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‘Out of the Vault: 25 Years of Collecting’ Opens at Nassau County Museum of Art

March 5, 2015
Roy Lichtenstein, Foot and Hand, 1964, a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dorsky, will be exhibited as part of the Nassau County Museum of Art's "Out of the Vault".

Roy Lichtenstein, Foot and Hand, 1964, a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dorsky, will be exhibited as part of the Nassau County Museum of Art’s “Out of the Vault”.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Nassau County Museum of Art is presenting Out of the Vault: 25 Years of Collecting, its first comprehensive exhibition of works from the permanent collection. It will be on view March 21 to July 12, 2015.

This presentation highlights patrons’ numerous gifts to the Museum over the last quarter century that have never, or rarely, been exhibited. Each gallery space within this multifaceted presentation will focus on different themes such as past and present portraiture, great traditions in paintings, post-war prints and vintage posters of many eras. Exploring a diverse range of artists that are strongly represented in the Museum’s collections, this exhibit includes works by naturalist John James Audubon, photographer Larry Fink, as well as Pop Art icons Marisol Escobar, Robert Indiana and Larry Rivers, among others.

Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered at 2 p.m. each day; tours of the mansion are offered each Saturday at 1 p.m.; meet in the lobby, no reservations needed. Tours are free with museum admission. Family tour and art activities are offered Sundays from 1 pm; free with museum admission. Call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12 to inquire about group tours. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and above) and $4 for students with ID and children aged 4 to 12. Members and children under 4 are admitted free. The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (516) 484-9337 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions or log onto nassaumuseum.org.

 

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‘Art of Golf’ Event Benefits Nassau County Museum of Art’s Education Programs

March 5, 2015
'Art of Golf' outing will benefit the Nassau County Museum of Art's education programs © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

‘Art of Golf’ outing will benefit the Nassau County Museum of Art’s education programs © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Art of Golf, on March 26 from 6 to 9 p.m., will be a fun evening of networking, golf and games to benefit education programs at Nassau County Museum of Art. The event will be held at the PGA Tour Superstore, 1254 Corporate Drive, Westbury, NY.

Organized by members and friends of the Museum’s Corporate Committee, The Art of Golf features an open wine bar, food tastings, entertainment, auctions and golf contests with fabulous prizes. Guests will be able to test their golf techniques at simulators and putting greens and work on their games with a PGA Golf Pro. The evening also features discounts on golf clothing and equipment for all participants.

Tickets are $75 per person. To reserve tickets or to find out about ticket packages and sponsorship opportunities, visit the Museum’s website at http://nassaumuseum.org/support_the_museum.php.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Nassau County Museum of Art is presenting Out of the Vault: 25 Years of Collecting, its first comprehensive exhibition of works from the permanent collection.

Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, Long Island, New York.

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Long Beach International Film Festival Hosts Academy Awards Viewing Party Emceed By Comedian Rob Magnotti

February 18, 2015
The Long Beach International Film Festival is hosting a viewing party for the Academy Awards - LIVE ON STAGE emceed by Comedian Rob Magnotti on Sunday February 22.

The Long Beach International Film Festival is hosting a viewing party for the Academy Awards – LIVE ON STAGE emceed by Comedian Rob Magnotti on Sunday February 22.

Rockville Centre, NY – The Long Beach International Film Festival is hosting a viewing party for the Academy Awards – LIVE ON STAGE emceed by Comedian Rob Magnotti on Sunday February 22, from 7pm-11:30pm, at Madison Theatre, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Center.

Academy Awards viewing parties give the community and the booming film industry here in Nassau County, Long Island the opportunity to both share in the excitement of the awards show and support worthy causes on a local level. Guests will feel like stars themselves as they arrive at the brand new state of the art Madison Theatre at Molloy College, and strut down the Red Carpet.  Buy your own Hollywood Star, autograph it and add it to the “Walk of Fame”. There will photogs and video cameras posting to our instagram, twitter, vine and facebook sites. During the commercial breaks these will pictures will be randomly posted on stage with the hashtag #LBIFFNY.

The Red Carpet event will begin at 7pm where guests will be greeted with specialty drinks compliments of Nicki Minaj’s new MYX Fusion Moscato line, and cocktails compliments of Ed Caan, of Riviera Imports.  Passed hors d’oeuvres from 7-8pm.

