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Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Ice Bucket Challenge Edition

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Who would have thought that the craze sweeping the nation would be dropping a bucket of cold water on your head for charity? It was only a matter of time until my turn would come up in the ALS ice bucket challenge roulette and this weekend I was challenged by not one but two people. I’m not one to back down from a challenge –…

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Def Leppard and KISS -Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Springs, NY), 8/5/14

KISS And Def Leppard Announce Summer Tour At The House Of Blues In Hollywood March 17, 2014

In my day, the school bus was the equivalent of the Wild West; it was the one place where kids were lumped together without much adult supervision. It is not surprising, therefore, that this is where we picked up a lot of stuff that our parents wouldn’t necessarily be happy with. Put 5th graders on the same bus with curious (and gullible) younger kids and there is bound to be some bad behavior…

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The Giver – A Review

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When Lois Lowry’s book The Giver was released in 1993 it made an impression; the young adult book won the Newbery Medal in 1994 and is credited with helping kickstart the recent trend of dystopian novels in the genre. The Giver is not without controversy; though the book is taught in many middle schools, it was also one of the most challenged books of the 1990s. Though the book is popular, it…

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Let’s Be Cops – A Review

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Let’s Be Cops? Sigh. Let’s not. Let’s do pretty much anything else.

I was just in the mood for something silly last night. I’m getting a little burned out at work; my decision to not take a real summer vacation is looking a little foolhardy in retrospect. The news has also been kind of depressing, with events unfolding in Ferguson, MO and the tensions in multiple places overseas. The straw that…

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Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Rain, Rain, Go Away Edition

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I am seriously over all the rain that we’ve been getting lately; it seems like every other day I’m getting notifications on my phone about the potential for flash floods in the area. While I don’t mind a little bit of rain – I do love a good thunderstorm – this is getting out of hand. I feel like we haven’t had…

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Robin Williams is one of the first comedians that I have any memory of. Mork & Mindy debuted when I was two years old and while I don’t remember when I started watching it, I was immediately drawn to the silly man with the rainbow suspenders. I don’t think I pieced together that Mork was an alien on my own; all I knew was that Robin Williams made me laugh. A lot. I was also a big fan of Popeyeba…

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – A Review

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So much for taking a shortcut.

I went to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtleslast night not out of some actual interest in the film, but because I was banking on it being spectacularly bad. It is much easier for me to write a review for a movie that is an absolute abomination and I was hoping to take it a little easy this week. Plus writing reviews for trainwrecks is a lot of fun for me; it’s a…

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Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Still Loving Guardians of the Galaxy Edition

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It’s been almost a week since I saw Guardians of the Galaxy and I’m still singing its praises to anyone who will listen. I haven’t yet seen it again in the theater, but that’s probably going to happen in the next few weeks. I’m just so happy to be excited about a movie again. It’s been way too long since that happened. My Groot…

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Fool For Love – Williamstown Theater Festival (Williamstown, MA), 7/30/14

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Photo by T. Charles Erickson

One of the things that I look forward to every summer is the Williamstown Theater Festival. Though it is a relatively small festival, they do always have some very interesting productions and draw some big name talent to the Berkshires every year. Many of the shows that debut at WTF often make their way to Broadway; two years ago Bradley Cooper starred in The Elephant…

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Get On Up – A Review

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At some point during college, my friend Matt started referring to me as “the hardest working (wo)man in show business.” I can’t pinpoint exactly when it started and I have zero idea of the context; on the surface that nickname isn’t all that relevant to me. I may have been a budding pop culture maven back then, but I certainly wasn’t associated with show business. Frankly, I didn’t work that…

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