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The Friday Five, 9/17/21: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week has felt slow, probably because I had a zillion doctor's appointments and also last week I only had to work two days. Next week is another 5-day week and then the week after that I go to Vegas for a work event! Peanut butter volcano cookie from Detroit Cookie Co. What I've been up to this week: Eating a lot of cookies, apparently . I was in Ann Arbor on Sunday to have brunch with friends, and after I stopped by the new(-ish) Detroit Cookie Company there, as I'm a big fan of the Ferndale location. This one is on William St. where Hunter House used to be, and they haven't changed the layout much, so it was kinda weird, since I used to go to Hunter House for late-night eats with friends. I bought my favorite cookie, their peanut butter volcano cookie, as pictured above (that big mound on top is filled with creamy PB!), and also their Salty Babe, which had Ritz crackers and was one of the monthly specials.  Then yesterday I hadn't eaten all day because of my g

UPCOMING - Pretty Woman: The Musical, November 2-14, 2021, Fisher Theatre, Detroit

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credit: Morris Mac Matzen I'm a big fan of Pretty Woman  (the movie), so I'm excited to see it in musical form! It will be at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit this November, from November 2-14, 2021.  About the show: credit: Morris Mac Matzen PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL, based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, is coming to Detroit’s Fisher Theatre as part of Broadway In Detroit’s 2021-2022 subscription season. Performances will run November 2-14 and tickets ($39 and up) are now on sale online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-982-2787, and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office Broadway superstar and Tony Award®-nominee Adam Pascal (Rent, AIDA, Something Rotten!) will once again step into the well-heeled shoes of Edward Lewis after thrilling audiences on Broadway for a limited set of performances in 2019. He will be joined by rising star Olivia Valli (Jersey Boys, Wicked) as the charming and charismatic Vivian Ward. PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL is

GIVEAWAY - F9: The Director's Cut digital code {3 winners, ends 9/18}

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I was able to see F9 in theaters when it premiered, and I'm excited to watch it again on digital! Three  of my lucky readers will win a digital copy of the movie, as well.  F9: The Director's Cut  is now available on digital, and will be available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD on September 21st.   About the movie: The Fast family returns in the latest adrenaline-charged installment with a never-before-seen Director’s Cut of F9.  The blockbuster film has generated more than $600 million worldwide and now fans can own the global box-office phenomenon that features “unbelievable, jaw-dropping action” (io9) on Digital September 7, 2021 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 21, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Featuring the original theatrical release, the Director’s Cut and more than an hour of exclusive bonus content – including a behind-the-scenes look at the gravity-defying stunts and nitro-charged cars, a gag reel and even more justice for Han – fans c

The Friday Five, 9/10/21: 5 things I've been up to this week

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Today basically feels like Tuesday—yesterday was super busy at work, as I thought it would be, and I whittled my 60 unread emails down to like 15 emails for me to deal with today (and that was with a lot of deleting during vacation too). I have to go get bloodwork today which I'm not super happy about but UM requires me to get bloodwork done every 3-6 months now, I think.  Blue corn tortilla carne asada tacos at Diego's, Newport What I've been up to this week: More traveling . From Friday through Sunday, I was at my friend Heather's house in Sharon, MA, the city where my aunt and uncle on my mom's side live. On Friday, we went into Boston, to the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), where Heather's husband Sean works, and had a fun day at the museum; there is also a water taxi to take you across the bay to East Boston, which is where the ICA Watershed is (an additional exhibit). We had dinner at a delicious Italian place called Pastoral that night in Boston too

UPCOMING: RENT 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour Set to Bring Broadway Performances Back to the Fisher Theatre, October 19-24, 2021

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credit: Amy Boyle It's been more than 525,600 minutes, but Broadway in Detroit is BACK! I'm also pleased to announce that they have updated safety protocols, as well.  First up on the schedule is RENT, which I have seen two times, and which should be a pretty good show. About the show: Broadway In Detroit is excited to announce that Broadway shows will return to the Fisher Theatre October 19 with the RENT 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour with performances through Sunday, October 24. "In October it will be 60 years since the Fisher Theatre reopened as a legitimate Broadway Theatre," states Broadway In Detroit Executive Director Alan Lichtenstein." And now, 842,400 minutes since our last performance, we're ready to begin a new era of Broadway performances with one of Detroit's favorite shows, RENT. Ring the bells, flash the lights, our intermission is coming to an end." Tickets ($39 and up) for RENT are now on sale online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at

The Friday Five, 9/3/21: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I'm writing this from a friend's living room in Sharon, MA, where I'll be until Sunday. My aunt and uncle live in Sharon as well so I'm meeting up with them and my cousins on Saturday for a BBQ. Elote (corn with cotija cheese) from Imperial What I've been up to this week: Traveling . As I mentioned above, I'm going to be in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for about a week. The MA portion is about 3 days and then I'll be in RI for about 3 days; my mom's side lives in MA and my dad's side lives in RI, and I lived in MA until I was 5 and we moved to the Midwest. I hadn't been on a plane since January 2020 (pre-COVID) so yesterday was interesting ... it was hard to wear a mask in the airport but mostly only because I double-masked. I think next time I will wear a single mask in the airport (when shlepping around) and then double-mask before I get on the plane.  Watching movies . Last Friday I did not go to the theater because the only thing playing I

