Your Big Break Competition 2019 SEMIFINALS @ Gold Coast Arts Center
Mar 23 @ 8:00 pm
Your Big Break Competition 2019 SEMIFINALS @ Gold Coast Arts Center

7th Annual Your Big Break Competition

Local High School and College Musicians Perform for Music Business Professionals and Great Prizes In Three Rounds
Your Big Break is hosted by the Gold Coast Arts Center and Love Revolution Org. in association with Rick Eberle, PR.
The competition is open to all musicians, ages 15 to 25, who do not currently have a recording or publishing contract and reside on Long Island or in the Tri-State area. Artists must perform with a band, solo with an acoustic guitar, or sing to a backing music track. Finalists have been chosen from over 1,000 entries, and will be narrowed down in three rounds.

Doors Open: 7:30pm | Show Starts: 8:00pm

Advanced Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults. Tickets are $20 at the door upon availability.


Round Two Acts include:

  • Carol Beyda
    • Carol Beyda is a young talent of 15 years who has a natural ability to move an audience with her passion for singing.  Not only has she had extensive live performance experience at the Gold Coast Arts Center, she has recorded and written original music.  Just hearing her passionate vocal artistry, conveys the belief that she will have a career as a recording artist.  Carol approaches every song she sings as a unique project; consistently and meticulously crafting it into her own style.  She has developed her four octave range into a dynamic and soulful instrument that audiences everywhere will enjoy hearing.
  • Glorious
    • Glorious is a powerhouse pop singer, livetronica drummer, producer and songwriter. Named after her grandmother Glorious Cooper and graduate of Berklee College of Music, she has been making music since she started playing drums at the age of three.  Her alluring, entrancing style combined with a captivating, playful and complex vocal melody lands her in a unique category. Her sound easily fits into a lineup of today’s top hits and remains unique and creative in the same breath. For more information about Glorious, visit
  • A Band Called Sad
    • SAD is an upbeat alternative rock band that plays with an undercurrent of sadness and captures a nostalgia for events that could have happened. The band consists of front men Marlon Marcy and Taylor Crawford and a number of alternating instrumentalists.
  • Over The Garden Wall
    • From a wide variety of musical backgrounds and experiences, Over the Garden Wall formed in February of 2019 with Jonathan Gardyn, Ryan Wall, and Aidan Larenas, all of a previous band. Currently, they play classic rock, but are currently experimenting with original music. For two months, the three remained a three-piece band as they actively searched for new members. Eventually, Ryan was put into contact with Grey Wilson and elementary school classmate Sarah Hock. In addition, Ryan and Jon had went to School of Rock in Rockville Centre with Grey. After the first rehearsal, it was clear that the band had something going.
  • Lydia von Hof
    • Lydia von Hof is a singer, piano player, and songwriter. She has performed as a soloist at Madison Square Garden at a New York Knicks half-time show, The Bitter End in NYC, the Hard Rock Café in Boston, and has been a finalist at Gold Coast Arts Center’s “Your Big Break”.  She is a past winner of Long Island’s Got Talent, and recently won best solo artist at a performer’s showcase in Boston. She performs at various restaurants and venues on Long Island, and has been a returning musical guest on PATV’s “Brick Wall” TV show. She performs weekly as the vocalist for a jazz ensemble.  Aside from singing pop, jazz, and her originals, she is a classically trained pianist, and has performed piano solos at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She has performed as a singer/pianist at New York City venues such as the Broadway Comedy Club, and The Duplex cabaret club, and performed with the New York Opera Exchange. Her songwriting has won acclaim, as she was recently awarded best singer/songwriter from Boston’s Young Performer’s Club.
  • Doubble Troubble
    • We’re Identical Twins Melanie and Marissa. We’ve been playing music and singing together since as long as we can remember. We both play acoustic guitar and are heavily influenced by 90’s Rock. Our biggest influences are bands like Mazzy Star and The Jesus and Mary Chain.
  • Anthony de Ross
    • An artist based out of New York. Striving to develop a career within the music industry. Love writing and collaborating with positive people. I play guitar and sing as a solo act. Most of my material is emotionally driven and has a pop song format to it. Wrong Reasons is my first single released and it is out now on multiple music platforms such as Itunes, Spotify, Amazon music and Soundcloud.

Headlining performance by: Katie Zimmer & Devinare, college sophomores at LIU Post. Katie and Devinare are an acoustic duo that play all over Long Island and Manhattan. They play the Jones Beach Bandshell, the Space at Westbury, the iconic Bitter End in Manhattan and many other impressive venues. Katie and Devinare share a love of music and play eclectic sets spanning different genres and decades, which keep their fan base happy and Diverse. Katie won Your Big Break 5 years ago when she was only 15 years old and credits her win to giving her wonderful opportunities and exposure. She is honored to be back here to perform with Devin at the 7th Annual Your Big Break Competition.


