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These 10 performing or visual arts shows not necessarily holiday-themed

Analisa Leaming is light off her feet in

Analisa Leaming is light off her feet in "Mary Poppins" at the Engeman Theater at Northport. Credit: Michael DeCristofaro

Between now and the new year, unless you remain a shut-in — including shutting off all TV and streaming devices — you’ll have your share, if not fill, of holiday cheery entertainment. Here are 10 performing or visual arts shows that have little or nothing to do with such celebrations.


Although it qualifies as family-friendly fare, there are no Santas or holiday ornaments in sight in the Broadway musical based on the 1964 Disney classic. The no-nonsense title nanny has a magic bag of tricks and a way with wayward children. Mary, played at the Engeman Theater by Analisa Leaming — Broadway credits include “The King and I” — flies without the aid of reindeer.

WHEN | WHERE Through Dec. 31, John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, 250 Main St. Upcoming: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Wednesday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday

TICKETS $71-$76; 631-261-2900,


The 1970s soul musical, based on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” enjoyed a nationwide revival in the live Fox telecast last year. It returns to the Long Island stage with a production in Cultural Arts Playhouse’s spacious new home.

WHEN | WHERE Through Jan. 8, Cultural Arts Playhouse, 71 Michael Dr., Syosset. Upcoming: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday

TICKETS $25, $22 seniors; 516-694-3330,


It’s the last weekend for the Larry Shue farce about a be-careful-what-you-promise guest. Will, a Vietnam vet, owes his life to a fellow GI, Rick, pledging that he’ll do anything for him. Funny how you don’t notice the guy is such a nerd when you’re on the battlefield.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Merrick Theatre & Center for the Arts, 2222 Hewlett Ave.

TICKETS $22, $20 seniors and students; 516-868-6400,


There’s little peace on Earth in Tom Rizutto’s sci-fi comedy in which Martians have fled their planet for ours, only to find a world in which service robots are being decommissioned and a humanist movement is butting heads with a demand for android rights.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Bare Bones Theater, 57 Main St., Northport

TICKETS $15-$25; 800-838-3006,


The folksinger-songwriter who still considers Maine his home, though he lives in Virginia, makes his 11th annual concert appearance in the Sunday Street series hosted by Charlie Backfish. It’s not a Christmas concert, but we can’t promise Paul won’t sneak in a holiday tune or two.

WHEN | WHERE 3 p.m. Sunday, Gillespie Room of the Long Island Museum, 1200 Rte. 25A, Stony Brook

TICKETS $25 through Friday, $30 (cash only) at the door; 631-751-0066,


In this triennial Parrish Art Museum exhibit, seven established artists each select two emerging artists to display their works along with those of the jurors who picked them. The selecting artists are Tina Barney, Lynda Benglis, Donald Lipski, Tony Ousler, Jorge Pardo, Cindy Sherman and Leo Villareal. The show ranges from hanging installations and wall-size LED maps to delicate porcelain cakes and memory photos and paintings created from them. Some of the selected artists will talk about their work in a reception Friday.

WHEN | WHERE Through Jan. 16, Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill. Reception: 6 p.m. Friday. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Mondays, until 8 p.m. Fridays

ADMISSION $8-$10, students free; 631-283-2118,


These two Guild Hall exhibits may not make you cry. But bring tissues just in case. “Connie Fox & William King: An Artist Couple” and “William Knigin: The Holocaust and Anne Frank” occupy the museum’s main galleries. Meeting later in life, abstract painter Fox and figurative sculptor King lived together for years before marrying. Their art is shown together for the first time since King’s death last year. Granted access to the Israel Museum’s Holocaust archives, Knigin created a chronology of horror and suffering.

WHEN | WHERE Through Dec. 31, Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays

ADMISSION Free; 631-324-0806,


Two shows drawn from the collection of Mort Künstler, Oyster Bay Cove illustrator and painter of historic scenes, take over most of the Heckscher Museum of Art. “Norman Rockwell and Friends: American Illustrations from the Mort Künstler Collection” encompasses 75 images. Aside from Rockwell, see art by Homer Winslow, Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and many others. Meanwhile, “Mort Künstler: The New Nation” traces American history from Jamestown through victory at Yorktown and George Washington’s first inauguration.

WHEN | WHERE Through March 5 and April 2, respectively, Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. weekends

ADMISSION $5-$8 (Huntington resident discounts); 631-351-3250,


A locally focused look at more recent history, this Long Island Museum exhibit examines everything from fashion to politics, pop culture to space exploration and inventions to tragedies in the decade that defined the Baby Boom generation.

WHEN | WHERE Through Dec. 31, Long Island Museum, 1200 Rte. 25A, Stony Brook. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays

ADMISSION $5-$10; 631-751-0066,


In the largest-ever photo exhibit at the Nassau County Museum of Art, see “Ansel Adams: Sight and Feeling” and “Light Works: 100 Years of Photos” — both drawn from the Kalamazoo (Michigan) Institute of Art collection. Then go upstairs to view works from the 1960s to the present in “New Photos: Long Island Collects.”

WHEN | WHERE Through March 5, Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor. Hours: 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays

ADMISSION $4-$12; 516-484-9337,

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