Here is a selected list of things to do and places to see in the Long Island Weekly reading area.
Wednesday, May 5
The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center’s Museum and Programming Director, Dr. Thorin Tritter, will discuss a photograph in the museum that shows one of several pro-Nazi rallies held in Madison Square Garden in the 1930s and talk about American support for Hitler in the years before WWII. This virtual talk, from noon to 1 p.m., is part of the Curator’s Corner. Register here.
Adelphi Percussion Ensemble
Dennis K. Sullivan leads the students of the percussion ensemble in a live performance from the Concert Hall. Focusing on avant-garde repertoire, Adelphi’s Percussion Ensemble thrills its audience with new and recently composed works. Presented virtually from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register for the free event here.
Thursday, May 6
Presented virtually at 7 p.m. by the Whaling Museum & Education Center in Cold Spring Harbor. Geared primarily for adults. “Test yourself in the art, literature, science, geography, and history of all things May flowers in this spring-themed event.” Winner gets a $25 gift certificate for a bouquet or plant. Free to play, but $10 suggested donation appreciated. Register here.
Screened virtually from 7:30 to 9 p.m. by Adelphi University. Comprised of eight monologues, Talking With is written by Jane Martin, and directed by Carson Ferguson, Anthon Mondesir and Nicholas Petron. The play “introduces its audiences to a kaleidoscope of idiosyncratic women. Equal parts humorous and touching, Martin’s play invites audiences to share in some of the most intimate experiences that women have with parents, with spouses, with lovers, with children, and ultimately with themselves.” Martin’s play was the recipient of the 1982 American Theatre Critics Association Award for Best Regional Play and Martin herself was dubbed “[a] dramatist with an original voice … and gladsome humor” by The New York Times.
Please note: This play contains adult themes, language, discussions of violence against women (including sexual assault) and depictions of violence against a pregnant woman. The section “Dragons” in Act Two includes a brief segment of flashing lights. Repeated Friday, May 7 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 8, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. Register for this free event here.
Friday, May 7
Department of Music Showcase, Part One
Presented virtually from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Adelphi University’s Chamber Music Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and Concert Band perform virtually for the end of the semester. Join the singers and instrumentalists of the Adelphi University Chamber Music Ensemble for a fun and varied program of music. This semester, the ensemble performs the music of Ignatius Sancho, Florence Price, Louise Farrenc, Davi Rocha, Francesca Caccini, Adelphi student Kevin Lubin, Department of Music Chair Dr. Sidney Boquiren, and special guest Dr. Amy Dunker from Clarke University.
The Classical Guitar Ensemble will present a variety of works for Guitar Duo, Trio, and Quartet and will be joined by ensemble director Dr. Jay Sorce for Leo Brouwer’s beautifully evocative quartet “Cuban Landscape with Rain.”
The Adelphi Concert Band will perform under the direction of Dennis K. Sullivan. Register for this free event here.
The Gold Coast International Film Festival is celebrating the return of outdoor movies with a Flashback Friday screening of the classic 1980s hit Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, starring Matthew Broderick. Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the film’s initial release, it will take place at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington. The film starts at 8 p.m. Cars can start entering at 7 p.m. and tickets are $30 per car. Gold Coast will offer you the chance to see yourself on the big screen at the event. Celebrate Mother’s Day, a birthday or graduation by sending Gold Coast a picture and short message and a customized slide will be created for you that will appear on screen before and after the film. To purchase tickets and on-screen slides visit www.goldcoastarts.org/flashback-drive-in.
Walking With Whitman
The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) presents the 11th season of Poetry in Performance: Walking With Whitman, hosted by Writer-in-Residence George Wallace. The signature series continues to bring the most intriguing figures in contemporary literature on the national scene paired with local poets on the Walt Whitman Stage. WWBA presents this program with a $5 suggested donation on Zoom.
British Poet Rommi Smith, Long Island based Poet Deborah Hauser and Long Island Singer-Songwriter Rorie Kelly will perform live on Zoom. Each program begins on a Friday at 7 p.m., with a reception to follow featuring musical performances. After the poetry readings, the featured poet offers a Q&A. Poetry in Performance: Walking With Whitman is sponsored by Poets & Writers.
