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Experience Holidays of Centuries Past at Jamestown Settlement

November 16, 2018
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Holiday feast in Jamestown Settlement.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va.— Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offer  visitors the opportunity to experience holidays of centuries past during seasonal events “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” November 22-24, and “Christmastide in Virginia,” December 20-31.

Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia, November 22-24 – The holiday season starts on Thanksgiving Day with a three-day event that explores foodways of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia and centuries-old cooking and preservation methods. At Jamestown Settlement, historical interpreters demonstrate how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia’s English colonists and Powhatan Indians. At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, programs examine typical soldiers’ fare during the Revolutionary War and trace the bounty of a period farm from field to kitchen. While food preparation in the museums’ outdoor living-history areas is for demonstration purposes only, the Jamestown Settlement Café will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.

Christmastide in Virginia, December 20-31 – Holiday traditions of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are recalled with special interpretive programs and period musical entertainment, along with daily appearances at Jamestown Settlement by the Lord of Misrule, “grand captain of all mischief.” Jamestown Settlement interpretive programs allow visitors to compare and contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how English colonists may have observed the season in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony. Visitors to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown can hear accounts of Christmas and winter in a Continental Army encampment and glimpse holiday preparations at a period farm.

This holiday season and throughout the year, visitors of all ages can enjoy the museums’ immersive indoor gallery exhibits to learn about America’s past, including two ongoing special exhibitions – “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia” at Jamestown Settlement and “Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War for Independence” at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Outdoors, experience historical interpretation and hands-on activities in re-created outdoor settings – a Powhatan Indian village, 1607 ships and colonial fort at Jamestown Settlement, and Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

These living-history museums of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia offer many ways to make the holidays memorable, from tickets and packages, some of which include other Williamsburg area attractions, to unique shopping opportunities in the museum gift shops.

Visitors can experience the holiday fun with a variety of tickets and packages, available online at historyisfun.org/visit/vacation-packages:

  • History is Fun – This online ticket offers unlimited admission to Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown for seven consecutive days and represents a 20 percent savings over individual admission. The ticket, which includes daytime special events and special exhibitions, is $25.50 for adults and $12.25 for ages 6-12, and can be packaged with Williamsburg area lodging. Children under 6 are free. Private tours for 14 or fewer people are available at each museum for an additional fee and can be reserved in advance online or by calling (757) 253-4939.
  • America’s Historic Triangle – This ticket features unlimited admission for seven consecutive days to Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Yorktown Battlefield. The ticket is $93.50 for adults (ages 16 and older), $42.75 for children (ages 6-15), and can be packaged with lodging. Holiday events include Colonial Williamsburg’s “Grand Illumination,” December 2; Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” November 22-24, and “Christmastide in Virginia,” December 20-31.
  • Four-Site Value – This ticket features unlimited admission for seven consecutive days to Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Yorktown Battlefield. The ticket is $39.50 for adults (ages 16 and older), $27.50 for ages 13-15, and $14.25 for ages 6-12, and can be packaged with lodging.

For holiday shoppers, Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown museum gift shops offer a selection of books, prints, museum reproductions, educational toys, games and souvenirs relating to the 17th and 18th centuries. Jamestown Settlement’s special exhibition gift shop has an assortment of items related to “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia.” Admission is not required to visit the museum gift shops, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Shop online at shophistoryisfun.com.

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round, closed December 25 and January 1, are separated by a 25-minute drive along the Colonial Parkway, a National Scenic Byway.  Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown. Parking is free.

Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6-12 and, to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, $15.00 for adults and $7.50 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 are admitted free. A combination ticket to both museums is $25.50 for adults and $12.25 for ages 6-12. An American Heritage Annual Pass, $38.00 for adults and $19.00 for ages 6-12, makes a great holiday gift and offers recipients one year of unlimited admission to both museums. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free, (757) 253-4838 or visit historyisfun.org.

 

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Long Island Premiere of Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel & The Museum to be Screened at Gold Coast International Film Festival

November 1, 2018

The film Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel, will have its Long Island premiere at the Gold Coast International Film Festival; it is one of more than 80 feature-length and short films at the festival which begins November 2 (photo courtesy of Menemsha Films).

LONG ISLAND, NY — Among more than 80 feature-length and short films at the 2018 Gold Coast International Film Festival includes the Long Island premiere of Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel, (Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger | 2017 | 87 min | Documentary) winner of several festival audience awards, about the stirring underdog triumph of Israel’s national baseball team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Director Jeremy Newberger will be on hand for an insightful Q&A after the film.  Heading Home will be presented on Sunday, November 11, at 4:30 p.m. at the Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck.

Other films of Jewish and Israeli interest are the New York Premiere of The Interpreter (Martin Sulík | 2018 | 113 min | Slovakia | English subtitles | Narrative), a unique drama, layered with humor about two elderly men who embark upon a bittersweet journey to meet surviving witnesses of the wartime tragedy involving both of their fathers, one a Nazi criminal, the other a victim of the Holocaust. The Interpreter is Slovakia’s official submission to this year’s Academy Awards. The film is being presented on Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, Great Neck.

The Museum (Ran Tal | 2018 | 74 min | Israel | English subtitles | Documentary), a fascinating documentary which delves into housing one of the world’s greatest collections of art and antiquities, will have its Long Island premiere during the festival. The Israel Museum poses for its complex portrait in this elegant and fascinating observational documentary. This masterful behind-the-scenes film seeks to explore the Israeli soul through its galleries, storerooms, and visitors.  A Q&A with Maureen Cogan, Co-Chair of the International Friends of the Israel Museum follows the screening, which takes place on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, Great Neck.

Other standout films being screened this year include:

  • Diane (Long Island Premiere) which screens on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. at the Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington. In one of the finest performances by an American actress this year, Mary Kay Place stars in this moving portrait and character study of a widowed older woman, who overextends herself trying to take care of her family and friends, while dealing with a drug-addicted son. The film, which was awarded “Best Narrative Feature” at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, is executive produced by Martin Scorcese and directed by Kent Jones, Director of the New York Film Festival. Following the presentation of Diane will be a Q&A with film critic and NYU adjunct professor Matt Prigge;
  • Song of Back and Neck (Long Island Premiere), the charming romantic comedy starring (and directed by) Paul Lieberstein (Toby from “The Office”), who will join us via Skype for a Q&A after the film. Song of Back and Neck will screen on Saturday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Soundview Cinemas, Port Washington;
  • Howard (Long Island Premiere), the intimate and moving tribute to legendary lyricist Howard Ashman of Disney, Hollywood, and Broadway fame. Ashman’s sister Sarah Ashman Gillespie, and his partner Bill Lauch will join us for a Q&A after the film. Howard will screen on Monday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Soundview Cinemas, Port Washington;
  • Budapest Noir (the Long Island Premiere), a classically styled film noir that reimagines the dark side of pre-war Hungary based on the internationally best-selling book. Noted film scholar and author Foster Hirsch will join us for a discussion after the film. Budapest Noir screens on Monday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, Great Neck.
  • Sinatra in Palm Springs (New York Premiere), a warm, entertaining look at The Chairman of the Board’s attachment to his hometown of 50 years. Q&A with director Leo Zahn will follow the film. Sinatra in Palm Springs will screen on Wednesday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bow Tie Manhasset Theater, Manhasset;
  • Bathtubs Over Broadway, winner of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival’s “Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award.” This musical comedy documentary delves into the strange and hilarious world of industrial musicals — Broadway-style productions made for some of corporate America’s largest companies’ annual sales meetings. Film star Steve Young will join us for a Q&A after the film. Bathtubs Over Broadway will screen on Saturday, November 10, at 7 p.m. at the Soundview Cinemas, Port Washington.

This year, the Gold Coast International Film Festival will again present the work of talented young filmmakers in grades K-12 as part of its Young Filmmakers Program, in partnership with Hofstra University.

