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It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

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WATCH: I Am Easy To Find – The Movie.

I was lucky to experience this movie at a screening that included the director Mike Mills, The National, and the actress Alicia Vikander. Not gonna lie. I was deeply affected by this movie. I remain surprised at the hold it has had on me since seeing it. Mills collaborated with The National, using their music as an inspiration and soundtrack. The film moves along without dialogue, the story being propelled by sub-titles. It is filmed in black and white and I was intrigued with the art-house vibe Mills employs here. Vikander is simply stunning. I hope you can see this on the biggest screen possible.

 

EAT: You need this Bacon Salmon/Chicken Power Bowl.

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Bacon Salmon/Chicken Power Bowl. Some of my favorite dishes come together by happenstance. Mostly this involves digging through the fridge to see what I have to choose from. My point being that you don’t need to have a recipe to make something tasty. A few skill sets and a good pantry are your friends. Joe sent me this photo last week and described what he did and I was instantly jealous. Also, hungry AF. Joe made his with salmon because that’s what he had but he’s also used chicken and likes it even better. I love this kind of meal. I enjoy the prep, sipping on something while I’m cooking, and enjoying the results. Check it out here.

 

LISTEN: I Am Easy To Find – The Album.

That screening I mentioned above was not the only experience of that special evening. There was a Q&A after the screening featuring Bryce and Matt of The National along with Mike Mills and Alicia Vikander hosted by Carrie Brownstein. And then The National took the stage to perform the album. There was something unique and intense about hearing an album for the first time in this manner. Director Mike Mills produced this album in tandem to making his movie based on the band’s music. This new album features female vocalists, something the band has not employed before. This brings a rich new element to the already emotional nature of their music. And perhaps because of my experience, I recommend listening to I Am Easy To Find in its entirely on first listen.

 

WATCH: A perfect way to remember Doris Day.

Hi. My name is Tim and I was a Doris Day fan. Not even embarrassed abut this. The woman was marvelously gifted. She was a terrific actress and singer. And she spent much of her life championing the protection of animals. I sat down and re-watched this film the night she passed. It happens to be one of the best films of the past 70 years. It’s a Hitchcock classic. If you haven’t seen it, it offers a great example of 1950’s Americana even as it is set in Marrekesh and London. And yes, there are a couple wince-worthy moments, now common with movies from this era. But, it is totally worth it.

 

DRINK: Upgrade your Summer tea.

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/orange-iced-tea

It’s not something that happens on a certain date. It’s not something I can force. It just happens. And I’m always so happy when it does. It happened last week. We had temperatures in the upper 80’s, the yard had become green and shady and I was ready. I have officially entered iced-tea season. I switched to cold brew tea bags years ago from the jug-in-the-sun version I had been brewing since…well the point is that I continue to look for ways to freshen the routine. This orange ice-tea recipe is simple. As much as I appreciate the recipe itself, I’m a fan of the template it suggests for adaptations. There are so many possibilities for different versions of this.

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He’s pretty sure about some of the things most of the time, but totally clueless about everything else all the time. 

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Great destinations for a 2-day weekend trip


Sometimes in life, we don’t have time for a full-blown vacation, but we can put some time aside for a weekend trip. You don’t have to fly to the other side of the world to have a great time, and these local hotspots are perfect for a 2-day weekend trip.

New York City

The city that never sleeps has to be on your weekend getaway list because there is just so much to see and do. You can spend the entire weekend sightseeing, or you can go on a culinary adventure across the Big Apple. With more restaurants and bars than you could possibly imagine you can have a fun-filled weekend and be back in time for the meeting on Monday.

The best thing about New York City is that you can get there any way you want. You can fly into any of the major airports or flying isn’t for you then the train is a good option, while driving isn’t out of the question. There are plenty of indoor activities like the museums and Broadway shows for when the weather isn’t great, and then there’s Central Park for when the sun’s shining.

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Chicago

If you’re considering the north-east of America, then you might as well think about Chicago. You’ll find great pizza here, though New Yorkers might prefer to call it a pie, but there’s more to Chicago than pizza. There is the iconic Field Museum to take in some of the history of the Windy City, but the best way to see this city is by taking a bike tour.

You’ll come across all the iconic locations like the famous ‘Bean’ installation, plus you’ll coast past Lake Michigan and wonder why all cities don’t have beaches. Wander into Millenium Park and lose yourself for an hour or two in the 25-acre open area and then head to Michigan Avenue to shop til you drop.

Nashville

Nashville is the home of country music, and there is so much to see and do here. You’ll have to check out some music when you’re here of course, and you can head straight to the Grand Ole Opry for a tour. Nashville is best enjoyed on foot, and you should make use of any of the walking tours on offer to tourists.

They will take you along to the best spots in town, including City House, the Tennessee State Museum, the riverfront, and Nissan Stadium. In the evenings make a reservation for the Bluebird Cafe to see the next big thing in country music doing their thing. The Bluebird Cafe is where acts like Garth Brooks made their names, and you’ll find stars of today such as LeAnn Rimes performing today.

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San Diego

There’s not much to dislike about San Diego. It has great year-round weather and around 70 miles of coastline for visitors to enjoy. If you’re looking for somewhere to surf, then you couldn’t pick a better spot for the weekend than San Diego.

You can head there to surf or equally, it’s perfect for relaxing on the beach with some tunes and a cooler. It won’t take you long to find somewhere to eat thanks to the countless Mexican restaurants and to top it all off there is a bustling nightlife for the evenings.

These destinations are perfect for getting away for the weekend. There is so much to do that your only regret will be not taking more time to take in these wonderful weekend hotspots.

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Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are likely to live to reign another day at the box office. “Avengers: Endgame” is on its way to its third weekend at No. 1 with an estimated $ 62 million. The first real challenger to “Endgame’s” rule, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s “Detective Pikachu,” is heading for about $ 55 million from 4,202 locations […]

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It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

PLANT: Bring some green into your living space.

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Depending on where you are, Spring might be exploding around you. I’m definitely a fan. I don’t have a lot of house plants because of cats and thumbs. But I love having a little bit of life in my living space. That’s where succulents come in. The best thing about succulents is that you have to work hard at killing them. They do best when ignored, mostly. There are so many varieties of plants to choose from, and just as many textures and structures. It doesn’t take much to put together a centerpiece or a medium size pot and the plants are easy to work with. First things first. Yes – there is a slide show element to this link. This is actually not a bad thing. Because below that, you can see the information you need if you are interested in finding out which plants are which. Maybe you decide to put something together for a gift. But don’t be surprised if you decide to keep it. And even if you’re not one for words like “zen,” you benefit from their presence just the same.

