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Signed Drumheads Benefit LI Cares

Long Island Cares, Inc. has launched the “Our Beat An End to Hunger” campaign, which features custom-framed drumheads signed by top music artists to support its Endowment Fund. Each drumhead is sold for a donation of $150 except where noted, and can be picked up at any one of Long Island Cares locations in Hauppauge, Freeport, or Lindenhurst. Now in stock are drumheads signed by Brand New, Luke Bryan, Eric Church ($250), Bonnie Raitt ($350), Frank Beard of ZZ Top ($275), Dee Snider, Chris Tucker, Squeeze, and Scotty McCreery. All of the drumheads are custom-framed with the artist's signature, name, and a pair of drumsticks. To order one of the drumheads, call (631) 582-3663, extension 105.

Yum & Fun: Kiwanis Club Spaghetti Dinner

The Kiwanis Club of Southampton Town will host its second annual spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, February 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Hampton Bays Middle School, located at Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays. To take part: adults are admitted for a $15 donation, and children 16 and under for a $10 donation. Take out is available. Kiwanis member “Chef Robert” will prepare his special spaghetti and meatball dinner, which includes salad, bread, dessert and bottled water. Tickets are available at Skidmore’s (Hampton Bays), Hampton Bays Schools, Carpet Man

(Southampton), Fellingham’s Restaurant (Southampton), Southampton Schools and The Southampton Chamber of Commerce. For more information: Contact T.J. McElrath at tmcelrath60@

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LI’s Blondel Stars On ‘Ink Masters’

Gentle Jay Blondel: Star Of Ink Masters On Spike TV

A real favorite of Long Island tattoo fans, “Gentle” Jay Blondel, is now a regular contestant on the fourth season of “Ink Master,” the Dave Navarrohosted hit now airing on Spike TV. Blondel is among 17 famed tattoo artists vying to win the title of “Ink Master” by wowing judges Oliver Peck and Chris Nunez. The honor comes with a $100,000 payoff as the mega-popular game/reality series revs up. Blondel's Alchemy Tattoo Arts in Bellmore ranks as one of the region's top tattoo parlors – as well as one of the most popular in Nassau County – because of the versatility and skill of Blondel himself, capable of tattooing anything a person would want inked on their body. See examples of his stunning work at

Hear Him Roar: Jungle Jack In Westbury

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Jungle Jack Hanna’s “Into The Wild” headlines The NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Sunday, March 2 at 1 pm. Hanna is the host of TV’s “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild,” and is the director emeritus of The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Tickets are $59.50 (which includes a special after show meet & greet), $49.50 and $29.50 and are available at, charge by phone at (800) 7453000 or at the Westbury box office. Hanna has made countless TV appearances since 1983 on virtually every talk and late night show on the nation's airwaves.

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A “Love Affair Showcase” will be presented on Saturday, March 8 from 1 to 5 pm at The Renaissance Event Hall in Long Island City. Info: (718) 274-4590; tickets: Admission is $15. Attendees will be introduced to the hottest trends for wedding celebrations in 2014. This bridal show will feature experts in planning, cake design, floral design, tablescapes, gifts, entertainment, and more. Attendees will explore an array of wedding, bridesmaids, and mother of the bride dresses for every bride's style and budget. Hair and make up artists will be on hand for

Under-The-Radar Activities In Queens Photo: Fab Faux by Bob Jagendorf

consultations. Beer, wine, champagne, light snacks, giveaways, samples, and live entertainment are all included in the admission ticket price.

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With all the hype, news, and scuttlebutt about the adjacent, megapopular casino, many in the area

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seem to have forgotten that Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park is still open for live horse racing through April. Information and schedules: In that light: The New York Racing Association, Inc. has announced that all new NYRA Rewards members will be eligible for a “Bet $100, Get $100” promotion. In order to qualify, new members must wager $100 within 30 days of their account creation date to receive the one-time $100 cash benefit. The free $100 deposit has no restrictions on use. NYRA Rewards is free to sign up for; learn more at

Vivino’s Fab Faux To Perform In Flushing

The Fab Faux – featuring longtime New York City jam master and Conan O'Brien stalwart Jimmy Vivino, Will Lee, Rich Pagano, Frank Agnello, and Jack Petruzzelli – will peform on

March 8 at 8 pm at The Colden Auditorium at The Kupferberg Center for the Arts in Flushing. Tickets and info: This band of first-rate musicians proves the best cover bands don't need to resort to garish makeup to provide a loving tribute to England’s top export. The Fab Faux will celebrate “The Beatles On Ed Sullivan” and perform a mixed set of Beatles favorites. They’ll be joined by The Creme Tangerine Strings and The Hogshead Horns for a night of unabashed fun. – Bob Smith

The Biggest Events At Area Performing Arts Centers & Theaters Jonathan Butler Madison Theater At Molloy College, Rockville Centre March 8 at 8 PM (516) 323- 4444

recorded nine studio albums and has worked alongside the likes of Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, and Ivan Lins.

Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center March 9 at 8pm (631)288-1500

With notoriety akin to world music

Jane Monheit March 1 at 8 pm • Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University (631) 632-2787

The beautiful Long Island native returns to the Staller Center with songs from her new album, The Heart Of The Matter. A star in both the jazz and cabaret worlds since emerging as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s 1998 vocal competition, the Grammy-nominated Monheit has

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greats Hugh Masekela and Angelique Kidjo, this Afropop Hall of Famer's organic mix of traditional ways, pan-African influences, and cosmopolitan pop has become known as "Tuku Music." Mtukudzi is touring in support of his new release, Sarawoga.

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Suffolk Theater First Anniversary Gala Suffolk Theater, Riverhead March 1 at 8 pm (631) 727-4343

For those yearning for an old-fashioned, swinging night out, look no further: Dress in your 1920s best and dance the night away with Vince Giordano’s legendary big band, The Nighthawks. And this special event is more than than just high-stepping in your best glad rags: This evening's special “Gala Menu” is available for additional purchase at your table, a features that is becoming a new tradition at Suffolk Theater. Purchase your show ticket and select your dinner reservation time (dinner is an additional cost), or simply join the party at 8 pm. Another highlight: A “Speakeasy After Party” featuring a live deejay; log on for complete event information.

It's a smooth jazz fan's dream (and a rarity that a true music legend performs at an area college stage): This genre superstar makes a rare Long Island appearance as part of his tour to promote his new album, Grace And Mercy. This faith-based performer – raised in South Africa – is as renowned for his guitar playing as he is for his stirring, soulful voice, and has earned every top award in the music industry.


Savoy Brown Featuring Kim Simmonds March 7 • YMCA Boulton Center, Bay Shore (631) 969-1101 •

Clearly, the years have been kind to the blistering, legendary guitarist Simmonds, one of the earliest masters of British blues/rock. Area fans miss Long Island's Gerry Sorrentino and Mario Staiano as Simmonds' ace rhythm section, but the current Savoy Brown trio – featuring bassist Pat DeSalvo and drummer Garnet Grimm – continue Simmonds' stripped down, rocking vision quite succinctly. Expect “Train To Nowhere,” “I'm Tired,” and all the other classics as Simmonds always delivers onstage. Legendary … a blues/rock institution … true innovators. These are just a few of the ways Savoy Brown has been described over the past 40 years by music critics and fans. One of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the 1967 UK blues boom movement that brought blues music back to the USA invigorating the style forever. In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970s. Their influence now stretches into modern rock as we know it today. And, as many fans realize, the band has Long Island roots as Sorrentino and Staiano kept the pulse of the group going for several years – but despite the changes, this band never stops.

The Biggest Events At Area Performing Arts Centers & Theaters The Music of Ella & Ellington: Patti Austin & The Duke Ellington Orchestra March 8 at 8 pm Tilles Center, Brookville (516) 299 3100

New York born and Long Island bred Patti Austin has partnered with R&B legends Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, James Ingram, and Michael Jackson. At Tilles Center, she will reprise the

collaboration of Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington.

The Magic Of Motown Suffolk County Community College, Van Nostrand Theater, Brentwood March 8 at 8 PM (631)851-6589

The Magic of Motown is more than a slogan – in this case, it’s a nationally touring music act that will perform the hits of such legendary artists as The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Four Tops, and other classic R&B groups. Expect more #1 and Top 10 hits than you can count, including “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” and more.

