WHAT Christine Lavin may be the most original songwriter of her generation. She almost acknowledges as much in the title of her 1996 album, "I Don't Make This Stuff Up . . . I Just Make It Rhyme" in which she laments the demotion of Pluto as a planet. She predicted:
And in 2003 you're going to see
fly by and take pictures of your cool surface
to send to your Web page address:
h t t p colon slash slash d o s x dot
colorado dot edu slash
plutohome dot html
Well, that hasn't happened yet, but how many html rhymes can you make?
She's also down-to-earth funny, as in her falling-out-of-love ditty, "I Want to Be Lonely Again":
I used to be so lonely
Endless nights, empty days
'Til I met you, my one and only
Now I wish you'd go away . . .
Lavin, 2012 NYC Nightlife Award winner, headlines Saturday's Woodlands Folk Festival, also featuring a tribute to Woody Guthrie on the centennial of his birth (July 14, 1912) with, among other songs, the debut performance of new lyrics to Doug Mishkin's "Woody's Children." The festival lineup includes singer-songwriter Greg Greenway, the Tres Amigos, Claudia Jacobs, Martin Swinger and Sonny Meadows, plus music for kids by Parents' Choice winner Robbi Kumalo, and the interactive group CLIMB.
Lavin's latest CD is "Cold Pizza for Breakfast."
WHEN | WHERE 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook grounds, 380 Nicolls Rd., East Setauket
ADMISSION $15 ($12 advance), $5 ages 4-18; woodlandsfolkfest.org, 631-751-0297
The Long Island Philharmonic opens its outdoor summer season with a free Fourth of July concert at 7:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July, followed by fireworks, at Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill in Farmingville. David Stewart Wiley conducts. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. liphilharmonic.org, 631-293-2223
WHAT On this 50th anniversary of the studio art glass movement in America -- a Wisconsin glassblower opened a studio in 1962 -- Gallery North presents its first-ever exhibition of contemporary art glass. "We'll be the only place to see this kind of work on Long Island," gallery director Judith Levy said as she pointed out Alison Ruzsa's "Small Dance Party" dollhouse diorama, Robert Hickman's mosaics that change with the light streaming through the window, and Joseph Cavalieri's stained-glass creations. Other artists include Jamie Harris, Lindsey Jochets, Nick Leonoff, Nobuho Nagasawa, Martie Negri, Lorin Silverman and Melanie Ungvarsky.
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sundays through July 29, Gallery North, 90 North Country Rd., Setauket
ADMISSION Free; gallerynorth.org, 631-751-2676
WHAT The 20-year revival of Joe Pintauro's "Men's Lives" -- also marking the 20th anniversary of Bay Street Theatre -- begins preview performances Tuesday night. Directed by Harris Yulin, "Men's Lives" is the drama about survival of a way of life for East End baymen. When he wrote the play in 1992, "War was declared on the beaches of the East End," says Pintauro, " against the crushing effect of history and economics on the lives of baymen in the Hamptons. Today, the crisis is even worse."
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, through July 29 at Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor
TICKETS $56-$66; baystreet.org, 631-725-9500