 

EAT: Mix up your taco routine with mushrooms.

https://www.blessthismessplease.com/the-best-mushroom-tacos/

Mushroom tacos! On a recent visit to Los Angeles I enjoyed this dish at a rooftop restaurant with a view of the Hollywood sign. I am still thinking about those tacos. When I got home I had to find a similar recipe and give it a chance just to ensure my original impressions were based more on the mushrooms and not the Hollywood hills and the Capitol Records tower in the distance. It was the shrooms. Hearty portobello mushrooms are a good meat substitute especially since they hoover up any seasonings you use. Grilled vegetables are a summer staple at my house and this dish will find its way into regular rotation for sure.

 

BINGE: It’s a beautiful world we live in…

Netflix’ Our Planet is a really good addition to the nature documentary genre. David Attenborough‘s* narration brings gravitas to the series. The writing is excellent. It is a program where you will learn much about nature and the fauna within. Where you will find yourself beaming at the incredible footage and inspiring sights and then crying ten minutes later. Where you will hear a phrase “the boobies carpet bomb the shoals” and not snicker. Hopefully (goals?). But seriously, it is a show where you will learn so much and be entertained the whole time. *David is the younger brother to the super rich but lousy with the grandkids dude from Jurassic Park.

 

DRINK: An update of an old favorite.

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The tequila gimlet is a terrific take on a classic cocktail. I stumbled upon these out of necessity one evening when I realized, halfway into making drinks, I didn’t have some of my usual margarita fixings (I’m a sucker for Grand Marnier in my version). I had some simple syrup and I had lots of limes so I set about fixing what is essentially the tequila version of the popular gin gimlet.  This is a great recipe for the drink. While the author is not a fan of Roses lime (I get it), I have no issues using Rose’s because that particular brand is heavily associated with the original recipe and sometimes you don’t have or don’t want to make the simple syrup. Sticking with fresh lime juice ensures that this cocktail is much less sweet than the typical margarita.

 

READ: One of those books for guys who think they don’t like to read.

The Alienist

Caleb Carr’s 1994 best-seller is a great read for anyone who has an appreciation for well told detective tales. In addition, if you are at all interested in history, modern forensics, or 19th century NYC, this is for you. Carr is an American military historian with a terrific knack for telling a story. The Alienist is quick paced and well written, with a great deal of atmosphere. Warning: this one is hard to put down. I can’t speak to the new limited series adaptation currently on television.

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5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Weekend

Shawn Mendes is back with “If I Can’t Have You,” his first new single of 2019 ahead of a Saturday Night Live performance this weekend. BANKS also returns, this time leaning into even darker sounds on the haunting “Gimme.” Esperanza Spalding, the virtuoso jazz artist, explores the mysteries of the body — and blood — on a lush, engaging new project, starting with “Lest We Forget.” Vampire Weekend’s long-awaited new album, Father of the Bride, is a sunny addition to their discography, bringing with it some unexpected assists from the likes of Steve Lacy. And YG comes through with a mariachi-inspired new track, “Go Loko.”

“If I Can’t Have You,” Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes doesn’t have to prove anything anymore; the former teen star turned rock-pop idol has sold out stadiums worldwide, put together a well-received 2018 self-titled album and has so far seamlessly navigated the waters of his celebrity. “If I Can’t Have You” is our first taste of new music since the album, and it’s a promising follow-up, giving him ample space to test the upper reaches of his tenor over the piano-driven pop melody. “I can’t write one song that’s not about you,” Mendes complains warmly in the chant-like chorus, a line destined for fan sing-a-longs.

“Gimme,” BANKS

Back in 2014, Californian electro-R&B singer BANKS was already exploring the intersection of hip-hop, pop and electronic production on platinum hits like “Beggin for Thread” in a style that has since evolved to take over the mainstream. Now, after a multi-year gap following the release of her well-received 2016 album The Altar, BANKS is returning to join the mix. But she has new tricks up her sleeve, too: “Gimme” is darker and heavier than her earlier work, leaning on minimalist, hollow percussion as layers beneath stuttering synths. If this is a sign of the BANKS to come, we’re promised a worthy follow-up.

“Lest We Forget (blood),” Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding has long been hailed as a jazz prodigy, an innovative Grammy-winning bassist and singer who has leaned deep into her explorations of new ways to approach her craft. On “Lest We Forget,” off of her 12 Little Spells project, Spalding unearths a haunting, R&B-styled side. The album with 12 tracks first came out in 2018, but is only being released digitally now, with four extra tracks to boot; each “spell” correlates to a body part. “Lest We Forget,” which is her take on blood, starts with a delicate hum before the instruments and lyrics come into play. “Blood is humming us,” she murmurs, “a constant tone accompanying the incessant muscling.” There’s a fluidity and consistent richness to the song that echoes her words.

“Flower Moon,” Vampire Weekend feat. Steve Lacy

To follow up 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend return this week with Father of the Bride, a bright, extensive 18-track album full of their signature experimental indie rock. “Flower Moon” feels fresh and fun from the get-go: a Vocoder-addled opening line will catch your attention, with a delicate, wistful sax underlying it. But the bouncy, handclap-driven rest of the song will keep it, boosted by the appearance of The Internet’s Steve Lacy, adding in echoing vocals and guitar. The song is less a story than a mood: a piece of warm-weather jazzy noise that’s both bittersweet in its lyrics and sunny in its disposition.

“Go Loko,” YG feat. Tyga and Jon Z

Nothing like a little Spanish guitar to underpin a slow-burning summer jam, which is ostensibly what West Coast rapper YG could have on his hands with new single “Go Loko.” The guitar and mariachi melody serves as a surprising — and welcome — contrast to YG’s rapping, with verses from fellow Californian Tyga and Puerto Rican trap star Jon Z. None of the three have to work too hard, preferring to deliver their lines with low-key energy (although Jon Z does heat things up). Overall, there’s something blurred around the edges here, like a hazy summer night in Los Angeles. Which seems to be what they were aiming for: after all.

 


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Avengers: Endgame Smashes Record for Biggest Opening Weekend

(NEW YORK) — “Avengers: Endgame” has shattered the record for biggest opening weekend with an estimated $ 350 million in domestic ticket sales and $ 1.2 billion globally.

The Marvel Studios superhero blockbuster far exceeded even its own gargantuan expectations. The movie’s domestic haul blew past the previous record of $ 257.7 million, set last year by “Avengers: Infinity War.”

“Endgame” was just as enormous overseas. Worldwide, it obliterated the previous record of $ 640.5 million, also set by “Infinity War.”

To accommodate demand, the Walt Disney Co. released “Endgame” in more theaters than any opening before. Advance ticketing services set new records. And some theaters even stayed open 72 hours straight.


