Stepping Out

What's happening on Long Island this weekend

Weekly calendar of exhibits, theater, music, and more

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Mysteries of Bats

Tackapausha Museum and Preserve’s exhibit examines varied species of bats, featuring a live family of Egyptian Fruit Bats who fly and “hang out” in the museum’s nocturnal area. Other installations include displays about Long Island’s ecology and interactive activities. Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, Washington Ave. (between Merrick Rd. and Sunrise Hwy.), Seaford. 571-7443.

Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at the Heckscher Museum

This juried exhibition, now in its 21st year, features 84 works of art by students in grades 9 through 12 attending 57 public and private schools throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Opening March 11, through April 9. Heckscher Museum of Art, Main St. and Prime Ave., Huntington. (631) 351-3250 or www.heckscher.org.

Mort Künstler: The New Nation

The exhibit traces the story of the birth of our country, from settlement through the Revolutionary War to and the inauguration of George Washington as the nation’s first president, as seen through the artistic lense of Mort Künstler. Künstler’ s most recent works give visual expression to the dramatic story of America’s founding and the noble character of the American people. Through April 2. Heckscher Museum of Art, Main St. and Prime Ave., Huntington. (631) 351-3250 or www.heckscher.org.

Political Slant II: Editorial Cartoons

An original exhibition featuring works by Thomas Nast for historical context, along with works by award-winning editorial cartoonists Matt Davies, Walt Handelsman, Mike Keefe, Steve Kelley, and Signe Wilkinson. Through March 12. Hofstra University’s David Filderman Gallery, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, South Campus, Hempstead. 463-5672 or www.hofstra.edu/museum.

Afternoon Movie

See “Leap Year,” the romantic comedy about a woman who has an elaborate scheme to propose to her boyfriend, with Amy Adams, Friday, March 17, 2:30 p.m.; also “Manchester by the Sea,” the drama about a depressive loner who slowly comes back to life, Tuesday, March 21, 2 p.m. Elmont Memorial Library Theater, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. 354-5280.

At the Movies

See “Equity,” a financial thriller about female executives on Wall Street, Friday, March 17, 2 p.m. Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Ave., Baldwin. 223-6228.

Friday Flick

See “Deepwater Horizon,” a dramatization of the April 2010 disaster when the offshore drilling rig exploded and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history, Friday, March 17, 1 p.m. Henry Waldinger Memorial Library, 60 Verona Place, Valley Stream. 825-6422.

Inside Emily Dickinson: Her Poetry and Her Life

Gingerr Grace’s biorgraphical portrait based on Emily Dickinson’s life stories, letter and poems, Friday, March 17, 12:30 p.m. Performance is combined with interactive workshop activities. Elmont Memorial Library Theater, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. 354-5280.

Tricia’s Flicks

See the Irish comedy “Waking Ned Devine,” about a lottery winner who dies of shock in his scenic village and the townsfolk who try to claim his money Friday, March 17, 2 p.m. Rockville Centre Public Library, 221 N. Village Ave., Rockville Centre. 766-6257.

Literary Voices

Orlandina Balan, Vicki Irio, Lois Walker, and Doreen Spungin read from their works, hosted by poet Peter V. Dugan, Saturday, March 18, 2-4 p.m. Oceanside Library, 30 Davison Ave., Oceanside. 766-2360.

Film Showing

See “Fences,” the acclaimed film adaptation of August Wilson’s drama about a working-class African-American father raising his family in the 1950s, Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m. Bellmore Memorial Library, 2288 Bedford Ave., Bellmore. 785-2990.

Matinee Time

See “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” the latest addition to the romantic comedy adventures of the world’s favorite singleton, Monday, March 20, 2 p.m. Malverne Public Library, 61 St. Thomas Place, Malverne. 599-0750.

On Screen

See “Indignation,” the adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel about a young Jewish man who comes of age in a WASP-y college, Wednesday, March 22, 2 and 7 p.m. Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, 1125 Broadway, Hewlett. 374-1967.

Movie Showing

Watch “Florence Foster Jenkins,” a dramedy based on the life of the New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite her voice, starring Meryl Streep, Thursday, March 23, 2 p.m. Franklin Square Public Library, 19 Lincoln Rd., Franklin Square. 488-3444.

West Side Story vs. Romeo and Juliet

Examine both seminal works of theater with musical theater historian John Kenrick, Thursday, March 23, 1 p.m. Peninsula Public Library, 280 Central Ave., Lawrence. 239-3262.