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Film Reviews Like Catching The Flu Twice


RoboCop Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman Directed by José Padilha Sony Pictures I, Frankenstein Starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey, Aden Young Directed by Stuart Beattie Lionsgate

Everything old is new in Hollywood – even when the first go-round wasn't exactly gangbusters. Get ready to dust off the memory banks throughout 2014, because whether you like it or not, you're getting new versions of Sherman & Peabody, Hercules, (Return To) Nuke 'Em High, Veronica Mars, The Muppets, Captain America, Spider-Man, Godzilla … and that's just the first half of the year. What – last year's Lone Ranger and Hansel & Gretel stink bombs weren't warning signs enough for the “creative forces” behind upcoming film releases? Why not just give us four or five new Hulk remakes while they're at it, and just keep remaking a character

that can't be turned from a comic book into a live action star in the first place? Here, we get a remake and a reboot, and both are as horrid as anything you're likely to see during the pre-summer months. The new RoboCop, thankfully, isn't a scene-by-scene remake of the 1987 original, but that's not to say the new version is any better than the first version. Set in the year

2028, OmniCorp, led by charismatic Pat Novak (Samuel L. Jackson sporting a fright wig), wants to bring its human drone technology to American police forces; those robots have been fighting in the military for years. When hero police officer Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) gets seriously injured, OmniCorp sees it as its opportunity to build the first half-robot, half-man super officer. But the man inside the machine, Murphy, is still a man, and … well, he's a-gonna do the right thing regardless of things like corporate profits and bad orders. What you can expect here is a lot of bad CGI, but even worse acting and a horrible script; it looks like this film was made in a week on a Windows XP computer. Elite Squad director Padilha attempts to keep things moving at a quick pace, but seeing this, especially if you remember the first RoboCop, is an experience akin to chewing second-hand gum. However, I, Frankenstein makes the new RoboCop look like Citizen Cane. A cheap, ugly, humorless, meaningless farce, this non-horror action film has absolutely no idea what it wants to be, and at press time ranks as the worst reviewed film of 2014 (and audiences hated it every bit as much; the film sunk like a stone at the box office following its initial release and TV ad campaign). We'd tell you more, but it’s a waste of your time – but we'll only let you know that this movie has much to do with Frankenstein as Good Times has to do with Aluminum Siding Monthly. It's early, but when “worst film of the decade” lists are bandied about, this will be #1 on more than a few critics’ lists. – Cody Bell

Film Reviews Winter’s Tale Starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, and Jessica Brown-Findlay Written and directed by Akiva Goldsman Warner Brothers

Peter Lake (Farrell) is in Dutch with his gleefully demonic crew boss Pearly Soames (Crowe), so much so that Pearly and a cadre of his bowler-hatted thugs are pursuing him through the streets of early 20th century New York with murderous intent. After eluding the gang with the aid of a white horse with supernatural abilities, he prepares to flee the city by acquiring as much stolen loot as possible. It is in the course of his final break-in that Peter meets the beautiful but doomed Beverly Penn (Brown-Findlay), and so begins a love that will transcend time, defy death, and serve as a battle ground in the eternal struggle between good and evil. Winter’s Tale is a catastrophe on nearly every level. It has all the narrative cohesiveness of a four year-old’s finger-painting, performances so far on the wrong side of earnest that melodramatic would seem an improvement by orders of magnitude, and a score that somehow manages to be both cloying and utterly dismissible. Its big themes are presented like the condensed version of the Cliff’s Notes for “My First Philosophy Reader.” That this absolute trash heap of a film has an ultra-slick, big budget look to it is in no way redeeming; rather, it results in a cognitive dissonance so ferocious that the areas of your brain tasked with reconciling such discrepancies may choose to self-immolate rather than expose the rest of your rational mind to the type of cascading failure trying to make sense of this gibberish could trigger. However substantial the suspension of disbelief

you bring to this film – and fans of Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel are sure to bring a good deal – it will all be quickly sacrificed on an altar of nonsensical choices, the most inexplicable of which is the presence of a broad Dublin accent in a man born to Russian parents and raised on the streets of postGilded Age New York by a Native American (played by Graham Greene in a micro-cameo, the sole purpose of which is unnecessary exposition). It seems we are to intuit that Peter Lake must have spent so much time being mentored by Pearly Soames that he managed to acquire his intonation; that Soames happens to sound like comedian Tommy Tiernan riffing on the often impenetrable accent endemic to Cork City is just one of the many flies in this sloppy ointment. Perhaps this unexplained incongruity is in the source material; perhaps it was a conscious decision to take advantage of that portion of the American collective unconscious that ascribes to all things Irish a lyric,

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fantastical quality – or maybe, when the film’s original budget was slashed by nearly a third, they kept the craft service and pink slipped the dialect coach. No matter how enchanting the magical realism, it can never justify throwing all logical consistency out the bloody window. Akiva Goldsman is a capable writer whose box office bonanzas (I, Robot, A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, I Am Legend) have earned him a lot of Hollywood amity. It is unfortunate that, while endeavoring to bring Helprin’s novel to the screen, he unexpectedly lost his wife Rebecca to a heart attack. This film is covered in the fingerprints of someone desperately trying to find meaning in loss. It is a shame that all that commercial success apparently did not bring with it a single person with enough honesty and compassion to say to Goldsman in regards to Winter’s Tale, “Friend, you need to let this one go.” – Michael Lee


The Good Times Guide

Compiled & Defiled by Bob Smith

Comedy In Long Island: Long On Big Laughs ong Island and Queens are areas of constant change – but one constant in the area entertainment scene is that people still love to laugh, and nothing gets that job done better than a stellar night of standup comedy. While some legendary comedy venues have gone the way of the 8-Track tape (My Father's Place, Gateway, several others), it appears these days that the comedy scene is as strong as ever. From the clubs to the major venues, every standup star you can name passes through these parts at one time or another. Without further ado, here's who to see, where to go, and what's happening in the region during the next several months – and whatever you do, save a knee slap for us. Big-Time Laffs: On the docket in the immediate future is the much anticipated return of the veteran superstar Mike Birbiglia on February 27 at The NYCB Theatre in Westbury ( Also coming to NYCB Theatre's Mike Birbiglia famed spool of mirth: The truTV Impractical Jokers Tour Featuring The Tenderloins on March 8; former “Saturday Night Live” and “According To Jim” star Jim Belushi brings his Chicago Board Of Comedy on March 28; former “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” star and current “Let's Make A Deal” host Wayne Brady on April 3; Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers in what is being billed as a night of music and comedy on April 18; a live stage version of “Family Feud” on May 4; the rescheduled weekend of John Pinette on June 5 and 6. and the smartest standup working today, Bill Maher, on June 29. Coming to The Paramount in Huntington (, home of its own “Comedy At The Paramount” series, will present two shows with former “SNL” stalwart Jim Breuer on March 8 … Another “Saturday Night Live” player turned film star, Rob Schneider (“Deuce Bigalo”) headlines on March 15 … Big-time big man Ralphie May (“Tough Crowd”) earns his headlin- Jim Breuer ing show on March 27. The Space In Westbury ( will welcome – you guessed it – another former “SNL” cast member in Jay Mohr on April 5, as well as one of the hottest names in contemporary comedy, Jim Jefferies, for two shows (a second was just added by popular demand) on May 23. Just added: Anthony Jeselnik on March 20. The unbridled Amy Schumer, one of the hottest comics on the scene at this writing, will headline probably the last

Jim Jefferies

Amy Schumer

place we'd expect to find her – Tilles Center at LIU Post in Brookville on March 14. Act now to see the ribald beauty live and in person via Another rarity: Legendary Bill Cosby will headline at the 25th anniversary gala for The Staller Center for the Performing Arts at Stony Brook University on March, so act fast; log on to for tickets and info. Stay Regular: For those who crave an affordable, enjoyable night out with area comics and up-and-coming stars, Long Island Comedy (, spearheaded by standup star and genial host Paul Anthony, offers many local shows at some of the area's better venues.

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Coming up in the coming days: The Riverhead Fire Department will be smoking with John Santos, Richie Byrne, Frankie Pace, and Maria Walsh on April 5. Club Hub: The Long Island area's acknowledged big three – Governor's in Levittown, The Brokerage in Bellmore, and McGuire's in Bohemia – all offer a bit of everything, from standup open mic nights to the biggest stars of the trade such as Gilbert Gottfried, Dave Attell, and Jim David. Big events coming up (tickets for all clubs available through Keith Robinson (“Tough Crowd,” “The Wanda Sykes Show”) on March 1 at Governor's; Jim Florentine (“Crank Yankers”) on March 8 at McGuire's; and the return of all-time area favorite Joey Kola on March 2 at The Brokerage. Log on for all three clubs' always packed schedules of mirth. Comedy To Go: The Jim Florentine Long Island-based Comedy To Go, helmed by Mike Cohen and Keith Godwin, offers comedy shows for charities, fundraisers, fire departments, and anywhere people need one-liners in a flash. Coming up from Comedy To Go: The “Comedy To Go Fundraiser” to support Comedy To

Go's softball team ("We Ain’t No Joke" of the ABA Softball League) on March 22 at The Blue Lagoon in West Babylon. Learn a bunch more and order tickets at Red Hot In Queens: Scenic, homey Long Island City is the home of The Laughing Devil, at this writing one of NYC's hottest comedy venues. Each week, literally dozens of comics ply their trades at this still-new venue – and you never know who might show up. Recently, such national stars as Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”) and Todd Barry have worked there; also on the bill are movies, comedy classes, and the increasingly popular “Devil Science Theater 3K,' based on you-know-what. Log on to to learn more. The Creek & The Cave, not just comedy, offers more mirth in LIC, as well as one of the best menus to go with comedy you'll find anywhere. It's quite the hipster crowd here; expect everything from novices who are green as pool tables to grizzled area veteran standups; learn more at Friday Night Face Off: This wild improv and comedy event takes place most Friday nights at 10:30 pm at Theater Three in Port Jefferson. Many improv groups have come and gone but the Face Off springs eternal; learn more at LI Faves: They're either from Long Island or Queens, or they might simply perform here more often than not – but here's our quite unnofficial list of 20 “can't miss” standups who you should try to see in the coming months, if you're lucky: Chris Monty, Mick Foley (yes, the former WWE wrestling star; he’s been touring nationally for almost two years), Maria Walsh, Richie Bryne, Robin Fox, Scott Schendlinger, Jessica Stern, Jessica Kirson, Ellen Karis, Joey Kola, Chris Davis, Keith Anthony, Hahn, Ellen Jessimae Peluso, Rich Karis Shultis, Maria Schultz, Maureen Langan, Leighann Lord, Michael Somerville, Isaacs & Baker … and only about 100 other worthy acts, duos, and impro artists, all of whom all deserve to be on this list. So, if you know what’s good for you, get your giant can off the couch and leave the house to see some comedy, now that the weather has improved; it's easier to do than waiting on line at Dairy Queen (or the DMV), and much better for your health in the long run. Well, maybe not for Lewis Black, but you get the idea.

