F-14 Tomcat Tribute & Reunion
Grumman alumni will get together for dinner and a panel discussion to commemorate the most memorable aircraft built on Long Island besides the Apollo Lunar Module. For the uninitiated, the supersonic F-14 Tomcat was a U.S. Navy fighter jet designed to combat Russian MiGs during the Cold War and immortalized in the 1980s classic Tom Cruise movie “Top Gun” until it was retired a decade ago to make way for the F-18 Super Hornet. Speakers include former F-14 pilots, instructors and designers. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $100. 4 p.m. April. 21.
How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change
The latest feature film from Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated investigative documentary filmmaker who exposed in Gasland how fracking can turn tap water flammable, goes globetrotting to show how it may be too late to reverse some of the worst consequences of climate change. And so he asks, what is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away? He went to 12 countries on six continents to find out. Guest speaker includes Matthew Kearns, an offshore wind energy activist from Long Island. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $7 members, $12 public. 7:30 p.m. April 21.
Four-time Grammy award winning Australian pop star Olivia Newton-John, who starred as Sandy in Grease and became one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, is coming to Long Island. This top pop star doesn’t tour as often as she used to when her songs were tearing up the charts week after week after week. So “Come on Over” and “Don’t Stop Believin'”! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $38.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. April 21.
This band is bringing their special style of alternative rock all over the New York area. They just released their first single off their new album and will be giving away the full album at their shows as they prepare to release a four-song EP next month. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. April 21.
This Detroit-based post-grunge quintet will play their ’90s hits, including “Plowed,” “Molly” and “Wax Ecstatic.” Warming up the crowd will be NFU, Sharks In The Shallows, Floodwire and For The Kill. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $18, $20 DOS. 7 p.m. April 22.
This stand-up comedian, actor, rapper and producer from Indiana has generated a huge amount of buzz since his big-screen breakthrough as Day-Day Jones in “Next Friday.” His HBO comedy special, “Inappropriate Behavior,” was one of the network’s top-rated, hour-long specials of 2005. He hasn’t slowed down for a moment. He had a starring role in HBO’s bio-pic about the legendary singer, Bessie Smith. These days, he’s taking his hilarious show on the road. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. April 22.
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot
This is the only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Island pop star, The Piano Man, himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol—and the performances are absolutely stellar! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. April 22.
Long Island country rock fans who appreciate gritty, down-to-Earth, small-town music with a big heart will no doubt take a liking to this band. Parmalee has shown an authentic resilience that we New Yorkers appreciate—and earning the support of fans along the way. Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall. 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. Muls.com $25, $27 DOS. 8 p.m. April 22.
NY Guitar Show & Exposition
The show features new, vintage and used instruments and amps, local dealers/music stores, retailers, custom builders and major manufacturers, including Taylor Guitars, D’Addario & Company strings and Gbase.com, a vintage equipment exchange. Freeport Recreation Center, 130 East Merrick Rd., Freeport. nyguitarexpo.com $10. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 23, 24.
Social Justice/Diversity Summit
The Social Justice/Diversity Summit is a forum to raise awareness on a broad range of social justice issues such as Environmental Justice, Health Disparities, Homelessness, Immigration, LGBTQ, Race, Housing Discrimination, Educational Disparities, Mental Health, Criminal Justice, and Food Justice/Food Security. Guest speakers include Bernice Sims, author of Detour Before Midnight, an account of the infamous Neshoba County, Mississippi murders of three civil-rights workers; Elaine Gross, president of ERASE Racism, a Long Island-based, nationally acclaimed organization known for its cutting-edge work on institutional and structural racism; Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, author, mentor and founder of Strategic Destiny: Designing Futures Through Faith and Facts; and Marge Rogatz, a life-long champion for social equity, justice and the rights of the homeless. Campus Center Ballroom, Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale. Free and open to the public. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., April 23.
Comedian, actor, writer, producer, television/radio host, New Jersey’s own Tom Papa is guaranteed to make you laugh. After being hand-picked by Jerry Seinfeld to perform on his tour back in 1993, Papa has not looked back. Most recently he hosted his popular Sirius/XM radio show “Come to Papa,” among many other credits. Papa has a ton of material in his repartee. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $30. 8 p.m. April 22, 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. April 23.
“Rockin’ Fights 23”
After winning a unanimous decision against Will Rosinsky on the Daniel Jacobs Vs Peter Quillin WBA World Middleweight Title Card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, 26-year-old Local 66 Union worker and Long Island’s own Joe “the Beast” Smith Jr. is back, taking his impressive 20-1 record including 16 wins on knockouts against the 16-4 Fabiano Pena at the “Rockin Fights 23” Card. Boxing doesn’t get better than this. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50-$200. 7:30 p.m. April 23.
With a spectacular light show and out-of-this-world stage production, Brit Floyd calls this trip their “Space & Time” tour, a fitting name for this leg of the amazing journey launched by Pink Floyd itself and now followed dutifully by this great tribute act. From The Dark Side of the Moon to The Wall and, the latest, The Endless River, they’ll dip into five decades of Floyd’s best-selling albums to recreate an interstellar night of stunning performances. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$74.50. 8 p.m. April 24.
This author and Long Island native will be speaking and signing her new book, The Darkest Corners. Under the pen name, Kara Taylor, she wrote the Prep School Confidential series for St. Martin’s Press. She’s a talented story-teller, no doubt about it. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. April 26.
The Gipsy Kings
Since 1978 the Gipsy Kings have been playing their Catalan rumba and salsa-style music on a world stage. They know how to get a party started no matter where they go. Their music has been described as “Spanish flamenco and gypsy rhapsody meet salsa funk.” The Gipsy Kings are a must-see for people who want to dance to the light fantastic. It’s always good to bust out the moves, especially on a weeknight. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $45-$99. 8 p.m. April 26.
-Compiled by Nick Pasco and Timothy Bolger