The Island Today: The top seven events for the coming week


The Sporting Life on Long Island: The Great Estates Era

Friday, April 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Celebrate the opening night of this new exhibition that explores the ways in which fox hunting, game shooting, and horse racing developed as major recreational pursuits for wealthy gentlemen, including W.R. Coe (1869-1955), owner of Planting Fields Arboretum. Jack Kohl will perform live music in the Great Hall all evening. Tickets: $20 Non-Members / Members Free (includes wine and cheese). The exhibit will be on view from April 21 to Sept. 30.
Where: Planting Fields Arboretum, Coe Hall
1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
Info & Tickets: (516)922-8600 or 


Spring Faculty Dance Concert
at Hofstra
Friday, April 21 at 8 pm.; Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 at 2 and 8 p.m. 

The Spring 2017 Faculty Dance Concert will feature Hofstra faculty and guest choreographers and include the dances: “Rituals,” influenced by German techno music; “Weaving,” inspired by Native American myth; and “Love Songs,” performed to songs recorded by Cindy Lauper that evoke the various moods and attachments of couples in relationships. Tickets: $12 adults; $10 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra students with ID.
Where: Joan and Donald Schaeffer Black Box Theater
Shapiro Family Hall, South Campus, Hofstra University, Hempstead
Info: (516)463-6600 •

Nature Walk at Bailey Arboretum

Earth Day Nature Walk

Sunday, April 23, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Experience Earth Day in a refreshing way by taking in the trails, gardens and grounds of the beautiful, 42-acre Bailey Arboretum, situated on the estate of renowned horticulturist and philanthropist Frank Bailey, who created the arboretum more than a century ago.
Where: Bailey Arboretum, 194 Bayville Road, Lattingtown
Info: (516)318-4724 •

Long Island Restaurant Week

4 Long Island
Restaurant Week

Sunday, April 23 through Sunday, April 30  

Enjoy the pleasure of fine cuisine and support the local restaurants that will take part in this annual event by offering three-course, prix-fixe meals over this eight-day period.  Participating restaurants include LOLA in Great Neck, Revel in Garden City, The Wild Goose in Port Washington and Thyme in Roslyn, which features live music every Friday and Saturday night from 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: At more than 100 restaurants throughout Long Island
Info and full listings:

Apollo 17 Dinner and Discussion

Apollo 17 Dinner and
Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. 

Apollo 17 was the final mission of NASA’s Apollo program that landed the first humans on the moon.  Join this special event that will feature Apollo astronaut Harrison Schmitt, NASA Flight Director Gerry Griffin and University of Notre Dame Professor Clive Neal as they discuss this momentous occasion.  Tickets are $100 per person and reservations are required.
Where: Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City
Reservations: (516)572-4066; Info: (516)572-4026 •

Fanny's Journey

Film Screening:
“Fanny’s Journey” 

Wednesday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. 

Set in 1943, “Fanny’s Journey” tells the story of 13-year-old Fanny and her younger sisters, who were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. Suddenly left on their own, these 11 children must do the impossible and fight for their freedom.  Tickets: $15 Regular; $10 Students.
Where: Gold Coast Arts Center
Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
Info.: (516)829-2570 •


Dance to the Movies

Thursday, April 27 at 8 p.m.  

Featuring actress Lesley Ann Warren, best known for receiving an Oscar nomination for the role of Norma in the film “Victor/Victoria,” Tony Dovolani and Anna Trebunskaya, celebrity dance pros from “Dancing With The Stars,” and finalists from “So You Think You Can Dance,” “America’s Got Talent” and “American Idol,” these special dance and song productions recreate some of the most iconic characters and memorable musical moments from movies, such as “West Side Story,” “Grease,” “Chicago,” and “Moulin Rouge,” as well as powerful scores from “The Godfather,” “Titanic,” “Les Misérables” and more.
Where: NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury
Info & Tickets: (516)247-5211 •


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