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Local events: All the art, a rain-or-shine Oktoberfest, courtyard movie, and more

“Everywhere,” an oil on canvas painting by Alex Garant. Image courtesy of Haven Gallery.

Double Eyes: Oil on canvas portraits focus on motion and optical illusion
Through October 23
Haven Gallery, 50 Main Street, Northport Village
Canada-based artist Alex Garant’s portraits have always focused on motion and optical illusions, suggesting her sitters are in flux in the corporal form; for the next month, the “Queen of Double Eyes” is showcasing twelve new oil paintings that explore themes of color, form, shape and design. It is her third solo show at Haven Gallery in Northport Village.

A 2001 graduate of Notre-Dame–De-Foy College, just outside Quebec City, Garant decided to truly commit to her passion for arts after suffering a heart attack in 2012. A leader of analog glitch art, she uses patterns, duplication of elements, symmetry and image superposition as key elements of her work. Represented by galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Australia, Garant’s pieces have also been shown in several museums including the Museum of Art and History (MOAH) in California, the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Arizona, the Honolulu Museum of Art in Hawaii and the Fullerton Museum Center in California.

Back at Haven Gallery, “Odyssey” takes Garant’s work one step further as the theme and prevalence of motion originating in her characteristic “double eye” portraiture continues to evolve. Odyssey is one of four new exhibits on view at Haven Gallery until October 23. View the entire exhibit here. Other featured artists this month are Gina Matarazzo, from New Jersey, Philippines-based artist Mall, and Ukrainian-based artist Kseniia Boko.

Courtyard Movie: The Addams Family 2
Friday, September 30, 7pm
Northport Library Courtyard
Everyone’s favorite spooky family is back! Morticia and Gomez are distraught that their children are growing up. To reclaim their bond, they decide to cram everyone into their haunted camper and hit the road for one last miserable family vacation. Rated PG. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Northport Oktoberfest 2022
Saturday, October 1 from 12-5pm
Fire Department Fairgrounds, Steers Avenue, Northport
The Northport Fire Department’s annual Oktoberfest with beer, wine, German food, raffles and live music is rain or shine! The Northport Fire Department has tented the property and is good to go no matter what the weather brings. Purchase your tickets here (they usually sell out) or take a chance at the door. Come down and support the Northport Fire Department!

John Lazzaro: A Vanishing New York
Sunday, October 2 through Sunday, October 16
The Firefly Artists, 90 Main Street, Northport
For the first special exhibition in their new space, The Firefly Artists call on author, photographer, documentary filmmaker (and fellow Firefly) John Lazzaro, who draws upon his experiences from documentary filmmaking in order to create a realistic, visual, and thought-provoking dialogue of the macabre. A Vanishing New York: Ruins Across the Empire State (Schiffer, 2022) is a photographic essay documenting the last remaining abandoned sites in the Empire State. New York is riddled with forsaken buildings; each having fascinating histories ravaged by the exploits of modernization. Regardless of the reasons for their abandonment, these structures represent the diverse history of New York until they become inexorably destroyed by time. A book signing will take place on October 15, from 4-8pm.

An image from John Lazzaro’s latest release, A Vanishing New York: Ruins Across the Empire State (Schiffer, 2022).

Northport Art Coalition’s ArtWalk
Sunday, October 9, from 1-5pm
Art on display (and for sale), live music playing, and an entire town immersed in an experience that will remind you why you love where you live. ArtWalk brings the audience onto the streets and into the shops of Northport as visual and musical artists are hosted by businesses anywhere in Northport's beautiful downtown area. Visitors are given a map to guide them through the art and music, stay and shop a while before moving onto the next music and art stop.

3rd Annual NIOT in the Park
Sunday, October 16, 10am-12pm
Cow Harbor Park (across from Copenhagen), Northport Village
A casual in-the-park event, hosted by Not In Our Town Northport, with activities for families, free goodies for kids and adults, and the opportunity to get to know NIOT Northport and your neighbors. This year’s event focuses on the many people and groups working hard to heal our communities, make connections and spread kindness. For more information, visit www.niotnorthport.org.

Flu Shots
Friday, October 21, 10am-12pm
St. Anthony of Padua Church, East Northport
Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk will give vaccines against influenza on Friday, October 21, from 10am to noon in St. Anthony’s lower church. Two types are available: one for 65 years and older and another for those younger than 65. Medicare Part B, Medicaid and some other insurances are accepted. If your insurance is not accepted, the 65-and-older vaccine is $90. The under-65 vaccine is $45. Individuals must be 19 and older, not allergic to the flu vaccine or components, and not allergic to egg protein. Bring an ID and insurance card. Call 631-261-1695 to register. Individuals will be asked to fill out vaccine forms at the clinic.

Northport Farmers’ Market
Cow Harbor Park parking lot
Saturdays, June 4 to November 19

Yoga in the Park
Saturdays through October 29, 8:30-9:30am
Northport Village Park
Yoga in the Park is back for another session! Join Jen Tzimas from Yoga Blue NPT on Main Street at the gazebo and get your morning off to a great start. Classes cost $10; tickets can be purchased here. All levels welcome. Bring your own yoga mat and water.

Mystic Pizza, A New Musical
Through Sunday, October 30
John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main Street, Northport
Based on the classic 1988 movie starring Julia Roberts, Mystic Pizza charts the lives and loves of three unforgettable waitresses in the harbor town of Mystic, Connecticut. Featuring some of the best pop songs of the ’80s and ’90s such as “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Addicted To Love,” “Small Town,” “Hold On,” and “Take My Breath Away,” Mystic Pizza has all the ingredients for a romantic comedy – with the works. For tickets and more Information, visit the theater website.

Iconic Northport
Through spring 2023
Northport HIstorical Society, 215 Main Street, Northport
“Iconic Northport,” an exhibit now open at the Northport Historical Society features the history behind Northport's most iconic landmarks, businesses and traditions, including the LILCO stacks, the trolley tracks, Jones Drug Store and Cow Harbor Day. The museum’s first ever interactive exhibit, each icon has its own QR code that offers users a short video containing extra photos and interesting facts. There is also a selfie station, where visitors can become a customer of Jones Drug Store's old soda fountain.