit We’d make plans at soon as possible, and it’s becoming clear this is a true event – and likely to sell out all four appearances. In addition to her longstanding fame as one of the most turned-to “mediums” in the United States, Caputo is also now a best-selling author. Her new book, There’s More To Life Than This, is riding high on the Amazon best-seller charts; at press time, the book ranked at #1 in several book categories, including Religion & Spirituality:


Mega-Popular Medium At NYCB Theatre At Westbury

Religious Studies, Theology; Religion & Spirituality, Spirituality, Angels; and Religion & Spirituality, New Age/Channeling. The book also has been a New York Times bestseller as well. So what’s causing all the excitement? It’s clear that Caputo, a one-of-a-kind personality, has struck a chord with the American public like few

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the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue in Long Island City. LIC Flea & Food will host many vendors found at the regular market, plus several new ones featuring food, jewelry, fashion, furniture, arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles, and more. Fresh Christmas trees and wreaths will also be sold. Other attractions include The Dandy Wellington Band, pictures with Santa, and activities from ping pong to autograph signings to soccer activities from the New York Cosmos. "LIC Flea & Food became a major attraction here in Long Island City over the summer, and I look forward to the success of the LIC Holiday Market," said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. Learn more about what’s sure to be one of the holiday shopping season’s big events at, and @LICFlea on Twitter.

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‘The Big Thing’ Invades Laughing Devil Comedy Club

“The Big Thing” returns on Thursday, December 5 at 8 pm. to The Laughing Devil in Long Island City. Admission is $10. This weekly event strives to be the finest area comedy showcase. On the bill for December 5 are Adam Thomas, Bobby Morris, Brian Frange, J. LaLonde, Jami Smith, and Stephen Nicks (lineup subject to change). Information and tickets:

people in her profession ever have. From her publisher: “Theresa Captuo, funny, frank, and down to earth, began communicating with Spirit at the age of four, but she didn’t fully accept her gift until she was 33 years old. She had a good life as a busy wife and mom, but she also suffered from chronic anxiety that, as it turned out, came from ignoring her abilities. Once Theresa began channeling, she realized that she felt much better after delivering a message from Spirit and releasing that energy. Since then she’s used her extraordinary gift to help people heal from the loss of their loved ones. “Theresa feels that it’s her purpose to make us all aware that there is more to life than what we see here in the physical world and that your deceased loved ones are safe and at peace and assisting you from The Other Side. There’s More to Life Than This explains how Theresa’s mediumship works, what happens to your soul when you die, what Heaven is like, what the deceased want you to know, and the many roles that your family, friends, angels, guides, and God play here and in the afterlife. It also explores how to safely connect with Spirit, so that you can recognize when your loved ones are reaching out. Through Theresa’s personal story, compelling anecdotes, and fascinating client readings, she teaches us about Spirit and helps us to understand and appreciate the important lessons and touching messages that we’re meant to embrace every day.” Caputo was born and raised in Hicksville. Her family members – also favorites from their appearances on her TV show – are her husband, Larry, grown children Larry and Victoria, her brother, Michael, and her parents. Even her pets (dogs Petey and Louie) have earned their fair share of human fans.

Photo: Joanne Weaver by Caroline Sinno Photography

Joanne Weaver Trio

All The News That Grooves: NYC’s sultry songstress Joanne Weaver performs with Adonis Tsilimparis on guitar and Gabriel Riesco on cajon for her residency at The Flatiron Room at 37 W 26th Street in Manhattan. The trio performs American songbook standards and modern tunes at The Flatiron Room every Friday night from 9 pm to 1 am through December 13 ... One of the region's busiest jazz stars, Ron Jackson, headlines December 7 at 8 pm at Treme Blues & Jazz Bar in Islip …The Mingus Big Band headlines on December 9 at The Jazz Standard in New York City … 59E59 Theater in New York City is showcasing “Le Sarah Jazz Hot: How The Hayes French Saved Jazz,” created by Peter and Will Anderson and featuring their jazz quintet; the show's limited engagement runs through December 29. To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to Identical twins Peter and Will Anderson, with their jazz quintet, whisk audiences to the streets of Paris and the French countryside with rollicking swing and hot gypsy jazz. With a set list filled with top French and American jazz artists Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet, Josephine Baker, Duke Ellington, and Dizzy Gillespie, who found a warm welcome in France's thriving jazz scene, the program is a look at the France's contribution to what is thought of as a quintessentially American art form … The beautiful jazz vocalist and bandleader Sarah Hayes has been tearing it up at such NYC venues as Grata Jazz … Musicians: One of upper Manhattan's best jazz jams takes place each Monday at 8 pm at Cleopatra's Needle, featuring The Jon Weiss trio … Released recently on the Savant Records label was Zocalo by Bill

O'Connell & The Latin Jazz AllStars, featuring Adam Cruz, Steve Slagle, Conrad Herwig, Richie Flores, and Luques Curtis … New blues releases on the industry leader, Blind Pig Records, include Shawn Holt & The Teardrops' Daddy Told Me, and a retrospective of the career of the legendary and upbeat Roosevelt Sykes, The Original Honeydripper. It's amazing how well Sykes' music – he's considered one of the fathers of blues piano – holds up today … The changing world of blues music was highlighted in the annual Blues Blast music awards, which were held on October 31 at Buddy Guy's Blues Club in Chicago. Winners included Shaun Murphy, the former Little Feat singer whose album, Ask For The Moon, was named Album of the Year – as well as The Cash Box Kings, Albert Castiglia, Southern Hospitality, Curtis Salgado, Doug MacLeod, and Doug Deming … For those of you who think blues music sells for less, think again: Longtime Blues record collector and expert John Tefteller was the winning bidder at $37,100 for a rare 78 RPM record by blues legend Tommy Johnson. This marks the highest price ever paid for a single 78 rpm blues record, as well as one of the highest prices ever paid for any record. The record, Tommy Johnson on the Paramount label from 1930, is one of only two known and verified copies. All other copies of this disc are presumed lost or destroyed. The two songs on this record "Alcohol And Jake Blues" and "Ridin' Horse," are considered masterpieces of the genre; Johnson ranks among such other early blues legends as Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, and Skip James.

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Donna The Buffalo

At Boulton Center: The uniquely named, hardto-categorize Donna The Buffalo makes its debut on Thursday, December 5 at The YMCA Boulton Center in Bay Shore. Tickets are now on sale; log on to for more information. Donna The Buffalo's feel-good, groove-oriented, danceable, and often socially conscious music began more than 20 years ago with roots in old time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric Americana mix infused with elements of cajun/ zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country. Donna The Buffalo is known for touring the country remaining fiercely independent as one of the industry’s most diverse roots music bands. Over the years and through their travels, Donna The Buffalo as a band and its individual members have had the opportunity to play music with and/or record with musicians such as Jim Lauderdale, Preston and Keith Frank, Railroad Earth, Bela Fleck, John Paul Jones, Bill Kreutzmann, The Avett


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A Night With Janis Joplin Lyceum Theatre Photos (cover and article) by Joan Marcus


hey lived hard, died young (Billie Holiday at 44, Janis Joplin at 27 from a heroin overdose) after battling drug and alcohol addiction, and sang of heartache and relationships gone bad – they sang the blues. Now, these legends have been brought back to life, both offBroadway in “Lady Day,” and on Broadway in “A Night With Janis Joplin,” bio musicals that recreate the singers’ most famous numbers in semi-concert settings. Both shows are blessed with exceptionally talented performers – Dee Dee Bridgewater and Mary Bridget Davies, channeling Holiday and Joplin – but their faithful interpretations of the Holiday songbook and the Joplin canon are undermined by mediocre books that don’t serve them or their shows well. Bridgewater, a three-time Grammy winner (most recently in 2010 for her Billie Holiday tribute album) who also won a Tony for “The Wiz,” has been committed to this work since the mid-1980s when she starred in an earlier incarnation in London, and she has the vocal and acting chops to channel Holiday brilliantly. “Lady Day” is based on a concert Holiday gave in London in November 1954 at the end of a European tour. A run-in with the law resulted in the suspension of her cabaret license in the States, and Holiday had

Bothers, Del McCoury, Tim O'Brien, Pete Wernick, Abigail Washburn, Mamadou Diabate, Los Lobo, Rusted Root, Claire Lynch, David Hidalgo, The Duhks, Amy Helm, and more artists than we have room to list here. More artists appearing at Boulton Center during this busy holiday period include an artist who perhaps can be described as the last great American troubador, Chris Smither, on December 6 ... Y Act Out Theater Performance Workshop presents The Nutcracker on December 8 ... The Cortland The Midtown and The Boulton Center present National Lampoon’s Christmas Vaction on the big screen on December 11 ... Eileen Ivers’ annual (and highly anticipated) holiday show at the Boulton returns on December 13; the next night brings Rockapella’s holiday concert. At Tilles Center: The Midtown Men – four male singers from the original cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys – return to the area for their Christmas-themed show, “Holiday Hits,” on Friday, December 6 at 8 pm at The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post

been in involuntary exile, performing throughout Europe. The first act opens with her four-man combo (led by musical director Bill Jolly) vamping and complaining about the jazz legend who is hours late for their rehearsal. When she arrives, offering far-fetched excuses, they run through thrilling renditions of such A Night With classics as “A Janis Joplin Foggy Day (in London Town),” “Miss Brown To You,” and “Strange Fruit.” While not sounding exactly like Holiday, Bridgewater captures her vocal stylings, timbre, and aching melancholy. Unfortunately, in between the marvelously performed songs, author/director Stephen Stahl saddles Bridgewater with clumsily written flashbacks as Holiday reminisces about her unhappy childhood and feelings of abandonment by her mother. And Bridgewater must reenact (in a child’s voice) Holiday’s horrific rape at the age of 10, as well as her initiation into heroin use. The second act recreates the actual concert as a progressively drunken Holiday – in a gorgeous white gown and furs – rambles on about her troubles and attacks the audience in between delivering smashing renditions of “God Bless The Child,” “Good Morning Heartache,” “Ain’t Nobody’s Business, and “I Can’t Get

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in Brookville. Tickets are now on sale; log on to Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and J. Robert Spencer are back with the signature sound that sells out all across the country. This time, they have blended iconic rock & roll hits of the 1960s with holiday classics, adding their trademark sound to the mix. Favorites such as “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire),” “Baby, Please Come Home,” “Big Girls Don't Cry,” “California Dreamin',” and “All I Want For Christmas Is You” will be performed with the group's typical choreography, rock 'n roll arrangements, and signature four-part harmony. Note: This show is not a performance of (or affiliated with) the show Jersey Boys.


