Baby Groot

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There is something incredibly appealing about the character Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. Perhaps it’s his loyalty and protective nature, simple use of words, clever design which resembles a tree.

And then in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, it’s Baby Groot. Somehow even more appealing. And he dances. What’s not to love?Hot-Toys-GotG-Vol-2-Life-Size-Baby-Groot-006Hot-Toys-GotG-Vol-2-Life-Size-Baby-Groot-003Baby-Groot-dancing-in-Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-Vol-2-opening-scenemarvel-guardians-of-the-galaxy-groot-life-size-figure-hot-toys-903025-22marvel-guardians-of-the-galaxy-groot-life-size-figure-hot-toys-903025-20rdtdlraxfgm8sjybb3dw

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Dear Evan Hansen

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Have you heard of Dear Evan Hansen, the new Broadway Musical? If not, you soon will. This show has quickly become a must-see show of 2017. All this is before any attention it is about to receive from the Tony Awards.

The show is written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the duo who won an Oscar for their work on La La Land. 

It is the story of a guy who is socially awkward and suffering from anxiety. He struggles to be accepted, find friends, love, or just someone to sign the cast of his broken arm.

Social media and social isolation are predominant themes of this wildly popular show. One which seems to speaking to our times of iphones and bullying.

What is accessible to all of us is the music, and it’s amazing. Original Cast Recording is available as well as songs and clips on YouTube.

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http://dearevanhansen.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt4w6RmCEHrb4_AJRpDf2gg

http://time.com/4696451/dear-evan-hansen-musical/

Missing Richard Simmons

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Missing Richard Simmons is a podcast about the sudden disappearance of Richard Simmons. Richard being the health and fitness guru/energizer bunny.

Back in February of 2014 he suddenly stopped leading his exercise classes and communicating with any friends, at all. With no explanation whatsoever. He totally and completely removed himself from public life.

Three years in, his friend/acquaintance Dan Taberski, decided to investigate and find out what happened. The podcast has only six episodes, (4 have been released at the time of writing this blog). And is totally and completely compelling.

It feels similar in ways to the SERIAL podcasts.

Several times listening I kept thinking, truth is stranger than fiction. This story is a mix of celebrity, sadness, mystery, nostalgia, intrigue, humor, compassion, and surprise.

I had been reluctant at first, but now I am all in.

There is an incredible story here.

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LOS ANGELES – 1992: Actor Richard Simmons poses for a portrait in 1992 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

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https://www.missingrichardsimmons.com/

 

 

The First Monday in May

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Found the documentary The First Monday in May to be mesmerizing. The documentary is about the Met Gala in 2014 which was hosted by Ann Wintour. The film follows the path to the event and all the key players involved; designers, museum curators, assistants, celebrities, and more.

The theme of the event in 2014 was China: Through the Looking Glass. And extraordinary feat for the annual fundraising event. Fascinating to watch all the elements and creative minds come together to produce this large scale extravaganza which takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

And what they produce brings up the question of art, what is art, and can fashion be considered art on the level of great works already housed in The Met.

You’ll have to watch and decide for yourself.

Currently available on iTunes and Netflix.

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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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We recently had the opportunity to stay at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

What a place. Totally hip, booming, and the new Vegas experience. If you like that kind of thing.

While Vegas is not for everyone, for those of us who find Las Vegas to be an adult playground, this is an excellent place to visit.

They have everything you need, pools, clubs, bars, restaurants, casino, shops, and some awesome rooms.

Smack dab in the middle of the strip. It really the right amount of wrong.

Oh and make sure you look for the Chandelier Bar and the hidden pizza place.

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The NoMad Hotel

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The NoMad Hotel has very quickly become one of my favorite hotels in NYC. It’s distinct, elegant, and bustling. The rooms are all individually decorated and inspired by the french word “Voyage”. The service is terrific. It also has a world class restaurant, and bars, including my favorite the Library Bar. An actual 2 story working library that is made available only for Guests of the hotel.

From the internet:

Housed in a historic, beaux arts building, this Parisian-inspired luxury hotel is 1.4 miles from the Museum of Modern Art.

Stylish rooms have free WiFi, hardwood floors and handmade rugs, walk-in showers, and original artwork, as well as pillow-top mattresses with Italian bedding, desks, minibars, flat-screen TVs and iPhone docking stations; suites add bay windows and extra living space. Some rooms include clawfoot tubs and city views.

Perks include nightly turndown service, a 24-hour gym and a bi-level library, plus an indoor/outdoor rooftop event space, an opulent lounge with a 24-foot-long mahogany bar, and a destination restaurant.

Address: 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
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https://www.thenomadhotel.com/

 

Napoleon House

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On a recent visit to New Orleans I eventually made it outside in the sweltering heat to explore the French Quarter. It was on this journey where I stumbled upon Napoleon House. It barely caught my attention as it seemed run down and non-descript.

But I stepped inside  after looking at the menu and to get out of the heat. What I discovered was this completely fascinating location, Napoleon House. I made my way up to the bar to have lunch.

After receiving the menu I discovered this place was designated as a Historic Building by the United States Department of the Interior. And it was amazing.

From the menu:

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Walls that had paint chipping, antique works of art covered the walls, and classical music played throughout. I felt as though I stepped into another time period; where internet, cell phones, and distractions of the day had no place here.

The bartender made some suggestions and I ordered the Bruscetta, thinking it was be light and fresh. It was not, instead it was this amazing tomato and cheese soaked bread. It was so large I could only eat half. Paired with a nice glass of wine, it was awesome.

So obessessed was I with this place, I made sure to return one more time before I left new Orleans. This night the waiter could tell I was amped up about the place, and even gave me a menu to take with me, and told me they had T-Shirts for sale, so I bought one.

For dinner I had one of their signature items, a Muffuletta.

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From the website:

The Muffuletta

Muffuletta is the quintessential New Orleans sandwich and a Napoleon House signature that pays homage to the Italian immigrants who first opened grocery and deli stores along the riverfront of the French Market in New Orleans. It is a hearty sandwich of cured meats and cheese, slathered with a tangy olive salad dressing piled onto a sesame-crusted Italian loaf.  The muffuletta is heated to intensify the flavors of the ingredients.

It was completely memorable and I could return again and again. It felt familiar, like somewhere you’d meet your friends, and to relax.

http://www.napoleonhouse.com/