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The 5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Weekend

Friday may be Taylor Swift‘s new music release day — the pop queen put out her first new song of the next era, the bubblegum-bright “ME!” featuring Panic! At the Disco’s Brendon Urie, and promptly took over the internet — but plenty of other artists also shared new releases for this weekend, too. FKA twigs returns after a three-year absence with a heart-rending, understated performance piece. Nick Murphy explores a more acoustic side on “Dangerous.” P!nk gets experimental on the country-meets-electronic twangs of “(Hey Why) Miss You Sometime” off her new album. Ellie Goulding and a slew of top-tier artists contribute to a new Game of Thrones-themed album project, For the Throne. Here are the five best songs to listen to this weekend.

“Cellophane,” FKA twigs

FKA twigs is a performance artist through and through, her enigmatic image revealing only that which she is ready to share. After more than three years, the British singer and dancer has returned with her first new single, “Cellophane.” It’s a softly unsettling, devastating tune rendered in minimalist piano chords and twigs’s delicate, tightly-wound vocals. Her high notes are a carefully controlled keening, coiled with tension. The video, too, is a gorgeous work of CGI and choreography; she says she taught herself to pole dance in order to bring the visual to life. Come for her hyper-specific vision, but stay for the message. “Why don’t I do it for you?” she wails, the raw edges cutting close to home.

 

“Dangerous,” Nick Murphy

Nick Murphy became a hit back in 2014 with songs like “Talk Is Cheap” under the moniker Chet Faker, wordplay on the famous jazz musician Chet Baker; the Australian singer-songwriter-musician’s early music was an electronic, drop-heavy approach to jazz. Now, after an extended absence to travel and write once more, Murphy is returning as himself on the many-faceted Run Fast Sleep Naked. “Dangerous” is multi-layered and experimental, but maintains an acoustic heartbeat and a measured, reflective tone. “Maybe I’m dangerous,” he admits: “According to you, it could’ve been love with us.” Instead, we have the music.

 

“(Hey Why) Miss You Sometime” P!nk

P!nk has to be one of the most consistent pop stars of the past decade-plus, which counts eight albums. Hurts 2B Human is her 2019 offering, coming just two years after 2017’s Beautiful Trauma. This time, she roped in a smart cast of collaborators, including R&B crooner Khalid and country star Chris Stapleton. “(Hey Why) Miss You Sometime” shows off her experimentation with country-tinged melodies as well as some AutoTune elements and bouncy electronic beats. The result is something intentionally messy but definitely fun, just like the complicated relationship she sings about.

 

“Hollow Crown,” Ellie Goulding

“You know you’re fighting in a losing battle, making a noose out of your hollow crown,” sings British pop singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding off the top of her new track “Hollow Crown,” written for an album released alongside this final season of Game of Thrones. It’s an aptly brooding, trap-influenced song that echoes the dark themes of this season, and sees Goulding — known for explosive pop hits like “Starry Eyed” and “Burn” and more recent release “Sixteen” — explore new, more hip-hop-adjacent territory with her distinctive vocal twists. She’s in good company on this For the Throne project, which also tapped collaborators like Maren Morris, Rosalía, The National and SZA in an eclectic A-list of artists. However the chips may fall at the Battle of Winterfell this weekend, at least we’ll have this project to remember the moments before the impending bloodbath. And if you don’t watch Thrones? Not to worry; “Hollow Crown” and the rest of the songs stand up on their own.

 

“Vossi Bop,” Stormzy

Still one of the foremost voices of grime, Stormzy is back with his first release since 2017’s hit debut album on “Vossi Bop.” The U.K. rapper takes this track’s title from a viral dance trend across the pond started by NL Vossi, but the infectious beat, rolling rhyme scheme and political commentary are all his own. Keep an eye out for the Idris Elba cameo, and keep an ear open for the Idris-referencing James Bond line bringing it home.


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WATCH: Grade A B-Movie fun.

You are either down for this or you aren’t. This is pure genre fun, with an excellent cast and production values that steer clear of anything wince-inducing. Maybe that’s not your thing. Totally get it. It shares a concept with last year’s “A Quiet Place” (although it is from a book published before that film’s release) so maybe you think you’ve been here and done that. You haven’t. This is a hoot. It doesn’t reinvent anything but it keeps you on the edge and you could consider it the mental version of a palette cleanser. Pop some corn and settle in!

 

READ: The Book that Saved the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Yes. I realize that the video above is an actual movie version of Victor Hugo’s classic. And that it is a silent movie. Also, black and white. It’s still sexier than an edited picture of a book cover. Besides, this whole story about how Hugo wrote this novel to save the famous cathedral was something I only learned about this week. This week’s fire was really difficult to watch, as someone who has been fortunate enough to have been there and stepped inside. And so, in Hugo’s book, the cathedral is every bit as important to the story as the famous protagonist of the title. A gothic story about gothic times? That was enough to get me to read this years back and it is enough to make me return to its pages.

 

LISTEN: LSD for your earholes.

I have included a song or two from LSD in past Dappered playlists. The band name comes from the three artists who joined forces for this project: SIA, Labrinth, and Diplo. I am a sucker for this upbeat, inventive and hook-filled sound. The production is so very, very impressive. It seems perfect for the season. Open the windows, turn up the volume and smile. (You might also find your body language alter accordingly.)

 

EAT: An Early Spring Mixed Grill.

Shrimp and Chorizo Mixed Grill from Epicurious

Shrimp and Chorizo Mixed Grill. As soon as I am able to move the majority of my cooking outdoors, I do. It’s not just about leaving the kitchen clean (although that is a really strong notch in the plus column), it’s also about keeping my kitchen as clean as possible. Plus, the clean kitchen. I kid. Mostly. What I appreciate about this menu is the combination of fresh-right-now ingredients like asparagus while including the chorizo, which hints at the more robust cuts of meat which will roll out over the summer. I suggest adding green onions and other spring greens available at area farmers markets.

 

DRINK: A Tasty Easter Mocktail. 

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/drinks/how-to/g785/best-mocktail-recipes/

Coconut, Cucumber, Lime, and Mint Cooler. There are only a handful of ingredients. From the link: “4 cups of coconut water 2 cucumbers sliced very thinly, half cup of lime juice, quarter cup of sugar (optional), and a quarter cup of chopped mint leaves.” You simply combine all of the ingredients and chill. If it’s me, I’m doubling ingredients. And then some. Shouldn’t be too hard to make this attractive to the 21+ adult beverage set either.

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READ: Consider this your lifehack of the week.