Started.” David Ayers and Rafael Poueriet have thankless roles as Holiday’s patient manager and assistant stage manager. “A Night With Janis Joplin,” written and directed by Randy Johnson, delivers just what the title promises – another Baby Boomer tribute show – this time for diehard fans of the late psychedelic blues-rock icon. The inexhaustible Mary Bridget Davies, an explosive dynamo who has been touring the country with this show and starred in the earlier bio-musical “Love, Janis,” brings the house down channeling Joplin’s distinctive hoarse wail and emphatic body language. Too bad the concert is interrupted by sanitized (and drug-free) confessional ramblings about Joplin’s middle-class childhood and family life in Port Arthur, Texas, and her need to sing the blues to honor and emulate the singers who inspired her. To give the hard-driving Davies a respite, some of her inspirations – Bessie Smith (portrayed by Taprena Michelle Augustine), Etta James (Nikki Kimbrough), Aretha Franklin (Allison Blackwell), Nina Simone, and Odetta (De’Adre Aziza) – perform their signature songs. This gifted quartet also backs up Davies as The Joplinaires. In hippy bell-bottoms and psychedelic flowing tops (spoton costumes by Amy Clark), on a concert stage circa 1970, the wild-haired Davies gives fullthrottled performances of Joplin hits “Down On Me,” “Piece Of My Heart,” “Spirit In The Dark” (a rousing duet with Blackwell’s Aretha Franklin), “Cry Baby,” and “Me And Bobby McGee.” – Jane Klain

Wynton Marsalis

At Staller Center: A huge holiday presentation, “Big Band Holidays,” will feature The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, and Cecile McLorlin Salvant – all on the big stage at The Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University on Sunday, December 15 at 7 pm. Tickets and information: Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra present this “Big Band Holidays” concert with choice instrumental arrangements from such key swing era masters as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. Singing with the band is the 24-year-old 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition winner Cécile McLorin Salvant, whose ability to refract the styles of such iconic performers as Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday gives new meaning to Marsalis’ mantra: “All jazz is modern.” At Westhampton Beach Performing Arts

Center: A “slam poetry” event featuring New York City's Mayhem Poets takes over on December 10 and 11 at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. For tickets and performance times, log on to Using hip-hop rhythms, dynamic theatrical techniques, and the sound of hip-hop violin, these young "spoken word" poets bring poetry alive and get students thinking in the programs suitable for grades six through 12. Mayhem Poets' performance poetry resonates with adolescents and teens through real-life, accessible, rap-like messages. The show fosters an appreciation for both classical and contemporary poetry while provoking thoughtful discussions and critical thinking on a wide variety of topics including diversity and acceptance. Mayhem Poets communicate to students important truths about "the power of words." Tickets are $10.


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Mayhem Poets Richie Byrne At Suffolk Theatre: The hugely successful touring group known as Long Island Comedy will present its “Holiday Comedy Bash” on Saturday, December 7 at 8 pm at The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. Special group rates are available, as well as other features; log on to the website for complete information. Headlining this special night of comedy will be a trio of area favorite standups in Scott Schendlinger, Frankie Pace, and Richie Byrne, who has been on fire of late. For more information, log on to

CALENDAR 2013 Donna The Buffalo ............................Thursday, December 5 8:00 p.m. Chris Smither ..............................................Friday, December 6 8:00 p.m. Y Act Out Theater Performance Workshop Presents: The Nutcracker ........................................Sunday, December 8 8:00 p.m. The Cortland and Y Boulton Center Present: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation on the BIG screen! ......................Wednesday, December 11 8:00 p.m. Eileen Ivers Irish Christmas ............Friday, December 13 8:00 p.m. A Rockapella Christmas ................Saturday, December 14 8:00 p.m. Yannis Pappas ....................................Saturday, December 21 8:00 p.m. Albert Cummings ........................................Friday, January 10 8:00 p.m. Joe Ely & Alejandro Escovedo........Thursday, January 16 8:00 p.m. The Elvis Show 2nd To None............Saturday, January 18 8:00 p.m. David Sanborn ........................................Thursday, January 23 8:00 p.m. Marshall Crenshaw ..............................Thursday, January 30 8:00 p.m. Marcia Ball and Tommy Castro ..........Friday, January 31 8:00 p.m. Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar Saturday, February 1 8:00 p.m. Red Molly ....................................................Friday, February 14 8:00 p.m. Taj Mahal Trio..................................Wednesday, February 19 8:00 p.m. Tab Benoit with Special Guest: Tommy Malone of the Subdudes......................................................Friday, February 28 8:00 p.m. Savoy Brown/Kim Simmonds ................Friday, March 7 8:00 p.m. Black 47 farewell performance! ....Saturday, March 8 8:00 p.m. sharon Corr ....................................................Sunday, March 16 8:00 p.m. Royal Southern Brotherhood..........Thursday, March 20 8:00 p.m. Jonathan Edwards & Jon Pousette-Dart ................................................................................Friday, March 21 8:00 p.m. Bettye LaVette ........................................Saturday, March 22 8:00 p.m.

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Engeman Theatre: A can't-miss for holiday revelers.

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Meet Me In St. Louis Studio Theatre, Lindenhurst Through December 7; (631) 581-2700; (516) 775-4420; BroadHollow Theater Company: A musical in the grand traditional Broadway manner. Shrek: The Musical CM Performing Arts Center, Oakdale December 7 through January 5; (631) 581-2700; CM Performing Arts: Everyone's favorite “ogre” in a family themed production; expect CM's usual lavish, “almost Broadway” production values.

Nick DiPaolo Comedy Nick DiPaolo Governor's Comedy Club, Levittown November 22 & 23; (516) 731-3358; The rapid-fire star – one of the regulars of “Tough Crowd” – returns for a two-night stint.

Shrek: The Musical BayWay Arts Center, East Islip Through December 28; (631) 581-2700; BroadHollow Theatre Company: The classic children's film comes to the BroadHollow stage for an extended run.

The Nutcracker “Sweet” Ballet

Dance The Nutcracker “Sweet” Ballet Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center December 14 and 15; (631) 288-1500; Students of The Nancy & Frederick DeMatteis Arts Education Program dance alongside ballet professionals in Dancecore Ballet’s adaptation of the holiday classic. Film Screenwriter Disccussion Group Sky Room, Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington Every other Monday at 7:30 pm; (631) 423-FILM; This free series offers networking, information, feedback, and readings by area screenwriters. Health Community Yoga Wang Center, Stony Brook University Each Tuesday at 6 pm; Multi-level yoga classes. Hobbies Long Island Auto Replica Society Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center, Centereach Third Thursday of every month at 7 pm;

A Christmas Carol Theater Three, Port Jefferson Through December 28; (631) 928-9100; Charles Dickens’ holiday classic returns for an extended run. Terror Times Three Arena Players Theater, Vanderbilt Museum Carriage House, Centerport Through December 22; (516) 775-4420; Arena Players: Three thrillers in one night: The Claw, The Monkey’s Paw, and Lithuania. Laughter On The 23rd Floor BroadHollow Theatre, Elmont Through December 8; (516) 775-4420;

A Christmas Carol (Minstrel Players)

(516) 884-2270; (631) 946-6335 The L.I.A.R.S. monthly meetings are open to anyone with an interest in building scale models of automobiles. Call for more information. Singles Singles Association Of Long Island Various event locations; singles-association-of-long-island Write to singlesassociationoflongisland for more information. Theater Irving Berlin's White Christmas John W. Engeman Theatre at Northport Through January 5; (631) 261-2900;


SNL’s Shearer & Owen: A Night Of Holiday Cheer

BroadHollow Theatre Company: The Neil Simon comedy returns.

A Christmas Carol Houghton Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church, Northport Village December 13 through 15; (631)732-2926; Minstrel Players: This area theater group's annnual holiday production. Disney’s Beauty & The Beast Patchogue Theater December 13 through 29; (631) 286-0555; Gateway Playhouse Presents: The classic tale that children always seem to adore returns.

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usician/songwriter Judith Owen and her husband, actor and humorist Harry Shearer, will send up the season with their annual “Holiday Sing-Along” tour with special guests Teddy Thompson, Alice Ripley, and others on Saturday, December 7 at 9 pm at The Brooklyn Academy of Music. Admission is free for this unique event. The duo will provide holiday music, mirth, and guest performances from their friends. With a circle of friends this expansive, anyone can show up; past guests have included Owen's close friend and collaborator Richard Thompson, Christopher Guest, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Jane Lynch, Keb' Mo', Loudon Wainwright III, and Fountains Of Wayne. Geared toward Christmas lovers and Scrooges alike, the "Holiday Sing-Along" grew out of the Christmas gatherings Owen and Shearer (“The Simpsons,” Spinal Tap, “Saturday Night Live”) hosted around their family piano, and the tour continues to reflect the same intimate, anything-goes spirit. The show is divided into two acts; the first features performances by Owen, Shearer, and their cast of guests, each of whom picks two holiday songs of their choice – selections range from sentimental ("Winter Wonderland," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas") to irreverent ("F&*k Christmas," "Jesus Was a Dreidel Spinner").

writes a new satirical song (last year's: "Why No Bail-Out for Santa?") and often performs the Spinal Tap classic "Christmas With The Devil." As guests finish their songs, they remain on the stage (which Owen decorates as a cozy, Christmas time living room), steadily building the festive mood. The second act is an audience sing-along of American classics, rounds, and carols, with Owen providing specially designed songbooks. For the crowd favorite "The Twelve Days Of Christmas," Owen divides the audience into 12 groups and awards kitschy holiday gifts to the best performers.


