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UPCOMING: Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, February 18 - March 1, Detroit Opera House {tickets on sale Nov. 17!}

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*Disclosure: I have an ongoing media relationship with Broadway in Detroit. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of my favorite movies (the older one, that is, not the newer one!), so I'm excited to see the musical this February in Detroit.
About the show:
Broadway In Detroit is thrilled to announce that tickets for the February 18 – March 1 engagement of Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at the Detroit Opera House will go on sale Sunday, November 17.

Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at broadwayindetroit.com or ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-982-2787. Tickets may also be purchased at the Detroit Opera House and Fisher Theatre box offices beginning on Monday, November 18.

Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY tells the story of Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, who has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous—and mysterious—factory is opening i…

GIVEAWAY - 25 admit-2 passes for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, 11/13 at Emagine Royal Oak

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the movie with Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers, will be out in theaters next week, but a few of my lucky readers will be attending an early screening on Wednesday, 11/13!

11/13 is World Kindness Day and WNIC is partnering with Jay’s Juniors on behalf of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Please make a donation at the screening to help take chronic and terminally ill children to Disney for Christmas.

About the film:
A journalist's life is enriched by friendship when he takes on an assignment profiling Fred Rogers. Based on the real-life friendship between journalist Tom Junod and television star Fred Rogers.

GIVEAWAY:

25 of my lucky readers will win one admit-two screening pass to see this movie!

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Tuesday, November 12th, at 11:59pm EST, and winners will be emailed the next day.

Screening will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, 11/13, at Emagine Royal Oak.

Detroit/Metro Detroit residents only, please.

Good l…

The Friday Five, 11/8/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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Today is my Friday - I'm taking the day off to take a mini one-night trip to Holland, MI, as I had some Radisson points to use and there are a lot of restaurants I like in that area, like Giordano's (deep-dish pizza, nom) and the Southerner, in Saugatuck.


What I've been up to this week:
Canada day trips. On Saturday, some friends and I made the 3-hour drive to Stratford (Ontario), Canada, and we did a little shopping, had dinner, and saw Little Shop of Horrors at the Avon Theatre. I wasn't feeling well that day but I'm still glad I went, because the play was great. The next day, two friends and I went to Caesars Windsor to see Jim Gaffigan's comedy act—he's one of my favorite comedians—and we also had dinner at Spago, in the hotel, which was very tasty. Not seeing movies. I actually saw 0 movies this week, mostly because I have been sick :( last Friday and Saturday I was feeling pretty poorly (probably should have skipped Stratford, but we had been planning t…

GIVEAWAY: A Bronx Tale, January 21, Fisher Theatre, Detroit {ends 11/15}

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A Bronx Tale will be coming to the Fisher Theatre in Detroit this winter, and one of my lucky readers will win a 4-pack of tickets for opening night! 
It will be playing January 21 through February 2, 2020.
Click hereto read about the show, and click here to purchase tickets.

About the show: Based on the one-man show that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical takes audiences to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family.

GIVEAWAY:
One of my readers will win a 4-pack of tickets to the January 21, 2020 show!
Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Friday, November 15th, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be notified the next day via email, and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen.
Metro Detroit & Detroit residents only, please.
Good luck!





4 tickets for A…

UPCOMING: A Bronx Tale, January 21 - February 2, 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.

A Bronx Tale will be coming to the Fisher Theatre in Detroit this winter! It will be playing January 21 through February 2, 2020.

About the show:
Broadway In Detroit is pleased to announce that the North American Tour of A BRONX TALE, the new musical featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater will play Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, January 21 – February 2, 2020.

Tickets start at $39 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 BRONX TALE premiered at the Tony Award–winning Paper Mill Playhouse to critical and popular acclaim in Spring 2016. A BRONX TALE opened on Broadway…

The Friday Five, 11/1/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week has seemed super, super long, so I'm glad it's the weekend, although no time to relax ... this is my Canadian weekend, because I'm going to Stratford (Ontario) with friends tomorrow to see Little Shop of Horrors, and then Caesars Windsor on Sunday to see Jim Gaffigan, which I'm super excited for; he's my favorite comic.


What I've been up to this week:
Seeing movies. I saw an extremely odd movie called The Lighthouse last Friday, which everyone (both critics and moviegoers) seemed to like, according to Rotten Tomatoes. I wouldn't be surprised to see Willem Dafoe and/or Robert Pattinson get nominations for it, because their acting was very strong, but it was not for me; I'd give it 2.5/5 stars, though my boyfriend gave it 4.5/5. I was going to see Harriet last night on Halloween but I was tired and the weather was crappy, so I skipped it. Tonight we are going to see Black and Blue, I had to miss the screening since I wasn't feeling well. Hallo…

UPCOMING: The New Colossus, February 14-16, 2020, Music Hall, Detroit

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

The New Colossus will be coming to Music Hall in Detroit this February, and it is written and directed by Tim Robbins.

About the show:
Broadway in Detroit announced today that it will present The New Colossus at The Music Hall, February 14-16, 2020, a new play written by The Actors’ Gang ensemble and The Actors’ Gang Artistic Director Tim Robbins who also directed the piece.

Tickets for The New Colossus start at $35 and go on sale Sunday, Oct. 27. Tickets can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-982-2787. Starting Monday, Oct. 28, tickets may also be purchased at The Music Hall and Fisher Theatre box offices.