Other special programs include: Making Memories with Music and Art, an ongoing, free monthly program for people with memory loss and their caregivers that features film clips and live music, with guided conversation.  Family Shorts returns on various days throughout the festival at multiple venues including Gold Coast Arts Center, Cinema Arts Center in Huntington and the Roslyn and Port Washington Libraries (many of these screenings are free). Family Film Day is an afternoon of family-friendly short films, hands-on art activities, and free lunch, and takes place on Monday, November 12 (Veterans Day). Free tickets for Veterans program is sponsored this year by Operation Democracy.

For tickets to all screenings and events, visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org, or call 516-829-2570. Tickets for most events are $15 adult/$13 senior/$10 members.

Since 2011, the Gold Coast International Film Festival has brought the latest Hollywood hits and Indie favorites to standing-room-only audiences throughout the fabled Gold Coast of Long Island and beyond. Add A-list celebrities and unforgettable events to the mix, and it’s easy to see why the Gold Coast International Film Festival has become the “go to” festival for film buffs and the public; (it is also the last major film festival on the East Coast before Awards season). The Gold Coast International Film Festival is produced by the not-for-profit Gold Coast Arts Center.

The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the arts through education, exhibition, performance, and outreach. Located on the North Shore of Long Island, it has brought the arts to tens of thousands of people throughout the region for over 20 years. Among the Center’s offerings are its School for the Arts, which holds year-round classes in visual and performing arts for students of all ages and abilities; a free public art gallery; a concert and lecture series; film screenings and discussions; the annual Gold Coast International Film Festival; and initiatives that focus on senior citizens and underserved communities. These initiatives include artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher-training workshops, and parent-child workshops. The Gold Coast Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education program, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. More information can be found at www.goldcoastarts.org.

 

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Long Island’s Gold Coast Film Festival to Screen 80 Films, Host Q&As With Filmmakers Nov 2-13

October 13, 2018

Artist Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill, discusses her grandfather at the Long Island premiere of “Darkest Hour” at the 2017 Gold Coast International Film Festival, Long Island, with Festival Founder and Executive Director Regina Gil and Diane Masciale, VP & GM of WLIW21 and Executive Producer of local productions at WNET. Sandys will be among the guests at the Gold Coast Arts Center and its Gold Coast International Film Festival gala honoring actor Robert Wagner, Oct. 24, kicking off this year’s film festival © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The 2018 Gold Coast International Film Festival is November 2 – 13 at various venues in North Hempstead, Long Island. The festival this year features 80 films over 10 days including:

In addition to seeing new films and films that are only screened at festivals, the Gold Coast International Festival features dozens of Q&As with filmmakers and special guests special events, award-winning spotlights and premiere after premiere after premiere.

Here is a run-down:

 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2

DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES:
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR FILM & CONCERT-
Long Island Premiere

Friday 11/2, 7:00PM – Great Neck Squire

Sponsored by the Atria and Little Neck Beverage

Sean Gallagher & Justin Drobinski | 2018 | USA | Documentary

Enjoy an unforgettable night of everything Fab Four! In 1967 the Beatles produced a free-wheeling, largely-improvised television special that married their pop sensibilities with countercultural experimentalism. This new filmed multimedia lecture from expert Scott Freiman takes fans behind the scenes during the production of the film and explores the creative process behind the songs. Q&A with Musicologist, Scott Freiman, followed by a Beatles celebration at the Gold Coast Arts Center featuring a concert by Beatles cover band Penny Lane, dessert, drinks and more!

 

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6

MAKING MEMORIES WITH MUSIC AND ART

A SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR PEOPLE WITH MEMORY LOSS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS

Tuesday 11/6, 11:30AM – Gold Coast Arts Center

Pay tribute to our Veterans and military personnel with a special Making Memories program that includes clips from your favorite military themed films and a live music sing-along of patriotic favorites led by award-winning musician Roberta Fabiano.

Making Memories is a series of FREE monthly arts programs at the Gold Coast Arts Center for people living with memory loss and their care partners led by Marcy Rhodes, a certified special education teacher and licensed master social worker. Includes light refreshments. RSVP required.

 

FAMILY SHORTS

Tuesday 11/6, 1:00PM – Bryant Library (Roslyn) – FREE

 

THE LAST SUIT

Tuesday 11/6, 7:30PM – Soundview Cinemas

Pablo Solarz | 2018 | 93 min | Argentina/Spain | English subtitles | Narrative

A bittersweet story featuring an 88-year-old Jewish tailor who embarks on a long, transcontinental journey to try and find the man who saved him from certain death during the

Holocaust. Heartfelt and charming, with a wonderful comedic flavor, the film reminds us of the importance of family, friendship, and keeping your word. Festival Programmer talk following the film.

 

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 7

FAMILY SHORTS

Wednesday 11/7, 1:00PM – Port Washington Library – FREE

 

GREAT SHORTS 1

Wednesday 11/7, 1:30PM – Great Neck Squire – FREE

 

THE CHARMER– New York Premiere

Wednesday 11/7, 7:30PM – Soundview Cinemas

Milad Alami | 2017 | 100 min | Denmark/Sweden | English subtitles | Narrative

A psychological drama about Esmail, a young Iranian refugee who is desperately looking to meet a woman who can help secure his stay in Denmark. As time is running out he meets the whip-smart Sarah, an Iranian-born Danish citizen, and more than one person ends up getting hurt as his deception catches up with him.

Q&A with Dr. Jamsheed Akrami, Iranian Film Scholar

SINATRA IN PALM SPRINGS– New York Premiere

 

Wednesday 11/7, 7:30PM- Manhasset Bow Tie

Leo Zahn | 2018 | 92 min | USA | Documentary

Sponsored by AARP Long Island

A warm, entertaining look at Frank Sinatra’s deep attachment to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, his primary home for almost 50 years. Featuring revealing interviews with Barbara Sinatra, Mel Haber, Tom Dreesen, Nelda Linsk, Bruce Fessier, Trini Lopez and many others who knew and played with Frank Sinatra. Q&A with Director Leo Zahn, Moderated by Prof. Stanislao Pugliese

 

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8

DIANE – Long Island Premiere

Thursday 11/8, 7:30PM – Soundview Cinemas

Kent Jones | 2018 | 95 min | USA | Narrative

In one of the finest performance by an American actress this year, Mary Kay Place stars in this moving portrait and character study of a widowed older woman, who overextends herself trying to take care of her family and friends, while dealing with a drug-addicted son. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Winner – Best Narrative Feature at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Q&A with Matt Prigge, NYU Film Professor and Critic 

 

In one of the finest performance by an American actress this year, Mary Kay Place stars in “Diane,” a moving portrait and character study of a widowed older woman, who overextends herself trying to take care of her family and friends, while dealing with a drug-addicted son. The film, executive produced by Martin Scorsese, was the winner of Best Narrative Feature at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and will have its Long Island Premiere at the 2018 Gold Coast International Film Festival, Nov. 2-13.

THE INTERPRETER– New York Premiere

Thursday 11/8, 7:30PM – Great Neck Squire

Martin Sulík | 2018 | 113 min | Slovakia | English subtitles | Narrative

In this unique drama, layered with humor, two elderly men embark upon a bittersweet journey to meet surviving witnesses of the wartime tragedy involving both of their fathers, one a Nazi criminal and the other a victim of the Holocaust. Slovakia’s official submission to this year’s Academy Awards. Film Programmer talk following the film

 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9

BECOMING ASTRID– Long Island Premiere

Friday 11/9, 7:30PM – Roslyn Bow Tie

Pernille F. Christensen | 2018 | 123 min | Sweden | English subtitles | Narrative

This gorgeous period drama chronicles the character-forming period in the young life of the  astonishingly unconventional Astrid Lindgren (author of Pippi Longstocking), who would go on to worldwide fame as one of the most beloved children’s authors ever. A warm and lively film featuring vibrant performances and stunning set design. 

YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN– Long Island Premiere

Friday 11/9, 7:30PM – Great Neck Squire

Pietra Brettkelly | 2018 | 94 min | New Zealand | English subtitles | Documentary

Sponsored by Neiman Marcus Roosevelt Field

Celebrated Chinese couturier Guo Pei is perhaps best known for designing the brilliant gold gown Rihanna wore to the Met Ball in 2015. But Guo’s quest to be recognized by the gatekeepers of Paris haute couture goes beyond the red carpet and taps into global power dynamics and the perpetual tension between art and commerce. An eye-opening, behind-the-scenes documentary.

 

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10

GENERAL MAGIC – Long Island Premiere

Saturday 11/10, 1:30PM – Manhasset Bow Tie

Sarah Kerruish, Matt Maude | 2018 | 92 min | UK/USA | Documentary

A tale of how great vision and epic failure can change the world. In the early 90s, the world’s largest electronics corporations formed a secret company tasked with developing the ‘next big thing’. The company was General Magic and their invention took a thing of sci-fi fiction to reality – a handheld wireless personal communicator. The fascinating story of the rise – and fall – of the pioneering tech company that created a product years ahead of its time. 

 

GREAT SHORTS 2

Saturday 11/10, 2:00PM – Soundview Cinemas 

 

306 HOLLYWOOD – Long Island Premiere
Saturday 11/10, 4:30PM – Manhasset Bow Tie
Jonathan Bogarin & Elan Bogarin | 2018 | 82 min | USA | Documentary
Do objects retain a spark of life from their owner after that person dies? This question catapults a dynamic brother-sister filmmaking duo on an epic odyssey to excavate their deceased grandma Annette’s unassuming Newark home of 71 years. A Sundance Film Festival hit!
Q&A with Film Subject, Marilyn Ontell 

 

CHEF FLYNN

Saturday 11/10, 5:00PM – Soundview Cinemas

Cameron Yates | 2018 | 83 min | USA | Documentary

A disarming and candid documentary about culinary prodigy Flynn McGarry. At 10, he transformed his living room into a sophisticated supper club; at 13, he was working under

some of the world’s most celebrated chefs and by 16, he was featured in a cover story of The New York Times Magazine. A uniquely comprehensive portrait of a young star’s rise as seen from the inside.

BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY

Saturday 11/10, 7:00PM – Soundview Cinemas

Dava Whisenant | 2018 | 87 min | USA | Documentary

A musical-comedy-documentary! Comedy writer Steve Young’s assignment to scour bargain-bin vinyl for a Late Night with David Letterman segment becomes an unexpected, decades-spanning obsession when he stumbles upon the strange and hilarious world of industrial musicals.

Q&A with the star of the film, Steve Young

 

SONG OF BACK AND NECK– Long Island Premiere

Saturday 11/10, 7:30PM – Soundview Cinemas

Paul Lieberstein | 2018 | 85 min | USA | Narrative

In this charming romantic comedy, nice-guy Fred (Paul Lieberstein, Toby from The Office) rarely gets through the day without falling to the ground with crippling back and neck pain, and is not taken seriously by anyone at work. But as he discovers unexpected love and a rather unique talent, it is just the start of the unpredictable happenings coming his way.

Q&A via Skype with Director & Star, Paul Lieberstein 

 

ON BORROWED TIME – New York Premiere

Saturday 11/10, 8:00PM – Manhasset Bow Tie

Yasir Al Yasiri | 2018 | 93 min | United Arab Emirates | English subtitles | Narrative

Sponsored by AARP Long Island

Four grumpy old men in a Dubai retirement home get a new lease on life when one of them receives a windfall inheritance. Dotted with tender moments, this feel-good comedy about aging, friendship and new directions moves along with a sprightly energy that can’t help but make you smile.


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11

HAPPY

Sunday 11/11, 11:00AM – Soundview Cinemas

Roko Belic | 2013 | 76 min | USA | Documentary

Sponsored by Katz Institute for Women’s Health at Northwell Health

What makes you happy? Money? Kids and family? Your work? Academy Award® nominated director Roko Belic’s film explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion. From the bayous of Louisiana, the deserts of Namibia, the beaches of Brazil and the villages of Okinawa, Belic goes in search of what really makes people happy.

Special activities before and after the screening include:
• Q&A via Skype with Academy Award nominated filmmaker Roko Belic

  • A discussion of the role of mindfulness, yoga, and meditation in helping you live a vibrant, healthy, and happy life led by distinguished experts from the Katz Institute for Women’s Health; • Mandala making in the theater lobby;
    • Special giveaways from local businesses 

 

YOUTH FILM DAY

Sunday 11/11, 12:30PM – Soundview Cinemas

Sponsored by Hofstra University

Come meet the next Scorsese, Spielberg or Bigelow! Support the next generation of filmmakers at this special FREE event that is one of the most talked about events each year.  We’ll screen the best short films selected from the hundreds submitted to our 2018 Young Filmmakers Program by kids in grades K-12. 

 

THE MUSEUM– Long Island Premiere

Sunday 11/11, 1:00PM – Great Neck Squire

Ran Tal | 2018 | 74 min | Israel | English subtitles | Documentary

Housing one of the world’s greatest collections of art and antiquities, the Israel Museum poses for its own complex portrait in this elegant and fascinating observational documentary. This masterful behind-the-scenes film seeks to explore the Israeli soul through its galleries, storerooms and visitors. Q&A with Maureen Cogan, Co-Chair of the International Friends of the Israel Museum

 

THIS BUSINESS OF AUTISM– World Premiere Encore Screening

Sunday 11/11, 1:30PM– Soundview Cinemas

Stephen Mackey | 2018 | 102 min | USA | Documentary

Sponsored by Spectrum Designs

A fascinating look at the economic and societal benefits of employing young adults with autism, and specifically the success story that is Spectrum Designs, a custom screen-printing and embroidery business based in Port Washington, New York. 75% of Spectrum’s employees are on the autism spectrum. Q&A with Director Stephen Mackey and other special guests 

 

THE LAST RACE

Sunday 11/11, 4:00PM – Soundview Cinemas

Michael Dweck | 2018 | 75 min | USA | Documentary

Long Island is the birthplace of American stock car racing, but today, only one racetrack remains: Riverhead Raceway, established in 1949 on an initially rural part of Long Island.

This transfixing documentary explores the issues of class divide and corporate interest that have impacted both the racing industry and region as a whole in this beautiful, visceral, mesmerizing ode to a dying American tradition. Official selection of the Sundance and Hamptons Film Festivals 

 

HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL – Long Island Premiere

Sunday 11/11, 4:30PM – Great Neck Squire

Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger | 2017 | 87 min | Documentary

The stirring underdog chronicle of the unexpected triumph of Israel’s national baseball team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. With their Mensch on the Bench mascot by their side, the team laughs and cries as they discover the pride of representing Israel on the world stage. A home run for audiences of all ages. Q&A with Co-Director, Jeremy Newberger

 

GREAT SHORTS 3

Sunday 11/11, 5:00PM – Soundview Cinemas 

 

RETURN OF THE HERO

Sunday 11/11, 7:00PM– Soundview Cinemas

Laurent Tirard | 2018 | 90 min | France | English subtitles | Narrative

In this playful French period comedy, Elisabeth is principled, honest, and clever. When her sister’s new husband, the pompous Captain Neuville (Academy Award-Winner Jean Dujardin The Artist), heads to war and forgets about his wife, Elisabeth writes letters on his behalf to cheer up her sister. Her elaborate web of white lies comes crashing down when the Captain returns from the front. Festival Programmer talk following the film.

 

THE INVISIBLES– Long Island Premiere

Sunday 11/11, 7:30PM – Great Neck Squire

Claus Räfle | 2017 | 110 min | Germany | English subtitles | Narrative

In 1943 when Berlin was declared “Judenfrei” (“free of Jews”), there were still 7,000 Jews secretly residing there who survived by hiding in attics, warehouses and sometimes disguised in plain sight. This gripping docu-drama details the inspiring resourcefulness and courage shown by teenagers and young adults living in dire conditions with an uncertain future. 