John Roberts: Hot Star Eats At Joe’s he hot comedian, YouTube star, and voice actor John Roberts will make a rare area appearance when he headlines Joe's Pub in New York City on Sunday, December 15 at 7:30 pm. Tickets, $25, are at Roberts is perhaps best known for providing the voice of Linda on the Fox animated comedy “Bob's Burgers,” and has appeared on

John Roberts numerous national TV shows. In April 2009, Roberts performed Jersey Days, a one-man show cowritten with Bob Odenkirk and produced by Jim Biederman, at Ars Nova in New York. His YouTube videos are also huge hits.

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Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings Directed by Alan Taylor Walt Disney Pictures We thought it, too: Our first thought after looking at the fine actor playing Thor, Chris Hemsworth, was probably what a lot of people thought – at least if they were raised on the 1960s Thor cartoons: “Shouldn't he be a lot bigger – and where's the helmet?” Okay, old timers, put those worries to rest; after two pictures, it's safe to say that the Thor franchise of the entire Marvel universe of movies might be the best of them all, as they're certainly the best-acted. Our first questions with all these superhero films, from Thor to Green Lantern remain: Is it true to the original comic book? Despite the violence inherent in comics, does the film manage to not go over the line, and does it detail what’s right and wrong? Thankfully, this film is a resounding yes to those questions. Thor: The Dark World manages to be both a follow-up to not only the 2011 Thor film, but to last year's Marvel's The Avengers as well. This time, the super villain Malekith, the leader of some quite nasty elves, has plans to rearrange the universe to his own liking. Now, it's up to Thor and, believe it or not, Loki – yeah, the head case villian and brother of Thor from the two aforementioned films – to conquer the evildoers and save not only the earth, but their high-in-the-sky homeland of Asgard. Dumb stuff, of course, but fun dumb.

Hemsworth is quite unlike the orignal comic book Thor – he's capable of coming up with a smart, funny line, something the tight-assed original Thor never once did – and Tom Hiddleston's quirky Loki might be the best character of any of the Marvel films to date. A nice addition is the radiant Natalie Portman as Thor's love interest, Jane Foster, who manages to not be the usual sort of whiny, helpless girlfriend character that's usually in the comic books – in fact, Portman's Jane Foster and Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts in the Iron Man films are smart, brave, independent women, quite unlike their original 1960s characters.

The short but sweet synopsis: The special effects are wonderful (although the entire film has the usual dark pallor that affects so many GCIladen productions); the characters are attractive and fun; and there's so much BAM! POW! BOOM! that it becomes almost dizzying. The best part is that you'll feel like you got your $11 worth upon leaving the theater. In 2013, comic book films and animated features are the highest quality movies you'll find in any mallplex. And unlike the 1960s, they beat the tar out of junk like the movie version of TV’s Batman and Alakazam The Great any day. – Cody Bell

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t was hard not to Robinson chuckle when the story Cano about the New York Mets’ “secret” dinner with Robinson Cano and his management team came to light. It’s obvious that the Mets cannot afford Cano, and I had doubts that they could even afford to take his reps out to a decent restaurant. The scuttlebutt is that CAA, led by front man Jay-Z, actually bought the Mets dinner. Score one for Jeff Wilpon. The Mets once again diplayed their pennypinching ways when they decided not to match the Colorado Rockies’ $2.5 million offer to retain free agent relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins. This had to have been demoralizing news for Mets fans, considering the fine job that Hawkins did last year. It’s not as if the Mets’ bullpen is full of potential setup men and closers. One former Mets executive told me that he couldn’t believe that they wouldn’t pony up what is chump change by MLB standards to keep a guy who not only performed well, but was a mentor in the clubhouse to young players, was one of the rare leaders on a Mets team bereft of leadership, and a go-to guy for sportswriters. I was saddened to learn of the passing of Major League Baseball Players Association executive


director Michael Weiner, who succumbed to brain cancer at the age of 51. I frequently ran into Michael on the #7 train on the way to Citi Field, where he would meet with both Mets players and those on the visiting team. It was indicative of the down-to-earth man that he was that he eschewed a limo in favor of using the subway. He also valued the opinions of those of us from smaller media outlets as much as he did those who were from major publications and networks. One of Weiner’s last acts was helping arguably the most famous member of his rank-and-file, Alex Rodriguez, prepare his defense against a 211-game suspension by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. Former Atlanta Braves outfielder and Falcons defensive back Brian Jordan was one of the luminaries at the annual Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association event that raises funds for youth baseball clinics. Having played two professional sports, Jordan certainly has a unique vantage point to comment on the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin hazing process. “I was in a lot of clubhouses and locker rooms, and I never

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Herrill Highs: Recent high scores from USBC-sanctioned league action at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park: Jennifer DeVoti, 247; Kevin Reusch, 713 series; JoAnne Perry, 647 series; Jeanine Musacchio, 671 series; Bonnie Gortler, 248; JoAnne King 208, 201; Bob Smith (who?), 728 series; Lisa LaGuarino, 235, 214; Nancy Honey, 205; Pat Dimitriou, 220; Sean Holohan, 717 series. Oops: In our previous issue, we congratulated Frank Calca for bowling the high series in house history at Herrill (847), only to discover the feat was actually performed several years ago. We correct our mistake here. Rolling An Explanation: Given our half-page status, our high scores are limited to 275 games/700 series or above for men, and 200 games/600 series and above for women and seniors. Just in case you wondered

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why your 246 didn't appear here ... “Major” Mika's Amazing: Veteran PBA star Mika Koivuniemi has been chosen as the October 2013 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association (of which we are affiliated). The native of Finland capped off the month by capturing the World Bowling Tour 11th Columbia 300 Open in Vienna, Austria, by defeating fellow Finn Pasi Uotila, 258-237. It is Koivuniemi's third PBA title this year, and 12th career crown. Any WBT wins by PBA touring players count as PBA titles. In the final WBT tournament before the PBA World Series of Bowling,

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saw or heard anything like that. If Incognito can prove that he was encouraged ‘to toughen up’ Martin by Miami Dolphins management expect lawsuits to fly,” said Jordan. New York Knicks forward Metta World Peace – still better known to most Walt of us as Long Island City Frazier native Ron Artest – was in chatty mood before the Pacers-Knicks game at the Garden two weeks ago. Artest has been battling knee problems, and at this point in his career is taking more time to recover from the various aches and pains that come along with life in the NBA than he used to. “I always rushed back too soon after getting hurt when I was younger. It’s hard to be smart but I have to try now that I am older,” he said to the media assembled in the Knicks locker room. Metta also said that he enjoyed his staged subway ride on the F train recently as he traveled from his childhood home in Queensbridge to Madison Square Garden. “I remember when the 21st Street opened. I was 13 years old. By the way, do the G and R trains still run in Queens?” he asked. The Knicks’ slow start enraged Madison Square Garden Entertainment/Cablevision CEO James Dolan to the point where, in the ultimate form of anger misplacement, he benched The Knicks City

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Koivuniemi bowled for another title, the WBT Thailand Open, dropping a two-game 235-225 and 245-228 decision to Sean Rash. Freeman's Fine: Congratulations to Dennis Freeman of Glendale for proving that “lighter can be righter” by winning the LIGBT tournament at AMF Plainview on November 10. Freeman won his first LIGBT trophy with a 254 handicap game shot with a 13 pound ball. While Freman earned $1,000 by finishing with four strikes in a row, Ron Moskow of Huntington took home $500 by finishing second with a 229. Third place went to 15year-old Scott Kampf of Levittown with a 226 worth $250; fourth place went to Daniel Goldberg of Douglaston, who was seeded into the final shootout with a 772 high series of the day, earning $225 with a 218. The final spot in the shootout went to Andrew Mienkiewicz of Plainview, who won $200 with a 206 rolling in his home house. The AMF Plainview tournament attracted a crowd of 77 entries, and paid out $4,635. The WTBA Beijing pattern proved challenging, as cut scores of 699 and 696 were recorded in the two qualifying squads. Cary Fishman won the LIGBT tournament on November 17 at AMF Babylon, his third. Motor City Excitement: A new

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LIGBT winners courtesy LIGBT Tour; Mika Koivuniemi courtesy IBMA; Jack Jurek courtesy PBA, LLC

Detroit Open singles tournament, presented by Xtra Frame, will kick off the Professional Bowlers Association’s extended 11-day PBA League Week at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Michigan from January 17 through 19, according to the PBA's

Mika Koivuniemi Bill Vint. The PBA Detroit Open will be an open-field PBA Tour title event beginning with a nine-game qualifying round on Saturday, January 18. The entire event will be webcast live on Xtra Frame. The tournament is open to non-PBA members; entries are now being accepted. For complete live coverage, log on to Xtra Frame.

