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GIVEAWAY: Digital code for Ambulance, starring Jake Gyllenhaal {ends 6/5}

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I saw the movie Ambulance  in the theater at the end of April and it was a fantastic ride—unsurprisingly so, since it's a Michael Bay movie. One of my lucky readers now has the chance to win a digital code to watch the movie! About the film: When an ambulance is hijacked by two brothers after a bank robbery gone wrong, they must make an escape through Los Angeles in AMBULANCE, available to own on Digital May 23, 2022 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD June 14, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Michael Bay, the action maestro behind high-octane blockbusters such as Transformers and Armageddon, comes an “over-the-top thrill ride” (Nick Schager, The Daily Beast ) featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Eiza González. Ambulance is being touted as “Bay’s best” (David Sims, The Atlantic ) and is now packed with never-before-seen bonus content including six behind-the-scenes featurettes. In this action thriller directed by Michael Bay, veteran Wi

The Friday Five, 5/27/22: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This was a busy week, so I'm looking forward to this 3-day weekend to relax, even though I'm a bit busy, as I'm seeing a movie tomorrow (actually not Top Gun , haha; Montana Story ) and seeing Halsey at "Pine Knob" (that's going to get some getting used to!) on Sunday. After 2+ years working at home, I'm also cleaning out my work cubicle today, which is a bit bittersweet, as they are moving most of us to be WFH permanently. Chocolate fondue for "ThursDate" at the Melting Pot, Troy What I've been up to this week: Frankenmuth overnight trip . On Saturday, my boyfriend and I drove up to Frankenmuth and stayed overnight at Birch Run, for the World of Beer Expo in Frankenmuth. I had never attended before, and it was pretty fun—it was $30 per person (online ticketing) and that gets you admission, six tasting tickets, and a tiny beer stein thing to take home. Afterwards, we walked over to Zehnders for their chicken dinner, and my boyfriend had his f

UPCOMING: Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations, Aug. 9-28, Detroit Opera House

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*Disclosure: I have an ongoing media relationship with Broadway in Detroit. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own. Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations will be at the Detroit Opera House this August, and I'm excited to see it, as I love Motown music.  About the show: Broadway In Detroit is thrilled to announce the First National Tour of AIN’T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS, the new Broadway smash hit musical, will make its Detroit Premiere at the Detroit Opera House August 9-28 as part of its 60th Anniversary Season. Tickets (starting at $35) are now available online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone (800) 982-2787, and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office.   Featuring the Grammy® winning songs and Tony® winning moves, AIN’T TOO PROUD is the electrifying new musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unm

The Friday Five, 5/20/22: 5 things I've been up to this week

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Last weekend was pretty terrible, as one might expect, with my colonoscopy prep, but the rest of the week has overall been fine. I'm heading to Frankenmuth tomorrow for their beer fest and staying overnight in Birch Run, which should be fun.  Chicken tender slider at Dave's Hot Chicken, Troy What I've been up to this week: Dining out . When not doing liquids-only diet for colonoscopy ... on Friday, my last day of normal foods, my parents and I got Jersey Mike's takeout, and I also treated myself to cake from Tous les Jours, in Troy—I keep hearing about it and I had never been there before, and it's about a 5-minute drive from me.. On Monday, when I could eat again, we got Noodles & Co., and then later my boyfriend and I got Indian Doordash from Aahar Indian Cuisine in Farmington. The food was very good but unfortunately there was no way to specify spice level on DD (and I can't handle spice usually) so everything was a bit spicy for me.  Dave's Hot Chick

UPCOMING: My Fair Lady, July 12-24, 2022, Detroit Opera House

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Disclosure: I have an ongoing media relationship with Broadway in Detroit. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own. My Fair Lady will be playing at the Detroit Opera House from July 12-24, 2022, and tickets are currently on sale! I've of course heard of the movie (but have never seen it) so I'm curious to see this one. About the show: Broadway in Detroit is pleased to announce that the North American tour of Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY, directed by Bartlett Sher, will play the Detroit Opera House, July 12-24, 2022. Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now online at Ticketmaster.com , by phone at 800-982-2787, and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office.   Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY is the winner of 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Revival of Musical and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, 5 Drama Desk Awards includi

The Friday Five, 5/13/22: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I have been staying up too late recently, till like 1am, and then I'm super tired the next day ... just watching TV on my iPad and playing Wordle and whatnot, but I need to curb it back to like 11:30pm-12am. This was a fun and busy week and this weekend is colonoscopy prep, which I have been dreading, because it means I can only have liquids for two days straight. Pad Thai roll with chicken, from Bangkok 96 at Detroit Shipping Co. What I've been up to this week: Seeing shows in Detroit . On Saturday night, I saw Stars on Ice with my boyfriend, a friend, and her daughter, which was a lot of fun—I love ice skating but am terrible at it, so I definitely prefer being a spectator. The show was at Little Caesars Arena and thankfully not that busy. On Sunday, I went back to Detroit, this time to the Fox to see An American in Paris  with my boyfriend, a different friend, and her husband. I had seen the show a few years ago at the Opera House and it was very good; I'd give it 3.5/5

