Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.-Byron

January 31, 2009

I love to laugh-and giggle, and snort…there’s nothing better than the wonderful stress relief that can be had by laughing so hard you almost cry (unless you are like me and cursed with breaking into fits of giggles at the most inappropriate and inopportune times, like at church, funerals, business meetings, or intimate moments–Um, yeah, honey…I’m really sorry about that…I swear I wasn’t laughing at you!)  Laughter truly is a wonderful thing, and there are some great ways to get your giggle on below!


No, really, I’m laughing WITH you…

Ever want to give stand up comedy a try?  You can at venues all over Long Island!  FINS Pub in Oakdale hosts a comedian open mic on Mondays,  McGuire’s has a booked open mic on Thursdays, Cinco de Mayo hosts an open mic on Tuesdays (and I heard the food is good, too!), and Katie’s in Smithtown has one on Saturday nights!

Spooky and special

It’s here, it’s here…I’ve been waiting for so long…Coraline, the movie based on the children’s book by Neil Gaiman (another one of my next husbands…yes, I know he’s married.  That’s a mere technicality.) will be released on February 6.  If the trailer I linked up to above is ANY indication on how cool this is going to be, I CAN’T WAIT!

Rock my world

There’s some great music coming our way this week…make sure you don’t miss out!

My dear friend Christopher is a music enthusiast and seeks out the best in local independent singers and songwriters.  Two of his pet projects will be running this week–The Bellport Songwriter Series with Rorie Kelley and John Flor, as well as the Patchogue Theatre’s Live in the Lobby Series with The Forensics.

Stuart Markus performs his own “The Ballad of Malverne Mel” during Nassau County’s Groundhog Day celebration at the Reese Park Gazebo (near the train station) on Church Street in Malverne, at 7 a.m. this coming Monday (Groundhog Day).

LI bluegrass faves Buddy Merriam & Back Roads will be playing this Tuesday at the Checkmate Inn, North Country Road, Setauket. 9:30PM.

Acoustic Long Island features singer-songwriter Patrick Thomas and duo Pete and J this Wednesday, 8PM. FREE!

Strings n’ Things Open Mic Night this Thursday at the Mills Pond House 631-862-6575. Sign-up begins at 7:15PM. FREE!

This Friday, there’s lots going on! Island Songwriters Showcase  Open Mic at Border’s Café, Jericho Turnpike (Route 25), Syosset.  Performers must sign-up with Vinny Crici at 7:30PM.   Also, Lucky 13 at The Garden Stage, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau, $15 in advance.  Open Mic Night at the Custer Institute, hosted by singer-songwriter Liza Coppola, 1115 Main Bayview Road, Southold 7PM. There’s also PeaceSmiths Topical, A-Typical, Folk Music, Poetry and Whatever Coffeehouse, First United Methodist Churchof Amityville. 8PM. $7 suggested donation.

And for all you locals, here’s one you can’t miss!  Next Saturday, February 7th brings Free Grass Union to Fadeley’s!  Get your twang on!

Gotta run!  I’ll be back Monday night posting more great gigs and cheap deals, so check back soon! Got a gig, idea, or comment?  Email me at and look for my Pick of the Day on Twitter under cheapdateli!


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