The Happenings: 11/17/2013-11/24/2013

Los Angeles

 

What: We Run The City: USC vs. UCLA—Running for a cause!

Description: Run or Walk in this 5k athletic event. All proceeds go to the Special Olympics athletes of Southern California.  Anyone is able to participate, so grab a friend and get ready! The run will be held near the USC Campus. This is a great way to build friendships, get in great shape, feel good about yourself, and connect with your inner athlete.

When: Sunday, November 24, 2013 9:00 am

Where: Exposition Park, 701 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Cost: $35 registration fee + medal + t-shirt

What: Disney’s THE LION KING: Relive the memory!

Description: A new Broadway rendition of the classic tale of a young lion cub named Simba, and his personal journey to become king of the Pride Land. Directed by Julie Taymor, who conducted such masterpieces as William Shakespeare’s: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the audience will be enraptured by the imagery and the plot of, The Lion King. The heartfelt song by artist Elton John, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” will be a memory to never forget as the allure of the plot unfolds. Families of all ages will love this musical.

When: Wednesday, 11/20/2013, 8:00 pm (Duration of showing: 2 Hours and 40 Minutes (including intermission) [November 20, 2013 -January 12, 2014(ongoing)

Where: Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Cost: Ticket purchase

San Francisco

What: Patchwork Show: Oakland Fall 2013—Discover your inner artist

Description: A display of various artistic displays that range from a handful of talented artists. Artisan food, which is food that is produced non-industrially and more home grown will be available, among varying workshops and arts and crafts activities. The Patchwork Show has marked its seventh anniversary. Items sold by the artists will include jewelry, ceramics, art for the home, and even art for children. This event is very beneficial to families as well as a great cultural experience.

When: Sunday, November 24, 2013 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Jack London Square, 2 Broadway,  Oakland, CA 94607

Cost: Free!

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What: Japanese Kabuki Theatre on Film: Tribute to Shikan-Art in movement

Description: Japanese Kabuki Theatre is the performance of a classical Japanese dance combined with a dramatic story. This event/educational experience will dive deep into the style associated with Nakamura Shikan VII, who is considered to be a legend of Kabuki. The Kabuki theatre has been at the heart of Japanese culture in terms of art and expression, and even dates back to the Edo Period (1603-1867). Don’t speak Japanese? No worries! There will be an English translation, so don’t be discouraged.

When: Sunday, November 24, 2013 2:00 pm

Where: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94115

Cost: Free!

Houston

 

What: Free Pet Photos with Santa at Houston Humane Society-

Description: Pet owners! Bring your pet to the Houston Humane Society to have his/her picture taken with…Santa Paws! Children are welcome to be in the photos as well. Make this holiday season a festive one! The photo is free, but a donation of a pet food or toy is needed. All pictures are emailed to the pet owners.

When: Saturday, November 23, 2013 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Houston Humane Society,  14700 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77053

Cost: Free!

What: Yelp’s Grape Escape Wine Club! November What: A Thanksgiving Wine Up-A night to relax

Description: Thanksgiving Wine’s galore!

The wine distributor is the Plate and Bottle, and this company sells diverse wines. Stop by for wine tasting.

Admission & RSVP: Attendance is no cost and free, but hurry because space is limited. Every guest needs to RSVP first before attending.

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Plate and Bottle,  5411 Morningside Dr., Houston, TX 77005

Cost: Free!

New York City

 

What: Yelp Passport UYE: Yoga Class at Mimi For Me Yoga Studio-Ground yourself and connect with your Chakras!

Description: Join your fellow yogis and ground yourself in this yoga event. Meditation and Yoga are a great method for naturally detoxifying the body of such stress hormones such as Cortisol, which is created from the body’s fight or flight response. The amount of people in the class will be a max of 10, so there is enough room to breathe and the atmosphere is calm. Anyone attending can rent a yoga mat for $1.

When: Saturday, November 23, 2013 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: Mimi for Me Yoga, Mind & Body Wellness Studio, 76-11 37th Ave. 2nd Floor,   Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Cost: $10.00

What: “COMMON GROUNDS – Coffee Inspired Art from Around the World” Curated by Andrea Arroyo—Universal Thought!

Description: Bringing universal consciousness to the world! The main area of focus for this event is on the economic, political, environmental and social impact of the coffee trade. That cup of coffee your drinking originates from somewhere! Best to know just how its made. There will be a collection of masterpieces by artists from Mayan villages of Guatemala.