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heard about the incident. “I have no comment,” he said with a hearty laugh as he shook his head in disbelief. Sapphire, a gentlemen’s club on the Upper East Side located just across the Ed Koch (Queensboro) Bridge, had some fun with the predicament of The Knicks City Dancers by sending out an email showing one of their lovely dancers wearing a skimpy KCD-like outfit that proclaimed: “Dolan can’t fire our girls!” It was a nice touch on the part of the MSG Network to have Walt “Clyde” Frazier return to his native Atlanta and revisit his childhood home and friends for its “Beginnings” series. What is frequently forgotten is that Clyde was the first NBA player to score an athletic shoe endorsement deal. “A new company, Puma, paid me $5,000 to wear their suede sneakers, and I felt that I was on top Knicks of the world,” Frazier told me at his City Manhattan restaurant, Clyde Dancers Frazier’s Wine And Dine. Puma is spending a lot of money reviving its Classic Suede line, and is hoping that it can have the same luck that Converse has had with relaunching its Chuck Taylor All-Star shoes. Puma would be smart to use Frazier as a spokesman the way that Skechers is using NFL legendary QB Joe Montana to promote its Relaxed Fit shoes as a way of appealing to an older demographic. The Squared Circle (Gotham Books) by Daniel Shoemaker is the most erudite book that I have ever read

Dancers for a game. Former Knicks general manager Donnie Walsh, who came from the Indiana Pacers and is now back with them after countless run-ins with Dolan, told me that he had


Photos: Walt Frazier by Jeramey Jannene; Knicks City Dancers, Robinson Cano by Bob Smith

about one of my favorite passions; the world of professional wrestling. The author goes into great detail about how wrestling played up ethnic stereotypes to attract and enrage fans right up through the late 1980s, yet it was an endeavor that attracted a lot of minority athletes such as Bobo Brazil, Ernie Ladd, and Pedro Morales. While Shoemaker spends a lot of pages discussing WWE superstars Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, he does not ignore lesser grapplers such as S.D. Jones, whose job was to lose (and he did that well), as well as one of my all-time favorites, “Ravishing” Rick Rude,” whom Shoemaker describes as “a preening narcissist in the ring.”





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Suffolk Sunday, December 8 Open Mic hosted by Foreverman & Joe Nassau Brown – Carolyn Harding Trio Mug's Pub Jazz Brunch (Smithtown) Sara Bareilles – Diletto's Restaurant – The (Westbury) Paramount Tree House (Huntington) Studios Ron Jackson Open Mic – – Treme Blues Ziggy 's & Jazz Bar Corner (Islip) Hamptons (Massapequa) Rich Walker Take 2 – The Documentary Brokerage Film Festival (Bellmore) – Bay Street Shirley Alston Reeves - December 6 Theater (Sag Suffolk Theatre (Riverhead) Suffolk Harbor) Lois Morton/Zoe Lewis – Congregational Sunday Jazz Jam Featuring Melody Rose Church of Huntington (Centerport) – Declan Quinn's (Bay Shore) Bobby Sexton/Don Sands R&B Jam – Picollo (Huntington) NYC/Queens Dubstep/Destroid /Must Die! – Best Buy Paul Mahas – Dockers Waterside (Quogue) Messiah Sing-Along – Staller Center for Theater (NYC) Cyndi Lauper– Beacon Theatre (NYC) Performing Arts (Stony Brook University) Bill Frisell's Big Sur Quintet w/Jenny Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Scheinman/Eyvind Kang/Hank Festival – Bay Street Theater (Sag Harbor) Open Mic – Comiskey Park Bar (Saint Roberts/Rudy Royston – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) James) Benny Golson Quartet – Jazz Standard Ellis Paul/Rebecca Loebe – University Café (NYC) (Stony Brook University) Clairy Browne And The Bangin' Rackettes The Nutcracker – Boulton Center (Bay

Shore) NYC/Queens Hannibal Buress – Knitting Factory (Brooklyn) Open Mic w/Anthony Gibney – Diving Bell (Sunnyside) Bossa Nova Brunch – S.O.B.'s (NYC) Tony Middleton Trio Jazz Brunch – Kitano New York Hotel (NYC) Pink – Barclays Center (Brooklyn) Dublin City Ramblers – Thai Rock (Rockaway Beach) Benny Golson Quartet – Jazz Standard (NYC) Zenbi – Cielo (NYC) Natalie Toro/Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – Birdland (NYC) Monday, December 9 Nassau Open Mic & Jam – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Suffolk Open Mic with Dave Drew – The Bartini Bar (Babylon) Open Mic Comedy Show – Fin's Pub (Oakdale) Open Mic Night w/Kenn – Village Lanterne (Lindenhurst) Daughtry – The Paramount (Huntington) NYC/Queens Jam With Richie Cannata – The Bitter End (NYC) Open Jazz Jam Session – Kitano New York Hotel (NYC) Open Mic Jazz With The Jon Weiss Trio – Cleopatra's Needle (NYC) Pink – Barclays Center (Brooklyn) Mingus Big Band – Jazz Standard (NYC) Donna McKechnie /Jerry Mitchell – Birdland (NYC)

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Tuesday, December 10 Nassau Jazz Jam Session – Walk Street Tavern (New Hyde Park) Rickey Roche – Paddy's Loft (Massapequa) Open Mic Night with Dianne & Larry – MacArthur Park (Rockville Centre) Body & Soul – City Café (Garden City) Matisyahu – The Space (Westbury) Mark Newman & Friends – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)

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Thursday, December 12 Nassau Frank Walker Open Mic – Mugsy Magee's (Massapequa) Salsa Night – Suffolk Holiday Inn (Carle Acoustic Open Mic Place) With David Jon Jazz Night: Marty Paisley – 50 Yard Phillips/Daryl Line (West Babylon) Pooser/Bill Smith – Open Mic With Dan Viana Hotel + Spa Acosta & DJ Harry(Westbury) Oke – The Thirsty Jazz Jam – Wickers Scholar (Holbrook) Club (Hicksville) Open Mic Night Open Mic Night – With Mike "The Spice's Restaurant Godfather" (Baldwin) Classic Rock & Clemente – O'Reilly's Pub (Oakdale) Blues Jam The Cogs Singles WithCurt Arnel & Open Jam – Gator Friends – Callahan's Blue (East Islip) (East Meadow) Open Jam With Open Mic Night George Cintron & Hosted By Mike Rachel Feinstein Rob DeMartino – Longo – Mr. Beery's Katies of Smithtown (Bethpage) December 13 & 14 Paul Mahas – Eddie Sessa – City The Brokerage (Bellmore) Dockers Waterside Café (Garden City) (Quogue) Karaoke w/DJ Joey Mongoose – Blue Open Mic – Comiskey Park Bar (Saint Parrot (Massapequa) James) Brian McGeough – Grillfire (Merrick) The Mayhem Poets – Westhampton Beach F.M. (Steely Dan Tribute)/Live Band Performing Arts Center Karaoke – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)

Wednesday, December 11 Nassau The Piano Guys – NYCB Theatre at Westbury Tommy T. Mudcat Blues Jam With Mike Nugent & Ian Petillo – The Breakers Restaurant and Bar (Bayville) Blues Jam WithJoe Vicino Band – Sunset Grill (Seaford) Donny Celenza & Nina Gordon – Mickey Malone's (Floral Park) Open Mic hosted by Robert Sloan – Front Street Pub (Massapequa Park) Jerry Costanzo & His Trio – Don Lorenzo's Restaurant and Lounge (Glen Cove) Eddie Sessa – City Café (Garden City) Wonderous Stories – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Suffolk Open Blues/Jazz Jam – Park Avenue Studios/Briggs Music (Huntington) Open Mic hosted by Johnny B. – Quogue East Pub (East Quogue) Open Jam w/Ed the Hat & Friends – The Diamond Club (Ronkonkoma) The Cogs Singles Open Jam – The Stadium (Bohemia) Annie Morgan – Dockers Waterside (Quogue) Live Art Fusion 4 – 841 East Lounge (Huntington) Avril Lavigne – The Paramount (Huntington) Midnight Mob – Revolution Bar (Amityville) National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (film) – Boulton Center (Bay Shore) NYC/Queens Open Mic With Lesly Bernard & The Tony Stevenson Band – Tillman's (NYC) Paula Atherton & Interplay – Battery Gardens (NYC) Open Jam With The Night Owl Band – Neir's Tavern (Woodhaven, Queens) The George Coleman New Octet – Jazz Standard (NYC)

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NYC/Queens Henning Stumm/Eliana Marcia/Banda Azul – Giovanna's Restaurant (NYC) Tiny Bubbles Burlesque – Bubble Lounge (NYC) Comedy & Trivia Show – LIC Bar (Long Island City) The George Coleman New Octet – Jazz Standard (NYC) Fred Falke /Starsmith/Friendly Greg – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Shoshana Bush/Eddie Gomez/Kenny Barron,/Al Foster/ Wallace Roney – Birdland (NYC) Ssybarite5 – The Cell (NYC) Gretchen Peters – Music on 4 House Concert (NYC) Kristin Diable – Rockwood Music Hall (NYC) Friday, December 13 Nassau Petty Rumours – Sunset Grill (Seaford) Drive – City Café (Garden City) Vin Russo Trio – Blue Parrot (Massapequa) Reckoning – The Homestead (Oyster Bay) Earthbound – Jugs n' Strokers (Merrick) Rachel Feinstein – The Brokerage (Bellmore) The Core/Godfrey Townsend – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Suffolk The Melody Rose Quartet – The Elks Club (Huntington) The Long Island Banjo Society – VFW Hall (Copiague) Lupe Fiasco – The Paramount (Huntington) Eileen Ivers – Boulton Center (Bay Shore) PDT Entertainment Presents – Zebra Club (Copiague)

