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Yesterday was my first full day here in Detroit Rock City and I managed to make the most out of it considering how little I really wanted to do. Sarah and I spent the whole day together and then Mark joined us for the rest of the night. Sarah and I made our way into downtown Detroit because I had to pick up a pair of Michigan Mittens from GOODS Detroit shop on Woodward & Kirby. I learned about the mittens in the new issue of Hour Detroit magazine and HAD to get a pair. As you may know, the State of Michigan looks like a mitten and growing up, that is what we would call it — The Mitten State. Can you believe that I have never seen or even heard of mittens that feature a map of Michigan on them? Anyways, yeah, I picked up a few fun Detroit souvenirs at GOODS Detroit (great little independently owned shop very near the Detroit Institute of Arts) which I highly recommend for fun Detroit/Michigan inspired gifts. Afterward, we popped into Good Girls go to Paris Crepes for some snacky snacks and ate our faces off:
This morning, we awoke to the first snow of the year. It was only a light dusting but I hear a big snow storm is on the way for the weekend. Eeep! I’m well acquainted with Detroit Snow Storms … it could be nothing or it could be severe. I guess we won’t know ’til it hits … right around the time my plane is scheduled to leave for LA. Who knows, I might get snowed in for an extra day.
Tonight, Sarah, Mark and I have decided to see the Detroit Red Wings take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Joe Louis Arena and then later on, I’m planning on a fun night of dancing with my good friend Sergio. It may be cold but I’m trying to make the most of it. I hope all y’all have a GREAT weekend! Happy Friday!!
PS: You can order the Michigan Mittens online HERE.
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Greetings from America’s Mitten (aka Michigan) … I have successfully arrived in Detroit and have already started to become acclimated to the FREEZING temps here. Despite warnings from many of y’all here in the Midwest, I wasn’t quite prepared for how cold 16 degrees feels like … yes, it’s that cold here:
Still, I’m very happy to be home again. Last night I spent some time with my parents and already today I ran a few important errands with Sarah. This trip is going to be so low key, I can’t even make that more clear. I’m not lookin’ to do much at all … just chill with my peeps. Tonight, I’m hoping to do a sushi dinner with Sarah and Mark … and that’s about it. I’m gonna try and not think about the 70 degree weather I left back in SoCal … thankfully, I’ve got great friends and family to distract me :)
Happy Thursday, y’all!!
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This afternoon I will be making my way to LAX Airport so that I can jet back home to Detroit, MI for the rest of the week to pre-celebrate the holidays with my family and friends back home:
Despite the fact that I really, really did NOT want to fly again this year I thought it would be nice to go home for a quick trip in between all the crazy Thanksgiving and Xmas melee. I’ll get to spend time with my parents and friends and I’ll get to visit some of my favorite haunts without having to deal with all the holiday lunacy. I’ll be working as usual for the rest of the week but from tomorrow ’til Sunday, I’ll be comin’ atcha from Detroit Rock City!
I hear it’s cold in the Midwest … yeah.
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Last night David and I were invited to the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA for a screening event for Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series … which is about to introduce a new villain on the series. Darth Maul may have been killed in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace but his brother Savage Opress lives on in the animated series The Clone Wars:
Three new episodes, written by Katie Lucas (daughter of the master George Lucas himself), were screened last night on the big screen and it really felt like an entire Star Wars movie. After the jump, check out some promo stills from the eps and read more about the villainous Savage Opress … More »
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Yesterday afternoon, I met up with Darion and a bunch of his peeps at Royal/T Cafe, Shop, Artspace in Culver City, CA so that we could grab some dessert and check out the new Tron: Legacy pop-up shop that is there for the next few weeks. It was really great getting to see Darion and everyone … I hadn’t seen any of them for a long time. I got to meet little Miss Flynn for the first time, the beautiful daughter of Darion’s good friends Julie and Vince:
In all honesty, I wasn’t at all impressed with the Royal/T place overall. The service in the cafe was horrid, the art was … nonexistent … and the pop-up shop was full of outrageously overpriced items. The best part of the visit was getting to hang out with everyone, especially Flynn who is the cutest little nugget ever! OY! That baby is so cute … it was all I could do to keep from eating up her teeny-weeny toes!