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 10:00 am – Monday, December 2, 2013 5:00 pm

Where: The Grady Alexis Gallery, 2710 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Cost: Free!

Atlanta

What: Dr. Seuss Holiday Show Extravaganza- A merry Seusmass!

Description: This will be an event to discover the art work of the Dr. Seuss Collection, an untimely favorite of children alike. There will be Dr. Seuss books to buy, and some never before seen works by Dr. Seuss. Not to mention, there will be some yummy Dr. Seuss treats! Bring the family!

When: Saturday, November 23, 2013 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: Jackson Ann Galleries, 932 Canton St., Roswell, GA 30077

Cost: Free!

What: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Description: “I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket…” Remember those words from the hit Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis? That’s right! Come out and celebrate these acclaimed artists. Both originated from Seattle, Washington. Now they are here to visit Atlanta!

When: Friday, November 22, 2013 7:30 pm

Where: The Arena At Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, GA 30097

Cost: $29.50 – $49.50

8 Signs He Just Wants To…Fudge

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Let’s face it lovelies, sometimes the dating game isn’t always so pleasant. Finding a man that interests you can be difficult, especially when you have to sift through all the mess. How do you know when a man really is interested in getting to know you, for you, someone that is interested in more than your body. Some men are straight forward and they tell you like it is. Whether  you like it or not you know where he stands and you can choose to act accordinaly. But what about men who aren’t so straight forward, how do you know their intentions? We can’t read minds, but here are 8 signs that he may not be interested in you for the long run, and to keep it frank, he just may want your, let’s call it…fudge. 😉

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1. Late night calls: There’s not much you can really do after 11pm is there, especially on a work night?! If we continually calls you after hours, he may only be interested in doing things of the night. Yes lovelies, it may really just be a booty call.

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2. Text only: Yes, we are in the new millennium and texting is a normal means of communication. It serves a function -maintains communication without  much effort and can be a quick way to get an answer you want. But getting to know someone through texts only, can be quite difficult. Sometimes, picking up the phone is actually a sign that he wants to get to know you on a deeper level.

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3. Dating – In: A good home cooked meal can be quite tasty, and spending time watching television with your beau can be pretty relaxing and romantic. However, when you’re just getting to know a person, and the only place you see him is inside your home, that may tell you something. Perhaps you both are homebodies and that serves you well. But, it may also mean that he only wants to see you in private and to do private things. Just food for thought.

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4. “Let’s kick it”: My pet peeve! What does that mean? Kick a ball? Sure, soccer, tether, I like to play! But really, when a guy uses this phrase to me it reads that he doesn’t take you seriously. Basically I interpret that as “can I come over” or “you can come over” which brings us back to dating-in. Really what can come from that?

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5. Texts ain’t about nothing: As you can see, texting is a trend in this post. Texts that “ain’t about nothing” go a little something like this, “hey” “What’s up” “Nothing” “Chillin” “Cool” “okay” “good.” Basically, one line sentences. What’s the point? Try expanding your vocabulary and really tell me what you want.

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6. Goes M.I.A.: How many of you have had men that cycle in and out of your life? One minute he’s hitting you with the “let’s kick it,” or a one-liner, “what’s up” and then you don’t hear from him for two months. But good old faithful always comes back, the thing is, his game often does not change. I guess that only makes you insane for expecting something different, right

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7. Does not talk about the future: A men that sees you in his future will talk about it, pretty simple. And we’re not talking about those guys that sale you false dreams. We all know boys like that who say they will give you the world and don’t have a pot to piss in, leave them be. A man who wants you for the short run will use language as such. It doesn’t mean you can’t talk to him or that his feelings might not change, but just beware.

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8. Invites you to party, only: We already got an insider perspective on the ways men categorize women, fun and smart, pretty simplistic but it gets the job done. Well one way you know a man has put you into the “I want to just have fun with this girl” category, is if he only invites you to “fun” things. Now I know this may sound weird but hear me out. A man that really likes you and takes you seriously will probably want to share many parts of his life with you, fun things of course, but also serious and sensitive parts. If a guy only invites you to party, date-in, and nothing else, it probably means you’re in the fun space. Bottle popping might be fun, but what happens when the drink fizzles out?