 

MONDAY NOVEMBER 12

FAMILY SHORTS

Monday 11/12, 12:00PM – Cinema Arts Center (Huntington) – FREE

 

FAMILY FILM DAY

Monday 11/12, 12:30 – 3PM – Gold Coast Arts Center

While schools are closed for Veteran’s Day, the Gold Coast International Film Festival is open for you! Enjoy an afternoon of short films hand-selected for a family audience plus fun, hands-on movie themed art activities. Includes free lunch.  All ages welcome! Every child must be accompanied by an adult.

 

HOWARD– Long Island Premiere

Monday 11/12, 7:30PM – Soundview Cinemas

Don Hahn | 2018 | 90 min | USA | Documentary

Sponsored by AARP Long Island

An intimate and insightful tribute to a once-in-a-generation talent, the legendary lyricist Howard Ashman. His impact on Broadway, movies and the culture at large is incalcuable. His hits include Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors.

Q&A with Bill Lauch & Sarah Ashman Gillespie

 

BUDAPEST NOIR– Long Island Premiere

Monday 11/12, 7:30PM – Great Neck Squire

Éva Gárdos | 2017 | 95 min | Hungary | English subtitles | Narrative

A beautiful young girl is found dead and no one wants to investigate except a crime reporter who has a gut feeling that things are not what they seem. Based on the international best-selling novel, a classically-styled noir film that reimagines the dark side of pre-war Hungary.

Q&A with Professor & Author, Foster Hirsch

 

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 13

THE GREAT BUSTER

Tuesday 11/13, 7:00PM – Soundview Cinemas

Peter Bogdanovich | 2018 | 105 min | USA | Documentary

A celebration of the life and career of one of Hollywood’s most prolific and influential filmmakers, Buster Keaton. Includes stunning restorations of archival works that bring Keaton’s magic to life on the big screen, plus interviews with his friends, family, collaborators, and a broad array of artists influenced by his singular vision, including Mel Brooks, Bill Hader, Cybil Shepherd and Quentin Tarantino. Q&A with Professor Rodney F. Hill, Film Scholar

 

EGON SCHIELE: DEATH AND THE MAIDEN– Long Island Premiere

Tuesday 11/13, 7:30PM – Soundview Cinemas

Dieter Berner | 2018 | 110 min | Austria | English subtitles | Narrative

At the beginning of the 20th century Schiele is one of the most provocative artists in Vienna. This is the story of two of the most influential women in his life and how they reveal a man unfazed by scandal who is prepared to go beyond his own pain to sacrifice love and life for his art. Q&A with Professor and Art Historian, Martha Hollander

 

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14

CELEBRATE THE FESTIVAL WINNERS AT AWARDS LUNCH
Wednesday 11/13, 11:30AM – NM Café, Neiman Marcus Roosevelt Field

Be the first to find out the winners at this year’s Festival and toast all the many great films and filmmakers of the 2018 GCIFF! Join the Festival team, filmmakers, sponsors and VIP Pass Holders for lunch at the NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus Roosevelt Field to honor this year’s Audience Award Winners for Best Narrative and Best Documentary Feature Film and Audience and Jury Award Winners for Best Narrative and Best Documentary Short Film. (A limited number of tickets are available to this event.)

 

This is also the time of year to join as a Gold Coast Film Society member to get a free ticket to the festival, among other perks that include: first chance at tickets to GCIFF screenings; member discount screening price of $10 ($5 savings); free film screening ticket; and Official GCIFF Program guide mailed to your home.

Tickets go on sale to members on Oct. 15 and on Oct. 17 to the general public. Visit http://goldcoastfilmfestival.org/membership/.

More information from the Gold Coast Film Festival, 113 Middle Neck Road, Grat Neck, NY 11021, 516-829-2570, email info @goldcoastarts.org, http://goldcoastfilmfestival.org.

 

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176th Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration

September 21, 2018
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The Long Island Fair is unique among New York State county fairs in that it maintains much of the historical ambiance of the 19th century. At the 176th Long Island Fair, you can watch blacksmithing, among other historical demonstrations including music and dance © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Old Bethpage, NY – Old Bethpage Village Restoration (OBVR) will host the 176th Annual Long Island Fair this weekend: September 22 and 23.

Enjoy magic shows, a petting zoo, and historical entertainment. Stilt walkers traverse the grounds, and entertainers delight families with puppets, juggling and storytelling. All of these festivities continue a 176-year tradition. Attractions such as livestock shows, the Timberworks Lumberjack Show, tractor rides, Civil War reenactments, and Rough Rider demonstrations whisk riders back to another era.

Visitors will also find:

  • Historical demonstrations: tin-smithing, pottery, blacksmithing, weaving, and candle-making;
  • Dance opportunities: brass bands, a fiddler, bluegrass band Buddy Merriam & Backroads, Homegrown String Band, and kids’ singer-songwriter Patricia Shih;
  • Tests of skill: sawing, corn-husking, and scarecrow-building contests; guessing the weight of a giant pumpkin;
  • Tickets required: rides on camels, ponies, horse-drawn wagons, a hot-air balloon, and a 19th-century carousel; bounce houses;
  • Eats for sale: candied apples, pumpkins, organic veggies, fresh-made candy, giant turkey legs, and funnel cakes.

Meanwhile, baseball fans can enjoy the end-of-season matches of OBVR’s Old Time Baseball League, which recreates “baseball” as it was played in the latter half of the 19th century, with teams competing in authentic uniforms and playing under the names of Long Island clubs of that era.

The Long Island Fair is the New York State-recognized county fair for Queens, Nassau and Suffolk, and involves the cooperation of the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums and the Agricultural Society of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Thousands of exhibits are entered every year in friendly competition, with blue ribbon categories including livestock, flowers and vegetables from farms and home gardens, culinary, needlework, hobbies, and a junior division for those 13 and younger. This year’s competitions will also include an “Advanced” category for new professionals, novices and students who are serious about their craft. Entries in this category will require a fee, with generous first, second and third place prizes; and the judges will be required to submit credentials in the specific classes.

The fair is unique among New York State County Fairs in that it maintains much of the historical ambiance of the 19th century. The fair was founded in 1842 and became known as the Queens County Agricultural Fair, but soon after was called the Mineola Fair when it moved to a permanent location in Mineola in 1866. The fair moved to Roosevelt Raceway in 1953 and to the newly opened Old Bethpage Village Restoration in 1970, where it is held on a 12-acre recreation of the original Mineola Fairgrounds.

The Long Island Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Entrance fees are: $15 for adults, $13 for children (5 to 12) and seniors 60 & up. Children 5 and under and Active Military Personnel: Free.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration provides visitors with a unique and wonderful opportunity to step back in time and experience life in a recreated mid-19th Century American village set on more than 200 acres. Old Bethpage Village is located at 1303 Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage; for more information, call (516) 572-8401.

For more information about the Long Island Fair, visit www.lifair.org.

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150th Running of Belmont Stakes, Featuring Triple Crown Contender Justify, Kicks off With 3-Day Festival

June 5, 2018

The 150th running of the Belmont Stakes in Nassau County features a Triple Crown contender, Justify. The race is the climax of a three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival taking place at Belmont Park from Thursday, June 7 through Saturday, June 9, when there will be 33 races, including 18 stakes, offering $9.4 million in purses © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Belmont Stakes Week was kicked off by Nassau County Executive Laura Curran at Belmont Park. She was joined by New York Racing Association (NYRA) CEO Chris Kay, Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) President Phillip Eng and Nassau County Industrial Development Chairman Richard Kessel.

“The Belmont Stakes has existed for 150 years and it is one of the largest sporting events in the world,” said County Executive Curran. “Every year, it provides a major economic boost to Nassau County.”

The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival taking place at Belmont Park from Thursday, June 7 through Saturday, June 9, has quickly become an exciting way for sports fans to kick off the summer season in New York. The festival includes the very best in thoroughbred racing alongside world-class entertainment and premium hospitality options, said Kay. Attendance is expected to reach 90,000.

