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

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By the time you read this, I will either be on a plane to New York or in New York, most likely—I'm going there this weekend for my birthday weekend. I haven't been back in about 6.5 years, so it should be a fun time, but unfortunately I'm sick (again....) with a cold, so I'm hoping the weather won't be brutal there this weekend ... it should be about 20-30 degrees out, so about the same as Michigan's weather.


What I've been up to this week:
Hanging out with friends. A friend who moved to Germany last year was back in the U.S. for the holidays, and on Saturday night she hosted a game night at another friend's place, in Ferndale. On Sunday morning, that same group met up for brunch at Bobcat Bonnie's in Ferndale, which was tasty. Seeing RENT, in Detroit. On Tuesday, a friend and I checked out Detroit Shipping Company for dinner, which was fabulous (see the chicken pad thai pic above), and then went to the Fisher Theatre to see RENT, which was also very …

Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: Phantom of the Opera at Detroit Opera House {ends 1/16}

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Phantom of the Opera will be returning to the Detroit Opera House from January 24th through February 3rd, and I'm super excited about it. One of my lucky readers will win a pair of tickets for the Thursday, January 24th show, 8pm at the Detroit Opera House!

To purchase tickets for the show, click here.

You can read more about the show at my initial blog post here, or click here to visit the Broadway in Detroit website.



GIVEAWAY:

Enter via the widget below. One of my lucky readers will win a pair of tickets to the Thursday, January 24th show, 8pm at the Detroit Opera House.

Giveaway will end on Wednesday, January 16th, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be contacted the next day via email, and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

Tickets will be available for Will Call pickup at the Opera House on the day of the show.

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

Good luck!

2 tickets for Phantom of the Opera, 1/24 at the Detroit Opera Hou…

Winter Break fun in Detroit with the 2018 Mazda6 Signature sedan

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*Disclosure: I received the use of a vehicle for a week in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Last week, I had the week off of work, and was able to try out the 2018 Mazda6 Signature sedan, which was quite a treat—not only is it a gorgeous car, but it also has quite a few special features.


My original plan for last week was to drive to Portage for New Year's Eve, but schedules unfortunately didn't allow for that, so instead I stayed local with the Mazda6. I did quite a bit of shopping and eating, and also drove it to South Lyon for a friend's New Year's Eve party.


The first thing that I noticed about the car, of course, was its exterior color—the official name is "Soul Red Crystal," and my pictures don't really do it justice; it's very, very pretty. Red is one of my favorite colors, and my personal vehicle is dark blue, so I was excited to drive a red car for the week.


I'm familiar with Mazda vehicles at this…

The Friday Five, 1/4/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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Welcome to 2019! Since I had last week off work, I did a lot of things (mostly involving food and movies, natch ...), and got a lot of rest, too, which was nice.


What I've been up to this week:
Eating out ... a lot. Last Friday, a friend and I went to Bahama Breeze for happy hour before seeing a movie at AMC Livonia. On Saturday, my boyfriend and I finally got to try out Founders Detroit after a concert at LCA, and on Sunday, my parents and I went to Blaze Pizza. Monday night we always do an early dinner out on New Year's Eve, and we went to Outback for their 4-course meal, which was a great deal ($15.99, with upcharge options). Finally, on Wednesday night, my boyfriend and I tried out Jim Brady's Detroit (which is actually in Royal Oak) before a movie screening, and I really loved their decor ... the food was excellent, as well. Seeing movies ... a lot. Last Friday, a friend and I saw The Favourite, which was a weird movie but I'd still give it 3.5/5 stars, as it will h…

Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: Legally Blonde - The Musical, Feb. 9 at the Fox Theatre, Detroit {ends 1/14}

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Legally Blonde is one of my favorite "chick flick" movies, so I'm super excited to announce that it will be playing (in musical form) at the Fox Theatre, Detroit, this February!

About the show:
Legally Blonde – The Musical will make its Fox Theatre debut for a limited engagement on Saturday, February 9. As part of the Fox Theatre 2018-19 Theatre Series, the fabulously fun and international award-winning production will perform at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets (starting at $34) are on sale now and can be purchased at 313Presents.com, Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box office and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.

