It’s the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.-Bankhead

February 7, 2009

No, that’s right…we just blog! 

Gotta say, I was a bit disappointed with the stats from the last post…I thought more people would be interested in finding the perfect Valentine’s gifts on the cheap!  With today’s economy, I thought it would be helpful to put some ideas out there that weren’t the same tired, old, lame stuffed animal and chocolates, balloons, and roses.  (Most people would be ok with the numbers, but I am fiercely competitive and just want to keep seeing them go up!) All right, time to stop whining and get back to what I do best…posting the best local arts, original/indie music, mom and pop food joints, and events for two people for under $30!

Rock my world!

Free Grass Union will be playing Sunday the 8th at Fadeley’s.

On Tuesday, Stuart Markus of  Gathering Time plays solo at Rachel’s Waterside Grill, 6PM.

Also on Tuesday, Buddy Merriam and Back Roads will be at the Patchogue-Medford Public Library, FREE.

On Wednesday an open mic, hosted by The Long Island Fingerstyle Guitar Club, at the Westbury Friends Meeting House. Contact Lisa Doll at 516-361-5122. $10, 8PM.

This Thursday is one not to be missed!  I’m just going to copy and paste this one in–Canvas Open Mic Night, an evening of music and poetry hosted and featuring a performance by talented singer-songwriter and percussive fingerstyle guitarist Joe Iadanza, whose deeply personal and inspiring original music explores themes of love, stepping out into the world and learning to enjoy the ride, Footprints Gallery, 51 Gibson Avenue, Huntington. 7-9:30 p.m.; performer sign-up at 7 p.m. $5 admission includes healthy snacks.

Stuart Markus is back again on Friday at  The Clubhouse (mmmmm, steak….) 8PM.

Also on Friday, Phil Minissale will be at Grounds and Sounds Café at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stony Brook, 8:45 PM, preceded by an open mic at 8. $15.

Steve Robinson and Jim Treutlein will engage in an acoustic song swap at the Irish Cottage 8PM.

Frank Latorre and the King Bees will be (as always) playing at the Eastport Luncheonette.

On Saturday the 14th (Valentine’s Day)and Sunday the 15th, there’s lots going on!  Don’t worry if you didn’t book some swanky dinner…take your date to one of these gigs!

Long Island-based performers Bill Lauter and Lois Morton share a bill at The Eclectic Café, Saturday 7:30 PM. $10.

Rhythm Kings Acoustic Duo will be at one of my faves, The Grey Horse Tavern, 9PM.  Get a Chimay and an artisanal cheese platter, or one of their killer burgers and enjoy some great music.

The Kerry Kearny Band will be at Sparky’s Texas BBQ!

On Sunday, a Folk Jam and Sing-Along sponsored by the Folk Music Society of Huntington, a monthly gathering for mostly amateur musicians and those who love to sing, during which everyone joins in!  Huntington
Public Library
, 1-4:30PM, FREE.

Poetry slams and jams…

Poetry has become a huge underground movement, appealing to young and old alike…hipsters and scholars…you name it.  From spoken word to beat poetry, it’s got a funky vibe that is catching on. 

The Live Poets Society will be having a readaround at the Barnes and Noble in Bayshore this Sunday, the 8th at 2PM, FREE.

On Monday, there will be a reading and open mic for new works at Cool Beanz from 7PM on…donations accepted gratefully.

On Wednesday, there’s an open mic at The Velvet Lounge with Erik Friedman at 8:30PM.

There will be an open mic in Fresh Meadows this Thursday at the Barnes and Noble at 7:30PM…

…and this one looks like a great Valentine’s date for the artsy ones in your life!  The Rogers Mansion in Southampton will be hosting a Hearthside Reading presented by the Southampton Historical Museum and the North Sea Poetry Scene.  4PM, FREE, refreshments will be served.

Wine me, dine me…

Waters Crest Winery is hosting a FREE wine and chocolate pairing on Valentine’s Day, with the giveaway of a free glass filled with sweets with wine purchase. 

And here’s one just for singles–a wine and beer tasting event!  A bit above guidelines, but hey–it’s Valentine’s Day!  Treat yourself!

Also on Saturday, Mora’s Fine Wine and Spirits will be having a FREE Italian wine tasting and noshies…

Gotta run, but check back often!  I’ll be updating with arts events this week, so stay tuned!  Check out my pick of the day on Twitter (look for cheapdateli) and email me at if you have something I should know about!

Now, off to get some books on how to start a microwinery…chat soon!


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