If one plays good music, people don’t listen and if one plays bad music people don’t talk.-Wilde

June 13, 2009

That quote right there is for my dear friend Christopher, who struggles with the dilemma of how to handle crowds that talk over the music at the Live in the Lobby shows…see, they are all good bands…people just are inclined to talk over good music!

No, really, this is also a plea to those of you who come to these gigs and feel a need to chat loudly over the music.  If you need to talk to someone for more than a second or louder than a whisper, please take it outside!  I’ve had more than a few artists at different venues and shows approach me thinking that they had done a sub-par performance and asking me how they sounded…and add to that, it is distracting to the people around you who are trying to listen.

I’ll get off my soapbox now.

For a good cause!

For Sophia's Cure

For Sophia's Cure

Sophia’s Cure has been getting a lot of press lately, and for good reason.  I didn’t realize just how sad this story was until I went to the website and read up on this family’s situation.  There is a fundraiser coming up on Saturday, June 20th at Fins Pub.  Please read the story and try to go or make a donation…it could save a baby’s life!

Sing me a song

Like to sing or know someone who does?  The Choral Festival  at Brookhaven still has room for a few more talented singers!  Call 451-9070 for info.

Local folk…

For some reason, people seem to have this misconception as to what folk music really is…picturing something like the trippy chicks and their acoustic guitar from The Magic Garden.  And yes, you will sometimes find performers like this, but you will also find bluegrass, blues, jam bands, metal, chanties, and more.  What folk music is really about is having traditional roots (i.e.; classical) and that it is not written for profit (like most of the overproduced mass market muck you hear on the radio today).  Think Dylan, think Beck, think Phish, and even early Iron Maiden.  All have ties to folk music…who knew, huh?  Lots of open mics and a local folk festival to tell you about for this week, so get on out there and check out the burgeoning LI folk scene!

On Monday, there are open mics at Brickhouse Brewery and Napper Tandy’s. Tuesday has Strings n’ Things; and Wednesday is Acoustic Long Island with an hour-long open mic followed by Kelly Flint, and an open mic at Cool Beanz.  On Thursday, there’s an acoustic open mic at Toomey’s Tavern hosted by Joe Vicino, and Acoustic Thursdays, hosted by Dave Drew, features Todd Evans, Hank Stone, Allan Fox and Bob Blatchley at Lefty’s Candlelight Bar & Grill.  On Friday, one of my faves–Caroline Doctorow will be performing for the Hard Luck Cafe music series at the Huntington Public Library.

I certainly don’t want to miss this!  The North Fork Folk Festival takes place as part of the annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival and features local artists Gathering Time, Lucky 13, Red River Ramblers, Debra Lynne and Chris Tursi,and Joe Iadanza and Josh Joffen, on Route 48 in Mattituck. 12 noon to 5PM,  $5 gets you in,  $3 for the wee ones!

Take a hike…

There are a couple of easy to moderate hikes going on this coming week…I’m just going to copy and paste the info:

Thursday, June 18, 2009, 10:30AM

Hike, David Weld Preserve–David Weld Preserve, Nissequogue, off  Boney Lane. A short 3 mile somewhat hilly walk including a stop on the L.I. Sound, views of a pond, open fields, woods, a kettle hole and a rather large glacial erratic (i.e. a BIG rock). Beverage suggested. Parking in the dirt area on the right side of Boney Lane is very limited. Rain cancels.

Friday, June 19, 2009, 9:00AM

HIKE  joint w L.I. Greenbelt–Pine Barrens, Manorville. 4 miles easy to moderate on flat terrain. Start at the Trails Information Center in Manorville (1/4 mile north of LIE Exit 70 on the right side). Walk to Wading River-Manor Road and back. Bring water. Rain cancels.

Sunday, June 21, 2009, 1:30PM

HIKE joint w. L.I. Greenbelt–3 miles of easy flat terrain in Lakeland County Park and the north section of Connetquot Park. Good for beginners. Rain cancels. Meet at Lakeland County Park (L.I.E. Exit 58, south on Old Nichols Rd to Johnson Ave, left to park OR L.I.E. exit 59 south on Ocean Ave to Johnson, right to park).

For more information on any of these hikes, please contact Jane Fasullo 631-689-1568, jfas1@optonline.net.

Wining and dining

Pop on down to Mora’s on Saturday from 3 to 6PM for their FREE wine tasting of wines from Osprey’s Dominion. Scott Redmond will be on hand to pour and discuss his range of wines.

Movies for free!

On Friday the 19th, there will be several FREE showings of some popular movies:  

East Islip Library–“Doubt,” rated PG-13, 2PM.

Smithtown Library (Kings Park)–“Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” rated PG, snacks provided, children younger than 12 must bring a parent or adult guardian, 4PM.

Freeport Library–“The Incredible Hulk”, rated PG-13, TWO SHOWINGS, 3PM, 7PM.

Westhampton Community Center in Westhampton Beach–“Gran Torino,” rated R, 12PM.

And for a small fee…

Cinema Arts Center always shows some of the coolest flicks around and this week is no exception.  On Wednesday, Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels is playing,  and on Saturday the Summer Camp Cinema Series goes a bit gonzo with Terry Gilliam’s (of Monty Python fame) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Brazil!

All for now, you kooky cats!  I’ll be back next week with all new Cheap Date ideas!

Have something that should be on here?  Email me at cheapdateli@gmail.com!

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