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he Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games is back for a 59th year, headed for Old Westbury Gardens Saturday, Aug. 24. One of the longest running festivals on Long Island, the Scottish Festival and Highland Games has been a staple on Long Island since it began in a park back in 1960. “It all started with five clans getting together at a small park 59 years ago,” said Andy McInnes, the festival committee’s chairman. “The kids would compete in races and play games in the field and since then it’s only continued to grow. Now, we’ve been at Old Westbury Gardens for the last 30 years.” The annual festival has something for everyone in attendance. It will feature pipe bands all day long, Irish step dancing, a harp player, Scottish-bred dogs, a caber toss for both adults and children, tossing the sheaf and putting the stone children’s races, tug-o-war, shortbread contests, antique British autos featured in car shows and parades, birds of prey and falconry, pony rides, petting zoo, highland and country dancers, Cameron music ensemble,

for each tent this year and we have more than 60 tents, so that would have cost more than double what we actually make from holding the festival,” McInnes said. “Thankfully, we were able to come to an agreement with the village and the festival is able to go on.” The festival is planned each year by Old Westbury Gardens and Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games Inc., both of which are notfor-profit organizations. Any profits made from the festival pay for annual expenses of the gardens and go to local charities, including Disabled Vets, Wounded Warriors, the Salvation Army and Island PHOTOS COURTESY OF LONG ISLAND SCOTTISH CLAN MACDUFF 81 LTD. Harvest, as well as other food banks. The festival will take A pipe band performs during the 2018 Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games. place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. face painting, plenty of Scottish stone competition, which is basi- Long Island will have tents set up 24, and admission costs food and drinks and a raffle at the cally shot put with an oddly shaped at the festival to talk about their are $20 for adults, $18 for end of the day. If that’s not enough stone, and raising the sheaf, which family’s ancestry,” said McInnes. seniors, $8 for children for you, there’s so much more that traditionally consists of raising a “We’ll also have other educational older than 6 years old stuffed burlap bag over a horizontal exhibits scheduled during the day, and $10 for Old Westbury will be going on. “Our most popular attractions bar, which could be higher than the including how bagpipes are made.” members. Children under There was a fear that this year’s 6 are free. are the Highland games,” said Mc- competitor’s head.” Besides competition and festival would be called off due to Innes. “Everyone loves to see the Free parking is availcaber toss, it’s for men and women games, the Scottish Festival can expensive tent fees after the Village able at Westbury High and they have to flip over what’s also be educational for those in of Old Westbury enacted a new levy School, with shuttle bus basically a 20-foot tall, 150-pound attendance. For people who don’t in order to receive a permit, but the services in place to transtelephone pole. There is also a cab- know much about Scottish history festival committee and Old West- port guests to and from er toss for children, too, with the and culture, there will be multiple bury Gardens were able to come to the festival. For more insize of the caber depending on the tents at the festival worth paying a a compromise with the village in formation on the annual size of the kid, but it can go up to visit to if you want to learn as much order to hold this year’s event. event, visit www.liscots. “The Village of Old Westbury org. as you can. being 14 feet high. “Scottish clans from across added a $300 fee to get a permit “We also have a putting the

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Brewer & Shipley Friday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m. Brewer & Shipley were always at their best as live performers. Whether with a small backing band, or more often by themselves with just their two acoustic guitars, the duo was constantly touring from 1969 to 1979. They played all over the country including in such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, The Bottom Line, The Troubadour, The Roxy, Keil Opera House, and of course, My Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place. Where: My Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn Info & Tickets: 516-413-3535 or




A Journey to Africa Saturday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m.

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A Journey To Africa will feature African music from Nigeria, and will be exploring the evolution of Nigerian music and culture from the Pre-colonial era till date. Nigeria happens to be a multi-ethnic and linguistically diversiďŹ ed nation with many tribes and cultures as well as languages. Where: Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington Info & Tickets: 877-849-5327 or


Saturday Night Summer Fever Festival 2019 Saturday, Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m. Starring THE NEW YORK BEE GEES performing the Saturday Night Fever Album, 45RPM performing the Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Mon Get Happy Show with Kyle Vincent former lead singer of the Bay City Rollers, That 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Band performing a special Donna Summer Tribute, also starring The Legends of Disco, France Joli, The Trammps, Musique, Lime, Evelyn Champagne King, Blue Magic, and Carol Douglas. Where: Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater at Bald Hill, 1 Ski Run Ln., Farmingville Info & Tickets: 631-676-7500 or