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errill Highs: Just as the title Jason implies, here are recent high Belmonte league scores from Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park: JoAnne Perry 203 and 666 series; Jeanine Musacchio 235, 204, 214; Bonnie Gortler 201, 234, and 708 series; Jennifer Rouhani 226; Jen Madden 202; Anthony Campagna 278; Box Exner 815 series; Ron Jesberger 736 series; Jay Nikol 704 series; Ian Lang 723 series; Sylvia Abaines 209; Gil Li 708 series; Greg Pandolfi converted the 4-6-7-10 “big four” split; Lorraine Donovan 200, 206; Ron Neugebauer 708 series; Michael Schettini 279. Upson Resigns From USBC: At press time, the USBC's fine reporter, Jason Overstreet, released news that United States Bowling Congress (USBC) executive director Stu Upson had resigned his position with bowling's governing body. “On behalf of USBC, I want to thank Stu for all he has done for the organization and our sport,” USBC President Andrew Cain said. “Under Stu’s leadership, we have been able to accomplish a number of important goals in furthering our strategic plan. As we enter the next phase of our program, we will be looking to new leadership to further enhance bowling and serve the millions of Americans who enjoy our sport.” At press time, the USBC announced that Chad Murphy was named interim executive director. He had served as Director of Youth for the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America before being elevated to his role with IBC Youth Development.

By Bob Smith Photos: Chad Murphy by USBC; PBA stars courtesy PBA, LLC; LIGBT winner courtesy LIGBT

Previously, he had executive position with bowling manufacturers Ebonite and Columbia 300. He's also an accomplished bowler and a former Team USA member. “I have enjoyed working with the USBC Board, executive team and our members to help advance the sport we all love,” Upson said. “While there is still more work to do, I am confident that I am leaving the USBC in a stronger and better position. I am grateful for the support and friendships I have gained during my tenure and know that great things are ahead for both the leadership and members of USBC.” Your Super Seniors: The International Bowling Media Association (IBMA), of which we are affiliated, elected Lucy Sandelin and Pete Weber as Senior Bowlers of the Year for 2013 by a vote of members of the bowling media group. Sandelin garnered 210 points in a 5-3-1 voting system with five points being given for a first place vote. She received 36 first place votes. "This is something I've been working toward all year," said Sandelin. "I'm thrilled to achieve this honor." Sandelin won the USBC Senior Queens tournament and was runner-up in the BPAA Senior Women's US Open. She also earned a gold medal in the



alph Kiner’s death brought out an emotional response from New York Mets fans, the type that has understandably been missing the last five years. I can vouch for the general consensus that Kiner was a gracious and classy man. He was always receptive to talking baseball, and he did not check to see if you were a sportswriter from a big outlet to decide whether a conversation was worth his time. Ralph Trust me, that’s not how it is with Kiner two-thirds of the current SNY broadcast team. Barry Lyons, a third-string catcher on the 1986 Mets, told me that one of his greatest thrills as a player was to be a guest on the Mets’ long-running post-game show, “Kiner’s Korner.” When any substitute player got a chance to be the hero of the game and thus merit an appearance on the Dillon show, it was like being Gee inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame for a day. Kiner, as most have noted, was guilty of many malapropisms, such as referring to the late Mets catcher Gary Carter as Gary Cooper. He would have nodded approvingly if he knew that I pulled a “Kiner” by referring to the sultry R&B singer

WTBA Senior Open as well as a silver and two bronze. Sandelin competed in a PBA50 event earlier in the year in Florida, where she finished in the top 16 of the senior men's event after qualifying for match play in third place. She was also Senior

Chad Murphy

Bowler of the Year in 2008. Runner-up for Woman Senior Bowler of the Year was Tish Johnson. Weber won Male Senior Bowler of the Year honors by the slimmest margin ever with a one point victory (175-174) over Walter Ray Williams Jr., who was the 2012 Senior Bowler of the Year. Amleto Monacelli was third in the balloting. Weber

By Lloyd Carroll Photo: Dillon Gee by Bob Smith

Rhianna as “Rhiannon” (a la the famous Fleetwood Mac song) in a Good Times article a few years ago (I am still apologizing about that one to my editor). Mets pitcher Dillon Gee and New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner were honored two weeks ago at the annual Thurman Munson Dinner that benefits AHRC, an organization that enhances the lives of the developmentally disabled. Gee said that he can’t believe that he is now one of the veterans on the Mets staff. Gardner conceded that this has not been a pleasant winter, as he doesn’t know where he will fit in now that the Yankees have acquired Jacoby Ellsbury to play centerfield. “We have the same skills, “ Gardner told the media before the dinner. Diana Munson, the widow of the late Yankees catcher, said that she is thrilled that her husband is one of the characters in the new Broadway show, Bronx Bombers. “It’s a great way for a new generation to learn about him,” she told me. In society news, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Anne Vyalitsyna (better known simply as Anne V) have ended their high profile relationship. It is a tossup as to which one spent more time in front of a mirror. As a wellknown tennis commentator told me last summer, “If the Harvey-Anne V relationship were a stock, I’d short it!” Sportswriter Jake Appleman has just written his first book, Brooklyn Bounce (Scribner), a look at the Nets’ first season in Brooklyn. The Nets finished with 49-33 record in 2013, but that good

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mark belied the turmoil of a season that saw head coach Avery Johnson get fired a third of the season in – and his replacement, P.J. Carlesimo, met the same fate after the Nets got bounced out of the first round of the playoffs with a painful Game 7 loss to an inferior Chicago Bulls team. Appleman lets us get to know some of the personalities such as Josh Childress, a bright forward out of Stanford who hardly played and asked for his release; Deron Williams, the moody guard; and affable but oftinjured center Brook Lopez, who frequently felt the wrath of Johnson. Brooklyn Bounce is a fun read. Mike Tyson’s Spike Leedirected one-man show, Undisputed Truth, is now available on DVD. Tyson talks about his Brooklyn childhood; time in the slammer; and chewing off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear. Lee offers his thoughts as a DVD bonus. It’s easy to wonder if the Long Island Ducks have reached out to Alex Rodriguez now that he will serve his suspension from MLB for the entire 2014 season.

BOWLING Chris Barnes

was the winner of the USBC Senior Masters as well as one other PBA50 tour event, an outstanding record for only participating in six of the 11 PBA50 events. He ranked first in average, second in earnings, and sixth in points on the PBA50 tour, but also had a stellar year on the regular PBA tour, winning the Barbasol Tournament of Champions and finishing third in the PBA World Championship as well as the BPAA US Open, the Lucas Oil event, and the Cheetah event. At the age of 51, he posted the fourth highest average on the regular PBA tour.

Belmo On A Roll: The phenomenon named Jason Belmonte continues to roll on. The Australian superstar has been chosen as the January 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Belmonte defeated Wes Malott 219-218 in the championship match to win the PBA Barbasol Tournament of Champions for his eighth career and second major PBA title. The two-handed Australian star began the week being named as 2012-13 PBA Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year. He becomes one of a handful of bowlers to hold two major crowns at the same time. Belmonte won the USBC Masters in February 2013. Belmonte continues a winning streak of the IBMA Kegel Bowler of the Month honor by capturing the monthly award in each of the last four years. Previous wins in the streak have been November and December 2011, October 2012, and February 2013. Others obtaining votes this month were Mika Koivuniemi, winner of the World Bowling Tour/European Bowling Tour 44th Brunswick Ballmaster Open; Brittni Hamilton and Chris Barnes, the women's and men's winners of the 2014 Team USA Trials. Free Balls For Youth: Storm Bowling will provide each state Pepsi Youth Championships event with a bowling ball to use as a fundraising tool this season, reported Terry Bigham of USBC



Communications. “At Storm, we are always looking for ways to grow the sport of bowling," said USBC Hall of Fame meber Leanne Barrette Hulsenberg, marketing coordinator for Storm Products, Inc. "We feel that one of the best ways is to support youth bowling and that is why we are proud to support the Pepsi Youth Championships." LIGBT Times: Talented David Cincotta of North Babylon won his first LIGBT trophy with a great finals performance on February 9 as he defeated Anne Quarry ($500) of Holtsville 251-217 to win the $1,000 top prize. Eric Vecchi of Islip Terrace inished third with a 201, taking home $300. Enter LIGBT tours by logging on to