And for the first time since 2015, Belmont Park will play host to a Triple Crown contender with Justify looking to achieve racing immortality and a newly-designed award.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran poses with the new Belmont Stakes trophy designed by sculptor Roberto Santo and created by silversmith Ubaldo Vitali.

The spectacular new Triple Crown trophy, designed by sculptor Roberto Santo and created by silversmith Ubaldo Vitali, was unveiled at the press conference. The trophy stands 36 inches high and weighs about 45 pounds.

During the course of the three-day festival, there will be 33 races, including 18 stakes, offering $9.4 million in purses, according to Kay.

Entertainment will be top notch this year. Third Eye Blind will headline the performance lineup for the 2018 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival with trackside pre- and post-race concerts on June 9. Belmont Stakes Day will include a performance from the hit Broadway musical A Bronx Tale. On Friday, June 8, fans can enjoy a performance from the acclaimed Billy Joel tribute band Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot at the end of live racing.

The Nassau County Police Department outlined traffic and security issues and the LIRR outlined its operations for the day.

“The security of all spectators at the Belmont Stakes is the main priority of the Nassau County Police Department,” said Commissioner Ryder. “Numerous resources have been assigned and our Intelligence Unit is working with Federal, State and local authorities to ensure a safe environment.  Visitors are reminded to pack food items in clear plastic bags only and that alcohol, coolers, backpacks and duffel bags are prohibited to be brought onto the grounds. Visitors should expect traffic delays, especially after the main race and mass transit is recommended as a form of transportation.”  (Train schedule at

http://web.mta.info/lirr/getaways/belmontpark/BelmontStakes-2018.pdf)

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Town of North Hempstead Memorial Day Commemoration and Fireworks Slated for May 26

May 1, 2018

The Town of North Hempstead, Long Island, hosts Memorial Day Commemoration Fireworks at North Hempstead Beach on May 26 © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The Town of North Hempstead, Long Island is hosting Memorial Day Fireworks and Commemoration Ceremony, will be held at North Hempstead Beach Park on Saturday, May 26, with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This year, the Memorial Day Fireworks and Commemoration Ceremony will a feature fireworks display by Santore Fireworks, musical entertainment from Wonderous Stories and special guests. After the fireworks, there will be a DJ performance. During the ceremony, students from Carle Place High School will sing the National Anthem and Cub Scouts from Pack 221 will perform the Pledge of Allegiance. Scenic North Hempstead Beach Park offers a boardwalk along the water and picnic areas so visitors can enjoy a start to the summer season.

“Each year we look forward to hosting our Memorial Day Fireworks Commemoration and Fireworks at North Hempstead Beach Park,” said North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi  Bosworth.  “This event serves to pay tribute to our veterans, active duty military personnel and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom.”

The program will start at 6:30 p.m.  Fireworks will begin at darkness.

The Town offers FREE parking for veterans and active duty military on May 26 for the Annual Memorial Day Commemoration and Fireworks Extravaganza at North Hempstead Beach Park.  Parking pass will be available at various facilities throughout the Town with a proof of ID.  For more information on how to receiving a free parking pass call 516-869-6311 or visit: https://bit.ly/2Fh4xGZ.

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2017 Best Places for Christmas Celebrations

December 20, 2017
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New York City is one of the top-ranked places for Christmas Celebrations by WalletHub © 2017 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

With Christmas being the most popular holiday in the U.S. and one of the most expensive – Americans plan to spend up to $682 billion over the holiday season this year – the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best Places for Christmas Celebrations.

To help Americans celebrate Christmas without breaking the bank, WalletHub compared the 100 biggest cities across 29 key metrics. The data set ranges from Christmas events per capita to average price per Christmas party ticket to shopping centers and outlets per capita.

Best Cities for Christmas Celebrations  
1 Chicago, IL   11 St. Louis, MO
2 San Francisco, CA   12 Dallas, TX
3 Pittsburgh, PA   13 Cincinnati, OH
4 New York, NY   14 Los Angeles, CA
5 Seattle, WA   15 Denver, CO
6 Orlando, FL   16 Birmingham, AL
7 Atlanta, GA   17 San Diego, CA
8 Washington, DC   18 Houston, TX
9 Las Vegas, NV   19 Oklahoma City, OK
10 Portland, OR   20 Miami, FL
           

Key Stats

  • Durham, North Carolina, has the lowest average price for a Christmas party ticket, $8.27, which is six times lower than in Las Vegas, the city with the highest at $49.99.
  • San Francisco has the most Christmas events (per square root of the population), 0.038, which is 38 times more than in Tucson, Arizona, the city with the fewest at 0.001.
  • Miami has the most Christmas tree farms (per square root of the population), 0.024, which is 24 times more than in Fort Worth, Texas, the city with the fewest at 0.001.
  • San Francisco, California, has the most gift shops (per square root of the population), 0.209, which is 104.5 times more than in Garland, Texas, the city with the fewest at 0.002.
  • New York has the most toy stores (per square root of the population), 0.145, which is 72.5 times more than in Detroit, the city with the fewest at 0.002.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, visit:
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Nighttime Stroll of New York City’s Holiday Lights

 

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Iconic 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Kicks off Holiday Season in NYC; Here’s What to Expect

November 9, 2017
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Macy’s iconic Thanksgiving Parade that kicks off the winter holiday season actually starts the night before, with a gigantic blow-up event that has become a major festival experience, drawing tens of thousands of onlookers on the streets around the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park West © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

NEW YORK –This Thanksgiving, a magical march returns to the streets of New York City and to homes across the U.S. as the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® kicks off the holiday season with its signature spectacle of wonder. On Thursday, Nov. 23 (9 a.m.-noon in all time zones), the streets of Manhattan will come alive at the sound of “Let’s Have a Parade!” Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of NBC’s “Today” will host the broadcast. Telemundo will simulcast the parade in Spanish, with the event hosted by Carlos Ponce, Jessica Carrillo and Karim Mendiburu.

Ready to spread holiday cheer, the annual procession is sure to delight more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers nationwide with its traditional merriment. Since the first march in 1924, the Macy’s Parade has captivated audiences and become synonymous with the start of the holiday season. For the 91st edition, the line-up will feature 17 giant character balloons; 28 legacy balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands; and 6 performance groups.

The star power on parade will once again feature some of the nation’s most riveting performers. Taking to the streets of New York City on board one of Macy’s signature floating stages and thrilling the nation with their performances at Herald Square will be 98 Degrees, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sabrina Carpenter, Andra Day & Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Andy Grammer, Angelica Hale, Olivia Holt, Nicky Jam, Wyclef Jean, Bravo’s Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, Dustin Lynch, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, Bebe Rexha, Smokey Robinson, Jojo Siwa and more.

On 34th Street, Broadway’s best shows will take a star turn in front of Macy’s famed flagship with special performances from the casts of “Anastasia,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Once On This Island” and “SpongeBob SquarePants – The Broadway Musical.” In addition, the show-stopping Radio City Rockettes®  will bring their signature high-kicking magic to Herald Square.

“The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of our great holiday traditions and we’re thrilled to be able to once again bring the pageantry and spectacle to viewers across the country,” said Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs and Late Night, NBC Entertainment. “We can’t wait to see all the balloons, floats and high-end entertainment that have become such an integral part of this wonderful event.”

“For more than 90 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has signaled the start of the holiday season for millions of families. We are thrilled to once again come together as a nation to give this gift of joy and wonder to all,” said Susan Tercero, group vice-president of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She added, “Our incredible team has planned a fantastic spectacle featuring an amazing line-up of giant character balloons, floats of fantasy, the nation’s best marching bands and performance groups, a dazzling array of musical artists, all coming together to herald the arrival of the one-and-only Santa Claus.”

The Macy’s Parade is always a unique multi-level, magical march that provides spectators with different experiences, whether they watch it on television with friends and family or scout the perfect spot on the route to watch it unfold live. To give fans another unique viewing opportunity, Macy’s, along with NBCUniversal and Verizon will once again take viewers closer to the magic via up close and personal views of the event through a 360-degree livestream of the parade on Verizon’s YouTube page. The stream, found at www.youtube.com/verizon, will be synced with the start of the Parade.

