Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons. — Allen

October 18, 2008

  Miss Chris has decided to up the ante a bit…I’ve switched over to WordPress so I have the capabilities I’ve been looking for, plus there’s going to be more friendly URL’s and a much less cumbersome email address —! It’s going to take me a few weeks to learn the ins and outs of this new provider, get this thing up to where I want it, but I’ll still be working on getting the newest, hottest, coolest, and best unsung things to check out to you all on a weekly basis!  Just be patient as I get my bearings while working on the new site!

There’s just too many great things coming up this week for me to list them all, but I will get as many of them listed as possible for you so you can get out and get your Cheap Date on!

Culture vultures, rejoice!

The Charles P. Wang Center at Stonybrook University is presenting Hunger on October 23.  I’m going to take the liberty of cutting and pasting here: New York-based Japanese contemporary choreographers and dancers Eiko and Koma reunite with their protégés Charian and Peace, two Cambodian visual artists-turned-performers, to explore the visceral subject of hunger. Hunger revisits Eiko and Koma’s groundbreaking and controversial Grain, which explored this self-same theme more than 20 years ago. Now expanded to a quartet that incorporates Javanese Gamelan music and live painting, Hunger addresses not only our survival but also our essential desires: At any age, we are all hungry for knowledge, innocence, beauty, and intimacy.  $15 gets you in the door.  Reservations strongly suggested.

Also at the Wang Center will be a showing of The Shoe Fairy (doesn’t this sound right up my alley?).  Again, I am going to cut and paste: Winner, Best Art Direction, Taiwan Golden Horse Awards 2005
This quirky and surreal modern day fairy tale and satire unabashedly borrows from the tales of Hans Christian Anderson, CS Lewis, and even Antoine de Saint-Exupéry to tell the story of Dodo, a girl born without the ability to walk. Dodo lived a life listening to fairy tales and wondering, like her favorite character, the Little Mermaid, if she’ll have to sacrifice something dear to her in order to have a pair of walking feet. Following an operation, Dodo is capable of walking, running, and dancing like a fairy tale come true and develops a severe obsession with shoes which is unmatched until she begins dating Smiley Dentist. They marry and live happily ever after, but that is not quite the end of the story.

While in the area, check out Gallery North’s exhibit SB5–featuring the work of five emerging artists from the local area.  You can also check out the works of Jim Malloy and Sung Sook Setton at Christopher Gallery

The bj spoke gallery in Huntington has two exhibits that will be closing after next weekend…The Circus Comes to Town and The Embrace of the Imago: Fantasized Reality.

The Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council is featuring their Open Juried Show at the Bald Hill Gallery until November 3.

Windmills and Lighthouses opens this weekend at Phoenix Fine Arts Gallery.

Single and hungry?

I’ve recently been researching Meetup, which is a social networking website of sorts. I already belong to the NYC Folk Music Meetup and the Long Island Dining Out Meetup (having their monthly get together this coming weekend at the Snapper Inn).  It’s great because it gives people with similar interests within a particular area the ability to get off the Internet and get together.  (Though the guy who was in the faerie costume on the home page when I just logged on truly frightened me…that image has been burned into my memories and I am sure will be giving me nightmares!)  As with any Internet social networking site, be Cyber Safe…don’t give out your personal information, and be mindful of what you tell your new friends!

Hispanic Heritage Month continues…

…and I have two events to get out there for you!  Briarcliffe College in Patchogue along with Suffolk County’s Office of Minority Affairs is hosting an Hispanic Heritage Event on the 24th, with featured speaker George Santiago (President of Briarcliffe College) and a buffet provided by Gallo Tropical (a Cheap Date fave!)

Also, Sol Y Sombra, a flamenco dance show, will be held at the Brentwood Public Library on the 26th…FREE!

Halloween happenings…

As mentioned on last post, the Long Island Maritime Museum will be hosting their annual Halloween Boat Burning on the 25th.  This is just really different and fun for the whole family.  $5 gets you in.

Deepwells Farm Historic Society is hosting events all weekend including a Halloween Decorating Party and Spooky House Tours…call (631) 862-2020  for more info.

I’m going to cut and paste a few things I found out there that meet Cheap Date LI’s guidelines for haunted houses (info courtesy of Explore LI):

Joe Allocco’s Franklin Square Horror: This haunted outdoor event takes place in Joe Allocco’s front yard, and this year Allocco will change what 2,000 people saw last year with a new mausoleum and a different cast of actors. The classics will stay, such as Allocco chasing everyone around with a real chain saw (but without the chain attached) and with Jason and Freddy Krueger making an entrance. “It gets bigger and bigger every year. It’s a real tradition here,” Allocco says. Donation for charity accepted. Open 7-11 p.m. Oct. 31. 1148 Norbay St., Franklin Square, 516-352-4250.

Valley Stream Haunted Firehouse: Come watch a frightening autopsy and have a photo taken of your own execution. Gary Shaw, a firefighter, suggests not bringing anyone under 8 or 9 years old, “And even they’ll be a little scared.” With an entire firehouse floor dedicated to the event, Shaw believes it’s the place to be. “If they enjoy a Halloween experience that they’ll come back year after year for, I think they’ll enjoy it,” he says. $10, $5 for children. Open 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 6-10 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 1 (extra hours Oct. 29-Nov. 1). 100 Brooklyn Ave., Valley Stream, 516-353-9637.

Festival of Frights: Features spooky stories, a scarecrow festival, haunted barn, pumpkin carving and a cemetery tour at Mulford Farm. Oct. 24-Oct. 30. Admission is free. James Lane at Montauk Highway, East Hampton, 631-324-6850.

The Haunted Inn: Built in 1773, the Haunted Inn has 200 years of history. The Inn burned down in 1921, killing two people who are said to roam the halls. Open Friday-Sunday through Oct. 19 and open daily Oct. 21 through Nov. 1. Fridays 7 p.m.-midnight, Saturdays 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Sundays 5 p.m.-10 p.m. The week of Halloween open 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets are $15. 239 E. Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, 631-728-4121;

North Babylon FD: Firehouse of Terror with sessions geared toward younger and older kids. Open Friday-Sunday through Halloween. Night session (ages 14 and up) is 7 p.m.- midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Sundays. Open 7 p.m.-midnight on Halloween. Admission is $12. Wallace Court (off Deer Park Ave. 1 mile north of Southern State Parkway), North Babylon.

North Lindenhurst Fire Department: Haunted firehouse tour: Open Friday-Sunday through Halloween. Saturday and Sunday day show from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. ($6). Evening show is recommended for ages 12 and up. Admission is $9. 1630 Straight Path, North Lindenhurst.

Queens County Farm: Recommended for children ages 4-12. Hayrides, Halloween treats, mulled cider, pumpkins and apples available. Open Oct. 24, 26 and 31, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Admission to the haunted house is $4; hayrides are $2. 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park, 718-347-3276;

All for now, you kooky cats…keep checking back for updates and to see what new things I add!  Have an event?  Email me at!


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