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This Week: Summer Arts Fest Begins; Jazz Legends in Town

Graduations, Summer Arts Festival and concerts mark beginning of summer.

1. Graduations: Huntington and Whitman high school will conduct their graduation ceremonies Friday at 6 p.m. at the respective schools. For details: |

2. Pakistani Rock Band: One of Pakistan's top pop bands, Noori, will open this year's 47th Summer Arts Festival at in Huntington Village Friday at 8:30 p.m.  

3. Summer Arts Festival Opening Night Celebration: Saturday's event to feature Cuba Gooding and the Main Ingredient. With more than 40 years as an entertainer, lead vocalist Cuba Gooding has plyed to audiences around the world for decades as the lead singer of The Main Ingredient — he is also the father of Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. and Image Award nominated actor Omar Gooding. The free show starts at 8:30 p.m. at Heckscher Park. 

4. Long Island Sound and Art Festival: The event Sunday features more than 100 artists painting to the inspiration of the live music, scenic vistas, and audience interaction. Event runs from 1 p.m. until sundown on the museum's Great Lawn. Patrons are advided to bring chair or blanket, sunscreen and "dancin' feet." Food and beverages will be available. Admission $7. 

5. Stanley Clark and George Duke at the Paramount: Part of the theater's Jazz Series Concerts, Stanley Clarke and George Duke will play the Paramount Friday at 8 p.m. Multi-Grammy Award winning Duke has worked with a who's who of musical greats, including Cannonball Adderly, Anita Baker, Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, and Diane Reeves. One of the foremost keyboard pioneers, Duke helped usher in the 70s fusion revolution with his work with Jean Luc Ponty and Frank Zappa. Clarke became the first bassist in history who could double on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity, and the first bassist ever to headline tours, selling out shows worldwide. Clarke co- founded the seminal fusion group Return to Forever with Chick Corea. Hes also collaborated with are Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, and Aretha Franklin.

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