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NYC/Queens Sweet Licks With DJ Souljah & DJ Marcus – Tillman's (NYC) Marco Carola's Music On – Marquee New York (NYC) Protest The Hero/Architects/Affiance/The Kindred – The Gramercy Theatre (NYC) The George Coleman New Octet – Jazz Standard (NYC) The Joanne Weaver Trio – The Flatiron Room (Manhattan) Eddie Gomez,/Kenny Barron/Al Foster,/Wallace Roney/The Birdland Big Band – Birdland (NYC) The Joanne Weaver Trio – The Flatiron Room (NYC) Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – Terminal 5 (NYC) Saturday, December 14 Nassau Holiday Doo Wop Extravaganza – NYCB Theatre at Westbury Down & Dirty – New Hyde Park Inn (New Hyde Park) Liverpool Shuffle – Sunset Grill (Seaford) Risky Business – City Café (Garden City) The Fantoms – The Blue Parrot (Massapequa) Nick Kroll – The Space (Westbury) The Barley Brothers – Jugs n' Strokers (Merrick) Rachel Feinstein – The Brokerage (Bellmore) 45 RPM/Uppercut – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Suffolk Why Hunger & HardRock "Imagine There's No Hunger" Benefit: Rob Bermudes/The 51s/Plastic Aardvark/Savoy Shuffle/Monkey Grip/Martini Garden/G-13 – Bartini Bar

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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – Terminal 5 (NYC) Sunday, December 15 Nassau Carolyn Harding Trio Jazz Brunch – Diletto's Restaurant (Westbury) Tree House Studios Open Mic – Ziggy 's Corner (Massapequa) Rich Walker – The Brokerage (Bellmore) Max & Ruby In The Nutcracker – NYCB

Nutcracker "Sweet" Ballet – Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center NYC/Queens Hannibal Buress – Knitting Factory (Brooklyn) Open Mic w/Anthony Gibney – Diving Bell (Sunnyside) Bossa Nova Brunch – S.O.B.'s (NYC) Tony Middleton Trio Jazz Brunch – Kitano New York Hotel (NYC) Steve Reich Benefit Concert – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) The George Coleman New Octet – Jazz Standard (NYC) Frank Wildhorn/Jeremy Jordan/Laura Osnes/Michael Lanning & Jane Monheit/Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – Birdland (NYC) Monday, December 16 Nassau Open Mic & Jam – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)

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Theatre at Westbury Suffolk Sunday Jazz Jam Featuring Melody Rose – Declan Quinn's (Bay Shore) Bobby Sexton/Don Sands R&B Jam – Picollo (Huntington) Paul Mahas – Dockers Waterside (Quogue) Gavin DeGraw /Austin Lucas– The Paramount (Huntington) Open Mic – Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James)

Suffolk Open Mic with Dave Drew – The Bartini Bar (Babylon) Open Mic Comedy Show – Fin's Pub (Oakdale) Open Mic Night w/Kenn – Village Lanterne (Lindenhurst) NYC/Queens Jam With Richie Cannata – The Bitter End (NYC) Open Jazz Jam Session – Kitano New York Hotel (NYC) Open Mic Jazz for musicians and singers With The Jon Weiss Trio – Cleopatra's Needle (NYC) Cyndi Lauper – Birdland (NYC)


ryan Adams, who ranks with Rush, Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman, and Neil Young among the most successful rock performers ever to hail from Canada, will make a rare area appearance as he brings his “Bare Bones” tour to Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of LIU Post in Brookville on Thursday, December 12 at 8 pm. Tickets are at Adams is currently on the road with his “Bare Bones” tour in support of his new CD, Bryan Adams – Bare Bones. The 20-cut disc was released on November 16 in the U.S. and Canada. Recorded on the road in the spring of this year, Bare Bones came about in response to fans requesting a CD of the songs they’d just heard – stripped down, raw, unplugged – the way they had originally been created. The resulting CD is a window into the sold-out highly acclaimed tour that Bryan has interspersed with full band stadium dates over the past few years.

BRYAN ADAMS Getting ‘Bare Bones’ At Tilles Center

The Grammy and Juno award-winning singersongwriter has spent the last three decades making music history. He has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide, toured six continents, garnered 21 top 10 hits, earned nominations for three Academy Awards and five Golden Globes, received 18 Juno Awards, an American Music Award, and five ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards for Most Performed Song from a Motion Picture (his music has appeared on more than 40

Quick Snacks: Bites From Here & There ast food, quick observations: Don't you wish Ralph's Famous Italian Ices stayed open year-round? Burger King's “new” Big King double burger – an obvious attempt at competing with you-know-who's youknow-what – is as lame a concept as anything we've ever tried. When we ordered ours, the dolt behind the counter actually asked “Double Stacker?” which pretty much tells you the “new” burger is just an older one with a new name. Burger King trying to compete with McDonald's is watching a fly soaring straight into a plate-glass window; you only wonder why it can't know any better. That being noted: Eating at McDonald's isn't nearly as much the enjoyable mindless Americana as it used to be, considering recent reports that some full-time employees of the chain can't live on what little money they earn. It's time for this corporate giant to wake up and smell the nuggets, because the more the public learns, the faster it will be to react … by eating elsewhere. Besides, in an era with Shake Shack, Five Guys, and so many other


movie soundtracks). Adams was recently honoured to perform at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, performing a duet with Nelly Furtado. This past spring he was the recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the Juno Award’s ceremony and a week later in Ottawa he received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. Bryan also contributed the feature song, "You've Been A Friend To Me," in the John Travolta film, Old Dogs. Adams has been awarded the Order of British Columbia and is a Companion of the Order of Canada; he has received an award for “Artist of the Decade” and has been inducted into the Juno

Hall of Fame. He has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and added his handprint to the Wembley Square of Fame in celebration of his 25th show at the famed stadium. He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and that ceremony that took place in 2011. Adams’ live performances have benefited His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales Prince’s Trust, Live Aid, Live 8, The Concert for Freedom for Nelson Mandela, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Net Aid, The Canadian Avalanche Foundation, and Breast Cancer, as well as campaigns that have saved the rainforests, provided food and comfort for the needy and created whale sanctuaries. Through his namesake foundation he has also helped build schools in areas of Southeast Asia, devastated by the tsunami in 2004. Adams is also an acclaimed photographer, donating fees from his photography to his namesake foundation that funds projects supporting the elderly, victims of wars and natural disasters and other disadvantaged individuals. He also has several photographic books to his name including Made in Canada, Haven (UK) and American Women, the latter done in conjunction with Calvin Klein. Proceeds were in aid of breast cancer research. Adams was among a select group of photographers invited to photograph Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Royal Jubilee. That photograph was used a year later on a Canadian postage stamp. In 2009, Bryan was amongst a select group of notable Canadians whose face also graced a Canadian stamp. Adams has released more than 60 singles over the course of his career to date, including: “Heave” “Straight From The Heart,” “Cuts Like A Knife,” “Summer Of 69,” “It’s Only Love” (with Tina Turner), “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started,” and more.

Visit For Honest Restaurant Reviews quality burger joints, the heat is on, and not only in terms of taste. Back to BK: Can the franchise on Old Country Road in Westbury be any slower in getting customers served? Don’t go there during your lunch break – you’ll be lucky to get out by

That being noted: Goofing around in the adjacent old-timey arcade is still a blast. If you haven't tried the chicken wings at Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza (Commack, Bohemia, Great Neck, Woodbury, Carle Place, Wantagh),

Burger King’s “Big King”: Big Blah dinner time. We'll note it again: The “chicken” at the Nathan's complex on Old Country Road in Westbury is a miracle – we thought we'd tasted the last of our drive-in movie style crap, but their “wings” and “tenders” are incredible: Dry, tasteless, cold, greasy garbage right out of the 1960s.

you're missing out on a rare, one-of-kind treat. If you've tried the chicken wings at KFC (everywhere), may we also suggest Premiere Care, with walk-in medical locations at 11 spots in Long Island (and three more on the way). You might need them once the digestive process begins.

If there's anything cooler than than tables at Shake Shack being made from actual former bowling lanes, we have yet to experience it. Every time we eat barbecue at Famous Dave's, we wonder if all the old hunting signs are really old hunting signs or just new signs that are made to look like old signs. Watching senior citizens try to work the new-age Coca-Cola self-serve machines at Burger King and Popeye's is just like … well, watching senior citizens try to figure out the new scanner voting machines. Or Muni Meter parking meters. Or 2012style washing machines. Or ... We don't know who enjoys them – someone certainly must – but both Coke Zero and Pepsi Max taste like coal tar. One of the best things about Long Beach is Swingbelly's Beachside Barbecue, which celebrated its “sixth and seventh” anniversaries on November 14 (as they put it, “that B*tch Sandy ruined Porkchop’s birthday party last year”). If the burgers at Beachtree Cafe in East Islip continue like this, they may soon be under consideration for the best anywhere in Long Island – and you should try them as soon as possible. And if you’re out bowling, you must try the burgers at Woodmere Lanes – they’re so delicious it doesn’t seem possible.

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eteran area rock band Mazarin will headlne a fundraising concert for WUSB 90.1 FM as well as a commuity canned food drive on the same night on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 pm at 89 North Music Venue in Patchogue. The year of 2013 has been a good one for Long Island’s Mazarin, with several area concerts and radio appearances for their June release, Live Forever, keeping the veteran rockers busy. The members of Mazarin include Doug and Marc “Mazarin” Hochlerin of Port Washington; Joey Perez of Freeport; Elliott Negrin of Merrick; Glenn Mack of Sea Cliff; Wayne Sabosto of Center Moriches; Scott Duryea of Middle Village, Queens; and Ari Lesser of Baltimore. All were honored to be asked to donate their talents to perform at this special holiday fundraiser for “a radio institution that has given so much to the band its fans,”


Two Benefits In One For The Holidays accordin to Mazarin. Tied to this event is Mazarin’s annual canned food drive, this year benefitting The Manorville Community Church Food Pantry. Mazarin will perform selections from Live Forever, holiday favorites, and many of their best-known songs, including “Slave To Rock & Roll,” “Rockers,” and “The Only One,” which The Huffington Post recently posted as # 1 on its list of “The 10 Best Pop Songs You May

Have Missed,“ calling it “a classic, timeless pop song” with “a 1950s swing, a 1960s kick, and funny 1970s lyrics.” Also appearing at this special event with Mazarin will be Half Step, a Grateful Dead tribute band, and The Drunk Unkles, a blues and R&B act. Singer/songwriter Dave Christian will open the show; other guest artists will appear as well. An after-party will follow, featuring a performance by Finally Balanced. Other attractions during the event will include raffles and a 50/50 drawing, all

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to support the efforts of WUSB, which will bring out many of its best-known personalities in Chris LaPorta, Kevin Kevorik, Bob Bennett, Habanaro, Eve Fasolino, Steve K, Donna J, and more. All ticket proceeds from the event will benefit WUSB 90.1 FM. Admission is $15, with giveaways at the door. For additional information, call (631) 730-8992, or visit All who attend are encouraged to bring canned goods for The Manorville Community Church Food Pantry.

