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DETROIT GIVEAWAY: 40 admit-2 passes for Spider-Man: Far From Home, 6/26 at Emagine Royal Oak

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Spider-Man: Far From Home will be screening on Wednesday, June 26th, at 7pm at Emagine Royal Oakand 4of my lucky readers will EACH receive an admit-two screening pass for the film!

Movie synopsis:
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

Please remember that screenings are first-come, first-serve. I would recommend getting to the theater by 5-6pm that day to get in line, if possible.

GIVEAWAY:

Enter to win one admit-two screening pass below. There will be 40 winners!

Giveaway will end on Monday, June 24th, at 11:59pm EST, and winners will be notified the next day via email.

Must live in the Detroit/Metro Detroit area to enter this giveaway.

Good luck!
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The Friday Five, 6/14/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I'm writing this from Rhode Island this week, as I'm here visiting family. Later today I'm going to Massachusetts to visit the other side of my family, as well, and also see a Birthright friend who conveniently lives about 1/4 of a mile from my aunt and uncle's house.


What I've been up to this week:

Eating out. Probably a bit too much, but oh well. Last Saturday I went to Jersey Mike's between movies, and on Sunday I had book club and Ann Arbor Restaurant Week; we went to the new Sedona Taphouse at 12 Oaks Mall (Novi) for book club, and rel-ish, at the Kensington Hotel in Ann Arbor, for A2RW. I had actually just stayed at the Kensington a few weeks prior, for Cinetopia, but hadn't had time to eat at their restaurant on that trip. On Tuesday, I went to 2941 Street Food with a friend, before Anastasia at the Fisher, and so far during my RI trip I've been to Matunuck Oyster Bar and an Indian restaurant called Rasa, both of which were tasty.Traveling. I'm…

Upcoming: CATS, Sept. 3-15, 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.

CATS is coming to Detroit! I actually haven't seen it yet, so I'm excited to see it for the first time, in September.
About the show:
One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, CATS will come to Detroit from September 3-15, 2019 as part of a multi-season North American tour. Tickets are currently on sale.

Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Featuring new sound design, direction and choreography for a new generation — experience CATS for the first time as it begins a new life, or let it thrill you all over again!

The original Broadway production opened in 1982 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre, where it ran for 7,485 performances and 18 years. CATS was …

GIVEAWAY: 4 tickets for Anastasia, 6/18 at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit {ends 6/13}

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Anastasia will be playing at the Fisher Theatre from June 11-23, and one of my lucky readers will win a 4-pack of tickets for the Tuesday, June 18th show!

Click hereto purchase tickets for the show.

About the show:
Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey to Detroit at last!

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.


GI…

The Friday Five, 6/7/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week has been hard on my body ... I got off the plane from Bangkok (technically, South Korea) at 10:30am last Saturday and got on a plane for New Orleans at 8:30am Monday, for IFT, which is a work conference that I go to every year.


What I've been up to this week:Traveling. I left for New Orleans on Monday and I was there until Wednesday. I was pretty sick on Monday ... I had a fever of like 103.4 when I left for the airport, which was terrible. I also got sick on the plane which has never happened to me before. Tuesday I felt a tiny bit better, but Wednesday was the first day I started to feel more "normal." I did have like one good meal while there, and also got beignets at Cafe du Monde, which are delicious. Cooking. I received a Hello Fresh box yesterday and cooked apricot pork with a zucchini and potatoes jumble, which was tasty. I'll probably cook the other recipes Saturday and then either today or Monday, they include a ravioli with a gratin crust and mari…

The Friday Five, 5/31/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I'm cheating a bit on this Friday Five, because I'm writing it from the South Korea (Incheon) airport, where it's actually Saturday, June 1st. But for most of my readers, who live in the States, it is still Friday, May 31st.

(fun fact: my flight departs at 10:35am ... and arrives at 10:36am at DTW. 13 hour time difference + 13 hour flight.)

Let's get to it, shall we?


What I've been up to this week:
Traveling. This is pretty much all I've been doing, actually. I left Sunday for Bangkok, Thailand, for ThaiFex (a work conference - one of the biggest food and beverage trade shows in Asia, I believe), and arrived Monday night, with the time difference. I left Bangkok this Friday (about 8-ish hours ago, as I write this) and will arrive back in Detroit on Saturday morning. Definitely an interesting trip, and yesterday I had some free time so I got to do some touristy activities too, like visiting the corgi cafe (see above), as well as the Wat Pho temple. Seeing movies. …

The Friday Five, 5/24/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I may have to scrounge for 5 things to say I did this week, I have been taking it easy because I am (still) sick with a cough/cold. It's getting better each day but super slowly. I *am* seeing Aladdin in 3D tonight though because I need to see it before I leave for Thailand on Sunday!


What I've been up to this week:
Cooking. I made a chicken "fajitas" meal from EveryPlate on Monday (I say "fajitas" in quotes because it was more like tacos) and I have two more EveryPlate meals to cook before I leave on Sunday for my trip—a chimichurri steak bowl, which looks delicious, and cherry pork chops. Seeing movies ... a ton of movies. Last weekend was the second weekend of the Cinetopia Film Festival, and from Thursday to Sunday I was basically camped out at Emagine Royal Oak to watch films. A friend went with me on Thursday and Sunday, and on Saturday my mom attended a few with me while my dad went to see John Wick (I unfortunately only had two Cinetopia passes). Toni…

That's a wrap! 2019 Cinetopia Film Festival movie reviews

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The past two weekends, I was able to attend the Cinetopia Film Festival, in both Ann Arbor and Royal Oak. This was my 6th year attending the festival, and it continues to be one of my favorite movie events to attend.

