Do This: Long Island Events March 5 – 11

Laura Benanti is coming to Garden City this week.

Idle Hands
This alternative rock band from San Diego is bringing its sunny California-style music to Long Island for one night, and hopefully, bringing the sunshine along with them. With Happy Body Slow Brain, The Tallest Trees In The Universe and The Bellegards. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $12. 6:30 p.m. March 5.

Los Lobos with Alejandro Escovedo
Perhaps best known for their up-tempo, hip-gyrating hit “La Bamba,” Los Lobos has made its mark in the rock community with a long list of singles that blend Mexican culture with mainstream rock and roll. The Grammy Award-winning band released their first album “How Will the Wolf Survive?” in 1984. Three decades later, the band has barely lost a step. Don’t believe us? Head over to Westbury and check them out for yourself. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$65. 8 p.m. March 5.

Ghostface Killah and Inspectah Deck
Hip-hop fans—especially New York hip-hop fans—are in for a treat. Ghostface Killah joins Inspectah Deck, a member of the famed Wu-Tang Clan, for what promises to be an explosive performance from two veteran artists. Both rappers share the same hometown—Staten Island—and Ghostface Killah considers Wu-Tang Clan one of his greatest inspirations. You won’t want to miss this performance. With Stumik, music by Cipha Sounds and Drewski. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30. 8 p.m. March 5.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Extreme
Under ringmaster David Shipman’s guidance, this circus has gone to extremes to provide more thrills than ever before. This show features the youngest human cannonball in the world, the 25-year-old Gemma “The Jet,” who rockets more than 100 feet under the arena sky—and, best of all, she doesn’t explode upon impact! The brave Benny Ibarra leaps and bounds atop the terrifying Pendulum of Steel, while the Daring Danguir do their death-defying footwork on a high-wire as narrow as a human thumb. In a breathtaking display of freestyle sports, these awesome performers will show off their amazing gymnastic moves on BMX bikes, trampolines, and “slackline” straps. Did someone say, “What about the animals?” No Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show would be complete without the popular pachyderms known as the Asian Elephants, plus the Bengal tigers, the twin-humped camels ridden by Mongolian “Desert Goddesses” and, last but not least, 16 performing poodles. Let the show begin! Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $23.25-$75. Times vary. Through March 8.

This Baltimore-based alternate pop band is coming to LI for a one-night concert as it tries to build its brand and put on an unforgettable performance for its local fans. The band’s most recent album “Wonderlust” includes such titles as “Skin,” “Heaven Sent,” and “California.” With Persona, Scott Thomas F, The Narrows, Darryl J and The Individuals. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $12. 6 p.m. March 6.

Flutissimo! Flute Quartet
To complement the Museum’s Ferdinand Richardt’s “Niagara: A Study in Landscape Painting” exhibition, flutists Lauren Ausubel, Claudia Beeby, Leslie Strait, and Jerene Weitman present an imaginative program of music inspired by water. Performing on piccolo, C flute, alto and bass flutes, the Quartet provides enchanting musical imagery of rivers, rain, fountains, aquariums, whirlpools, and more. The Hecksher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. heckscher.org Free. 7 p.m. March 6.

Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook is more than a musician. The Canadian-born artist is a guitarist, composer, and producer, who has sold more than 1.5 million records across the globe. He’s also an innovator. Not to be confused with infamous Press gourmand Chris Cooke (who can topple a tower of fresh, juicy chicken souvlaki faster than you can shout “Hey hey! My my!), this Cook infuses different forms of music—flamenco rumba and jazz, for example—into his songs, and he has been rewarded for his out-of-the-box style, winning multiple awards in his home country. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. March 6.

Changing the Way We Eat—TEDx Manhattan
A full-day event featuring a dynamic and diverse group of speakers addressing issues in the sustainable food and farming movement. It will bring ideas and information to a wider audience, promoting innovative work being done by groups large and small, for-profit and nonprofit, from around the country. A highlight of the event is the ample time given for attendees to meet each other and look for new synergies and new ideas to help bolster the sustainable food movement. Co-presented with Slow Food Huntington. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org 10:30 a.m. March 7.

March of the Leprechauns
This charitable, non-commercial, non-political, nonsensical pub crawl happens once a year for absolutely no reason. The proceeds fund both the East End Emerald Society in support of the Jamesport St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Maureen’s Haven, to help benefit the homeless. Downtown Riverhead. vendini.com $10. 1 p.m. March 7.

Patchogue Folk Festival
featuring nine Long Island Singer-Songwriters showcasing the vibrant Patchogue original music scene. Featuring: Hank Stone Band, He-Bird She Bird, Grand Folk Railroad, Anne Crean, Leah Kay, Bill Shuren, Chris Carlozzo, EVT Band and Sim Urivetzky. At 8 p.m., Grammy Award winners Janis Ian and Tom Paxton will share the stage for an evening of stories and songs. “Together At Last” marks the first time this powerful and irresistible singer-songwriter duo will be performing together in the NY metropolitan area since wrapping up their U.K. tour last spring. Tickets start at $28 for the night show. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org Free. 2 p.m. March 7.

