Saturday, July 19, 2008

"The tooth fairy teaches children that they can sell body parts for money." - Richerby

OK, I realize that that may be a slightly twisted quote, but I like it! Just got back from the Riverhead Blues Festival, where I picked up a couple of gauze hippie skirts for $10 each (go in through the main entrance, make a left, and the booth is by the food concessions on the left hand side). I also picked up some necklaces ($5 each, buy two and get one free at the beach glass jewelry booth, don't forget to look up!), and a cute handbag from Ecuador for $8. Life is good!

The new week brings plenty of opportunities to utilize the info I send out to you all, and this post will be jammed packed with info as there is a LOT going on! So settle in and get comfy, as this one's gonna be a bit of a long read!

Cinema Buffs, Rejoice!

Movies on the lawn abound in coming weeks! As always, call ahead to ensure that there is handicap accessibility for these events, and that some may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Monday night at the Jones Beach Bandshell will be a viewing of "A Bug's Life" at 7:30 pm. Cost: FREE. Next week's movie-"Monster's Inc."

Brookhaven Amphitheatre will be hosting a viewing of "Night at the Museum" on August 6th and it's only $5 per carload! August 13th's movie will be "Monster House". This is a great Cheap Date for the entire family!

Some great indoor events are planned as well. The YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts will be hosting a viewing of "Ratatouille" on July 23 and the cost is $8 per adult, $5 children (children's admission includes a FREE small popcorn!). On August 6th "Meet the Robinsons" will be the featured movie.

The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum will be hosting a viewing of "Pirates of the Caribbean-At World's End" on Sunday, July 20th. Cost: FREE with admission to the museum ($8 per person). While there, make a point of checking out the scrimshaw exhibit. It's outstanding!

Cinema Arts Center will also be hosting indoor events, but these are still worth checking out. On Wednesday, July 23rd, there will be a showing of the classic Hitchcock movie "The 39 Steps" featuring guest speaker Glenn Andriev, filmmaker and graduate of New York's School of Visual Arts. Cost: $10 per person.

Cinema Arts will also have TWO Summer Camp events this week! On July 29th, "Lady Windemere's Fan", a four act comedy written by Oscar Wilde, will be shown with organ accompaniment by MoMA's Ben Model. If you have ever gone to one of these sort of shows, you know how much fun they can be! On July 26th, a double feature of "The Fog" and "The Mist" will be shown. Most shows are $9 per person.

Culture Vultures, Unite!

The Cinema Arts Center will also be hosting an in-depth look at the musical work of Philip Glass with a presentation of "Glass-A Look at Philip in 12 Parts" that includes interviews with Woody Allen, Chuck Close, Martin Scorsese and others. DON'T MISS THIS ONE! Cost: $9 per person.

The Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport will be hosting performances of Romeo and Juliet on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with a cost that just squeaks in under Cheap Date Long Island's guidelines: $15 per person.

The Islip Arts Council will be exhibiting a new show staring July 20th-"RE Inspired:Inspiring Ecological Awareness through Art", featuring work from many local up-and-coming artists. No price is given, but I'd be willing to bet that this meets Cheap Date's criteria!

Guild Hall in East Hampton's exhibit "Inspired by the Light: Landscapes by East End Masters" will be closing on July 27th. Cost: $5 per person.

The Art-trium Gallery in Melville is hosting the "2008 Members Show: Part I" featuring works by 38 artist/members of the Huntington Arts Council through August 11th. Again, no admission cost was provided, but I'm sure it falls within the guidelines I've set.

The Islip Arts Council has two great shows coming up! On July 22nd, retro-folk musicians Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson will partner up with Long Island cellist Suzanne Mueller at the Bay Shore Band Shell. Looking for some old school coffeehouse folk? This would be the show to see! On July 27th, up-and-coming jazz saxophonist Shenole Latimer will be playing at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum. If you have heard any of the buzz about this musician, you know this is an event not to be missed! $5 to park.

Alive After 5 in Patchogue will be featuring local favorites Miles to Dayton this coming Friday. Come on down to this oversized block party and enjoy yourself. While you are there, make a point of stopping by the table for the Patchogue Theatre of the Performing Arts and saying hi to me! Cost: FREE

The new Bellport Songwriter Series features Caroline Doctorow and Jay Scott next Sunday. $5 per person. Don't miss this opportunity to see some incredible original music!

Have you ever wanted to play in a jazz band, but never had a chance either due to time constraints or just plain old lack of talent? Here's your chance! Jazz in the Living Room will be hosting a workshop at the Mills Pond House. Beginners are welcome! $5 to play, free to listen.

How about learning to line dance? I took lessons some years ago at Matty T's, and I'll tell you-I was dancing with some hot LI cowboys all night's a lot of fun and great exercise, and EVERYONE DANCES! July 23rd at the Jones Beach Bandshell. Head on down, kick up your heels and have a great time. The best part is that it's FREE!

Foodie Alert!!!

A place I'd like to mention:

American Roadside Burgers in Smithtown is just good casual eating. The brainchild of John Tunney (who also owns Honu in Huntington and the Besito restaurants), this burger joint features fresh ingredients, killer milkshakes, and low prices (a burger is around $3.50).

If your organization has an event they would like to promote, let me know! Remember, it should not be anything too large or commercial; feature up-and-coming talents; be eco-friendly (hopefully), under $30 for two people, and if it can provide an educational opportunity, well, that's all the better! The website to partner with the blog is coming along and will be up soon. If you know anyone who would like to be informed of the updates on this blog (or if you would like to be removed from the list), email me at Thanks!

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