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Sept. 30 weekly planner: Top 10 events

1. Hamptons International Film Festival

WHEN | WHERE Thursday-Oct. 8 at various East End venues

INFO 631-747-7978,

ADMISSION$15-$30 per screening/event ($8 ages 12 and younger)

The Hamptons rolls out the red carpet for its annual film showcase, which draws plenty of Hollywood celebs and movie buffs alike who want to see emerging flicks.

Thursday's opening night film is "Love Marilyn," a documentary of rare Marilyn Monroe clips that will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at Guild Hall ($30). On Saturday, actor Richard Gere will receive a lifetime achievement award during a 7 p.m. staged chat hosted by Alec Baldwin ($30). Among the film highlights: Ben Affleck's film "Argo," Disney's kid-friendly "Frankenweenie" and "Not Fade Away," a directorial debut by David Chase (creator of "The Sopranos").

2. Susan Isaacs and Nelson DeMille

It's a literary twofer at Landmark on Main Street Tuesday. Two of Long Island's best-known (and bestselling) authors -- Nelson DeMille and Susan Isaacs -- team up for a Q&A and book release party.

WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 232 Main St., Port Washington

INFO 516-767-6444,


3. Autumn sculpture tour

Take a guided stroll through Nassau County Museum of Art's Sculpture Park. You'll get an insightful look at the collection -- enhanced by the fall landscape -- that includes works such as Tom Otterness' "Free Money" and Peter Reginato's "Casanova Brown." Meet museum staffer Jean Henning on the front terrace.

WHEN | WHERE 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor

INFO 516-484-9337,


4. 'Long Island Medium'

Hicksville psychic medium and TLC reality star Theresa Caputo puts on a pair of staged shows in a larger-than-usual setting: NYCB Theatre at Westbury. She'll answer audience questions and conduct random readings.

WHEN | WHERE 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury

INFO 800-745-3000,

ADMISSION $59.50, $79.50

5. Pumpkins on parade

Old Westbury Gardens is debuting a new Halloween attraction -- "Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns," a walk-through display of more than 5,000 individually carved and decorated pumpkins. Friday's opening night celebration includes a carving demonstration with Sea Cliff sculptor Andrew Gertler, who stars on Travel Channel's "Sand Masters."

WHEN | WHERE 6-9:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 71 Old Westbury Rd. Continues Fridays-Sundays through Oct. 28.

INFO 914-502-2339,

ADMISSION $16, ($14 ages 5-17)

6. Hear Beatles albums live

Classic Albums Live returns to Tilles Center for two nights of Beatles music in honor of what would have been John Lennon's 72nd birthday. On Friday, hear "The White Album" played song by song. On Saturday, the featured album is "Let It Be" -- get there early for a 6:15 screening of the documentary "Imagine: John Lennon," which is free for ticket-holders.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, LIU Post, Brookville

INFO 516-299-3100,


7. New planetarium opens

It's a big week for the Cradle of Aviation. Saturday, the museum celebrates the grand opening of its Jet Blue Sky Theater Planetarium, which projects real views from high-tech solar telescopes (plus digitally enhanced images) on a giant dome screen. Patrons can choose from three shows ($5 per screening): "We Are Astronomers," "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" and "Passport to the Universe," a show narrated by Tom Hanks. Special Saturday-only programming for World Astronomy Day includes free-with-admission star lab programs, astronomy workshops for kids and viewing (weather permitting) through solar telescopes from noon to 4.

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City

INFO 516-572-4066,

ADMISSION $14 ($12 ages 12 and younger); $5 per planetarium show

8. 'Star Wars' reading fun

Reading is out of this world: Lucas Films hosts a nationwide promotion at bookstores and libraries to foster stronger literacy. Activities include costume and trivia contests, giveaways and prizes at local participating venues, including Barnes & Noble in Lake Grove.

WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. Saturday, 600 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove

INFO 631-724-0341,


9. Bill Cosby visits Westhampton Beach


He's been in the "funny" field since the '60s -- the comedian takes the stage to discuss his lengthy career and current perspective on life.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Oct. 7, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St.

INFO 631-288-1500,

ADMISSION $100-$170

10. Barrel wine tasting

Mark the fall harvest with a walking tour of the vineyards at Bedell Cellars with winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich, who will conduct a Q&A in the field. Stick around for a rare preview tasting of wine straight from the barrels along with a selection of antipasti and cheeses.

WHEN | WHERE 1 p.m. Saturday, 36225 Main Rd., Cutchogue

INFO 631-734-7537,


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