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Best things to do this week and weekend on Long Island

Looking for things to do on Long Island? We've rounded up the best concerts, fairs, festivals, parties and cultural events going on in Nassau and Suffolk.

Catch a breath of spring at Riverhead historic exhibit

If you need a breath of spring, you're
Photo Credit: Suffolk County Historical Society

If you need a breath of spring, you're in luck. The Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead ushers in its latest exhibit, "Oh, Sweet Spring" with an opening reception serving light refreshments, 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the museum's Gish Gallery. The exhibit enables you to enjoy a mix of music, painting, pottery, sculpture and textiles through the end of April.
INFO 631-727-2881, suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org
ADMISSION Free the day of reception; $5, $1 younger than 17, $10 families

Trash-to-art exhibit opens in Stony Brook Village Center

The folks at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Photo Credit: Nicole Franz

The folks at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization are getting ready for April's Earth Day by presenting the "Treasure That Trash" exhibit, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Here you'll find a group of local artists who use recycled materials including plastics, glass and metals to create seascapes, landscapes and sculpture. The exhibit is on view 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through March 30 at the Educational and Cultural Center in the Stony Brook Village Center.
INFO 631-689-5888, stonybrookvillage.com
ADMISSION $5

See art of the 1980s at Nassau art museum

A multimedia exhibit at the Nassau County Museum
Photo Credit: Tseng Kwong Chi

A multimedia exhibit at the Nassau County Museum of Art opens 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and features paintings, sculpture, memorabilia and photographs by internationally renowned artists and celebrities of the 1980s. "That Eighties Show" features the work of painters Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Eric Fischl, along with the photography of Cindy Sherman and memorabilia from the New York Islanders and the New York Mets. You'll also find handwritten lyrics by '80s music icon Madonna. The exhibit is on display through July. 7
INFO 516-484-9338, nassaumuseum.com
ADMISSION $12, $4 ages 4 to 12

Dig into plans for home and garden at Holtsville show

Find the latest information for spring and summer
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Find the latest information for spring and summer with the gardening, landscaping, stonework, outdoor fireplaces, spas and  interior decoration at the Town of Brookhaven Home & Garden Show at the Holtsville Ecology Site and Animal Preserve. Show times are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24 and Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31. The four-day show focuses on home and garden improvements. You'll also find a full schedule of educational workshops, hands-on classes for children and adults and seminars ranging from beekeeping to propagating seeds to organic gardening.
 INFO 631-758-9664,  brookhavenny.gov
ADMISSION $6; $5 in advance

See 'To Kill a Mockingbird' at a Long Island theater

"To Kill a Mockingbird," the 1962 courtroom drama
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Universal History Archive

"To Kill a Mockingbird," the 1962 courtroom drama that lays bare racial discrimination, will be screened as part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series at Long Island theaters. The Academy-Award winning film stars Gregory Peck  and includes an exclusive insight into the film by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. Runs Sunday, March 24, and  Wednesday, March 27, at the Regal Westbury 12, Regal Deer Park 16 and IMAX and Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas.
INFO 855-473-4612, fathomevents.com
ADMISSION $12.50 to $14.50

If you know "Friends" try this triva contest at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

How much do you know about Phoebe, Ross,
Photo Credit: Getty Images Warner Bros. Television

How much do you know about Phoebe, Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica and Joey and the NBC series, "Friends?" If you're a big fan, head over to NYCB Theatre at Westbury and see how you score during Trivia Night, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. The questions will be solely on the hit show. Take advantage of food and drink specials throughout the night and prizes for the top three teams. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with tables available for reservation in advance and general admission tables available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Must be 21 and older to participate.
INFO 516-247-5200 ,  thetheatreatwestbury.com
ADMISSION Free  

Thrill to Benise and flamenco at Patchogue Theatre

Experience "Benise Fuego! Spirit of Spain" as flamenco
Photo Credit: Eric Morgensen Phography

Experience "Benise Fuego! Spirit of Spain" as flamenco dancers take center stage in a tribute to Old World Spain, backed by Benise, known as "The Prince of Spanish Guitar," along with musicians and elaborately choreographed dancers, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Patchogue Theatre. A VIP ticket for $165 gets you premium seating, a meeting with the artists, an exclusive photo op, a souvenir and an invitation to attend a private sound check of the performance.
INFO 631-207-1313, patchoguetheatre.org
ADMISSION $35 to $65

