Life on Long Island

Painters in Brookhaven is back

The sign for the recently reopened Painters in

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Following a small fire that damaged its kitchen and offices in early May 2012, Painters restaurant and bar in Brookhaven closed its doors, and at that time its ownership announced the closure for repairs would be brief.

Locally known for its food, live music and event calendar, Painters was also notable for the dozens of paintings that hung all over its walls and ceiling. The spot then further...

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Freestyle set to ‘explode’ on Black Friday

Freestyle and dance artist Judy Torres will be

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With the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend fast upon us, some area residents may be looking for ways to entertain out-of-town guests planning to stay longer than just for a Thursday turkey dinner.

When discussing any possible late-night plans with your company, chances are that all will understand that an evening out at a club may include fun cocktails, DJs spinning beats and an opportunity...

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International star DJ to spin on Thanksgiving

The view from the DJ booth of LOVE

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According to this year’s AAA “Thanksgiving Travel Forecast” (, 43.4 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the days that constitute the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

DJ Danny Avila, although not an American, will also be making such a trip -- and in doing so surpassing that 50 mile data point by about 3,500 miles -- by appearing at LOVE in Carle Place on Thanksgiving.


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Offbeat beats on Thanksgiving eve

Rob Paterson and Colin Kasprowicz are the experimental

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There’s no shortage of social opportunities available this year on the night before Thanksgiving (also known to club goers as Thanksgiving Eve or  the Wednesday Before). As most local venues will be seeking mass appeal, one can expect that the bands and DJs scheduled around LI will generally stick to mainstream music, such as pop, rock, hip-hop, classic tracks and EDM.

On the other hand,...

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'Cosplay Sunday' at Escape Pod Comics

Cosplay fans attend the New York Comic Con

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If you are among the many that love comic books, these are times well-suited to your tastes. Looking at today’s movies and TV shows, it’s obvious that the popularity of superheroes and their evil nemeses is high -- and the interest for some fans can mean not just watching the exploits of Asgardians, Kryptonians, masked billionaires and other avengers -- but actually appearing as those beings they...

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Where to party on Thanksgiving Eve 2013

Michael DelGuidice and his band Big Shot will

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When it comes to nightlife, such occasions as New Year’s Eve, Halloween, the Fourth of July and Memorial Day weekend are times when huge crowds are expected to fill area pubs, clubs and other hot spots. However, along with these major party points on the calendar, the night before Thanksgiving is just as key -- and this year, it falls on Nov. 27.

With college students home from school, off-Island...

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Two chances to hear alternative (and mostly local) music

A car stereo tuned to 90.1 WUSB-FM. The

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Already a leading local outlet for alternative music, Stony Brook University's noncommercial radio station 90.1 WUSB-FM has a duo of days on the way that involve the college’s channel breaking from its regular format to provide an even heavier-than-usual rotation of indie music — with many of the bands to be featured hailing directly from Long Island.

The first irregular incidence of...

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Shine's (belatedly) celebrates 100 years

The West Beech Street entrance to Shine's in

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When it comes to a business reaching 100 years old, it usually garners a good deal of attention. And in 2012 Shine’s Bar in Long Beach reached that significant century mark. Unfortunately, one of the worst tragedies to ever strike Long Island pre-empted any plans of celebration.

Shine’s has always been a pub primarily populated by locals. Located on the corner of West Beech and California...

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The 'Eat. Drink. Think Pink.' donation presentation

A view of Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge

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Although it's now November, Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge in Babylon Village isn't through with its October efforts just yet.

Every year, October serves as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- and to help battle the disease, the Bohlsen Restaurant Group (which includes Monsoon, as well as Tellers in Islip, H2O in Smithtown and Prime in Huntington, among others) hosted an “Eat. Drink....

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Pride For Youth celebrates 20 years

A group of teens represent the LGBTQ youth

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In a festive nod to both its own efforts and the dedication of those who have championed an identical vision, the LGBTQ teen advocate organization Pride for Youth (PFY) will be throwing a special bash on Friday, Nov. 15.

Marking two decades in operation, PFY will celebrate its 20-year anniversary at The Crescent Beach Club in Bayville with an evening of drinks, dinner and dancing. Established...

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