Theater/Music

Jekyll & Hyde

The musical horror-drama based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale, Thursday and Friday, March 16-17, 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 18, 3 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 19, 2 and 7 p.m. $76 and $71. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. (631) 261-2900.

Motown II

Vocalist Rhonda Denet and her trio perform Motown hits, Thursday, March 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets required. Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, 1125 Broadway, Hewlett. 374-1967.

A View From the Bridge

A Script-In-Hand Theatre production of Arthur Miller’s classic tragedy, Friday, March 17, 7 p.m. Oceanside Library, 30 Davison Ave., Oceanside. 766-2360

Jake’s Women

Neil Simon’s comedy about a writer and his struggling marriage, Friday and Saturday, March 17-18 p.m.; Sunday, March 19, 3 p.m. $20 Friday and Sunday; $25 Saturday. Arena Players, Vanderbilt Carriage House Theater, Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. 293-0674 or www.arenaplayers.org.

Johnny Rivers

The iconic rock ‘n roller in concert, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Friday, March 17, 8 p.m. $99.50, $74.50,$64.50, $49.50 and $39.50. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd, Westbury. (800) 745-3000 or www.livenation.com.

Sarah Jarosz

The multi-instrumentalist/vocalist in concert, Friday, March 17, 8 p.m. $35, $30 and $25. Jeanne Rimsky Theater at Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. 767-6444 or www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Christopher Durang’s zany comedy that examines the midlife malaise of middle-aged siblings, Friday and Saturday, March 17-18 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 19, 3 p.m. $22, $20 students and seniors Friday and Sunday. Merrick Theatre & Center for the Arts, 2222 Hewlett Ave., Merrick. 868-6400.

Jay Leno

The acclaimed late night TV host/comedian is back on the stand-up circuit, Saturday, March 18, 7 p.m. $59-$161. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd, Westbury. (800) 745-3000 or www.livenation.com.

She Loves Me

The heartwarming musical comedy classic about finding love the old-fashioned way, Saturday, March 18, 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 19, 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday, March 22, 2 p.m. $25, $23 seniors, $19 students, $15 youth 12 and under, $28 at door. BroadHollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. (631) 581-2700 or www.broadhollow.org.

Led Zeppelin 2: The Live Experience

LZ2 delivers authentic renditions of classic Zeppelin material, recreating the band’s live improvisation and onstage dynamics, Sunday, March 19, 8 p.m. $30, $25, $20, $10. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.paramountny.com.

Milagro

The band in concert, with a tribute to Carlos Santana, Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m. Tickets required. Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Ave., Baldwin. 223-6228.

Billy Meets The Boss

The popular tribute bands Movin’ Out and Tramps Like Us in concert, Thursday, March 23, 8 p.m. $29-$40. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd, Westbury. (800) 745-3000 or www.livenation.com.

Family

Aladdin

Join Aladdin and the Genie on their musical adventure, Saturday, March 18, 2 p.m. $12. Merrick Theatre & Center for the Arts, 2222 Hewlett Ave., Merrick. 868-6400 or www.merrick-theatre.com.

Junie B. Jones

A fast-paced musical adaptation of Barbara Park’s best-selling books, presented by Plaza Theatrical Productions, Saturday, March 18, 11 a.m.; Sunday, March 19, 12 p.m. $12. The Show Place at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore. 599-6870 or www.plazatheatrical.com.

Madagascar

A musical journey out of the zoo and onto the stage, based on the popular animated film, Saturday, March 18, 2 p.m.; Sunday, March 19, 12 p.m. $11, $13 at door. BroadHollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. (631) 581-2700 or

www.broadhollow.org.

The Tale of the Frog Prince

Follow along with a lonely frog prince who lives in a swamp on a large kingly estate, Saturday, March 18, 1 p.m. $10, $8 children. Arena Players, Vanderbilt Carriage House Theater, Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. 293-0674 or www.arenaplayers.org.

Squeaky Clean Band

The band performs classic hits in an interactive family-friendly concert, Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m. Peninsula Public Library, 280 Central Ave., Lawrence. 239-3262.

Craft Workshop

Step into spring by decorating and planting seeds to make a silly “planter pal,” Monday, March 20, 4:30 p.m. For grades K-6. Oceanside Library, 30 Davison Ave., Oceanside. 766-2360.