Life on Long Island

Stephen Talkhouse opening for 2014

Singer Nancy Atlas of The Nancy Atlas Project.

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Had enough of the winter yet? It’s certainly been a memorable experience, whether due to the frigid impact of the polar vortex, the icy roads or the copious snow. However, there are signs that warmer times are soon to arrive, such as the onset of spring on March 20 — or for those whose social life is key, the official 2014 opening of Stephen Talkhouse on Saturday, March 1, an (extremely) early signal...

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'The Princess Bride,' pub-powered

Actors Robin Wright and Cary Elwes in a

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On the chance you have never watched the 1987 film "The Princess Bride" and aren't sure if it’s your cup of tea, a trip around the World Wide Web should reveal several ringing endorsements.

Just type the title into any search engine, and you'll find it’s an extremely well-reviewed motion picture that receives not just the adulation of critics, but ongoing expressions of affection from...

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Caffeine and creativity combine for ‘Sip and Paint’

The walls of Sip This coffeehouse in Valley

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Familiar with the concept of a “Drink and Draw” event? It’s not exactly your average night on the town — as it involves spending a session at a spot handcrafting while enjoying beverages throughout.

Long Island first witnessed such happenings at The Cortland, a pub in Bay Shore that specializes in craft beer and unique parties. The pub has been holding these gatherings on a semiregular basis...

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National Margarita Day: 2 LI venues celebrating today's occasion

A margarita. In celebration of the cocktail, Feb.

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Yes indeed, it’s a real thing.

Each year, Feb. 22 is officially “National Margarita Day” -- and truth be told, it’s a likely assumption that fans of the legendary, tequila-fueled cocktail don't need a commemorative date to celebrate its existence – and perhaps that’s why there aren't a lot of LI venues overtly rejoicing with bargains on blue agave beverages.

However, if you are seeking...

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Norwegian Arms at 'Stony Brooklyn'

Brendan Mulvihill of indie band Norwegian Arms. His

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Of all the cultural courses to be found at Stony Brook University, one of its regular extra-curricular happenings has also worked to provide a particular insight concerning a creative subject that – while a geographical compatriot – can musically seem many miles away: Brooklyn.

The BK music scene has exploded in the past decade, with the borough’s nightlife dominated by frequent opportunities...

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‘Decades of Dance’ at Coral House

Cover band Disco Unlimited. The group will be

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Think of it as a “dining and disco” sort of doing as Coral House in Baldwin is hosting a bash that will provide both a sizable meal and a thorough dose of classic grooves.

Scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28, it’s being called “Decades of Dance,” and will feature four hours of live music (8 p.m.-midnight) from cover bands Disco Unlimited and Something Fresh, which should make for a solid evening...

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Lisa Lisa at The Emporium

Lisa Lisa (aka Lisa Velez) is perhaps freestyle

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With all the live freestyle taking place on Long Island this month, one might get the impression that the onetime local phenomenon is due for a comeback.

Flip the calendar in reverse about 25 to 30 years, and you'd find virtually every club on LI had DJs spinning the danceable genre. And whether heard on the dance floor or cruising in the car while listening to radio stations (like WQHT-FM...

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Board Game Night at Sip This

On Feb. 10, Sip This coffeehouse in Valley

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The world of home entertainment may be dominated by the latest arrivals for PlayStation, Xbox and other video platforms -- but for some, the old-fashioned board game still does the trick.

From classic challenges like Monopoly, Sorry and Scrabble, to more modern tests like Pictionary and Trivial Pursuit, can more than satisfy board gamers to pass on a bloody battle of Call of Duty or Assassin’s...

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The Red Ball 2014

The flyer for the upcoming "Red Ball," set

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Planning to head out for Valentine's Day, just you and your sweetie? If so, mature couples should keep in mind that the average lounge or pub is often dominated by wigwagging sweaty singles frequently “putting their hands up” as the DJ commands it to be so (for those yet to visit a nightclub, it’s not an uncommon occurrence) -- and for some twosomes, the notion of a romantic rendezvous backed by...

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A Valentine’s Day burlesque show

Long Island-based burlesque entertainer Betsy Propane. She?ll be

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When thinking of burlesque, the notion of a long-lost, vaudevillian striptease act may come to mind – and while the impression that it’s a risque sort of amusement is accurate, the full truth is that the art form also happens to have very modern legs.

Although its origins date to the 1800s, contemporary burlesque found its beginnings as nightclub and theater entertainment in cities like New...

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