1. Girls night out

Start the New Year right by getting a fashion boost while spending quality time with your BFFs at Bay Street Theatre's "Girls Night Out." The latest style trends are assembled under one roof in Sag Harbor for the annual event, which begins with a pampering session by the staff from Sag Harbor's Salon Xavier, where the menu includes a mini-manicure and a massage. Tired of your old hairstyle? Salon experts provide tips on how to change your look. While being pampered, get a glimpse at hot fashion designs for spring and summer from Lilly Pulitzer. There are also raffles to win spa services, master haircuts, dinner for two, clothing and accessories. Music keeps things hopping, and Sen from Sag Harbor presents a sampling of Asian delicacies. All proceeds benefit Bay Street Theatre's educational programs, including Literature Live! for school-age children from across Long Island.

WHEN | WHERE 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 1 Bay St., on the Long Wharf

INFO 631-725-0818, baystreet.org

ADMISSION $25 (includes a cocktail of your choice and a raffle ticket)

2. Lisa Lampanelli

Stand-up's reigning "Queen of Mean" is coming to Long Island. The former contestant on "The Celebrity Apprentice" (who could forget her barrage of insults against model Dayana Mendoza last season) will tell you exactly what she thinks when she brings her controversial style of comedy to the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Let the insults fly.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Friday, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury

INFO 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com


3. Hoda Kotb

The co-anchor of the fourth hour of NBC's "Today" show with Kathie Lee Gifford chronicles other people's life-changing experiences in her new book, "Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives." Meet her at a book signing Wednesday.

WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m., Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington

INFO 631-271-1442, bookrevue.com


4. Funny pair

As part of the new "Landmark Laughs Series" at Landmark on Main Street, comedian and Hollywood insider Bruce Vilanch and actress-comedian Judy Gold team up for a night of stand-up hilarity in "Big and Tall: An Evening of Comedy."

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, 232 Main St., Port Washington

INFO Reservations 516-767- 1384, landmarkonmainstreet.org


5. Macabre Faire Film Fest

Be very afraid as a showcase of independent horror, suspense and thriller flicks creeps into town. First on the marquee is Saturday's 1 p.m. opener, "Jon," about a computer engineer who has visits from childhood imaginary friends -- along with countless others.

WHEN | WHERE 1 p.m.-midnight Saturday and 12:30-8 p.m. Jan. 20, Best Western, Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre

INFO 516-395-3049, macabrefairefilmfest.com

ADMISSION $25 one-day pass, $35 two-day pass (online discounts for advance tickets)

6. African-American history

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Colored Troops who went on to become Buffalo Soldiers (African-Americans who fought against American Indians), the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee of Nassau County presents a play about Buffalo Soldier Cpl. Noble Lofton and his experiences with slavery, freedom and the 10th Cavalry.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, 110 N. Franklin St., Hempstead

INFO 516-572-0730, themuseum.org

ADMISSION $5 (free ages under 12 and students with ID)

7. Gin Blossoms

The pop rock '90s band -- led by singer Robin Wilson -- performs songs from their latest CD, "No Chocolate Cake," along with some of their hits including, "Hey Jealousy" and "Found Out About You." The Grammy-nominated foursome continues on their northeast tour stopping at the Paramount on Friday.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Friday, 370 New York Ave.

INFO paramountny.com, 631-673-7300


8. Flower power

Do the winter doldrums have you dreaming about summer blossoms? Now that impatiens might not be the best way to go (downy mildew, a fungus-like organism wiped out most of last year's local crop), join garden expert Nate Jackson at Hicks Nurseries and learn about the many varieties, colors, sizes and combinations of annuals that will might work as alternatives.

WHEN | WHERE 1 p.m. Saturday, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury

INFO 516-334-0066, hicksnurseries.com


9. Irish night

As part of the Custer Observatory's "Music Project" series, harpist Mia Theodoratus (invited by President Barack Obama to perform a concert for the Irish prime minister) performs Celtic classics accompanied by traditional Irish percussion, 6-7 p.m. Saturday. Before and after the concert, sample beer provided by the Long Ireland Brewery. If the weather permits, spy winter constellations through the observatory's telescope.

WHEN | WHERE 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Custer Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Rd., Southold

INFO 631-765-2626, custerobservatory.org

ADMISSION $10, ($5 students)

10. LI Music Lovers Faire

Browse through thousands of vintage records -- from rare Miles Davis recordings to Elvis 45s -- and music memorabilia. For the more up-to-date music lover, compact discs and DVDs fill the tables. Arrive at 8 a.m. for a sneak peek, $15.

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 20, American Legion Hall, 66 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa

INFO 973-209-6067, showsandexpos.com

ADMISSION $5 (free under 12)

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