US ends deal with Arizona restricting Biden on immigration

first_imgPHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has terminated an unusual agreement that Arizona’s top prosecutor signed with the agency in the waning days of the Trump administration that would restrict President Joe Biden’s ability to overhaul his predecessor’s immigration policies. The action was revealed Wednesday as Arizona’s Republican attorney general sued to stop the newly confirmed Homeland Security secretary from carrying out the Democratic president’s 100-day moratorium on deportations. A federal judge in Texas has already put it on hold. The action comes the same week a whistleblower compliant revealed a top DHS official under Trump reached last-minute agreements with a union for immigration employees.last_img

Norm Lewis on Starring Opposite Former Onstage Daughter Sierra Boggess in Phantom: ‘Just Go with It’

first_img Related Shows View Comments Sierra Boggess Star Files from $29.00 The Phantom of the Opera When we found out that Broadway heartthrob Norm Lewis had finally landed his dream role, the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera opposite his former Little Mermaid daughter Sierra Boggess, we just had to congratulate him ourselves. So we called him up!Is this the Phantom of the Opera?It depends on who’s calling!Congrats! What exciting news.I’m so glad it’s out now. I’ve been sworn to secrecy for a month!How did this happen? Did you get on your knees and beg at the 25th Anniversary Gala?Yes, exactly. Got right down on my knees! [Laughs.] Actually, I did a symposium called American Voices at the Kennedy Center in November. I was on a panel with [music director] David Caddick and [conductor] David Lai and a question about diversity on Broadway was asked to me. I talked about how blessed I was, but mentioned that I wanted to do Phantom. David and David are both high up in the Phantom world so when Hugh Panaro decided he didn’t want to renew, they said, “How about Norm Lewis?” And I auditioned for Hal Prince and then Cameron Mackintosh, and it just kind of happened!You told me on Show People last year that this was your dream role. Did you have a secret board at home to make this happen?I just kept putting it out there. After 26 years, I just wanted someone of color to play that role on Broadway. It didn’t have to me. I just wanted to see somebody do it.Why the Phantom? What about this part draws you?It’s a lot of things. It’s iconic. It’s one of those characters, like Sweeney Todd, who I was also able to play, that is so misunderstood. You want to bring some truth to it. I’ve seen it done so many times by Hugh Panaro, who’s one of the quintessential Phantoms out there. And also Howard McGillin, or my first Phantom up in Toronto, Colm Wilkinson. I already knew the music, but when I finally saw the show, I thought, “This is intriguing.”Hugh Panaro was your co-star on Side Show. Have you ever gone backstage and tried on his mask?I’ve never put the mask on! Hugh is more than a friend—he’s like my brother. It’s almost like a rite of passage for me that he’s handing the baton to me. He’s ready to move on and is passing the role onto me. Hopefully, he’ll give me some great clues and tips. I’m just looking forward to hanging out with him in the last few weeks of his run. And getting on that stage!What scenes are you dying to actually get up there and perform?That’s a good question! The ones with Sierra Boggess. I’m anxious to do the lair scene with “Music of the Night.” There are so many things. And running up and down those stairs singing “The Phantom of the Opera.”Spoiler! I don’t think all of those “Phantoms” are you in that scene!Oh, really? I was so sure! [Laughs.]Is it weird that Triton and Ariel are playing The Phantom and Christine together or do we just go with it?I think we should just go with it. Sierra and I talked about it. We actually call each other “Daddy” and “Daughter.” In a way, the Phantom is kind of a father figure and there’s a mystique to their relationship that hopefully adds some contextual flavor to the role.Yeah, yeah, but I saw the sequel, Norm. He is not just a father figure![Laughs.] OK, but we’re not blood related, so…Final question. Since saying you wanted to be The Phantom on helped make it come true, what else do you want? Dream big and let’s get it out there.I want as much money as Oprah Winfrey has in the bank right now. Or Tyler Perry. I want that empire!last_img read more

