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Ian J. Stark

Off The Walls II with SPARKBOOM

LI-based band Nonstop to Cairo will be among

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As it did in 2013, SPARKBOOM will once again host an afternoon street fair, giving all who attended a fresh opportunity to experience the sort of locally sourced art and music that the Huntington-based arts collective strives to nourish.

Created via the collaboration of nonprofit organizations (such as the Huntington Arts Council, Fotofoto Gallery, the Art League of Long Island and the Heckscher...

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Jeremih to perform at The Emporium

R&B singer Jeremih, seen here at the Hammerstein

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If new school R&B is your sort of sound, you may want to keep Saturday, Sept. 20, open as singer Jeremih has been scheduled to perform that evening at The Emporium in Patchogue.

Jeremih (aka Jeremih Felton) is a 27-year-old Chicagoan whose musical efforts receive regular local radio play, and should be familiar to LI club aficionados as his collaborations with such rap stars as 50 Cent...

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Melanie Iglesias to appear at Aura

Model and actress Melanie Iglesias, pictured here at

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Now that fall semesters at local colleges are underway, area students are already getting back to dealing with such mundane-to-unpleasant realities as the daily hunt for parking spots at school, the buying of textbooks, regular homework and steady sessions of studying – not to mention the stress associated with just having to get out of bed every morning.

However, those among the undergraduate...

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Halfway to St. Patrick's Day parties on LI

Flanagan?s Ronkonkoma, during the 2014 St. Patrick's Day

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Even the most casual of pub party observers would likely agree St. Patrick's Day is hands-down the biggest holiday for bar bashes, bar none. Unfortunately, for those among us who can't wait for the green clothes, drink deals, bagpipers, removable shamrock tattoos, cabbage, corned beef and copious crowds that tend to accompany related events held on March 17 is that -- as of this writing -- it is...

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‘Liquid Mondays’ summer closing party

Guests at a Liquid Mondays party at Woodbury

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September can be somewhat of an adjustment period for those Long Islanders who enjoy partying outdoors — especially as the month’s summerlike temperatures tend to keep things hot enough to make open-air affairs still feasible.

Nonetheless, by the time October arrives, most happenings that count on warm weather will be shuttered until at least mid-2015 — with one of those doings being the weekly...

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The Miss Fire Island Contest

Ariel Sinclair is to be one of the

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One of the most prominent events to take place anywhere on Fire Island, the annual Miss Fire Island Contest will be returning to Cherry Grove on Saturday, Sept. 6.

It’s the 49th edition of the competition -- a battle between several drag entertainers all vying to win monetary awards and such titles as Miss Fire Island, Miss Cherry Grove, Most Popular and Entertainer of the Year. The talent...

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'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' at the Boulton Center

A scene from the 1986 motion picture ?Ferris

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Actor Matthew Broderick has starred in several plays, films and TV shows, but when it comes to his defining role, the 1986 motion picture “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” may forever own that distinction.

Broderick’s turn as a teen who could outsmart anybody that might have stood in the way of his enjoying the greatest day of hooky in cinematic history has remained respected and popular — especially...

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A double shot of O El Amor, outdoors

Members of the band O El Amor, clockwise

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Despite the fact that temperatures for the week immediately following Labor Day (Sept. 1) are forecast to reach regular highs above 80 degrees, the imminent arrival of autumn is apparent in several ways — such as children returning to school, Hamptons hotspots preparing to close for the season and  already on sale in department stores. However, for those who aren't ready to give up on summer-style...

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1 OAK to wrap up 2014 with rappers Lil' Kim and Mase

Rapper Lil' Kim (pictured here at the MTV

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Without question, 1 OAK Southampton had a lively freshman summer.

Ever since its debut during Memorial Day weekend, the Southampton extension of the 1 OAK party brand has received hefty crowds at most of its Saturday night celebrations, with many of its get-togethers punctuated by performances from A-list hip-hop stars; Busta Rhymes, French Montana, 2 Chainz and Lil Jon were among the season’s...

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The annual Hamptons Poker Challenge

On Sunday, Aug. 31, the Southampton Social Club

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When it comes to locales where gamblers come to scrap, one might think of Las Vegas, Atlantic City or Monte Carlo…but Southampton, N.Y.? In this case, it’s probably not a spot that immediately comes to mind – yet for the fourth year in a row, one venue in the Hamptons hamlet is counting on those who consider themselves skilled in the art of card playing to come together for a tournament that looks...

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