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


Author Event: “Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives”

Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m.

Hosted by W Connection (Widows Helping Widows), this event features author Becky Aikman, who will discuss and sign copies of her memoir that will make you laugh, think and remind yourself that despite the unpredictability and occasional tragedy of life, it is also precious, fragile and often more joyous than we recognize. Due to limited seating, please RSVP to Anna Avalone at (516) 365-4594.
Where: Barnes and Noble, 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset
Info: (516) 365-6723 or

Sands Point Preserve Conservancy Presents… A Murder
Mystery: Hound of the Baskervilles
Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 14, 8-10 p.m.

Set in a manor house in Devon, England, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles” tells the tale of horrific murders by a diabolical, supernatural hound that may still be haunting the surrounding moors. Now Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson will investigate the most recent murder in the Winter Living Room of Port Washington’s historic Hempstead House.  The intermission will include wine, coffee and sweets. Premium: members – $65; non-members – $70. General: members – $55; non-members – $60.  Tickets include parking.
Where: Hempstead House, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point
Info and Tickets: (516) 304-5076 or

Mother’s Day Weekend
Concert in the Park
Saturday, May 13, 6-7:30 p.m.

Bring a chair, blanket and an outdoor picnic to enjoy music and the beauty of Planting Fields Arboretum.  The Dolce Ensemble will perform classic music from the movies.  Coffeed, Inc. will sell snacks, sandwiches, desserts and drinks.  Free event: no parking fee or reservations required. Coe Hall will be closed at this time, but restrooms will be available at the Main Greenhouse.  

Where: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
Info: (516) 922-8678 •


Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m. 

The reigning “Queen Of Soul,” whose career has spanned six decades, will perform songs from her current release, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, that include “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Chain Of Fools,” and “I Say A Little Prayer,” among many others.  

Where: Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Road
Info & Tickets:
(516) 247-5211

Crystal Gayle
Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m.

The voices of powerful female crooners will continue to fill the air over Mother’s Day weekend with Grammy award-winning legend Crystal Gayle, known for her long locks and signature song, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” With a program that will include country, folk, pop, rock, Broadway and gospel, Gayle will close AUPAC’s season with her first Long Island concert appearance in more than ten years.
Where: Adelphi University
Performing Arts Center
Westermann Stage, Concert Hall
1 South Ave., Garden City
Info and Tickets: (516) 877-4000

Stage Performance: “Pippin”

Sunday, May 14 at 7 p.m. 

Enjoy this Tony Award-winning musical, originally directed by Bob Fosse on Broadway, that tells the story of Pippin, the young prince son of King Charlemagne, as he searches for meaning and significance during the early part of the Middle Ages.
Where: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville
Info & Tickets: (516)299-3100 or

An Evening with David Crosby

Thursday, May 18 at 8 p.m.  

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby will perform his greatest hits and music from his recent solo album, “Croz,” and the soon-to-be-released new album, “Sky Trails,” along with five musical friends on keys and vocals.
Where: The Space at Westbury Theater, 250 Post Ave., Westbury
Info & Tickets: (516)283-5566 •


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