Hotcha! Chicago Celebrates 19 Years on Broadway

first_img Related Shows It’s not every day that a Broadway show celebrates its 19th year on the Great White Way, but the cast of Chicago did it in style on November 17th. Take a look at stars Dylis Croman, Jason Danieley, Amra-Faye Wright and more, then head over to the Ambassador Theatre to be razzle dazzled. Happy birthday, Chicago!  View Comments from $49.50 Chicagolast_img

New study finds U.S. grid can be 90% clean by 2035, and cost less too

first_imgNew study finds U.S. grid can be 90% clean by 2035, and cost less too FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:It will be feasible to power the U.S. on 90 percent clean electricity by 2035 thanks to stunning declines in the costs of renewables, a new study finds.In just a few years, decarbonizing the grid went from a solar-lover’s pipe dream to something many major American utilities have committed to, from Southern Company to Duke Energy. But utilities typically pick a midcentury deadline, as do states that have passed such goals. That puts execution comfortably beyond the tenure of anyone in power today. The new study, from UC Berkeley and GridLab, raises the stakes considerably. By using updated cost figures for wind, solar and batteries, the researchers found that it will be economically feasible to power a reliable grid by 2035, while only depending on natural gas for 10 percent of annual electricity production.This scenario retires all coal plants by 2035 and does not require any new construction of gas plants. The cost of wholesale electricity would be 13 percent lower than it is today, in contrast to the common assumption that a shift to clean energy would radically increase expenses.Cheaper, cleaner power without loss of reliability may sound too good to be true. But that’s what the study’s numbers suggest: Clean energy has become so cheap already that all prior predictions of future scenarios need a massive revision.Setting the target at 90 percent clean removes the need to run the system only on renewables at all times; it can burn a little gas when absolutely necessary. This proved durable for meeting demand in every hour of the seven years modeled in the study to test reliability under annual variations in weather.[Julian Spector]More: 90% clean grid by 2035 is not just feasible, but cheaper, study sayslast_img read more

Fridays on the Fly: Trout Fishing Heats Up as Delayed Harvest Comes to an End

first_imgTomorrow marks the end of the Delayed Harvest (DH) season in Western North Carolina as the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) will open 34 trout streams and two lakes classified as DH to regulated harvest.Delayed Harvest streams are marked with with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs. In North Carolina, Delayed Harvest will begin to come back into effect on Sep. 30, 2017.Catch and release is usually the mantra espoused by fly fisherman in these parts, but the end of Delayed Harvest season offers a rare opportunity to fill the freezer with some of the hard-earned and wild-caught fruits of your fly fishing labor.According to NCWRC Fish Production Supervisor David Deaton, Commission staff has stocked more than 372,000 trout in waters designated as Delayed Harvest since last fall.“We stock Delayed Harvest streams in March, April, May and then again in October and November,” Deaton said.“In early summer, when some streams become too warm for trout to survive, we open these stocked streams to allow trout harvest before stream conditions get too warm.”Many of these fish will succumb to warming temperatures if they remain in local rivers and streams, so why not ensure that they end up on the dinner plate instead.NCWRC staff has stocked more than 372,000 trout in waters designated as Delayed Harvest since last fall.As in years past, the NCWRC has set up a youth-only day to coincide with the end of Delayed Harvest season to promote trout fishing among young anglers and to provide special opportunities for young anglers to catch and keep fish. The youth-only period will run from 6 a.m. until 11:59 a.m. on June 3.In Virginia, the Delayed Harvest season ended on May 31, while DH trout streams in Georgia and South Carolina began re-allowing regulated harvesting around mid-May.last_img read more