Originally I planned on attending 23 movies, but that number got cut down to 21 because of illness (I've been sick with a cough/cold for the past 9 days or so). Still more than I saw in previous years, because I tended to always be out of town the second weekend of the festival.

I'm breaking this up into three sections: favorites, least favorites, and overall ratings.


Favorites of the fest:
The Farewell. I saw this my second day of the fest, and Awkwafina was great in it. It should be out in theaters mid-July sometime. Wild Rose. This should be out mid-June. Fun story about a Glasgow country singer who wants to move to Nashville and be a famous singer.Killing God (Matar a Dios). Weird screwball comedy with a crazy ending. 93Queen. This was maybe my favorite movie of…

DETROIT GIVEAWAY: 20 admit-2 passes for Late Night, 6/5 at Emagine Royal Oak

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Late Night will be screening on Wednesday, June 5th, at 7pm at Emagine Royal Oakand 20 of my lucky readers will EACH receive an admit-two screening pass for the film!

Movie synopsis:
A late-night talk show host's world is turned upside down when she hires her first and only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision brings about unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women who are separated by culture and generation become united by their love of a biting punchline.

Please remember that screenings are first-come, first-serve. I would recommend getting to the theater by 5-6pm that day to get in line, if possible.



GIVEAWAY:

Enter to win one admit-two screening pass below. There will be 2 winners!

Giveaway will end on Saturday, June 1st, at 11:59pm EST, and winners will be notified the next day via email.

Must live in the Detroit/Metro Detroit area to enter this giveaway.

Good luck!
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The Friday Five, 5/17/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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My life has literally been being sick (yes, AGAIN) and also going to the Cinetopia Film Festival for the past seven days ... I don't have much else to report.


What I've been up to this week:
Seeing movies, obviously. The Cinetopia Film Festival runs through Sunday, and last weekend I went to Ann Arbor for the opening festivities. This weekend it's in both A2 and Royal Oak, and I live about ten minutes from Emagine RO so that's been great. I believe I've seen 13 movies so far, and my plan is to see around 22 total. Favorites so far have been The Farewell, which will be out in July; Killing God; After So Many Days; and 93QueenSpending the weekend in Ann Arbor. Last week I stayed in Ann Arbor from Friday through Sunday for the festival, eating some good food at some of my favorite places (Blimpy Burger, etc.) and drinking good cocktails (Babs', The Last Word). I also was able to stay the weekend at The Kensington Hotel, and you can read about that hereGetting si…

The Kensington Hotel: A boutique choice for Ann Arbor travelers

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*Disclosure: I was treated to a 2-night stay at the Kensington Hotel in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

This past weekend, I was in Ann Arbor for the Cinetopia Film Festival, which continues this week in both Ann Arbor and Royal Oak, and was fortunate to stay at The Kensington Hotel. The Kensington is located near I-94 and is right near Briarwood Mall, which meant it was a quick 10-minute drive to UM's campus.


The hotel has been recently renovated, I believe in 2016, and you can tell: its lobby is bright and modern, and my pictures don't do it justice as to how pretty it is.



I arrived in Ann Arbor on a Friday afternoon, after an exhausting 1 hour and 45 minute drive from Clawson—normally it only takes about 50-60 minutes to get to Ann Arbor, but between 4pm rush hour traffic and a few accidents along the way, it took FOREVER. Upon check-in, I was offered water and/or a glass of champagne, which was a thoughtful gesture, and which from …

The Friday Five, 5/10/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week has been crazy busy and is my "hobo week," as I call it, because I was in Rosemont, IL (suburban Chicago area) from Tuesday through Thursday for work; I came home yesterday, and then unpacked and repacked, because today I go to Ann Arbor for the Cinetopia Film Festival, where I'll be seeing movies until Sunday night.


What I've been up to this week:

Seeing movies. I knew I might get a little bored at night in Rosemont, since it's not downtown Chicago, so I saved one of my AMC A-List movies for it. On Friday, my boyfriend and I saw Long Shot, which was actually super funny; I'd give it 4/5 stars. On Sunday, a friend and I saw The Intruder, which was as cheesy as I thought it would be (2.5/5 from me), and on Tuesday, in Rosemont, I saw Bolden, which was interesting but kind of all over the place—2.5/5 from me on that, too. I did a count and I'll be seeing about 23 movies during Cinetopia, but that's over the next week and a half. Cooking and eati…

CanvasDiscount.com provides customized wall decor and more

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

I recently became aware of CanvasDiscount.com, and was pleased to work with them. With Mother's Day coming up, this is a great site for all sorts of gifts—although they're mostly known for their canvas prints, they also have blankets, pillows, and even photo towels from which to choose.

I tried to choose prints that my parents would want to have up on their wall. Since I grew up in the '80s and '90s, most of our old photos are unfortunately not digital, so I knew there would be a slight chance that when it translated to canvas, they would be a little blurry ... they were, but I actually kind of like it (it's a little artsy-looking).


CanvasDiscount.com was actually running a sale on the day I purchased my prints, so I was able to choose two pictures. This first picture above is my mom and I when I was younger, I think we were in the Cayman Islands on vacation.


The next picture i…