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The tribute band Classic Albums Live, dedicated to playing classic albums - live - is hitting the road this summer and taking the show to the Paramount on Saturday, Aug. 24. During the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show, they will play Pink Floydâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wall.â&#x20AC;? Where: The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington Info & Tickets: 631-673-7300 or


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Santana has announced the Supernatural Now tour will be heading to Jones Beach on Sunday, Aug. 25 with supporting act, the Doobie Brothers. This year, Santana is celebrating the 20tth anniversary of Grammy Award-winning Supernatural and the 50th anniversary of the band’s performance at the 1969 Woodstock music festival.

Where: Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury Info & Tickets: 516-247-5200 or

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The band Zebra formed in early 1975 in New Orleans, La. In 2010 Zebra was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and is acknowledged as Louisiana’s #1 Rock and Roll band by the Louisiana Music Commission. On October 18, 2012 Zebra was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

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THE TOP EVENTS FOR KIDS FOR THE COMING WEEK Harbes Farm Peach Festival Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Who will be crowned Harbes Peach King and Queen? Find out during one of the free peach eating contests. Harbes Family Farm will be hosting two competitions daily in the central courtyard area. All ages are welcome to participate. You can also visit Harbes Barnyard Adventure for hours of family fun. Where: Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave, Mattituck Info: 631-298-0800 or



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Saturday, Aug. 24, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Two adventurous mice are ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon because they believe it is made entirely of delicious, mouthwatering cheese. The pair learns to be resourceful, creative, and brave as they discover a beautiful garden, navigate uncharted waters, and travel through space in search of cheese. Created especially for young audience members, this multisensory and fantastically physical experience oďŹ&#x20AC;ers a wonderful introduction to the world of theater. Ongoing through Aug. 30. or 212.239.6200 For groups or birthdays call 866.642.9849

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Free Park Day at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site Sunday, Aug. 25 Come experience the national parks! On ďŹ ve days in 2019, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will oďŹ&#x20AC;er free admission to everyone. On Sunday, Aug.25, admission to Sagamore Hill will be free to the public.


Where: Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, 20 Sagamore Hill Rd, Oyster Bay Info: 516-922-4788 or














Kids Summer Circus Camp Monday, Aug. 26 to Friday, Aug. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sign up for a new kind of summer experience. Activities include ďŹ&#x201A;ying trapeze, aerials (trapeze, lyra, silks and more), juggling, ground acrobatics, and circus comedy. Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each program ends with a show on Friday with all of our participants showcasing their skills in various disciplines. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget your camera! One week session begins Aug. 26 and goes through Aug. 30. Where: Eisenhower Park, Merrick Ave, East Meadow Info: 516-640 6995 or




Give Kids a Smile Free Dental Screening Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.


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Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine will provide free dental screenings, cleanings, ďŹ&#x201A;uoride treatment and oral health education to hundreds of underserved children at their annual Give Kids A Smile event. Where: Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, South Dr, Stony Brook Info: 631-632-8889 or 631-632-8967 or


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Gold Coast International Film Festival




AVI BELKIN | USA | 90 MIN | DOCUMENTARY Never before has journalism in America been so hotly debated. At a time when it seems like the hard-hitting question is fighting for its right to be asked, Mike Wallace is Here turns the tough question loose on its inventor to understand how we got here and what’s really at stake. Legendary newsman Wallace unflinchingly interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures in over 50 years on the air, and his aggressive reporting style and showmanship redefined what America came to expect from broadcasters. Unearthing decades of never-before-seen footage from the 60 Minutes vault, this documentary portrait explores what drove and plagued this restless reporter, whose storied career was entwined with the evolution of journalism itself. Q&A to follow featuring veteran producer, journalist, media executive and Dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University, Mark Lukasiewicz GREAT NECK SQUIRE CINEMAS | 115 MIDDLE NECK ROAD, GREAT NECK, NY

Visit or call 516-829-2570 for tickets Tickets $15/$10 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance.


