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Oyster Bay's Bahr Gallery is an ode to the 1960s and '70s

A “Hippies Use Side Door” sign ironically greets visitors to the Bahr Gallery in Oyster Bay. Clearly, hippies would be ushered right through the front door to join the dozens of middle-aged men and women who on a recent evening swayed side to side, bopped their heads, tapped their feet and sang along to the music of the Grateful Dead. The music was provided by David Gans, known as “the voice of the Grateful Dead” for his decades of introducing “Dead” shows on syndicated radio programs. The set...

Celebrating the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman, Long Island’s pre-eminent voice of verse, would have turned 200 this year. The icing on the bicentennial birthday cake will be a series of celebrations ranging from talks to theatrical and musical performances at his Huntington Station birthplace this weekend. Whitman represents America’s first poetic voice, says Cynthia Shor, executive director of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, the historic home where Whitman lived until he was 4. “He used free verse poetry, which...

Play tells of Long Island Jewish family's Holocaust escape to Philippines

Susan Ettinger of East Meadow doesn’t remember much from her native Graz, Austria. After all, she was just 2 when her Jewish family fled its Nazi-occupied homeland in 1939. The story of Ettinger, her sister and only sibling, Gitta Wachs, and their mother, Margaret Welisch, is being staged in “Displeyst,” a new play running in the East Village. “Displeyst” is a Yiddish transliteration of the word “displaced,” explains Ashley Adelman, who is directing the play she co-wrote with Caroline Peters...

Nicolas Bruno brings to life sleep paralysis episodes in show at Northport's Haven Gallery

Where does inspiration come from? In the case of artist Nicolas Bruno: the answer is sleep. Or, more precisely, disrupted sleep. A Northport resident and native, Bruno, 25, has sleep paralysis, a sleep disorder that causes him to waken when his breathing is cut off. At those moments, he experiences disturbing nightmarish imagery and is unable to move. Out of the characters, situations and feelings that haunt his semiconscious mind, Bruno creates intense, dark and evocative works of art...

A model life: Oceanside miniature shipbuilder back to work after Sandy

Powerful storms wreak havoc on people’s lives, forcing them to pick up the pieces and gradually move on. That’s certainly true for Jack Pesso, whose handcrafted collection of model ships was damaged in October 2012 in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. “That storm took away my life,” he said of his seven-decade-long hobby and passion for building exquisite replicas of the Titanic, the USS Constitution and other notable seafaring vessels. Six years later, Pesso is slowly putting back together...

Eat your way to good health

Autumn In New York means a bounty of hearty foods from a variety of squashes to apples, sweet potatoes, fennel and heirloom carrots. According to the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Medicine, fruits and vegetables are essential for a healthy diet. They can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, lower blood pressure, decrease the risk of eye and digestive problems and prevent certain types of cancer. To keep meals healthy, Eric Werner, chef de cuisine at Cold Spring Harbor's sandbar restaurant, suggests avoiding excessive fats and sugar...
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