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


Godfrey Townsend:  Eric Clapton Tribute

Friday, May 24 at 8 p.m.

Guitarist and vocalist Godfrey Townsend and his band will perform a repertoire of music spanning over three decades of the much loved guitar legend Eric Clapton’s career — from the ‘60s rock anthem, “Sunshine of Your Love,” to 1996’s Grammy-winning “Change the World,” as well as all the classics along the way, including “Layla,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Lay Down Sally,” “Wonderful Tonight” and “Tears In Heaven.”

Where: The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury
Info & Tickets: 516-283-5566 •

2 In a New Light: American Impressionism, 1870-1940

Saturday, May 25 through Sunday, Aug. 18 (check museum website for daily hours)

This exhibit offers a sweeping survey of American Impressionism, revealing the transformative influence of Impressionism on American art between the years of the Hudson River School — whose majestic landscapes influenced, and then gradually gave way to, French Impressionist–inspired works — and modernist trends of the early 20th century.

Where: Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington
Info: 631-351-3250 •

3 2019 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach

Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The 16th Annual Bethpage Air Show will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, and the U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet, as well as exciting civilian performers, extraordinary aerobatic pilots and, for the first time, four female pilots. The Air Show is free to the public, but there is a standard $10 vehicle fee. 

Where: Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh
Info: 631-321-3510 •

4 ’Heirloom Kitchen’ with Anna Francese Gass

Saturday, May 25, 3 to 5 p.m.

In “Heirloom Kitchen,” Anna Francese Gass brings together the stories and dishes of 40 women, all immigrants to the United States, whose heirloom recipes have helped shape the landscape of American food. Some of these women will be joining the author at this special, $35 ticketed event, which includes a copy of the book and a beverage (wine, beer, coffee, tea or soda) from the bookstore café.

Where: Turn of the Corkscrew Books and Wine
110 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre
Info & Reservations: 516-764-6000 •

5 Memorial Day Weekend Fireworks and Commemoration

Saturday, May 25 at 6 p.m.

This year’s Memorial Day ceremony will feature a fireworks display, musical entertainment from the Chicago tribute band Beginnings, the LPs playing songs from the ‘70s and ‘80s, and then a DJ. During the ceremony, a student from Schreiber High School will sing the National Anthem and the Albertson Cub Scouts will perform the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Where: North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Road, Port Washington
Info: 311 or 516-869-6311 •

6 Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m.

The Jones Beach summer concert series gets started with rock legend Bob Seger performing all his greatest hits — from “Night Moves” and “Still the Same,” to “We’ve Got Tonight” and “Shame on the Moon,” to “Katmandu” and “Her Strut” — along with the Silver Bullet Band.

Where: Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
895 Bay Parkway, Wantagh
Info & Tickets: 866-558-8468 or 516-785-1600 •

7 The Beach Boys: Summer Kickoff Show

Thursday, May 30 at 8 p.m.

“Wouldn’t It be Nice” to hear the Beach Boys kick off summer? Long Islanders will get to do so, as the California surfer band plays crowd-pleasers like “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls” and the Grammy-nominated “Good Vibrations.” 

Where: The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington
Info: 631-673-7300 •


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