If there is one thing I don’t do with my phone, it’s actually make calls and such. As in talking. Actually communicating via telephone seems so late 19th century. In the instance when mine actually rings, I deliver a withering side-eye and cuss like a sailor before ignoring it completely. You may have a different relationship with your phone. And that’s all good. I would imagine however, that we are of like mind when it comes to Robocalls. Which means this is totally relevant to your interests. With thanks to Joe for the heads up.

 

LISTEN: Jai Wolf brings big melodies to go with the big beats.

More of this please. Jai Wolf is a Bangladeshi-American producer who, having worked with Skrillex and other big names in the EDM world has released a debut collection of his own. This is electronic music that is warm and embraceable. The title gives away the idea here. The Cure To Loneliness. You have to be working hard to not find comfort in these songs. Yet it all rings true. It feels good. At the dog end of a particularly craptacular day gone by, I stumbled upon this and within minutes I had let my arguments with the day fade away. Not even kidding. There’s an indie-rock feel to some of this in a way that is less moronic than it sounds.

 

EAT: A different take on Spring’s favorite root vegetable. 

Roasted radishes with Herbs. I am fairly flabbergasted at the notion that people roast radishes. It’s not the actual roasting that flabbers my gast, but the idea that in all of my time on this particular orb, I had never run across it or had thought of doing it myself. I am such a disappointment. You, who aren’t burdened with such failure, are free to enjoy completely. But for reals, this is so good.

 

FISH: As in, adopt one. Or two.

My brother spent some time living at my place this summer, because life. While I was off enjoying a week at a mountain lake, he was goofing around at the state fair and when I returned I discovered a big fish bowl and two goldfish on my dining table. I was introduced to Loki and Thor and when my brother moved out last fall, the fish stayed behind. I knew this was going to happen the moment I saw them. What I didn’t know was how attached I would get to these guys. My previous experience with a state fair goldfish culminated with my father dumping the dregs of his scotch into the fishbowl when I was nine. To be honest, it culminated with a ceremonial flush later that night. I have since learned that even goldfish have personalities. So to speak. Mostly. Having lived with them for a good while now, I have to say that this article and this article do a good job of explaining why I am happy they’re still with me. Photo by Sri Lanka on Unsplash.

 

WATCH: I’m late to this party but what a party it is.

And by party I mean Western.  An entire anthology of first rate Westerns as only Joel and Ethan Coen could create. You get everything here. All the feels. ALL OF THEM. Because it’s the Coen Brothers, it is laugh out loud funny as well as bark real loud uncomfortable, funny or otherwise. Just don’t get too emotionally attached to the characters. Let’s face it, the American West of the era portrayed here, was not exactly the best of times. It was pretty brutal in fact. And with this as a backdrop, the stories that play out do so in ways that stick with you. The cast includes many Coen regulars along with a few surprises (Dudley Dursley we are looking at you!) including a classic performance from Tom Waits.

 

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Anitta shows she’s got the range on Kisses, a trilingual album from the Brazilian superstar. Meanwhile, a viral hit — Lil Nas X‘s social-media-assisted country-trap crossover “Old Town Road” — gets a Billy Ray Cyrus remix that should only boost its popularity and chart potential. K-pop girl group BLACKPINK set out a powerful mission statement of global domination with the percussion-heavy “Kill This Love.” Singer-producer Ioanna Gika looks inward and finds a world of complexity on Thalassa. And Little Big Town critiques societal standards for women on the tender ballad “The Daughters.”

“Rosa,” Anitta with Prince Royce

Discovered off of YouTube as a teen in 2010, Anitta is now Brazil’s biggest pop star. Her music tops charts across Latin America (see: “Bola Rebola” with J Balvin and Tropkillaz, “Terremoto” with MC Kevinho) and her social media presence rivals many of the U.S.’s most popular artists. Now she’s released Kisses, her first trilingual album, and it’s time she receives the global attention she deserves. Kisses features appearances from the likes of bossa nova legend Caetano Veloso, rappers Snoop Dogg and Swae Lee, fellow Latina star Becky G and even DJ Alesso; on each track, she showcases a slightly different style, from harder baile funk or funk carioca (the club-ready “Onda Diferente” and “Juego”) to Brazilian balladry (sweet album closer “Você Mentiu”) to her own take on EDM (“Get to know me”). “Rosa” captures Anitta at her finest: over a sinuous trap-pop beat, she and bachata-R&B artist Prince Royce weave a sensuous story. You don’t have to speak Portuguese — or, in the case of this song, Spanish — to fall under Anitta’s spell.

 

“Old Town Road (Remix),” Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus

The 19-year-old Atlanta rapper Lil Nas X has had a wild few weeks. The social-media-savvy artist first put out the country-trap track “Old Town Road” back in late 2018. It took off on the app TikTok, eventually jumping into chart status and nabbing him a record deal with Columbia. When it was pulled from Billboard‘s official country charts at the end of March thanks to its mixed genre, he became an even bigger draw. Now, we have a remix featuring country mainstay Billy Ray Cyrus, guaranteeing the track a return to its country status once more. The unlikely pair are nicely complementary: Cyrus’s characteristic twang serves as a fresh counterpart to Lil Nas X’s easy baritone flow. It was already a hit; now it’s not going anywhere.

 

“Messenger,” Ioanna Gika

After a period of personal turmoil, singer and producer Ioanna Gika headed to her familial home in Greece to process and create Thalassa, her debut solo album. Sweeping and ethereal in the tradition of artists like Enya, Thalassa takes its cues from the epics of its birthplace. “Messenger” turns a stuttering electronic beat into a persistent chord of anxiety under choral arrangements and atmospheric verses. Gika has said the album is a “document of the dread, the adrenaline, and the surrender in the moments when you realize the only way to survive is to brace yourself and go through.” “Messenger” maintains that kind of breathless, urgent energy: a calling to carry on.

 

“Kill This Love,” BLACKPINK

If you like your K-pop with attitude and a serious drumbeat, girl group BLACKPINK have the track for you. “Kill This Love,” off the foursome’s new EP of the same title, is a no-holds-barred song that mixes singing and rapping in Korean and English. In the tradition of their popular male counterparts like BTS, BLACKPINK leans into the combination of a big drop and complex visuals. But BLACKPINK has plenty to boast of on their own, too: Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa already have the most-watched K-pop group video on YouTube. “Kill This Love” promises to keep up their momentum as they make a play for Western audiences, with that menacing beat putting them front and center.