Artists Trading Cards Benefit Exhibit Reception
Each one-of-a-kind card is signed by the artist, with a portion of the proceeds going to VIBS Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center. Exhibit runs through March 29. BJ Spoke Gallery, 299 Main St., Huntington. bjspokegallery.com Free. 2 p.m. March 7.

Allie Martocci
Self proclaimed (on Twitter) math enthusiast and badass MC, Allie Martocci’s soulful covers of such a wide swath of artists from Eminem to Beyonce showcase her tremendous talent. Check out her acoustic skills and fall in love with her unique take on songs you already know by heart. With Spectator, Van Vega, Rebecca Maida and Morell Brown. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $10, $12 DOS. 4 p.m. March 7.

The “magic”-al merging of reggae, rock, pop, and soul combine to produce a ridiculously catchy sound by singer/songwriter Nasri, guitarist Mark Pelli, drummer Alex Tanas, and bassist Ben Spivak. That song “Rude” that you couldn’t get out of your head this entire winter? Yeah. That. With Caribbean influences and a down-home funk, these guys create music that is fun, contagious, and of course – magic. With Bohemians & Schoeffel, based out of Valley Stream. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$45. 8 p.m. March 7.

The Temptations & the Four Tops
Motown legends whose songs permeate our souls to become part of who we are, the Temptations and the Four Tops will perform such mega-hits as “Reach Out and I’ll Be There,” and “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I Got)” by the Four Tops and “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” by the Temptations. These songs are part of the cultural foundation upon which modern music rests. You will sing out loud, dance in the aisles, and make friends with those who sit near you. A night not to be missed. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49-50-$84.25. 8 p.m. March 7.

Los Lonely Boys
Billed as an American-Chicano rock power trio, Los Lonely Boys combine rock ‘n’ roll, Texas blues, country, soul, and Tejano to glorious effect. These three Grammy Award-winning brothers Henry, Ringo, and Jojo Garza create a funky sound that is immensely sing-alongable. You know their debut song, “Heaven,” which reached into the Top 40 in 2006 and won the coveted Grammy for Best Pop Performance. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $29.50-$45. 8 p.m. March 7.

Larry Kirwan
Known to his legion of fans as the luminous lead singer of Black 47, the great New York-based Irish rock band, Larry Kirwan is not only a truly talented musician but a rocking playwright as well. When you tell him, “Man, the play’s the thing,” he might do a double-think because he’s such a versatile artist. But no worries. In Bay Shore he’ll be a solo acoustic act, but he’ll be bringing all of his repertoire, not just what Rolling Stone once called “an unashamedly topical wallop of the early-Seventies Jersey-bar E Street Band and the ‘Combat’-era Clash, laced with the mourning siren of uilleann pipes.” From the bars of the Bronx to Leno, Letterman and O’Brien, Kirwan and his crew have wielded their music as a weapon for social justice. As The New York Times described a Kirwan performance of the great American songwriter Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times,” he “not only delivered a knockout entertainment, he’s done a public service, reacquainting us with the Foster songbook and the striving, teeming America for which it was written.” When Kirwan takes the stage, you know you’re in for a special treat, so raise a glass and unplug your ears! Solo accousitic show by lead singer of Black 47. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 8 p.m. March 7.

Vince Johnson & The Plantation Allstars
You can call Vince Johnson & The Plantation Allstars the international ambassadors of the Memphis Blues Society, because they’ve brought their smokin’ sound to venues far and wide. When he and his band played last year’s Long Island Blues Festival, they damn near set Freeport free forever, if that were even possible, because their funky mix of R&B was so hot to handle. Their jamming is legendary, their slamming is incendiary! Vince Johnson handles the vocals and harmonica, his brother Alan Johnson plays bass, Danny Wilson rips up the lead guitar, Charles Campbell blows the saxophone, and Courtney Brown holds forth on drums. This band is the real deal from Beale Street, courtesy of Memphis, Tennessee. When you hear Johnson pontificate about that “Mean Old Woman” who done him wrong, you want to ask why would anybody want to be mean to this man when he’s doing what he’s meant to do in this world? And that’s playing the blues so nice it hurts! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. March 7.

David Broza
This Israeli singer-songwriter superstar is a mix master of pop and Spanish style music who plays with a flourish like a timeless troubadour from another world. And indeed, he’s taken his concert tours to Belgium, Germany, Spain, Argentina and Brazil, among many venues. To some listeners, David Broza is like “a post-modern Leonard Cohen” and the “Stevie Ray Vaughan of folk rock.” His whirlwind finger picking is combined with a flamenco-flavored rhythms and rock and roll technique. Not to name drop, but Broza did a PBS broadcast concert with Jackson Browne and Shawn Colvin, and honored a request from Townes Van Zandt to set a shoebox full of his unreleased poems and lyrics to music. Broza has recorded in Hebrew and Spanish, as well as in English—he was raised in Israel, Spain and England. And in that multi-cultural spirit, he recorded an album called “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem” with both Israeli and Palestinian musicians that was produced by Steve Earle and Steve Greenberg that came out last year. His song “Together,” co-written with Ramsey McLean, was chosen to be the theme song for UNICEF’s 50th anniversary celebration. Maybe he won’t be serenading Capitol Hill any time soon, but this humanitarian musician is doing all he can to use his art to make the world a better place. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $42-$163. 8 p.m. March 7.