At 8 pm guests will be asked to make their way to the stage for an Italian Style Sunday Supper while the Red Carpet coverage from Hollywood is televised.

Rob Magnotti is the host for the evening, best known for his complete transformation from head to toe into such personas as John Travolta, Adam Sandler, Al Pacino, Owen Wilson, Barack Obama and more. (You can also see Rob on shows such as Late Night with David Letterman, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 with Kevin James coming out in April and the new dramedy Surviving Sam.)

The event will raise funds for the “Rising Star Scholarship Fund” which will help an underserved child to attend the state of the art film camp at Molloy College.

There will be raffle prizes from Hotel Indigo, Golf Foursome at Indian Hills Country Club with host Ed Thompson of Molloy College, Long Beach International Film Festival All Access Passes, Skudin Surf Camp, movie memorabilia from Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicholson, Audrey Hepburn, and Disney.

Tickets are $50 per person with portion of the proceeds going to “Rising Star Scholarship Fund”. LBIFF is a registered 501(c)3.

Tickets can be purchased online www.MadisonTheatreNY.org or by calling the Madison Theater Box Office at (516) 323-4444

A limited number of seats will be available for purchase at the door.

The LBIFF will also be announcing submissions opening on March 1st through www.withoutabox.com and www.FilmFreeway.com

Pre-Festival “Shorts On The Beach” takes place in Long Beach, New York on August 7th and the 4th Annual Festival runs September 24th-27th.

The Long Beach International Film Festival celebrates the art of storytelling through cinema. Presenting shorts, fiction and documentary formats, the festival is committed to exhibiting films that convey a fresh voice and differing perspectives. The goal of these programs is to captivate, engage and enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment. www.longbeachfilm.com

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‘China Then and Now’ Exhibit Opens at Nassau County Museum of Art

November 19, 2014
Liu Dan (b. 1953), Mingsha Diabolo, 2013, Ink on paper, from The Xiling Collection, is on view in the China Then and Now exhibition at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Long Island,

Liu Dan (b. 1953), Mingsha Diabolo, 2013, Ink on paper, from The Xiling Collection, is on view in the China Then and Now exhibition at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Long Island,

China Then and Now, an exhibition opening at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Long Island, brings together exemplary Chinese works of art from the classical, early modern and contemporary periods. The exhibition explores three millennia of one of the world’s most important artistic traditions from the perspective of American collectors on Long Island, such as Childs and Frances Frick and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler. The exhibition opens on November 22, 2014 and remains on view through March 8, 2015.

It is the museum’s first exhibition devoted to Asian art, China Then and Now sheds new light on a fascinating chapter in America’s engagement with China and its arts.  This exhibition reveals the passion of American collectors of both the past and present for the culture and history of China.
China Then and Now unfolds over three galleries, each of which showcases the elegant beauty of Chinese art of different eras and media. The exhibition opens with 11 large-scale classical stone sculptures lent by the Art Properties, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University and formerly in the collections of Arthur M. Sackler. At the heart of China Then and Now is an installation of blue-and-white porcelains from the Ming and Qing eras (17th to 18th centuries) collected by Childs and Frances Frick and on loan, for the first time, from The Frick Collection in New York City. This display reunites these works with their original setting, the Georgian-style Bryce-Frick mansion that is today the home of the Nassau County Museum of Art. A final gallery presents extraordinary ink paintings by the renowned Beijing artist Liu Dan (born 1953) whose works bridge traditional forms with contemporary practices.

Among the special events in conjunction with the exhibition, on Saturday, December 20 at 3 p.m. Daisy Yiyou Wang, Curator of Chinese and East Asian Art at the Peabody Essex Museum, will give a lecture A Thousand Graces: Chinese Buddhist Sculpture in America Then and Now.
The talk traces the journeys of Chinese Buddhist sculptures from early 20th-century temples to their display in American art museums as they fascinated noted American collectors such as Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, Charles L. Freer and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Wang shares her new research on Charles L. Freer, the founder of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art, exploring his collection of Chinese Buddhist art. She is the author of a forthcoming monograph on Freer and his collection. Admission is $15 (museum members, $5) and includes museum admission. Register at nassaumuseum.org/events.
Sponsored by HSBC Private Bank, China Then and Now is co-organized by guest curators Amy G. Poster, Curator Emerita of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum, and Kaijun Chen, Ph.D., post-doctoral Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science.

Docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered at 2 p.m. each day; tours of the mansion are offered each Saturday at 1 p.m.; meet in the lobby, no reservations needed. Tours are free with museum admission. Family art activities and family tours are offered Sundays from 1 pm; free with museum admission.

Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12 to inquire about group tours. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and above) and $4 for students and children (4 to12). Members are admitted free. The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Call 516-484-9337 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions or log onto nassaumuseum.org.
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Lights, Sound, Movement Exhibit Opens at Gold Coast Arts Center Nov. 23

November 19, 2014
Kenny Greenberg is one of the five artists featured in "Lights, Sound, Movement," at the Gold Coast Arts Museum, Great Neck, Long Island, Nov. 23-Jan.15.

Kenny Greenberg is one of the five artists featured in “Lights, Sound, Movement,” at the Gold Coast Arts Museum, Great Neck, Long Island, Nov. 23-Jan.15.

“Lights, Sound, Movement,” a new exhibition on view Nov. 23-Jan. 15 at the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck, looks at the wide range of contemporary art utilizing light, sound and movement, from works that are concerned entirely with motion and unpredictability, from sculptures that engage with political topics, to work that brings ancient myth into contemporary life.

This exhibit showcases five artists who redefine art’s traditional parameters by engaging with a wealth of new materials, processes and technology to incorporate light, movement and sound in their work.

Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments at an Opening Reception on Sunday, November 23, 4-7 pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Karen Kettering Dimit employs neon as a secondary material used to draw you into the larger subject contained within. The neon becomes the magnetic component attracting your eye to look deeper.

Kenny Greenberg is a neon artist utilizing this material in its traditional form. In drawing a connection to the op-art movement of the 1960’s, Kenny uses the random flashing of his colored neon circles to create an optical rhythm.

Annalisa Iadicicco transposes the every day use of lit signage by emphasizing subjects of a politically charged nature.

Jack Rohe Howard-Potter creates sculpture that delves into the implication of physical movement. While the pieces by themselves don’t actually move, Jack captures the moment along the path of movement from beginning to end.

Mara Sfara tells a story using light, sound and movement in her sculpture. In linking all three elements the sculpture acts as a stage set in a theatrical performance.

Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck (entrance through the Maple Avenue parking lot). For more information, call 516-829-2570 or email gallery@goldcoastarts.org.

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Holiday Lights Spectacular Returns to Jones Beach State Park, Long Island

November 14, 2014
The Holiday Lights Spectacular returns to Jones Beach, Long Island, Nov. 20 through Jan. 4.

The Holiday Lights Spectacular returns to Jones Beach, Long Island, Nov. 20 through Jan. 4.

The drive-through Holiday Lights Spectacular presented by the NYCB Family of Banks will return to the West End of Jones Beach in November, bringing back a Long Island holiday tradition last held in the park in 2007. Partnering with entertainment giant Live Nation, the Holiday Lights Spectacular is a 2.5-mile drive offering visitors the opportunity to view more than 150 animated and synchronized light displays that will create a colorful and marvelous holiday experience.

The Holiday Lights Spectacular will begin on Thursday, November 20 and run through Sunday, January 4. Visitors can enjoy the display each day from dusk until 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 11:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

This year the Holiday Lights Spectacular will feature the inaugural Holiday Village. The Holiday Village will feature pictures with Santa, holiday refreshments, holiday music, local school choir performances, and a Hay Maze that will provide a magical journey through the sparkling lights in the Holiday Village.

Admission for the Holiday Lights Spectacular is $20 per vehicle and $25 on weekends. Every Tuesday, “2 for Tuesdays” will offer visitors the opportunity to drive through the Holiday Lights Spectacular a second time for free.

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“State Parks is thrilled to welcome back the Holiday Lights Spectacular to Jones Beach State Park,” State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. “The Holiday Lights Spectacular complements Governor Cuomo’s comprehensive plan to revitalize Jones Beach, which includes adding more diverse recreational opportunities, attracting more visitors in the off-season and reinvigorating underutilized park areas. Thank you Live Nation for being such a terrific partner in helping bring back this wonderful tradition.”

Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo announced the $65 million Jones Beach Revitalization Plan to expand recreational opportunities, restore historic and aesthetic grandeur, strengthen storm resiliency, and streamline park entry, all of which will improve economic development and increase visitation to the park.

