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Feb. 17 planner: Top 10 LI events




Camellia weekend


Winter doldrums got you dreaming about your garden? Step into the greenhouse at Planting Fields Arboretum where you'll get a hint of spring with more than 200 camellia shrubs and trees in full bloom.

Events include a watercolor painting demonstration, music by the Chamber Players International and a "walk and talk" with the park director on the significance of camellias.

In Coe Hall mansion ($10, free ages younger than 12), children can enjoy a magic show, a Mad Hatter's Tea Party and storytelling, or participate in camellia crafts.

Plants will also be for sale, in case you need a camellia to spruce up your garden.

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday, Planting Fields Arboretum Historic State Park, Oyster Bay

INFO 516-922-8678,






'Dancing' feat


Season 1 "Dancing With the Stars" champ Kelly Monaco (Samantha McCall from "General Hospital") and her dance partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, will have the floor at Governor's Comedy at The Brokerage, only they won't be dancing. Instead, they'll be sharing stories and answering questions about their experiences on "DWTS." There's also a "meet and greet" afterward, so bring your camera. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. Saturday, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore

INFO 516-781-5233,

ADMISSION $75 plus two-beverage minimum at the tables





'Raisin' Cane'


In a salute to the glory days of 1920s Harlem -- with a focus on the era's artists, musicians, writers, politicians and poets -- actress Jasmine Guy stars in "Raisin' Cane," a drama with music inspired by the 1923 novel "Cane." A special feature of the show is its backdrop, consisting of paintings and photos of artists mentioned in the play.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, Staller Center Main Stage, Stony Brook University, Nicolls Road

INFO 631-632-2787,






Artie Lange


How funny is this? The actor-comedian, who was a regular on Fox's "MADtv" and Howard Stern's radio show, brings his stand-up routine to the theater in the round.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd.

INFO 800-745-3000,

ADMISSION $51.50-$61.50





AMC's Best Picture showcase


And the winner is . . . you! If you haven't seen any of the best picture nominees for the 85th Academy Awards, here's your chance to catch up. A one-day showcase features screenings of five of this year's Oscar hopefuls: "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty." See one, two or all five and then you be the judge.

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m. Saturday, Loews Raceway 10, 10 Corporate Dr., Westbury, and Loews 17, 2196 Nesconset Hwy., Stony Brook


ADMISSION $40 for all five




British rock royalty


The Who's remaining members -- guitarist Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey -- and their eight-piece backing band perform the group's legendary 1973 rock opera "Quadrophenia," among other hits.

WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale

INFO 516-794-9300,

ADMISSION $37.50-$129.50





Take a hike


Get on your walking shoes for this 8-mile Montauk Parkway Trail trek that goes from Hither Hills Overlook along Montauk Point State Parkway. Hikers will also get to take in the Atlantic Ocean bluffs. Bring liquids for this varied-terrain hike sponsored by the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference.

WHEN | WHERE Meet 10 a.m. Saturday (rain, shine or snow) at Third House, Montauk County Park, Route 27, Montauk

INFO 631-267-6608,






Car crazy


You never know what you might find -- a mirror or car manual, a fancy fender, car radio or that one special something that will make your vintage car complete -- at the Peconic Bay Region's indoor automotive swap meet and flea market. Looking for a car? Check out the models in the car corral.

WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-4 p.m. next Sunday, Southold Town Recreation Center, 970 Peconic Lane, Peconic

INFO 631-495-8619,

ADMISSION $3 spectators, $20 car corral, $30 per table to exhibit





Take tea and see


Walt Whitman Birthplace hosts a "drop-off" Victorian tea party for ages 5-12, featuring tables set with linen, flowers and fine china. Guests will also get a chance to practice their manners and spruce up on their dining social skills. (Don't know where to place the knife and fork? No worries, you'll learn.) Parents are invited to stay and browse the current exhibits.

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., West Hills

INFO 631-427-5240, ext. 111, (reservations recommended)

ADMISSION $10 per child (free for parents)





'Annie' workshop


Broadway star Ellyn Marie Marsh ("Priscilla, Queen of the Desert") instructs budding belters ages 7-14 on songs and scenes from "Annie." If you're looking to try out for a show, here's your chance to get feedback from the performer who taught the song and dance combinations at the auditions for the current Broadway production of "Annie."

WHEN | WHERE 1-5 p.m. Monday, Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, 300 Forest Dr., East Hills

INFO 516-484-1545,


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