I think it is good escapist entertainment even though it’s bad.-Rob Zombie

April 25, 2009

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!)

Got something that should be here? Let me know at cheapdateli@gmail.com, or feel free to add me to your mailing list (as it seems that’s what a lot of people do!)  Chat soon, you kooky cats!


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