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Long Island this weekend: Sarah Jessica Parker, Simon Cowell and Great South Bay fest

Matthew Broderick and wife Sarah Jessica Parker attend

(Credit: John Roca)

More Long Islanders turned up for the 2014 Great South Bay Music Festival this weekend than ever before in the event's 8-year history. Some 16,000 people attended the three-day concert event at Shorefront Park in Patchogue, and organizers attribute the increase in attendance -- of approximately 6,000 people -- to efforts to make the fest more family friendly as well as attracting bigger-name acts...

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Back-to-back LI white parties

?Real Housewives of New Jersey? star Teresa Giudice.

A quick Web search can easily reveal several recommendations on how to care for white clothing -- and those sort of tips may end up being especially handy for some local clubgoers as there are two back-to-back LI bashes this week asking all potential attendees to show up in their milkiest attire.

The origin of the “white party” is an inexact tale, with various cities, people and groups claiming...

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The Arden arrives in Port Jefferson

Patrons mingle at The Arden while others can

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Although it only first opened its doors last Thursday, The Arden in Port Jefferson is already making a serious nightlife splash.

A new bar, club and restaurant, it’s located in the second-story space previously belonging to the now-defunct Port Jazz — and its owners have done more than just take over the location, as heavy renovations have been made inside and out.

The Port Jazz scheme...

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Pines Party returns with Chus + Ceballos in the mix

DJs Chus and Ceballos are Chus L. Esteban,

(Credit: Alberto Ortega/ Stereo Productions)

It’s no challenge to find lengthy DJ-driven bashes regularly going down around LI’s nightlife circuit -- but even the longest of get-togethers tend to wrap after six or seven hours -- unlike the Pines Party, an annual soiree that lasts almost two full days.

Returning to Fire Island Pines for its 2014 edition, the Pines Party is actually a fundraiser at its core, with net proceeds to benefit...

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Robert Davi live at Eisenhower Park

Actor and singer Robert Davi will be performing

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He has starred in several films and portrayed some truly intimidating characters, but on Saturday actor -- and LI native -- Robert Davi will be demonstrating a different side of his skill set as he brings a bit of "Ol’ Blue Eyes" to East Meadow.

Raised in Huntington and educated at Seton Hall High School in Patchogue, Davi has had some memorable movie roles playing heavies -- such as bad guy...

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'Sound Waves' returning to Montauk

Musician Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons. He?ll

(Credit: Bang the Drum)

If you had attended one or more of the "Sound Waves" parties in 2013 and were hoping for its return, get ready -- the poolside, celebrity DJ-driven bash will kick off its 2014 season on Saturday, July 19 – but this time it’s trading its former lido for a slightly larger body of water, namely the Atlantic Ocean.

Last year, the Waves soirees took place in the courtyard of the Montauk Beach House...

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Busta Rhymes at 1 OAK

Musician and celebrity Busta Rhymes. He?ll be performing

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Hip-hop fans take note: Busta Rhymes will be performing in the Hamptons on Saturday – and for LI-native rap enthusiasts, this information may be extra tantalizing as Busta is not just a celebrated MC, actor and personality, but a Long Islander as well.

Although born in Brooklyn, Mr. Rhymes (AKA Trevor Smith Jr.) grew up in Uniondale -- and it was from there he first launched his career as...

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The Pleasurists and 'Mash-Up Society'

A portrait of actor Ethan Hawke by William

(Credit: William Quigley)

If heading out to the East End this weekend in order to investigate the seventh annual ArtHamptons fine art fair, rest assured the fest will offer its usual loaded program of seminars, notable appearances, presentations and creative pieces (visit for full details) -- but if you were thinking you'd like to check out something artsy on the South Fork yet off the ArtHamptons slate,...

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The return of the Drum and Bass BBQ

DJ Dave Shichman, spinning as part of the

(Credit: Kimberly Hamill-Dresch)

If ever tasked with finding a live showcase of edgy electronic music, one might feel the need to leave LI’s mostly mainstream nightlife scene and look to late-night venues in such famously alternative dance-friendly localities as Brooklyn and lower Manhattan -- but on Saturday anybody seeking a day filled with deep beats can skip the trip to NYC and instead make a break for Seaford, where an international...

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Liquid Mondays getting a reboot

A scene from the now-defunct Liquid Wednesdays party

(Credit: Jason Andrew)

Only a month ago, a party known as Liquid had returned to the Woodbury Country Club after a four-year absence with a goal of giving the Island’s mature crowd a fresh summer nightspot -- but now that intention is already expanding to include younger area clubgoers as well.

The original 2010 edition of Liquid was a basic mix of poolside socializing and DJ sessions held in Woodbury on warm-weather...

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