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

Grace McQuade

Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot: Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel

Friday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m.

The Paramount welcomes back the best Billy Joel tribute band for their 18th show. Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot never disappoint, playing all of the Piano Man’s major hits. As Joel himself said “… They had a hard time convincing me it wasn’t me. It’s uncanny.”

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

2 John Oates with The Good Road Band

Saturday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. 

John Oates is one half of Hall & Oates, the best-selling pop duo of all time, as well as an accomplished solo artist. He will perform music from his latest album, Arkansas, that combines folk, bluegrass, Delta blues, and ragtime guitar styles, along with the accomplished members of The Good Road Band. 

Where: Landmark on Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theatre
232 Main St., Port Washington
Info & Tickets: (516) 767-1384 •

Musical: ‘Sweet Charity’

Saturday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2:30 p.m. (ongoing performances through Jan. 27)

Based on a hilarious book by Neil Simon, “Sweet Charity” explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic dance hall hostess in New York City, and features musical numbers including“Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” and “Baby, Dream Your Dream.”

Where: Broadhollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont
Info & Tickets: (631) 581-2700 •

Simply Simon: The Neil Simon Story in Three Acts

Monday, Jan. 7, 14 and 21, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sal St. George will lead these three sessions and provide a retrospective of three of Neil Simon’s most popular plays: “The Sunshine Boys,” the rarely seen version starring Woody Allen and Peter Falk; “The Goodbye Girl,” starring Richard Dreyfuss in his Oscar-winning performance; and “The Odd Couple,” a history of the original play, plus two of the best episodes from the Tony Randall/Jack Klugman television classic. Three-session fee: $90.

Where: LIU Post Hutton House Lecture Series, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville
Info & Tickets: (516) 299-2580 •

5 Meet Fran Hawthorne, author of ‘The Heirs: A Novel’

Monday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.

Author Fran Hawthorne will read from and discuss her debut novel, “The Heirs,” an intimate portrait of a woman whose quest to learn more about her family’s experiences during the Holocaust threatens to derail her life more than 50 years later.

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

6 Meet Nicholas Hirshon, author of ‘We Want Fish Sticks’

Monday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.

Lifelong Islanders fan, Nicholas Hirshon will speak about and sign copies of his new book, “We Want Fish Sticks: The Bizarre and Infamous Rebranding of the New York Islanders,” which examines the three torturous seasons when the Long Island hockey franchise embarked on a rebranding process that turned into an embarrassing fiasco.

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

7 Film Screening: ‘Far from the Tree’

Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.

Join acclaimed author Andrew Solomon for a screening of the documentary adaptation of his bestselling book about the experiences of families in which parents and children are profoundly different from one another in ways that invite viewers to rethink what it means to be a “normal family.”

Where: Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington
Info & Tickets: (631) 423-7611 •

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