In The New Colossus, The Actors’ Gang members tell their ancestors’ stories, their struggles and their journeys from oppression to freedom. The play celebrates the courage and great character of the r…

GIVEAWAY: Flashfood returns to the Metro Detroit area {ends 11/3}

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Back in May 2018, I posted on Instagram about Flashfood, the new box of surplus protein and produce.

Flashfood has since rebranded, and now it is an app whose goals are to reduce food waste at the grocery and feed people more affordably by cutting their grocery bill in half. They do this by selling food nearing its best buy date at crazy low prices (50% off).

They recently launched four pilot stores with Meijer in Commerce, Brighton, Waterford, and Howell.

Flashfood is made super easy to use, even for those who may not be tech-savvy. Once you’ve downloaded the Flashfood app on Apple or Android, you’ll get to browse food items at a store near you, pay for them on the app and pick up in-store at the Flashfood zone. Have customer service confirm your pick up and voila, you’re done.
GIVEAWAY:
To celebrate Flashfood's pilot with Meijer, I'm giving two lucky followers a chance to get free groceries, with a $100 credit giveaway towards the Flashfood app!
Head over to my Instagram page

The Friday Five, 10/25/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week has been fairly busy, but at the same time has seemed really long, for some reason, so I'm glad today is Friday.



What I've been up to this week:
Seeing movies. Last Friday, we saw the new Maleficent, which I would give 3.5/5 stars, and the 3D was fantastic. On Saturday, we saw Gemini Man, and I guess I'd give it 2.75/5? I'll admit I took a short snoozle during it ... we also saw it in 3D and HFR (High Frame Rate), which I didn't like, as I found it distracting. I saw The Hobbit a while back also in HFR and didn't like it then, either. Going to see The Lighthouse tonight, which I've heard good things about.Eating out. On Friday, we went to Applebee's for happy hour before Maleficent - they actually do a really great happy hour. For three plates, and three $1 drinks (two for him, one for me), the total was $17 before tip, which is a ridiculous deal. On Saturday, we grabbed some Del Taco drive-through before a Halloween party at a friend's hous…

GIVEAWAY - 40 admit-2 passes for Charlie's Angels, 11/12 at Emagine Royal Oak {ends 10/29}

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Charlie's Angels will be in theaters on November 15th, but 40of my lucky readers will be able to see it early at the November 12th screening!

About the movie:
When a systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology, Charlie's Angels from across the globe are called into action, putting their lives on the line to protect society.


GIVEAWAY:

Enter to win via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Tuesday, October 29th, at 11:59pm EST, and winners will be notified the next day via email.

Detroit/Metro Detroit residents only, please.

Good luck!
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UPCOMING: Broadway in Detroit announces tickets going on sale for three new shows

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*Disclosure: I have a media relationship with Broadway in Detroit. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.
Broadway In Detroit announced recently that tickets are now on sale for three new Broadway hits! Coming to Detroit’s Fisher Theatre will be Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Diaries, with Adam Ben-David On the Piano, on February 6, 2020, along with A Bronx Tale, January 21 – February 2, 2020. And the Detroit Opera House will host Jesus Christ Superstar, February 4 – 9. 2020. Please note that all show dates may be subject to change.

Tickets for Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Diaries, with Adam Ben-David On the Piano, start at $55. Tickets for A Bronx Tale start at $39 and tickets for Jesus Christ Superstar start at $34.

Tickets are now on sale 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.

A limited number of premium seats for all shows will be av…

The Friday Five, 10/18/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I have no more traveling this year (that I know of), except we are going to Holland for one night, next month, since I had some Radisson points to use. This week I've been seeing lots of movies and hanging out with friends.


What I've been up to this week:Hanging out with friends. On Sunday, some friends and I went to Parmenter's, which is a cider mill in Northville, and then to the Northville Winery next door. Parmenter's had pretty good cider but Yates and Blake's have better donuts, in my opinion. At the winery, you can do a flight, and they have wine, hard cider, and beer, so I tried two hard ciders and one wine. I liked both hard ciders, the wine was just okay. Seeing movies. Lots of movies this week! Last Friday, we saw Jexi, which was actually pretty hilarious, albeit dumb ... I'd give it like 3.75 to 4 stars out of 5. Saturday was The Addams Family, in 3D, but unfortunately I'd only give it like 2.5 stars - the live-action movies from the 1990s are mu…

Movie Review - Zombieland: Double Tap

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The original Zombielandcame out in 2009—before The Walking Dead (the TV show, at least) was a thing, and a little bit before the public's interest in zombies had been piqued. Over the past ten years, though, zombies have been omnipresent in entertainment, and Zombieland: Double Tap is here to take advantage of that—while also being unquestioningly hilarious.

The original group is back for this installment: Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), who's now a teenager who wants to hang out with people her own age; Wichita (Emma Stone), who's questioning her devotion to Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg); and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), their fearless leader. Madison (Zoey Deutch) ends up joining their motley crew, and they end up meeting Nevada (Rosario Dawson) and Berkeley (Avan Jogia) later on in their travels, too.

To say more about the plot would be to spoil it, so I'll let you see the movie for yourself. However, I will say this: the film was equal parts horrifyingly gory, and a…