Sports writer and Long Island native Brett Topel will be signing copies of his new book So You Think You’re a New York Mets Fan?: Stars, Stats, Records, and Memories for True Diehards, reading excerpts, and sharing stories about the book’s subjects and genesis. Will he comment about some of the more infamous tales from the road regarding the ’86 Mets? Likely. Will Topel dole out simply phenomenal Mets trivia factoids? Most definitely. Will he express his undying hope that this is finally the year we (you know what; don’t wanna jinx it)? Absolutely, but perhaps he will do it in such a way as not to outright state this eternal optimism. Only one true way to find out, of course! Let’s go Mets!!! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Mar. 30.
A Quiet Passion
Cynthia Nixon stars as Emily Dickinson in this film chronicling the legendary poet’s life, from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist. Filmmaker Terence Davies will be in person for this special, powerful, pre-release screening as a part of the Women’s HerStory Month series. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $15-$20. 7:30 p.m. Mar. 30.
Lisa Loeb’s songs have appeared in television and film soundtracks, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Legally Blonde and Twister, and she’s also a prolific children’s music and book author—releasing a bevy of award-winning titles and audio versions—crafting fun, catchy tunes that connect with kids. Besides her infectious songs, you’ll also recognize Loeb by those signature dark-framed glasses. In fact, those glasses are so synonymous with Lisa Loeb that she has her own line of them. Will this sexy songstress bust out a truly unforgettable rendition of her signature ear-candy-firebomb “Stay (I Missed You)”? Absolutely! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. Mar. 30.
Ann Wilson of Heart
The legendary singer and songwriter of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees-supergroup Heart possesses one of the most renowned female voices in pop music and will undoubtedly be unleashing its melodic prowess through a career-wide barrage of mega-hits, including the band’s iconic “Crazy on You” and “Barracuda,” as well as a litany of her phenomenal solo work. You will be absolutely blown away, 100-percent, guaranteed! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $49.50-$89.50. 8 p.m. Mar. 30.
The Jake Koenigsdorf Foundation 4th Annual Purple & Black Un-Masquerade
Twenty one-year-old Jake Koenigsdorf was discovered alone and dead in his apartment on July 16, 2013, the casualty of a fatal heroin overdose. Like so many other young men and women across Long Island, the region, and the country, his life was cut prematurely short by opiate addiction. Jake’s family and friends refused to let the beloved young man’s untimely demise be in vain, however, and established a foundation in his name “to raise money to help alcoholics and addicts who are willing to do whatever it takes to get clean but don’t have the financial means to find a solution–those that often times slip through the cracks, without wealthy families, insurance or access to state support,” declares its website. In other words, they’re trying to save others whose lives are within the torturous grips of this devastating epidemic, and in doing so, keep his memory and spirit alive while raising much-needed awareness and funds to combat such a crippling and life-altering disease. This extraordinary “Un-Masquerade” fundraising event will feature a gala dinner, and strives to help end the stigma too-often associated with addiction so more can discover recovery solutions sooner and tragedies such as Jake’s premature death can be prevented. It’s a special, powerful event, also billed as a “recovery celebration,” and could unquestionably save lives. Come be a part of this exceptional event and help to end the suffering of so many of those in addiction’s clutches, as well as their tortured family members and friends. Come be a part of the solution. Come spread hope, and in the process, much-needed love, too. Do it to further the foundation’s motto: “Help Someone No One Else Will.” Do it for Jake. The Mansion at Timberpoint, 398 Great River Rd., Great River. Contact (even if you can’t make this year’s fundraiser, but still want to help the cause): Janet Schmidt, the event chair, at 631-766-4928; or Kathy Koenigsdorf, the executive director, at 631-278-5536 or [email protected] More information can also be found at facebook.com/jakekfoundation or jakekfoundation.com 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mar. 30.
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Featuring the students of the Department of Theatre and directed by JJ O’Neil, this is sure to be a powerful, moving performance of part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Generously sponsored by Jack Levande, be prepared to be amazed and inspired. Awesome. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), Olmsted Theatre, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $25. Times vary. March 30-Apr. 2
Bassist Shin Sakaino and drummer Jon Davis join virtuoso pianist Eric Lewis, whose intense “rockjazz” style has taken him to the White House, where he performed for the Obamas (sigh), and to TED Conferences and America’s Got Talent, which he has in droves. Lewis has worked with the greats, including Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones. This guy has got the meanest jazz chops around—and we mean that as the highest compliment. His recent album, To The Republic, highlights what he can do in a trio format. Catch them live and see for yourself! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 7 p.m. Mar. 31.
