Stepping Out

Al Jolson revisited

Annual festival in Oceanside honors the pioneering entertainer this weekend


In Tribute

Al Jolson Festival

Fans of The World’s Greatest Entertainer, as he is known, can enjoy Al Jolson’s music and memories when the Al Jolson Festival returns with its annual celebration of the entertainer and his life. Tony Babino brings the Jolson songs alive with his award-winning show, “The Heart of Al Jolson.” Brian Gari, grandson of Jolson’s friend and showbiz contemporary Eddie Cantor, also participates, along with Bob Greenberg and Joe Bevilacqua who recreate Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” routine.

Saturday, Aug. 16, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; The Heart of Al Jolson, 2 p.m. $42.95, $23 show only. Oceanside Knights of Columbus, 2985 Kenneth Place., Oceanside. (516) 678-3524.

In Concert

Lyle Lovett

Texas’s beloved “Cowboy Man” and his all-star band blend wry humor with blues, gospel, and swing when they visit the NYCB Theatre. Full of wit, wisdom and Texas-sized storytelling, this Grammy winner’s finely crafted works are rife with characters and concepts that loom large on the American landscape. Lovett defies conventional genres fusing many eclectic elements in this dynamic performance. Performing hits along with new music from his latest album, he continues to give his audience a unique perspective on life with his fresh songs, hot country beats and tender ballads.

Sunday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m. $69.50 and $49.50. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. (800) 745-300 or