 

“The Daughters,” Little Big Town

“Oh girl, wash your face before you come to the table,” this thoughtful new ballad from country quartet Little Big Town starts off; it’s the group’s first new song off an upcoming ninth album. “Girl, know your place… shoulders back and stand up straight, watch your mouth and watch your weight.” A tender, unflinching reflection on the superficial standards women are held to, it will speak to many women who have put their own dreams second to the requirements of society, family or both. There’s a certain resignation in lead singer Karen Fairchild’s lilting voice, but it’s also a delicate reminder that we are not alone in our struggle. “I’ve heard of God the son and God the father,” she sings. “I’m just looking for a God for the daughters.”

 


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It’s here: Billie Eilish‘s long-awaited debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is out, three years after the teen artist first came to the attention of the music industry. Meanwhile, Sky Ferreira — once a rising pop star, now an enigmatic artist of uncertain genre — finally dropped the first song, “Downhill Lullaby,” off a long-gestating new project. Rosalía, Spain’s voice of flamenco-pop, teams up with J Balvin for a reggaeton track that shows off both their strengths on “Con Altura.” Another smart pairing: Cage the Elephant and Beck, two of alt-rock’s top acts, on collaborative single “Night Running” ahead of a joint tour. And Tank and the Bangas prove they’ve got plenty of surprises in store with the flirty, summer-ready “Nice Things.”


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This week, Lizzo continues dropping hits in advance of her new album — this time featuring none other than Missy Elliott on “Tempo.” Dance duo Sofi Tukker try a new sound on recent release “Fantasy,” ahead of their next project. Rising country singer Kassi Ashton goes introspective on the intimate, haunting acoustic ballad “Pretty Shiny Things.” Kailee Morgue brings in Hayley Kiyoko for the emo-pop bop that is “Headcase,” a track that traverses dark territory with a wink. And boy band Why Don’t We may all be under 21, but that doesn’t stop them from singing infectiously about the problem with nightlife on “I Don’t Belong in This Club” with an added verse from Macklemore.


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Weekend Wednesday: How to Get the Boho Look

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This is the second in an occasional series on weekend clothes with a specific personality — see all the posts in the series here. Today: how to get the boho look.

As a reminder, there was an old book I had where the author (90s-era CNN style commentator Elsa Klensch) talked about how “[m]any successful businesswomen I know tap into their private visions of themselves and express that inner being in their weekend wear. … On weekends, I want to be softer, more romantic. My fantasy in the summer is to look as though I just stepped out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel wearing Gatsby-style long skirts and gently flowing chiffon scarves.”

Accordingly, I thought it might be fun to round up different stores selling “weekend vibe” clothes in different personalities for our ongoing Weekend Wednesdays series. After all, we’ve talked in the past about the weekend you vs. the weekday you — as well as sharing our best tips for upgrading your weekend clothes and cultivating style in general. Last fall we covered “tough girl chic” — a flawed term for sure but one that I thought nicely conveyed the women whose ideal weekend outfit is a black t-shirt and black ripped jeans (raising hand). Today, let’s look at how to get the boho look. 

There are a ton of stores that appeal to a freewheeling, relaxed, “flower child” kind of mindset — even if you’re well past the days of planning outfits for Coachella. Some of the top stores you might want to check out to support your boho mindset for the weekend include some of the stores and brands below — note that a lot of do have workwear offerings as well. If the boho mindset appeals to you because you’re interested in slow fashion and sustainability, you may want to check out our Slow Guide Shopping Guide (which we’re in the midst of updating!). 

Building Blocks for the Boho Look

  • Denim (ideally bought at a thrift store or a brand using sustainable denim like Reformation, Everlane, or Warp & Weft — get more ideas from this Fashionista piece on sustainable denim) – flared denim approved
  • tees with a tunic-y vibe or an eco-friendly vibe (à la Free People), as well as thrift store graphic tees
  • Floppy hats (I’d be curious for which brands people recommend most for a boho chic look, but I will note that readers have recommended this sun hat brand
  • Frye boots, Docs
  • Play with volume – One person told me to think of it as a volume play — one part of your look should be really voluminous, whereas the rest of it should be slender — so, for example, if you’re wearing a sylph-like maxi dress, add a floppy hat… if you’re wearing a voluminous shirt pair it with a close-fitting bottom

Notes on How to Get Boho Style Over 30

It’s been interesting putting this post together because I don’t necessarily think of boho style as something ONLY for the 18 year olds among us — but it can be more complicated to think of boho style for the slightly older set. I’ve tried to put together pieces below that I think professional women might actually want to wear on the weekends — but when in doubt think of older women like Stevie Nicks or Lisa Bonet as inspiration, and remember that boho style is very much about sustainability and comfort — yes please! Look to more mature brands like Soft Surroundings, Eileen Fisher, or Johnny Was for ideas for how to get a more toned-down boho vibe without high-waisted denim short-shorts (I’ve heard them called “denim undies” and died laughing), crop tops, and mini-mini-skirts — even if those brands don’t 100% speak to you it will give you ideas for how to mix and match younger stuff and more traditional stuff. 

Free People

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I always think of Free People as being ultra-wearable boho fashion for your 20s, 30s and beyond. The bralette is pictured above not so much as an outfit suggestion (although hey, you do you) but as a note that a LOT of readers have called it out as being a super comfortable and pretty bralette to have peeking out of loose tops — and it does have more than 1000+ great reviews. Free People makes some of my favorite weekend tees — soft, cozy, comfortable. I didn’t picture this tee that I’ve got my eye on because there’s nothing particularly boho about it but it looks like the one to beat this season as far as pricey t-shirts go. 

Anthropologie

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Anthro is a good shopping spot for a ton of personalities, from boho to artsy to a clothing style I can only describe as “I wish I were French.” Accordingly there’s a bit of overlap here between the styles. The white t-shirt with pretty sleeves pictured above also comes in black and feels like a particularly modern tone-on-tone idea for boho style. Note that Anthro is launching plus sizes very soon!

Lucky Brand

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(All pictured pieces available in regular and plus sizes!)

Lucky Brand is definitely wearable boho clothes — easy to throw on for super casual weekends. I like that they come in a range of plus sizes as well. Lucky Brand is sold at a ton of places, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, as well as their own stores.

How about you, ladies — do you gravitate towards a boho look? Do you think your weekend vibe has a personality — and if so, what is it? (For our next one in this series we’ll do a preppy vibe…)

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Ah St. Patrick’s Day. The pageantry! The green beer! The not-really-Irish Americanisms of one of the country’s favorite excuses for drinking. This week’s recommendations offer a more traditional take on the best of the Emerald Isle. And yes, that does include a noteworthy cocktail.

 

EAT: Dublin Coddle with Pearl Barley.