Fox Theatre Series subscription packages and discounts for groups of 10+ are available by calling the Olympia Entertainment Group Sales Department at (313) 471-3099. Subscription packages include savings of up to 20 percent when purchasing three or more Fox Theatre Series titles. 


Legally Blonde - The Musical is the ultimate Broadway tr…

Movie Review: Escape Room (2019)

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I didn't have high hopes going in to Escape Room—I had determined beforehand that it was more of a thriller movie vs. a horror movie (I hate horror movies, and probably would have skipped it if that was the case). However, it ended up surprising me in a good way, and was actually a very entertaining film.

Five strangers each receive a jet black cube, and the five of them each figure out how to open the cube. The strangers couldn't be more different: there is Amanda (Deborah Ann Woll), who served in the armed forces; Zoey (Taylor Russell), a college student; Mike (Taylor Labine), a trucker; Ben (Logan Miller), a grocery clerk; Danny (Nik Dodani), a huge nerd who has done more than 90 escape rooms in the past; and Jason (Jay Ellis), a high-powered stockbroker. However, the five of them will need to work together to get out of this escape room—especially when they realize what the cost is when they don't.

The cast worked very well together in this movie, and odds are you won…

GIVEAWAY: COMET TV and CHARGE - The Terminator, Babylon 5, and Blair Witch Project prize pack {ends 1/3/19}

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Snow is falling, the scent of pine needles is in the air, so it must be… Time to watch some awesome movies and TV shows on COMET TV and CHARGE!

Yep, this December the sci-fi and horror classic The Terminator is blasting its way through Comet TV! Check out the classic and the birth of Cyberdyne Systems!

If that wasn’t enough to celebrate the holiday season Babylon 5 has a Christmas marathon! After you sip your egg nog and trim the tree, turn on COMET TV for a spacey Christmas Marathon! Starting at 10a/9 C!

And don’t forget to check out Area 10! The best in cult classic films are airing all month long on Comet TV!

Airing on COMET in December:
YOU DON’T NEED A SUBSCRIPTION TO WATCH THESE GREAT MOVIES…
THEY’RE AIRING FOR FREE ON COMET!

Babylon 5 (Christmas Marathon)
This Christmas, after you sip your egg nog and trim the tree, turn on COMET TV for a spacey Christmas Marathon! Starting at 10a/9 C you can catch up on this classic sci-fi series!

Christmas Day Tuesday, December 25 starting …

The Friday Five, 12/28/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This has overall been a relaxing week—I don't have to return to work until January 2nd, so other than responding to some emails, I haven't been doing much except hanging out with my parents and seeing movies.


What I've been up to this week:
Cooking and eating out. Last weekend, I went to MOD Pizza, Granite City, and Stoney River. Stoney River is a new place in Troy and a bit expensive, so that was my Christmas present to my boyfriend. On Sunday, we cooked chicken piccata from Home Chef, which came out pretty well. On Monday, my parents and I went to Jersey Mike's, which is always tasty, and yesterday, we tried out Diamond Jim Brady's, in Novi, since I had won a gift card through Novi Town Center; DJB's was also tasty. Watching movies. Obviously :) especially since I have the week off. Last Friday, we saw The Mule, which I'd give 4/5 stars; Saturday was Aquaman 3D, which was cheesy but also fun, and I'd give that 3.5/5 stars. On Monday, my parents and I sa…

The top ten best movies of 2018

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As long-time readers know, this blog used to be called Yes/No Films, and there was a reason for that—I love seeing movies, and I try to see as many of them as possible.

I started off the year with MoviePass, which originally let me see one movie per day (before it changed to three movies per month), and I'm ending it with AMC A-List, which lets me see three movies per WEEK, including 3D and IMAX movies.


I use Google Calendar for everything, and by my count, I was able to see about 101 movies. I plan on seeing The Favouritethis Friday, Mortal Engines on Saturday, and Vice on Sunday, which would bump it to 104 movies.

