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

Robin Trower: ‘The Man. The Guitar. The Legend’

Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m.

Experience English rock legend Robin Trower, the guitarist and vocalist who achieved success with Procol Harum during the 1960s, and then again as the bandleader of his own power trio known as Robin Trower.

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

2 Book Launch for Steven Taibbi

Saturday, April 6, 3 to 5 p.m.

Huntington resident Steven Taibbi was born cyanotic — doctor-speak for what was commonly called blue baby — and with three birth defects, requiring three operations. Over time, he needed two heart transplants. In “Grateful Guilt: Living in the Shadow of My Heart,” Taibbi shares his story of determination, one he hopes will benefit others who face serious challenges. 

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

3 ‘The Miracle Worker’

Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m.
(ongoing performances through April 28)

Based on the true story, “The Miracle Worker” dramatizes the relationship between determined teacher Annie Sullivan and her student, the blind and mute Helen Keller. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from Helen’s dark, tortured silence.

Where: Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson
Info & Tickets: 631-928-9100 •

Stephen C. Widom Cultural Arts Presents: Me and Mr. B starring Anita Gillette

Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. 

Known for her funny, off-beat and deliciously goofy performances on Broadway, off-Broadway, television and movie screens, Anita Gillette intersperses humorous stories about Irving Berlin with his hit songs that have spanned more than the 50 years.

Where: Temple Emanuel, 150 Hicks Lane, Great Neck
Info & Tickets: 516-482-5701 •

Rodney Crowell

Sunday, April 7 at 7 p.m.

Two-time Grammy winner Rodney Crowell has written 15 No. 1 songs on the country music charts that have been recorded by country legends Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and George Strait, current country chart-toppers Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, and rock-and-roll legends Van Morrison and Bob Seger.

Where: My Father’s Place at the Roslyn Hotel, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn
Info & Tickets: 516-413-3535 •

6 Long Island Guitar Festival

Tuesday, April 9 at 8 p.m. through Sunday, April 14 (check venue website for a schedule)

The Long Island Guitar Festival commences once again, with concerts, classes, workshops, ensemble showcases and more.  “The ‘Long Island’ in the festival title clearly refers to its location and origins, rather than to its scope,”  said the New York Times.

Where: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville
Info & Tickets: 516-299-3100 •

How to Heal Our Political Divisions with keynote speaker John Kasich

Wednesday, April 10 at 5 p.m.

The former governor of the state of Ohio, New York Times bestselling author, and CNN political commentator John Kasich will speak at this special event and then participate in an audience Q&A. 

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

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Grace McQuade

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