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The Friday Five, 12/14/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

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Lots of stuff going on this week. Overall I've felt a little bit better than the previous week so that's good, as well. This upcoming weekend is going to be very busy, too.


What I've been up to this week:
Outdoor igloo dining! Last Friday, two friends and I went to Detroit to dine at Lumen, in their outdoor igloos, which have space heaters. It was very cozy—I believe the igloos can seat up to 6 people, and we were told that we might have to share ours with 3 others but no one else every showed up. I had gnocchi with chicken and a cocktail, both of which were good. Seeing movies. Duh ;). I saw a screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse last Saturday at Emagine Rochester Hills, which was unlike any other comic book movie I've ever seen (click here for my review). On Sunday, I went to go see The Front Runner at AMC Livonia, which unfortunately wasn't that great; I'd give it maybe 3 stars out of 5, and only because the acting was good. On Wednesday, I saw Beauti…

Movie Review - Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

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Take everything you know about the Spider-Man universe and throw it out the window in this new movie. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse is like a comic book come to life, and although I'm probably not the target audience for this film, I really enjoyed it.

Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) lives in Brooklyn with his family, but has just started at a new prep school, and is having some trouble adjusting. He likes hanging out with his Uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali) in his spare time, but his dad (Brian Tyree Henry) disapproves of his brother. When Miles gets bit by a radioactive spider, he realizes he now has all of these new abilities ... suspiciously Spider-Man-esque abilities. Soon, a wrinkle in the space-time continuum reveals that there are multiple Spider-Men (and Spider-Women) and the group must team up to defeat the bad guys who want to see all of them dead.

Full disclosure here: the media screening was at Emagine Rochester Hills, on their EMAX screen (which was awesom…

DETROIT GIVEAWAY: 25 admit-two passes for Escape Room, 12/19 at MJR Troy {ends 12/17}

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Escape Room will be screening on Wednesday, December 19th, at 7pm at MJR Troyand 25 of my lucky readers will EACH receive an admit-two screening pass for the film!

Movie synopsis:
Escape Room is a psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.

Cast: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani, Yorick van Wageningen

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

GIVEAWAY:

Enter to win one admit-two screening pass below. There will be 25 winners!

Giveaway will end on Monday, December 17th, 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!
25 admit-2 passes for ESCAPE ROOM, 12/19 at MJR Troy

DETROIT GIVEAWAY: "Friends Night Out" event at Dream Dinners, Livonia {ends 12/18}

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I posted about Dream Dinners back in February, with a giveaway, and it was a very popular post. Now Dream Dinners is back with another giveaway for yourself—and 9 friends!

As a reminder: Dream Dinners is a service that lets you go to their store and assemble your own meals to take home. So it's similar to a service like Hello Fresh, but the difference is that you can pick and choose your own ingredients in-store.


GIVEAWAY:

One winner will win a FREE 3-serving meal from Dream Dinners, and can allow up to 9 friends to come with them (and also get to assemble a free 3-serving meal!).

Winner must go to the Livonia, MI Dream Dinners store to redeem this, by March 31, 2019.

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Tuesday, December 18th, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be notified via email the next day, and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

You must live within driving distance of the Livonia, MI Dream Dinners store in order to enter this giveaway.

The Friday Five, 12/7/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I was feeling much better this week until I got a flu shot yesterday, and then today I woke up with a 99.9 fever and was feeling super sweaty. Yay ... back to Tylenol ...

What I've been up to this week:
Hanging out with friends. Last Saturday, a friend hosted a game night at her house, which was a lot of fun—we played Sushi Go, Cards Against Humanity, and The Cat Game, which is kind of like Pictionary but with cat pictures. Yesterday, a different friend and I went to Pasquale's in Royal Oak for dinner, because it's permanently closing sometime soon (not sure when, but either this month or February/March, I've heard). Their pizza is among the best in the area, and I finally tried out their pasta, too.Seeing movies. I saw Green Book by myself last Friday, which was excellent—I'd give it 4.5 out of 5 stars—and my boyfriend and I saw Instant Family on Wednesday, which was cute but uneven; I'd give it 3.25 out of 5 stars. I'm hoping to see something this weekend b…

DETROIT GIVEAWAY: 4 tickets for The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, Feb. 26, Fisher Theatre {ends 12/12}

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The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson musical will be coming to the Fisher Theatre from February 26 through March 9, and one of my lucky readers will win a 4-pack of tickets to opening night!

Click here to purchase tickets.

About the show:
As a son of Poseidon, Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on a quest to find Zeus’ lightning bolt to prevent a war between the Greek gods. Based on the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL is an action-packed theatrical adventure that has been celebrated by audiences and critics alike.
GIVEAWAY:
Enter to win via the widget below. 
Giveaway will end on Wednesday, December 12th, 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.
Prize is a 4-pack of tickets to the February 26th show, 8pm at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit.
Must live…

UPCOMING: Waitress, May 7-19, 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 was so excited that Waitress was coming to town ... and then super bummed to find out that I'm actually OUT of town during media night. However, I'm excited for all of my readers who will get to see it! The movie (with Keri Russell) was fantastic.