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BeachFest returns New prez for Women to Port Washington in Film & Television Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board are proud to announce the sixth annual BeachFeast celebration will be returning to North Hempstead Beach Park. The food and spirits festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. BeachFeast will feature a wide variety of food trucks with: All American Wontons, Crepes and Bakes, Exotic Bowls, Meats Meat, Pizza Company 7, Mr. Smith’s Seafood, Twistee Freeze and Yummy Gyro of Port Washington. A selection of beer and wine will also be for sale with proof of ID. Attendees can enjoy a free classic car show along the boardwalk along with musical entertainment from EJ the DJ, The Mystic at 1 p.m. and Desert Highway

at 3 p.m. New this year is an “Escape the Room” truck. “This summer we are excited for the return of BeachFeast. Residents and their families are invited to enjoy a summer day at the beach while exploring all the culinary delights we have by the boardwalk,” said Bosworth. “Along with musical performances from The Mystic and Desert Highway, it is bound to be an enjoyable afternoon for everyone.” North Hempstead Beach Park is located at 175 West Shore Road in Port Washington. The event is free of charge, with a parking fee of $10 in cash or $7 paid by debit or credit. For more information, please call 311 or 516-869-6311.

Attendees enjoy the food trucks at BeachFeast.

A new president of the New York Women in Film & Television Board of Directors has been named, with the organization naming Jamie Zelermyer its new president. Zelermyer has served on the NYWIFT board for four years, most recently as Vice President of Special Events, through which she oversaw the production of the 2017 and 2018 NYWIFT Muse Awards. She has been a New York-based producer and production executive for over 20 years and is currently producing Independent Feature Project’s signature program, IFP Week. Zelermyer was the VP of Physical Production at Focus Features/Rogue Pictures for six years, where she oversaw films including “Admission,” “One Day,” “Jane Eyre,” “Sin Nombre” and “Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day.” Most recently, she was the Program Manager of the Made In New York: Pilot Competition, a program founded by The Mayor’s Office of Film Media and Entertainment to tackle gender inclusivity in the television industry; she executive produced the two winning half-hour pilots and executive produced season one of the winning show, “Half Life.” “We are thrilled to have Jamie Zelermyer lead NYWIFT into a new era of

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Newly-named NYWIFT president, Jamie Zelermyer. increased advocacy and awareness for women’s representation, equality, and safety in film, television and digital media,” said NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez. “Her decades of industry experience as well as her intimate understanding of the needs of the NYWIFT community will make her a bold, compassionate and astute leader for our organization.” Continued on Page 44

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Arts Centre to host 2 new exhibits at the mental health event Heckscher Museum On Saturday, Aug. 24, the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington will host the inaugural event of for the “SEA of Visibility” movement. The mission of the “SEA of Visibility” movement (Support Expression through the Arts) is dispel the stigma surrounding mental health diagnoses, and to turn that stigma into support by advocating for introspection, compassion and visibility through the creation and sharing of visual and performing art. During this event the Cinema will present the documentary film, “Kusama: Infinity,” detailing the life of artist Yayoi Kusama. The screening will be followed by a discussion with a range of mental health experts and art teachers. An inspiring art installation, music, and comic entertainment will also be featured at the event. The film will be followed by an art teacherled “happening” by Anu Annam, Margaret Minardi and Caitlyn Shea and presentation by a Kusama expert in the Cinema

Arts Centre’s Sky Room. There will be an ephemeral creation of a “Balancing Room”, inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s “Obliterion Room” and other dot installations. Participants will balance a dot composition spatially, visually through color theory, and emotionally through the Cognitive Behavior Therapy tenets of Dr. Aaron T. Beck. Comedy by the talented Mo Diggs and musical performance by Jane Olivia Remauro will be included in this creative afternoon. An art exhibit by “SEA of Visibility” visual artists will be on display, as well as work from Muñeca Arthouse artists. The event costs $17 for the public to attend, or $12 for Cinema Arts Centre members and begins at noon on Saturday, Aug. 24. To learn more about the Cinema Arts Centre visit website, or the centre’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Film Screening: “Kusama: Infinity” - For decades, the work of Yayoi Kusama

pushed boundaries that often alienated her from both her peers and those in power in the art world. Kusama was an underdog with everything stacked against her: the trauma of growing up in Japan during World War II, life in a dysfunctional family that discouraged her creative ambitions, sexism and racism in the art establishment, mental illness in a culture where that was particularly shameful - and even continuing to pursue and be devoted to her art as she approaches her 90s. In spite of it all, Kusama has endured and has created a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry and literary fiction. After working as an artist for over six decades, people around the globe are experiencing her installation Infinity Mirrored Rooms in record numbers, as Kusama continues to create new work every day. (USA, 2018, 76 Mins, NR, English & Japanese | Dir. Heather Lenz)