Flying Icons

Taking flight on Turkey Day will be the Parade’s signature giant character helium balloons. Since their introduction in 1927, these giants of the sky have featured some of the world’s most beloved characters. This year four giant characters will debut, including Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen,” Illumination presents Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Jett from Super Wings™ and PAW Patrol®.

The balloon line-up will also feature the return of Harold the Baseball Player, a legacy Macy’s character prominently featured in Twentieth Century Fox’s iconic holiday film classic “Miracle on 34th Street.” In celebration of the film’s 70th anniversary, the Harold heritage balloon has been recreated for this year’s Parade, painted in hues of black, white and grey, to look exactly as it did on-screen during a memorable scene in the 1947 film. In addition to Harold, the famed spokesduck, the Aflac Duck, will debut as an all-new balloonicle (a Macy’s Parade innovation of hybrid cold-air balloon and vehicle) and is sure to have fans quacking with joy and laughter down the route.

Returning giant balloon characters include Angry Birds’ Red; Charlie Brown; Diary of a Wimpy Kid®;  Sinclair’s Dino®; the Elf on the Shelf®; Hello Kitty®; Ice Age’s Scrat and His Acorn; Pikachu™; Pillsbury Doughboy™; Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger; Ronald McDonald®; SpongeBob SquarePants; and DreamWorks’ Trolls.

Parade Floats

Floating down the route this Thanksgiving, the Parade’s signature floats transport spectators to worlds of wonder. Designed and created by the incredible artists of Macy’s Parade Studio, which include carpenters, painters, animators, sculptors, metal fabricators, scenic/costume designers and electricians, this year’s line-up of floats sets an unparalleled stage for entertainment. The painstaking process of creating a Macy’s Parade float is both a creative and technical endeavor. Macy’s Parade floats are often three-stories tall and several lanes of traffic wide, but must collapse to no more than 12½-feet tall and 8-feet wide in order to travel safely from the New Jersey home of the Parade Studio, to the Manhattan starting line via the Lincoln Tunnel each Thanksgiving eve. These creations are not only works of art, but also engineering marvels.

This year five new floats will debut including Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop by Entenmann’s® (Sara Evans), Harvest in the Valley by Green Giant® (Lauren Alaina), Parade Day Mischief by Sour Patch Kids® Candy (Nicky Jam), Shimmer and Shine by Nickelodeon (Jojo Siwa) and Universal Playground by Sprout® (Angelica Hale). A special float by Delta Air Lines will also debut to commemorate the season of togetherness with the perfect gift of song, as more than 125 Macy’s employees gather to form a one-of-a-kind cross-generational choir aboard the Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree.

The returning float roster includes 1-2-3 Sesame Street by Sesame Street (Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast and Muppets of “Sesame Street“); The Aloha Spirit by King’s Hawaiian (Goo Goo Dolls), Big Apple by N.Y. Daily News (Bebe Rexha); Big City Cheer! by Spirit of America Productions (Miss America 2018 Cara Mund); Building a Better World by Girl Scouts of the USA (Andra Day and Common); The Colonel’s Road Trip to NYC by Kentucky Fried Chicken (Dustin Lynch); The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray®; Deck the Halls by Balsam Hill® (Olivia Holt); Discover Adventure! by Build-A-Bear (Sabrina Carpenter); Frozen Fall Fun by Discover®/NHL (Wyclef Jean) and NHL Hockey Hall of Famers Ray Bourque & Bryan Trottier); Fun House by Krazy Glue® (Flo Rida); Heartwarming Holiday Countdown by Hallmark Channel (98 Degrees); It’s All Rock & Roll by Gibson Brands (Jimmy Fallon & The Roots); Mount Rushmore’s American Pride by South Dakota Department of Tourism (Smokey Robinson); On The Roll Again by Homewood Suites by Hilton® (Andy Grammer); Santa’s Sleigh; Snoopy’s Doghouse by Peanuts Worldwide; Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations by Domino® Sugar (Cam); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Nickelodeon (Kat Graham); and Tom Turkey featuring Bravo’s Top Chef (Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio).

Drum Roll, Please…

Marching bands are a central piece of the Thanksgiving delights, bringing national excitement and hometown pride to the streets of the Big Apple, not to mention the musical beat to the holiday revelry. Twelve performance ensembles will take up the call of the baton and march down the streets of Manhattan. This year’s bands include Colony High School (Palmer, Alaska), Davis High School (Kaysville, Utah), Rosemount High School (Rosemount, Minn.), West Harrison High School (Gulfport, Miss.), Rockford High School (Rockford, Mich.), Ohio University (Athens, Ohio), Nation Ford High School (Fort Mill, S.C.), Trumbull High School (Trumbull, Conn.), Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, Texas), the United States Air Force Band and Honor Guard, Macy’s Great American Marching Band (United States) and the NYPD Marching Band (New York, NY).

Specialty Parade entertainment always promises a unique, exciting, and sometimes humorous look at the nation’s finest performance groups. Returning to the line-up this year are the dancers and cheerleaders of Spirit of America Dance Stars and Spirit of America Cheer. These groups combined feature more than 1,000 of the nation’s very best performers recruited from small towns and big cities. Days before Thanksgiving, they will gather for the first time in NYC, ahead of their once-in-a-lifetime national spotlight. Adding to the dance floor revelry will be 34th & Phunk, a special group commissioned and produced by Macy’s with organizers from the United States Tournament of Dance. Choreographed by the legendary artist Willdabeast Adams and acclaimed dancer Janelle Ginestra, 34th & Phunk will be a one-of-a-kind hip-hop dance crew featuring performers of all ages and from all walks of life, who have a passion for dance and precision movement. Bringing a Broadway flair to the spectacle will be the talented kids of Camp Broadway, who this year have auditioned and selected dancers/singers from military bases around the nation, and who will pay tribute to America with their performance. Rounding out the performance group list are the zany Red Hot Mamas (Post Falls, Idaho) who will deliver their signature humorous take on the holiday season, along with the whimsical stars of the Big Apple Circus (New York, NY).

Interactive Fun

This year the magic of Macy’s iconic balloons and Parade artistry will head south for the winter to give fans an up close and personal experience for the holidays. Starting on Saturday, Nov. 18, Universal Orlando Resort’s destination-wide Holidays celebration begins, featuring the all-new “Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.” This one-of-a-kind experience is where merry and mayhem mesh to create a fantastic treat for park guests that features more than 15 incredibly detailed floats, colorful stilt-walkers and characters, and a specially created cast of all new Macy’s balloons that you can’t see anywhere else. Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s will run daily from Nov. 18 through Jan. 6.

The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. from 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will march to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square. “A Holiday Treat for Children Everywhere” has been the guiding motto of this annual tradition for more than nine decades and is the mandate that continues to this day.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Brad Lachman Productions. Brad Lachman serves as executive producer, Bill Bracken will co-executive produce and Ryan Polito directs.

For more information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,  visit www.macys.com/parade  or call the Parade hotline at 212-494-4495. Follow @macys on various social networks and join the conversation using #MacysParade.

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Star-Studded Lineup Announced for 2017 Gold Coast International Film Festival Nov 5-15

October 28, 2017

In “Dog Years,” Burt Reynolds stars as an aging, former movie star who is forced to face the reality that his glory days are behind him. A tale about faded fame, but at its core, a universal story about growing old. Also starring Ariel Winter (Modern Family). A funny and ultimately touching cross-generational comedy. The film is part of the Gold Coast International Film Festival.

