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GIVEAWAY: Queen & Slim Blu-ray combo pack {ends 3/3}

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Queen & Slim is now out on Digital, and will be arriving on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on 3/3.

One of my lucky readers will win a copy! I saw this movie a few months ago and really enjoyed it.


About the movie:
Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Black Panther) and Jodie Turner-Smith (“The Last Ship, “Nightflyers”) bring QUEEN & SLIM to life as the titular characters. Kaluuya and Turner-Smith are accompanied by outstanding supporting performances from Bokeem Woodbine (“Fargo,” Spider-Man: Homecoming), ChloĆ« Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry, “Big Love”), legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea (Baby Driver, Boy Erased), American country singer, Sturgill Simpson (The Dead Don’t Die, “One Dollar”) and Indya Moore (“Pose,” Saturday Church). QUEEN & SLIM comes from production company Makeready.

While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Kaluuya) and a black woman (Turner-Smith), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tr…

The Friday Five, 2/21/20: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week went by fast but also slowly, for some reason. I had to drive to Ann Arbor on Wednesday for my first doctor's appointment with a new UM doctor, and because of that my Thursday was super busy.


What I've been up to this week:
Eating out. Way too much, again. Last Friday we were supposed to go to Giovanni's for our Valentine's Day celebration but because of my food poisoning we actually postponed it to tonight, so I'm excited to try it out. On Saturday we used my last Groupon for Kaizen Ramen, in Royal Oak, and on Tuesday I went to Granite City with a friend for their happy hour, before a show downtown. On Thursday, I had Chick-fil-A for lunch—I don't like supporting them but I'll admit their food is delicious, and the app gave me a free sandwich, for some reason—and met up with friends at Browndog Barlor, in Farmington, for dinner. Having my last massage. Back during Black Friday, I bought a $35 deal for MassageLuXe, in Troy, and shortly after that I …

The Friday Five, 2/14/20: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This post is a little late today—I had a really bad case of food poisoning yesterday and was completely out of commission, and I didn't really feel like blogging this morning. Today I am feeling about 75-80% better, at least, but am still trying to eat bland foods ... we cancelled our Valentine's Day dinner plans as well, or at least postponed them until next Friday.


What I've been up to this week:
Getting food poisoning. Or at least what I think was food poisoning. I went to a Yelp dining event on Wednesday night and then went to a deli in Detroit that night as well, so if it WAS food poisoning, it was either one of those or a combo ... but I woke up at 5:30am on Thursday vomiting, and then the rest of the morning passed in a blur of vomiting and, let's say, other stuff. Ugh. Thank goodness for Postmates: I was able to get some Gatorade and Sprite delivered to me, since the roads were bad too. I am feeling better today but still need to catch up on sleep. Eating out. La…

Broadway in Detroit announces 2020-21 subscription season: Mean Girls, Hamilton, Frozen, and more!

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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 recently announced part of their 2020-21 season, and everything looks fantastic - I'm especially excited for Mean Girls, Frozen, and Hairspray. I wanted to see Mean Girls in NYC last year but tickets were hard to get.
About the shows:
Broadway In Detroit today announced the six blockbuster Broadway productions that will share the spotlight in Broadway In Detroit’s 2020-21 Subscription Season – headlined by the electrifying new musical Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations, 12-time Tony Award® nominee and the winner of the 2019 Tony Award® for Best Choreography. The other five Subscription Season shows include Disney’s Frozen, The Band’s Visit, The Cher Show, Hairspray and Mean Girls. Additionally, Hamilton will return to Detroit and be offered as a priority purchase opportunity for subscribers.

The 2020-21 Broadway In D…

Upcoming - SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, June 9-21, Fisher Theatre, Detroit

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

SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical will be playing this June at the Fisher Theatre, in Detroit. I like Donna Summer's music a lot, so I am excited to see this one.

About the show:
Broadway in Detroit today announced that individual tickets for the Detroit premiere of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical at the Fisher Theatre, June 9 – 21, will go on sale Sunday, February 16. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets may also be purchased by phone by calling 800-982-2787. Starting Monday, February 17, tickets may also be purchased at the Fisher Theatre box office.

SUMMER features a book by Tony Award® nominee Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff, with songs by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabara and others and is directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Tony Aw…

The Friday Five, 2/7/20: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week went by faster than last week, but I still have some things to do today before it's *officially* the weekend.


What I've been up to this week:
Eating out. Last Friday, my boyfriend and I FINALLY tried the "elusive" (not so much anymore...) Popeye's chicken sandwich. We went to the Van Dyke location, in Sterling Heights, and although it wasn't busy there, from the time we placed our order to the time we received it was 25 minutes, which is ridiculous. I took my first bite and it was delicious but SUPER SPICY—they had accidentally given us one spicy and one regular sandwich (we ordered two regulars). After that, we did an impromptu stop at iFreeze Creamery, since it was on the way home—they do nitrogen ice cream—and they had a surprising amount of vegan flavors, which was great.
On Saturday, we went to Buddy's, in Warren, and on Monday night, us and two Yelp friends went to Tallulah, in Birmingham, for Restaurant Week. It wasn't as good as I thoug…

The Friday Five, 1/31/20: 5 things I've been up to this week

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You always see those memes that say "we are on the 5000th day of January today" or whatnot but it's kind of true ... this week in particular has seemed really long, for some reason, and today is January 31st. It's been a long month, albeit fun.