 

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Long Island’s ‘Greatest Folk Concert’ to Honor David Amram, Pete Seeger and Aid Gold Coast Arts Center

November 14, 2014
David Amram and Pete Seeger performing (courtesy of www.econosmith.com).

David Amram and Pete Seeger performing (courtesy of http://www.econosmith.com).

The greats of folk music including Peter Yarrow and Tom Chapin are gathering together on Nov. 20 at Tilles Center for a concert that both celebrates the eclectic American composer and performer David Amram on his 84th birthday, and pays tribute to the iconic Pete Seeger.

The concert, which is being billed as “the greatest folk concert Long Island has seen in decades,” is being organized by Great Neck resident Jason Samel of Movement Music Records in association with Love Revolution and the Gold Coast Arts Center to benefit the arts center, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach.

The performers include Amram – an American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author a musician best known for classical and jazz music – as well as friends he shared with the late Pete Seeger including Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary), Tom Chapin, Holly Near, Guy Davis, Garland Jeffreys, Kim and Reggie Harris, Joel Rafael, The Amigos, The Chapin Sisters, Bethany & Rufus and the Connecticut State Troubadour Kristen Graves.

As a classical composer and performer, Amam’s integration of jazz (including being one of the first to improvise jazz on the French horn), folkloric and world music has led him to work with the a virtual who’s who of music, film and literature.

Samel said he was decided to combined Amram’s 84th birthday celebration with a tribute for Pete Seeger because of the close relationship of the two men.

“David Amram was very close friends with Pete Seeger, which is the reason we wanted to tie this into his birthday concert,” Samel said.  “David has a long history in folk music, classical, jazz, blues, as well as music of the American Indians…. He is in fact one of the most respected folk musicians in the country, as well as in so many other genres of music.  Every artist on the bill has played with David and Pete, as it was a requirement for an artist to be able to play in this concert.  Also, much of Amram’s music will be played at the concert, as it is a tribute to both him, and Pete.”

Samel said the concert is also intended to recognize Seeger’s political activism.

The concert, which is called  “David Amram’s 84th Birthday Concert: Remembering Pete Seeger,” will begin at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 at The Hillwood Recital Hall at Tilles Center on the LIU-CW Post Campus at 720 Northern Blvd. in Brookville. Concert tickets are $55 in advance and can be purchased at www.movementmusicrecords.com

There is also a VIP meet and greet with the performers available for an additional $45.

For more information about the Gold Coast Arts Center, visit www.goldcoastarts.org or call (516) 829-2570.

4th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival Features Q&As With Major Filmmakers; Catherine Martin is Honoree

October 16, 2014
Great Gatsby Director Baz Luhrmann with Gold Coast Internatl Film Festival Director Regina Gil at the 2013 Long Island premiere. Luhrmann's wife and artistic partner, Catherine Martin is being honored with this year's GCIFF Artist of Distinction Award © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Great Gatsby Director Baz Luhrmann with Gold Coast Internatl Film Festival Director Regina Gil at the 2013 Long Island premiere. Luhrmann’s wife and artistic partner, Catherine Martin is being honored with this year’s GCIFF Artist of Distinction Award
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Tickets have just gone on sale for the 4th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival (GCIFF), taking place from November 3-9, 2014, organized by the Gold Coast Arts Center, in Great Neck, in conjunction with the Town of North Hempstead, Long Island.

This year, the festival is honoring four-time Academy Award-winning Production and Costume Designer (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!) Catherine Martin with the Gold Coast International Film Festival Artist of Distinction Award, at the Opening Night Gala, taking place at Leonard’s Palazzo 555 in Great Neck on Monday November 3. Also being honored is President of the Gold Coast Arts Center, Michael Glickman, who will accept the Man of the Year Award; and Marie Cecile Flageul & Jonathan Cohen (the graffiti artist known as Meres One, who was the curator of 5 Pointz in Queens) who will receive the Art & Activism Award.