Hear about his life in the movies and the mob at Book Revue

Meet actor, Gianni Russo, best known for his
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Mike Flokis

Meet actor, Gianni Russo, best known for his role as son-in-law Carlo Rizzi in "The Godfather," 7 p.m. Thursday, March. 28, when he stops by Book Revue in Huntington for a talk and book signing of "Hollywood Godfather," his new memoir about his life on the edge
INFO 631-271-1442, bookrevue.com
ADMISSION Free; book is $29.99 

Beach treasures turn into a masterpiece

You don't have to be a great artist,
Photo Credit: Shelby Knowles

You don't have to be a great artist, because no experience is necessary for the Beach Glass Art workshop, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville. The event gives you a chance to choose from beach supplies including sand, glass, starfish and shells to create a masterpiece to take home. Everyone is invited to bring their own collected beach treasures or use what is offered at the workshop. Sign up in advance at paintpartyli.com
INFO 631-854-4974, limaritime.org
ADMISSION $30 to $60  

Clean up Jones Beach and help protect piping plovers

Meet with staff members and environmental educators from
Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

Meet with staff members and environmental educators from the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center at Jones Beach for a beach cleanup, 9 a.m. Saturday, March 30. While you're there, you might also be asked to put up fencing to protect a piping plover nesting area.
INFO 516-780-3295, parks.ny.gov
ADMISSION Free, registration is required  

Hear The Swingles at Tilles Center

The successor group to the five-time Grammy winners,
Photo Credit: Nedim Nazerali

The successor group to the five-time Grammy winners, The Swingle Singers, now consists of seven young singers who make up the British a-capella group. They are on international tour with a stop at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Tilles Center where they'll perform a lineup of jazz vocals.
INFO 516-299-3100,  tillescenter.org
ADMISSION $45

Catch contemporary gospel music show in Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor presents HeavenSent
Photo Credit: Philiana Aiken

Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor presents HeavenSent and a night of gospel music, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 30. The show is hosted by Amityville native Chico Benymon, star of UPN's "Half and Half" and Nickelodeon's "The Haunted Hathaways." The group will be joined by featured artists and singers Serena Tyson and Ruby Bias.
INFO 631-725-9500, baystreet.org
ADMISSION $30

Treat the family to 'Stone Soup and Other Stories'

Award-winning performers of international folk tales, Pushcart Players,
Photo Credit: Gerry Gjoodstein

Award-winning performers of international folk tales, Pushcart Players, comes to Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington for a single performance of "Stone Soup and Other Stories" at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30. This fun, lively and engaging performance just may plant the seed for a love of reading in pre-kindergartener through fifth graders.
INFO 516-767-6444, landmarkonmainstreet.org
ADMISSION $20
 

Start planning a spring renovation at LI Home Show

Whether you're planning a minor renovation or a
Photo Credit: Getty Images/cr8tivguy

Whether you're planning a minor renovation or a complete remodeling of your home or garden, the Long Island Spring Home Show at the Nassau Coliseum, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 30, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 31, offers a wide selection of home-improvement vendors under one roof. Confer with experts and compare prices and ideas during the weekend show that promises "show only" discounts.
INFO 516-624-1195 ,  lihomeshows-nc.com
ADMISSION Free with online registration; $10 at the door, $5 parking fee

Listen to The Beatles' 'Abbey Road'

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' 1969
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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' 1969 blockbuster rock album, "Abbey Road," when Classic Albums Live presents songs from the iconic album, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at The Paramount in Huntington. Musicians play the songs note for note, cut for cut. Listen for "Come Together," "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something," just to name a few.
INFO 631-673-7300, paramountny.com
ADMISSION $29.50-$49.50  

The outdoor car season gets into gear at Bald Hill

Time to pull the classic out of the
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Time to pull the classic out of the garage. Dust off the collectible and head to the Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater at Bald Hall for the first outdoor, judged car show, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 31. The Long Island Cars Super Swap Sunday Car Show gives car hobbyist a chance to wow the judges in 50 classes. Look for show cars from the 1950s and '60s, street rods, antiques, muscle cars, imports and one-of-a-kind customs. On the swap side, you'll find hundreds of vendors selling car-related parts, literature and accessories. Cars to be judged must be registered at the gate between 7 and 10 a.m.
INFO 631-567-5898, longislandcars.com
ADMISSION $9, free younger than 12