Global Narco-Enterprise

first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2010 Entrepreneurs : Profits or death Even in dire economic times, drug traffickers are still amassing profits. Drug cartels act like a transnational commercial enterprise to guarantee the continuity of their operations. U.S. Department of Justice reports show the cartels’ structure mimics that of legitimate businesses, with executive directors, expansion programs, recruiting activities and strategic alliances. “Cartels and their criminal soldiers seek dominance of the lucrative global narcomarket,” John Sullivan, a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism, said at an October 2009 conference. The forum, titled “Drug Trafficking, Violence and Instability in Mexico, Colombia and the Caribbean,” featured more than a dozen experts from Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States visiting the University of Pittsburgh to discuss the problem and possible solutions. With legitimate businesses, a cartel implies an agreement between competing firms to monopolize a market. When the product is illegal drugs, cartels often compete with one another in bloody territorial wars. “The reasons for violence are because political patterns of control have changed, because of globalization,” Carlos Flores, a political scientist at Mexico’s Center for Advanced Studies and Research in Social Anthropology, said at the conference. Illegal drugs rank as the world’s second largest commodity, after petroleum. Up to 250 million people consumed illegal drugs in 2007, according to the 2009 world drug report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, or UNODC. The U.N. has estimated that worldwide illegal drug sales generate up to $320 billion annually. Mexican cartel profits are as high as $40 billion annually, the consulting company Kroll estimated. In comparison, Mexico’s secretary of tourism expects the country’s tourism industry to bring in about $13 billion in 2010. To finance their operations, cartels also get involved in arms and human trafficking and extortion. “They engage in every type of criminal enterprise,” Sullivan said. When it comes to the drug market, cartels offer numerous products including cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamines and other synthetic drugs. The cocaine market in the Western Hemisphere was controlled by Colombian traffickers in the 1980s and ’90s. As part of its expansion program, Mexican organizations were subcontracted by Colombians, said the UNODC report. Now, Mexican cartels control the market, with subsidiaries across Central and South America, the U.S., Canada, Europe and Africa. “In Mexico, drug trafficking did not become a national security threat until the 1980s,” said Jorge Chabat, professor at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics in Mexico City. The situation got worse in the 1990s when the Colombian cartels were dismantled. Then several big Mexican cartels appeared: Tijuana, Juárez, Gulf and Sinaloa, he said. Over the years, some of those cartels lost power, while others, such as La Familia, have emerged as major players in the illegal drug industry. Colombia has about 300 organizations of various sizes engaged in drug trafficking, said Bruce Bagley, professor at the University of Miami, during his presentation at the conference. Colombian cartels are currently assisting Mexican cartels in logistics and transportation. Just like other enterprises that facilitate business and increase profits, some cartels are also developing strategic alliances with other criminal organizations. These include Italian and Russian mafias along with terrorist groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and Basque Fatherland and Liberty in Spain, according to various news reports. The cartels have been successful recruiting employees. There are various estimates of the number of people involved in the drug business, said Luis Astorga from the Institute of Social Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Astorga said some sources in Mexico estimate 50,000 Mexicans are employed, but most sources say it’s greater. “In Mexico, the minister of defense says about half a million people are involved, from kingpins to peasants. The U.S. Department of State says it is about 450,000.” If that is the case, Mexican cartels employ about five times the number of people in Mexico that Coca-Cola employs worldwide. In the illegal drug industry, the profit is much higher than the cost of production, said Gustavo Duncan, a professor at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá. For example, he said, a drug trafficker may sell a quantity of a drug for $100, when it only cost $20 to produce. “Now he has $80 to invest in what the drug business is about: reduction of risk,” he said, adding that the best way to reduce risk is “to bribe the state” by paying corrupt security forces and members of the judiciary to overlook their activities. While the captains of legal businesses can enjoy long, comfortable retirements, the lifeline of the drug traffickers is becoming shorter. Andrés Sáenz, former director of defense and security policy with the Colombian Ministry of Defense, said the CEOs of cartels can change rapidly in what he calls the “hydra effect.” Authorities have often targeted the chiefs, thinking that might cause a big hit to the organization, but those leaders are quickly replaced by others from the middle ranks. Production: heroin, cocaine , ephedrine , marijuana Industries rely on a network of suppliers for raw material and production. The world’s three top producers of coca — Colombia, Peru and Bolivia — produce about 1,000 tons annually, according to the 2009 United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime report. Heroin has been historically produced by Colombian and Mexican criminals, since the 1970s and ’80s. However, countries in Asia are now producing on a bigger scale. Small-scale poppy cultivation is starting to increase in Central American countries, said the report. For marijuana, Mexico and Paraguay are the two top producing countries. Paraguayan soil can yield 6,600 pounds per year for each hectare (2.47 acres). Just as any enterprise looks for innovations, Mexican cartels took on the synthetic drug market because of a high demand and its low production costs, stated the UNODC report. Organized criminal groups are increasing the size and sophistication of operations of labs to produce methamphetamine. In 2008, the Mexican government banned the import and domestic use of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, precursors of methamphetamine. Some methamphetamine production moved south, and in 2008 the U.N. identified for the first time the manufacture of these precursors and other illicit synthetic stimulants in 10 nations, including Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Guatemala and Honduras. Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have recently passed laws prohibiting most uses of both chemicals. With increases in production, consumption of methamphetamines, as well as heroin and marijuana, is on the rise in Latin America, the UNODC report said. “People think this is an American problem,” said Anthony Maingot, professor at Florida International University in Miami, “but no, this is also our [Latin America and Caribbean] problem.” New Markeks , New Addictscenter_img In the 1970s and ’80s, dominant Colombian cartels preferred to use Caribbean routes, while Mexican cartels preferred the Central American route for markets in the U.S. When authorities clamped down in the Caribbean, trafficking patterns changed, but with increased enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Caribbean is regaining popularity. The business is not only recruiting traffickers in the Caribbean, but is also creating a broader consumer base of drug abusers. “Official sources suggest that between 10 and 20 percent of the cocaine that comes from Colombia and Venezuela now stays in the islands to meet internal demand,” affirmed Lilian Bobea, Dominican Republic sociologist and consultant for her government’s democratic security plan. The consumption has increased because drugs have stayed in the country to serve as payment in-kind. Bobea said drug-related crime accounts for 60 percent of all homicides in Jamaica, 65 percent in Trinidad and Tobago, and 7 percent in overseas Dutch territories. The situation worsens, “especially with the growing influence of Colombian, Russian and Mexican cartels on Dominican dealers,” said Bobea. Each country faces different threats, depending on the level of maturity of organized crime, she added. “There is an explosion of hard-core criminals,” said professor Maingot. In Jamaica, the gangs have been involved in developing scams: Con artists illicitly obtain the personal information of potential victims, then persuade them that they have won a lottery and need to send a fee to process their winnings. The money collected is used to buy weapons and drugs. In Brazil, roughly 80 tons of cocaine enters the country each year, much of it from Bolivia, said UNODC and Brazilian police. About half is re-exported to Europe and the United States. Along the same smuggling routes from Bolivia and Paraguay, drug gangs bring in guns to defend their illegal trade. Many of the weapons end up with gangs in cities such as Rio de Janeiro, where they battle police and rival traffickers. In El Salvador, territorial wars may be occurring between drug gangs and other local criminal groups involved in contraband and human trafficking, Salvadoran authorities said. In Guatemala, officials said local traffickers are being aided in the expansion of their operations by Mexican cartels or gangs that either own or fund light aircraft deployed in drug trafficking. The number of airstrips across Guatemala is now believed to be more than 800. Aside from air routes, drug organizations are also dominating maritime routes through the development of more and innovative semisubmersibles, said Colombian analyst Sáenz. Colombian and Mexican drug cartels have crossed the Atlantic Ocean and expanded into West Africa to take advantage of a profitable European market. Officials said about nine cartels have established operations in 11 West African nations. The traffic usually occurs when a mother ship leaves the region — especially in Venezuela — and crosses the Atlantic. The ship then offloads the cargo in small vessels that will travel to different parts of Africa and Europe, the U.N. reported. In countries such as Guinea-Bissau, the value of cocaine trafficked through the country might be greater than the nation’s entire income. However, the importance of African routes appeared to have declined in the first quarter of 2009, the report said. Solutions : The search for innovative approaches Increased interdictions and arrests have caused major blows to cartels and criminal organizations, but the problem has not disappeared. Drug organizations find new routes or new modes of production. “We have to look at the unintended consequences of success,” said Phil Williams, director of the Center for International Security Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. All conference panelists at the university agreed that drug trafficking and drug consumption require a transnational solution. “New approaches should take into account the different realities involved,” said the Dominican Republic’s Bobea. “Implementing inadequate policies affects the credibility of those governments.” In the Dominican Republic, the government wants to continue strengthening state institutions and developing relations with civil society, she added. The police and the military have collaborated to target drug traffickers, but if the government’s plan continues, Bobea recommends defining these roles through official protocols. The Mexican government has started to “fragment and control” cartels through police and military operations and institutional reforms, said Mexico’s Chabat. In order for this strategy to succeed, it is essential that corruption be controlled, intelligence systems be improved and that there are reforms in police, judicial and prison systems, he said. The collaboration between Colombian and Mexican cartels has prompted law enforcement officials from both countries to work together and share information, but the situation in both countries in not identical. “We can use the Colombian analogy to find the differences rather than the similarities and we should let the differences inform our policy and strategies,” said Paul Kan, a professor at the U.S. Army War College. All panelists agreed this is not merely a law enforcement issue. “Integrality is very important because it is a multifaceted crime,” said Sáenz. When it comes to establishing a policy to eliminate the profits of cartels, analysts recommend tracking down the money. “To some degree, all illicit activity looks to imitate licit activity,” Flores said. To launder profits, traffickers rely on institutions such as exchange houses and offshore banking. The Caribbean is a ripe region for money laundering. The Cayman Islands is among the world’s leaders for offshore banking. Panama also ranks high among money exchange nations. “If you don’t hit the accounts, the money, you could arrest the people you want, but the problem will re-emerge,” Flores said. Some of the panelists at the conference questioned the possibility of legalization of drugs to prevent the violence associated with market control. However, the 2009 UNODC report argued that legalization will not deter the profits and violence of criminal organizations. “Transnational organized crime will never be stopped by drug legalization. Mafia coffers are equally nourished by the trafficking of arms, people, and their organs, by counterfeiting and smuggling, racketeering and loan-sharking, kidnapping and piracy,” the report said. “If the solution is to keep the problem under control, just like any crime, I think it is possible,” Chabat said.“The only ideal solution will be that drugs disappear from the face of the Earth.”last_img read more

