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Check It Out: April 5, 2013

Fleetwood Mac — Rumours (Warner Brothers)

What Kramer vs. Kramer was to the state of divorce and broken relationships on the cinematic front is what Fleetwood Mac’s legendary 1977 album. With couples Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks splitting, McVies John and Christine recently divorced and drummer Mick Fleetwood having problems with wife Jenny, there was no shortage of subject matter. And while stories of debauchery during the year-long recording session are legendary, the results wound up having the band’s eleventh studio outing become one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling nearly 20 million copies in the United States alone. Between the stellar harmonies, inescapable hooks and lyrically true couplets, songs like “You Make Loving Fun” (about Christine McVie’s lighting director boyfriend), “Dreams” (Nicks’ post-breakup optimism), “Go Your Own Way” (Buckingham’s post-breakup pessimism) and “Gold Dust Woman” (Nicks’ struggles living in Los Angeles) became radio staples and outright classics. A near-perfect serving of pop songs with heft, this Rumours reissue contains a bonus disc of live songs taken from the subsequent 1977 tour that’s rather anticlimactic and another CD containing outtakes from the recording sessions that are only paramount to the most diehard of Fleetwood Mac fans.

April 5

Lucy Kaplansky @ Landmark on Main Street, 223 Main St.

2 p.m. $20, $18. 516-767-6444

Although Lucy Kaplansky initially bypassed fame when she declined to be signed as a duo to a deal with her buddy Shawn Colvin so as to pursue a career in clinical psychology, the Midwesterner returned to music with her 1994 Colvin-produced debut, The Tide. In addition to releasing seven more solo efforts, including last year’s Reunion, Kaplansky formed supergroup Cry Cry Cry with fellow folkies Dar Williams and longtime touring companion Richard Shindell.

April 6


Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., 12:50 p.m. Free.

With top 3-year-olds Vyjack and Verrazano set to compete in the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial Stake, this could potentially be the opening act for what could be a high stakes rematch at this year’s Kentucky Derby. The Wood is New York’s premier prep race for the Kentucky Derby with a long history as a springboard to Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes success.  Five of the 11 Triple Crown winners have competed in the race with the legendary Secretariat and Seattle Slew being the most recent participants.

Vyjack is the hometown favorite having been a 4-for-4 winner at Aqueduct, with his appearance in the March 2 Grade 3 Gotham Stakes finding him rallying from behind and winning by an imposing 2 ¼ widening lengths.

Verrazano is making his first Big Apple appearance and is no slouch. Among his three dominant wins in Florida, the feisty 3-year-old trounced the competition by an astonishing 24 lengths in his first two races before he easily handled stakes competition with a three-length win in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby on March 9. This year’s Wood Memorial Stake is shaping up to be one for the ages and a preview of great things in Louisville later in the year.

April 7

Garden City

Benefit For The INN at UUCCN, 223 Stewart Ave. (corner of Nassau Boulevard), 4-8 p.m.

($25 with dinner); $15 (without dinner)

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One of the most active local charities around, the Interfaith Nutrition Network (The INN) has spent the past three decades serving the hungry and the homeless.

Keeping the neighborhood theme, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau (UUCCN) is trotting out an impressive array of talent to raise money for this worthwhile network of soup kitchens.

Among the performers are Grammy Award-winning klezmer musician Frank London of the Klezmatics, four-time MAC Best Male Vocalist Marcus Simeone, and Paul Zuckerman, mainstay of NYC’s longest-running comedy show, Chicago City Limits.       

Other musical treats on the bill include the acoustic duo of Ina May Wool and Bev Grant, jazz percussionist Towner Galaher and renowned folkie David Massengill. Also appearing will be celebrity tribute artist Erika Smith, singer/songwriters Honor Finnegan and local favorite Martha Trachtenberg, who’ll be sharing the stage with husband Tom Griffith along with fellow folk goddesses Judith Zweiman and Hillary Foxsong.

April 5


TNA Wrestling @ NYCB Theatre @ Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., 7:30 p.m.

$54, $44, $24. 800-745-3000

Like anything related to wrestling, storylines are paramount, especially in relation to this local stop on the Road to Slammiversary. For TNA, it’s the usual battle of good (TNA Impact Wrestling a.k.a. “The Icon” Sting, “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy and general manager, “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan) versus bad (Aces & Eights a.k.a. Devon and Dix Hill’s native and current TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray). Upping the ante is the fact that Bully Ray is returning home for the first time after spending two decades in the business and most recently wedding and then denouncing Hogan’s daughter Brooke. Rounding out this soap opera in wrestling singlets is an under card that includes Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe and Wes Brisco.