Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The New StudentsBlending folk, alt and Americana and rocking out in support of their second album, When The West Wind Blows, is this Brooklyn quintet, known for their energetic performances and compelling and, at times, quirky lyrics. Opening the show is Boston-based Americana band Pesky J Nixon. The show is a part of the Hard Luck Cafe concert series, presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $6 members, $11 public. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15.Keren GilbertThis local author and nutritionist will speak and sign her new diet book The HD Diet, which shows readers how to choose the right foods to ensure a high-definition life in a 12-week plan. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. Jan. 15.This Life We LiveThese Long Island metal hellraisers are holding a release party for their latest EP, Novena. That means total devastation, plenty of shredding, and of course, a ton of new tunes to bang your heads and raise your glasses to. Don’t miss these guys. Warming up the crowd will be Thorn Constellation, Patterns Of Decay and Plague Of Humanity. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $10. 7 p.m. Jan. 15.Murder Mystery Dinner and ShowHelp solve the crime while sitting among professional Broadway, TV and film actors. At any time, you may wind up part of the plot! The Suffolk Theater, 118 Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $65. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16.Marshall CrenshawBorn in Detroit, Marshall Crenshaw grew up when the Motor City was hot and happening. He’s drawn upon his roots to carve out a unique career that evokes echoes of Buddy Holly—especially when he hits those high notes and his fingers are flinging out chords faster than a Ford Thunderbolt. He’s also a great songwriter with an ironic twist that he’s deployed to full effect as he chronicles the human condition of our time. And as fans of his WFUV-FM show “The Bottomless Pit” know well, Crenshaw’s record library rivals the Smithsonian. This uncompromising musician is the real deal. “Someday, Someway” simply has to be heard live. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. Jan. 16.Jessie’s GirlJessie’s GirlBreak out the Converse, strap on a headband and dust off the jean jacket, because this Back to the Eighties Show will do everything short of taking you in a Delorean back to the decade when Men at Work, Flock of Seagulls and Debbie Gibson ruled the airwaves. That’s because Jessie’s Girl is more than just a cover band. They’re here to party like it’s 1989! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$30. 8 p.m. Jan. 16.FreekbassFunk fans are hearby summoned to get their freak on when Ohio-based Freekbass & The Bump Assembly come to share the good vibes off their sixth album Everybody’s Feelin’ Real. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Jan. 16.Bill StainesFor more than 45 years, Bill Staines has been on the road singing his songs at the country’s top festivals, concerts, clubs and coffeehouses. His songs have been recorded by musicians including Peter, Paul and Mary, Nanci Griffith, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Staines writes about cowboys, Yukon adventures, fishermen and everyday working people. Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Road, Garden City. ourtimescoffeehouse.org 15 adults, $10 students. 8 p.m. Jan. 16.Big ShotThe only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Islander, The Piano Man himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol. Free admission during happy hour, 6-8 p.m., featuring complimentary buffet and two-for-one drink specials. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. Theemporium.com $15. 8 p.m. Jan. 16. Also playing at Mulcahey’s Pub & Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh muls.com $12. 9 p.m. Jan. 17.Macabre Faire Film FestivalJoin film and horror fans alongside celebrity guests such as: Cleve Hall (Monster Man), Jonathan Tiersten (Sleep Away Camp), Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist), Robert Mukes (House of 1000 Corpses), Elizabeth Shepherd, Rutanya Alda, Lesleh Donaldson, Sharon Lentz, Jim Krut, Tiffany Shepis, Stacey Nelkin, and several local independent filmmakers for a scary good time. Hyatt Regency Long Island, 1717 Motor Pkwy, Hauppauge. livingdeadmafia.com $15-$75. Jan. 16-18.Flying Model CompetitionTeams of aspiring engineers in the 3rd through 5th grades, build and fly rubber band-powered airplanes. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofavaition.org Price of admission. 8:30 a.m. Jan. 17.Cantoral ConcertEnjoy a delicious buffet dinner followed by a concert featuring a wide array of genres, including: opera, Broadway, Yiddish, and traditional songs & melodies. Led by Cantor Aryeh Hurwitz. The Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Pkwy, Dix Hills. thechaicenter.com $20 members, $26 non-members. 8 p.m. Jan. 17. Umphrey’s McGeeThis Indiana-based prog-rock jam band are back on the road after last year releasing their eighth studio album, Similar Skin. These dedicated musicians’ genre-mashing style will at times make you think you’re listening to Incubus. Opening the show is Joshua Redman. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$39.50. 8 p.m. Jan. 18.Blind Dog SmithTo love the blues is one thing, to live the blues another. But to live and love and play the blues with an intensity and truth that comes only from the deepest wells of human existence, from the abyss of loss and despair, from the roots of American suffering, and then climb back on top, to not only survive but triumph. Yes, that’s the musical dimension we’re talking about when these seasoned veterans—Joseph DiPietro, Skip Krevens, Doug Brett, Charlie Raimond and Gary Guarniere, all longtime buddies from Seaford High—get together on stage and hit their stride. The world sounds almost bearable—hell, damn near enjoyable—when Blind Dog Smith is rocking the blues. First 50 guests get a free copy of their new CD Blues in E. Sunset Grill, 4068 Sunrise Hwy., Seaford. lisunsetgrill.com $TK. 7 p.m. Jan. 18.—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey and Timothy Bolger.