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Super Goal Sunday
Grab your girlfriends and join an enlightening and fun-filled afternoon of self-discovery for women 40 and over. Learn new skills, make new friends, and discover how to make the most of your life—at any age! Price includes Afternoon Tea and two workshops. Alyson Richman, bestselling author of The Garden of Letters and The Lost Wife, is the keynote speaker. David S. Mack Hall, Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. Hofstra.edu $50. 1:30 p.m. March 8

Rockin for Autism VIII
1 Step Ahead and RPM perform during this charity event, which includes a last-man-standing raffle, free buffet and more. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $30. 3 p.m. March 8.

Laura Benanti
A Tony winner for her acclaimed performance as Gypsy Rose Lee in the Broadway revival of “Gypsy,” Benanti was also nominated for her work in “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “Into the Woods” and “Swing.” Her latest show, “In Constant Search for the Right Kind of Attention,” knits together theatre standards with pop hits and original songs, delivered with her unique blend of humor and vocal nuance, and promises an unforgettable afternoon. Adelphi University, Westermann Stage, Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $40-$70. 3 p.m. March 8.

Parenting Resources Expo
Experts on organic baby food, wholistic family nutrition and a special education attorney will be among those on hand. There will also be a presentation and book signing at 5 p.m. by Dr. Joanna Hulton, family therapist and author of Parent Fatigue Syndrome: What To Do When Conventional Wisdom Is Not Very Wise. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 4 p.m. March 8.

A screening of a film that focuses on forced marriage and hopes to shed light and awareness about a very sensitive topic that some communities are struggling with. Following the film is a Q&A session with the director of the film, Afia Nathaniel. The nonprofit Domestic Harmony Foundation, which works mainly with Muslim women who are victims of domestic violence, organized the event to commemorate International Women’s Day. Herricks Cinema, 3324 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park. dhfny.org  $20, $25 DOS. 11 a.m. March 8.

Royal Southern Brotherhood
Talk about soul brothers from two families with a famous musical lineage! The Royal Southern Brotherhood is an American blues rock super group that blends the talents of singer and percussionist Cyril Neville—whose Neville brothers are New Orleans legends—and vocalist and guitarist Devon Allman—the son of Gregg and the nephew of the late, great Duane. Now bring in Charlie Wooton on bass and vocals, Yonrico Scott on drums, who brings in that second line beat that makes the Crescent City swing a la Detroit via Atlanta, and then cue signature guitarist Bart Walker, who recently took over after Texas bluesman Mike Zito left the band late last year to go back to his roots. So there you have it, thanks to these stellar gentlemen, Southern rock and roll is alive and kickin’ you know what. The pedigree of these performers is unbelievable and their musicianship unparalleled. You’ll get your R&B throwback ballads, your Stax, your Motown and so much more. So, come put some “rock around you” and catch that groove. It’s a great gumbo of jambalaya jamming, sizzling strumming and soulful singing! Royalty never sounded so good, y’all. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org 40-$45. 7 p.m. March 8.

Eighteenth Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
Selected from over 500 submissions worldwide, these six cutting-edge premieres are guaranteed to entertain and engage. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. theatrethree.com $18. 7 p.m. March 8.

Gov’t Mule
W John Scofield. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$55. 8 p.m. March 8.

A group of eight citizens broke into a small FBI office in Media, Pa. and took documents that led to the discovery of a massive, illegal domestic surveillance program known as COINTELPRO. A decision by The Washington Post to publish the documents was a defining moment in investigative journalism. The public learned about COINTELPRO, and the FBI’s programs targeting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Black Panthers and others, only because of the stolen documents, and the actions of the Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI, as the burglars called themselves. They didn’t look for the spotlight. Their mission a success, they returned to their normal lives. Now, for the first time, the members of the “commission” speak out about their actions. “1971” is their story. Screening includes guest speaker Johanna Hamilton, the film’s director. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. theatrethree.com $7. 7 p.m. March 9.

Newton’s Egg
Egg-citing news as this Annual Egg Drop Contest celebrates the return of spring with eggs and a year-round phenomenon—gravity! Over 200 students from first thru eighth grade will create homemade contraptions to protect their precious egg cargo from a two-story drop off our balcony. If the egg survives unscathed, their students are eligible to win a prize. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org Price of admission. 9:30 a.m. March 11.

—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Rashed Mian and Timothy Bolger