Justices take to the schools for Constitution Week

first_imgStudents throughout Florida recently participated in activities designed to remind them of their freedoms, during the 2001 Constitution Week Justice Teach-in. A collaborative project of the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Law Related Education Association, the initiative brings justices from the Supreme Court into classrooms throughout the state to conduct lessons on the courts and the Constitution. Case studies, small group work, interactive discussions, and courtroom simulations were facilitated by the justices at a variety of schools. “Constitution Week activities took on an even greater significance this year as students seemed to recognize and appreciate their freedoms more after the terrorists attacks,” said Annette Boyd Pitts, executive director of FLREA. “Constitution Week is celebrated nationally to reaffirm our commitment to democracy and educate students for their role in self-government.” Chief Justice Charles Wells visited Belleview High School in Marion County. Teacher Doug Oswald, a former attorney, helped coordinate the visit with his high school students. Chief Justice Wells worked with the high school students to apply the Constitution to an actual case. Justice Barbara Pariente visited an alternative education program in West Palm Beach and worked with students on a search and seizure case study and Supreme Court conference activity. The students became justices for a day and learned about the difficult decisions judges have to make. “The students were motivated and articulate as they applied the Constitution in their judicial decision making process,” Pitts said. “Students inquired about the application of search and seizure laws in light of the recent terrorist attacks.” While in Palm Beach County as part of her Constitution Week education activities, Justice Pariente also visited Davis Middle School Justice Major B. Harding visited with high school students at Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee. The students in Jennifer Wombles’ law classes decided the case of Florida v. J. L. , an actual Florida Supreme Court case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. A huge sign greeted the justice upon his arrival and students presented him with a school shirt. Altha school students in Jackson County hosted Justice Harry Lee Anstead during Constitution Week. Justice Anstead facilitated an activity on the Bill of Rights. The high school students examined the rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution and made individual and group decisions on the importance of each of those rights. The students also applied their rights in a case study presented by Justice Anstead. Justice R. Fred Lewis addressed a different audience for his Constitution Week duties. He met with future elementary teachers at the University of Florida and Florida State University to discuss the importance of education for democracy and utilizing resource persons in the classroom. He demonstrated law related activities appropriate for elementary students. The following week, Justice Lewis worked with fourth graders from Community Christian School. He also visited Jefferson High School, Sickles High School, and Chamberlain High School in Tampa in October. Justices take to the schools for Constitution Week Justices take to the schools for Constitution Weekcenter_img December 1, 2001 Regular Newslast_img read more

