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

Grace McQuade

Music at the Mansion: Eden Lane

Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

Eden Lane is a jazz band with an affinity for film noir and classic romance.  Anchored by songbird Stephanie Layton, they perform jazz standards from The Great American Songbook and the Prohibition era, crafting their sets to combine fresh takes on famous tunes with rare gems from deep in the vintage vault.

Where: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
Info & Tickets: (516) 922-8678 •

2 A Magical Cirque Christmas

Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Be transported to the golden age of entertainment at A Magical Cirque Christmas, which features jaw-dropping magic, breathtaking circus acts, and angelic voices singing favorite Christmas carols with live musicians on stage.

Where: NYCB Live, Home of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale
Info & Tickets: (516) 231-4848 or (800) 745-3000 •

A Reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. 

Adelphi University Performing Arts Center brings the Charles Dickens’ classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge to life as it would have been performed in a radio studio in the 1930s.  Bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Mary Brennan Interfaith Nutrition Network Food Kitchen in Hempstead for those in need this holiday season.

Where: Cathedral of the Incarnation, 50 Cathedral Ave., Garden City
Info & Tickets: (516) 877-4000 •

‘The Nutcracker’

Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.

New York Dance Theatre, under the direction of former New York City Ballet soloist Frank Ohman, will present its 37th season of “The Nutcracker” at Hofstra University, the largest Nutcracker production on Long Island and the only one performed in the tradition of New York City Ballet’s Lincoln Center version. 

Where: John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hofstra University, Hempstead
Info & Tickets: (516) 463-6644 •

5 98 Degrees at Christmas

Sunday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m.

The pop and R&B vocal group known for the hit songs “Because of You,” “The Hardest Thing” and “Give Me Just One More Night,” will perform these and more of their greatest hits, along with music from their Let It Snow holiday album, including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Little St. Nick.”   

Where: NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury
Info & Tickets: (516) 247-5211 •

Reading with Robin & Renee’s Reading Club present author Adriana Trigiani

Monday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bestselling author Adriana Trigiani will discuss her new novel, “Tony’s Wife,” a spellbinding epic of two working-class kids who become a successful singing act during the big band era of the 1940s. Tickets are $45 general admission and include an autographed copy of the book. 

Where: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre / Info & Tickets: (516) 764-6000 •

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s ‘Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Party’

Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.

After 24 years, 10 records, over 2,800 live shows, and countless appearances in film and television, the swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is showing no signs of slowing down as they celebrate their 25th anniversary at this holiday show.

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

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