Look for the early birds of spring on Fire Island

Taken an early spring bird hike along the
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Taken an early spring bird hike along the barrier beach at Fire Island to spot lingering winter birds and early spring migrants like the American oystercatcher in the photo and piping plovers, 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, March 31. Bring binoculars, drinking water and a snack. Meet the experts and guides at the Wilderness Visitors Center, park at Smith Point County Park, east of the visitor center.
INFO 631-281-3010, nps.gov/fiis
ADMISSION Free

Find a 'Doo Wop Extravaganza' at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

In the mood for nostalgia? The NYCB Theatre
Photo Credit: Getty Images iStockphoto/Lord Runar

In the mood for nostalgia? The NYCB Theatre at Westbury will provide some, 6 p.m. Sunday, March 31, when "Dick Fox's Doo Wop Extravaganza" presents a lineup of performers like Gary U.S. Bonds, Jimmy Beaumont's Skyliners, Danny & the Juniors, The Tymes, The Elegants and Bobby Wilson performing a tribute to his late father, Jackie Wilson
INFO 516-247-5200,   thetheatreatwestbury.com
ADMISSION $49.50  

Plant dune grass along the shore in Oyster Bay Town

Volunteers are needed to plant stalks of dune
Photo Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Volunteers are needed to plant stalks of dune grass in an effort to protect and preserve the shoreline. Volunteers for  Oyster Bay Town's Dune Day can look forward to free coffee, hot chocolate, light refreshments and clam chowder. Dress appropriately and meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at Tobay Beach, at the center tunnel, off the Ocean Parkway, Massapequa.
INFO 516-677-5943 oysterbaytown.com
ADMISSION Free  

Dine well during the East End Restaurant Week

Take advantage of East End Restaurant Week when
Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Take advantage of East End Restaurant Week when local restaurants dish up their best on a $29.95 fixed price menu. The offer runs March 31 to April 7 except Saturday, April 6, when the menu may only be offered until 7 p.m. The event also offers discount lodging packages as part of an East End getaway.
INFO 631-329-2111 , eastendrestaurantweek.com
ADMISSION $29.95 per person, plus tax and tip  

Learn about a celebrity chef's journey at Cinema Arts Centre

Long Island LitFest presents chef and author, Lidia
Photo Credit: Getty Images /Brad Barket

Long Island LitFest presents chef and author, Lidia Bastianich, signing a copy of her memoir "My American Dream, A Life of Love, Family, and Food," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. The celebrity chef and Emmy Award-winning host of public television's "Lidia's Kitchen" will be joined by Newsday food writer Erica Marcus for an audience Q&A.
INFO 631-423-7610, cinemaartscentre.org
ADMISSION $35 includes a copy of her book

See and hear taiko drum and dance performance at Wang Center

More than 30 drummers take the stage, accompanied
Photo Credit: Newsday/Lorina Capitulo

More than 30 drummers take the stage, accompanied by traditional Japanese dancers from the Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group, 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. See the international ensemble that recently won third place in a competition against 450 other groups at the Tokyo International Taiko Contest in Japan.
INFO 631-632-4400, thewangcenter.org
ADMISSION $20, $15 students, free younger than 5  

Experience an old-world Easter bazaar in Sea Cliff

Find hand-painted eggs during Our Lady of Kazan's
Photo Credit: Getty Images iStockphoto/TomekD76

Find hand-painted eggs during Our Lady of Kazan's Easter Bazaar. Other treats for Easter observances include Russian foods, like  including pierogi and borscht, pastries and folk crafts at this annual event, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in the Parish Hall of St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Sea Cliff, 253 Glen Ave.
INFO 516-468-1579
ADMISSION Free

Hunt for eggs at Easter Eggstravaganza at Molloy College

The Easter bunny makes a special appearance at
Photo Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

