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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

 

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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. 

 

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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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Film & TV Legend Robert Wagner is Honoree at Gold Coast Arts Center/Film Festival Gala, Oct. 24

October 8, 2018
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Actor Robert Wagner will be honored with the Burton Moss Hollywood Golden Era Award at the Gold Coast Arts Center’s Gala, October 24. The Gala kicks off the Gold Coast International Film Festival (photo by Greg Gorman)

LONG ISLAND, NY – A star-studded evening featuring an intimate conversation with iconic film and television star Robert Wagner to benefit the Gold Coast Arts Center and its Gold Coast International Film Festival, will take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11021.

Joining Wagner at the gala will be a number of his closest Hollywood pals. Among the stars expected to attend are Jill St. John, Joel Grey, Larry King, Richard Thomas, Edwina Sandys, Mrs. Anthony (Katherine) Quinn, Tippi Hedren, Greg Mullavey, Angie Dickinson, Diane Baker, Constance Towers Gavin, and others.

The evening will begin with cocktails, food, music, and a silent auction. The festivities will move into the theatre where guests will enjoy “A Conversation with Robert Wagner” moderated by renowned film historian, author, and professor Foster Hirsch and attended by Wagner’s friends. The evening will conclude with a dessert reception.

In addition to hearing a firsthand account of his life and career by the handsome and debonair actor who is one of the most popular and successful stars in the entertainment industry, guests will feast on an array of outstanding food in a glamorous atmosphere. Gala tickets cost $250 and numerous sponsorships for the gala are still available. For more information, or to purchase a ticket, call 516-829-2570.

The occasion will be used to bestow the second annual Burton Moss Hollywood Golden Era Award upon Wagner in recognition of his long, illustrious career in film and television that began in 1950 with his film debut in The Happy Years starring Dean Stockwell and Darryl Hickman. Among Wagner’s numerous film credits includes With a Song in My Heart, Broken Lance with the legendary Spencer Tracy, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, The Pink Panther, The Curse of the Pink Panther, Midway, The Towering Inferno, Banning, Harper, Prince Valiant, The True Story of Jesse James, and All the Fine Young Cannibals. He re-created his role of Number Two, the villainous henchman to Dr. Evil, the archenemy of Mike Myers’ title character in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

On television, Wagner has starred in three long-running hit series, It Takes a Thief with Fred Astaire; Switch with Eddie Albert and Sharon Gless and Hart to Hart with Stefanie Powers.  He also starred in the top-rated miniseries Windmills of the Gods based on Sidney Sheldon’s best-selling novel; with Joanne Woodward in A Kiss Before Dying; and with Elizabeth Taylor in There Must Be a Pony. He also appeared in the memorable Seinfeld episode, “The Yada, Yada, Yada,” as Dr. Abbot.

Named for the man who has represented some of Hollywood’s finest stars, the Burton Moss Hollywood Golden Era Award pays tribute to film legends who may not have been honored appropriately during their lifetimes, and whose legacy is in danger of becoming forgotten by newer generations of filmgoers.  The award itself an original work of art was created by renowned sculptor Edwina Sandys, who is a granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill. The first award was presented posthumously to Rita Hayworth and accepted by her daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khanat the presentation made at a private reception held at the New York City home of Ms. Sandys in October 2017.

Moss, who is also expected to attend the gala, has amassed an impressive client roster that has included such iconic stars and personalities as Bette Davis, Sidney Poitier, Robert Vaughn, Tom Cruise, Mia Farrow, Juliet Mills, Hugh O’Brian, Cliff Robertson, Tippi Hedren, William Shatner, Dyan Cannon, Carroll O’ Connor, Martin Landau, Sally Kellerman, Dina Merrill, Connie Stevens, Tom Bosley, Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Dorothy McGuire, Charles Bickford, Victor Jory, Sally Kellerman, Carrie Snodgress, Larry King, Elizabeth Montgomery, Constance Towers, Ruth Roman, Cyd Charisse, June Allyson, Jack Valenti, and Hollywood’s “Love Goddess,” Rita Hayworth.

Proceeds from the benefit will help support the Arts Center’s many outreach projects, including Making Memories, a program that serves those with Alzheimer’s and memory impairment; as well as ArtReach, a program that brings Arts Center faculty and programs to schoolchildren to enrich their curriculum with arts education in the areas of ceramics, painting, music, dance and chess.