Dublin Coddle with Pearl Barley

Donal Skehan, an Irish food writer, photographer and rising TV personality has had an interesting past. He has performed in bands, published award winning blogs and several books based on his “The Good Mood Food Blog.” He has shared a number of traditional Irish dishes (he suggests that most Irish food is comfort food) through his books and blogs. And since corned beef and cabbage isn’t really an Irish thing (it is an American creation), I am sharing one of his favorite recipes this week. Dublin Coddle with Pearl Barley. The ingredients are readily available and while you will need to convert a couple measurements from their metric origins, that really shouldn’t be a deal breaker here. C’mon now! It’s coddle. AKA rechauffe. Basically, leftovers. This is the best thing to dig into after a few celebratory beverages.

 

LISTEN: Wasteland, Baby!

Nobody was more surprised at his sudden success than Hozier. He was largely unrecognized in his home country when his single “Take Me To Church” was first released. That would not last for long. Five years on, he has toured the world, sold out concerts in his wake. His place in the world changed, he set to the task of following up one of the most important debut records of the last 10 years. And here it is: Wasteland, Baby.  If you were a fan of his first album, this will not disappoint. I was fortunate to get some time with him on the phone a couple weeks ago. We talked about the new album, pressure he was under, dance, his gospel influences and more. You can listen here.

 

READ: Seamus Heaney – Ireland’s favorite poet.

I have Gary Lightbody and Andrew Hozier to thank for my introduction to the poet Seamus Heaney. I am a fan of poetry but I’m not always comfortable reading it because it never sounds in my head as it does when it is read. That’s on me. Heaney is an Irish national hero who has had such an influence on Irish culture. His work is lovely for many reasons. Helen Vendler of The New Yorker called him “by turns mythological and journalistic, rural and sophisticated, reminiscent and impatient, stern and yielding, curt and expansive” In my recent interview with Hozier (above) I asked him about his thoughts on Seamus Heaney. You can hear his thoughts right here. This part of our visit comes about 8 minutes into our conversation.

 

WATCH: Forget Darby O’Gill. This is your movie of the week!

Hands down, this is one of my favorite Irish movies. There are lots of them actually (here and here and here and here and also here) but this is one I go back to often. It features terrific performances, a great deal of humor and charm, and a wicked sea-beastie. In addition to all of that, it’s a wonderful movie for those who love the language and accents of all involved.

 

DRINK: The Fat Frog is a legit Irish Favorite. 

The Fat Frog

I’m sorry. Let’s just get this out of the way right now. I’m sorry. I’m pretty sure that if you have more than a few of these you are going to Vesuvius some day-glo green comeuppance. Everywhere. This drink, the Fat Frog, is an Irish favorite. This is likely due to the fact that, to quote one fan, it “gets u rat assed quik.” There is nothing at all noble about the ingredients. They are all beverages I stay very far away from. Let’s be honest. St.Patrick’s day has become one of America’s grandest displays of ritual excess. This drink, just one step removed from 151 and kool-aid, makes it perfect for a day of debauchery and bad accents. But. And here’s where I could get in trouble. Because, in the spirit of the day, I would try one in a minute. I might even have two. By then I’d either be down for the count or half naked, wearing a pair of four leaf clover novelty underpants and covered in glitter belting out Thin Lizzy songs in the local parade. Totally worth it.

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BINGE: Not Your Grandad’s Groundhog Day.

Warning. This trailer begins with the words “let’s f*ck this party in the mouth.” This gives you an idea what kind of attitude this character has right from the start. I have only seen Natasha Lyonne in a couple of movies and I’ve liked her in everything I’ve seen. This is her show. Not only does she star in it and help create it, she writes and produces it (alongside Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler). The nature of the show (it moves quickly with each episode running about 23 minutes) pulls you in with the first episode and cements your interest by the third. There is a lot of smoking and drugs. Also adult humor. I may have learned one or two things I’m not sure I needed to know. But this I do know: it makes me want to live near people who have conversations like this. It’s smart and funny and it takes what is now a familiar plot feature (repeating the same day over and over and over) and makes it all new again.

 

EAT: It’s time to start thinking about Spring.

That is not meant to suggest it is here, yet. Mostly. But it’s never too early to start thinking about meals that go beyond seasonal one-pot comfort food. This weekend consider making Coconut Seasoned Prawns (this is where I was going to write “SPRING IT ON!” but decided against that. You’re welcome). Yes, there are more ingredients in this dish than our winter warming one-pot dishes. No, it is not a big deal. Yes, a couple of the ingredients listed are in metric. That should not be a deal-breaker considering the internet can help you with this. I’d serve this on Jasmine rice and consider mixing up something spring-like and delicious to serve with it. Like, perhaps, this…

 

DRINK: The classic Daquiri.

A perfect welcome for the season to be. This was a favorite of Hemingway and if we know anything about him it’s that he was a man’s man. So, yeah. Papa’s favorite poison indeed. Simple, classic and delicious.

 

LISTEN: “Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception.” 

This is a story made for the podcast format. I’m really happy to discover this because I followed this story a little bit when it was all happening. Not that you need to know anything about this story before you listen. Ambition, power, technology and the lure of health care profiteering all combine for one of the biggest business blunders in recent history. This will make you feel infinitely better about so many decisions you have made in your life.

 

READ: Treat your little grey cells to a classic Christie whodunnit.

If you are a fan of mysteries and thrillers, you can thank Agatha Christie. She set the standard for what we enjoy today. Her impact on popular culture remains impressive. Barnes And Noble calls The Murder of Roger Ackroyd one of the “25 books you should probably have read already.” They draw direct connections between Christie’s work and contemporary best sellers like Gone Girl and credit her with the introduction of the “unreliable narrator.” I just know that Hercule Poirot is one of literature’s greatest characters and any chance to read him in action is always a good thing.

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The Weekend Reset: Strange tales, Seattle sounds and pickleball.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

PLAY: Introducing your new favorite activity.

PICKLEBALL. Yes, pickleball. I have it on excellent authority (hey boss!) that this game is a blast. I feel a bit out of touch not having heard about it before now. I guess I wasn’t running in the right circles. But this totally has my name on it. I like the amalgamation of other net sports. As with most games, you’ve got some rules to learn. While Coach Mark does a fine job of explaining the game, he could stand to be a little more exciting. Nonetheless, you get a good idea of how it all works. Here’s to a summer of fun.

 

NAP: Your grey matter will thank you.

When I was a kid, I hated having to take naps. I just wasn’t having it. I was always straight-up frustrated when the day care lady made us lie down for an hour so she could watch her “stories.” At some point (most likely college) my attitude was, as they say, adjusted. I love naps. Happily, they are good for us for a number of reasons, from the “oh that’s pretty cool” to “yes, please and thank you.” All of this should wipe away any lingering guilt you might have about napping. Now, if I could just figure out how to fall asleep in minutes so I can get the benefit of “power naps.” Also, I have never in my life been able to take a nap that lasted only fifteen minutes.