Saturday, May 8
Art Adventure For Children
Westbury Arts is offering a free zoom art adventure for children and their caregivers from 3 to 4 p.m. when artist/author Meagan J. Meehan reads from her children’s book “Abela’s Adventure” and then leads participants in an art project based on the story. The book is about a homesick parrot who moves to New York from her native Brazil, ultimately finding adventure in her new home and deeper appreciation of her family. For the project, participants will need clay, googly eyes and feathers.
Meehan is a published author, poet, cartoonist, and produced playwright. She serves on the board of directors of Westbury Arts. She is the founder of the “Conscious Perceptionalism” art movement. To register for this free event click here. Participants will be sent a Zoom link and a specific list of art items needed.
The Sands Point Preserve celebrates the return of longer days, warmer temperatures—and budding trees, shrubs, and perennial plants. At the Spring Celebration, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors of all ages are invited to help with these plantings in the Phil Dejana Learning Center Outdoor Classroom. Enriching seed projects will also be available for families to enjoy on site or take home. Pollinator-friendly plants and garden-related gift items will be on display at the Special Plant & Gift Sale. And the plush woodland animals will be celebrating spring in a new display. A treasure hunt will bring families to locations across the Preserve in search of the season’s blossoms and much more. The Apiary is abuzz with spring activity, and beekeeper Jean-Marie Posner will conduct an informal workshop, open to visitors. Admission: $15 per car/members, $25 per car/non-members. Pay at the Gatehouse. Located at 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. Register here.
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board present the town’s drive-in movie series. At 8:30 p.m., Brave will screen at North Hempstead Beach Park, at 175 West Shore Rd., Port Washington. Cars will be admitted beginning an hour prior to show time. While the event is free, the town is encouraging attendees to bring non-perishable/canned foods as part of North Hempstead’s food donation drive. Advance registration for the film showing is not required, but residents must show proof of residency before entering the park. Restroom facilities will be available. For more information, call 516-869-6311.
Shed the Meds
Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board, in partnership with Nassau County and the Nassau County Police Department, will be hosting a “Shed the Meds” pharmaceutical drop-off event on Saturday, May 8, at Town Hall, 220 Plandome Rd. Manhasset from 8 a.m. to noon. “These events are designed to keep potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals out of the hands of our children and help protect our environment,” said Bosworth. “Pharmaceuticals that are improperly disposed of can end up in our landfills and drinking water. This is an opportunity for our residents to dispose of their pharmaceuticals in a safe manner.”
Accepted items will include: prescriptions, prescription patches, prescription medications, prescription ointments, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, sample medications and medications for pets. Needles, sharps, aerosol cans, thermometers, ointments (liquid or lotion), hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, biohazardous waste, and medication from businesses will not be accepted. For more information on this event, please call 311 or 516-869-6311.
Chorale and Vocal Ensemble
The Adelphi Chorale and Vocal Ensemble perform virtually under the direction of Karen Baer from 8 to 9 p.m. Celebrate life and the joy of singing. The Ensemble will keep you Feelin’ Good with Sounds of Silence on a Rainy Night at the Kanaval. Register for this free event here.
Andy Warhol Exhibit
The Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, will host an opening reception at the Mansion’s second floor for an exhibit of the celebrated artist Andy Warhol. The exhibit will run through Nov. 7.
Nobody since Picasso has meant more to the course of art history than Warhol (1928-1987). “Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop | Works from the Bank of America Collection” is an important exhibition that includes his signature icons from his earliest paintings to his innovations in silkscreen printing. The collection features the most famous images in Pop art, from the Campbell’s soup can and Marilyn Monroe, pioneering works made in the 1960s, to the late, great Vesuvius series, made just two years before his death in February 1987.
The Bank of America Art in Our Communities Program was established in 2009 in order to share the company’s art collection with the widest possible audience through more than 140 exhibitions at museums. Viewing hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. advance timed ticket entry is required and safety protocols will be followed. Tickets may be purchased here.
La Belle Époque Exhibit
The Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, will host an opening reception at the Mansion’s first floor for an exhibition capturing Paris’ age of elegance between 1880 and the eve of World War I in 1914. The exhibit will run through Nov. 7.
