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UPCOMING - Trans-Siberian Orchestra's all-new show brings back the phenomenon that started it all: 'Christmas Eve and Other Stories'

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

TSO is returning to the Detroit area this year on Saturday, December 28th, at Little Caesars Arena! They always put on a fantastic show. Showtimes include 3pm and 8pm. Click here for tickets.


About the show:
2019’s Winter Tour to Bring Classic Album to the Stage With Brand-New Production, Staging & Effects

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO): The multi-platinum, critically-acclaimed progressive rock group today announced its highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2019. Returning with all-new staging and effects is the unforgettable show that started it all, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories.” TSO’s show that started small, performed to 12,000 people in five cities in 1999, which then exploded onto the national scene, eventually playing to 9 million fans over the course of an incredible 12 years (through 2011), the mega-hit “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” has grossed an incredible $377 million over 1224 perfo…

The Friday Five, 11/29/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I had yesterday off work for the holiday and I have today off too, which is nice. I plan on doing a double header for movies today—I'm going to see The Good Liar at AMC Livonia using A-List, then my parents and I will see 21 Bridges at Emagine Novi later.


What I've been up to this week:
Seeing movies. Putting my A-List membership to the max! I saw Knives Out at an early AMC showing last Friday, and while I enjoyed it, it wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be ... one reviewer friend gave it an A+. I would give it 3.5/5 stars. I saw Frozen 2 in 3D on Sunday and I'd give that one 3.5/5 as well, it was cute but the songs were not as memorable as the first one. I do highly recommend seeing it in 3D though—the cinematography was gorgeous. On Wednesday, I finished up my work early so I caught a showing of Queen & Slim, which was excellent, albeit very sad ... I'd give that one 4 out of 5 stars. Daniel Kaluuya (who was also fabulous in Get Out) and Jodie Turner-…

Movie Review: Little Women (2019)

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I have to say, although I am a fan of Little Women the novel, I have never found a movie or TV adaptation that I liked. In fact, most of the adaptations I have seen in the past have been mediocre, at best. However, I have to eat my words after seeing this rendition of Little Women—not only was it charming, but I enjoyed it quite a bit, mostly due to the talent of its all-star cast.

Although there are four March sisters in Little Women, the focus of the movie is on Jo, short for Josephine (Saoirse Ronan). At the beginning of the film, she's a writer in New York, trying to make a name for herself. We are eventually introduced to the other sisters: Meg (Emma Watson), who is now married with two children; Amy (Florence Pugh, Midsommar) who is off being an artist in Paris; and Beth (Eliza Scanlen), who has a talent for the piano. Their mother, Marmee (Laura Dern), is the matriarch of the household, and we eventually meet their handsome next-door neighbor, "Laurie" (Timothee …

GIVEAWAY - 40 admit-2 passes for Jumanji: The Next Level, 12/9 at Emagine Royal Oak {ends 12/2}

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Jumanji: The Next Level will be in theaters on December 13th, but forty of my lucky readers will win screening passes to see it beforehand!

Screening will take place on Monday, December 9th, at 7pm at Emagine Royal Oak.


About the movie: In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.

GIVEAWAY:

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Monday, December 2nd, at 11:59pm EST, and winners will be contacted via email the next day.

Metro Detroit + Detroit residents only, please.

Good luck!
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UPCOMING: Broadway in Detroit announces five new shows on sale {tickets available Nov. 29th!}

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*Disclosure: I have an ongoing media relationship with Broadway in Detroit. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Broadway in Detroit is bringing FIVE new shows to the city this winter! The shows will take place at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit Opera House, and Music Hall.

They include: Fiddler on the Roof, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, The Naked Magicians, The Color Purple, and The Last Ship.



About the shows:
Broadway In Detroit has announced that tickets will go on sale Friday, November 29 for four, Broadway blockbusters. Appearing at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre are Fiddler On The Roof, March 10-15, 2020, and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, May 5-17, 2020. Appearing at The Music Hall in Detroit will be The Naked Magicians, March 6 & 7, 2020, and The Color Purple, April 21-26, 2020.

Tickets for Fiddler on the Roof start at $45. Tickets for The Color Purple start at $29. Tickets for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and The Naked Magicians start at $39.

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The Friday Five, 11/22/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week has seemed pretty long for some reason, and I accidentally stayed up until like 2am yesterday, so I'm tired today ... ready to maybe get some sleep this weekend, though I have a lot of things upcoming, too.


What I've been up to this week:
Eating out, probably too much ... The prednisone I'm on makes me want to eat all day and all night, too, so that also doesn't help. Last Saturday, my boyfriend and I tried out Que Huong, for pho, in Madison Heights, and it was my first pho experience; it was very good, and the portions were huge. Later in the week I ventured over to Saigon Market, across the street, and picked up two of their $4 banh mi's, which were fantastic (a little better than Que Huong's, too). On Wednesday, my parents and I went to Rusty Bucket for their happy hour—the one in Bingham Farms—and that was good too, and yesterday a friend and I went to El Guanaco, in Troy, before seeing a musical at the Fisher. Today I'm meeting a friend for Ash…

Grand opening: Sevenco co-working space in Troy, MI {and a giveaway!}

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored blog post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

This past Wednesday, I was able to check out the new Sevenco (pronounced "Seven co") co-working space in Troy. I had never really been to a co-working space before, so it was interesting to walk around and see all of their amenities. They're located in the 888 West Big Beaver building, where the Melting Pot is, and there are tons of restaurants within walking distance nearby, too.


The first thing you will notice when you walk in is how modern and airy the space is. It takes up the entire second floor of the 888 building.


There are many options to choose if you are interested in co-working: there are the common spaces located throughout the floor, as well as private offices. A few companies have already rented out corner office spaces at Sevenco, too.


There are even conference rooms if you need to conduct meetings.

On top of that, there is complimentary food and beverages offered …

The Friday Five, 11/15/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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The good news is that my doctor put me on some steroids, temporarily, so I have been feeling much better this week. The bad news is that it makes me want to eat everything in sight, and I have been snacking a lot at night, so I need to stop doing that ... I weighed in today and the number on the scale was not pretty ...


What I've been up to this week: 
Mini-vacation to Holland. I had some Radisson points, and we were able to buy more to get one night at the Country Inn, in Holland, last Friday night. It was mostly a foodie vacation ... Giordano's deep-dish pizza is down the street, and the next day we went to The Southerner in Saugatuck, too, which is one of my favorites—they have THE best fried chicken I've ever had, and I've been to New Orleans and other chicken-y (lol) places too. We also stopped by Crane's in the City, in downtown Holland, so I could get some of their delicious blueberry pie, and later we stopped by Portage to visit friends and their new baby. Se…