What I've been up to this week:

Eating out, a lot. And the scale unfortunately reflects it, even though I mall-walked AND did zumba on Monday. Last Friday, my boyfriend and I tried out Zeoli's, in Clawson, because I had a gift card; on Saturday, I had a small birthday get-together with friends at Dae Jang Keum, in Novi, because they're the only place in the metro Detroit area that does unlimited (all-you-can-eat) Korean BBQ. On Sunday, I met with friends at First Watch, in Troy, for book club, and on Sunday night, I took my mom to the Whitney, for her first time there, because I had a $50 "bonus" gift card to use from my $100 Black Friday gift card purchase. On Tuesday, I met up with Yelpers at Hyde Park St…

UPCOMING: Fiddler on the Roof, March 10-15 at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit

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

I love the movie version of Fiddler on the Roof but have never actually seen the musical live, so I'm excited to see it this March when it comes to Detroit.
About the show: Broadway In Detroit is proud to present the Detroit engagement of the Tony Award®-nominated Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof at the Fisher Theatre from March 10 – 15, 2020.

Tickets start at $45 and can now be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets may also be purchased by phone by calling 800-982-2787, and at the Fisher Theatre box office.

A beloved theatrical classic from Tony Award-winner Joseph Stein, and Pulitzer Prize-winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, Fiddler on the Roof is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The King and I); choreographed by the acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter; inspired by the…

UPCOMING: The Naked Magicians, Music Hall, March 6-7 {and a giveaway!}

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

I'll admit that when I saw this one on the schedule, I was immediately intrigued: magicians who are ... naked? The Naked Magicians will be at Detroit's Music Hall from March 6-7, and one of my lucky readers will win a 4-pack of tickets for a great girls' (or guys') night out!

About the show:
Following their smash hit 2019 residency at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, The Naked Magicians will return to the U.S. for a coast-to-coast tour in 2020 making a stop in Detroit at The Music Hall, March 6 & 7. Starring Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne, two of Australia’s most famous magicians, the duo will forego top hats and capes for full frontal illusions complete with magic, muscles and endless laughs.

Tickets for The Naked Magicians start at $39 and are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, a…

The Friday Five, 1/24/20: 5 things I've been up to this week

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"Readjustment" has been hard this week, and to make matters worse, it's been super cold here too. I need to start eating less and working out more, based on this week's scale reading ...


What I've been up to this week:
Eating out, and trying new places. On Tuesday, a friend and I went to El Guanaco for dinner before A Bronx Tale at the Fisher, and on Wednesday, my boyfriend and I tried Tomo, in Troy, since I had a Groupon. Tomo was just okay, but some hot soup (ramen) was nice on a cold night. Tonight we are going to try Zeoli's, in Clawson, since I won a gift certificate.Seeing A Bronx Tale at the Fisher. On Tuesday, a friend and I went to see this show. I wasn't entirely sure what it was about, going into it, but ended up enjoying it; I didn't LOVE it, but I liked it a lot. The music is similar to West Side Story, Grease, and Jersey Boys, and I'd recommend seeing it. I still haven't seen the movie, with Robert De Niro, but I hope to at some po…

The Friday Five, 1/17/20: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This Friday Five will be Vegas-themed, because I was there from Sunday through Thursday and just got back. :)


What I've been up to this week:
Traveling to Vegas. We'll start with some general things about it ... we stayed at the Bellagio for one night, comped (thanks to the myVegas slots app! Which is free to download and play), and only had to pay the resort fee, about $50. We then stayed at Bally's for the next 3 nights. Oddly, we both liked Bally's better, even though the Bellagio room was super nice ... I liked that Bally's had a fridge (and not just a minibar, like at Bellagio) and also, we got upgraded to a Jubilee suite, so that might have had something to do with it, ha. The suite was huge and also had a nice whirlpool tub. I'm partial to Bally's too because I've been staying there with my family since the early 2000s, and recently they renovated it so the rooms are pretty nice now.Eating. Lots and lots of eating, I weighed myself today and thankf…

The Friday Five, 1/10/20: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week has seemed LONG, I think because I had 5 days of work (the horror. LOL) and other random things going on, like doctor's appointments. My nose is getting stuffy again even though I literally JUST got over a cold, so that's fun, too ... and my boyfriend and I leave for Vegas on Sunday for vacation. I did the math and I think this is actually my THIRTEENTH trip to Vegas—my parents and I started going in 2000, when I was a kid, and that also includes work trips.


What I've been up to this week:
Eating out a lot (yes, again). I'm not going to say where, because I do mystery shopping for a company, but on Friday night, my boyfriend and I went to a restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, and on Saturday for lunch we went to a place in that same area, for that. On Sunday, my parents took me to the Cheesecake Factory, in Novi, for a birthday lunch; on Wednesday, I met a friend for lunch at Mr. Kabob Xpress, and used my birthday free meal; and then the rest of the week I have bee…

UPCOMING: Dear Evan Hansen, March 25-April 5, at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit

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*Disclosure: I have an ongoing media relationship with Broadway in Detroit. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.
I've heard nothing but good things about Dear Evan Hansen, so I'm excited that it's coming to Detroit this year!

About the show:
Broadway in Detroit announced today that individual tickets for the Detroit premiere of DEAR EVAN HANSEN will go on sale Friday, January 17 at 10:00 AM. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets may also be purchased by phone by calling 800-982-2787, and at the Fisher Theatre box office.

The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).


Declared “One of the most remarkable shows i…