Life on Long Island

National Margarita Day: 2 LI venues celebrating today's occasion

A margarita. In celebration of the cocktail, Feb.

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Yes indeed, it’s a real thing.

Each year, Feb. 22 is officially “National Margarita Day” -- and truth be told, it’s a likely assumption that fans of the legendary, tequila-fueled cocktail don't need a commemorative date to celebrate its existence – and perhaps that’s why there aren't a lot of LI venues overtly rejoicing with bargains on blue agave beverages.

However, if you are seeking...

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Norwegian Arms at 'Stony Brooklyn'

Brendan Mulvihill of indie band Norwegian Arms. His

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Of all the cultural courses to be found at Stony Brook University, one of its regular extra-curricular happenings has also worked to provide a particular insight concerning a creative subject that – while a geographical compatriot – can musically seem many miles away: Brooklyn.

The BK music scene has exploded in the past decade, with the borough’s nightlife dominated by frequent opportunities...

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‘Decades of Dance’ at Coral House

Cover band Disco Unlimited. The group will be

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Think of it as a “dining and disco” sort of doing as Coral House in Baldwin is hosting a bash that will provide both a sizable meal and a thorough dose of classic grooves.

Scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28, it’s being called “Decades of Dance,” and will feature four hours of live music (8 p.m.-midnight) from cover bands Disco Unlimited and Something Fresh, which should make for a solid evening...

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Lisa Lisa at The Emporium

Lisa Lisa (aka Lisa Velez) is perhaps freestyle

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With all the live freestyle taking place on Long Island this month, one might get the impression that the onetime local phenomenon is due for a comeback.

Flip the calendar in reverse about 25 to 30 years, and you'd find virtually every club on LI had DJs spinning the danceable genre. And whether heard on the dance floor or cruising in the car while listening to radio stations (like WQHT-FM...

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Board Game Night at Sip This

On Feb. 10, Sip This coffeehouse in Valley

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The world of home entertainment may be dominated by the latest arrivals for PlayStation, Xbox and other video platforms -- but for some, the old-fashioned board game still does the trick.

From classic challenges like Monopoly, Sorry and Scrabble, to more modern tests like Pictionary and Trivial Pursuit, can more than satisfy board gamers to pass on a bloody battle of Call of Duty or Assassin’s...

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The Red Ball 2014

The flyer for the upcoming "Red Ball," set

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Planning to head out for Valentine's Day, just you and your sweetie? If so, mature couples should keep in mind that the average lounge or pub is often dominated by wigwagging sweaty singles frequently “putting their hands up” as the DJ commands it to be so (for those yet to visit a nightclub, it’s not an uncommon occurrence) -- and for some twosomes, the notion of a romantic rendezvous backed by...

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A Valentine’s Day burlesque show

Long Island-based burlesque entertainer Betsy Propane. She?ll be

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When thinking of burlesque, the notion of a long-lost, vaudevillian striptease act may come to mind – and while the impression that it’s a risque sort of amusement is accurate, the full truth is that the art form also happens to have very modern legs.

Although its origins date to the 1800s, contemporary burlesque found its beginnings as nightclub and theater entertainment in cities like New...

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The Louder Than Love Valentine's Ball

Freestyle music group TKA.

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When it comes to Long Island’s nightlife, there’s no question that a part of the party scene belongs to a fairly mature set of fun-seekers

People that don't regularly head out in the evening for good times, dancing and social situations on LI may be under the impression that area pubs and clubs are solely full of twenty-somethings -- but in fact, there are a number of spots that count on the...

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Off-center things to do before (and during) the Super Bowl

A woman braves the cold waters of the

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Super Bowl Sunday: It’s a safe bet that most Long Islanders know it’s the event for football fans, and for those who take the day seriously, the necessary preparations tend to follow a similar path – either get to a spot that will be running the game (it starts at 6:30 p.m.) and serving food and drink, or have a personal party at home (and make sure it’s also properly loaded with eats and beverages).


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Underground EDM on Valentine’s Day

DJ Frank Clementi, of Mastic Beach, in an

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When it comes to electronic dance music (EDM), sometimes the big hits aren't always a draw for all of its enthusiasts.

For fans of conventional electronic dance (pop music remixes, contemporary house; think current Grammy winners Daft Punk), most clubs on Long Island offer nights featuring DJs that spin the sort of tracks heard on radio mixshows and other popular music outlets -- but there...

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