Life on Long Island

Unleashed: The Pet Peeves gala returns to help LI groups

Pet Peeves, an umbrella charity that raises funds

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Such amenities as a DJ, cocktails and food usually work well as enticements when it comes to possibly attracting people to patronize a party, but anyone who attends the 12th annual Pet Peeves celebration set for Thursday, March 27 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury will also enjoy the added bonus of being a benefactor.

As it has for the past dozen years, Woodbury-based nonprofit...

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Laidback Luke at LOVE

The view from the DJ booth of LOVE

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If it’s been a while since you've really cut loose on a dance floor – but were just waiting for the right opportunity – you may want to get yourself to LOVE on Friday, March 21 as Laidback Luke will be spinning at the Carle Place club starting after 11:30 p.m.

Also known as Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen, he was born in Manila and raised in The Netherlands – but his global experiences continue...

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17

Michael DelGuidice (pictured) and his band Big Shot

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Despite the fact that Halloween, New Year’s Eve and the night before Thanksgiving bring big business to pubs and clubs, St. Patrick’s Day still inspires taverns like no other occasion – generating dozens of all-day bashes featuring music, entertainment and drink specials, with everything dressed in heavy green decor and fueled by lots of corned beef and cabbage.

Rarely are these festivities...

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Rooftop 32 is ready to return

A summer scene from Rooftop 32 in Rockville

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As the temperatures on LI continue to swing between winterlike and spring, it’s nice to know that some of the Island’s seasonal hot spots stand unfazed by Mother Nature's indecisiveness, and are getting ready to debut.

At least one Hamptons hangout has begun to show signs of life, as has a popular Fire Island venue – but now the list of summer stops gearing up for warmer days has expanded...

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Wildfish 2014 opening party in Freeport

Wildfish in Freeport. The restaurant's grand opening is

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

March has been an important month for some of LI’s seasonal venues,  like Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, Dockers Waterside in East Quogue, and Rooftop 32 in Rockville Centre. These warm-weather destinations have either already opened or at least announced a business return scheduled to take place before April arrives.

Now one of Freeport’s waterside spots can brag that it too scoffs...

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Surf's Out announces its 2014 kick-off

Surf?s Out in Kismet on Fire Island. The

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

It’s a fairly tedious notion to rehash how cold the past few months have been, especially knowing that it’s still pretty frigid outdoors right now, only a couple of weeks from the Spring Equinox — but Long Island nightlife peaks when the temperature rises, so getting word from the Fire Island summer spot Surf’s Out that it’s already planning its 2014 inaugural events is not just worthy of note but...

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'Leprechaun Bar Crawl' in Huntington

Expect to see several shamrocks and more festive

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For several hours on Sunday, March 9, the streets of Huntington Village were swarming with people of all ages as the Town of Huntington held its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration -- most notable for its parade, the largest held on LI -- and thousands attended, many wearing green clothing of all sorts.

However, on Saturday, March 15, a different kind of event will possibly bring large groups...

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Celtic Costume-Con at Katie's

The band King Keltic in action. They will

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It shouldn't be much of a challenge to find spots hosting a St. Patrick's Day party on Long Island – as the holiday is arguably the mostused bar promotion of all – but for the most part, these events follow a similar (and very popular) plan: drink specials, corned beef, cabbage and live entertainment.

This year, Katie’s of Smithtown is adding something extra to its St. Patrick's Day merrymaking,...

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A day of art and music at The Nest

Musician Rorie Kelly. She?ll be appearing among several

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Whether looking to lend support to the Nassau County arts scene or just in the mood to see and hear some really funky stuff, The Nest Bar & Lounge in East Meadow has an event on the way that could be satisfying for both seekers of creative endeavors and modish parties alike.

On Sunday, March 23, the tavern will host an 11-hour stretch of live music, art expositions and more -- all organized...

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Underground EDM finds a spot in Nassau County

Dancing to EDM Saturday, March 1, 2014, at

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Although the big pubs and nightclubs still count on standard stuff, underground sounds can be found on Long Island.

For the most part, LI venues that feature DJs still tend to stick to mainstream styles of music, (hip-hop, pop remixes, mash-ups and classic beats) but nights where the more unusual sorts of EDM spin (techno, dubstep, deep house and hard trance) exist as well – albeit with less...

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