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.

More information can be found at www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org.

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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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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Long Island’s Cradle of Aviation Museum Hosts Great North American Solar Eclipse Event, Aug. 21

August 19, 2017
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The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY is hosting activities to engage visitors in the Great North American Eclipse of Monday, August 21, 2017 (courtesy of Cradle of Aviation Museum).

Garden City, N.Y. — On Monday, August 21, 2017, the Cradle of Aviation is hosting activities from noon to 4 pm for the Great North American Eclipse, when, for the first time in 100 years a solar eclipse will be visible across the whole continent of North America.  In New York, the visibility will be at 70%, creating a sense of sunset in the middle of the day.

“It’s so exciting to see the sun and moon, objects we see every day or night, in a new form in the sky together,” Amandeep Kaur, an Adelphi Physics Major interning at the Museum, says. “Being able to see one of the most dramatic and astonishing events of the natural world is an opportunity like no other.”

To encourage young scientists and visitors to get involved in the celebration of our sun, the museum will host activities free with museum admission from 12pm through 4pm.  These activities include Hands-on Science Zone, which will have experiments to help better understand this amazing event. In addition, educators will be on hand to demonstrate different ways to safely view the eclipse, provide giveaways, and offer visitors a chance to seal memories in a time capsule to be opened in 7 years, during the next eclipse, April 8, 2024, when the path of totality will cross upstate New York.

The solar eclipse celebration is just one of many educational events produced by the Cradle of Aviation Museum, built on the site from which Charles Lindbergh started his historic transatlantic flight. The Cradle is home to over 75 planes and spacecraft and is located on Charles Lindbergh Blvd., in the Garden City/Uniondale area. For more information call 516-572-4111 or log onto www.cradleofavaition.org.

 

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Gold Coast Arts Center, Great Neck, Long Island, Exhibition Explores ‘Interiors’; Opening Reception Sept. 18

September 5, 2016
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Painting by Laini Nemett, one of the featured artists in the exhibit, “Interiors,” at the Gold Coast Arts Center, Great Neck, Long Island, Sept. 18-Nov. 20.

Great Neck, Long Island, NY — “Interiors,” an art exhibition of painting, sculpture and photography by artists Laini Nemett, Orestes Gonzalez, and Maxi Cohen opens at the Gold Coast Arts Center on September 18, with a reception from 4-7 pm, and runs through November 20.

Interiors is an exhibition that explores the artist’s relationship with familiar places and how they connect to interior landscapes of personal history, memory and association. The painter Laini Nemett comments that she wants the composite imagery to conjure memory but also to emulate an experience of place. Orestes Gonzalez’s photographs of interior spaces captures moments of loneliness, happiness and a time of innocence. Photographer/videographer, Maxi Cohen captures moments in the ladies room, “as a space of sanctuary and solitude”.  As the exhibit’s title suggests, their work serves as portals to interior spaces that are in plain sight, not to be missed.

Laini Nemett studied at The Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has participated in solo and group exhibitions all over the world-including New York, Italy, China, Africa, and Spain. She has an intriguing technique of constructing three-dimensional models which she then depicts in large-scale two-dimensional paintings. She has won multiple awards, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant as well as a Fulbright Grant. She currently teaches at Union College in Schenectady, NY.

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Orestes Gonzalez

Orestes Gonzalez has been taking photographs for over 25 years. His photography style is not a literal representation, but rather symbolic in spirit. “To convey a feeling of loneliness, innocence, happiness or history is what moves me to take pictures” Gonzalez stated of his work. His portfolio includes landscapes, interior design, architecture and portraits.

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Maxi Cohen

Maxi Cohen is an award-winning artist and filmmaker based in New York City. Her films, photographs and multimedia installations have been exhibited internationally and are in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum for American Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Cohen’s television work includes short films produced for Saturday Night Live, the Comedy Channel, MTV Networks, PBS, Children’s Television Workshop, and Fox Broadcasting. She has independently produced and directed shorts and feature-length documentaries, fiction and animation that have been broadcast on network, cable, public and foreign television.

The Gold Coast Arts Center is located at 113 Middle Neck Road (entrance from the Maple Avenue parking lot), 516-829-2570, goldcoastarts.org. 