Special Edition: Great Buys On The “Other” Tablets Though they never became as hot as cell phones – which can perform many of the same functions – tablet computers are now a mainstay in many households. Here’s some of the best of the “other” brands at present: Archos Back In A Big Way: Archos, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, two years ago unveiled its Gen10 XS tablet line. The Archos 101 XS, a 10.1-inch tablet that weighs only 21 ounces and measures 0.31 of an inch thin, was the first of this new line of extra slim Android tablets to debut, followed by the release of the Archos 97 XS and Archos 80 XS later on. Particularly popular right now are the Archos 101 G9 and 97 models. In addition to creating a new standard of thin for tablets, Archos continues to push the technological

boundaries with the innovative Coverboard, a unique magnetic keyboard conceived for each tablet model that will offer protection, a kickstand, docking and easy typing. The Coverboard is included in the box with each tablet. The entire line is Google certified, features Android, and allows full access to Google Play, featuring more than 600,000 apps. A Star-Filled Galaxy: The

talk of the tablet world at this writing is the inexpensive Google Nexus 7 line, which surely will be, at the very least, has become a worthy alternative (if not trumping entirely) Amazon's popular though flawed Kindle Fire HD. “Nexus 7 was made for Google's Google Play platform, so entertainment is right in your hand: the world's largest collection of eBooks, millions of songs, thousands of movies and TV shows, and a growing selection of magazines – plus over 600,000 apps and games,” said Nexus in a press release. Also available is what Google claims is the world's largest collection of eBooks, hit movies and TV shows, more than 600,000 Android

apps and games, and more; it all looks amazing on the Nexus 7's highresoluttion 16:9 screen. Toshiba's Triumph: Toshiba remains a main player in the tablet world with its Excite 10 LE series, which at its launch ranked as the thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet, logging in at a scant 1.2 pounds and measuring just .3-inch thin. This tablet is more computer than any of the other popular tablets – you can put iPad in that list – with a ton of add-ons and inputs for HDMI, microSD cards, and USB.

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He was off the scene for a long time, but it’s clear that no one in the music world has forgotten the one-of-a-kind rap superstar Eminem. The Marshall Mathers LP 2, the new album from this pop music icon, recently ranked as the best-selling album in the U.S., debuting a top the Billboard 200 albums chart and selling 792,000 copies its first week of release (the second largest sales-week of the year). In addition, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and single, "The Monster," featuring Rihanna, are currently #1 on the iTunes Album and Singles charts respectively. Fueled by the success of The Marshall Mathers LP 2, all eight of Eminem's previously released albums under Aftermath/Interscope have reentered the Billboard Top 200 chart, the type of feat not seen often since the heydays of The Beatles and Michael Jackson. In addition, Eminem has become the first lead artist (as opposed to a featured artist) in nearly 50 years to have four songs appear on the


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ne of the biggest stars from Comedy Central, Nick Kroll, will make his area debut on Saturday, December 14 at The Space At Westbury. Doors open at 7 pm for this 8 pm show; tickets are $35 for reserved orchestra and loge, and $25 or reserved balcony. For tickets, log on to; for more about The Space and a full list of upcoming performances, log on to Kroll is perhaps best known for his role as “Ruxin” on FXX’s hit “The League,” as well as for his critically acclaimed Comedy Central series, “Kroll Show.” He was named as one of Variety Magazine’s “10 Comics To Watch,” and was selected as the 2013 Breakout Comedy Stars of the Year by The Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. Kroll’s profile has exploded in recent years thanks to his standup special, “Thank You, Very Cool,” and his standout performance at the


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“Comedy Central Roast of James Franco.” He voiced the character of Stu on HBO’s “The Lifef & Times Of Tim,” and has had memorable guest starring roles on “Reno 911,” “New Girl,” “Parks And Recreation,” “Community,” and “Children’s Hospital.” He’s also had roles in the features films Get Him To The Greek, Date Night, and I Love You Man that “people sort of remember,” his self-effacing bio states. Even his website at is wacky. He

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introduces himself thusly: “Hello, as you might have guessed from the shelf – my name is Nick Kroll. I am an actorcomedian-writer-producer. A couple things I would like you to know about me: I have a sketch show called ‘Kroll Show’ returning to Comedy Central in January 2014, and I play ‘Ruxin’ on the FX series ‘The League.’ I also have other TV and film credits that I find ways to casually mention in polite conversation. Thanks for visiting my website. One last thing I'd like you to know about me is that I like Take 5 candy bars because they have pretzels inside.” Much more is happening at Long Island’s newest showplace, The Space, in the coming months. Now on sale: the rootsy Americana favorites Railroad Earth, who headline on December 7; Matisyahu’s Festival Of Light on December 10; The Funky Meters on December 20; rock icon Patti Smith on December 27; former New York Yankees center fielder and now jazz guitarist Bernie Williams on January 17; Marc Cohn (“Walking In Memphis”) with special guest Rebecca Pidgeon on January 24; jam band Galactic on February 6; roots legend Steve Earle with Dawn Landes on February 8; former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Tracy Morgan on February 22; Los Lobos on March 5; country legend Gavin DeGraw with guests Parachute and Rozzi Crane on April 3; and another “SNL” alum, Jay Mohr, on April 5.

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Savage Sounds, one of the area's fastest-growing pro audio and recording companies, will host "Cupcakes & Cocktails" on Friday, December 6 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at its location in West Hempstead. This is a free networking event for recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, and music industry professionals. "Network with fellow artists, songwriters, producers and industry professionals as you enjoy cocktail inspired cupcake creations by our featured tetwork partner, The Connecticut Cupcake Company," reported Savage Sounds. "Cocktails and refreshments will be served; participate in our ‘Peer Review’ session as we review and provide feedback to music submitted by you, our networking community. For details on how you can participate in the ‘Peer Review,’ contact us at:" This is a free event, but space is limited; all attending must RSVP. To do so, call Savage Sounds Recordings at (516) 405-0049.

Folk Music Stars Head To Garden City

Folk music stars Carolann Solebello and Turner Adams will

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perform on Friday, December 5 at 8:30 pm at Garden Stage at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Garden City. The event is preceded by an open mic at 7:30 pm. Admission is $18 with advance reservations, or $20 at the door. For reservations and information, email, or call (516) 248-8891. Best known as a founding member of the female trio Red Molly, Carolann Solebello now flies solo, playing American roots with a New York accent. She recorded three CDs with Red Molly, including James (2010), which peaked at #4 on the AMA chart. Her fourth solo record, Steel And Salt, was released in August 2013. She is the winner of the 2011 Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival Songwriting Competition, and was an Official Showcase Artist at both the Folk Alliance International and Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conferences in 2012. Adams is a singer/songwriter born and raised in the Philadelphia area. Information: visit or, or call (516) 248-8891.

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The sixth annual Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival will showcase the screenings of 22 documentary films on December 6 through 8 at The Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. “In this year’s festival, we have a wide variety of illuminating documentaries — dealing with art, politics, biography, sports, humor, the environment and young voices — featuring a Q&A after every film, emceed by spirited broadcast personality Bonnie Grice and arts writer/film critic Andrew Botsford, plus the opportunity for film-goers to vote for the ever-popular Audience Award,” said HT2FF founder and executive director Jacqui Lofaro. “We have an outstanding Friday opening night film on baseball in India by East Hampton director Mirra Bank, a sure-to-be memorable Saturday evening gala honoring the legendary documentary filmmaking team of D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus of Sag Harbor, and a great Sunday closing night and

Filmmaker’s Choice Award documentary on artist Larry Rivers by Bridgehampton director Lana Jokel.” Tickets may be purchased at, at the Bay Street Theatre box office, by phone at (631) 725-9500, online at, or at the door. The website has a full description of films, photos, and links for purchasing tickets. Further information is available at

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Judy Carmichael: International

Long Island's most renowned jazz and standards singer, Judy Carmichael, recently engaged in a trip overseas: The beautiful blonde singer performed on November 21 at The Wimbledon International Music Festival in England with Sam Dunn, and on November 23 at The Dundee Jazz Festival in Scotland. Carmichael's international performances followed shows throughout the U.S.; Harry Allen, Chris Flory and and Carmichael delivered a series of concerts in Spokane, WA, at The Bing Crosby Theater, as well as shows in Whitefish and Bigfork, MT. “I love Western audiences, and these were no exception,” reported Carmichael in a press release. Thanks to all of you who came out to cheer us on. We're already looking forward to a return tour next year.” Learn more about one of Long Island's hottest music artists at

Paul’s annual visit to The University Café will bring a batch of newly-minted songs destined for an album that’s scheduled to be released in 2014, as well as songs from his first holiday album, City Of Silver Dreams, and fan favorites from his previous CDs. Loebe, based in Austin, Texas, is touring to support her newest album, The Circus Heart. She’s also a Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist. Information and tickets: or (631) 632-1093.

Ellis Paul Returns To Café

Veteran singer/ songwriter Ellis Paul returns on Sunday, December 8 at 2 pm,to The University Cafe at Stony Brook University; the special guest and opening act will be the nationally touring singer/songwriter Rebecca Loebe, a Kerrville New Folk Award winner.

