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‘Bubbles & Beats’ at Aura

Aura Light & Sound Suite nightclub in East

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many businesses throughout Long Island will hold fundraisers or special events.

One will be taking place this weekend at Aura Light and Sound Suite in East Meadow as the dance club hosts the “Bubbles & Beats Against Breast Cancer” event on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Starting at 10:30 p.m., guests can expect some serious beats, as DJs...

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Beer and punk to (happily) collide

The flier for “Punktoberfest,” set for Oct. 26,

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As Halloween fast approaches, it is clear that autumn is in full swing. Foliage is turning bright yellow and red, the air is crisp and it seems as if pumpkins are available for picking at every turn. And, as it typically goes, many Long Islanders will look to enjoy the season by seeking outdoor fun that is suitable for both parent and child alike.

To that end, Punktoberfest is NOT appropriate.

An...

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The 'Haunted Pirates Voyage'

Lead pirate Jerry Parisi makes an entrance and

(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

As Halloween fast approaches, it’s getting easier and easier to take in some scary moments before Oct. 31 actually arrives. There are numerous “haunted houses” and other spooky spots that involve ticket holders walking down dark passages and navigating blind bends while the staff of these disturbing domiciles attempt to terrify their visitors at every turn.

Of course, when it comes to any...

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Do Halloween across the bay at CJ's

The poster for the Halloween party to be

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With October now in full swing, the attention of many party people is firmly pointed at Halloween.

There are a few days every year that are considered critical for great times at bars, clubs and other social spots – such as St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, New Year’s Eve and the night before Thanksgiving – but the celebrating of Halloween on the late-night circuit is a special occasion like...

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Family-friendly 'Country Fall Festival'

A crowd line-dances at the Nutty Irishman of

(Credit: Barbara Alper)

It’s not news that these days LI has fully embraced country music, especially as part of the area’s nightlife, with several spots in Nassau and Suffolk counties holding weekly parties that provide the music and ambience necessary to properly tush-push until the wee hours of the morning.

But what about the kids?

Ask any parent, and they will agree that although many moms and dads have...

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Stop shaving…Beardfest is coming

A very prodigious beard. Specimens akin to this

(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

For those of us who must face the realities of face-shaving, there are many times when we must decide what to do with our beards.

Stubble was once a faux-pas, but since the mid-1980's having a slightly scruffy mug is not only acceptable, but often considered a preferable look by those who find men attractive (a style whose introduction is widely attributed to actor Don Johnson’s five o'clock...

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'Music For Life' for Team Galluzzo

Jeffrey Galluzzo, who left a college job as

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On Oct. 13, some of the best-known DJs on the club circuit will be coming together to not only help a cause, but to also pay respect to a Long Island man who recently lost his battle with lung cancer.

Jeff Galluzzo, 46, of Commack was a husband and father. Galluzzo was born in Deer Park and worked as a teacher in the Island Trees Public School district before becoming the assistant principal...

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The Cortland hosts 'Back To The Future'

Christopher Lloyd, left, and Michael J. Fox in

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It’s not the first time that The Cortland pub in Bay Shore has taken over its neighbor for entertainment’s sake, but -- as usual for this bar known for its singular parties -- the event it’s throwing is both unique and well-equipped with tasty suds.

Since the spring, The Cortland has hosted movie screenings at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts – not just because the YMCA has...

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Dress up and dance at the Foxtrot Lounge

A sign points the way to the upstairs

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Heading out to party? If so, what will you wear?

There was a time on Long Island in the not-so-distant past (well, maybe a good 10 to 15 years ago actually) when your dress was a major factor in the decision-making process made by doormen toward whether you could even hope of gaining entry into some of the hotter hot spots on the local late-night scene.

It seems almost impossible to...

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'Java, Jazz and JB Baretsky’ at St. Joseph's

Jazz singer JB Baretsky.

(Credit: Edwin Martinez)

If you think that all Long Islanders under 30 are only into pop and hip-hop, JB Baretsky proves at least one member of the area’s youth leans toward sounds that pre-date twerking, boy bands, iTunes and auto-tune -- as well as pretty much anything else that’s currently trending in today’s youth culture.

Baretsky, a 26 year-old from Commack, is an accomplished singer who has performed successfully...

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