Yayoi Kusama in “Kusama: Infinity,” 2018. Still courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

The Heckscher Museum of Art has two new exhibits coming later this month for you to check out, with two different themes accompanying them. The first is a collection of work from Long Island resident Mort Künstler, which features exciting pieces from the 91-year-old artist that previously appeared in magazines throughout the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The second are paintings from Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso, a native New Yorker of Cuban and Ecuadorian descent whose artwork celebrate female artists dating all the way back to the Renaissance. Mort Künstler Long before blockbuster superhero movies, those looking for an adrenaline rush turned to adventure magazines, featuring exciting stories and thrilling illustrations. As the go-to artist and illustrator, Künstler’s work graced hundreds of magazine covers, stories, and books, firmly establishing his prominence in the pulp fiction genre. For the first time, more than 80 of these remarkable original artworks are shown together in The Heckscher Museum of Art’s exhibition, “Mort Künstler: ‘The Godfather’ of Pulp Fiction Illustrators.” The exhibit will be on display starting Aug. 24 and will be there until Nov. 17. Originally featured in magazines such as “Stag,” “Male,” and “For Men Only,” the illustrations brought to life headlines that screamed adventure. The images of men in combat, women in distress, and nature threatening man immediately caught the reader’s attention. “You try to pick a moment that will entice the reader and catch their attention and make them want to read the whole text,” explains Künstler. “The whole goal is to make them stop and go, ‘what’s going on here?’” Künstler was so good, that there were instances when his carefully detailed illustrations actually inspired a story, rather than the other way around. During his long career, Künstler illustrated stories for many authors, in-

From the original painting by Mort Kunstler, “JetSled Raid.” cluding Mario Puzo, author of “The Godfather,” who wrote in the same magazines under the pen name Mario Cleri. Künstler illustrated Puzo’s “The Godfather,” long before the movie franchise. His vision comes amazingly close to how the characters eventually appeared in the movies. Künstler is perhaps best known as a painter of history. He has exhibited his Civil War art widely. In fact, his painting “The High Water Mark” was unveiled at Gettysburg National Military Park on the 125th anniversary of the battle Some of the illustrations in the exhibition are based on real events: for instance, the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II. Künstler drew real and imagined scenes from WW II, and illustrated stories about daring escapes and bold bank heists, creating a large portfolio “Nobody captured hard-boiled action better than Mort Künstler. His fullthrottle, action-packed, inyour-face images represent the very essence of the pulp era,” said Michael Schantz, executive director of the Heckscher Museum of Art. The museum will also be producing a catalogue to accompany the exhibit and a traveling exhibition, collaborated between the museum and International Arts & Artists has been organized as well. Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso Inspiring stories of historical women are at the center of “A Brush with HerStory: Paintings by Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso” at The Heckscher Museum of Art.

A contemporary painter with extensive art historical knowledge, Dellosso pays tribute to great female painters from the Renaissance through the modern era. Often melding her own image with other artists, Dellosso creates unique selfportraits that tell fascinating stories. She closely studies the paintings and self-portraits of the featured artists, as well as their histories, and recreates costumes and poses that enhance the story. Though they may not be household names, her subjects have compelling stories about being a female artist throughout the ages. Among the artists portrayed by Dellosso is Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (17491803), whose monumental work was destroyed during the French Revolution. Dellossso depicts herself as the historic painter, down to the blue dress featured in Labille-Guiard’s own self-portrait. Dellosso had the dress recreated by a seamstress, and it will also be featured in the gallery. Another artist, Sofonisba Anguissola (1532-1625), was the “first great woman artist of the Renaissance,” according to Dellosso, and attained international fame. She was even praised by renowned artist Michelangelo. To compose her painting, Dellosso looked at both Anguissola’s self-portrait and her own reflection in threequarter view. The exhibition includes paintings from Dellosso’s most recent series, “Homage Ode,” which takes the form of illuminated manuscripts featuring poetry inspired by select historical artists. Continued on Page 45