After this hangout session, David and I met up with Jordan and a group of his friends for a belated birthday dinner at BLD. We had so much fun getting to celebrate Jordan and getting to know better his great group of friends. Despite the rain, Sunday was a pretty rad day. Today beings a whole new week! Tonight I’m heading out to a Star Wars: The Clone Wars screening in Hollywood … and on Wednesday, I fly back to Detroit for the rest of the week. We are just weeks away from the end of 2010 … can you believe it?!
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Yesterday evening, David and I met up with our friend Jen at the ArcLight Hollywood for an early showing of Black Swan (primarily because most of the showings last night were completely sold out) so that we could AT LAST see the film that everyone has been buzzing about … for months. Without question, Black Swan is now one of my favorite films of the year:
Black Swan is absolutely a Darren Aronofsky masterpiece … those of you who are familiar with and love his films will most assuredly enjoy Black Swan. To be honest, I’m having a hard time thinking of ways to describe it. The pace is frantic and the action is dizzying … there are times when you have no idea what exactly is going on and it’s never easy to believe what you see happen on the screen. Natalie Portman‘s acting performance is a tour de force … she is really magnificent as Nina Sayers, overwrought yet hugely talented ballet dancer. Mila Kunis is also fantastic but her role as the cool chick ballerina is fun rather than impressive. The film is all about Portman. I don’t know that I’ve seen a more beautiful film this year … without question, Black Swan will be honored in some way at the Academy Awards next year. IMHO, Swan is a much superior film to The Wrestler (which won a few Oscars) so I’m counting on Portman and Aronofsky to be honored with their own Oscars this time around. I would deffo call Black Swan intense and very scary … be prepared to be in a clenched posture thruout the film. I was so stressed by the franticness of the film that I needed to relax and come down after it was over. Just … brilliant. There are a few things about the film that I must see again so that I can sort them out in my head but YOU MUST see Black Swan at least once in theaters. The film opened in select cities this weekend but it will open more wide in the coming weeks. See this film, you must!!!
After the movie, we went out for some eats at 8oz. Burger Bar and Jen and I chatted away the night for hours! ‘Twas a fun night out, indeedie.
Today, I’m meeting up with Darion and some friends for a fun afternoon hangout session and then tonight David and I are planning to hang out with Jordan for his birthday! It’s a bummer that the weekend is already over already … hope you have a great Sunday!!
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A couple of weeks ago, David and I were lucky enough to attend a preview screening of Tron: Legacy at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, CA. I haven’t been able to talk about the film … until now. If you see one 3D film this holiday season, it must be Tron: Legacy. Despite the fact that most films are going 3D just for the hype factor, Tron: Legacy actually makes amazing use of the technology:
Legacy starts out a few years after the end of the action from the original 1982 film Tron. As you might expect, a series of events force the characters to go back into The Grid (i.e. the digital video game world of Tron) where they meet other characters who are already there. I will say that the story is a bit heavy in that you get a whole lotta explanation thrown at you in a short period of time. And the one thing I didn’t like was the CGI youngification of Jeff Bridges‘s face. That said, the 3D effects are so inviting that you actually feel like you are in The Grid yourself. The action scenes are fantastic and the story from Tron has been carried over and updated nicely for this new sequel. The movie is really an experience … one that both David and I enjoyed very much. It’s deffo one of those movies that you should check out over the holidays after it gets released on the 17th.
Last night, David and I met up with Emma, Josh and Guy for an impromptu Hanukkah dinner at Greenblatt’s Delicatessen before making our way to Basix for drinks and dessert with Michael and Sam:
All in all we had a great night hanging out with friends last night. Tonight, my other BFF Josh and I will be making our way downtown to Club Nokia to see Brendan Benson live in concert. I love my Detroit homeboy so it’ll be very cool to see him play live again.