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become one of the top power/prog bands in the area. Led by guitarist Don LaFon, the band fuses interesting rhythms with the grooves of more southern style metal and

Golden Axe Attack Progressive Trio, Dynamic Sound

In This Moment After releasing re-issues for The Secrets Of The Black Arts, Vobiscum Satanas, and In The Sign... in North America, Swedish black metal masters Dark Funeral re-released their second batch of re-issues – Diabolis Interium, Attera Totus Sanctus, and Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus – on November 25. These new editions have been expanded with previously unseen photos from Lord Ahriman's archive, extensive liner notes by Olivier "Zoltar" Badin, bonus material, and revamped layouts … Always on the road, grind kings Pig Destroyer have added a pair of late 2013 shows: December 20 in Richmond, VA at Strange Matter with Noisem and Occultist; the following night in Silver Springs, MD for a show with Darkest Hour and Black Clouds. Pig Destoyer recently added a new member to the fold: Adam Jarvis' cousin, John Jarvis, joined as the band's first bass player. John made his live debut last month at the band's appearance at the Housecore Film Festival in Austin, TX. Pig Destroyer released its fifth studio album, Book Burner, in October … Six Minute Century's Wasting Time, released in October, is making its way up the charts. The act is a power rock/metal band from Houston that formed in the summer of 2004, and has since

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the soaring vocal melodies of Chuck Williams …Five Finger Death Punch recently released its new full-length, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Volume 2. Fans whetted their appetites for the new disc with streaming listens of the disc that the band provided free of charge on iTunes Radio. Volume 1 debuted at #2 in the US

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on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart earlier this year, and remains on many charts to this very minute … Upstate Schenectady's gift to theatrical metal – In This Moment, featuring the sumptuous Maria Brink – is ushering in 2014 with its “The Hellpop Tour II,” which begins in January and will stop at The Paramount in Huntington on January 19 during the trek’s first leg. The band is making huge waves with the song “Whore,” which despite its title is rocking the charts (#21 in Active Rock at press time). "I am so proud and excited for the world to hear 'Whore'," said Brink. "The message behind this song is taking back control. It is about taking the power from a disgusting and degrading word and turning it back around on the accuser. This is an honest and raw movement that needs to be heard."

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Who: The Atlantic Beach area brings a new hard rock act, Golden Axe Attack, currently riding high following the release of its new single, “Sinkhole.” The relatively new band is comprised of guitarist Arnie Miot, drummer David Weintraub, and bassist Doug Grama. Their sound is a return of the classic “power trio,” but with a decidedly modern and progressive bent that should please rock fans who enjoy metal, hard rock, clasic rock, or guitar-driven progressive/fusion. The band’s offering of instrumentals is not only rare but stunning, firmly establishing it as one of the more unique acts in the region. – Cody Bell The Artists & Their Sound: From the act: “The band, Golden Axe Attack, is pleased to announce the release of their first single entitled ‘Sinkhole’ from their upcoming debut album, March Of The Angels. If you have not heard of Golden Axe Attack, you soon will. They have been wowing audiences for the past year in the New York area. “Golden Axe Attack is a three-piece band with music that can be described as progressive and innovative guitar-driven instrumental rock. The music is seriously powerful, yet cerebral.

Drawing from varied influences, the result is a powerful amalgamation of rock, heavy metal, eastern music and blues. “The band is led by Arnie Miot on guitar. His virtuoustic guitar playing is on a level that few other guitar players will ever attain. His sound is instantly recognizable for it’s unique voice, gut wrenching phrases and stunning chops. Arnie is joined by Doug Grama on bass guitar. Doug’s bass playing creates a harmonic interplay that introduces a progressive new sound that will be setting new trends for years to come. Drummer David Weintraub completes the power trio. ‘David is perfect for this band,’ said Miot. ‘His articulate and propulsive drumming adds to the outstanding muscular and well-oiled machine that is Golden Axe Attack.’ David, similar to his bandmates, is also well known in the New York music scene. “When emotions run deep and words alone cannot express feelings, music must speak to you universally in its very own essence. Golden Axe Attack captures the unique way of communicating their music to the audience.” To Learn More Or Contact The Artists: Write to Golden Axe Attack at, or log on to or

queen of pop, but she's also the queen of fun as well. – Bob Smith

keyboard skills of Barry Goldberg, and this ranks as one of those rare albums that's both traditional yet modern – and for guitar fans, it's sheer nirvana. Note: The version of this album sold through Best Buy contains three bonus tracks, and it's worth seeking out for the searing instrumental, “High Voltage.” – Bob Smith

Paul McCartney New Here Music “Macca” certainly has nothing to prove, and he still looks and sounds quite spry at 71. The appropriately titled New is not going to make anyone forget Band On the Run, but “Queenie Eye,” “Save Us,” and the title track prove that McCartney is not too old to rock out. While this is not McCartney’s best album, it is also far from his worst – he can't be accused of coasting on his name. – Lloyd Carroll

Katy Perry Prism Capitol The Rides Can't Get Enough 429 Records

Much has been made of the formation of this new blues “supergroup” and the news it has made in the genre in the scant few months that its been on the scene – but the fact of the matter is that this simply is the product of three immensely talented friends who made a rocking, loose album simply because they wanted to. Plainly put, Stephen Stills hasn't sounded this good (particularly vocally) in years. His reading of “Don't Want Lies” features some shockingly emotive singing, and his raw guitar playing stands up well next to the flashier and younger Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who manages to make some blues chestnuts (“Honey Bee,” “Talk To Me Baby”) sound fresh. Add to it all the old-timey

One can accuse Katy Perry of being lightweight, but she obviously wouldn't have it any other way. Her bent for concentrating on catchy hit singles has already propelled her into the all-timem upper stratosphere in terms of record sales (her last album contained that rarest of feats, four consecutive #1's), and this new effort seems to be on the same path – “Roar” already shot to the top spot on the charts, as did this album upon its release. Amazingly, Perry seems to be toning things down while others (the always naked Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga, to name two) always ratchet up the sex quotient. Wonder of wonders, Perry's more serious “Unconditionally” sounds like a mega-hit, but so do the silly “This Is How We Do” and “International Smile.” Perry might be the current

Elton John The Diving Board Capitol John and lyricist Bernie Taupin remain prolific on this 15track effort. The pair are in a reflective mood as they are concerned about being isolated as they age (“Can’t Stay Alone Tonight”), and offer melancholy looks at their pasts (“A Town Called Jubilee,” “Home Again”). The highlight is “Take This Dirty Water,” in which John uses a gospel chorus singing behind a melody that's akin to 1971's “Country Comfort.” Longtime fans won't be disappointed. – Lloyd Carroll

With Bob Smith Photo: Beck Bennett courtesy NBC

Cancellations and schedule changes always seem to cause controversy on TV – even in the boonies. For years, a polka dance program called “The Big Joe Show” ranked as one of the most popular on the RFD TV syndicated network (which formerly ran Don Imus' weekday morning simulcasts before the program was picked up by the Fox Business Network). “Big” Joe – better known as Joe Siedlik – has starred on his own traveling polka music program for years, usually featuring a different band on each program, along with dozens of area polka dancers spinning around huge dance floors in armorys and VFW halls. The show is utterly quaint and has a huge following in rural areas, but what was described in press accounts as simply “a disagreement” a couple of years back forced Joe from RFD-TV. However, the always enterprising “Big Joe” is now offering more than 150 of his programs on a subscription basis on his new “Big Joe Family Shows” streaming network, available on Roku and other streaming devices. “Big” Joe is also hoping to put his show back on the road as soon as possible.This is the beauty of the digital age: Nothing ever has to be out of print, and nothing ever is Beck Bennett really cancelled if you don't want it to be. Even an enterprise such as “Big” Joe's polka hours – as rudimentary a program as you'll find – can stay around and perhaps even gain in popularity. The venerable Siedlik is now 79 but an energetic ball of fun; long may he polka … Beck Bennett – so funny online and in his commericals with kids for AT&T – is slowly starting to show his comic mettle as he’s gradually being given more to do on “Saturday Night

Big Joe Live”; his slow, sure ascention feels a lot like Family Shows Bill Murray’s first season (few remember that Murray barely made a blip upon his debut as he replaced Chevy Chase). Bennett is a sure bet for bigger and better things in the future … Speaking of the 1970s, the EPIX cable network recently aired Filthy Gorgeous, a documentary on Penthouse Magazine founder and publisher Bob Guccione, whose work in the men's sophisticate genre (okay, nudie magazines) will likely never be topped. The film reveals Guccione as a multi-faceted individual who was not only a lover of photography but of film and fine art as well … It surprised virtually no one when NBC canceled a bad idea gone wrong (a new version of “Ironside” featuring Blair Underwood) and a lame new comedy series, “Welcome To The Family.” In the latter's case, it's the most unimaginative title the network could have thought of, way too close to “Modern Family,” “Family Ties,” you name it … No question about it: The upcoming December 5 NBC production of “The Sound Of Music” with Carrie Underwood, Laura Benanti, and Audra McDonald is the exact opposite – a quality family event with a truly outstanding cast. Underwood, in Laura particular, may change her entire career Benanti in one night, as she's clearly destined for Broadway greatness ... David Diamante, the PA announcer for Brooklyn Nets games at Barclays Center, is utterly bush league. Best known for his boxing ring announcing, Diamante orgasmically shreiks out Nets’ baskets like John Sterling on steroids, but makes barely audible, dull, sullen calls when the opposing team dares to score. However, in a sports era when Mike Francesa lobs softballs at a grandstanding Alex Rodriguez, what more can we expect? It’s all show, not substance, and more of the dumbing down of pro sports culture.