Director Emerita Constance Schwartz will guest curate. Celebrated for its hallmark joie de vivre, the Belle Époque became hailed as a Golden Age between the hardships of the Third Republic and the trauma of World War I. Through paintings and prints by artists including Henri Martin, Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and a treasure-trove of decorative objects featuring Louis Comfort Tiffany’s luminous glasswork, this exhibition celebrates the exuberance and opulence of extravagant design, ostentatious luxury, and a life of leisure, cabarets and bistros.
Viewing hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. advance timed ticket entry is required and safety protocols will be followed. Tickets may be purchased here.
Orienteering Family Program
The Caumsett State Park Foundation presents this program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Instead taking the usual walk along Caumsett’s 3-mile paved loop, join hiking leaders for an off-road hike. Explore new areas of the park rarely seen by the casual visitor and along the way learn how to use a map and compass. Many people think they can read a map but find they do not orient the map correctly and end up making a wrong turn and getting lost. Hikers will be taught to read and orient a topographic map, measure distance with pacing, find and follow a bearing and best all, see parts of the park never visited. Cost is $5 per person, free for Foundation members.
The park is at 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Huntington. For information on cancellation due to weather, check the website the day of the event, or contact the Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve office at 631-423-1770. The parking fee is $8 or you can use an Empire Pass Card. For member-only activities, please present your membership card and when registering use the pass code on the back of your card. For hikes, please wear comfortable walking shoes, long socks, and bring your choice of insect repellent. Pick up water and snacks at the new Café. Programs originate from the Park Kiosk unless noted. Register for the program here.
Sunday, May 9
Mother’s Day Special
Celebrate the mother figures in your life this Mother’s Day with a special visit to Planting Fields, located at 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay. Explore what is in bloom and enjoy a small variety of hot tea paired with individually packaged cookies outside in the Cloister Garden. Guests will also encounter one of the site’s unique architectural spaces: the Teahouse in the Italian Garden (1915). The space features murals and furnishings commissioned from American artist Everett Shinn by W.R. and Mai Coe, who built a legacy of artistic patronage by supporting the modern artists of their time. American modernist and member of the Ashcan School of painters, Everett Shinn (1876-1953) is best known for his paintings and pastels of scenes depicting the urban poor and brassy vaudeville acts. He was a lover of theater, music, and performance of all kinds, and throughout his long career he created works on paper, canvas, furnishings, architecture, even musical instruments and stage sets, that engaged with a raucous decorative aesthetic often termed Rococo revival. Seeing the murals and furnishings inside the Teahouse will introduce guests to Shinn’s engagement with the decorative.
Tickets are $2/members, $30/non-members. Get tickets here.
Monday, May 10
Long Island Astronaut
The Cradle of Aviation Museum presents An Evening with Long Island Astronaut Bill Shepherd from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Captain Shepherd (USN Ret.) from Babylon, will help the museum introduce a new addition to the Space Gallery, “The New Age of Space” with an evening. Shepherd will be discussing his experiences in space, give highlights of the museum’s newest Space Gallery addition, and will share his thoughts on the future of space exploration. The exhibit will showcase many of Shepherd’s artifacts from his space missions plus models of the latest rockets from NASA, SpaceX, and Blue Origin. A former Navy SEAL and NASA astronaut, Shepherd has flown three Space Shuttle missions. Admission is $10 ($8 for members). Doors to the museum open at 6 p.m. so guests can view the exhibit prior to the lecture. Advance tickets are recommended as the museum will be adhering to capacity mandates. Call reservations at 516-572-4066 or reserve online via this link.
400 Years of History in One Mile: A NYC Tour
Take a virtual stroll with New York City historian Alan Cohen at 7:30 p.m. through Lower Broadway, revealing the rich history of NYC from America’s Dutch past to the 21st century. Dr. Cohen will lead participants by “walking” a mile-long portion of Lower Broadway. In this area of Lower Manhattan. He’ll show examples of streets and structures that date from our Dutch past to the 21st century. Enjoy beautiful architecture, technological breakthroughs and stories about the famous and the infamous from all periods of the city’s history. Some of the specific highlights include: The first department store in the U.S.; Emily Warren Roebling and her place in history; The hidden City Hall Park; The Great Fire of 1835; St. Paul Chapel’s role from the colonial era to 9/11; The walk will roughly follow the route protesters took July 9, 1776 to topple the statue of King George.
