In a rut with date night? We’re here to help. Every week, we’ll pair a notable show – music, art, dance, or theater – with the perfect pre-show dinner at a local restaurant. We’ll even tell you what to order and how long your Uber or Lyft should take between the two. Consider all of the guesswork taken care of. All you have to do is snag tickets and make that reservation.

Eat at L’Incanto

By Ariel Turner

Photo provided.

It’s ’80s prom night at The Spinning Jenny. Whether you’d like to remember yours from that era or not, there were probably breadsticks involved during pre-prom dinner thanks to Olive Garden’s explosion onto the scene post-1982. We’ve got a much better, locally owned Italian option for you this time around at 17 E. Poinsett St., and it’s just around the corner from the show.

L’Incanto’s Raviolo. Photo provided.

L’Incanto, which means “enchanting” in Italian, opened in early December 2018 with the same co-owners as the former Da Vinci’s Ristorante in Greenville. Carlos and Kristi Echeverri closed Da Vinci’s in the fall of 2018 after five years of frustration being confused with Davani’s Restaurant on Augusta Street. L’Incanto guests can expect the same attention to detail and fresh, authentic flavors they grew accustomed to at Da Vinci’s. The cocktail list includes two of Kristi’s specialties, which are rye-based. Don’t skip over them.

Raviolo, Stuffed Artichokes, Bolognese, Rigatoni Vodka, Risotto Pescatore, Gamberetto, Snapper Rosmarino, and Vitello Kristi

Dessert: Marsala Zabaglioni, Chocolate Martini

From restaurant to Spinning Jenny:

Uber: $5.48
Uber XL: $7.15
Lyft: $5.24
Lyft XL: $7.17

The Show: Retro Vertigo & Nëon Ärcädiä at The Spinning Jenny

By Vincent Harris

Part of what Dinner & A Show is about is making date night easy for you so you can have some fun. And that’s what this week’s show is all about. It’s a turn-off-your-brain, enjoy yourself kind of night that you can simply relax, enjoy, and dance the night away.

That’s not meant as an insult to the two bands performing at The Spinning Jenny in Greer, Nëon Ärcädiä and Retro Vertigo, because they are excellent at entertaining a crowd. And it’s certainly no slight against the evening’s theme, which is “Forever Young: I Wanna Go Back.”

What we’ve got here is a night of throwback glory, and in this case, we’re throwing back to the fabulous ‘80s. This is an ‘80s prom night at the Jenny, complete with costume contests and ‘80s trivia. But if you don’t feel like pulling that last can of Aqua Net out of cold storage or throwing on that piano tie, just go for the two bands.

Nëon Ärcädiä’s repertoire includes sizzling versions of songs by Motley Crue, Mr. Mister, After the Fire, John Waite, and many other ‘80s heavyweights. And check out those umlauts!

Retro Vertigo has been one of the most popular variety bands in the Upstate for quite a while now, and they can handle the strictly-nostalgia stuff (“The Safety Dance,” “Whip It,” “Turning Japanese”) just as easily as they take on U2, INXS, Prince, or The Clash.

What: Forever Young (I Wanna Go Back), w/ Retro Vertigo and Nëon Ärcädiä
Where: The Spinning Jenny, 107 Cannon St., Greer
When: Saturday, Aug. 10th, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $12 adv, $16 dos.
Info: 864-469-6416,

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