It is shaping up to be a beautiful next few days, so you have no excuse not to get out and get some fresh air, plant some flowers, and try out some of the things I list here!  And just because this is MY blog, and I can write about whatever I want, I welcome you to the special “Zombie Edition” of Cheap Date Long Island!  This post is dedicated to cheap, schlocky fun, the usual wine, music, and cinema, and of course–zombies.  I’ve just found that way too many people are taking life much too seriously lately.  It almost seems like people have forgotten how to enjoy the silly, shallow things we come across every day.  If reading this helps even one person appreciate something absolutely cheesy and mundane, well, then, I’ve done what I have set out to do! 

Hah!  Made you read!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Who’d a thunk it?  A mash-up novel that combines Jane Austin with zombies and ninjas would make the NY Times best seller list?  Or that it would be embraced by the literati and the masses alike?  Receiving 4 out of 5 starts on Amazon’s review list and a great write up in The Washington Post and garnering favorable comparisons to (my next husband) Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s “Good Omens”, this is one book I am making sure I pick up this week!  Read the overview posted on Wikipedia to find out more about this surprisingly good book that has already been purchased to become a major motion picture.


I’m scared…hold me!

Cinema Arts Centre always has movies and events that fit every taste and interest at a price that won’t break the bank.  Gaiman’s Coraline is playing this Sunday at 12PM and isn’t just a movie for the kiddie set.  Much of the humor is written for adult sensibilities, and the Other Mother is enough to give anyone nightmares.  However, the movie I really wanted to let you know about is playing tonight–Repo, the Genetic Opera–to kick off the Summer Camp Cinema Series.  While not a zombie movie, it fits into the schlock horror genre of movies like The Rocky Horror Picture Show while appealing to those into fanboy faves such as Sin City and V for Vendetta.

On a lighter note…

There are some great shows to see this week!  I know I usually list the open mics, etc…but to allow for me to get all the great things going on this week, please scan thru some previous posts to get open mic info so I can get right to these must-be-seen gigs!

My pick of the week has to be Bela Fleck this Thursday at the Cinema Arts Centre!  Meet this incredibly talented musician and view “Throw Down Your Heart–The Banjo’s African Roots“, with a reception to follow.  $12 tickets can be ordered online by clicking here.

This Friday, Joe Iadanza and Jenee Halstead share a bill for The Garden Stage, with tickets $15 in advance and $17 at the door.

Jack’s Waterfall, a local fave, will be at the Boulton Center this Friday.  Tix are a bit over budget (but well worth it) at $20 per person.

Of grape and grain

If Miss Chris happens to get out to any of these events, you know she will surely be getting her inner zombie on!

On Friday, Jazz n’ Grapes will be hosting their usual FREE wine tasting…don’t miss it!

Next Saturday, Water’s Crest Winery hosts a rose and food pairing demo featuring their 2008 Rose with a creation by Chef Perri Newman of Perri’s Plates.  Tickets are $10, and these events do sell out quickly so don’t wait to book your reservation.

Also on Saturday, Mora’s is hosting the folks from Paumanok Vineyards for a FREE wine tasting. 

Pushing up tulips

Ok, I think the line is pushing up daisies, but I think you got the pun.  The Huntington Arts Festival is having its Tulip Festival next weekend at Hecksher Park with lots of family friendly entertainment…and did I mention it’s FREE?

And to close out this post, a few quotes from the movie “Return of the Living Dead”:

Paramedic #1 : You have no pulse, your blood pressure’s zero-over-zero, you have no pupillary response, no reflexes and your temperature is 70 degrees.
Freddy : Well, what does that mean?
Paramedic #1 : Well, it’s a puzzle because, technically, you’re not alive. Except you’re conscious, so we don’t know what it means.
Freddy : Are you saying we’re dead?
Paramedic #2 : Well, let’s not jump to conclusions.
Freddy : Are you saying we’re dead?
Paramedic #2 : No conclusions.
Paramedic #1 : Obviously I didn’t mean you were really dead. Dead people don’t move around and talk.

 (I beg to differ with the last statement!)

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Ah, Spring!  It’s supposed to be 76 degrees today, and I’m cooped up at the library!  At least I’m finally back to work after surgery and a bout of bronchitis indirectly brought on by my operation…it’s the first day I’m actually feeling well enough to do anything in over two weeks!  So, without further adeiu, let’s just jump on in for ideas of what to do for this weekend and beyond!

