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

Grace McQuade

Friends of Cedarmere Talk
and Tour of Cedarmere Estate

Sunday, Jan. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Friends of Cedarmere are sponsoring a talk and tour of the 19th century private library of William Cullen Bryant at his Cedarmere Estate.  The talk and tour will be hosted by Sunday Steinkirchner, who will discuss books in Bryant’s Library with focus on Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Papers, Thomas More’s Utopia, and the works of Washington Irving and how they influenced Bryant’s writing.  Refreshments will be served.  Free event.  Donations to the library are appreciated.
Where: Cedarmere Estate, 225 Bryant Avenue, Roslyn Harbor
Info: (516) 671-3295 •

Top 7 Ed Wood

Ed Wood Lecture
by Keith Crocker

Monday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Join Long Island based film historian and director Keith Crocker for an insightful examination of the notorious filmmaker Ed Wood.  This program will explore the life of Wood, from his days as a marine corporal during WWII where he served in the battle of Tarawa, to his career as a screenwriter in Hollywood, penning such films as The Bride & The Beast, Plan 9 From Outer Space, and Night of the Ghouls.  The event will end with a Square Up reel that will include feature clips from some of Woods’ later and more salacious work.  Tickets are $10 for members; $15 for the general public.
Where: Cinema Arts Center, 423 Park Avenue, Huntington
Info: (631) 425-2925 •

Sid Jacobson JCC’s Community Players Present “Anything Goes”

Saturday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. 

Come and enjoy these community performances of the Tony Award-winning Cole Porter musical.  “Set on the S.S. American ocean liner, “Anything Goes” tells the story of singer Reno Sweeney and her friend Billy Crocker who stowed away on the ship to be with his love Hope Harcourt.  Hope is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, causing a love triangle on the S.S. American’s journey from New York to England.  “Anything Goes” opened on Broadway on Nov. 21, 1934 and ran for 420 performances, becoming the fourth longest-running musical of the 1930s.  Tickets are $24 for non-members and $20 for seniors, students and Sid Jacobson JCC members.  Performances will also be held on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.

Top 7 Anything Goes
Where: Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center
300 Forest Drive, East Hills
Info: (516)484-1545 •

Film: Cartier-Bresson’s Century

Tuesdays through Sundays at 11 a.m. until March 5

Few have revolutionized photography as much as French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004).  The father of modern photojournalism, he contributed to “street photography,” a style that influenced generations of photographers.  This documentary includes clips of Cartier-Bresson discussing his life and work. Free with museum admission.  Reservations are not needed.  First come, first seated.   

Where: Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor
Info: (516) 484-9337 •

Top 7 Film Ieri, Oggi

Film: Ieri, Oggi, Domani
(Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow) 

Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m.

An Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 1965, this trilogy of Italian romantic comedies set in different parts of Italy stars Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni in each story.  In Naples, poor Adelina supports her husband by selling black market cigarettes.  In Milan, wealthy Anna is having an affair with poor Renzo, whose infatuation is tested by a near tragedy.  In Rome, prostitute Mara seeks the help of her client Augusto to spurn the advances of her neighbor’s infatuated grandson (Giovanni Ridolfi).  All tea refreshments provided thanks to SerendipiTea.  Baked goods courtesy of Coffeed Port Washington.
Where: Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main Street, Port Washington
Info: (516)767-1384 • 

Top 7 The Clancys of Queens

Book Club Discussion:
The Clancys of Queens
by Tara Clancy 

Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.

Fifth generation New Yorker, third-generation bartender, and first-generation author Tara Clancy was raised in three wildly divergent homes: a converted boat shed in working class Queens, a geriatric commune of feisty, Brooklyn-born Italians, and a sprawling Hamptons estate she visited every other weekend.  This childhood triptych comes to life in this electric, one-of-a-kind memoir. 

Where: Book Revue
313 New York Avenue, Huntington
Info: (631) 271-1442 •

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A Conversation with
Billie Jean King

Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Come and hear this on-stage conversation with Billie Jean King, who was named one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century” by Life magazine and is a 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  King has long been a pioneer for social justice.  She grew up playing tennis in the California public parks and won 39 Grand Slam titles during her career.  She helped form the  Virginia Slims Series and founded the Women’s Tennis Association.  She defeated Bobby Riggs in one of the greatest moments in sports history–the Battle of the Sexes on Sept. 20, 1973.  Single ticket prices: $35, $60, $75.  Price includes a $3 facility fee.   

Where: Tilles Center
for the Performing Arts
LIU Post
720 Northern Blvd.
Info: (516) 299-3100

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