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

Grace McQuade

Music at the Mansion: The World Trad Orchestra

Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. 

The World Trad Orchestra brings together four inventive jazz musicians on the East Coast to play some of the world’s most inspiring songs that will transport the audience to Gatsby’s lawn, a nightclub in Rio, and a cobblestone street in Paris. Tickets: $25 for members; $40 for non-members.

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

2 The Bookshop Band

Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.

Coming all the way from London, The Bookshop Band is currently touring bookstores all across the country.  They write and perform songs inspired by books and hundreds of authors from Shakespeare to Philip Pullman.  The $20 ticket price includes one complementary beverage from the café.

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

Theatre Production: ‘Art’

Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. (ongoing performances through Feb. 2)

Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play, French playwright Yasmina Reza’s work is about three lifelong friends who disagree over an expensive piece of art, posing provocative questions about art and friendship.

Where: Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson
Info & Tickets: 631-928-9100 •

Caumsett Winter Walk

Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m.

Get invigorated at this six-mile, moderate-hilly hike through the park, where you can admire the view of the Long Island sound.  Meet in the parking lot near the entrance and bring water and a snack. The hike will be canceled due to heavy rain or snow, but nor for cold weather.  Registration required. 

Where: Caumsett State Historic Park , 25 Lloyd Harbor Road off West Neck Road and 25A, Huntington / Info & Registration: 631-223-3427 •

5 Fine Wine & Food Festival

Saturday, Jan. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Fine Wine & Food Festival showcases the area’s top wineries and food vendors. Guests will enjoy unlimited samples of wine, beer, spirits, and ciders, as well as gourmet food from New York City’s best restaurants and food trucks. WBLI will serve up music, contests and interactive games for everyone to enjoy.

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

6 Chazz Palminteri’s ‘A Bronx Tale’

Sunday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m.

Actor, writer and producer Chazz Palminteri brings all of the grit, muscle and evocative realism to the sidewalks of New York in his play, “A Bronx Tale,” which began as an autobiographical one-man show, made it to the big-screen with Robert DeNiro, and recently had a successful run on Broadway.

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

7 Film Screening: ‘Love, Gilda’

Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Join Executive Producer Alan Zweibel for a special screening of  the documentary film “Love, Gilda,” a touching memoir about Gilda Radner, one of the greatest comedic minds and a member of the original cast of “Saturday Night Live.”

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

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