GIVEAWAY: Mean Girls at the Fisher Theatre, June 7-19, 2022 {ends 5/18}

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credit: Jenny Anderson Mean Girls  will be playing at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit from June 7-19, and TWO of my lucky readers will each win a 2-pack of tickets to attend opening night on June 7th! I'm super excited about this show, as Mean Girls  is one of my favorite movies. About the show: Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. New York Magazine calls Mean Girls “HILARIOUS! A smart, splashy new musical that delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” Chicago Tribune said “Tina Fey writes FUNNIER, SMARTER, SHARPER satire than

The Friday Five, 5/6/22: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week has felt really long, for some reason, but I have a very Detroit-centric weekend planned: I'm seeing Stars on Ice at LCA tomorrow night with my boyfriend, a friend of mine, and her daughter, and I'm seeing An American in Paris at the Fox on Sunday with him, another friend, and her husband.  Margherita pizza at Crispelli's, Troy What I've been up to this week: Eating out.  On Sunday, I had a California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) gift card that a neighbor had given me last year for making a vaccine appointment for her, so we stopped by the CPK at 12 Oaks Mall in Novi to use it. I used to always like their signature BBQ chicken pizza, so I ordered that, but it was just okay. Everything was just okay there, unfortunately, including the service; the spinach artichoke dip was meh (Granite City's is much better). My favorite things were the bread + olive oil/spices that is complimentary, and we also got a Thai chicken pizza which was interesting. On Monday, we got B-dub

Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Presents The Magical Music of Harry Potter {ends 5/7}

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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 music from all eight Harry Potter  films this July, and one of my lucky readers can enter to win four lawn tickets to attend! About the show: Enjoy the music of Harry Potter like never before with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the campus of Oakland University on Sunday, July 10 at 7 p.m. Experience the magic of Harry Potter through the music that brought the movies to life, performed by the DSO. Surround yourself with the sounds of the wizarding world, outdoors at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, featuring music from all eight Harry Potter films, including John Williams favorites. Tickets can be purchased here . GIVEAWAY: One of my lucky winners will win a 4-pack of lawn seats to the concert! Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Saturday, May 7th, at 11:59pm EST , and win

The Friday Five, 4/29/22: 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 it's Friday. I have a fun weekend planned, too. Crumbl this week: Passionfruit, Brownie, Confetti Cake, Original ft. PB M&Ms What I've been up to this week: Dining out . Last Friday, my boyfriend and two friends and I were able to try hot pot in a restaurant, which I had been wanting to do for a while but hadn't yet done. Hot pot is basically The Melting Pot but with Asian food—usually with broths, and you cook and meat and veggies in them. I have had it only one time before, in college. We ended up trying Lao Pot, in Madison Heights, since it looked the most authentic; Troy has a new place called Hot Pot City, too, but apparently they bring you all the food already cooked, which isn't how hot pot usually goes. On Sunday, my boyfriend and I did First Watch in Troy for brunch, since I had a $20 gift card from the last time I was there (way back pre-COVID), and we did Union Assembly for dinner, in Detr

The Friday Five, 4/22/22: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I'm kind of glad that I'm staying put in Michigan this weekend—last weekend I went to Indiana and the weekend before was Cincinnati. No more trips planned for the near future except a 1-night trip to Frankenmuth next month for their beer festival. Thin-crust veggie pizza from Glover's in Kokomo, IN What I've been up to this week: Visiting Indiana . My boyfriend's family lives in Russiaville, Indiana, next to Kokomo, and we visited them from Friday through Monday. His sister lives about an hour away in Indianapolis, too, so she also came up. It was about a 4-hour drive, although somehow we made it into a 5.5- or 6-hour drive going, and did it in four hours coming back. We went out for Mexican food with them on Friday night and also did pizza takeout on Sunday night. The last time I went to Indiana was for the Indianapolis Comic Con in 2018 , so it was interesting to see a bit more of the state. Seeing movies . I watched the new Fantastic Beasts  at the theater yester

UPCOMING: Mean Girls, June 7-19, 2022 at the 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 am beyond excited to see Mean Girls  at the Fisher this summer—the original movie is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I have been wanting to see the musical for a while now. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 22, 2022! About the musical: Broadway In Detroit announced today that single tickets for the First National Tour of Mean Girls—the record-breaking new musical comedy produced by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman, and Paramount Pictures based on the hit film—will go on sale Friday, April 22.  Starting at $40 tickets may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office. Mean Girls features a book by nine-time Emmy Award® winner Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the film, music by three-time Emmy Award® winner Jeff Richmond; and lyrics by two-time Tony Award® nominee Nell Benjamin. Tony Award

The Friday Five, 4/15/22: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I'm actually writing this on a Thursday, but if you are reading it on Friday, I will be on my way to Indiana for the weekend with my boyfriend. We're leaving around 9am tomorrow and I'm not bringing my laptop, hence why I'm writing this at home today.  Half and half pizza at Dewey's Pizza, Cincinnati What I've been up to this week: Traveling . From Saturday through Monday, my boyfriend and I went to Cincinnati—I had won a 2-night stay there last year, from Yelp Cincinnati (long story but it involved virtual drag queen bingo! I was the first winner so I got to choose the best prize), so we had that to use, at the 21c Museum Hotel, which was very nice. He also has two friends who live about a half-hour north of the city, so on Sunday we hung out with them for most of the day. Other highlights of the trip were The Eagle for dinner on Saturday night—see below for a tasty photo, it's a fried chicken place and had great side dishes—and Findlay Market on Sunday mor