The Easter bunny makes a special appearance at this year's Easter Eggstravaganza at Molloy College in Rockville Centre. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, and features an arts and crafts station, Easter egg hunts, snacks and of course, a chance to take a selfie with the bunny.
INFO 516-323-3455
ADMISSION $5, free for adults

Find country-western music at The Paramount

Country-western crooner Jamey Johnson makes a stop at
Photo Credit: Getty Images for SESAC/Jason Davis

Country-western crooner Jamey Johnson makes a stop at The Paramount  at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 7. The show is presented by SiriusXM Outlaw Country. Hear the tunes that got him two Song of the Year awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, "Give it Away" and "In Color." He will be joined by female country music artist Kelsey Waldon.
INFO 631-673-7300,  paramountny.com
ADMISSION $35 to $80  

Find boats on display at Nassau Coliseum

You'll find more than 300 new power boats
Photo Credit: Getty Images/mcpix

You'll find more than 300 new power boats from 25 dealers during the Long Island Boat Show, noon to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. Brands include Sea Ray, Four Winds and Boston Whaler. Browse boating accessories, marine electronics and motors. Find information for new boaters presented by the local unit of the U.S. Power Squadrons, as well as its boating skills virtual simulator. Take advantage of two-for-one admission Friday and free life vests for children 15 and younger on Saturday and Sunday for the first 100 visitors.
INFO 631-691-7050, nymta.com
ADMISSION $15, free 12 and younger; free parking

Catch Grammy winner Jimmy Webb at My Father's Place

A Jimmy Webb playlist would include award-winning hits
Photo Credit: The Australian/John Feder

A Jimmy Webb playlist would include award-winning hits he's written and those made famous by some of the music industry's most recognizable names. Spend an evening listening to the Grammy Award winner starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at My Father's Place. Doors open at 6 p.m.
INFO 516-413-3535, myfathersplace.com
ADMISSION $55, $25 food and beverage minimum  

Deepwells Mansion hosts a spring arts and crafts show

Find one-of-a-kind items at the springtime arts and
Photo Credit: iStock

Find one-of-a-kind items at the springtime arts and crafts show at Deepwells Mansion in St. James, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7. See items including handmade jewelry, pottery, fiber and soaps. Meet the artisans and find out what inspires them. For the kids, if the weather cooperates, you'll find outdoor crafts, if not, head to the mansion for springtime crafts to keep little hands busy.
INFO 631-563-8551, preferredpromotions.com
ADMISSION Free  

Take the little ones to All Kids Fair in Huntington

Geared toward children and their families, the All
Photo Credit: AC Video and Photography

Geared toward children and their families, the All Kids Fair, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, takes place at the Hilton Long Island Huntington on 598 Broad Hollow Rd. Highlights include, The Butterfly Experience,  a petting zoo, an appearance by QuackerJack from the Long Island Ducks (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), a reptile display and more than 80 family-friendly exhibitors and free educational and recreational classes. Admission also includes free popcorn, a photo booth, cotton candy, face painting and balloon animals. 
INFO 516-621-1446, allkidsfair.com
ADMISSION $5, free younger than 3

Head to the classic, collectible car show in Belmont Park

You'll find a lot of horsepower at the
Photo Credit: Long Island Cars/Phyllis Aquino

You'll find a lot of horsepower at the Long Island Cars Belmont Classic Car Show and Swap Meet, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Belmont Park in Elmont, enter at Gate 5 on Hempstead Turnpike (rain date April 14). Hundreds of collectible cars will be on display including classics from the 1950s and '60s, customs and antiques. The judged show also features vendors selling car-related parts, accessories and literature, along with private owners selling a variety of cars. Long Island Cars reports that after 30 years, this is the final car show and swap meet at this location.
INFO 631-567-5898, longislandcars.com
ADMISSION $9, free younger than 12

Be there for the season opener

The all-female, flat-track roller derby league, the Strong
Photo Credit: David Dyte

The all-female, flat-track roller derby league, the Strong Island Derby Revolution, hosts its first game of the season against the Central Jersey Roller Vixens at the Sports Arena in St. James. Doors open at 7 p.m., whistle at 8. p.m. Saturday, April 6. Be there to root for a home-opener win. If you want to sit rinkside bring a chair.
INFO 631-487-2268 , thederbyrevolution.com
ADMISSION $15, $10 in advance

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