When Dr. Cohen retired from his careers as a psychologist and college professor, he delved into his passion for New York City history, art and parks. He became an official Central Park tour guide, then a licensed sightseeing guide to share more stories about this fascinating city. His tours include NYC history, public art, Grand Central Terminal, Central Park and Fort Tryon Park. Dr. Cohen was the lead writer for www.centralparkinbronze and contributes occasional essays to www.takeawalknewyork.com. He is working on two books at the moment, Central Park People: A photo essay and Exploring Central Park on Foot and Wheels: 135+ Attractions and 12 Tours. Dr. Cohen is a docent at the Museum of the City of New York and at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest house in Manhattan.
This event is sponsored by the Ethical Humanist Society of LI. The contribution amount is $20 per Zoom window. To sign up, email email@example.com and instructions will be sent. Or, send a check to EHSLI, to: 38 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY 11530. Include email with the check. The Zoom link will be sent when the contribution is received.
Meet The Authors
Hosted by the Book Revue live on CrowdCast at 7 p.m. The 15th episode of Write America features Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Lloyd Schwartz and journalist and author Priya Jain as they read and discuss their works and about how books and art might bridge the deep divisions in our nation. Lloyd Schwartz is the Frederick S. Troy Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Boston, the longtime classical music critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, scholar and editor of the works of Elizabeth Bishop and the current Poet Laureate of Somerville, MA. Among his awards are NEA and Guggenheim Foundation fellowships for his poetry and a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. His poems have been selected for the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Poetry, and The Best of the Best American Poetry. His most recent poetry collections are Little Kisses (2017) and Who’s on First? New and Selected Poems (coming later this year from the University of Chicago Press). Priya Jain is a journalist and writer whose essays and reportage have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, Slate, Salon, Bust, and other publications. Her creative work has received support from the Southampton Writer’s Conference, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Tin House. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she is currently at work on a narrative nonfiction history of her great-grandfathers’ roles in the Indian Independence movement. This event is free to attend. Register here.
Tuesday, May 11
During this time of uncertainty, it is important to help children feel safe, keep healthy routines, manage their behaviors and build resilience. YES Community Counseling Center will be conducting a Zoom Active Parenting Program for parents of elementary school age children (ages 5-11) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and running for six sessions. For registration, link and fee information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 516-799-3203 ext. 224.
Department of Music Showcase Part Two
Presented virtually from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Adelphi’s Jazz Ensemble and Improvisation Ensemble perform virtually for the end of the semester. This year, the Improvisation Ensemble will present a program interpreting a broad variety of classic quotations about music, artistry, spontaneity, and collaboration. While the pieces will be recorded for streaming, they will exemplify in-the-moment improvisations in solo and ensemble formats. Directed by James Oshinsky, Ph.D. The Adelphi Jazz Ensemble will perform under the direction of Cilla Owens. Register for this free event here.
Wednesday, May 12
Get Your Groove On Family Dance Party
The Landmark on Main presents this Wellness Wednesdays program at 7 p.m. Did you know dancing causes your body to release endorphins, which in turn reduces stress and promotes better sleep? Let’s move to promote emotional, social and physical well-being. Led by Kershel Anthony of Kerboom Kidz. Known for his charismatic personality, Anthony has been lighting up the dance and fitness world as a choreographer, fitness expert and entertainer for over 20 years. All ages welcome. Presented in partnership with Celebrate Everyday with Cathy Riva. Get Zoom link here.
Friday, May 14
Art At Hofstra
The Hofstra University Museum of Art presents its Second Fridays: Recent Acquisitions program virtually at 3 p.m. As a collecting institution, the museum continues to develop and expand its permanent collection. This program looks at the acquisition process and some of the works of art donated to the museum in the past five years. Register here.
Saturday, May 15
Great American Songbook
Presented virtually by the Massapequa Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. Stan Wiest plays the music of The Great American Songbook on Eddy Duchin’s piano and tells humorous stories of his performances with and for celebrities. This program will use Zoom. You can join the meeting from your computer, tablet, smartphone, or landline phone. Just click on the link provided, no app or download is necessary. You can also connect by phone if you wish. You will receive a virtual link via email before the program starts. If you haven’t received a Zoom link, then please contact Lee Gundel at email@example.com or call 516-798-4607 ext. 6304 for assistance.