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New prez for Women in Film & Television Continued from Page 24 “I am humbled and honored to take over the presidency of New York Women in Film & Television and to collaborate with the other distinguished women on our board,” said Zelermyer. “The organization’s mission of equity and advocacy are as important as ever and I look forward to working with Cynthia Lopez and the entire NYWIFT team as we continue to support women at every level throughout the industry.” Zelermyer succeeds former president Simone Pero, the founder of For Impact Productions. Pero’s championing of women is a hallmark of her work as a producer of social impact film including Jennifer Fox’s Emmy-nominated “The Tale” on HBO and as executive producer of Tom Donahue’s documentary “This Changes Everything,” about gender discrimination in media. Pero’s two-year tenure as NYWIFT President began just before the #MeToo and #TimesUp initiatives came into prominence. She testified on behalf of NYWIFT and women in the industry before the NYC Human Rights Commission about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry in December 2017. Pero also oversaw the completion and implementation of a multi-year strategic plan to increase NYWIFT’s membership outreach and advocacy initiatives, culminating in the NYWIFT 2019 Summit on Inclusion, Equality and Safety in June. Throughout the last year of her presidency, Pero also led the organization’s transition into the leadership of new Executive Director Cynthia Lopez. Pero will continue her involvement with NYWIFT as chair of its Advisory Board, where she will further support NYWIFT’s strategic plan. “We are infinitely grateful to Simone Pero for her leadership, insight and unparalleled dedication to advancing women across all levels and facets of the industry,” said NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez. “I look forward to collaborating with her in a new capacity through NYWIFT’s Advisory Board.” NYWIFT is also pleased to announce the results of the 2019 Board of Directors

election. Seven spots on the board have been filled, with four new members and three returning members: New Members: Alex Cirillo: Alex Cirillo is a producer and the co-founder of Big Vision Empty Wallet, an inclusion-focused incubator that feeds projects into her production company, Big Vision Creative. She develops unexpected content with women, POC, LGBTQ and differently-abled creators. Kerry Fulton: Kerry Fultonis co-founder of Evenfield Entertainment, which puts women at the creative and decision-making center; she previously produced the awardwinning films 3D animated “Justin and the Knights of Valor” and documentary “Ana and I.” Gretchen McGowan: Gretchen McGowan is an award-winning producer and the head of production for Goldcrest Features in New York City, where she has overseen titles such as “Carol,” “Mojave,” “Slumber,” “Restrepo,” “Carrie Pilby” and “Danger, Close.” Zenaida Mendez: Zenaida Mendez is the director of the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center and has over 20 years of experience working on issues affecting women, and African descendant people. Returning Members: Christine Bragan: Christine Bragan is Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Communications for AMC Networks, including AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and IFC Films. Kathryn O’Kane: Kathryn O’Kane is adirector/producer with over 15 years of experience in television, advertising, and web media; recent credits include as a director and producer for an episode of HLN’s “Death Row Stories” and as showrunner for the hit Netflix series “Salt Fat Acid Heat.” S. Casper Wong: S.Casper Wong is an award-winning New York-based filmmaker, technology lawyer, and social entrepreneur. Her documentary feature, “The LuLu Sessions” has won 10 international awards and nominations.

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Film fest to preview 2 new exhibits at the Heckscher Museum Mike Wallace doc Journalism in America has never been such a hot topic. At a time when it seems like the hard-hitting question is fighting for its right to be asked, the 2019 documentary “Mike Wallace Is Here” turns the tough question loose to understand how we got here and what’s really at stake. Legendary newsman Mike Wallace unflinchingly interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures in over 50 years on the air, and his aggressive reporting style and showmanship redefined what America came to expect from broadcasters. Unearthing decades of never-beforeseen footage from the 60 Minutes vault, this documentary portrait explores what drove and plagued this restless reporter, whose storied career was entwined with the evolution of journalism itself. The Gold Coast International Film Festival is pleased to present the Long Island premiere of “Mike Wallace Is Here” on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Great Neck Squire Cinemas, located at 115 Middle Neck Road. Following the screening will be a discussion featuring veteran producer, journalist, and media executive Mark Lukasiewicz, who is also Dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University. Ticket prices are $15 per person ($10 for Gold Coast Film Society members). “We’re at a very precarious tipping point for broadcast journalism, where the different corridors of power are getting the upper hand,” says the film’s