TENNIS 2016 Junior Female champion Afruica Gentle wants nothing more than to see tennis in Guyana take off and reach higher heights. She sees a lot of potential in herself and her fellow players, and looks forward to the day when tennis in Guyana gets some good recognition. “There’s a lot of raw talent in tennis in Guyana. The athletes just need better tennis facilities in order to move forward,” the Inter Guiana Games Girls’ Under-18 champion said candidly earlier this week.“The athletes just need to be more determined and focused on making it to the international spotlight,” She added.Having started playing tennis herself at just four years old, Afruica is head over heels in love with the sport.“I like playing tennis because when I am on the court I can forget about everything and focus on myself,” said the Mae’s School third form student.Afruica GentleShe’s following right in the footsteps of big sister Shawna Gentle, who, at the peak of her game, was Guyana’s top female junior player. Shawna raked in title after title, and hardly ever lost on the local scene. Afruica is doing just that. It was Shawna and her many wins that inspired Afruica to get involved.“I started playing because I saw my sister playing and found an interest in the sport,” Afruica said.Just last week Afruica was awarded the title as the 2016 Junior Female Tennis Champion by the Guyana Tennis Association (GLTA) at the body’s annual award ceremony. The award of course was for Afruica’s great performances through the 2016 season.Last year the 15-year-old won a tall order of titles including being the youngest person to be champion of the GBTI Open ladies’ singles. She’s also the reigning ladies’ doubles champion, a title she shares with Senior Female 2016 Champion Cristy Campbell. She shared the mixed doubles win with Senior Male 2016 Champion Anthony Downes.She won the mixed title in the Trophy Stall Doubles tournament.But before she’s a player, she’s a student. As hard as being an athlete is in Guyana, being a student athlete is even more challenging. There’s the training, the schoolwork, and then of course the lessons.“Well, it’s a bit hard sometimes because when I want to focus on tennis I have to remember that I still need to produce good grades’ but I’m still always focused on being the number one player.” Afruica happily explained.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” A 12-person jury is now in deliberation in the Sylvester Provencio aggravated battery trial. Provencio, 22, of Caldwell, is accused of assaulting Greg Schneider, 54, and Bryan Nispel, 56, both of Caldwell, in a brawling incident that occurred on April 22, 2015, east of the community.The jury broke for deliberation at 11:15 a.m. today, and will decide on the level 5 felony aggravated battery charge as well as a couple of misdemeanor charges including criminal deprivation of a vehicle. Nick Reedy, 31, pled guilty to aggravated battery last week and is awaiting sentencing.Both Provencio and Reedy were accused of feloniously punching and knocking Schneider to the ground and continuing to punch him while he was helpless causing him to have a concussion, ruptured ear drum, severe head and neck trauma, cracked teeth, two broken ribs, bruises over much of his body, cuts, and abrasions which required stitches and staples, according to the complaint. The incident occurred in what originally appeared to be a good Samaritan act that turned ugly after Provencio and Reedy along with a third person had a white Toyota pickup stuck in the mud in a ditch, about five miles east of Caldwell.Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer and defense attorney Jess Hoeme presented their closing arguments to the 12 jurors and Â two alternates which were announced just before deliberation.Â For the second time in the trial, Spencer presented the five-minute 911 tape during his closing arguments. He reviewed much of what had been said during the trial concerning the circumstances leading to the four-person brawl, the escape of the Provencio and Reedy in Schneider’s Pink Cadillac, and their whereabout thereafter.Hoeme then presented his case to the jury. He spoke about the frustration of having a truck stuck in the middle of the night. He then spoke of the aggressive confrontation of Schneider when he arrived. He then when over lack of blood sampling by the investigation, Reedy’s missing boots, Provencio’s clean shoes, and how Provencio had little contact with Schneider during the brawl, but instead fought with Nispel, who was relatively unhurt.“There is no denying that Mr. Schneider’s injuries were significant, it was a terrible thing,” Hoeme told the jury. “But Reedy did that to him. Not Provencio.”Hoeme then urged the jury to deliberate with an open mind.“You will see once you review all the facts that you can’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Provencio was the cause of Schneider’s injuries,” he said.Judge Scott McQuin gave the jurors a set of instructions and excused them and asked them to weigh all the evidence and not that of the testimony of either attorney.Follow us on Twitter.