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So Lovelies, here are some tall tell signs that a guy may really only be interested in the physical. It may not be the case all the time, but if this sounds familiar you may want to give it some thought. Now that you know, the ball is in your court. You may like fudge so it may be okay. Yes, sometimes, girls just want to have fun. The choice is up to you!

 

10 Awesome Halloween Costumes for Couples

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Who said adults couldn’t enjoy dressing up? With Halloween right around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to channel your inner child by dressing up as your favorite characters, celebrities … or food items.

Being part of a couple on Halloween can mean more creative costume choices, and if you don’t have a spouse, you can always recruit a friend to be the peanut butter side of your peanut butter and jelly sandwich costume.

Rest assured that there’s a costume for every couple from the nerdy to the dirty!

Here are 10 of our a favorite of couple costumes for 2013:

A love for sweets and a crush for nerds? Got you covered!

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If you’re a cartoon-lover, you’ll have plenty popular cartoon characters to choose from including the always stylish Miss Piggy and Kermit the frog, or the old favorite Gumby. Even the well-known sea creatures SpongeBob and Patrick:

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If you are going for something a little more traditional, Cowboy and Indian is a definite winner – how cute is John Legend with his leading lady Christine Teigen!

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You can even make your dreams come true by transforming into your favorite cartoon romance – Shrek and Fiona:

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with some Milk (Nick Cannon and Cookies (Mariah Carey)!

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Do you identify with the characters in the classic comedy Juno?

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For the couples who are more into Shakespeare and not so much television, even you guys have a place in the Halloween world.

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I told you there would be something out there for the nerdy to the dirty, and I always make good on my promises. Here we have the ultimate dirty costume.

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So, now that you’ve had a dose of inspiration to get the ideas (and excitement) flowing, go forth and find your perfect couple’s Halloween costume! If you’ve no time left for last-minute costume shopping, there’s always DIY (do it yourself) versions! If you’re handy with a sewing machine, and have scrap fabric or old sheets, you might have just the tools you need to create a couple’s costume at home. If all else fails, try popping into your local re-sale or Good Will shops for last minute (and cheap) items.

Written by: Kendra Richards is a writer, pet lover, aloe vera-eater and a woman of many talents. If she isn’t passionately typing away, she’s more than likely spending time with her family, pets, boyfriend or attempting to sew something. It’s also possible that she’s buried deep in some type of activism work. Writing anything and everything from beauty, health, fashion product reviews to informational articles, she loves variety when it comes to reading and  writing. A people and animal lover, she believes cats are super heroes in disguise.

Quoting Singledom

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20 or 30 something and single while many of your friends are getting married and starting families? You’ve mastered your career, on track to become CEO. You’ve traveled the world or at least the States. You’ve been a good friend – given your shoulder to cry on and have cried on a shoulder or two … or ten. You’ve dated, been in relationships, broke up, and went to therapy to work on yourself. And now you’re back at square one – alone. Does this sound familiar?

Singledom can often sound like the main cord of a fateful horror movie, dun dun dun, but does it have to be? Sometimes we need a little pick me upper to remind us what being single is all about. Our top 5 quotes for all the single lovelies, and gents!

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“Sometimes you have to stand alone to prove that you can still stand.” –Anonymous.

Sometimes taking that step to be alone is even harder than being comfortable in an unhealthy relationship. You may have been crippled so much by your past that the thought of being single aches you. Taking that step can give you the confidence and courage that you need, and remind you that you can do it! You may be alone but you’re still standing.

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“I don’t like to be labeled as lonely just because I am alone.” – Delta Burke.

Who ever said being single means you are alone? I’ve been in plenty relationships and have felt lonely. Really the feeling of loneliness is relational – meaning do you have the emotional connections with others, and not just romantic partners. This also means a support system of friends and family. Importantly do you have a connection to yourself? Being single can be a great time for you to reconnect with the person we so often forget – ourselves.

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“Being single is getting over the illusion that there is somebody out there to complete you and taking charge of your own life.” – Omkar Phatak.

So true! Often we think, “life will be perfect once I meet that special someone.” We spend so much time trying to find love to complete us, when really no one can complete you but yourself. Who wants a half a person anyways? Your romantic partner should add to your life, no doubt, but before anyone can make you better, you have to be at your best.

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My mom always complains about my lack of a boyfriend. Well, next time she asks, I’m going to tell her I’m dating two different guys : Mr. Duracell and Mr. Energizer.– Michelle Landry.