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A host of food and eateryrelated things we've noticed: We couldn't help but notice the new coat of paint thrown onto most area Burger King franchises of late, with new seating and décor gracing a number of area restaurants, including those that host other chains as well (such as the combo Burger King/Popeye's location on Union Turnpike in Flushing). Yes, they look a lot better. No, you still can't be served at the BK on Old Country Road in Westbury in any sort of a reasonable amount of time, even if you walk in with no line at the counter; it seems to be a battle between BK and Rite-Aid as they vie for The Kinks' “Tired Of Waiting For You” as their unofficial theme song. Better in every way: One evening at The Lake House in Bay Shore (240 West Main Street) is like discovering how the “one percent” lives, but you don't need to be a millionaire to enjoy chef Matt Connors' world class restaurant. Those who lack

Frozen Custard, you name them. After a winter like this, we are Jonesing for warm temps like mad. The Restaurant Power List: Penton's Nation's Restaurant News recently announced its Burger inaugural Power King List, exploring the 50 most influential portion control or who those with individuals driving development permanent indents on their fingers in the restaurant industry. from clipping coupons may stay "The restaurant clear – this is upscale industry, and busiNew American dining ness in general, is that anyone with changing at a pace educated taste buds It won’t be spring never before seen," will treasure. until the cars start said Sarah Lockyer, It won't be spring lining up at Carvel, editor-in-chief of until the cars start Marvel Dairy Whip, Nation's Restaurant lining up at area News. "With this Carvel outlets – not to and all the others. Power List, NRN mention Daily Queen, set out to create a Marvel Dairy Whip definitive list of the (the jewel of Lido 50 most powerful Beach), Timmy O's

people who are leading and shaping this change." Ranking numbers one through 10, and grouping the remaining 40 players, the Top 10 prove to be not only key players in the food service industry, but also some of the top influencers of global business dynamics. The Power List Top 10, as determined by Nation's Restaurant News, are: Howard Shultz, chairman, president and chief executive; Starbucks Corp. Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-chief executive; Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. Julia Stewart, chairman and chief executive, DineEquity Inc. Neal Aronson, founder and managing partner, Roark Capital Group Dan Cathy, chairman, president, and chief executive; Chick-fil-A Inc. Sally Smith, president and chief executive, Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. Don Thompson, president and chief executive, McDonald's Corp. Brooke Johnson, president, Food Category; Scripps Networks Interactive Inc./ Food Network and Cooking Channel Greg Creed, chief executive, Taco Bell Sam Su, chairman and chief executive, Yum! Restaurants China

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emember, all: The name of this publication is Good Times. Sure, there are only about 1,000 hard topics we could peruse as we offer our first “LBGT” column here – the obviously awful choice to hold the Olympics in Russia, many states refusing to jump on the marriage equality bandwagon, virtually anything to do with the Republican party – but there are many sources to find crusading journalism on those things, and sadly, a whole lot of other sobering topics. However, since we're Good Times, we're here to offer upbeat news about our area's LGBT community, things to do and see, and lots more. Here are our first topics of interest, which we hope you find useful regardless of your orientation. Enjoy! Kudos to Bethpage Credit Union for its groundbreaking

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Long Island Pride website, which offered “Pridefest,” which took Huntington by storm last year and featured top entertainers such as Debbie Gibson. We're hoping there will be a parade and festival this year as well; log on to The Long Island Gay Men's Chorus remains one of the top vocal ensembles on the east coast. Boasting the credo “Unity Through Harmony,” the LIGMC features some of the area's finest male vocalists performing everything from today's top hits to the pop standards of our times. Here's a great way to help out: On March 22 at 7 pm at Bowl Long Island in Patchogue will be a fundraiser for the Chorus. The fee of $25 gets

meaningful friendships. Since its debut, has achieved success and achieved a social media following among the LGBT community. Early adopters of the site have expressed appreciation of the site's unique approach to dating with a “LGBT Questionnaire” and “Relationship Readiness Quiz” that welcome new users to the site.

Access to the site is free. Events are planned throughout the year to encourage like-minded individuals to meet in a fun and nonthreatening environment. Learn more at

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Funny” standup comedy special debuted on Valentine's Day on EPIX, and for the legendary blonde sex symbol the show's success must be a double-edged sword – sure, the show was raunchy and funny (with great contributions from Long Island favorites Lynne Koplitz and Tammy Pescatelli), but the program's adult content can't be overly pleasing to her producers on “The View.” Some industry wags have already reported she's been on somewhat thin ice on the morning talk show for being, well, Jenny McCarthy. Frankly, she should never change; she's been a one-of-a-kind personality since her MTV days. – Bob Smith Marie Back In Force: Five-time New York Times bestselling author Marie Force recently released All You Need Is Love, the first of the Green Mountain series of books set in Vermont. The series is about the Abbott family, with 10 Jenny siblings, that runs the McCarthy Green Mountain Country Store. This is Force's first major mass market paperback release, published by Berkley Sensation, a division of Random House-Penguin. Berkley has bought the first five books of this series. Book 2, I Want to Hold Your Hand, will be out on June 3, and Book 3, I Saw Her Standing There, will be out on November 4. Force hopes to write at least 10 books in the series, one for each of the siblings. All You Need is Love can be purchased everywhere books are sold, including Target, Barnes & Noble, WalMart, Books-AMillion, and in airports. With more than two million books sold, Force is one of the with normal, healthy libidos; top contemporary romance authors. “Femme Fatales,” from the creators She plans at least two more books in of the magazine of the same name; her New York Times bestselling “Life On Top,” featuring former Penthouse Pet Heather Vandeven; and McCarthys of Gansett Island Series in 2014, and is looking forward to the other shows. All in all, Cinemax's March 24 launch of Fatal Jeopardy, new-age offerings beat the pants off Book 7 in the popular Fatal Series. of HBO's wheezing, redundant, "I didn't intend to write three repeated-forever episodes of “Real series at the same time," Force said, Sex,” which throughout its long run "but that's how it worked out!" For always has managed to look, sound, more information, log on to and feel as it was produced in 1989 … Jenny McCarthy's “Dirty Sexy The change has been swift and shockingly noticeable: Cinemax, trying to keep up with the hit original programing of both Showtime and its own sister network, HBO, still features adultoriented overnight programs under its “Cinemax After Dark” banner – but rarely shown are cheesy R-rated softcore “drive-in”-style sex films these days. For years, its fans referred to Cinemax during the wee hours as “Skinemax,” where biker mellers, Andy Sidaris action films, and tons of cheap-looking dramas featuring little more than (horribly) simulated sex were shown (think Emanuelle Goes To Mars or Pleasure Spa). Today, Cinemax offers a host of original late-night shows that manage to be both smart and sexy. Among the best on its roster are the witty “The Girl's Guide To Depravity,” which takes a whimsical and honest look at women

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Wednesday, February 26 Nassau Tommy T. Mudcat Blues Jam w/Mike Nugent and Ian Petillo – The Breakers Bar (Bayville) Donny Celenza & Nina Gordon – Mickey Malone's (Floral Park) Blues Jam w/Joe Vicino Band – Sunset Grill



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Calendar Yasiin Bey – The Highline Ballroom (NYC) The Twelves – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC)

Friday, February 28 Nassau Deepak Chopra"The Future of Well Being" – NYCB Theatre at Westbury Reckoning – Woody's Village Saloon (Massapequa Park) Live DJ – Allegria Hotel (Long Beach) The Acchords – City Café (Garden City) Johnny Mac Band – Callahan's (East Meadow) Uppercut – Sunset Grill (Seaford) Souls on Board – Mulcahy's Pub (Wantagh) 45 RPM/Artificial Flavor – The Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) Brian McGeough – Nicholas James Bistro (Merrick) The Outliers – A Pint of Plain (Locust Valley) Bohemian Summer/The Mystic – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Suffolk Fireside Sessions with Nancy Atlas – Bay Street Theatre (Sag Harbor) The Melody Rose Quartet – The Elks Club (Huntington) The Long Island Banjo Society – VFW Hall (Copiague) Get The Led Out "The American Led Zeppelin" – The Paramount (Huntington) Three – Twisted Kilt (Bohemia) Mashed Up – Napper Tandy's Pub (Miller Place) MSRP – Giacomo Jack's (Amityville) Undercover Band/DJ Sparky – Nutty Irishman (Bay Shore) Tab Benoit – Boulton Center (Bay Shore)

NYC/Queens Sweet Licks with DJ Souljah + DJ Marcus – Tillman's (NYC) Cherry Suede, Will Black, Ray Mazza & The Gutter Bandits – Fontana's (NYC)

Your Guide To Local Events Bring Me The Horizon w/Of Mice & Men – Best Buy Theater (NYC) Kermit Ruffins/Dumpstaphunk/High & Mighty Brass Band/DJ Cochon De Lait – B.B. King's Blues Club (NYC) David Koechner (Star of Anchorman 2) – The Gramercy Theatre (NYC) The Joanne Weaver Trio – The Flatiron Room (NYC) Pants Velour – Highline Ballroom (NYC) Hucci – Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Naked In Alaska – The Cow (NYC)

(Islip) Unchained – Napper Tandy's Pub (Smithtown) Modern Man – Congregational Church of Huntington (Centerport) 45 RPM – Napper Tandy's Pub (Miller Place) That 70's Band/Title Shot – Nutty Irishman (Bay Shore) PDT Presents Connected Rock Show – Zebra Club (Copiague)