Valley Stream Rapist May Have Tried Again, Twice Prior

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police released this composite of a man who attacked a woman outside her Lynbrook home Monday, Aug. 12. (NCPD)Nassau County police are investigating whether assaults on two women last month are related, and if they are connected to a rape in Valley Stream State Park Sunday morning, police said.A police spokesman confirmed that investigators are “looking into the possibility” after two women reported separate attacks in Valley Stream and Lynbrook just minutes apart.In the first incident, police said a 30-year-old female was walking south on Mill Road in Valley Stream on Aug. 12 at 9:05 p.m. near the Long Island Rail Road train station when a black male with “a thin build riding a bicycle” grabbed her buttocks from behind.The woman tried to get away but the suspect threw her to the ground and punched her, police said. Her attacker then attempted to rip off her shirt and pin her to the ground but she was able to fight him off.He then fled on a bicycle.Twenty minutes later, police said a man fitting the same description and also riding a bike walked up to a woman standing outsider her house, forced open the door and grabbed her inappropriately over her jeans. Once inside, he attempted to remove her pants before choking her, police said.The suspect fled on his bike after a neighbor heard the woman’s screams and dialed 911, police said.He was last spotted pedaling down Lois Place toward Merrick Road, police said.The attacks occured three weeks prior to a rape in the Valley Stream State Park over Labor Day weekend. The rapist was described as a black man between 29 and 35 years old about 5-feet, 9-inches tall with a thin build and short hair.Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding these crimes to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.last_img read more

Burglary Suspect Stole from 13 Churches, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 48-year-old man has been accused of breaking into more than a dozen churches and stealing cash and other items—in some cases prying open poor boxes during the alleged burglary spree.Nassau County police arrested William Hepworth and charged him with 13 counts of burglary and possession of burglars tools.Police had arrested the suspect in Massapequa on Tuesday after he allegedly broke into St. Anne’s Church on Dartmouth Street in Garden City, where he stole cash from four poor boxes before fleeing the scene on Friday, authorities said.Detectives believe he also broke into 12 other churches over the past two months, police said. In one case, he allegedly stole a church’s P.A. system.Hepworth will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events October 1 – October 7

