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

1 Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet
Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. 

Continue the tradition of ringing in the holiday season with Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, “The Nutcracker,” for the first time in the beautiful Madison Theatre at Molloy College, where international ballet stars will be joined by gifted young dancers from all over the metropolitan area, and The South Shore Symphony will bring to life the composer’s extraordinary music.
Where: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre
Info & Tickets: (516) 323-4444 • madisontheatreny.org

Stage Production: “Crazy for You”
Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2:30 p.m. 

A zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, “Crazy for You” tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In Deadrock, Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner’s daughter. But Polly takes an instant dislike to the city slicker, so Bobby vows — through cunning razzmatazz and a hilarious case of mistaken identity — to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre. Memorable Gershwin tunes from the score include “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
Where: Broadhollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont
Info & Tickets: (516) 775-4420 • broadhollow.org

3 22nd Annual Charles Dickens Festival
Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Village of Port Jefferson will magically transform into the Dickensian era with streets filled with roaming characters such as Father Christmas, Dickens Mayor, Scrooge, the Town Crier and the beloved chimney sweeps. The festivities will feature ice skating at the Village Center, a cappella performances by choirs and harmony groups, magic shows by The Great Wizard of the North, and the annual Santa Parade on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Where: Main Street in the Village of Port Jefferson
Info: (631) 473-4724 • portjeff.com

4 Deck the Halls Gala
Saturday, Dec. 2, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Join this annual special evening at Planting Fields Arboretum for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing and a silent auction to kick off and celebrate the holiday season. Also this week will include the opening of the Holiday Poinsettia Display in the Main Greenhouse from Monday, Dec. 4 through Jan. 8.
Where: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
Info: (516) 922-8678 • plantingfields.org

Jackie Mason
Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.

The legendary, stand-up comic, included in Comedy Central’s list of 100 greatest comedians of all time, will perform his signature, irreverent brand of humor at this special, one-night show.
Where: NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury
Info & Tickets: (516) 247-5211 • thetheatreatwestbury.com

6 Squeeze at The Paramount
Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.

The New Wave band that formed in 1973 and produced a string of hits through the early ‘80s, including “Tempted,” “Another Nail in My Heart,” “Black Coffee in Bed,” and “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)” had songwriting duo, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, reunite ten years ago to relaunch Squeeze and continue to write, record, and tour together, with the 2015 release of the critically-acclaimed album, “Cradle to the Grave.”
Where: The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington
Info & Tickets: (631) 673-7300 • paramountny.com

7 “This is the Place” at Dolphin Bookshop
Thursday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Join Port Washington authors Kelly McMasters and Beth Ain as they discuss “This is the Place,” an anthology of women writing about home and the various ways home makes, shapes, and breaks us.  

Where: Dolphin Bookshop, 299 Main St., Port Washington
Info: (516) 767-2650 • thedolphinbookshop.com

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