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Stepping Out

In the groove with Willie Nile


In Concert

Willie Nile

Willie Nile is joined by special guest Emily Duff for his latest Long Island appearance. Nestled somewhere between power-pop and American folk you will find Nile strumming his guitar. A true believer in rock n’ roll, over the years Nile has made admirers out of such names as Bruce Springsteen and Pete Townshend who personally requested him to tour with The Who. Nile’s gem-filled catalog encompasses blazing rock ’n’ roll, thoughtful folk-rock, intimate acoustic balladry and even an album of Bob Dylan covers. And while it’s hard to think of many recording artists who are doing some of their best work this far into their careers, Nile continues to seek out new creative challenges and conquer new musical territory.

Saturday, June 22, 8 p.m. $40. My Father’s Place at the Roslyn Hotel, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn. (516) 413-3535 or www.myfathersplace.com.

Stepping Back in Time

Living History

It’s 1939 again in the Vanderbilt Mansion and Rosamond and William Vanderbilt are busy entertaining their guests. In the Vanderbilt’s popular annual tours, guides dressed as members of the Vanderbilt family and household staff tell stories about the estate’s famous residents and their world-renowned visitors. These recollections are based on the oral histories of people who worked for the Vanderbilts as teenagers and young adults. Some stories originated in Mr. Vanderbilt’s books of his world travels and extensive sea journeys. Among the characters portrayed by the estate’s guides are Mayor LaGuardia; Millicent Hearst (wife of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst); Whitney Warren of Warren & Wetmore Architects, who designed the Vanderbilt Mansion and Grand Central Terminal; the Duchess of Windsor; and William Vanderbilt’s siblings, Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan and Harold Vanderbilt, an expert on contract bridge and winner of the America’s Cup. Among the surprising economic facts of that year — a gallon of gas cost 10 cents; a loaf of bread was 8 cents; the average new house cost $3,800; and the average annual wage was $1,730.

Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, beginning 12:30 p.m.; through Sept. 1. $8. Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. 557-1207 or www.vanderbiltmuseum.org.