NYC/Queens Bring Me The Horizon w/Of Mice & Men, Issues & Saturday, March Northlane – 1 Best Buy Nassau Theater (NYC) Zappa Plays Zappa – NYCB Tab Theatre at Benoit/Tommy Westbury Malone – Le Poisson Rouge Three – Ziggys (NYC) Corner Pub (Massapequa) Ringside: An Evening with Live DJ – Jim Ross – Allegria Hotel (Long Beach) Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Wayne Sabella Get The Led Out - February 28 Trio & Eddie Iration – The Paramount (Huntington) Sessa – City Café Wellmont (Garden City) Theater (NYC) June Iysel Band – Callahan's (East Meadow) Naked In Alaska – The Cow (NYC) The Seven – Sunset Grill (Seaford) Snir Yamin – Ella Lounge (NYC) Peat Moss – Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) Bill Evans Soulgrass – The Blue Note (NYC) Project Genesis (Genesis Tribute)/Streetfighter (Rolling Stones Sunday, March 2 Tribute) – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Nassau Jack Hanna - Into The Wild – NYCB Theatre at Westbury Suffolk Sunday Jazz Jam feat. Melody Rose – Declan Rich Walker – The Brokerage (Bellmore) Quinn's (Bay Shore) Carolyn Harding Trio Jazz Brunch – Diletto's Restaurant (Westbury) Bobby Sexton/Don Sands R&B Jam – Picollo (Huntington) Tree House Studios Open Mic – Ziggy's Corner (Massapequa) Open Mic – Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James) Paul Mahas – Dockers Waterside (Quogue) Brian McGeough – Leo's (Garden City) Suburban Brothers Band – Port Royal Pub

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NYC/Queens 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) Comedy With Hannibal Buress – Knitting Factory (Brooklyn) Animals As Leaders/After the Burial/Navene K/Chon – Irving Plaza (NYC) Lou Donaldson – The Blue Note (NYC) Monday, March 3 Nassau Industry Night – Allegria Hotel (Long Beach) Open Mic & Jam – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)

Suffolk Open Mic w/Dave Drew – The Bartini Bar (Babylon) Open Mic Comedy Show – Fin's Pub (Oakdale) Open Mic Night w/Kenn – Village Lanterne (Lindenhurst)

NYC/Queens Open Jazz Jam Session – Kitano New York Hotel (NYC) Open Mic Jazz for musicians and singers w/The Jon Weiss Trio – Cleopatra's Needle (NYC) Lamb of God: As The Palaces Burn – Highline Ballroom (NYC) My Goodness – The Bowery Ballroom (NYC) Augustines – The Bowery Ballroom (NYC) Kenny Warner/Janis Mann – The Blue Note (NYC) Tuesday, March 4 Nassau Tommy T. Mudcat Blues Jam w/Mike Nugent and Ian Petillo – The Breakers Bar (Bayville)


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Donny Celenza & Nina Gordon – Mickey Malone's (Floral Park) Blues Jam w/Joe Vicino Band – Sunset Grill (Seaford) Jerry Costanzo And His Trio – Don Lorenzo's Restaurant and Lounge (Glen Cove) Open Mic hosted by Robert Sloan – Front Street Pub (Massapequa Park) Body & Soul – City Café (Garden City) Acoustic Open Mic hosted by Frank Walker – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Suffolk Acoustic Open Mic hosted by David Jon Paisley – 50 Yard Line (West Babylon) Open Mic – Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James) Open Mic Night w/Mike "The Godfather" Clemente – O'Reilly's Pub (Oakdale) Open Mic with Dan Acosta + DJ Harry-Oke – The Thirsty Scholar (Holbrook) The Cogs Singles Open Jam – Gator Blue (East Islip) Paul Mahas – Dockers Waterside (Quogue) Open Jam w/George Cintron & Rob DeMartino – Katies of Smithtown InterROBang Productions present Open Mic Night – Amityville Music Hall (Amityville) Jeremy Beck And Heavy Duty Horns – Storyville American Table at Finley's (Huntington) NYC/Queens Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together – Madison Square Garden (NYC) Newport Jazz Festival Now 60 Tour – Jazz Standard (NYC) Don and Harrison/Ron Carter/Billy Cobham – The Blue Note (NYC) Wednesday, March 5 Nassau Tommy T. Mudcat Blues Jam w/Mike Nugent and Ian Petillo – The Breakers Bar (Bayville) Donny Celenza & Nina Gordon – Mickey

Malone's (Floral Park) Blues Jam w/Joe Vicino Band – Sunset Grill (Seaford) Jerry Costanzo And His Trio – Don Lorenzo's Restaurant and Lounge (Glen Cove) Open Mic hosted by Robert Sloan – Front Street Pub (Massapequa Park) 45 RPM – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)

Newport Jazz Festival Now 60 Tour – Jazz Standard (NYC) Don and Harrison/Ron Carter/Billy Cobham – The Blue Note (NYC)

Thursday, March 6 Nassau Frank Walker Open Mic – Mugsy Magee's (Massapequa) Salsa Night – Holiday Suffolk Inn (Carle Place) Open Blues/Jazz Jam – Park Avenue Jazz Jam – Wickers Studios/Briggs Music Club (Hicksville) (Huntington) Open Mic Night – Spice's Restaurant Open Jam w/Ed the (Baldwin) Hat & Friends w/Ed D'Alessio – The Classic Rock & Blues Diamond Club Jam w/Curt Arnel & (Ronkonkoma) Friends – Callahan's (East Meadow) Open Mic hosted by Johnny B. – Quogue Open Mic Night East Pub (East hosted by Mike Quogue) Longo – Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) The Cogs Singles Open Jam – The Jazz Night: Marty Stadium (Bohemia) Phillips/Daryl Pooser/Bill Smith – Annie Morgan – Dockers Waterside Viana Hotel + Spa (Quogue) (Westbury) Gillian Grassie/Luke Jazz and Sushi Night Wesley – Deepwells – Allegria Hotel (Long Mansion (Saint James) Beach) Tab Benoit - February 28 Kim Russo Psychic Boulton Center (Bay Shore) Medium Event – City NYC/Queens Café (Garden City) Paula Atherton & Interplay – The Battery Gardens (NYC) Godfrey Townsend/Live Band Karaoke – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Open Jam hosted by Night Owl Band – Neir's Tavern (Woodhaven, Queens) Suffolk Open Mic with Lesly Bernard and The Tony Stevenson Band – Tillman's (NYC) Live Jazz with Anthony Raffa – Cirella's (Melville) Memphis May Fire/the Word Alive/A Skylit Drive/Hands Like Houses/Beartooth – Irving Fusion Collective – Hennessy's (Huntington) Plaza (NYC) Mike Manne + Friends Open Blues/Rock The Lawrence Arms/The Copyrights/Elway – Jam – Chesterfield's (Huntington) Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Open Mic – Zebra Club (Copiague)

Acoustic Open Mic with Dave Christian – Lefty's (Lindenhurst) Project Vibe – Publick House (Southampton) Feinberg Brothers/Ray Lambiase – Patchogue Theatre

NYC/Queens Ken Peplowski/Houston Person/Derek Smith/Nicki Parrott/Chuck Redd – BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center (NYC) Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together – Madison Square Garden (NYC) Henning Stumm/Eliana Marcia/Banda Azul – Giovanna's Restaurant (NYC) Tiny Bubbles Burlesque – Bubble Lounge (NYC) Comedy + Trivia Show – LIC Bar (Long Island City) Uhh Yeah Dude – Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Severed – The Highline Ballroom (NYC) Basement Bhangra – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Newport Jazz Festival Now 60 Tour – Jazz Standard (NYC) Don and Harrison/Ron Carter/Billy Cobham – The Blue Note (NYC)

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Calendar Suffolk Vertical Horizon & Tonic w/special guests Dishwalla – The Paramount (Huntington) The Melody Rose Quartet – The Elks Club (Huntington) The Long Island Banjo Society – VFW Hall (Copiague) 45 RPM/DJ Sparky – Nutty Irishman (Bay Shore) Savoy Brown/Kim Simmonds – Boulton Center (Bay Shore) First Friday Southampton Shop Hop – Southampton Village Dox Boogie Music – Zebra Club (Copiague)

NYC/Queens Robin Thicke/Jessie J/DJ Cassidy – Theater at Madison Square Garden (NYC) Sweet Licks with DJ Souljah + DJ Marcus – Tillman's (NYC) Raq – Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Rotting Out/No Bragging Rights/The Beautiful Ones/Heart To Heart – Santos Party House (NYC) The Allman Brothers Band– Beacon Theatre (NYC) Kari Jobe w/Rend Collective – Best Buy Theater (NYC) Cynthia Sayer's "The Banjo Show" – Joe's Pub (NYC) Hollywood Ending – The Highline Ballroom (NYC) Newport Jazz Festival Now 60 Tour – Jazz Standard (NYC) Don and Harrison/Ron Carter/Billy Cobham – The Blue Note (NYC)

Saturday, March 8 Nassau Carolyn Harding Trio Jazz Brunch – Diletto's Restaurant (Westbury) Tree House Studios Open Mic – Ziggy's Corner (Massapequa)

Your Guide To Local Events Rich Walker – The Brokerage (Bellmore) Us and Floyd Tribute Band – Plattduetsche Biegarten (Franklin Square) Live DJ – Allegria Hotel (Long Beach) Behind Closed Doors – Sunset Grill (Seaford) O El Amor/The Wild Ones – Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) Songs In The Attic (Billy Joel Tribute) /Uppercut – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) The Tenderloins – NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Gala 2014: Bill Cosby – Staller Center (Stony Brook University) The Hoodoo Loungers/Joe Delia and The Thieves – Bay Street Theatre (Sag Harbor)