The Coney Island Laser Show
This outfit added more laser systems, video projections, psychedelic lighting and pre-show entertainment to bring the laser show experience into the 21st Century and far, far beyond. Watch Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and more! Expect to be absolutely floored and so entranced that yours will be but one voice in a sea of choruses singing along, beverage raised a-high, shouting every syllable with a wild, ear-to-ear smile! Syd would be proud, very, very proud, indeed. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionliny.com $15, $20 DOS. 7 p.m. Mar 31.
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot
This is the only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who still share 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. Mar. 31.
Rick Derringer & G.E. Smith
Here’s how it goes down: One of Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 100 Guitarists of All Time, Rick Derringer, meets up with one of the most in-demand accomplished guitarists of the past four decades, G.E. Smith, of Saturday Night Live fame, and together, they join forces to blow the roof off what some say is nothing less than the most powerful guitar summit on Long Island for miles around. Derringer was just 17 (hmm, sounds like a song) when he was playing with The McCoys on their No. 1 hit “Hang On Sloopy.” In 1969, he was touring with the legendary Johnny Winter. The rest is history. G.E. (aka George Edward) Smith was the lead guitarist in the Hall & Oates band, as well as musical director for SNL, which earned him an Emmy. He’s toured with Bob Dylan and Roger Waters, played back-up for Mick Jagger and Tina Turner, and dropped a few albums of his own work along the way. Will they break a few guitar strings tonight? You better believe it! Hot damn. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49-$60. 8 p.m. Mar. 31.
This comic was one of the Top 100 finalists on Season 9 of Last Comic Standing, and co-hosts “Stewed: A Comedy Food Podcast” with Mike Recine on Cave Comedy Radio. He is also a regular on the hit comedy podcast “Keith and the Girl.” Be prepared to laugh, uncontrollably, the whole night through. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $17. 8 p.m. Mar. 31; 7:30, 10 p.m. Apr. 1.
The 4th Annual Louder Than Love Concert Freestyle Fools Day Edition
You’d be a fool to miss this show! Check out the lineup: TKA, Judy Torres, Crystal Waters, Melle Mel, The Cover Girls, Coro, Soulsonic Force, Safire, Cynthia, Johnny O, Lime, Soave, Pretty Poison and Joe Zangie. There’s going to be a lot of love in the house, so turn up the beat and come feel the heat. No fake-ass rappers allowed. The heavens will rock and sweet words will flow. Wowzler, indeed. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49-$125. 8 p.m. Apr. 1.
The jam band impresarios follow the music wherever it goes, as it twists, bends and moves from the instruments, bleeds from the amplifiers, and finally, via the eardrums, nestles and takes root into the listeners’ very heart and souls. Will there be “Moe Rons” in attendance? Yes. Will they shake and dance to these addictive rhythms and melodies? Yes. Will they absolutely, unquestionably flat-out rock!? Most definitely! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$75. 8 p.m. Apr. 1.
Like many successful musicians, Glen Phillips rose to prominence after forming the band Toad the Wet Sprocket at the tender age of 15 before going solo. Phillips has since released five records and two EPs. Come and relish in his unbelievable ability to create irresistible sounds that groove and soothe the very heart and soul! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 8 p.m. Apr. 1.
Mary Wilson of The Supremes
The legendary singer and founding member of the Motown supergroup, The Supremes (with Florence Ballard and Diana Ross in their prime), will unquestionably wow every single person in attendance with her simply unforgettable vocals and style, as she transports all listeners across a musical voyage that spans her storied career with the iconic group, as well as her amazing solo work. Soul superstar, indeed! Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $55-$69. 8 p.m. Apr. 1.
An Evening with Ronan Tyna
This former member of The Irish Tenors will bring a repertoire that is diverse as it is entertaining: a mix of Irish favorites, selections from the great American songbook, contemporary, as well as newly written solo material. Wait, what’s that? You’re wondering if there will be people in the audience who just simply can not ignore the magnetic attraction of Tyna’s tunes, who will be swept up by these Irish rhythms and grooves, and propelled out of their seats to perform their own, personalized interpretations of the Irish Jig and Irish Step-Dancing for all to see, up and down the aisles and atop their magical seats?! Of course there will! Dance along, dear friends! Dance, dance, dance! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $48. 8 p.m. Apr. 1.