Flower power

On a weekend such as this, many people are inspired to fix up the yard/deck/patio…what have you.  I’m no exception.  I’ve spent the last 24 hours looking up who’s got the best deals around, and here’s what I have found–for common flowers, go to Lowe’s.  I’m not a fan of big box stores, but they have unbelievably well priced flats of pansies in gorgeous colors, a good variety of other plants such as heather and primroses, and daily specials on their websiteTrue Value has a $5 coupon on their website for any purchase of $25 or more AND are running a special on Benjamin Moore paint at $5 off per gallon (my pick?  The resin Adirondack chairs in apple green and periwinkle!). Daisy Garden has great deals on vegetable plants, and if you’re looking to have some fun while you are out, check out the Flower and Garden Shoppe in Sayville with birds and animals located all over the premises and sure to thrill kids of all ages; and the Holtsville Ecology Site, where you can get FREE compost and visit their zoo while you are there!

Don’t miss it!

Beach Party at The Harbor Crab TONITE, 8PM to close, NO COVER! Live music by “Next Level” Reggae & dance music, Absolut vodka specials & giveaways, $5 Absolut mudslides, fire-pit outside!  Bring a friend or three…

At the Cinema Arts Center–every member who buys a ticket this weekend for Valentino: The Last Emperor, Adventureland, or Sugar gets a FREE pass to the Green Living Expo on April 25-26!

The Bay Area Friends of the Arts presents the Annual High School Student Invitational Art Exhibit at the BAFFA Gallery, Gillette House, 47 Gillette Avenue, Sayville. A reception for the artists will be held on Sunday, April 26 from 1PM until 4PM. The Gallery will be open for this exhibit on that day and the following weekend. For information call 631 589-7343 or visit

While my guitar gently weeps…

This seems to be the week for house concerts!

Gathering Time kicks off a new house concert series this Friday in South Huntington–Pagan Place House Concerts–at 8PM preceded by 7PM potluck gathering. Call 631-420-4317 for reservations and directions.

Also on Friday, Jack Williams plays the Finch Mountain House in Babylon at 7PM.  Call 631-661-1278 for reservations and directions. A bit above budget but worth it at $20 suggested donation for the artist plus potluck to share.

The Song Box presents Phil Minissale and Chuck E. Costa performing individual sets in a basement studio house concert in Seaford. 7:30PM. For reservations and directions, call 516-579-5365 or send an e-mail to $10 donation for the performers plus potluck.

And one that’s not a house concert…

Next Saturday, The Two Man Gentlemen Band at the Last Licks Café. 8:30PM concert is preceded by an open mic at 7:30PM, $15. Advance tickets available at

No wine before its time

A couple of quick wine posts to let you know about–Water’s Crest is doing their barrel tasting next weekend as well at $10 per person; Corey Creek will be doing their usual end of month wine and cheese pairing at $15 per person; and Osprey’s Dominion is hosting a FREE art show on Saturday and a barrel tasting on Sunday at $5 per person.  Remember, you usually need to make reservations to attend these events so don’t wait!

All for now, you kooky cats!  Got something that should be here?  Let me know at!

And I have a bad pun coming on…you see, I took a little break from the writing as I had some surgery over the past week, and between the bad cold I came down with and the ogygen they had to give me as I had problems breathing, I ended up with acute bronchitis (as compared to a fugly bronchitis…I know, I know, REALLY bad pun!) which has really done a number on me…between an inhaler and sucking down the ‘Tussin like water, I’m hoping that I’ll feel better soon…get back on the writing horse, and get this blog back up to speed.  I’ll do what I can tonite, but make sure you check back for the latest and greatest happenings for this week, just in case I peter out!

I’m not winin’…

Waters Crest Winery has some great events going on this weekend!  LI celebrity chef Tom Schaudel will be sharing stories from his new book and hosting a cooking demonstration, reservations required-$10 per person.  There will also be a barrel tasting of the 2007 vintages, also $10 per person!

Mora’s is hosting a tasting of California cabernets and chardonnays this Saturday…FREE!

Rocka rolla

Lots of great gigs this week!  Starting Tuesday with an open mic at the Brick House, we’ve got two more this week worth noting–Toomey’s Tavern and Acoustic Strings and Things on Thursday!  Jazz in the Living Room is back this Friday as well!

Rather watch than play?  Joe Jencks will be at Our Times Coffeehouse this Friday, and Pat Killian will be at Grounds and Sounds.  On Saturday, Christine Havrilla and Claudia Jacobs will be at the Hard Luck Cafe, Grand Folk Railroad will be at Perk Place Cafe, and the Rhythm Kings Acoustic Duo will be at the Grey Horse Tavern.

I’m going to cut this short for tonite and post again on Wednesday, so check back…have something that should be here?  Let me know at!