NYC/Queens Kyary Pamyu = B9's World Tour 2013 – Best Buy Theater (NYC) Michael Alfieri Quartet – The Attic Bar (Douglaston, Queens) The Allman Brothers Band– Beacon Theatre (NYC) Suffolk Chelsea Handler – Theater at Madison Square Garden The Paramount (NYC) Comedy Series Presents Jim Thomas Breuer presentRhett/Jon Pardi ed by 102.3 – Irving Plaza WBAB – The (NYC) Paramount The Murray (Huntington) Hill Show – Gramercy Three – Theatre (NYC) Giacomo Jacks (Amityville) The Fab Faux – Kupferberg Open Mic hostCenter for the ed by Arts (Flushing) Foreverman & Joe Brown – Thunder Road The Mystic - March 1 Mug's Pub – The Thai K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) (Smithtown) Rock Restaurant (NYC) Magic of Motown – Suffok County Community College (Brentwood) Newport Jazz Festival Now 60 Tour – Jazz Standard (NYC) Theatre of Pain & Damage Inc. – Napper Tandy's Pub (Miller Place) Don and Harrison/Ron Carter/Billy Cobham St. Patrick's Social and Dance: Savoy Swing – The Blue Note (NYC) Band – St. Sylvester's Parish Center (Medford) Sunday, March 9 Tradewinds Nassau /Green Machine – Nutty Irishman (Bay Shore) Suffolk Kim and Reggie Harris – Unitarian Society Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits – (Bay Shore) Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Black 47: Farewell Performance – Boulton Sunday Jazz Jam feat. Melody Rose – Declan Center (Bay Shore) Quinn's (Bay Shore)

Bobby Sexton/Don Sands R&B Jam – Picollo (Huntington) Open Mic – Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James) Paul Mahas – Dockers Waterside (Quogue) Poor Old Shine – University Café (Stony Brook University)

NYC/Queens 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) Comedy With Hannibal Buress – Knitting Factory (Brooklyn) Seldom Scene – The Highline Ballroom (NYC) Don and Harrison/Ron Carter/Billy Cobham – The Blue Note (NYC)

Monday, March 10 Nassau Industry Night – Allegria Hotel (Long Beach) Open Mic & Jam – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Suffolk Open Mic Night w/Kenn – Village Lanterne (Lindenhurst)

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show that made Carol Channing a legend is revived by this top area theater group.

The Islip Arts Council’s annual series welcomes Dr. Michael Slavin (March 2); Daria Rabotkina (March 9); Bradley Burgess (March 16); Cross Island (March 23), and Serenade Duo (March 30).

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Art Shock-U-Mentaries Brookwood Hall, East Islip Through March 30; (631) 224-5402 A selection of site-specific installations and works created for the Islip Art Museum. Exhibiting artists include Lorrie Fredette, Tony Ingrisano, Tobi Kahn, Heather Layton, and Jeffery Allen Price; curated by Beth Giacummo.

Garden Party Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor Opens March 8; (516) 484-9337; Garden Party explores the imagery of fête champêtre — outdoor entertainments and garden parties —through paintings, sculpture, costume, fabrics, and decorative arts and designs. Artists include Louis Comfort Tiffany, Marc Chagall, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist, Maurice Prendergast, David Hockney, Janet Fish, Jane Freilicher, Robert Mapplethorpe, Georgia O’Keeffe, and more. Business Networking Night Café Crust, Southampton February 27; (631) 283-0402; $15 entrance fee. Be prepared to meet colleagues old and new while enjoying appetizers and a cash bar. Bring business cards to exchange. Attractions: A business card raffle and 50/50 raffle. RSVP for a printed nametag. Children/Family Dino Queens Theater, Flushing March 2 at 1 & 3 pm; (718) 760-0064; From the creators of Ugly Duckling comes a new show featuring electroluminescent puppets.

Comedy Joe DeVito Governor’s Comedy Club, Levittown February 28 at 8 pm; (516) 731-3358; The longtime favorite returns to Long Island.

Concerts Good Old Dance Band St. Sylvester’s Parish Center, Medford Check website for show dates; (631) 730-3333; The regular monthly show of Mike Virostko and his 17-piece swing band. Dancing, raffles, and more. Log on for the next show dates. Free Winter Concert Series Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River Sundays at 2 pm;

Inherit The Wind BroadHollow Theatre, Elmont Through March 1; (516) 775-4420; BroadHollow Theatre Company: The legendary show moves from East Islip to Elmont for these dates.

North Shore Symphony Orchestra Plainview/Old Bethpage JFK High School, Plainview March 1 at 8 pm; (516) 695-4476; Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture,” Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 4 Italian,” and Brahms’ “Violin Concerto” with violinist Anton Polezhayev; conducted by NSSO’s music director Susan Deaver. 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. Log on for schedules and information.

Changing The Way We Eat Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington A full-day event; (631) 423-FILM; This all-day event is a big screen viewing party in the Sky Room Café featuring speakers addressing issues in the sustainable food and farming movement, presented by TEDxManhattan.

Hobbies Long Island Auto Replica Society Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center, Centereach Third Thursday of every month at 7 pm; (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.

Festival Of One-Act Plays Theater Three, Port Jefferson’ March 3 at 7 pm; (631) 928-9100; Theater Three: The theater’s annual festival.

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famed comic drama comes to Long Island. Fiddler On The Roof CM Performing Arts Center, Oakdale Through March 16; (631) 581-2700; CM Performing Arts: The classic show with perhaps the greatest score in pop music history returns to get the lavish CM PAC treatment; this marks the final production of the famed theater’s 33rd season. Hello, Dolly! BayWay Arts Center, East Islip Through March 2; (631) 581-2700; BroadHollow Theatre Company: The

Good People Bare Bones Theater, Northport Through March 2; (631) 606-0026; Bare Bones Theater: David LindsayAbaire’s 2011 New York Drama Critics Circle Award winner for Best Play is presented here for the first time.

Lectures/Live Appearances Deepak Chopra: The Future Of Well Being NYCB Theatre at Westbury February 28 at 8 pm; (800) 745-3000; The physician, holistic health advocate,


author and New Age guru will make a rare appearance on Long Island; a book signing will follow the lecture.

Theater Other Desert Cities John W. Engeman Theatre at Northport Through March 9; (631) 261-2900; Engeman Theatre: This former Broadway show – a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for drama – makes its Long Island debut. Mending Fences Studio Theatre, Lindenhurst Through March 15; (631) 581-2700; (516) 775-4420; BroadHollow Theater Company: The

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Studio News

Jones Beach. Lido Beach. Long Beach. Westhampton Beach. Any beach. Beaches, beer, bikinis, and BBQ. Hopefully, those words of impending warm weather will help us all snap out of these long winter doldrums. While you're thinking of scalding hot beaches and we're kicking the road salt off our boots, here's a look at the latest happenings in Vocal Booth the area's recording At Savage studios and beyond. Sounds It's been a flurry of activity at the famed BlokHed Studios in Deer Park, helmed by the renowned producer and engineer Tom Stiegler. “The other day at BlokHed Studios we worked on mixes for an Aerosmith tribute band named Pump,” reported Chelsey of BlokHed. “Some of the popular songs they worked on included 'Walk This Way' and 'Love In An Elevator.' The members of the band are Stu Michael (vocals, harmonica, guitar, percussion), Marcello (guitar, vocals), Johnny Flagg (guitar, synthesizer, vocals), Frank (bass guitar, vocals),

and Larry Sokol (drums, vocals). This tribute rock band brings a lot of energy to their music and has an awesome sound. “For the past few weeks, Scogeojam has been coming to BlokHed Studios to work on original recordings. Scogeojam is an American jazz fusion band. The

band is well known for their recreations of the music of jazz fusion legends Chick Corea and Return To Forever. The band consists of Scott Thomas Ferreira on guitar, Mike Desroches on keyboard, George Panos on bass, Jason Fenichel on drums, and Jimmy Halperin on

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for release by spring. To become the next national act to record at the renowned Sabella Studios, log on to Savage Sounds Recording Studio in West Hempstead has been a host to a huge number of rock,

saxophone. The three original songs recorded are 'Kidnapped', 'Flexible Vegetable,' and 'Stiff Meat.' Scogeojam's music brought an exciting element to the studio.” To learn how to work and learn at BlokHed, log on to Of late, Long Island has seen several of its Five best-known bands from Towns the 1980s and beyond College return from out of the blue and make huge comebacks; Stryctnyne springs to mind first and foremost. Recently, Sabella Studios in Roslyn Heights welcomed back the hard rock group Toxic Shock, which last recorded at Sabella way back in 1989. For those too young to know: Toxic Shock blasted their way onto Long Island stages beginning in 1986; eventually, the group opened for such nationally famous metal acts as Exodus, Overkill, and Nuclear Assault. The band became the opener for Nuclear Assault on a national 1993 tour as well. Toxic Shock has been off the road since 1994, but now returns 20 years later to record a new album and book new shows; the album should be ready

hip-hop/rap, R&B, and rock artists. Their website ( offers mixes recorded by Lew Savage and the crew at the studio, offering prospective clients an inside peek at the type of quality sound they can expect to achieve. Lew Savage ranks among the top audio professionals working in the region; he cut his teeth “behind the scenes” in the











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music industry interning and assisting at the famed hip-hop studios D&D Recordings in 1995. Watching and working with hip-hop legends from Jay-Z and Nas to M.O.P. and Das EFX, Savage learned the recording game from the best talent of the time. Later, Savage took his street knowledge and added a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with honors) degree from the City College of New York in Harlem. He used these skills (including subsequent positions at Polygram, Motown, and Sony Music) to design and built the first iteration of Savage Sounds Studios in 2008, and later expanded to his current, larger

space in 2011. To learn how to work with one of the hot music businesses in this region – Savage Sounds provides everything from expert recording to mastering to rehearsals to artist development – log on to their website or call (516) 405-0049. Pop's Music Room in Port Jefferson is a 24-hour access, fully equipped rehearsal area will new gear, a lounge with a flat screen TV and refreshments, and much more. Learn all about it at (631) 388-2603, or log on to The amazing music pros at Critical 1 Studios in Bay Shore can do it all – from recording bands to voice overs

to jingles to full music production to rehearsals to audio books; it's one of Suffolk's top one-stop music houses. Contact Chris Fischer and the staff at Critical 1 at (631) 586-4462 or (631) 796-0400, or log on to their website – a true audio and video experience – at Nationally renowned rock guitarist Tommy Hellbent (SPV/Steamhammer recording artist) is currently accepting new guitar students of any age, from beginners to advanced. Learn much more at tommyhellbent, or call him at (516) 607-6618. Another relatively new facility you should be aware of is the unique Music Box LI, where monthly rehearsal rooms are available with 24hour access – it's like practicing in your own place. This exciting new studio is located in the central South Shore, convenient to all of Long Island; learn more by calling (516) 643-5179, or write to Five Towns College in Dix Hills is a great place to begin a pro audio career. To learn more, call the staff at (631) 656-2100. Evolution Soundstage is a top facility that must be experienced by serious area musicians wishing to record video demos – or anything else. Call them at (516) 794ROXX. What possibly could former

Journey lead singer Steve Augeri, hip hop pioneers Sugarhill Gang, and new era popsters Jac & Jill have in common? They've all used this amazing West Baylon studio for important audio and video projects. This facility is perfect for imporant video shoots and showcases, features tour bus-accessible loading, top professional backline, Line Array sound, truss/lighting, and a spacious (and incredible, trust us) 30' stage and lounge. Also, Evolution offers rehearsals; bands can rehearse by the hour, the day, or the week; “block out” time is available. Also, video production is available off-premises as well as on site on the famed big stage. If you're serious about your music, you owe it to yourself to check out Evolution; contacts: (516) 794-7699 or

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March 28, 29, and 30 at Bayfront Park in Miami. Who doesn’t like Florida, right? Anyway, it’s sure to be a great time when you have the atmosphere that Ultra brings. Imagine yourself set in sunny Miami, it’s 85 degrees with a brisk wind. All you hear is good music, all you see are beautiful people and crazy outfits, and all you feel is an overall positive vibe. It’s pretty much the place you’ve been waiting all your whole life to see. There’s just some-

thing about Ultra that has this mystical vibe to it, almost as if it’s so surreal. There are so many stages and so many artists from so many different genres all playing at the same time and you don’t even know what to do. Last year was Ultra’s 15th anniversary, and they did it up big – which leads me to wonder what could possibly top that; it’s one of the reasons I’m very excited for this year.

For the first time, Ultra is putting together a compilation of select songs from artists performing at Ultra 2014. Pre-sale is curBorgore rently available at and is set to release on March 4. The compilation includes some already big hits such as “Dare You” by Hardwell feat. Matthew Koma, “Legacy” by Nicky Romero, “Boneless” by Steve Aoki, and some lesser known, yet great, songs like “Mosh Pit” by Flosstradamus and “Faith” by Blasterjaxx. In addition to that, Ultra will be selling a mini-mag called the

“Ultra Music Festival 2014 Fan Pack” at Best Buy starting March 4. Inside, readers will find exclusive interviews with Kaskade, Carl Cox, Flosstradamus, Above and Beyond, and Martin Garrix. It will also include never before seen pictures from last year’s festival. The kicker is that this mini-mag will also come with the Ultra Compilation mentioned above. After to going to Ultra last year, I wondered how they could make the line up any better, but they’ve managed to do a great job this year with it. On the roster is almost every artist that I could ever want to see. That’s exactly what you have to do if you want a successful music festival. They have all the EDM genres covered and more! They are going to have performances from Waka Flocka, Zomboy, Chance The Rapper, Clockwork, Dirtyphonics, Infected Mushroom, Alesso, Avicii, Adventure Club, Kaskade, Borgore, Carnage, Dillon Francis, Datsik, Crizzly, Brillz, Jamie Jones, Candyland ... and that’s just to name a few of them! Keep your heads up


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Hot Shows & Sounds All Around The Region Motu: CD/DVD Release Party & Concert March 9 Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, Riverhead; The veteran Suffolk County bluesman – one of the nation’s big DIY success stories – offers a Blu-ray Disc/CD releae party as well as a big band concert. Show attendees will be able to purchase the new Motu - Get Up And Dance album at this show two days ahead of the March 10 release date. On the disc are such area artists as Dee Chetta, Frank Latorre, Barry Titone, Tommy Keys, Lora Kendall, and more top musicians.cians.

Demi Lovat0 • March 11 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale (800) 745- 3000 • The beautiful pop star brings her “Neon Lights” tour to Long Island, which is doing boffo box office all over the country. Still every teenage girl's role model (and every teenage boy's dream), Levato now enjoys relevance: While Miley and Xtina are making headlines, Lovato – an actual mezzo-soprano – is making the string of catchy hits. Mike Birbiglia • February 28 NYCB Theatre at Westbury • (800) 745- 3000

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Hot Shows & Sounds All Around The Region recent music of late, but it's a Vertical Horizon/Tonic/Dishwalla Tracy Morgan stone cold fact that West is one 7 • The Paramount, Huntington The SpaceMarch At Westbury of the most popular artists in February 22; (800) 745-3000; For Tickets: those looking for a cutting

The former “Saturday edge alt/rock triple bill,Night this one Live” (who can ever forget Brian should be the tonic … sorry, Fellows and Astronaut Jones?) and couldn't help ourselves. “30 Rock” star is back on the road, Headliner Vertical Horizon has and his recent standup appearbeen anceson quite the hot streak, as Matt five-piece have Scannell's brought rave reviews. Log on continues to explore new to view to a hilarious recent clip of the legmusicial horizons while paying Veritcal endary standup messing around homage to those who came Horizon with lateThey're night host ConaninO'Brien before. touring modern music history. The numbers on the redheaded funnyman’s TBS support of their latest full-length, Echoes The Underground. add From up: He's touring to support

Los Lobos • March 5 • The Space at Westbury; (800) 745-3000 show. California's favorite sons return with their self-described brand Yeezus – his sixth consecutive album Kanye West Blackto47debut at #1 on the charts. of “American Chicano rock” that no other act has ever been able to Nassau Coliseum March 8 fdfkdlfjd;fdfdf February 23 approximate. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary (already?), the YMCA Boulton Center, Bay Shore Tickets: band’s “Disconnected” tour will feature the amazing David Birds (our cover subjects for issue (631) 969-1101; Hidalgo as well as the group's acoustic best. 1134), making their Long Island Paul Simon/Sting • March 4 Madison Square Garden, New York City

Much like other incredible double bills of recent vintage such as James Taylor/Carole King, Burton Cummings/Don McLean, and chocolate/peanut butter, on paper this looks odd – but expect these two veteran talents to mesh well as they share the stage. Yes, they will perform together as part of what promises to be a night of hits.


This appearance promises to be in event, a majoras venue, us adebut major Larryproved Kirwan's utterly justified for pointing the legendary Irish rock band spotlight so brightly toward them. has announced it is disbanding The young Brooklyn-based in November – a time that is soul/R&B band somehow, some exactly years its which first is way, has25 legit R&Bafter chops, performance. a legacy: amazing in andWhat of itself; every member of songs the still-new act is quite Black 47's have covered a the newcomer; most of their congamut of social topics from the temporariesIreland are standing in line Northern conflict to civil somewhere waiting for a TV talent Hisand relationship with the rights urban unrest in contemporary New York – all while rocking show audition. Blissfully, lead singer bodacious Kim seemsvenue large the roofs off ofKardashian virtualy every or small. Put this one in the Arleigh “Sister Sparrow” Kincheloe to garner interest than his “not to bemore missed” category.