director, Avi Belkin, who had unlimited access to CBS News’ archives for the making of the documentary, including never-before-seen raw materials and outtakes from 60 Minutes’ earliest days. “A crucial moment in the film is when Mike says, ‘the first thing that totalitarians do is attack the free press.’ I wanted this film to show how the free press is imperative for a democracy, and how asking hard questions is the core of what journalism is about. Audiences today don’t want journalists to confront them with uncomfortable truths or tell them something that runs against their beliefs, and people with power take advantage of that and are fighting against the public’s right to know.” “We are excited to present “Mike Wallace Is Here” along with a wide range of films throughout the year that are educational, entertaining, and in some cases, thought-provoking,” said Caroline Sorokoff, festival director of the Gold Coast International Film Festival and associate director of the Gold Coast Arts Center. “’Mike Wallace Is Here’ looks at a legendary career and examines how Mike Wallace’s work truly defined the standards of broadcast journalism.” Proceeds from this event help fund the Gold Coast International Film Festival’s year-round programming, including Youth Film Day and Young Filmmakers Program, free programs that help inspire and mentor aspiring filmmakers in grades K through 12.

Continued from Page 41 Dellosso’s artistic roots can be found on both sides of her Cuban and Ecuadorian family. Her maternal grandmother and great-grandfather were well respected and published poets in South America. Dellosso’s father studied painting and drawing in Cuba during the pre-Castro era. As a child, she remembers trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her father, where they used to study paintings together. Dellosso’s themes usually involve the human figure and storytelling. This combination offers viewers a unique cultural statement and interpretation. Dellosso received a

BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. Delloss’s exhibit, “A Brush with HerStory: Paintings by Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso” will be on view at the Heckscher Museum of Art starting Aug. 31 and can be viewed until Nov. 10. The Heckscher Museum of Art is located at 2 Prime Avenue in Huntington and is open Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information on both exhibits and the museum can be found online at www.Heckscher. org or by calling 631-351-3250.

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Some politicians exploit gay pride


his year my friends and I attended the 49th annual World Pride Parade in New York City, 50 years after the Stonewall Riots. Clad in rainbow colors from head to toe, we soon felt underdressed as we walked along Fifth Avenue taking count of all the body glitter, rainbow boas and outrageous costumes that people proudly wore in the 80-degree heat. Since 1970, the LGBTQ+ communities have come together to celebrate their culture and remember their past and recent oppression. The first march took place on June 28, 1970, one year after the Stonewall Riots when the NYPD raided the Stonewall Inn for hosting gay patrons. Covering 51 miles of Manhattan, a new tradition was born and soon

followed globally. As counterculture and civil rights movements of the 1960s and ’70s continued to evolve, the gay community was also seen to gain national attention seeking equality. Once the Stonewall Riots were publicized, nationwide awareness of the gay community spiked and moved to the front pages of the news. Despite being confronted with negative or shameful biases, this coverage enabled LGBTQ+ organizations to flourish, centering their focuses on normalizing the social climate to the sexuality spectrum. It is simple to say that we have made enormous strides to combat the extreme prejudices against the LBGTQ+ community: in 2000, June was named “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month,” nine years later June was re-

named “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month,” in 2015, gay marriage was legalized nationally in Obergefell vs. Hodges, and the Stonewall Inn was made a national monument in 2016. Today, we dedicate 30 days of June to the LGBTQ+ community, sharing support by walking in parades, posting on social media and learning about their history. However, even with these progressive steps, it is important to recognize the work that still needs to be done. In this age of digital culture and social media consumption, I have seen companies and labels use Pride Month as a ploy to generate a greater profit. In June, various companies add a rainbow to their profile pictures or mention Pride in their posts, but once July begins, there is rarely

any more public support of the community. At the Pride Parade, I witnessed a wave of politicians marching and handing out campaign paraphernalia with rainbows, which essentially translated to “vote for me and I will support you.” The crowds grew tired and screams became softer as the parade turned from a celebration to a campaign rally. It was mind-blowing to see that type of self-seeking intention take center stage. One would assume that after years of urgent calls for acceptance, groups would act sensitively, trying to avoid as many misconstrued assumptions as possible. Yet, sadly, this is not the only current case in need of correction. At World Pride NYC, over 20 countries participated in march-

ing, some of which do not get the opportunity to celebrate in their own cities. From Brazilian to Russian organizations, men and women marched with pride and urgency, carrying signs that said “Restricted but still marching.” This year’s Pride Parade brought together over three million people– the event’s greatest record since its genesis. From Midtown to the West Village, members and allies of the community gathered with jubilance, shouting calls for remembrance and continuity. In preparation for the 50th Pride Parade, we should acknowledge the mission is not complete and work together for a more prideful and colorful future. Emily Levine Port Washington

