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

Chita: A Legendary Celebration 

Friday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m.

Tony Award winner Chita Rivera will recreate signature moments from her legendary career, including numbers from “West Side Story,” “Sweet Charity,” “Chicago,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” as well as the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim.   

Where: Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City
Info & Tickets: (516) 877-4000 •

Musical: ‘Hair’

Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m.

A product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the late 1960s, this rock musical tells the story of a group of politically active, long-haired hippies living a bohemian life in New York City and features the songs “Aquarius,” “Let the Sunshine In,” “Good Morning Starshine,” and the title hit, “Hair.”   

Where: Cultural Arts Playhouse, 170 Michael Drive, Syosset
Info & Tickets: (516) 694-3330 •

3 Chris Monty & Friends

Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m.

Fresh off his stand-up comedy special, “What’s the Worst that Could Happen,” Chris Monty returns with a new, high-energy show of hysterical tales about his travels, experiences and first year of marriage.  He’s also bringing along two of his funny friends: Tina Giorgi, who has appeared on NBC’s “Comics Unleashed,” and Long Island favorite Eric Haft.

Where: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre / Info & Tickets: (516) 323-4444 •

4 Madison House Presents: The National

Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30 at 3:30 p.m.

At this two-day concert, the rock band that has played sold-out shows at the Troubadour in Los Angeles and Webster Hall in New York City will perform their top tracks that have been featured in the hit TV shows “Chuck,” “Parenthood,”  “Friday Night Lights” and “Southland,” as well as the Lionsgate film “Warrior.”

Where: Forest Hills Stadium, 1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills
Info & Tickets: (888) 929-7849 •

Exhibit Opening Reception: Storytelling Through the Lens

Sunday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Through the Internet, apps and mobile devices, photojournalism can now reach audiences never before imagined with immediate impact, while continuing to write our visual history and form our collective memories.  In this exhibit, which will be on display through Dec. 15, nine artists present images in this unique and powerful format.    

Where: Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
Info: (516) 829-2570

6 “Next Level Thinking: Ten Powerful Thoughts for a Successful, Abundant Life”

Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

At this event, No. 1 bestselling author and pastor Joel Osteen invites you to set aside shortcomings from the past and step into a new level of victory and favor. Osteen believes that when we leave behind our negative mindsets and the limits others have placed on us, we will experience a life full of abundance.

Where: Barnes and Noble, 91 Old Country Road, Carle Place
Info: (516) 741-9850

7 Harbor Nights: Rum & Chocolate

Thursday, Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The history of rum is linked with seafaring and maritime tales.  Learn a little history about how rum was created while you sample chocolate treats, taste rum punch and hear Prof. Jenny Anderson of Stony Brook University discuss the cultural ties between people, rum and the sea.  The event is for those 21 and older. $20 advance online tickets; $15 members; $35 at the door. 

Where: The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor / Info & Tickets: (631) 367-3418

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