 

WATCH: Satire, social commentary, big laughs and…

…one ginormous plot twist. I keep thinking I should give you all a heads up about some of the content but while this is satire that bites, we are all adults.

 

READ: Because truth is stranger than fiction.

The Man who mistook his Wife for a hat

Dr. Oliver Sacks became something of a celebrity when this collection was originally published. This was quite the feat considering that The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat And Other Clinical Tales discusses cases about people who suffered from severe neurological disorders “with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations.” The reason that this book became a best seller is due to Sacks’ ability to share these complex stories in a relatable manner. Fascinating stuff. I’ve read it a couple of times.

 

LISTEN: 25 years on, the Singles soundtrack still satisfies.

Here’s where I do my full disclosure thing and share that I was smack in the middle of this remarkable era of Seattle’s music scene. I was promoting records for Virgin Records. The company had just signed Smashing Pumpkins (who appear on the soundtrack). I had many friends who found themselves in the midst of all of this. I even had a friend who ended up in the movie. I am no casual observer. None of that matters. This is just a great cross section of rock from a specific time and place. The 25th Anniversary re-issue (here is a good overview of it) is the best way to revisit this album as the bonus material is stellar. Flannel not required.

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ENJOY: “We Will Rock You” – The Kevin Bacon of Rock N Roll?

You probably never thought much about what Queen’s “We Will Rock You” had in common with Metallica, or The Temptations or The Jackson 5? Luckily, this guy did.

 

EXPLORE: A new way to think about what happens after death.

A piece that makes you look at the business of death in a different way. Sometimes it seems as if we aren’t that different from the ancient Egyptians, at least when it comes to burial practices. You can read the article over here. As for me, I see myself volunteering for one of these.

 

REFRESH: A story about sweat and your stanky gym wear. 

Our gym clothes stink because we stink and it is all about our sweat. There are two kinds of sweat in this world. This is where the story begins.

 

LAUGH: This is why we need sub-titles. And tissues.

Unfortunately. There are no sub-titles. As a proud Scot, this makes me heart swell. Keep the heid!

 

CUSS! Make your own kind of…swear words. 

I heartily endorse this article. Not just because I’m always interested in the origins of words and linguistics. I endorse this as an avid and proud person who swears. A lot. Studies exist which suggest that people who swear are smarter than those who don’t. Do I have that link handy at the moment? I do not. So @#$ % right off. Or, better yet, come up with your own. Also, there’s this.  And also, this.

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READ: The Internet of all things is fake, mostly.

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But you probably already guessed that? This explains how this comes to be. And it is as depressing as you might imagine. We are nearing the point where there are more bots than actual people on the web and that is where things like Skynet catch up with us. Fascinating (and depressing) stuff. Anytime I hear about how many streams a band has, or video views, I understand that those numbers are mostly meaningless. It’s all about cheating money out of people.

 

WATCH: Because sometimes Jenga just isn’t enough fun…

First things first: I am still catching up on movies released last year. And occasionally I end up watching something with friends I had skipped for whatever reason. Game Night is one of those movies. It had surfaced on streaming services recently and I finally got around to watching it the other night. I ended up watching it again the next day. If you have ever done game nights with your crew then this is immediately relatable. Until it isn’t. This is a clever, funny, fast paced movie that really works because the acting ensemble shines (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are so good here) and the characters are genuine. And yes, sometimes you will have to rewind things just to catch lines that you missed. It’s worth it.

 

EAT: An overnight one-pot chicken to eat off all week.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2019/01/18/overnight-chicken-in-a-pot-has-become-the-savior-of-our-weeknight-cooking/?utm_term=.c5716a65748f

Yes, there is the multi-paragraph origin tale before you get to the helpful parts. And yes, you are looking at a picture of how you should plan meals around said chicken. Ultimately, it is literally a bird in a pot. Nonetheless, for myself, this is kind of a game changer. It makes it easier to get more out of the chicken, especially if you need protein for the week ahead. There’s that. And the fact that you get a broth out of the whole deal is kind of a big deal.

 

CREATE: Yeah, you can. This suggests you should.

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I have no doubt that this isn’t the sort of thing that will resonate with everyone. But, for many of you it might spark a change you’ve been thinking about or looking for. If nothing else, it serves as a reminder about the importance of art in our civilization.

 

LISTEN: This is not your grandfather’s Beck.

I’ve had this on repeat for a couple days now. This is not “Loser” Beck. It’s not “Up All Night” Beck. Or “Lost Cause” Beck. It’s a cover of an obscure 1982 b-side that would find a bigger audience via This Mortal Coil. And by bigger audience, I mean artsy introverted liberal arts majors who bought anything that came out on the 4AD record label. The This Mortal Coil version (which Beck pretty much replicates) remains one of my favorite songs from that era for reasons which are impossible for me to convey. It’s all hormones and melancholy. This song has been released as part of an upcoming collection of songs inspired by the Oscar nominated movie Roma, which is on Netflix.

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He’s currently chasing his spirit animal. 


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Congrats on making it through another week! We honestly deserve a medal for making it to Friday, but a very full glass of rosé and some retail therapy will do. So start pouring and treat yourself to the 91 online sales below. Happy hunting!  Abercrombie & Fitch: Up to 70% off sale; extra …

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How to watch the Super Blood Wolf Moon lunar eclipse this weekend

Total Lunar Eclipse 2019

Sadly, the United States (and the rest of the continent) missed out on a lunar eclipse last summer, but we will get one more chance this weekend. On the evening of January 20th, the only total lunar eclipse of 2019 will light up the night sky across North and South America, as well as parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia.

The eclipse is being referred to a variety of names, but the most ridiculous (and therefore best) has to be Super Blood Wolf Moon. “Super” refers to the fact that the Moon will be closest to the Earth in its orbit when the total eclipse takes place, “blood” is a reference to the reddish hue the Moon will take on during the eclipse, and “wolf” is taken from the Old Farmer’s Almanac, as full moons in January are apparently known as Full Wolf Moons.

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Box Office: ‘Glass’ Dominates MLK Weekend With $47 Million

M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” topped box office charts over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, collecting $ 40 million over the weekend for a four-day sum of $ 47 million. If estimates hold, “Glass” will come in behind “American Sniper” ($ 107 million) and “Ride Along” ($ 48 million) as the third-best showing for both January and MLK holiday […]

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It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

LISTEN: When Cranberries are bittersweet.

