If you’re a student ready to take a break or a Long Island family wondering what to do this weekend, LI colleges have the answer for those hockey fans not attending NHL All-Star Celebrations in Ottawa, Canada.
Art, concerts, theatre, ballet and sports are some of the choices available on campus for students and the public. Many of the offerings are free or low cost.
Here’s a sampling of what to do this weekend:
Adelphi University The sixth outdoor sculpture biennial on Adelphi’s campus is a free outdoor museum featuring 10 artists. Download a map and get some exercise this weekend as you find and enjoy each piece in this contemporary art exhibit.
Five Towns College The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of Five Towns College, presents Remembering the Most Popular Songs the 30s and 40s with Vocalist-Pianist Phyllis Tagg on Sunday, January 29, 2:00 pm. Phyllis and her trio plan to perform great oldie favorites including It Had to Be You, Our Love Is Here to Stay, Tenderly, I’ll Be Seeing You, and The Very Thought of You. Come enjoy Phyliss and her spontaneous and interactive performance style. Tickets are $20.
Hofstra University Stretch your legs and enjoy the natural beauty of this mild LI winter with a free no cost stroll through Hofstra University Arboretum. The 240-acre campus features a two-acre Hofstra University Model Bird Sanctuary containing a hummingbird and a naturalistic rock waterfall. Contact Frederick B. Soviero, director of grounds and landscaping, at (516) 463-6623 for information on guided tours.
LIU Post Broadway comes to the Tilles Center on the LIU campus with The Color Purple on Sunday, January 29, 7 p.m. Based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and a movie by Steven Spielberg, the musical tells the moving life-story of a Black woman in the South. The Color Purple received 11 Oscar nominations and a Grammy-nominated jazz, gospel and blues score.Tickets are $47, $62 and $77. For more information, contact the Tilles Center at (516) 299-3100 or go to http://www.tillescenter.org/
Enjoy a Family Fun Special with the New York Theatre Ballet in The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies presented at the Tilles Center on Saturday, January 28, 2 pm. The whole family can enjoy the colorful characters of Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and more as they dance in the Concert Hall. Tickets are $14 or $22.
SUNY Old Westbury Sports fans can see live basketball games at the SUNY Old Westbury Clark Athletic Center on Saturday, January 28. Watch the Panther Men’s Basketball vs. Maritime College at 2 p.m. in a Skyline Conference game. Then at 4 pm root for the Women’s Basketball vs. Vaughn.
SUNY Nassau The Nassau Community College Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery presents the exhibit “Corporal Edges,” featuring the drawings and paintings of artist Nadege Monchera-Baer. The artist was born in Valenciennes, France and lives in Los Angeles, CA. Her artwork has been featured in TV and movie sets. The exhibition is open to the public and accessible to the disabled on Saturday, January 28, 11am-3pm. The exhibit runs through Thursday, March 1, 2012.
SUNY Stony Brook Relax at Stony Brook’s West Campus Staller Center Recital Hall with a free recital presented by Violinist David Bowlin and Pianist Christina Dahl on Saturday, January 28, 4 pm. Stony Brook alumnus Bowlin is winner of the 2007 Baron Prize and Dahl. For more information call (631) 632-ARTS.
Colleges can also host lectures, workshops, theatre, and other events. Let me know what campus activities you enjoy in the comments below and please subscribe for more LI college prep tips. For more fun things to do this weekend, check the calendar of events at any Long Island college.