Art Inspiring Action: Film Screening, Panel & Art Workshop @ Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for a FREE screening of the Academy Award winning short film INOCENTE, an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist, the transformative power of art and the new face of homelessness in America: children. Recommended for Ages 13+

Following the film: 

  • Q&A with the film’s Executive Producer Dr. Susan MacLaury and other relevant experts
  • Hands-on art workshop for all who wish to participate
  • Refreshments

This program is presented in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock

This intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings follows 15 year-old Inocente, who refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Despite this history, Inocente’s eyes envision a world transformed…where buildings drip in yellow and orange, where pink and turquoise planets twinkle with rescued dreams, and one-eyed childlike creatures play amongst loved babies and purple clouds. Inocente’s family history is slowly revealed through her paintings.  Told entirely in her own words, we come to Inocente’s story as she realizes her life is at a turning point, and for the first time, she decides to take control of her own destiny. Irreverent, flawed and funny, she’s now channeling her irrepressible personality into a future she controls. Her talent has finally been noticed, and if she can create a body of work in time, she has an opportunity to put on her first art show. Meanwhile, her family life is at a tense impasse – – if she legally emancipates herself from her mother to strike out on her own, she’ll risk placing her brothers in foster care, but to stay is unbearable. INOCENTE is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America, children. Neither sentimental nor sensational, INOCENTE will immerse you in the very real, day-to-day existence of a young girl who is battling a war that we rarely see. The challenges are staggering, but the hope in Inocente’s story proves that the hand she has been dealt does not define her, her dreams do.

Dr. Susan MacLaury, PhD, LSW, is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit film production company Shine Global, an organization dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of children through films that raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. She was an Executive Producer of the Academy Award®- nominated and two-time Emmy Award®-winning War/Dance, Academy Award®-winner Inocente, The Harvest (La Cosecha), 1 Way Up in 3D, The Eagle Huntress, and Liyana. She also produced The Wrong Light and is currently producing another feature documentary about juvenile justice. Susan also directs the outreach and advocacy for all of Shine’s projects.

Susan is dually degreed in social work administration and health education and was associate professor of health education at Kean University from 1994 through 2013. For more than twenty years she has directed educational and prevention programs for adolescents in New York and New Jersey. She has also provided extensive staff development to teachers, counselors, and healthcare providers working with adolescents nationally.


Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz @ Bow Tie Squire Cinemas
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm

Barry Avrich | English | 83 min | Documentary

Barry Avrich’s gripping new documentary tells the fascinating story of Ben Ferencz—the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor and lifelong advocate of “law not war.” After witnessing Nazi concentration camps shortly after liberation, Ferencz became lead prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case at Nuremberg, which has been called the biggest murder trial in history. He was 27 years old and it was his first trial. All 22 Nazi officials tried for murdering over a million people were convicted. Ferencz went on to advocate for restitution for Jewish victims of the Holocaust and later for the establishment of the International Criminal Court. His fight for justice for victims of atrocity crimes continues today.

World Premiere
Toronto Int’l Film Festival

Best Documentary – Audience Award
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Official Selection
Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival

Thoughtful, principled, and engaging – New York Times

Engrossing. – The Hollywood Reporter

Inspiring and eloquent – The Globe and Mail

More urgent than ever – The Star

Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz – Trailer from Seventh Art Releasing on Vimeo.


Festival of the Arts – Student Art Show @ Gold Coast Arts Center
Apr 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Festival of the Arts - Student Art Show @ Gold Coast Arts Center

2019 Student Art Show!

The Gold Coast Arts Center is proud to present this years ‘Festival of the Arts Student Art Show!‘ Please join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, April 3rd. The exhibit has participants ranging from age 3 to adult. Over 100 students will be featured in this exhibit which will be on view until May 12. A variety of art work will be displayed; ceramic pieces, cartoons, acrylic and watercolor paintings, and more will be showcased in our gallery.

Come enjoy the artwork, listen to live music, and watch a cartoonist in action. Students will be awarded ribbons for their hard work. You will not believe the accomplishments of our students this year so mark your calendar!

Wild Prairie Rose @ Bow Tie Squire Cinemas
Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm

Deborah LaVine | USA | English | 91 min | Narrative | New York Premiere

*Screened in partnership with ReelAbilities: ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest film festival in the world dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. 

Film Synopsis:
After leaving her hometown for big city life, Rose must return home to care for her ailing mother. It is the 1950s, and Rose is a trailblazer at a time when the role of women was beginning to change. Back home, she befriends James, a deaf man. Although the role of women was evolving, deaf people were still typically seen as outcasts.

Rose is intrigued by James. She learns that just because he cannot hear or speak, there are many ways to communicate, and finds that he is intelligent, thoughtful and creative. Although her family and friends discourage the unlikely friendship, the two grow to appreciate each other and fall in love.

Sometimes you find what you are looking for where you least expect it — and coming home, Rose discovers herself, finds love, and learns to appreciate the life she left behind.