GREAT NECK, NY — The 2017 Gold Coast International Film Festival presents an exciting slate of more than 80 feature-length and short films for this year. Among the impressive array of films is the Long Island Premiere of Dare to Be Different about WLIR 92.7,
the influential Long Island radio station on the cutting edge of music in the 1980s. The festival’s Spotlight Film is Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman, whose brilliant performance as Sir Winston Churchill drives this historic account of the early days of World War II. Festival events will take place at venues across the storied Gold Coast of Nassau County, and the public is guaranteed an exciting week of films, parties, filmmaker Q&A’s, and glamour.
The Gold Coast International Film Festival will celebrate its launch on Sunday, November 5, 2017, with screenings of two very inspiring films at the Bow Tie Squire Theater in Great Neck:
Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro will be shown at 3:30 p.m. and Supergirl at 3:00 p.m.
Underfire is the remarkable story of WWII infantryman and legendary photographer Tony Vaccaro, who created one of the most comprehensive, haunting and intimate photographic records of the war using a smuggled $47 camera while developing the negatives in his helmet at night. Tony Vaccaro, Director Max Lewkowicz and Producer Valerie Thomas will participate in a post-screening Q&A session, followed by the opening reception of Tony Vaccaro’s acclaimed, wartime and celebrity photography at the Gold Coast Arts Center Gallery in Great Neck.

Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish pre-teen girl with an extraordinary talent – holding a world record in powerlifting is the subject of the film “Supergirl,” to be shown at the Gold Coast International Film Festival. The film’s director will join Naomi and her family for a Q&A following the movie.

Supergirl is the story of Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish pre-teen girl with an extraordinary talent – holding a world record in powerlifting. The film’s director will join Naomi and her
family for a Q&A following the movie.
The Long Island Premiere of Dare to Be Different will screen on Sunday, November 12, at Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington at 5:00 p.m. Director Ellen Goldfarb and Executive Producer and former WLIR Program Director Denis McNamara, plus a host of other special guests, including artists and DJs featured in the film will participate in a Q&A that could only happen on Long Island, where WLIR brought new wave music to America. WLIR helped launch the careers of U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Blondie, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, The Clash, and The Cure, among others. Special guests attending the premiere include Larry
“The Duck” Dunn, Michael “Eppy” Epstein, Max Leinwand, Steve North, Carol Silva, Donna Donna and “Malibu Sue” McCann.
Darkest Hour will be screened on Monday, November 13 at Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington. The film, which is receiving rave reviews for Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Sir Winston Churchill, will be followed by a Q&A with Churchill’s granddaughter and world-renowned sculptor, Edwina Sandys.

“Ben-Gurion: Epilogue,” a documentary compiled from six hours of never-before-seen footage of conversations with Israel’s founding father, is a work of undeniable historical significance with prophetic implications for Israel’s future. The screening at Gold Coast International Film Festival on Wednesday, Nov. 8 will be followed with a Q&A with Alon Ben-Gurion.

Other standout films and events at this year’s festival include more than 40 premieres, including French movie-star Isabelle Huppert’s new film Souvenir; Burt Reynold’s new film Dog YearsBombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story; and the timely Bill Nye: Science Guy. The festival is also featuring Yellow Birds, starring Jennifer Aniston, Toni Collette, Alden Ehrenreich and Tye Sheridan, Ben-Gurion, Epilogue about Israel’s founding father, with a live post-screening Q&A with David Ben-Gurion’s grandson Alon Ben-Gurion; the delightful documentary Hummus!
The Movie, followed by “The Great Gold Coast Hummus Taste-Off” at Lola; and the East Coast premiere of the Iranian film Gholam, starring Shahab Hosseini, star of the 2016 Oscar-winning film The Salesman, which premiered at last year’s festival. On Saturday, November 11, the festival will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Oscar-winning Hollywood musical Pal Joey, starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak. Sinatra’s granddaughter, Amanda Erlinger will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening.
The seventh anniversary of the not-for-profit Gold Coast International Film Festival features over 80 films and dozens of filmmakers at screenings and events at North Shore venues,
including Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington, the Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck, Port Washington, Manhasset and Roslyn, and the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck. Films presented this year showcase some of Hollywood’s best actors, include Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Arquette, Burt Reynolds, Isabelle Huppert, Rainn Wilson, Bill Nye, Rosemarie DeWitt, Imogen Poots, and Shahab Hosseini. Films starring screen
immortals Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Gary Cooper and many more industry stars will also be presented. Award-winning feature films from the world’s most prestigious festivals (Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Tribeca, Hamptons) will be shown, along with dozens of excellent short films.

Can Bill Nye show the world why science matters in a culture increasingly indifferent to evidence? With intimate and exclusive access, this documentary is a behind-the-scenes portrait of “the Science Guy,” as he inspires Millennials to participate in STEM. With wonder and whimsy, the film follows Bill’s journey to change the world… with science.

This year, GCIFF again presents the work of talented young filmmakers in grades K-12 in our Young Filmmakers Program, presented in partnership with Hofstra University.
Filmmakers and special guests scheduled to attend the Gold Coast International Film Festival include: renowned photographer Tony Vaccaro; Alon Ben-Gurion; award-winning filmmakers Alexandra Dean (Bombshell); Max Lewkowicz (Underfire); Ellen Goldfarb and Denis McNamara (Dare to Be Different); Jessie Auritt (Supergirl); Jean-Stéphane Bron (Paris Opera); Yael Melamede and Jenny McQuaile (Straight/Curve); Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill; Amanda Erlinger, granddaughter of Frank Sinatra;
plus many more.
Sponsors and partners of this year’s Gold Coast International Film Festival include: founding partners, the Town of North Hempstead and Douglas Elliman Real Estate; major partners, Hofstra University and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency; as well as Neiman Marcus Garden City; GEICO; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; AARP Long Island; A.L. Sarroff Fund; Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; The Katz Institute for Women’s Health at Northwell Health; St. Mary’s Kids; , Jet Blue; Biener Audi; LVR Rental; The Inn at Great Neck; The Andrew Hotel; WLIW21; Altice; New York Women in Film & Television; Anton Publications; Blank Slate Media; LI Pulse; Edelman Financial Services, LLC; and LOLA of Great Neck.
For tickets to all screenings and events visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org

Here are some of the highlights:

Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro – Long Island Premiere

Q&A with Tony Vaccaro, Director Max Lewkowitz and Producer Valerie Thomas

Sunday, Nov. 5 at 3:30pm

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Max Lewkowicz | USA | English | 73 min |Documentary

The remarkable story of WWII infantryman and photographer Tony Vaccaro, who created one of the most comprehensive, haunting and intimate photographic records of the war using a smuggled $47 camera while developing the negatives in his helmet at night.Sponsored by AARP Long Island
*Will be followed by the Opening Reception of an exhibit of Tony Vaccaro’s stunning wartime and celebrity photography at the Gold Coast Arts Center Gallery

Supergirl – Long Island Premiere

Q&A with Director Jessie Auritt and the “Supergirl” herself!

Sunday, Nov. 5 at 3:00pm

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Jessie Auritt | USA | English | 80 min |Documentary

When a nine-year-old girl breaks a powerlifting world record, she turns into an international phenomenon – and “Supergirl” is born. Naomi Kutin seems like a typical New Jersey Orthodox Jewish pre-teen until her extraordinary talent transforms the lives of her family and thrusts her into news headlines. Supergirl follows Naomi’s unique coming-of-age story as she fights to hold on to her title while navigating the perils of adolescence—from strict religious obligations to cyber-bullying, to a changing body, and on top of that, health issues could jeopardize her future in powerlifting.

Ben-Gurion: Epilogue
*Q&A with Alon Ben-Gurion

Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30pm

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Yariv Mozer | Israel | Hebrew, English | 70 min | Documentary

Compiled from six hours of never-before-seen footage, the discovered conversations with Israel’s founding father present a rare and fortuitous piece of cinematic archeology. A work of undeniable historical significance with prophetic implications for Israel’s future.