Recycle Bikes, Sewing Machines
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Long Island (RPCV) is collecting used bicycles and sewing machines on Saturday, May 15 (rain or shine) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the United Church of Christ, 271 Middle Country Rd., Middle Island (enter parking lot on Church Lane). Items collected will be refurbished by the international project Pedals for Progress & Sewing Peace and sent to Tanzania in East Africa.
Anyone with an adult or child’s bicycle in repairable condition or a working portable sewing machine is urged to donate the item. The program does not accept “bikes for parts,” disassembled bikes or tricycles. Since it costs $40 to collect, process, ship, rebuild and distribute each bicycle, a donation toward shipping costs is necessary (suggested minimum $10 per item). All cash and material donations are fully deductible and a receipt will be provided on site. This is the 17h bike/sewing machine collection organized by RPCV, which has collected 1611 bicycles and 227 sewing machines.
Pedals for Progress collects bicycles and sewing machines annually and transfers this material wealth to those more needy. To date, more than 161,446 bicycles and 5,482 sewing machines have been shipped to developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. In these countries the bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults and children.
David Clark Plays Billy Joel
David Clark opens the Landmark on Main summer outdoor series with the music of Billy Joel, sharing selections from the Billy Joel songbook spanning his entire catalog. Since the release of Piano Man in 1973, Billy Joel has had 33 Top 40 hits spanning three decades, all written by the man himself. He has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. Bring your lawn chairs and join us in Landmark’s Main Street parking lot, 232 Main St., Port Washington. Seating Pods of 2-4 persons will be marked out. A limited number of Reserved pods will be available for a slight additional charge. All other seating pods will be on a first come, first served basis. In the event of inclement weather, David’s performance will be moved to Sunday, May 16. In compliance with New York State’s restrictions, event capacity is limited to 150 persons and masks are required. Social distancing and other Covid safety protocols will be strictly observed. In case of a move indoors, seats will be assigned with 6 feet of buffer space surrounding each pod. Reserved pods: $30 per ticket ($20 for Friends). General admission pods: $25 per ticket ($20 per ticket Friends). Get tickets here.
Tuesday, May 18
Bereavement Support Series
NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island will hold a virtual bereavement support from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Meeting weekly for four sessions via Webex. Pre-registration is required to receive ink and call-in number. For further information, contact the Spiritual Care Services at 516-663-4749 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This group is not open to NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island employees
The New York Blood Center will hold drives at the following times and places.
Wednesday, May 5: Civil Air Patrol, 635 Main St., Farmingdale, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 5: St. James Church/Knights of Columbus #5983, 80 Hicksville Rd., Seaford, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 6: St. Joseph Hospital Staff Room, 4295 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 6: Assemblyman Michael Durso’s office, 1000 Lake Shore Dr., Massapequa Park, from noon to 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 6: Knights of Columbus #2520, 45 Heitz Pl., Hicksville, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Monday, May 10: Alert Fire Company, 555 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Monday, May 10: Carle Place Fire Department, 460 Broadway, Carle Place, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Monday, May 10: Midway Jewish Center, 330 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Syosset, from 3 to 9 p.m.
Monday, May 10: Young Israel Of West Hempstead, 630 Hempstead Ave., West Hempstead, from 3 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, May 11: St. Mary’s Elementary School, 1300 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, May 11: Legislator Josh Lafazan’s Office, 50 Cold Spring Rd., Syosset, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 12: Bayville Fire Department, 258 Bayville Ave., Bayville, from 3 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, May 13: Keller Williams Realty, 5100 Sunrise Hwy., Massapequa Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 16: Broadway Mall, 358b Broadway Mall Rotunda, Hicksville, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 19: NYU Langone Hospital-Long Island Research Center, 101 Mineola Blvd. and 2nd St., Mineola, from 7 a,m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 20: North Shore University Hospital, Tower Rooms 1, 2 and 3, 300 Community Dr., Manhasset, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 20: Northwell Health I-Park Center Hallway, 450 Lakeville Rd., Lake Success, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, May 21: North Shore University Hospital, Tower Rooms 1, 2 and 3, 300 Community Dr., Manhasset, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Appointments preferred. Donors will have their temperatures checked and must wear a face mask or covering. Other health conditions apply. Visit donate.nybc.org to sign up and for more information.