Drawing on China’s 2,000-year history of shadow puppetry, Long Island City, Queens-based Chinese Theatre Works shares its lively production of “Tiger Tales” with Long Island families. Grandma Bunny teaches the young animals of the jungle how to survive under the reign of a tyrannical carnivore, in this award-winning, English-narrated puppet theater performance. It weaves together shadow puppetry, Chinese music, and a big screen to relate four humorous and allegorical tales for all ages. These stories are narrated by and told from the viewpoint of a wise old rabbit. She relates to her young granddaughter some of the adventures of her eventful life, including her hair-raising encounters with Tiger, the reigning King of the Jungle, in this fascinating show, based on popular Chinese folktales and literature.
Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m. $10. Landmark on Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.
Immerse yourself in some of the glorious sights of spring on the grounds of Hofstra University. Explore Hofstra’s roots during an arboretum and sculpture tour and a landscape design lecture.
Tour Hofstra’s nationally recognized arboretum, with Fred Soviero, director of grounds and landscaping, and Patrice Dimino, Hofstra’s landscape designer and assistant curator. They’ll share their insights on the acclaimed arboretum and the campus’ many beautification projects and memorial gardens as well as the annual display of tulips in honor of the university’s Dutch heritage.
Sunday, May 7, 12 and 3 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required. Hofstra University, South Campus, Hempstead. For information, visit www.hofstra.edu/festivals.