Presented in Partnership with American Friends of Soroka Medical Center

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story – Long Island Premiere

Q&A with Director Alexandra Dean, Dr. Christine Metz and Fleming Meeks; moderated by Diane Masciale of WNET

Thursday Nov. 9 at 7:30pm

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Alexandra Dean | USA | English | 90 min |Documentary

Hedy Lamarr, the woman many critics and fans alike regard as the most beautiful ever to appear in films, was also the secret inventor of secure wifi, Bluetooth and GPS communications, but her arresting good looks stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved…until now. A film for lovers of history, Hollywood and science. Sponsored by Edelman Financial Services, LLC. A Science on Screen screening Sponsored by Edelman Financial Services, LLC

Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image – Long Island Premiere

Q&A with Director Jenny McQuaile and Producer Yael Melamede and a panel of distinguished experts from Northwell Health

Saturday, Nov. 11 at 4:00pm

Soundview Cinemas

Jenny McQuaile | USA | English | 83 min |Documentary

The exciting new documentary that examines the industries and obstacles responsible for the body image crisis and showcases the dynamic leaders fighting for more diversity of size, race and age. “[This film] will change the way you think about yourself.” Sponsored by Katz Institute for Women’s Health at Northwell Health

Pal Joey 

Q&A with Amanda Erlinger, Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter and Nancy Sinatra’s daughter

Saturday, Nov. 11 at 6:30pm

Soundview Cinemas

George Sidney | USA | English | 111 min | Narrative

Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak star in this Academy Award-winning musical gem celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Joey Evans (Sinatra) is a second-rate singer known for his womanizing ways. When he meets Linda (Novak), a naive chorus girl, he has stirrings of real feelings. However, that does not stop him from romancing a former flame and ex-stripper, now society matron Vera Prentice-Simpson (Hayworth). With a great cast and book and a score full of unforgettable songs, you won’t want to miss this rare chance to see this Technicolor classic on the big screen.  

Hummus! The Movie – Long Island Premiere

Sunday, Nov. 12 at 4:00pm

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Oren Rosenfeld | Israel | English, Arabic, Hebrew w/ English Subtitles | 70 min |Documentary

It Unites! It Divides! It’s Delicious! An eclectic, touching film about Hummus, the delicious super food sweeping across America. Includes secret recipes, a Guinness World Record and the power of Hummus to bring Muslims, Christians and Jews together – in the Middle East, America and around the world.

Sponsored by The Nassim Family

Dare to be Different – Long Island Premiere
Q&A with Director Ellen Goldfarb and special guests

Sunday, Nov. 12. There is a 4:30pm and 7:30pm screening.  The 4:30 has a Q&A. We will also likely add a Tuesday 11/14 screening with Q&A

Soundview Cinemas
Ellen Goldfarb | USA | English | 93 min |Documentary

U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Blondie, Duran Duran, The Clash, The Cure: Over half a billion records sold but you may never have heard of them if not for a small suburban radio station on Long Island, NY: WLIR. The story of the small group of radio visionaries who changed the sound of radio forever by battling the FCC, the record labels and mega-radio to create a musical movement that brought the New Wave to America.

Darkest Hour

Q&A with Edwina Sandys, Winston Churchill’s granddaughter

Monday, Nov. 13 at 7:00pm

Soundview Cinemas

Joe Wright | UK | English | 114 minutes | Narrative

Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman’s brilliant performance as Winston Churchill drives this story of the early days of World War II. Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister. While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds.

The festival will finish on Wednesday November 15 with a Closing Awards Lunch at the cafe at Neiman Marcus Garden City (in Roosevelt Field), noon to 2pm.  The lunch will also be the launch of the Neiman Marcus ”Love to Give” Collection. 10% of the proceeds from the sale of the ”Love to Give” items goes back to the Arts Center.

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Best Places for Halloween: ‘Legend of Sleepy Hollow,’ ‘Blaze’ Halloween Events Return to Historic Hudson Valley

September 25, 2017
Halloween in Historic Hudson Valley

At Horseman’s Hollow, Philipsburg Manor, you may well encounter the Headless Horseman in the shadows. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Washington Irving’s macabre tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” is the inspiration for Horseman’s Hollow, a spectacularly produced interactive Halloween haunted attraction at the colonial-era Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

It is one of a series of Historic Hudson Valley’s Halloween season spectacular events, the largest Halloween events in the tri-state area, which draw more than 150,000 visitors to Sleepy Hollow Country. They take place in several Historic Hudson Valley venues, each one an important attraction.

Halloween in Historic Hudson Valley

Fanciful figures made of jack o’lanterns are just a few of the 7,000 illuminated jacks on The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze, a hugely popular family-friendly walk-through experience at Van Cortlandt Manor. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze®, Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, (Sept. 29-30, Oct. 1, 5-9, 12-31 and Nov. 2-5, 9-12, 17-18, 24-25)
The tri-state area’s biggest, most electrifying Halloween event returns with more pumpkin power than ever before! Meander through an historic, 18th century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display — all made of jack o’ lanterns.  In this elaborate, hugely popular walk-through experience, see more than 7,000 illuminated jacks, all designed and individually hand-carved on site by a team of artisans. Wander along the main street Pumpkin Promenade and stroll across the Pumpkin Zee Bridge. You will discover an awe-inspiring jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty.

See a fully functioning, 20-foot diameter Pumpkin Carousel with a variety of pumpkin creatures along for the ride. (Gourds only, no humans on this one!)

Feel the earth shake as you approach Jurassic Park, where a herd of pint-sized dinosaurs mingles with an enormous T-Rex, brontosaurus, triceratops, and flying pterodactyl. And don’t miss Sleepy Hollow Country’s most iconic inhabitant, the Headless Horseman…yes, all made entirely of jack o’lanterns!

Halloween in Historic Hudson Valley

Look closely and you will see The Headless Horseman himself in jack o’lanterns at The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and an all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area’s most innovative fall-inspired happening.

All admissions are by timed ticket only, which MUST be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at http://www.hudsonvalley.org or call 914-631-8200. Online admission is: Adults $20 ($25 Friday and Saturday); Children $16 ($20 Friday and Saturday); and free for members and children under 3.

Horseman’s Hollow, Philipsburg Manor, 381 N Broadway (Route 9), Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.  (Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 26-31)
Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman’s Hollow transforms Philipsburg Manor into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Those who survive the trail enter the ruins of Ichabod’s Schoolhouse, where they must endure a twisted maze of horrors, only to end up in the lair of the Horseman.

Halloween in Historic Hudson Valley

Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman’s Hollow transforms Philipsburg Manor into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

This is Sleepy Hollow’s premier haunted attraction, right in the heart of the village. Not suitable for small children or the faint of heart (and they mean it). Enter at your own risk!

All admissions are by timed ticket only, which MUST be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at http://www.hudsonvalley.org or call 914-631-8200. Online admission is $20 ($25 Saturday); $5 discount for members.

Irving’s ‘Legend’, Old Dutch Church, 430 N. Broadway (Route 9), Sleepy Hollow, (Oct 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 26-31)
Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic reading of Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes, Kruk’s storytelling captivates all audiences.

Admissions for this 45-minute performance are by timed ticket only, which MUST be purchased in advance. Performances are at 6:15, 7:30, and 8:45pm on Fridays and 1:30, 5, 6:15, and 7:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Buy tickets online at http://www.hudsonvalley.org. Online admission is: Adults $25; Children $20; $5 discount for members.

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Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic reading of Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, at the Old Dutch Church © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Sunnyside: Home of the ‘Legend’, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, 3 W Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown, (October 6-9, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28)

What better way to spend a haunt-filled weekend than at the homestead of Washington Irving, creator of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? Irving’s fascinating home — a colorful blend of architectural styles — showcases numerous, previously unseen objects from HHV’s collection related to Irving’s famous story. Visitors can enjoy a shadow puppet performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and create Headless Horseman-themed art.

Timed tours every half hour starting at 10am. Last tour is at 3pm. Buy tickets online at http://www.hudsonvalley.org. Online admission is: Adults $16; Seniors $12; Children $8; and free for members and children under 3.

All events are held rain or shine. Proceeds support Historic Hudson Valley, the Tarrytown-based private, non-profit educational organization that owns and operates the historic sites that host these events.

Because of the popularity of these events, it is essential to purchase tickets in advance.

Buy tickets online at www.hudsonvalley.org or by calling 914-366-6900 ($2 per ticket surcharge for phone orders and for tickets purchased onsite, if available).

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