That's not including the Cinetopia Film Fest, in the summer, at which I saw about 12 more movies, bringing the total to about 116 movies for the year.


Without further ado, here were the top 10 movies I saw this year, listed in no particular order, with links to either my full reviews or Twitter mini reviews:

1. Crazy Rich Asians
2. Blindspotting
3. The Guilty(Cine…

GIVEAWAY: White Boy Rick Blu-ray/digital combo pack + swag pack {ends 1/4/19}

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Back in September, I was able to attend a red carpet screening of White Boy Rick and also attend a Q&A with the director, Yann Demange.

One of my lucky readers will win a Blu-ray + digital copy of White Boy Rick, as well as a limited-edition 1980s VHS sleeve design and a White Boy Rick vs. Everybody t-shirt (similar to the Detroit vs. Everybody t-shirt).

About the movie:
Enter the corrupt world of 1980s Detroit at the height of the War on Drugs in the compelling father-son story, WHITE BOY RICK, debuting on Digital and available via the Movies Anywhere App. on December 11 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD December 25 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on true events, WHITE BOY RICK tells the moving story of a blue-collar father, played by Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey (2013, Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club,) and his teenage son, played by newcomer Richie Merritt. Fifteen-year-old Rick Wershe Jr., dubbed “White Boy Rick”, becomes the youngest FBI informant in history, an…

The Friday Five, 12/21/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This has been a very busy week, and today is my last work day before I essentially get a week off work for the holidays, so I'm looking forward to doing some relaxing (and, of course, seeing lots of movies!).


What I've been up to this week:
Eating lots of good food, both at restaurants and via cooking. Last Friday, my boyfriend and I went to Loaded Links in Troy for dinner—I hadn't been back since my blog post, and he had never tried it. I had The Porky for my hot dog, which includes BBQ pulled pork, bacon aioli, tomato, and green onions, and he had The Gold Standard (smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, roast tomato, arugula, and garlic aioli). We also got their beer-battered onion rings, which continue to be among the best I've had in this area.
On Saturday, before a show at the Fox, we introduced a friend to Mr. Kabob Xpress, in Troy, which is always tasty. And on Monday, I got to try out Seasons 52, also in Troy, for the first time, which was delicious—you can read about th…

DETROIT GIVEAWAY: 8 tickets for Rock of Ages, Jan. 18, Fox Theatre {ends 12/26}

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Rock of Ages will be playing January 18th and 19th at the Fox Theatre, Detroit, and two of my lucky readers will win a 4-pack of tickets to the January 18th show, at 7:30pm!

About the show:
Broadway’s Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! The ROCK OF AGES Tenth Anniversary Tour is blazing across North America and will appear at the Fox Theatre for three appearances from January 18-19, 2019 as part of the Fox Theatre Series.

Tickets (starting at $34) are on sale now and can be purchased at 313Presents.com, Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box office and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745‑3000.

Fox Theatre Series subscription packages and discounts for groups of 10+ are available by calling the Olympia Entertainment Group Sales Department at (313) 471-3099. Subscription packages include savings of up to 20 percent when purchasing three or more Fox Theatre Series titles.


Nominated for five Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, ROCK OF AGES captures the iconic…

Seasons 52: seafood, steaks, and elegant dining in Troy, MI

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*Disclosure: I received a complimentary dinner at Seasons 52 in exchange for this blog post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

I was very excited to see that a Seasons 52 had opened near me in Troy, MI recently—although it's a chain, it's the first Michigan location for it, and I was eager to try it out. I was able to stop by yesterday for dinner, and everything was delicious.


I was very impressed by their menus—they handed us two, one was the regular menu plus drinks and another had the entrees separated by Lactose/Dairy Sensitive, and also a vegan menu. For someone like me who sometimes needs to avoid dairy, this was excellent to see.


The interior of Seasons 52 is very upscale. We were seated in a comfortable booth near the kitchen, and it was interesting to be able to see the chefs cooking. There are a few different rooms in the restaurant, as well as a bar area, where happy hour takes place.


We started off with a goat cheese and mushroom flatbread as an app…