Screenings and events at this year’s festival will take place at the Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington and at Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck/Port Washington/Manhasset/Roslyn as well as at other venues including the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck. For the latest information and updates visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org

Highlights of this year’s festival include:

MONDAY NOVEMBER 3

Opening Night Gala – November 3, 2014

Leonard’s (On Northern Blvd in Great Neck, 6 pm)
Among the notables attending: Catherine Martin (4-time Oscar winner for production and costume design) will be accepting our Artist of Distinction Award, Meres One (famed graffiti artist) will be accepting our Arts Activism Award

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4

Charlie Mantle
Long Island University CW Post Campus, film starts at 7pm
Q&A with the filmmaker Fred Carpenter and the stars Armand Assante, Sean Young and Robert Clohessy. 

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 5

Burn
Soundview Cinema in Port Washington, film starts at 7pm
An amazing documentary about firefighters from Detroit produced by Denis Leary’s company.
Q&A with one of the producers (Jim Serpico – from Long Island) and Kristin Thorne from ABC News.

 The Embrace of Aging
Soundview Cinema Port Washington, film starts at 6:30pm
A masterful, inspiring, captivating portrayal of the female aging process where great minds of medicine and science come together with touching human interest stories from Okinawa to Jackson Hole.
Q&A after the film with Keith Famie (director) and a panel of NSLIJ experts.    

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6

Andrew & Wendy
Gold Coast Arts Center, film starts at 1:00pm
The remarkable and moving story of a professional classical guitarist, whose life was saved by music and who gives back in an unforgettable way.
Featuring a Q&A and performance by the film’s subjects. 

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
Soundview Cinema in Port Washington, film starts at 7:30pm
The world premiere of a documentary about playwright August Wilson (some call him America’s Shakespeare).  Q&A guests include: Tony winning actors Phylicia Rashad and Ruben Santiago Hudson and Sam Pollard (Film Director/Producer) and Darryl Ford-Williams (Exec. Producer)
Moderator is Julie Wilson (WNET/Thirteen, Exec. Producer, Documentaries & Development)

The Wonders – November 6, 2014
Bow Tie Great Neck, film starts at 7:30pm
This wildly original film tells the story of a bartender/artist/slacker who gets mixed up in Jerusalem’s criminal underground. A box office hit in Israel, THE WONDERS combines mystery, comedy, psychological thriller, political intrigue, and romance to create a unique and compelling movie. Official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. Q&A with Dean Movshovitz (Director of Film & Media; Consulate General of Israel).

 FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7

Beside Still Water – November 7, 2014
Bow Tie Roslyn, 8:30pm
In this Big Chill for Generation Y, a group of childhood friends comes together for the last time a the scenic lake house where they all grew up, to comfort each other, rekindle old flames, and drunkenly stumble down memory lane. Directorial debut from award-winning actor Chris Lowell (The Help, Veronica Mars). Q&A with producer after the film.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8

Above and Beyond – November 8, 2014
Soundview Port Washington, film starts at 2:00pm
A fascinating, little-known tale filled with heart, heroism, and high-flying chutzpah, ABOVE AND BEYOND is the true story of Jewish-American pilots who volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. This ragtag band of brothers turned the tide of the war, preventing the annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth. Produced by Nancy Spielberg.

Mudbloods – November 8, 2014
Soundview Port Washington, film starts at 5:30pm
Quidditch, the sport that thrilled in the wizard world of Harry Potter, leaps off the pages and into the real world in this highly entertaining documentary of the sport’s very real life in the collegiate league. The dreamers, creators and athletes who make up this exceptional community come together to make this magical sport into something you could’ve never imagined, until now. Parents, please note there is some strong language in this film.  Q&A with members of area college Quidditch teams! (we could drop this Q&A)

Zero Motivation – November 8, 2014
Soundview Port Washington, film starts at 7:30pm
Winner of the top prize at the Tribeca Film Festival and nominated for 12 Israeli Film Academy Awards, ZERO MOTIVATION is a zany, dark comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers. Q&A with director Talya Lavie, who will be accepting the first Gold Coast International Film Festival Screenwriter’s Award and Nancy Gerstman, co-President of Zeitgeist Films.

