Stepping Out

Laurie Anderson's world

Performance artist shares her observations about contemporary America at Adelphi


On Stage

Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson brings her genre-crossing work to Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center on Friday, Continuing her groundbreaking work with voice filters, storytelling and music, she’ll perform “Dirtday!,” which features Anderson’s stories about life in contemporary America. Politics, desire, portraits of cities and people combine with Anderson’s hallucinatory use of language to make up an epic description of the current American landscape. The program will feature electric violin, keyboards and electronics. Solo violin pieces such as the Grammy nominated “Flow” from Homeland will mix with fuller electronic soundscapes to create an intimate look into the songwriting style that has made Anderson one of the most original American songwriters.

Friday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m. $45 and $35. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City. (516) 877-4000 or

In Concert

Shanghai Quartet

A favorite of area audiences, the Shanghai Quartet, returns to the intimate setting of Tilles Center’s Hillwood Recital Hall for the season’s inaugural concert of the Music at Hillwood chamber music series on Sunday. The program features Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Schumann’s Quintet for Piano and Strings, along with selections from ChinaSong. Artistic director and host Caroline Stoessinger will play piano and provide commentary on the music.

Sunday, Oct. 14, 3 p.m. $55. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Rte. 25A, Brookville. (516) 299-3100 or (800) 745-3000 or

Exploring Nature

“Autumn Color” Walk

Take in the vibrant colors and delicate scents of fall’s wildflowers during a two-hour guided nature walk through Muttontown Preserve. Observe the season’s beauty with the help of an experienced guide, while strolling along paths and fields. See the flowers and birds that remain in the preserve’s woodlands and meadows.

Sunday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. Registration required. Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, Muttowntown La., East Norwich. (516) 571-8500.