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Chrome Orange: There's a new Jimi LaLumia single on the way, a turbo-charged dance version of a 1960s garage rock classic, which is all I can reveal right now, but I am having the time of my life recording in the Chrome Orange Studio in Suffolk County with industry vets Mark Gaide and his wife, Sudan Faber Gaide. It’s the first time I've had the chance to actually participate in the actual construction of a

Mott The Hoople

track, pouring over every sound and every aspect. The Dr.Jekyll/Mr.Hyde experiment continues, with dance tracks being released as a solo, and future rock projects still to be billed as The Psychotic Frogs. Hey, it keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. Glam Box: I can never get enough of the U.K. 70s glam tracks that never got their fair day in court in America – and just in time for the holidays,Universal Records UK has issued a five-CD set with a deluxe 100-page booklet, Oh Yes We Can Love: A History Of Glam Rock. It's expensive, but it was my Thanksgiving present to myself (about $90 including shipping via Amazon, being a British import and all that). The early days of the glitter style and sound are represented by Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Noel Coward! By the time we get to Disc Five, we are deep into Hanoi Rocks, The Sisters Of Mercy, Goldfrapp, and Dead Or Alive; along the way, of course, there's T. Rex, Bowie, Mott The Hoople, Suzi Quatro, Roxy, Lou Reed, Slade, MainMan’s Dana Gillespie and Mick Ronson, and even Lulu's take on "The Man Who Sold The World." How could I resist? I couldn't. If you were a brave U.S.-based glam warrior in the early part of the 1970s, I don't think that you'll be able to resist this either. Ask someone to get it for you for the holidays if all else fails, and enjoy. Still Going Gaga: It's a Lady

Gaga world. Her new CD, Artpop, was the #1 album in the country as of this writing; her “Saturday Night Live” appearance, as both hostess and musical guest, was breathtaking; she revived R. Kelly by bringing him on “SNL” to perform "Do What You Want," which he is featured on; she will be the last performer to appear at the legendary Roseland Ballroom, which is about to close forever; she has booked her way onto one of those “space flights” for sometime in the near future and will perform one of her singles from the space capsule (no, I'm not making this up); and she co-hosted a Muppets Thanksgiving special. I mean, girl, come up for air! She was, and remains, the ultimate star of our day and age. Kiss & Tell: For the Kiss fan, the book to own is Nothin’ To Lose: The Making Of Kiss (1972-1975) by Ken Sharp – and no, not just because I'm in it. This starts from the very beginning of the band and leaves nothing out, and still has the approval of Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons – not an easy feat. So congratulations are in order for Sharp, who had originally interviewed me about the Queens rock club Coventry, a glitter glam bastion in the early 70s, and used my quote for this book instead (some of you may remember Coventry, where Kiss played alongside such genre icons

Wayne County and Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, who debuted there right after Thunders and Jerry Nolan had split from The New York Dolls). Ah, memories!

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Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Kalifa: Headgear For All Multi-platinum selling, awardwinning rapper Wiz Khalifa has partnered with luxury headwear brand Flat Fitty for a license agreement to develop various custom cap designs each season. Wiz's new headwear line is available now in better department and specialty stores in the United States and abroad. A sneak peek of his luxury headwear debuted at Magic Market Week in Las Vegas. This line of caps and headgear seems perfect for gift-giving season Flat Fitty has been manufacturing high quality headwear for close to a decade for more than1,000 brands in more than 80 countries, and Khalifa's line will add a new edge for brand-loyal consumers. “Having someone of Wiz’s caliber recognize the quality of Flat Fitty means a great deal to our team,” said Flat Fitty CEO Christian “Tian” Waters. “We work hard to

is truly excited about this partnership.” As Wiz Khalifa prepares his next fulllength album for Rostrum/ Atlantic, he is excited to venture into the luxury headwear realm with the creative global appeal of Flat Fitty. “When we first met the Flat Fitty team, we knew their vision and creativity was a match for Wiz Khalifa. Wiz has a trend-setting style which is a natural fit with Flat Fitty. Flat Fitty is becoming a new leader in the fashion headwear market and we are excited to partner with them,” stated Sara Nemerov, SVP and Head of Consumer Products and Global Brand Licensing at Warner Music Group.

Cross Their Hearts: Muggs’ New Find

Experimental hip hop and bass producer DJ Muggs recently announced his partnership with producer Andrew Kline hardcore band Strife and singer Brevi for his latest musical project, Cross My Heart Hope To Die (CMHHTD). Cross My Heart Hope To Die recently dropped a music video on BoingBoing for their latest cut,

Cross My Heart Hope To Die consistently design and produce headwear that is of the highest standard achievable. Wiz’s desire to position his line with the most esteemed retailers is aligned with our brand’s mission statement of 'Just Better.' Wiz is one of the most business-minded young tastemakers out there, and Flat Fitty

"Rollercoasting." According to press notes, the new clip for “Rollercoasting,” shot by Uchujin Films in Tokyo, “features people walking … into parking garages, onto the subway, in parks, in strip malls.” Cross My Heart Hope To Die's debut self-titled EP is available now on iTunes.

Photos: Leslie West by Justin Borucki; Kellie Pickler by Robert Ashcroft; Tasha Reign © Glenn Francis,

Marissa Nadler

Knitting Factory, and Saturday, December 7 in New York at Mercury Lounge. This young Australian nine-piece collective with a global following is bombastic R&B, soul, and big band live. Following the tour, they’ll return to Los Angeles to begin recording their 2014 album, due out mid-year on the Vanguard label.

Still Climbing Upward

Leslie West:

Maggie McClure:

On Her Own And Loving It Boston-based singer Marissa Nadler has shared the first track, Dead City Emily, off her forthcoming sixth full-length album, July, coming out on February 4 on the Sacred Bones label. Recorded at Seattle's Avast Studio, the album pairs Nadler for the first time with producer Randall Dunn, who, according to a press release, “matches Nadler's darkness by creating a multi-colored sonic palette that infuses new dimensions into her songs.” Our take: Really, now! The new disc also features strings by Eyvand Kang, synthesizer by Steve Moore, and guitar by Phil Wandscher. To hear the pre-release streaming track, “Dead City Emily,” log on to Nadler recently performed at Rough Trade in Brooklyn.

Browne Is Back: Her Rackettes In NYC

The soulful, blues-driven rock & roll of Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes will finally come to the area with a pair of upcoming shows: Friday, December 6 in Brooklyn at The

Legendary former Mountain guitarist Leslie West chose to re-track the classic song "Long Red" for his October 29 solo release Still Climbing. His motive was to reclaim as his own one of the most sampled rock tracks in the history of hip hop. Originally released on Mountain's self-titled album (1969), the song has found a renewed relevance with consistent usage year after year on platinum recordings. Some of the artists who have sampled the track include Jay-Z on 2003's The Black Album with "99 Problems," De La Soul with 2004's The Grind Date with "Verbal Clap," The Game's 2006 album Doctor's Advocate with "Wouldn't Get Far," and 2007's Finding Leslie West Forever from Common with "The People." Recently, Lana Del Rey sampled West's voice saying "Louder" on the title track of Born To Die, while ASAP Rocky's massive hit "Ghetto Symphony" from Long Live ASAP samples "Long Red." On the steady usage of the track throughout the past two decades and continued relevance today, West simply shares, "In 1969, when I wrote the song, there was no hip hop." West released Still Climbing on October 29 via Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group.

To Open AVN Expo

Bevy Of Girlfriends Stars The not particularly shy ladies of Girlfriends Films – including Clairy Prinzzess, Browne & Tasha Reign, The Bangin’ Aaliyah Love, Rackettes Bree Daniels, Tanya Tate, and Dana DeArmond – will cut the ribbon to officially launch the 2014 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo. The ceremony will be held on January


16 at 11:45 am at the Reign entrance of The Joint in The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. "This is our 10th year exhibiting at the AVN Expo," said Dan O'Connell of Girlfriends Films. "We love meeting all of our customers and fans in this intimate setting, and look forward to returning each year. It is a great honor to be featured in the opening ceremony. I would like to personally thank AVN for including us." The studio's combination of gorgeous performers, talented directors, and aesthetic focus allows for Girlfriends Films to continuously produce best-selling movies appealing to both men and women. Girlfriends Films received AVN’s Best All-Girl Series award the last six years running, and was the AVN Award recipient for Best Company Image in 2013. For more information, visit One of the largest adult trade shows in the world, AEE provides a unique experience for members and fans of the adult entertainment industry to actually meet stars and to learn of upcoming productions and trends. Previous events have drawn thousands of fans, film critics, and adult entertainment industry professionals. To learn more about the Expo, log on to

From Here To The Charts

Kellie Pickler:

Rolling Stone Magazine named as #1 country album of 2012. “I can’t wait for my fans to hear this music,” said Pickler. “It is pure ‘Kellie Country’ and may be the most ‘me’ album that I’ve created yet.”

Sparrow & Co. Rock The Apple

Really Hot & Dirty Birds: From all accounts, the performance of the rock/R&B/funk big band Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds ripped the roof off the club when the act performed at Irving Plaza in New York City on November 22. The Brooklyn-based band, led by lead singer Arleigh Kincheloe, is currently touring to support its new EP, Fight, which features the debut single “The Long Way.”

Kellie Pickler

Following two hugely received performances in the region (including one in Long Island), Kellie Pickler released her fourth studio album, The Woman I Am, on November 11 – which since has been soaring up the Billboard charts. The album, produced by Luke Wooten and Frank Liddell, contains 12 new songs, including her current hit single, “Little Bit Gypsy.” Pickler co-wrote three of the songs, including the title cut which she wrote with her husband, Kyle Jacobs. The Woman I Am is her first album for her new label home, Black River Entertainment, and her follow up to 100 Proof, which

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Good Times #1133 12/3-12/16, 2013  

Get ready for the holidays with news on Eminem, funny man Nick Kroll, Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo, Janis on Broadway, sports and bowli...

Good Times #1133 12/3-12/16, 2013  

Get ready for the holidays with news on Eminem, funny man Nick Kroll, Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo, Janis on Broadway, sports and bowli...