This Long Island-based alternative reggae hip-hop fusion band known for their feel-good music, which captivates a wide range of fans is holding a release party for their new EP, High N Tight. Get ready for a night of pure fun, as Oogee Wawa inspires the desire to party, party, part-aaay! Recipe 7, 275 New York 25A, Miller Place. 8 p.m. Apr. 1.
After the Silence: Reflections of the Descendants
Lillian Gewirtzman, Holocaust Survivor and co-editor of After the Silence, as well as various Second Generation contributors, will read excerpts and lead a discussion highlighting the themes found in this powerful, truly extraordinary book. Some of the topics to be addressed are those shared by both Jewish and German descendants, such as: unanswered questions, silence about the past, guilt and shame, etc. Copies will be available for purchase. Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Rd., Glen Cove. hmtcli.org $10. 2 p.m. Apr. 2.
Theaterworks USA’s The Lightning Thief
This phenomenal production is adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. Recommended for students in grades 2 to 6 and their families, this will truly be one very special night to remember! Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $20. 3 p.m. Apr. 2
The Beach Boys
Get lost in rock ‘n’ roll and drift away as the seminal Beach Boys free their souls with timeless hits, such as “Kokomo,” “Surfin’ USA” and “I Get Around,” among many, many more. The legendary group has been pouring their still-youthful hearts out with these classic titles since the 1960s, inspiring past and present generations onward. By the end of the night, it will be abundantly clear that surfing is and has always been the best transportation of choice. Catch the wave and hang ten, if you can. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49-$106. 3, 7 p.m. Apr. 2.
Four Years Strong
About a century ago, give or take a few decades, this uncompromising American so-called easy core band supposedly took off from Worcester, Mass., on a metal musical mission that has taken them to water parks out west and venues across the sea. Along the way, they’ve banged heads by the thousands, while making fans by the ton. They called their 2010 album Enemy of the World, which some say is their best, but others have other favorites, like last summer’s EP Go Down in History, which was also recorded at the Machine Shop (where Fall Out Boy did their thang). But it’s all good. They’ve got the power chords, the heavy throbbing bass, the pulsating drums, the cathartic keyboards, and the fearless lyrics sung with passion and truth. Four Years Strong says they know their days are numbered, so they’re making each one count. Warming up the crowd are Can’t Swim, Light Years, Sleep On It, and Whittled Down. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionliny.com Sold out. 5 p.m. Apr. 2.
Bill Nye The Science Guy
Science educator, television personality, and bestselling author Bill Nye will be signing copies of his new book Jack and the Geniuses: At The Bottom of the World. He’ll also be reading excerpts and undoubtedly explaining some of the most insanely mind-bending secrets of the universe! And he just might take a poke at the anti-science guy occupying the White House. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Apr. 3.
A.J. Mendez Brooks
Beloved WWE Champion A.J. Mendez Brooks (A.J. Lee) will be signing copies of her new memoir, Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed By Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, And Breaking The Rules. Will she personally demonstrate some of her wrestling “superpowers” on those in attendance or, perhaps, test out some new, heavy duty experimental moves? No, definitely not. Never. Maybe. (?!?!) Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Apr. 4.
Is President Trump fulfilling his campaign promise to “Make America Great Again?” Or is he an incompetent, delusional wannabe fascist dictator? Those who believe the latter have boosted sales of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, which was turned into a movie that will be screened nationwide on the date the protagonist begins his rebellion against his oppressive government. Post-film discussion moderated by Adelphi University Prof. Marty Haas. Do. Not. Miss. This. Screening. Trust. Us. Big Brother won’t like it if you don’t attend. He’ll know, too. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $11-$16. 7:30 p.m. Apr. 4.
One of the most highly anticipated concerts on Long Island is finally here, which is a triumphant event for many! Billy Joel will be performing the inaugural concert at the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum, aka “The Old Barn,” a venue that has been a part of the Island’s culture for many, many years. Joel, one of the most famous native Long Islanders, will be performing spectacular renditions of his blockbuster hits, including “Big Shot,” “An Innocent Man,” “The Longest Time,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” and of course, “Piano Man.” Don’t miss this historic performance as audiences say, “Hello!” to this beloved “Barn” in the most fitting way possible—by resurrecting its impact on Long Island and its cultural legacy through “The Piano Man!” Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. Sold out. 8 p.m. Apr. 5.
–Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Jaime Franchi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III