The Friday Five, 8/27/21: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week went by relatively fast. Today is the first Friday in a while that I'm not seeing a movie, at least at a theater—the big release out this week is Candyman , which is too scary for me, and I was going to see Reminiscence but I heard it's terrible, so I'll probably try it out on HBO Max at some point instead.  Mushroom deep-dish pizza (Detroit-style) from Buddy's, Novi What I've been up to this week: Eating out and takeout. On Saturday, my parents and I did Buddy's Novi for takeout, and we got their large mushroom deep dish pizza (pictured above). My favorite Buddy's pizza is the pepperoni—they put it under the crust and it's amazing—but my mom doesn't eat pork, so we usually do chicken or mushroom as a topping. On Tuesday, I had to go to Detroit for an errand, so my boyfriend and I went to Green Dot Stables for dinner, which is always delicious—most of their sliders are like $2.50-4.00, and they also have cocktails for $3.50. I usually get t

The Friday Five, 8/20/21: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week has been very busy, since I was on vacation Sunday through Tuesday in Holland, and so it doesn't feel like it's Friday already, but I'm glad it is! Pickle pizza with cheese curds, at New Holland Pub on 8th What I've been up to this week: Traveling . My boyfriend and I stayed in Holland for two nights (thank you, IHG points from the flood last year) at Staybridge Suites, which was pretty nice—it's more of a long-term hotel so we had a full-size fridge and freezer and a mini kitcheonette, plus a little living room area. We visited downtown Holland, Grand Haven, Saugatuck, and Fennville, for the most part, stopping at some of my favorite restaurants like The Southerner (Saugatuck), and we tried out some new ones too like Big Lake Brewing (Holland). The pickle pizza with cheese curds, pictured above, was from New Holland Pub on 8th, which apparently does an all-day happy hour on Sundays, which was a great deal—$2 off select drinks and appetizers. Their soft pr

The Friday Five, 8/13/21: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I am SUPER tired today because my mom and I went to the Lindsey Stirling concert at Freedom Hill last night ... we actually got back at a reasonable time, maybe around 10:30pm, but then I was uploading all of my pictures/videos—you can see them on my personal Facebook and my Instagram stories (@yesnodetroit).  Lindsey Stirling—upside-down—playing violin, at Freedom Hill What I've been up to this week: Lindsey Stirling concert at Freedom Hill.  My mom and I went to this yesterday—all of my 2020 concerts got moved to 2021 and later 2022, this was the only one that wasn't rescheduled. I figured it would be COVID-safe since it's outdoors; however, when we got there, they told us that our pavilion tickets were actually fold-out seats (section 600A, row A), which was ... interesting. It was actually super nice, because we could spread out quite a bit—there were two ladies to our left, both wearing masks, and a few people to our right—but it wasn't what I was expecting! The co

The Friday Five, 8/6/21: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I guess this week was semi-busy but it didn't really feel like it. I'm still glad it's Friday, though.  Steak with shallot-garlic butter, seasonal veggies, and patatas bravas, from Pumachug What I've been up to this week: Seeing movies—twice, kinda. On Friday I *attempted* to see Jungle Cruise in 3D at AMC John R. It was perfect because it was only myself and a father and his son there, and they were sitting far away from me, too. However, about 20-25 minutes into the movie, the screen went dark and a few lights came on—the theater had lost power, and we had to evacuate. They did give me a free pass to come back, but because the AMC app still thought I was at a movie, I was unable to rebook right away (I've done that before, where I dart up to the Forum instead). However, since I was already out, I went to T.J. Maxx and ended up getting a new purse instead, which I needed, and I also rebooked Jungle Book 3D for Sunday, later that day, and ended up seeing it then. It

The Friday Five, 7/30/21: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week has seemed relatively short, but I kept thinking it was one day farther along than it actually was ... for example, I thought yesterday was Friday, oops.  Mushroom thin crust pizza from Cottage Inn What I've been up to this week: A tornado warning and no power.  On Saturday, I was staying over my parents' place in Walled Lake because I was going to have brunch with a high school friend in the area the next day. We had a tasty dinner (the Cottage Inn pizza, pictured above) around 6 or 7pm, and then at 8pm, the tornado siren went off and we had to go to the basement. During that time, the power also went off. I was able to escape the next day, and ended up having lunch at my friend's house instead of in a restaurant, but my parents didn't get power back until TUESDAY MORNING, so about 2.5 days without power. I guess about 130,000 DTE consumers were out of power as well.  Eating out/getting takeout . As I mentioned, we had Cottage Inn for dinner last Saturday (an

GIVEAWAY: 4 tickets to The Music of Star Wars Performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra {ends 7/31}

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*Disclosure: I have an ongoing media relationship with 313 Presents. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will be playing the music of Star Wars  at Meadow Brook on Friday, August 13th, and TWO of my lucky readers will win a four-pack of pavilion tickets  to see the show!  Star Wars  is a favorite movie franchise of mine, and I have seen all of the movies in the franchise.  About the show: Experience the music of Star Wars like never before when the Detroit Symphony Orchestra takes you to a galaxy far, far away at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the campus of Oakland University on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Conductor Steven Reineke will lead the orchestra in a brand-new program that includes music from throughout the Skywalker Saga as well as the two anthology films, Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story , all in chronological order. Don’t be a “stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder” and join us for this incredible

The Friday Five, 7/23/21: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week has seemed really long, for some reason, so I'm glad the weekend is almost here. Lots of stuff going on but this weekend should be a bit slower-paced; I have some plans, but not a ton.  Treats from Culinary Combo Bakery, Southfield: (L to R) S'mores brownie, cherry bar, magic bar What I've been up to this week: Yelp Elite event at Culinary Combo Bakery, Southfield.  Not really an "event," per say, but during the pandemic Yelp Detroit has been doing a lot of "pick up at your own convenience" treats, which has been fun. I never would have found this bakery otherwise: it's near the Franklin Rd. / Lodge area in Southfield and it's tucked away in the back of an apartment complex, on the first floor. It's a mother/daughter-owned bakery and all of the treats I selected were very tasty, although the magic bar was definitely my favorite (bottom left in the pic). The S'mores brownie was my second favorite but too rich for me. Check them