Stepping Out

Holiday tunes with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The acclaimed band shares some Creole spirit this weekend


Jazzy Holiday Sounds

Creole Christmas

Join the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they celebrate the season with their popular holiday presentation, “Creole Christmas.” An annual must-see production for families since 2005, 2012 marks the ninth year that this venerable group has taken their infections holiday spirit on the road. Hear many timeless favorites, performed with the band’s special flair, including “Blue Christmas,” “Swinging in a Winter Wonderland,” “Bells Will Be Ringin’,” and “The Dreydel Song.”

Friday, Dec. 14, 8 p.m. $60, $45, $30; Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Route 25A, Brookville. (516) 299-3100 or (800) 745-3000 or

Family Fun

Hot Peas’ N Butter

All ages are sure to catch the irresistible vibe of the innovative children’s musical group Hot Peas ‘N Butter when they bring their mellow multicultural groove to the Madison Theatre. New York City-based musicians Danny Lapidus and Francisco Cotto – the duo behind this appealing group – pump out tunes that make kids (and their parents) want to get up and dance, Join in the fun and you’ll see what makes this Nickelodeon and Noggin TV favorite so popular.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m., $25, $15 children. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 678-5000 ext. 7715 or

Outdoor Adventures

Holiday Bird Watching

Take some time out to refresh and recharge with a relaxing visit to Muttontown Preserve. Observe some of our feathered friends – including woodpeckers, hawks, Nuthatches, and Brown Creepers – who make Long Island their home during the winter on special guided hike through the preserve’s many acres.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 9-11 a.m. Enrollment is limited and registration is required. Dress appropriate for the weather and bring binoculars. Walk begins at Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, Muttontown La., East Norwich. (516) 571-8500.