Liquid biopsies may slow cancer deaths “Not every cancer is aggressive or lethal. Some cancers may be so slow growing that they would never need treatment. We need better methods to differentiate which ones can be left alone and which ones need to be treated.” Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. Certain cancer therapies provide better patient outcomes and fewer side effects than broad-based chemotherapy, but an individual’s response to a given treatment often depends on the tumors “genomic profile.” A liquid biopsy is an advanced form of treatment procedure for cancer wherein bodily fluids like blood or urine are collected for disease detection. A liquid biopsy helps in planning a treatment regime along with finding out effective treatment options for the patient. A biopsy as defined by Zion Market Research is a tissue or cell sample taken from any part of the human body, which

is sent to the lab for examining various disease types The trick with liquid biopsies is to find trace amounts of DNA that have broken off from tumor cells. These circulating tumor DNAs are tiny fragments of DNA in the blood that break away from tumors. After treatment, according to Lichtenfeld, these DNA levels decrease because either the tumor is smaller or has been removed. Now the researchers monitor the DNA levels in the blood to watch for increases over time. This oncology “pipe dream,” so described by Maxx Chatsko in TMFBlack Gold, really might live up to the hype and reduce the need for risky and invasive tissue biopsies. A genomic profile is a laboratory method that is used to learn about all the genes in a person or in a specific cell type, and the way those genes interact with each other and with the environment. Genomic profiling may be used to find out why some people get certain diseases while others do not or why people react in dif-

ferent ways to the same drug. It may also be used to develop new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases such as cancer. Now the discussion is what do we use liquids biopsies for at this early stage of development. Advanced stage cancer patients have significantly more circulating DNA compared to early stage cancer patients, and so the data extracted from a simple blood draw could be used to fine-tune treatments for individuals with cancer, detect recurrence, and even find cancer in individuals during routine checkups and blood draws when it is the easiest to treat and cure. At present, there is a patient population in the United States of approximately 700,000 advanced cancer patients and about 15 million early cancer patients and survivors. The DNA “garbage” circulating in the blood in advanced cancer patients can help patients match up with the best treatment options. Results would be

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more easily demonstrated and treatment better targeted. It will also provide expansive genomics data to bio pharma companies developing immuno oncology drugs. It is expected that as we learn more about liquid biopsies and the use of DNA and gene data, we will be able to monitor early stage patients and measure drug resistance in recurrent disease. A new study written about in “Targeted Oncology” shows the compatibility between liquid biopsy and tissue biopsy in both diagnostics and the monitoring of non-small cell cancer, NSCLC. The results seem to show it may be preferable to help oncologists make swifter decisions that help manage the disease. A sample from sticking a needle into a tumor doesn’t reflect all the genetic changes of that cancer or all the places that cancer may be, Lichtenfeld says. But the DNA “garbage” circulating in the blood sort of acts like a vacuum cleaner, bringing together all the DNA fragments and finding other mutations that may be elsewhere, so the two tests — a biopsy of the solid tumor and a liquid biopsy — are definitely complementary. A goal of the liquid biopsy is to use the DNA in the blood to learn that a person may have cancer somewhere in the

body before it is easily visible by current techniques, such as colonoscopy, mammography, X-rays or CT-Scans. The very fact that the cancer is not yet visible means doctors need a screening tool that gives them some guidance about where to look, Lichtenfeld says. Nicole Tucker, writing in “Targeted Oncology” says that liquid biopsy, in general, is faster than tissue biopsy because the processing and characterization of the tissue biopsy is not required for blood. The turnaround time of six days for liquid biopsy and 10 days for tissue biopsy from sample reception to the delivery of the report was four days less for liquid. This may not seem like a big time difference unless you are the patient waiting to hear if you do or do not show positive results for cancer. Their ability to pin down the cancer’s location varied between where it started in the body. The best results were with colorectal and ovarian cancers. The least accurate results were with liver and lung cancers. Most important, the sooner the physician received the results, the sooner the patient could begin receiving treatment. Bertram Drachtman Great Neck

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