You Must Be Joking – November 8, 2014
Soundview Port Washington, film starts at 8:00pm
Barb is an aimless, confrontational 27-year-old paralegal in this edgy comedy of reinvention. Sas Goldberg gives a frenetic, biting performance as a listless woman inspired by her childhood best friend, a ballet dancer, to pick up her long-shelved passion for standup comedy. Q&A with film’s star and co-writer Sas Goldberg

Cold Eyes – November 8, 2014
Bow Tie Manhasset, film starts at 7:00pm
In this fast-paced, adrenaline-packed thrill ride, a new recruit of an elite police unit races against time as she hunts down an organization responsible for a series of bold, explosive robberies. This smart, innovative thriller will show you why South Korean film is giving Hollywood a run for its money.
Q&A after the film with Goran Topalovic (Exec. Dir. NY Asian Film Festival) and Euny Hong (Journalist & Author of The Birth of South Korean Cool)

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9

The Dove Flyer – November 9, 2014
Bow Tie Great Neck, film starts at 12:30pm
A coming-of-age story set amid the expulsion of Jews in Iraq in the 1950s, where a 16-year-old caught in the middle of conflicting attitudes must make a difficult decision that will change his family’s destiny. Q&A after the film with Maurice Shohet, President of the World Organization of Jews from Iraq.

When the Garden Was Eden – November 9, 2014
Bow Tie Great Neck, film starts at 4:00pm
Actor and tried-and-true New Yorker Michael Rapaport delivers an unabashed love letter to the Knicks with this fast-moving tribute to the team’s glory days. In the late ’60s, basketball was the city’s forgotten sport. Enter an unlikely band of scrappy team players, many of them future hall-of-famers, who would transform the team into one of the NBA’s most dazzling squads. Official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. Q&A with NY Times sportswriter Harvey Araton.

Silenced – November 9, 2014
Soundview Port Washington, film starts at 3:30pm
This important documentary chronicles the incredible personal journeys of two US government whistleblowers—Thomas Drake and John Kiriakou, who first revealed waterboarding as a CIA practice—and the price they paid. Official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. Post screening Q&A with film’s director James Spione.

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work – November 9, 2014
Soundview Cinemas, film starts at 4:00pm
In tribute to the late, great Joan Rivers, we are delighted to bring back this excellent documentary that welcomes viewers into the legendary icon’s comedic process and private dramas, as she fights tooth and nail to keep her American dream alive. Followed by a Q&A with comedians and those who knew Joan, celebrating her comedic legacy.

Closing Night Awards Party – November 9, 2014
Gold Coast Arts Center – approx. 6pm
The Party will be at the Arts Center where the exhibit from the National Basketball Hall of Fame will be on display (including the NBA trophy!)

For more information and a complete festival line up visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org or follow on Twitter @goldcoastfilm for Festival updates.

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Tickets on sale for Gold Coast Intl Film Festival; Catherine Martin is honoree

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‘Garden Party’ is theme for Nassau County Museum of Art Gala

May 15, 2014

Dean Cornwell's "Two Women with a Parasol" (ca. 1920) is featured in Nassau County Museum of Art's "Garden Party". The exhibit provides the theme for this year's gala, when guests will feel as if they have just stepped into the scenes depicted in the paintings © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Dean Cornwell’s “Two Women with a Parasol” (ca. 1920) is featured in Nassau County Museum of Art’s “Garden Party”. The exhibit provides the theme for this year’s gala, when guests will feel as if they have just stepped into the scenes depicted in the paintings © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Masquerade in the Garden, Nassau County Museum of Art’s 2014 Museum Ball, will be held on Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m. The inspiration for the Ball’s decorative theme is the museum’s current exhibition, Garden Party—this black-tie evening of dining and dancing will be as elegant and as lush as the works on view in the galleries. The Museum Ball will be held on the grounds of museum’s historic Gold Coast mansion, gardens and grounds, the former Frick Estate. The Ball is the museum’s major annual fundraiser, providing an important component of the museum’s operating budget, offering support for an ambitious schedule of exhibitions and stimulating educational programs for adults, students, families and school groups. The 2014 Ball also launches the celebration of the museum’s 25th year of serving the communities of Long Island and beyond.

Guests will dance to the music of The Alex Donner Orchestra, and will bid for exciting auction prizes including artwork, trips, jewelry, fine dining and unique event experiences. The Ball also features a raffle for a magnificent diamond ring donated by Ambalu Jewelers. The media partner for Masquerade in the Garden is the prestigious magazine, New York Cottages and Gardens. The handsome Ball invitation is sponsored by Healthplex: Dr. & Mrs. Stephen J. Cuchel, Dr. & Mrs. Martin Kane, and Dr. & Mrs. George Kane.