About the show:
Broadway In Detroit is thrilled to announce WAITRESS will play the Fisher Theatre for a limited two-week engagement, May 7 - 19, 2019! Individual tickets are now on sale and start at $39. Tickets can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and also by phone at 800-982-2787.

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles ("Brave," "Love Song"), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), choreography by Lorin …

The Friday Five, 11/30/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I haven't been doing much this week except eating and watching movies, to be honest. So that might make for a pretty boring Friday Five ...


What I've been up to this week:
Catching up on TV. Since I had two days off work for the Thanksgiving holiday, and since not much is going on this week for me either, I've been watching a lot of TV. I finally finished Harlots (on Hulu), which was a great show, and I've also been catching up on Empire and Criminal Minds.Watching movies. I am now officially a member of AMC's A-List, although last Friday I saw Widows at Emagine Novi, which I liked a lot—I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars. On Saturday, we saw The Grinch at AMC Woodhaven, which was just okay—I'd only give it 2.5/5 stars—and on Monday, I finally got to see Ralph Breaks the Internet, in 3D at AMC John R, and I'd give that one 3.5/5 stars. I'm a huge fan of the first Ralph and this one wasn't as good as that, but it was still a fun follow-up movie. Finally,…

DETROIT GIVEAWAY: 4 tickets for The Play That Goes Wrong, February 12, Fisher Theatre {ends 12/4}

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The Play That Goes Wrong will be at the Fisher Theatre from February 12-24, 2019, and one of my lucky readers will win a four-pack of tickets to see the show on opening night!

About the show:
The Play That Goes Wrong, the hilarious Tony Award-winning hit Broadway comedy, will make its Detroit debut at the Fisher Theatre, February 12 – 24, 2019. Tickets start at $44 and are currently on sale. Tickets can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-982-2787. Starting Monday, November 19, tickets can be purchased at the Fisher Theatre box office.

Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces The ‘Cornley University Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920's murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to ge…

The Friday Five, 11/23/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

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Lots of stuff going on this week. I had yesterday and today off work, as well, which is a nice break, and I enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with my parents, which is our tradition.


What I've been up to this week:
Hanging out with friends. On Saturday, one of my friends threw a cookie party (more like a cookie "get-together" because there were only a few of us), and we used her new Kitchen-Aid mixer to make all sorts of cookies. It was very tasty, to say the least, and I found a Rolo cookies recipe off of Pinterest that we made, too. On Sunday, three friends and I went to Marvel Universe Live, in Detroit (at LCA), which was fun, and afterwards we checked out the new Bucharest Grill location downtown.Seeing movies, of course. I recently canceled MoviePass (RIP ...) and joined AMC A-List, where you can see 3 movies per week, and even 3D and IMAX movies. My boyfriend and I tested it out on Tuesday and saw Creed II, which was good—I'd give it 3.5/5 stars, and he gave it 4/5 sta…

UPCOMING: The Play That Goes Wrong, February 12-24, 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 haven't heard much about The Play That Goes Wrong, but it's being compared to Monty Python, so it should be a good time.

About the show:
The Play That Goes Wrong, the hilarious Tony Award-winning hit Broadway comedy, will make its Detroit debut at the Fisher Theatre, February 12 – 24, 2019. Tickets start at $44 and are currently on sale. Tickets can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-982-2787. Starting Monday, November 19, tickets can be purchased at the Fisher Theatre box office.

Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces The ‘Cornley University Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920's murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that ca…

GIVEAWAY: COMET TV & CHARGE! Babylon 5, Flash Gordon, Area 10 Movies, and more {ends 11/27}

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*Disclosure: I am a COMET TV/CHARGE blogger. Opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Thanksgiving is on the horizon and COMET TV has an amazing marathon of the original Flash Gordon serials! Perfect to binge Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 22 starting at 1/Noon C and every Sunday starting at 5/6 C

There’s also Area 10! For the best in cult classic films, look no further than Comet TV! If you’re looking to Rage, there’s The Rage: Carrie 2 to fire up your night, or how about horror master Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions? If you’re looking for some family fun break out the boom box and head down to Mcy’D’z because we have Mac & Me!

Check out the full schedule and get your groove on weeknights on COMET TV!

COMET TV continues to be the home of the sci-fi classic Babylon 5 which airs every day at Noon/11 C and every night at 9/8 C!

And CHARGE! has the classic series CHiPs! Join Ponch and Jon as they cruse the freeways of Los Angeles solving crime… Back when you could cruse th…

DETROIT GIVEAWAY: 10 family-four packs of passes for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, 12/8 at Emagine Rochester Hills

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Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse will be screening on Saturday, December 8th, at 11am at Emagine Rochester Hills, and ten of my lucky readers will EACH receive an family four-pack of screening passes for the film!

Movie synopsis:
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Based on: The Marvel Comic

Cast: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, with Nicolas Cage
and Liev Schreiber

Please remember that screenings are first-come, first-serve. I would recommend getting to the theater by 10am that day to get in line, if possible.

G…