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The Friday Five, 9/20/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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Other than hanging out with my boyfriend this week + seeing movies, I really haven't done much, which has been a nice change of pace ... however, going to Chicago for a quick 24-hour trip with a friend this weekend, to see Rachel Bloom's (the lead from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) show at the Chicago Theatre, and then I'm off to Vegas on Monday for another work trip.


What I've been up to this week:
Doing a mini Ann Arbor vacation. On Friday night, my boyfriend and I stayed at the Sonesta ES, in Ann Arbor, for kind of a mini road trip. I got the hotel for about $87 on Hotwire, which was a good deal (it's normally $120+ per night). It was one of the "Mystery Deals" but you could definitely tell it was that hotel, lol. I probably should have figured out that "ES" meant Extended Stay - we had a kitchen, living room, and bedroom area, which was pretty nice. We Ubered to downtown A2 and met up with some friends for drinks, and also did dinner at Blimpy Burger, …

Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: Wild Kratts LIVE 2.0 - Activate Creature Power!, May 20, 2020 at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit {ends 9/26}

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Wild Kratts LIVE 2.0 - Activate Creature Power! will be coming to the Fisher Theatre this May, and one of my lucky readers will win a family 4-pack of tickets!

About the show:
The Wild Kratts LIVE! stage show that has kids across North America buzzing is coming to Detroit with an ALL NEW show: “Wild Kratts LIVE 2.0 – Activate Creature Power!” Get ready to dive into another classic Wild Kratts adventure with the Kratt brothers as they combine live action and animation, with Martin and Chris LIVE on stage and the rest of the Wild Kratts team on screen, at the Tortuga HQ. Which creature powers will they activate and what new and amazing ‘WOW!’ facts will you learn? Experience, live-on-stage, the electrifying excitement and the inspiring quest of the Kratt Brothers that make the hit television series Wild Kratts a family favorite time and time again!

Wild Kratts LIVE 2.0 will be at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit on May, 20, 2020 at 6:30 pm. Fans can go to www.wildkrattslive.com to registe…

GIVEAWAY - 20 admit-2 screening passes for Zombieland: Double Tap, 10/15 at Emagine Royal Oak {ends 9/25}

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Zombieland: Double Tap will be in theaters on October 18th, but 20 of my lucky readers will be able to see it early at the October 15th screening!

About the movie:
After the events of the first film, Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.

GIVEAWAY:

Enter to win via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Wednesday, September 25th, 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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GIVEAWAY: 4 tickets to August Wilson's JITNEY, November 12th, Music Hall, Detroit {ends 9/25}

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Jitney will be coming to Detroit's Music Hall this November, and one of my lucky readers will win 4 tickets to see it on opening night!

About the show:
Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Revival of Play, August Wilson’s Jitney will appear at The Music Hall, in Detroit, November 12 – 16, 2019. Broadway In Detroit is presenting the show in partnership with The Detroit Public Theatre.

Tickets for Jitney are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-982-2787.

Set in the early 1970s, this richly textured piece follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. When the city threatens to board up the business and the boss’ son returns from prison, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undone at last.


August Wilson’s Jitney is directed by one of Wilson's foremost interpreters, Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The r…

UPCOMING: August Wilson's JITNEY, November 12-16, Music Hall, Detroit

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

Jitney will be coming to Detroit this November, and I've never seen it before (or been to Music Hall!) so I'm excited to be attending.

About the show:
Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Revival of Play, August Wilson’s Jitney will appear at The Music Hall, in Detroit, November 12 – 16, 2019. Broadway In Detroit is presenting the show in partnership with The Detroit Public Theatre.

Tickets for Jitney are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-982-2787.

Set in the early 1970s, this richly textured piece follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. When the city threatens to board up the business and the boss’ son returns from prison, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undon…

The Friday Five, 9/13/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week has been exhausting and I no longer know what time zone I'm in ... I think my body still thinks it's on Pacific time (3 hours behind the Midwest/East Coast) and I didn't fall asleep until 1:15am last night. So I should rest up this weekend, right? Nope ... headed to Ann Arbor with my boyfriend tonight and we are staying overnight, we wanted to do this last month but then he unexpectedly had to work.


What I've been up to this week:
Traveling. I was in Vegas from Sunday through Wednesday for IBIE, a bakery convention, and I'll be back in another 1.5 weeks (same hotel, too - Renaissance) for a packaging/equipment convention. I love Vegas and I hadn't been back since June 2017, though. The weather was super hot but I still ran around a bit after I was done working ... I saw KA at MGM Grand, which although impressive, wasn't really my cup of tea; I got food at a few of my favorite places including Giordano's and In-N-Out; and I got to see the Bellagi…

GIVEAWAY: Hello, Dolly!, November 19-December 1, Fisher Theatre, Detroit {ends 9/19}

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

Hello, Dolly! will be coming to the Fisher Theatre (Detroit) starting November 19th, and one of my lucky readers will win a 4-pack of tickets to the opening night show.


About the show:
The producers of HELLO, DOLLY!, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival, and Broadway In Detroit announced that single tickets for the National Tour appearing at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, November 19 – December 1, starring Carolee Carmello, will go on sale Sunday, August 25. Tickets start at $39 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 Fisher Theatre box office beginning on Monday, August 26.

Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, HELLO, DOLLY! is the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” and the Los Angeles Times says “distills the moo…

The Friday Five, 9/6/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week has been chock-full of plans and I need a nap, but it's not going to happen because instead I am working today and then going to Noodles (BOGO in the app for Rewards members, check out your app) and seeing IT Chapter 2. Tomorrow is my "day off" and I am going to watch the UM vs. Army game and also see Angel Has Fallen, then on Sunday I go to Vegas for work (Vegas trip #1 of 2 this month for work ...).


What I've been up to this week:
Traveling. I went to Grand Haven, MI last Saturday through Monday with friends, and got to stop at some of my favorite places, including The Southerner in Saugatuck (the BEST fried chicken, maybe anywhere in the U.S., in my biased opinion) and Founders in Grand Rapids, on the way home. The weather wasn't super cooperative—it was cold so no laying-on-the-beach time for us—but we walked around downtown GH and had a super nice Airbnb condo to stay at. I'm heading to Vegas for work this Sunday which I'm excited about, also…

Movie Review: Brittany Runs a Marathon

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I hadn't seen a great comedy film in a long time, and I was hoping that Brittany Runs a Marathon would provide some much needed laughs. The trailer itself was hilarious, but would it be a case where all of the funny moments were in the trailer? Luckily, this was not the case, and Brittany proves itself to be a worthy comedy.

Brittany (Jillian Bell) is overweight and eats takeout a lot. She goes to see her doctor, who wants her to lose about 40-50 pounds; she's currently 5'6" and about 200 pounds. She thinks that's crazy, but soon she starts running—first one block, then a few—and eventually joins a runners club that her neighbor Catherine (Michaela Watkins) is in. Eventually she sets a goal: she will run 26.2 miles in the New York City Marathon in slightly less than a year's time.

Jillian Bell was fantastic in this film, and really makes the movie, although Watkins (Hulu's Casual), Utkarsh Ambudkar as a coworker friend, and the rest of the supporting cast…

The Friday Five, 8/30/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I didn't have a ton of plans, per say, this week, so I was able to squeeze in a few movies. I'll be in Grand Haven with friends this weekend, which is a girls' trip that I look forward to every year.


What I've been up to this week:

Traveling. Last Friday through Sunday, I went to Traverse City with a group of three friends. I had been there before but a long time ago, I think like 2001 or 2002 with my parents, so other than Moomers I didn't remember most of it. We ate and drank (wine ... a lot, lol) and it was a lot of fun. We rented an Airbnb house, too, which ended up being super nice and also close to downtown TC. Seeing movies, of course. On Tuesday, I saw Ready or Not, which was surprisingly funny for a horror movie, and I'd give it 4/5 stars. Yesterday, I saw Blinded by the Light, which was a cute coming-of-age movie but also veryyyyyyy slow ... I'd give it maybe 3.5/5 stars. Seeing Rob Thomas, at Meadow Brook. I'm not a mega fan of his but when I …

Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: Little Black Dress, Nov. 7-10 at City Theatre, Detroit {ends 9/4}

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*Disclosure: I have a media relationship with 313 Presents. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Little Black Dress will be at the City Theatre from November 7-10, 2019, and one of my lucky readers will win a 4-pack of tickets to see the show! This would make for a great ladies night out.

About the show:
Little Black Dress, the fearlessly funny ladies’ night out musical, makes for one wild and unforgettable evening with its hilarious show-stopping musical numbers, “Magic Mike” influenced dancing and loads of improvised audience mayhem! The musical will play at the City Theatre in The District Detroit for five performances from Thursday, November 7 through Sunday, November 10.

After being on tour for close to three years together with the wildly successful Spank! The Fifty Shades of Grey Parody, writers Danielle Trzcinski and Amanda Barker saw an audience they never knew existed. Thousands of women who wanted to go to the theatre not just to see a show, but to have an experie…

Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: RENT, Oct. 11-12, Fox Theatre, Detroit {ends 9/2}

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*Disclosure: I have a media relationship with 313 Presents. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

RENT is coming back to Detroit this fall, and two of my lucky readers will EACH win a 4-pack of tickets to see the show!

The show will be playing October 11-12 at the Fox Theatre.

About the show:
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. RENT will play at the Fox Theatre in The District Detroit as part of the 2019-20 Fox Theatre Series on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12.

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway... and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re- imagini…

The Friday Five, 8/23/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

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Per usual, I've been eating out a lot and running around a lot this past week, although the week itself wasn't too busy. Today I'm heading out to Traverse City with friends, which I'm excited about because I haven't been there in about 18 years ... my parents and I went in either 2001 or 2002, I believe.


What I've been up to this week: Troy Restaurant Week. This is ongoing until tonight, actually, so you still have time to grab lunch or dinner, if you missed it - you can find the menus here. This go-round I went to Sedona Taphouse for dinner, with Yelp friends, which was tasty; Loccinos for lunch with a friend, which was good; and Capital Grille with coworker friends for lunch, which was good but unfortunately the steak salad portion was very tiny (I'm typing this on Thursday, a few hours after lunch, and am already hungry again....). TRW does fixed lunch and dinner menus for about $8-20, for lunch, and $25-40, for dinner, and is always a great deal. Eating o…