Special Guest Speakers:

  • Director Deborah LaVine –  is a prolific director and teacher of theater (over 300 professional productions) and film. Her films have played in festivals across the country winning numerous prizes. Additionally, Deborah is Director of the MFA Program in Film Directing at California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS), consistently ranked as one of the Top 5 Best Films Schools in national polls.
  • Actor Maya Brattkus – is currently pursuing her BFA at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where she studies acting. Her theatre credits include The Crucible, Chalk Garden, and Animal Farm at Theatricum Botanicum. While at CalArts she has performed in Hedda GablerThe Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, and in the Center for New Performance’s Fantomas: Revenge of the Image, which had its world premiere at the Wuzhen Theatre Festival in China. Maya has also studied at the British American Drama Academy. Wild Prairie Rose is Maya’s first feature film.
  • Actor Suanne Spoke –  has an extensive career in theatre, television and film. She was seen in the  critically acclaimed film “Whiplash” and is currently starring in the feature film “Wild Prairie Rose”, which has been a multi award winner on the festival circuit. On television Suanne recurred on “Switched at Birth” and “General Hospital” and has gueststarred on “Criminal Minds”, “Happy Endings” and many others.In the classroom, Suanne is also a faculty member for the California Institute of the Arts, teaching acting to graduate film directors and character animators. She has participated
    at the Sundance Institute Lab, served on panels for ACTORFEST on both coasts and has taught acting at Deaf West Summer School. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences.
  • Actor Troy Kotsur

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: ReelAbilities strives for inclusion of all people. Individuals needing accommodations to participate should contact the Arts Center at 516-829-2570. ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon advance request. All films are captioned or subtitled and all venues are wheelchair accessible.

Wild Prairie Rose Trailer from WPR Post Production on Vimeo.


Family Ceramics Workshop @ Gold Coast Arts Center
Apr 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Family Ceramics Workshop @ Gold Coast Arts Center


Let the whole family in on the FUN! Join GCAC at our one-day art and ceramic workshops. Parents, grandparents, kids of all ages come together to create unique art projects on ceramic bisqueware. Unique surface decoration techniques will be taught: such as stamping, printing and stenciling.

All materials and firings are included in tuition. (Minimum 7 students; maximum 12 students)

Tuition per session: $45 per person/project.  Member: $40 per person/project

Register early! Space is limited! Call 516-829-2570

Making Memories with Music! @ Gold Coast Arts Center
Apr 9 @ 11:30 am
Making Memories with Music! @ Gold Coast Arts Center

Our Making Memories with Music events will allow participants with opportunities to sing, clap and laugh along with our specially trained musicians. This stroll down Memory Lane will engage everyone in attendance. The music will be accompanied by brief introductions that will put the songs into historical context, highlighting the social significance of folk music in America from the 1940s to the ‘70s and its role in helping to change our society.

FREE! RSVP is required, please call the Arts Center at 516-829-2570 to reserve your spots!

*Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch, light refreshments will be provided*

Red Joan @ Bow Tie Squire Cinemas
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm

Trevor Nunn | UK | English | 101 min | Narrative 

Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information—including details on the building of the atomic bomb—to the Soviet government for decades. As she is interrogated, Joan relives the dramatic events that shaped her life and beliefs: her student days at Cambridge, where she excelled at physics while challenging deep-seated sexism; her tumultuous love affair with a dashing political radical (Tom Hughes); and the devastation of World War II, which inspired her to risk everything in pursuit of peace. Based on a sensational true story, Red Joan vividly brings to life the conflicts—between patriotism and idealism, love and duty, courage and betrayal—of a woman who spent a lifetime being underestimated while quietly changing the course of history. Sophie Cookson costars.

STARRING: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tom Hughes, Ben Miles, Tereza Sbrova

FILM FESTIVALS: 2018 Toronto International Film Festival | 2018 Zurich Film Festival | 2018 San Sebastian Film Festival


Ain’t Too Proud: On Broadway @ Imperial Theatre
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm
Ain't Too Proud: On Broadway @ Imperial Theatre

After breaking house records at Berkeley Rep, The Kennedy Center, and at the Ahmanson Theatre, Ain’t Too Proud, written by three time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), and featuring choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, On Your Feet), now brings the untold story of this legendary quintet to irresistible life on Broadway.

Orchestra Seats- $165 plus $5 processing fee per ticket
Premium Orchestra Seats- $295 plus $5 processing fee per ticket

Ink: On Broadway @ Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm

Orchestra Seats- $100 plus $5 processing fee per ticket

James Graham’s electrifying and exhilarating new play, based on real events.

Set in 1969 London, Ink follows a brash, young Rupert Murdoch on the verge of founding the U.K.’s most influential newspaper. The show transferred to the West End last fall following an acclaimed, sold-out world premiere at the Almeida.

The brash young Rupert Murdoch (Bertie Carvel) purchases a struggling paper, The Sun, and sets out to make it a must-read smash which will destroy – and ultimately horrify – the competition. He brings on rogue editor Larry Lamb (Jonny Lee Miller) who in turn recruits an unlikely team of underdog reporters. Together, they will go to any lengths for success and the race for the most ink is on! Inspired by real events and a recent hit in London’s West End, James Graham’s electrifying new play comes to Broadway in the exhilarating Almeida Theatre production, directed by Rupert Goold. In its London run, The Guardian called it “riveting,” and Time Out hailed it as “an incredibly brilliant stunner.”

Call the Arts Center at 516-829-2570 to get your tickets now!