There’s not much to be said about this right? The world of technology makes it so that we can all enjoy ourselves, even without a partner, if we so feel the need.

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“Save a boyfriend for a rainy day – and another, in case it doesn’t rain.” – Mae West.

Many of us contemporary professional stylista’s have a back-up plan for our back-up plan when we were deciding on our careers and other important life decisions. Why not have one for dating? I think Miss West may be on to something. Sometimes it’s nice to have that card or two in your back pocket just when you need a “friend.”  Enjoy your single life ladies, and when the weather gets a little gloomy and you need a hint of sunshine, pull out a few options if that’s your delight.

Adore

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I remember seeing a trailer for Adore a few months ago with my mouth agape in excitement, “We need to see this” I whispered to my friend in the seat next to me, who nodded agreeably and kept munching on popcorn. The mix of Naomi Watts, one of my favorite actresses to date, and Robin Wright (another favorite, especially after binge-watching House of Cards on Netflix recently) seducing each other’s sons was almost too much for my feminist, movie-loving heart to bear.

Adore follows two best friends: Roz and Lil (played by Robin Wright and Naomi Watts respectively) who both have sons at a young age. Their sons (played by Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville) become best friends as well – and soon enough the foursome become a seemingly perfect familial unit. Lillian’s husband dies early on in the film, and Roz’s husband is almost always away teaching and so the best friends cling to each other as the sole pillars of stability in each others’ lives. One night however, boundaries are crossed when Lil’s son seduces Roz and in an act of revenge – Roz’s son seduces Lil, beginning one of the oddest, most unconventional love “squares” I’ve seen on film.

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The film takes place in an absolutely stunning setting: an unnamed Australian seaside town, which is simply breathtaking. Not to mention the fact that the entire film was shot on 35 mm Cinemascope, which only amplifies gorgeous crisp shots of turquoise blue sea, and waves lapping up against perfectly white sand, and beaches totally isolated by forest and rocks. The setting proves to be an integral facet of the storytelling here – these women, and their sons, are alone here. They are in a place where rules can be bent, morality can shift, a place where they can float unharmed. At least, for now.

While the majority of the film exists in a languid, almost dream-like state, as the hours go by (and I will say, the film runs about 20 minutes too long), we see the real consequences of these relationships on the lives of these young men, and the families they eventually try to build. The film chugs along effortlessly for so long, that these heightened moments of anxiety and breakdown feel unexpected and especially puncturing – as if the secret we know so well, the one in which we, the audience, have been implicated, is finally out and met with nothing but horror and disgust.

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Naomi Watts and her son, played by Xavier Samuel, deliver incredibly strong performances as a wrecked, anxious Lil and her steadfastly serious and in-love son, Ian. Robin Wright is also fantastic as an unbreakable Roz, whose power throughout the film was dominating, and typically masculine. Roz’s son, played by James Frecheville was the oddest casting choice in my opinion, jarringly unemotional and monotone he seemed at odds with the cast along side of him.

Some will say the film is pure fantasy; that its plot is preposterous and these women are monsters. I, however, disagree, and I do think for whatever fantasy you may feel the film promotes, it raises interesting questions about morality, betrayal, family, friendship and most glaringly, gender roles. Why does everyone in the film so quickly assume Roz and Lil are lesbians? Can they be close, best friends without overt sexual implications? Would we be so quick to dismiss Roz or Lil’s character if these were two men seducing young women? Do we accept their matriarchal control over the situation or do we belittle it? Of course, the fact that these women are in relationships with each other’s sons is incestual – it sits uneasy with us the moment the boundary has been crossed, and yet what are films for if not to push us? To make us feel uncomfortable, to question what we know? What is art for?

Adore may not provide any easy, or even believable answers to the questions that it raises, but its bold enough to ask them. And in this film reviewer’s opinion, daring to ask is always worth a few hours of my time (and a couple of bags of popcorn, of course).

Written By: Sarah Dunn who is 25 and has been living in New York City for the past 8 years. A graduate of Columbia Film Studies program, she is a film-fanatic, trailer-obsessed lover of movies, and currently works as a post-production supervisor for Treehouse Pictures. She’s been known to comb through entire TV series on Netflix in a day, knows far too much about feminist film theory, and consistently prefers to dump her M&Ms inside her popcorn rather than eat them separately.

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