It’s the weekend, y’all! Have a great one!!
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Last night I made my way out to the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA to see EVE 6 in concert. Yes, the very same EVE 6 who hit it big in the early 00′s with megahits Inside Out, Here’s to the Night and my personal fave Promise. The guys have been out of commission for a while but they are, apparently, back:
I last saw EVE 6 in concert back in 2001 at a tiny gig in Toledo, OH … and I’ve been a fan for a while so I was very excited to see them live again. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect at last night’s show … but I was very pleasantly surprised. After the jump, check out some photos I snapped last night and hear how the show turned out … More »
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Have I got a great new Pink is the new Blog contest for YOU! The folks at Walt Disney have given me TWO pairs of tickets for TWO lucky Pink is the new Blog readers to attend the PIRATES FANS FIRST event in Downtown Disney and Disneyland on December 13. The lucky winners and their guests will be joined by other lucky folks to be among the first to see a new trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides AND they will be given free tickets to enjoy the Disneyland Resort for other Pirates-related fun! Read on for all the deets:
Fans will be the first to get an exclusive look at the brand-new trailer for Walt Disney Pictures “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” in 3D on December 13, 2010, at AMC Downtown Disney Theatre 12 in Anaheim, California, as part of an exclusive “Pirates Fans First!” event. “Fans First!” winners will also have the chance on that day to be the first to experience the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction that started it all. Fans can enter to win a vacation for four to the event by “Liking” Yahoo! Movies on Facebook (www.facebook.com/YahooMovies) or entering the sweepstakes via Disney Movie Rewards (www.DisneyMovieRewards.com). Fans can also gain access to this exclusive event by listening to 102.7 KIIS-FM starting December 6th. In addition to being the first to see the new trailer for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” and ride on the Pirates of the Caribbean theme park attraction, the lucky fans will be treated to a special Pirate after party, plus special commemorative gifts—but not until all of them have sworn to the “Pirate’s Oath” in a ceremony on the bow of the Columbia sailing ship. For added fun, fans who come to the event in pirate costume will have additional opportunities to win special prizing. Following the “Pirates Fans First!” event, the trailer will premiere on Yahoo! Movies, Disney.com, and other premium online destinations around the world at 1 p.m. PST. Later the same day at 7 p.m. EST the domestic broadcast debut will occur on “Entertainment Tonight” as part of their December Event for “Pirates.” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise. When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past. The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa, and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is written by “Pirates” veterans Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Barry Waldman, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and John DeLuca. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” sails into theatres around the world in May 2011.
In addition to access to the new Pirates trailer, winners will receive 1-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper tickets and will gain entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean before Disneyland Park opens … isn’t that a fantastic prize?! Now … here are the contest terms. You have to be able to get yourself to Disneyland on December 13 and you must be able to attend the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides trailer screening by 5:30 AM that morning. After the screening is finished, you will be given your 1-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper tickets which will give you free access to both Disneyland and California Adventure all day long. This Pirates Fan First day promises to be a huge media event so I wouldn’t be at all surprised if some of the stars of the film were in attendance. HMMM … who stars in Pirates of the Caribbean again? HMMMM.
If you are eligible to enter (you must be at least 18 years old, you must be able to get yourself to Disneyland on your own and you must be in Anaheim, CA by 5:30 am on the morning of December 13) then all you have to do is send me an email at pinkisthenewblog @ gmail.com (with the subject line Pirates Fan First contest) and let me know why YOU should be chosen as one of the lucky winners. I will select at random two lucky winners from all eligible entries and YOU will be going to the Pirates Fan First event at Disneyland on December 13! Starting today you can email me your entries, which I will accept until December 10 when the winners will be selected. Have fun and Good Luck!!