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Walk For BeautyTime to put your best feet forward and help eradicate breast cancer in the process. This beautiful walk will be in a beautiful place for beautiful people. Cancer survivors, town officials and sponsors will all be participating, bonding together for this most important effort. A ceremony will include the release of birds with messages symbolizing the hope in the fight against breast cancer. Come out and support the fight! Check first for any weather-related changes. 111 Main St., Stony Brook. 2 p.m. October 1.African American Film FestivalThis 10th annual festival will be showcasing African American films, along with performers. Its opening night movie will be Martin, Malcolm, and Me, and this multicultural celebration will surely be a deeply moving, inspirational cinematic spectacular to remember! Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton. Prices Vary. Times Vary. October 1-4.Long Island FairWeather permitting, there will be games, face painting, vendors, food, refreshments, and entertainment–this weekend promises to be an unforgettable one. Celebrating its 173rd year, this annual fair and Long Island-centric extravaganza has only grown in prominence, diversity, and fun, fun, fun! Come discover the reason why it is here every year, this an uber-mega weekend loaded with activities and festivities for everyone! Check first for any last-minute changes due to the forecast. 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. October 2-4.Legends of the Fall Volume 2This is a hip-hop smorgasbord you simply do not want to miss; in fact, we’re salivating and tap-tap-tapping our feet along to the beat just as we write this blurb! Hip Hop Hall of Fame is presenting the most hop-penning party in town, featuring true hip-hop legends EPMD, Rakim, Biz Markie, Onyx and many other simply mesmerizing artists! It will undoubtedly be a party that you can not miss. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $84.75. 8 p.m. October 2.Rubix KubeKicking it all the way back to the ’80s (what a decade, heh!?), this tribute band is ready to make you feel like you are back in time, all night long. This totally rad performance is going to be making you dance throughout the night, and possibly even bust out a few old-school Madonna moves! What?? Lol. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $10-$12. 8 p.m. October 2.Tribal GamesReturning to Suffolk Theater, this fitness competition is unlike any other one. Witness these intense competitors from around the globe battle to the finish, pushing the very limits of their bodies and souls. At the very least, this muscle-bound showcase of the biggest and strongest will motivate you to hit the gym the next morning. Okay, maybe not, but could you at least consider making it your New Year’s resolution next year to put down that cannoli and cupcake and at least try to move a lil, maybe shake a lil, out on the dance floor or something? You’re welcome. The Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. $25-$40. 8 p.m. October 2.Valentino Celebrity Birthday BashBaby Rasta Y Gringo and Alex Sensation are here to make you feeling that tingling sensation at their birthday bash, the greatest way to spend your Friday night. Will there be laughs? Surely. Dancing? Will there be dancing? Most definitely. Will there be birthday cake to eat and enjoy with friends!? Only one way to find out! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $30. 9 p.m. October 2.Levittown Fall Family Festival and Street FairThis 10th annual famous fair, filled with laughter and enjoyment, is absolutely packed with vendors and fall activities of all shapes and sizes. This special day so filled with making memories, crafts, and much more, is a must-go-to celebration of the very first suburbia! Smile those gorgeous grins wide, and hold those balloons tight! Check for any schedule changes due to the weather forecast. 2890 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. October 3.Irish Day Parade & FestivalGet your Irish on, in style, and surrounded by other Irish folk from all across Long Island! Yes, there will be food. Yes, there will surely be cold beverages, perhaps even the kind that come with the rims dipped in tasty cinnamon! Of course, there will also be fun, and a whole lot of it! This lucky day is finally here for all us Irish folks! Come celebrate your heritage and dance, dance, dance! (The Irish jig, of course!) Long Beach. Check for any weather-related changes. 11 a.m. October 3.Charged! Contemporary artist Lorraine Nuzzo explores this concept with vivid abstract paintings that reveals her inner-most feelings with her latest series. With a combination of colors, lines, texture, shapes and composition, Nuzzo’s Charged! conveys an emotional state that grabs the viewer’s attention. Since the viewer is not distracted by meaningful images, one’s mind is stirred into feeling the energy and spirit of each painting, leaving its interpretation to the viewer’s unbounded imagination. Runs through Oct. 25 after the opening reception. b.j. spoke gallery, 299 Main St., Huntington. Free. 6 p.m. Oct. 3.TheoTime to shaky, shaky, shake that thang! Performing his music talents with you at the Saturday Night Live Party, this performance is going to have you dancing all night long! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $15-$20. 10 p.m. October 3.Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline TributeThe Man In Black is alive and well and singing his heart out in Patchogue. Well, his spirit is, anyway, as it is in the hearts and souls of all of us. Terry Lee Geoffee will dress in black and sing his heart out to resurrect Johnny’s love to the masses. Will he sing “Ring of Fire”? Probably. “I Still Miss Someone”? Hmmm. Maybe. “Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog”? Unlikely, but only one way to find out! Josie Waverly will likewise knock out all in attendance with her unbelievable reincarnation as Patsy Cline! Amazing! Long live Johnny Cash! Vive Patsy! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. $18 +Fees. 8 p.m. October 3.The Fast LaneThis Eagles Tribute Band sounds exactly like the actual Eagles. Exactly? Well, pretty darn near close to it, okay. Performing all their classics, you will most definitely feel like you are right there witnessing the real Eagles, live. Expect a triumphant rendition of the Eagles staple, “Hotel California,” for sure. The Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. $35. 8 p.m. October 3.London EyesThese alt-rock hellraisers hail from Connecticut, and formed just a year ago. Their first EP was released this past January and they are bound to blow the roof off Amityville. So get ready to rock! Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $10-$12. 4:30 p.m. October 3.DriveThis Cars tribute band recreates all the hits, all the nuances, all the insanely passionate lyrics and guitar licks and rhythm of the legends themselves. Performing their hit singles and immersing all those in attendance in a high-energy atmosphere, these throwbacks will have you singing all night! Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $10-$13. 9 p.m. October 3.Yacht Rock RevueWhat started in a basement is now onstage, and this is your chance to experience the greatest 1970s light-rock tribute band in existence. “Wow!” you say. “That’s some amazing introductory blurb.” Well, it’s true! They’re just sooo fantastic! Come and see what all the hype is about for yourself! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20-$55. 9 p.m. October 3.Russell PetersAppearing for just two nights only, this Canadian comedian will have you laughing all day, all night, and many, many more days and nights to come. He’s the first funnyman to sell out Toronto Air Canada Centre and will definitely be selling out his upcoming shows here, so get those tickets now and be prepared to laugh, laugh, laugh! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollor Rd., Westbury. $84.75. 8 p.m. October 3 & 4.Craft and Gift FairVendors, gifts, crafts, and food, a day that only comes once a year! Come peruse the many arts and crafts and feast on the delicious street food! Come sip fresh, piping-hot coffee with a loved one! Come laugh among your loved ones and glance up at that gorgeous blue sky and recognize how unbelievably remarkable it is to be alive! Weather permitting. Check first. 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. October 4.SMA Walk-n-RollThis beautiful, one-mile walk along the Long Beach Boardwalk is exactly the best way to spend your Sunday morning, and it’s also in honor of a truly terrific cause. There will be games, face painting, a raffle, refreshments, and also an amazing chance of connecting with SMA families. Come share hope. Come make a difference.Come to Long Beach. Weather permitting. 10 a.m. October 4.Walk for AutismThis phenomenal walk is a great way to show your support and help raise much-needed funds for people living with Autism. The day is filled with entertainment, games, refreshments, and most importantly, love and compassion. People are signing up, so get your team together fast, as team spirit is greatly encouraged and hope is omnipresent! Check for any weather-related schedule changes. Field 5 at Jones Beach, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. 9 a.m. October 4. Help Create The World’s Largest Human Peace Sign – For John Lennon’s 75th BirthdayYoko Ono is organizing this special record-breaking gathering in commemoration of her late husband and Beatles great John Lennon’s 75th birthday on October 9th. Dubbed “Imagine Peace: Guinness World Records Attempt Largest Human Peace Sign,” join up to 10,000 others in creating what will be the largest human peace sign ever amassed, to be photographed from a helicopter, and to set a new world record. Join the nonprofit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus while you’re there. So let’s come together and give peace a chance, shall we? After all, as Press Music Critic Zack Tirana oft says, usually in the presence of really great Greek food: “All you need is love.” [Read About John Lennon’s Little-Known Time Living On Long Island HERE] Central Park, NYC. East Meadow (entrance on 99th St. & 5th Ave.). Free; donation suggested. Register HERE. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. October 6.Creative Collab TourThis mega-mondo musical montage gets all your favorite artists together in one show for a truly captivating, high-octane, moving and fun performance. Matthew Espinosa and special guests Jake Fourshee, Brandon Bowen, Chris Miles and Alec Bailey are going to rock it all night long! This recurring tour is always an outstanding hit! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $35-$200. 6:30 p.m. October 7.Warren HaynesPerforming with the Ashes & Dust Band and Justin Townes Earle, this legendary, Grammy Award-winning artist has been recognized the world over for his unforgettable guitar playing, singing, and performing, especially as a six-string slinger with The Allman Brothers. This is truly the chance of a lifetime to catch such an unbelievable star in such an amazing, intimate venue. [Read The Press’ Interview With Legendary Allman Brothers Guitarist Warren Haynes HERE] The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury.” target=”_blank”> $38-$58. 8 p.m. October 7.—Compiled by Chelsea Russell, Timothy Bolger and Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more