Masquerade in the Garden is chaired by Museum Board Member Angela Susan Anton, the publisher and owner of Anton Community Publications. Members of the Ball Committee include Esther Ambalu, Sara Ambalu, Kimberly G. Bancroft, Eve Califano, Judie Chessin, Victoria Crosby, Lisa Eastman, Thalia Elie, Gayle Finkelman-Cohen, Natalia Good, Peri Hoffer-Hinden, Karen Loeffler, Joan Hope MacNaughton, Patricia Meyer, Cora Michalis, Joe Pescatore, Kandice Seitz, Ray Sikorski, Irina Sushko, and Linda Ugenti.

Co-chairs of the Journal Committee are Rebecca Creavin and M. Patricia Janco-Tupper, both of Wells Fargo Bank. Members of the Journal Committee include Michael D. Brown, Esq., Ohrenstein and Brown LLP; Joseph Canevari, HSBC Private Bank; Ilene S. Cooper, Esq., Farrell Fritz, PC; Deirdre Costa Major, Americana Manhasset; Dr. Stephen J. Cuchel, Healthplex; Brendan J. DeRiggi, Esq., Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP; Mona Engel, Esq., Mona Engel, PC; Brigitte Ferrada-Stetson, Capital One Bank; James Garbus, Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, PC; Amanda Gorozdi, Avison Young; Suzanne Kirkpatrick, Suffolk County National Bank; Steven Klar, The Klar Organization; Russell G. Matthews, Albanese Organization; Robert O. Mayer, Mayer CPAs LLP; and Craig Seitz, The B&G Group, Inc.

Tickets to Masquerade in the Garden, the 2014 Museum Ball, on Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m., are $1,000 per person at the Patron level, $500 per person at the Friend level and $350 per person at the Junior level (ages 40 and under). All but $200 of each ticket price is tax deductible.

Tickets to the 2014 Museum Ball and raffles for the Ambalu diamond ring may be purchased online at http://www.nassaumuseum.org/events_museum_ball_2014.php or can be obtained by calling the development office at (516) 484-9338, ext. 16. Call the development office for information on sponsorship opportunities, business partnerships, donor packages and journal advertising.

Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, west of Glen Cove Road, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A. For current exhibitions, events, days/times, and directions, call (516) 484-9337 or log onto nassaumuseum.org.

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3rd Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival on Long Island Oct 21-27 Showcases Comedy

October 11, 2013
Gold Coast International Film Festival Ex Dir Regina Gil, flanked by Fred Carpenter, director, Send No Flowers; Jeffrey Gurian, GCIFF head of live comedy programming; Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin; North Hempstead Councilwoman Lee Seeman; North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan, Jackie 'the Jokeman' Martling from the Howard Stern show;  Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, announces the lineup for the third annual festival to be held at venues throughout North Hempstead Oct. 21-27 © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Gold Coast International Film Festival Ex Dir Regina Gil, flanked by Fred Carpenter, director, Send No Flowers; Jeffrey Gurian, GCIFF head of live comedy programming; Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin; North Hempstead Councilwoman Lee Seeman; North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan, Jackie ‘the Jokeman’ Martling from the Howard Stern show; Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, announces the lineup for the third annual festival to be held at venues throughout North Hempstead Oct. 21-27 © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Now in its third year, the Gold Coast International Film Festival, taking place Oct 21-27, 2013 throughout the town of North Hempstead, will turn Long Island into “Laugh Island” and spotlight Comedy with a program of films and events loaded with legendary comedians, writers and actors.

The theme carries over to this year’s opening night annual Benefit Gala honoree, Susie Essman, “the hysterically inappropriate” star of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” who will be the recipient of the Artist of Distinction, Gold Coast International Film Festival Executive Director Regina Gil said during the press announcement of the festival line-up.

Susie Essman is featured in one of the festival films, “The Business of Comedy,” a documentary co-produced by comedian Jeffrey Gurian about what it’s like to make a living in comedy. It also stars Robert Klein, George Wallace, Tom Dreesen, Shecky Greene, Judy Carter, and comedy club owners Budd Friedman, Rick Newman, Richie Tienken and LA Comedy Store manager Tommy Morrie. The screening is followed by one of the free events offered during the festival, a Q&A with Jeffrey Gurian, Richie Tienken, Gary Licker and Scott Sobel and a signing with Gurian for his new book, “Make ‘Em Laugh.” (Soundview Cinema, Port Washington, Sat. Oct 26, at 5 pm).