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The Garden Stage at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Garden City will present “The Carole King Songbook,” on Friday, March 7 at 8:30 pm, preceded by an open mic featuring area musicians at 7:30 pm. Admission is $20 with advance reservations or $22 at the door. For reservations and Information, email, or call (516) 279-7606. This retrospective of the works of Carole King will include performances by a stellar lineup including Brittany Ann, Anna Dagmar, Natalie Acciani, Kat Quinn, and Meg Braun. King ranks as one of America’s most enduring songwriters, having written or co-penned such classics as “You’ve Got A Friend,” “It’s Too Late,” “Jazzman,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and too many more to list here. For more information:

The 28th annual brthday tribute to George L. Popp – more commonly known as “The Daddy Tapes Benefit,” with proceeds to be donated to The American Heart Association – will take place on March 5 at 6:30 pm at RBar in New York City. For information: (718) 359-4110. This year's stacked lineup of Big Apple musicial luminaries includes Anne Husic, Bill Popp & The Tapes, Dave McKeon, Carmen Chiles, Marissa Licata, Lenny Kaye, Seat Monster, Allen Merrill, and Snake Monsters – but expect a wealth of surprises and pop-ins, as seem to happen every year at these benefits. “Daddy Tapes” was Popp’s father; these concerts are in his memory. More:

Music & Mirth With Modern Man

Folk-rock trio Modern Man will headline on Saturday, March 1 at 8:30 pm at The Congregational Church of Huntington. The concert will preceded by an open mic at 7:30 pm. Tickets, priced at $25 or $20 for Folk Music Society of Huntington members, may be purchased online at using a credit card, or at the door (cash and checks only). For more information, visit the website or call (631) 425-2925. Modern Man – David Buskin, Rob Carlson and George Wurzbach – is a trio of singer/songwriters who have carved a unique niche for themselves with their inimitable brand of musical humor. Expect any and all topics to be taken on during this whimsical evening.


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0 Years Of The Beatles: I was 13 years old in 1965, brought up in a very traditional, straight laced, uptight household. Old ways were good, new ways were bad. Needless to say, the arrival of The Beatles in America was very bad, a sure sign of the decline of the USA. The haircuts, the music, the screaming girls, the celebration of lust, and all the zaniness was just a bit too much in the LaLumia household. Being the “different” one in the family, I naturally was drawn to the “Fab Four” and everything that came along for the ride. Fashion, sexuality, the dragging along of black culture through the R&B/Motown that The Beatles loved, all of these were seen as signs of imminent subversion. Their fab manager, the late Brian Epstein, was a flaming gay man who got the boys their haircuts, squeezed them into those tight pants, and let them loose on the world. It was Epstein who turned them on to Motown, got them to do those cover versions, and took Mary Wells on tour with them while "My Guy" was number one on the charts. The 13-year-old me instinctively knew that something major was happening, and it was all aimed at me. I became an obsessive Top 40 radio fan ("77, W-A-Beatle-C!"), and bought 16 Magazine religiously each month (a few years later, the 20-something me got to interview Cousin Brucie and Murray The K,

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both right on top of the 1964 Ed Sullivan-period explosion. I also got to interview, and then became friends, with Gloria Stavers, who plastered The Beatles on the cover of every issue of the aforementioned 16 Magazine. Thank you, Gloria. As the 60s progressed and The Beatles changed, I changed with them – long hair, drugs, concept albums ... Yoko! I loved and lived it all, as a card carrying member of the UK Fan Club, getting the yearly Christmas records and magazines (how I wish I had saved all that stuff). Concurrent with my devotion to Motown and The Supremes in the 60s, The Beatles were always right there for me ... and then it was 1970 and The Beatles broke up (at the same moment that Diana Ross leaves The Supremes for a solo career). Being a kid in the 1960s, as pop

culture changed, was an experience that can never be explained,and I'm happy I lived it. Thank you, Beatles.

I got to interview Cousin Brucie and Murray The K, both right on top of the 1964 Ed Sullivan-period explosion. Happy 50th to those still with us, and to those who are not.

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The Montauk Project Today, Metro Area, Tomorrow, The World

Who: Area favorite The Montauk Project seems ready to take on the rest of the nation with the release of its new album. The Artists & Their Sound: From the band’s official bio: “Not to be confused with the mysterious U.S. Government psychological experiments conducted at Camp Hero in the 1980s, The Montauk Project is a group of music school-trained mavericks from Long Island’s East End. Started by high school friends Mark Schiavoni (guitar, vocals) and Jasper Conroy (drums, backing vocals), who reunited after returning home from college, the band’s classic rock arrangement is rounded out by Chris Wood (bass) and Jack Marshall (lead guitar). “Steeped in the tradition of musical giants such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Jimi Hendrix, The Montauk Project use their sophisticated ears and serious chops

to bring the energy and originality of classic rock to a modern context. Having worked the New York City club circuit (Webster Hall, Arlene’s Grocery, Bowery Electric) and beyond, the band built their own studio, where they self-produced, engineered, and recorded their forthcoming album, Belly Of The Beast. Featuring deep groves, thought provoking lyrics, and searing guitar solos, the album’s intricate, hard-hitting sound lives up to the enigmatic connotations of the band’s name and their self-described genre, ‘Beach Grunge.’ “Stay posted as The Montauk Project continues to take stages by storm in anticipation of the album’s release in March 2014.” To Learn More/ Contact The Band: Facebook: themontaukproject, or Twitter: @themontaukproj.

BITS & PIECES Sherry Lynn

Sherry Lynn:

Second Time Is ‘Beautiful’

Country songstress Sherry Lynn will release her sophomore CD, A Beautiful Life, on March 11 on the Steal Heart Music label. The disc contains the New Jersey native's current single, "Girls Will Be Girls," which hit radio programmers' desks last month. Penned by hit makers Ashley Gorley, Bryan Simpson, and Kelley Lovelace, the rowdy recap of modern femininity has already inspired a line dance by choreographers Bob and Marlene Peyre-Ferry. The album, produced by Ted Hewitt, also features Lynn's recent song recorded with country legend Crystal Gayle. The duet, written by award-winning tunesmith Danny Wells ("Check Yes Or No," "These Days"), Jose Luis Pagan, and Sarah Lenore, is the project's title track, and the song Lynn performed on her Grand Ole Opry debut with Gayle. Learn more at

Up.” The companion DVD, Emerald: Musical Gems – Live In Concert, was filmed in 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. "Creating the new show allowed me the opportunity to revisit and re-imagine some of our most popular Irish songs, as well as writing some exciting new material for the show,” said producer David Downes. “With all-new performances of these great songs — Emerald has created a whole new experience for both our longstanding fans, and for those who “The addition of Don Felder to ‘The Soundtrack of Summer’ tour means that the combined album sales of all three acts, as well as all the bands they were once members of, is well north of 200 million worldwide,” said Styx guitarist/singer James Young in a breathless press release. “Certainly by this yardstick, ‘The Soundtrack of Summer’ has got to easily be in the Top Ten three-act concert tours to ever hit the road. ‘Renegade’ ‘Juke Box Heroes’ partying at the ‘Hotel California’ will be your slammin' soundtrack of a rockin' hot summer! What more could you ask for after this crazy cold winter we are having?” More corn: “This tour will have the best vocalists and guitarists on the road today,” said Felder. “The sheer volume of our combined catalogs is massive and should satisfy any rock & roll fan, and rock them until they can’t walk out of the place.” Early returns are strong; rumors are more shows may be slated soon.


Celtic Woman:

More Celtic Sounds

Global music sensation Celtic Woman will release a new album and DVD today (February 25), as Emerald: Musical Gems spolights new performances of fan favorites from the group’s canon of Celtic songs. The album includes the uplifting “Mo Ghile Mear” and “Dulaman,” the enchanting “She Moves Thru the Fair” and “Caladonia,” and the standards “Danny Boy” and “The Voice.” Also featured are new interpretations of Celtic Woman’s performances of “Amazing Grace” and “You Raise Me

Celtic Woman

have just discovered our music.”

Foreigner/Styx/Felder Tour

Classic Rock Times 3:

Classic rockers Styx and Foreigner will co-headline the upcoming “The Soundtrack Of Summer” tour, a three-month U.S. trek that will touch down on June 28 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh. Opening will be former Eagles guitarist Don Felder. Tickets and info:

Honored With Les Paul Award

Todd Rundgren

Veteran rocker, producer, and guitarist Todd Rundgren was honored with The Les Paul Award on Friday on January 24 at the 29th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards held during the NAMM Convention in Anaheim, California. These annual awards recognize outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production. The Les Paul Award is sponsored by The Les Paul Foundation; Jeff Salmon of the presented the award to Todd Rundgren at the Anaheim Hilton ballroom. Past recipients include Pete Townshend, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Miller, Steve Vai, Lindsay Buckingham, and other renowned musical aritsts. For more information on the Les Paul Foundation, go to

As for Rundgren, he's rejoined the latest edition of Ringo Starr & His AllStarr Band, which at press time had just been booked at The NYCB Theatre in Westbury; the concert takes place on June 11.

Have X-Star Fantasies?

Hot & Bothered:

Ever dream of acting out your fantasies with the same adult film stars that you watch to ... well, act out your fantasies? Adult products store is never shy: This month, the company asked more than

1,000 adults if they would ever have sex with an adult star. While 33.3 percent of respondents admitted they would have sex with an adult star, 66.7 percent said they would not. Forty percent of the male respondents said they would have sex with an adult star, compared to only 10 percent of female respondents. Dr. Kat Van Kirk, resident sexpert for, said, "Unfortunately, society still has a double standard when it comes to adult performers. While most of us are happy to help adult stars earn their livings – and many of us can name a variety of today's top stars – we still look down upon adult performers for the choices they make." The survey was sponsored by Adam & Eve to study sexual preferences and practices. "Sex Chat with Dr. Kat" can be found on podcasts through iTunes or Her new book is The Married Sex Solution: A Realistic Guide to Saving Your Sex Life.

Dr. Kat Van Kirk

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