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Gold Coast Arts Center’s 4th Annual “Your Big Break” Talent Competition Heats Up For Semifinals March 12

February 26, 2016

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Great Neck, NY —  With the initial two rounds of the Gold Coast Arts Center and Love Revolution Org’s search for the next big music star completed,  Matt Grabowski, Taylor Hogan, The Days Beneath Us, Frankel Sisters, Trish Tottales and Jaclyn Manfredi are gearing up for the semifinals Saturday, March 12 for the 4th Annual  “Your Big Break” talent contest.

The youthful performers are competing for major prizes, including the chance to open up for a national act at The Emporium, recording time at IndiMusic Studios, a feature on Reverbnation.com, musical equipment from All Music Inc. and ZOOM North America, PR and social media campaigns from Rick Eberle Agency, and more to be announced. Come down to the show and network with some of the best and brightest people in the music business because–along with the judges–the audience have a vote in determining this year’s winner.

For the second year in a row, winners of the semifinals will have mentors who will work with the artists to help them hone their craft before performing at the finals. Last year’s mentors were New York based hit makers Ryan Star, John Hampson, Ido Zmishlany and Mark Ambrosino.

The judges for the competition include Neil Rubenstein, the manager of The Emporium music venue in Patchogue, Chris Pati of IndiMusic TV, Lou Plaia from Reverbnation.com, Guy Brogna from All Music Inc., and Jerry Lembo– a music industry consultant who has worked with Grammy Award-Winning entertainers.

The Arts Center will round out the evening’s festivities with another Headlining performance by Youth Be Told, 1st annual “Your Big Break” winners, performing with 2nd annual “Your Big Break” winner Katie Zimmer.

The Arts Center is transformed into the GOLD COAST ACOUSTIC CAFÉ once a month, a music venue that showcases local up-and-coming talent as well as established music acts. With its black box theater performance space and a lounge in the art gallery, the GOLD COAST ACOUSTIC CAFÉ is one of the few small music venues around which makes for a special and intimate atmosphere for artists and audience alike, especially during YOUR BIG BREAK- a competition whose past winners include semifinals headliners Youth Be Told and Katie Zimmer, round 2 headliner Annika, as well as finalists SEE and Zofolk who have gone on to work with major producers, managers and agents.

Past artists who have performed in the headline slots have included: Iridesense, John Hampson of Nine Days, The Brady Brothers, and Sir Cadian Rhythm – all of whom are local musicians who’ve had major success in the industry, with hopes to further inspire the next generation of New York stars presented each year.

Winners will move on to the Finals on April 2, where they’ll compete for prizes and recognition that can help boost their music careers.

Doors open 7:30 pm; Show starts 8 pm. Tickets are $10/students (greatneckarts.org/wordpress/yourbigbreak).

Gold Coast Acoustic Cafe, 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11021, tel. 516-829-2570, greatneckarts.org.

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Annual Thanksgiving Native American Feast At Garvies Point Museum And Preserve

November 5, 2015
Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, one of the most fascinating places to discover Native American traditions on Long Island, will be holding its Annual Thanksgiving Native American Feast on November 21 and 22 © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, one of the most fascinating places to discover Native American traditions on Long Island, will be holding its Annual Thanksgiving Native American Feast on November 21 and 22 © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, one of the most fascinating places to discover Native American traditions on Long Island, will be holding its Annual Thanksgiving Native American Feast on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This celebration of Native American culture has been held the weekend before Thanksgiving for more than 25 years.

Participants will enjoy hands-on activities including: face painting, sample Native foods, learn tool making, pottery making, dugout canoes, fire making, open-fire cooking, use the Atlatl (spear-throwing), artifacts, and nature trails. Native American films will be shown hourly. Participants can also take this opportunity to view the museum’s exhibition hall, which explores Long Island Native American culture and archaeology, as well as New York State and Long Island geology.

The event is fun for families and all ages will be engaged. Special program fee of $5 per person; children under 4 are free with adult. There is no entry fee for Friends of Garvies Point members.

Garvies Point Museum and adjoining 62-acre preserve are located at 50 Barry Drive in Glen Cove. Regular admission to the museum is $3 for adults, $2 children 5-12 years. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information about Garvies Point Museum, call: (516) 571-8010/11 or visit the website at www.garviespointmuseum.com.

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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.