This “Laugh Island” theme is also represented by the screening of “Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor”, a documentary that features five severely wounded Iraq/Afghanistan veterans who are given the opportunity to explore their experiences through the healing power of humor as they work with professional comedy writers and A-List comedias including Zach Galifianakis, Lewis Black, Bob Saget and BJ. Novak, who help them write and perform stand-up comedy routines. The screening features a Q&A with Joe Kashow and Bobby Henline, two of the Comedy Warriors featured in the film.

A live event, “Set List! Stand-Up Without a Net,” is a chance to see top comedians taking on bizarre, outrageous and ridiculous topics as the audience follows along on the screen behind the performer. The show is created by Paul (The Aristocrats) Provenza and his partner Troy Conrad. is being presented Friday, Oct 25, 8 pm at the Gold Coast Arts Center (formerly known as the Great Neck Arts Center).

The most remarkable aspect of the GCIFF – aside from being able to see top-quality films before they are in wide distribution and in our own neighborhood – is the opportunity that most of them afford to hear from principles associated with the film – directors, producers, screenwriters, actors.

Famed actor Paul Sorvino is coming in from Los Angeles to be on hand for a Q&A following the screening of his new film, “How Sweet it Is,” a musical comedy he stars in with Joe Piscopo. Sorvino plays an alcoholic theater owner needs to put together a successful musical in order to pay off his mob debt, but problems arise when the wise guys want to cast their friends in the production (Tuesday 10/22, 7:30pm, Soundview)

Special Events, Panels, Workshops

One of the most wonderful aspects of the Gold Coast International Film Festival are the events, panels and workshops (many free) which bring together major film makers and creative experts.

A major event, which is free,” A Conversation with Jay McInerney,” features the renowned writer of “Bright Lights, Big City,” in an intimate onstage discussion looking ack at the making of the film version of his novel (Sat. Oct. 26, 1:30 pm at Port Washington Library).

“A Star is Born: A Prudent Parent’s guide to Getting Your Kid in Show Business” is likely to be hugely popular. This free event let’s you spend an afternoon with the legendary entertainment attorney Steven Beer (he helped launch Britney Spears) and Broadway Star and Long Island native Nikki Blonsky of “Hairspray” fame (Sun, Oct 27, noon, at the Gold Coast Arts Center).

Another important panel is being presented in conjunction with a life-affirming film, “The Genius of Marian,” which follows the filmmaker’s mother who at age 61 is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, and follows her as she works on a book celebrating the life of her own mother, artist Marian Steele. A panel that follows the film features filmmaker Luke White and North Shore-LIJ Health System experts who specialize in Geriatrics, Behavioral Health and Alzheimer’s research. The program is sponsored by NSLIJ’s Katz Institute for Women’s Health (Mon, Oct. 21, 6:30 pm at the Soundview, Port Washington).

A program that will be of particular interest: Ambassador Yehuda Avner will answer questions and sign his best-selling book after the Long Island premiere of “The Prime Ministers,” a documentary based on his book which explores six decades of Israel’s history and brings to life never-before told stories about Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres .A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit The Simon Wiesenthal Center (Sun, Oct 27, 4 pm, Bowtie Great Neck Cinema).

Another that is certainly to generate interest is “Dancing in Jaffa,” an inspiring documentary about how famed ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine teaches ballroom dance to pairs of 11-year old Palestinian Israelis and Jews, changing their perspective, will feature an opportunity to talk with Dulaine (Sun. Oct 27, 1 pm, Bow Tie Great Neck).

The festival features more than 50 films which are selected from hundreds that are screened by the curators (in other festivals, the filmmakers pay an entrance fee to be included).

The Gold Coast International Film Festival has been drawing filmgoers from all over Long Island and from Manhattan (most of the movie theaters and venues are within walking distance of the Long Island Railroad Stations in Great Neck, Manhasset and Port Washington).

Tickets can be purchased in individual segments (12 general; $10/seniors and students, visit goldcoastfilmfestival.org or call 516-829-2570 for special event pricing).

Passes include the VIP All Access Pass, $275, which provides access to all screenings, panels, parties and special events (excluding the Opening Night Benefit Gala); and a 6-PackFlex Pass, $60, which gives you six film tickets for the price of five, which can be used in any combination.

For festival information and to order tickets, visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org, 516-829-2570.

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