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Ian J. Stark

Doing the 'Time Warp' again in Riverhead

A scene from a June 2012 performance by

(Credit: Robert Robson)

If you've recently seen a film at a local multiplex, chances are your preshow entertainment involved coming attractions, a commercial or two and a warning/ plea to respect your fellow audience members – as in not using cellphones, speaking out loud or doing anything else that might interrupt the presentation to come. And as most among us would confirm, all too often this appeal tends to be ignored.

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Movement: a night of soulful house

DJ Ruben Toro. He’ll be part of a

(Credit: Ruben Toro)

Like many styles of music, the demesne of dance can be broken down into several subgenres; one of which is soulful house.

Also known as deep house, it’s a departure from the sharp electronic samples and rapid-pounding bass blueprint followed by much of today’s modern dance production; instead it utilizes softer, relaxing elements to weave an earthy (yet still energetic) tone — and relies upon...

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A Saturday scavenger hunt across LI

A scavenger hunt map, part of the flier

(Credit: Long Island Roller Rebels)

Whether one finds inspiration in the thrill of a quest, the chance to help support a local cause or just the prospect of possibly winning free drinks, some athletic local ladies have put together a challenge that might be a grabber for all the aforementioned: an LI-wide scavenger hunt.

Put into motion by the Long Island Roller Rebels -- the area’s all-female roller derby league -- this expedition...

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Slightly-retro dance bash set for LOVE

Dix Hills native and dance music artist Kim

(Credit: Ultra Records)

As nightlife goes, a notable quality of the Long Island scene is how simple it can be for those who were club-minded during the early 2000s — not to mention the 1990s and even 1980s — to easily find regular events that still draw in that same, now-mature crowd. (Check HERE for some top options.)

However, despite the average age at such happenings, many of the DJs that play these parties tend...

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An indie guitar player's birthday party

Long Island-based indie band Heavy Duty Super Ego.

(Credit: Stephen La Marche)

It can be tough for Long Island fans of independent music to find a local indie show, as most LI venues tend to embrace cover bands and mainstream acts instead of the many offbeat and experimental artists that are frequently welcomed by venues located in city neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Bushwick and the Lower East Side.

However, a few indigenous spots do make a steadfast go of showcasing...

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‘Crawling’ across Farmingdale for Cinco de Mayo

A sombrero, along with a cerveza (Spanish for

(Credit: Bryan Milano)

As the calendar days roll toward May, it may be time to start thinking about Cinco de Mayo.

For those among us planning to party on May 5 (or during the weekend leading to May 5, as this year the holiday lands on a Monday), proper preparations will almost certainly include a search for the perfect bash -- but if you feel that settling for simply one spot just won't cut your ‘Mayo mustard,...

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Bay Kitchen Bar opening soon in East Hampton

The entrance to Bay Kitchen Bar in East

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

If you were wondering when some new Hamptons spots would be arriving this year, it seems that Bay Kitchen Bar will definitely be one making an early entrance.

Over the past few days, one traveling on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton can see -- upon passing the corner of Gann Road -- a sign declaring: “Bay Kitchen Bar…Opening April 17.” (This is an uncommon development, as new seasonal...

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The Cortland is going way back (with Wayfarers)

A couple of Wayfarer sunglasses, monogrammed with “The

(Credit: Bobby Guilinello)

Leave it to one of Long Island’s coolest spots to find a way – as in “wayfarers” – to appropriately inject something simple and fun into an offbeat concept and make the mix jell.

Come Thursday, April 10, The Cortland in Bay Shore (a pub once deemed to be the coolest on LI by Newsday) is hosting its latest “Cortland Mortgage & Investment Co.” event, a bash where the bar gets decorated like...

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Mick Foley coming to Levittown with ‘Big Time Wrestling’

Mick Foley will be appearing at Jonas E.

He’s been known as “Mankind” and as “Cactus Jack,” but for the most part, people call him “Mick.”

Michael Francis Foley -- aka Mick Foley -- once made a local splash playing various sports as a member of Ward Melville High School’s Class of 1983 -- but as a professional wrestler, Foley became an international celebrity. Under his various pseudonyms, he won matches, tournaments and championships...

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Parlay Gastropub opens for business in Rockville Centre

The crowd at Parlay Gastropub in Rockville Centre.

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

As of the first weekend in April, Parlay Gastropub in Rockville Centre officially opened for business.

Its actual arrival had been a point of nightlife discussion for most of the past year, starting when the tavern that was previously located at Parlay’s current address – McFadden’s RVC – announced it would be shuttering in May of 2013. Regularly drawing a young, raucous lot that interfaced...

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