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

Grace McQuade

1 “Gatsby’s Gold Coast: Then and Now” with Paul Mateyunas

Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.

Travel back in time to the days of Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby learning about the real families and homes that inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald.  An illustrated presentation by North Shore historian Paul J. Mateyunas about the history of the Gold Coast and the grand old estate houses.  Author of North Shore Long Island: Country Houses, 1890-1950 and Long Island’s Gold Coast, Mateyunas will autograph copies of his books, which will be available for purchase.   

Where: Community Church of East Williston, 45 E. Williston Avenue, East Williston
Info: (516) 742-9690 •

turn of the corkscrew

February Artist of the Month: A Meet and Greet with Trudy Kopp

Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

Fifteen years ago, local artist Trudy Kopp embarked on her second career as an oil and acrylic artist.  Kopp’s main subjects are still life, flowers and vegetables, and landscapes.  Working principally from photographs she takes of the everyday world around her, Kopp blends the realism of life with the eye of someone who sees beauty in everything, and conveys this through her use of color and brushstroke.  Her collection of pieces are available for purchase and will be displayed for the month of February.  

Where: Turn of the Corkscrew Books and Wine
110 N. Park Avenue, Rockville Center
Info: (516) 764-6000 •


Film: Year by the Sea

Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. 

Hoping to reclaim who she was before becoming a wife and mother, an empty-nester retreats to Cape Cod where she embarks upon a quest to set herself free.  Based on the New York Times bestselling memoir by Joan Anderson.   

Where: Soundview Cinemas
7 Soundview Marketplace, Port Washington
Info: (516)829-2570 •


Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise”

Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

To coincide with Black History Month comes this first feature documentary about the remarkable writer, poet, actress, and activist Maya Angelou.  The film presents her incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life with striking, unmatched access.   (USA, 2016, 114 min., English, NR/DCP, Dir. Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack.) $11 members, $16 general public.

Where: Cinema Arts Center, 423 Park Avenue, Huntington
Info: (631)423-7611 •

DNCE at the Paramount

DNCE with Special Guests:
The Skins

Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. 

An American funk pop and dance rockband consisting of members Joe Jonas, Jack Lawless, Cole Whittle, and Jin Joo Lee, DNCE released their debut single, “Cake by the Ocean,” in 2015.  The song reached the top 10 in several charts, including on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at No. 9.  Their debut extended play, Swaay, was released the same year.  Nominated for Favorite New Artist for the 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards and Best Song to Lip Sync and Best Anthem for the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards, DNCE will be joined by special guests, the Skins, during the concert. 

Where: The Paramount, 370 New York Avenue, Huntington
For ticket info: (631)673-7300 •

Adult coloring

Adult Coloring Night

Thursday,  Feb. 9, 7-8 p.m.

Experience the nationwide phenomenon of adult coloring.  Enjoy a glass of wine, chocolate, and a tranquil winter’s evening of coloring in the inspirational setting of the museum galleries.  Art supplies included.  Ages 21 and up.  Fee: $10 members, $15 non-members.

Where: The Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Info: (631)351-3250 •


An Evening with
Fran Lebowitz

Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.

The event will be an extensive conversation and Q&A with the purveyor of urban cool, witty chronicler of the “me decade” and the cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker.  Fran Lebowitz remains one of the foremost advocates of the Extreme Statement.  She will offer insights on timely issues, such as gender, race, gay rights, and the media, as well as her own pet peeves–including celebrity culture, tourists and strollers. Her conversational partner will be her good friend, Port Washington author Susan Isaacs. All seats: $45.  All ticket prices include a $2 facilities fee. 

Where: Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main Street, Port Washington
Info: (516) 767-1384 •

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