Stepping Out

Keeping up with Graham Parker

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Graham Parker

Graham Parker has long been slinging his signature sound, earning a spot in the pantheon of influential rock ‘n’ roll figures. Since his early days with The Rumour, Parker has combined punk’s energy with his deeply rooted love of R&B, country and soul. Now he arrives on Long Island to celebrate the solo acoustic release of the 40th anniversary version of his classic 1979 album “Squeezing Out Sparks.” Regarded as one of the U.K.’s most distinguished and original songwriters, Parker is perhaps best known as lead singer of The Rumour who preceded the arrival of punk rock and new wave. His 40-year career was recently reinvigorated when producer and director Judd Apatow cast Parker in his film “This Is 40.” Parker is acclaimed by critics who praise him for continuing to show his creative well is far from dry, remaining an estimable talent who still revels in the pleasure of making music.

Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m. $55. My Father’s Place at the Roslyn Hotel, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn. (516) 413- 3535 or www.myfathersplace.com.

Best of the Breeds

All About Paws

It’s a dog’s life as dog lovers meet up with some outstanding canines and their owners at Oyster Bay’s Planting Fields Arboretum, for three days of dog shows presented by the Long Island Kennel Club. In addition to watching the hundreds of dogs entered to compete, visitors can enjoy the Long Island Dog Festival that closes the weekend on Sunday. Highlights include AKC’s My Dog Can Do That, with a professional instructor to help your dog navigate tunnels and jumps (just like those high-powered agility dogs on TV); Dog Trick Competition, when four-legged friends are invited to strut their stuff in friendly competition, showing off their special skills; Dock Diving, the latest water sport for dogs, with a professional available to teach your pooch how to make a splash. The program also includes specialty shows and a breeders’ showcase, with vendors offering related items for purchase.

Friday through Sunday, May 17-19. $20 per carload each day. For information and schedule, call (516) 378-9081 or (631) 928-4312, or visit www.longislanddogshows.com. Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay.