Chieli Minucci, the longtime leader of his acclaimed jazz-fusion group Special EFX, bring his jazz stylings back to Long Island. With his band he’ll perform a sampling of his hits from his over 35-year career. During that time Minucci has experimented with everything from smooth jazz and rock fusion to world music and even acid-jazz sounds. Between his work with the band and his solo projects, Minucci has released 27 albums and served as an on-call guitarist for pop acts like Celine Dion, The Backstreet Boys, Jennifer Lopez and Jewel. In addition to Minucci, Special EFX All Stars features American Idol’s vocalist Elliot Yamin, violinist Karen Briggs, also known as the “Lady in Red,” keyboardist Lao Tizer, saxophonist Eric Marienthal, bassist Jerry Brooks, drummer Joel Rosenblatt and percussionist Mino Cinélu.
Saturday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m. $45-$95. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 323-4444 or www.madisontheatreny.org.
America’s favorite self-taught cook opens up about the most memorable moments of her life. She’ll talk with Newsday food writer Erica Marcus about her latest book, “Rachel Ray 50.” As her fiftieth birthday approached, the woman who taught America how to get dinner on the table, fast, started thinking about how her passion for food and feeding people had developed over her first 50 years. Her latest work captures the moments and dishes Ray finds most special, the ones she makes for herself and her friends in her own home and that you won’t find on her television shows or in her magazine. She shares the memories that made her laugh out loud, or sometimes made her teary. The result is a collection that offers the perfect blend of kitchen and life wisdom, including thoughts on how we can better serve the world and one another. From sharing sardine sandwiches with her grandpa Emmanuel to enjoying Sicilian classics with her mother Elsa and cooking brown-butter balsamic ravioli with her husband John, Ray has learned that good meals are as much about stories, life lessons, and beautiful moments as they are about ingredients, flavor, and preparation.
Monday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. $40. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.