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Steel Panther – Upstate Music Hall (Clifton Park, NY), 10/12/14

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A couple of summers ago I attended the Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The festival primarily featured nostalgic pop acts or groups that would appeal to women; the headliners were, after all, New Kids on the Block. While the festival had a lot of fun acts – Kelly Clarkson, LL Cool J, 98 Degrees – it had some real logistical problems that took away from my initial enjoyment of the…

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The Wire Reunion – The Paley Center for Media (New York, NY), 10/16/14

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The event was four days ago and I think I’ve finally stopped hyperventilating enough to write about it. Thursday night I was lucky enough to be in the same room as many of the cast members of The Wire, my favorite TV show of all time. This wasn’t even a bucket list item, since never in my wildest dreams did I conceive of having the possibility to see so many cast members in the same place. I…

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Newsies – Proctors Theater (Schenectady, NY), 10/15/14

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Sometimes you find someone that is just perfect for you; you have the same sensibilities, they make you laugh and every time you think of them you can’t help but smile. You were meant for each other in pretty much every way – they just getyou. If that relationship comes to an end, the next person who comes along doesn’t really stand much of a chance. No matter how perfectly nice or pleasant they…

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Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Wait, Wednesday Is Tomorrow? Edition

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Three day holiday weekends are tremendous, but they mess with my routine and wind up confusing me. Tuesday was my first day in the office, but it felt very much like a Monday with all its shenanigans and general annoyances. It wasn’t until I got home that it dawned on me that today was actually Tuesday and that I hadn’t even started this…

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An Evening with Kevin Smith – Hammerstein Ballroom (New York, NY), 10/11/14

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Late last week I decided to see if there were any New York Comic Con tickets still available for Saturday. I had the chance to buy New York Comic Con tickets when they first went on sale, but I hemmed and hawed about; at that time, most of the announced guests were all comic book people and I didn’t think that I would get all that much out of the Con since I barely dabble in graphic novels. But…

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American Horror Story: Freak Show

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It’s become an annual tradition – my running diary of my thoughts during the first episode of the new season of American Horror Story. I did it for Asylum and I did it for Coven, so I figured that I might as well do it for Freak Show. I feel like they have been hyping this season forever, with the barrage of teaser trailers and photos from the set. I’ll be interested to see if it can live up to…

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Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Back on Schedule Edition

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After a crazy couple of weeks with a lot of travel for work and travel for fun, things have mostly fallen back to routine for me. Soon enough, winter weather will ground most of my travel plans so I’m trying to squeeze in as much as possible before the falling leaves morph into falling snow, but that’s mostly limited to weekend trips now. I…

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Last Comic Standing Tour – The Hanover Theater (Worchester, MA), 9/27/14

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I am not a huge fan of reality television; I’ve tried out the odd show here and there in the past, but I generally abandon such programs after a few seasons once they become formulaic or the people on the show just become unbearable. American Idol, Survivor, Real Housewives of New Jersey, Real World, Project Runway, Top Chef, Big Brother, The Voice, The Apprentice, Keeping Up with the Kardashians

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Gone Girl – A Review

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Unlike television and movies, reading is a far more isolated event. Though technological innovations have altered this, there is still a general schedule as to when people will watch a TV episode or watch a film. A lot of this is driven by the desire to avoid spoilers, but there is also more of a sense of communal experience with these activities; you don’t want to be the person who missed out…

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Heather Visits Central Perk

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Back in the day, I was a huge fan of the NBC comedy Friends. The show debuted my freshman year of college, which was really the opportune time for a show like that to come along for me. Not only did it chronicle the relationships of a group of twenty-something year old people, which provided a (fictionalized) glimpse of what life after college might look like, but it was a great show to watch…

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