A little over a year after her unexpected death, Dolores O’Riordan’s voice is front and center once again on the first new song from what will be The Cranberries final album. Fans should not be disappointed with “All Over Now” although the title might give them reason to be bummed all over again. It really does bear repeating that the band didn’t really sound like any of their contemporaries, with a sound that merged alternative rock, pop, and Irish musical motifs. It was a winning formula and it made for some truly memorable music. This is a fine addition to their catalogue.

 

APPRECIATE: Is your butt too big for your britches?

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Oh sure. Finding a great pair of trousers can be challenging depending on any number of factors. But for those of you who play hockey, or ride road cycles, or play football, baseball or rugby, the challenge is completely different. Y’all have big butts. Solid muscle. Here’s a solid take on what that means when it comes to finding a pair of jeans. 

 

WATCH: It is traumatizing and frightening and so damn good.

And it is not Bird Box. It’s Hereditary. I know. I’m months late in recommending this one. I had put off seeing this because I knew it would mess with me. But it has popped up on streaming services now and maybe some of you haven’t heard about it? Toni Collette. Is. Amazing. As are all of the folks in this movie including Gabriel Byrne who is well cast here. To call this movie intense would be to undersell it. To refer to it as traumatizing would be less hyperbolic than you think.

 

NEST: It’s Hooga Time!

Actually, the word is HYGGE. But it’s pronounced hooga. And it is Denmark and Norway’s gift to the world. Right about now, there’s a decent chance you might need a good dose of it. In a word, it is a concept. To be cozy and comfortable. That is something of a simplification, but it works. The word is probably derived from the word “hug.” What’s not to like. This weekend, especially if you are dealing with terrible weather, take a day to employ your own version of hygge. Grab a book and some coffee. Watch some football. Build a fire and play board games with friends.

 

EAT: You don’t have to eat wings for this weekend’s big games.

https://kalynskitchen.com/low-carb-chicken-stir-fry-sheet-pan-meal/

For some reason, it is very difficult to find a recipe these days that does not come with a 1500 word essay on (insert peculiar family custom/recent dietary change/kale) and this link is no exception. But the idea is solid and once again this is mostly a one pan dish. So, just scroll down, keep scrolling, there you go, and eventually you’ll get to the recipe. It is fairly simple, straightforward and easy to clean up after. I’d consider using another pot to cook some brown rice or cauliflower rice or one of your favorite grains. It makes for excellent left-overs for work lunches as well so, bonus!

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He’s currently chasing his spirit animal. 


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‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ to get star billing in weekend lunar eclipse

Look up into the night sky on Sunday and – if it is clear – you may witness the so-called “Super Blood Wolf Moon” total lunar eclipse, which will take a star turn across the continental United States during prime time for viewing.


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The Perfect Weekend Getaway? It Might Just Be Puerto Rico

When you’re wandering around Old San Juan, you’ll feel worlds away from the United States.

Quaint cobblestone streets. Murmurs of Spanish. Centuries-old fortresses.

But the capital of Puerto Rico is just a few hours by plane — and because the island is a U.S. territory, you won’t need a passport to get there.

You can also use your cell phone and spend U.S. dollars, and since almost everyone speaks flawless English, you won’t need to worry if you don’t speak Spanish (though most people will happily let you practice).

I recently spent 10 days in this tropical paradise. It makes a perfect weekend getaway for Americans seeking exotic sights, sounds and tastes without having to travel far from home.

What to Expect

As you probably know, Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. The storm caused $ 90 billion in damage, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Many residents went without power for almost a year.

Given all the negative news coverage, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What would it look like? Would there be hot water and electricity? Would restaurants and hotels be open?

When I hopped off the plane, I was surprised to see that San Juan looks, well, normal. Restaurants, hotels and attractions are open, and the city has been welcoming cruise ships for months.

I’m not saying the work in Puerto Rico is done. It is $ 71 billion in debt, and the island faces myriad challenges. While I hope you’ll take some time to learn about the territory before visiting, that’s not what this article is about.

So, instead of diving into Puerto Rico’s politics and history, I’ll just assure you: The average tourist can have a perfectly lovely visit.  

And you should, because one of the best ways to support the island is to spend money there. Puerto Ricans are some of the friendliest people I’ve encountered in my travels; they will likely welcome you with a smile.

When to Go

A photo of Old San Juan in Puerto Rico.

The temperature in San Juan is around 75 to 85 degrees year-round.

High tourist season lasts from mid-December to mid-April and comes with bigger crowds and prices. Spring’s shoulder season (mid-April to June) has fewer crowds.

It’s hurricane season from June to November, though that shouldn’t necessarily deter you from visiting. The weather can still be great, and you can find discounted rates on hotels, according to U.S. News & World Report.

What to Do

You won’t find yourself hurting for activities while visiting San Juan. Here’s a sampling of offerings in this historic seaside town.

Old San Juan

For most visitors, simply wandering the charming streets of Old San Juan could provide days of entertainment.

With 16th- and 17th-century architecture, swaying palm trees, blue cobblestones and stray cats sleeping on stoops, you’ll feel far removed from big-box stores and strip malls.

Stop into stores, sit in one of the many plazas, grab a cup of world-class coffee from Cuatros Sombras and watch the world go by.

Museums and Attractions

History lovers, rejoice! San Juan’s museums are incredibly affordable.

Entrance to the San Juan National Historic Site, which includes the 16th-century El Morro Fort and Fort San Cristóbal, is $ 7. La Casa Blanca, the oldest continuously occupied house in the western hemisphere, costs just $ 3 to enter.  

Ready to spice up your day of history? Take a $ 15 historical tour of the Bacardi rum distillery.

Beaches

A view of the water taken in Puerto Rico.

When it comes to beaches, you usually have to get out of the city to find beautiful ones. But that’s not the case here.

Neighborhoods like Condado, Ocean Park and Isla Verde all have pristine beaches and are just minutes from Old San Juan. Many visitors choose to book waterfront hotels here.

But even if you don’t stay by the beach, set aside at least a half day to enjoy the sun, surf and white sand while pretending you’re in a Puerto Rican postcard.

Day Trips

To get out of the city, the most budget-friendly option is to rent a car. (When I looked, it was only $ 17 per day.)

You can then cruise 30 miles to El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. Most of its trails closed after Maria, but they’ve been steadily reopening. Even so, you can always take in its lush surroundings and waterfalls.

On your way back, hit up Piñones, a beachside town famous for its laid-back food kiosks.

Where to Eat and Drink

A photo food sitting on a table at a restaurant in Puerto Rico.

Although you don’t hear about it as much as other foodie destinations (yet!), Puerto Rico’s culinary scene has got it going on.

Its most famous dish is “mofongo”: garlicky fried plantains, sometimes shaped into a bowl and filled with meat and broth. You can find it anywhere from hole-in-the-wall establishments to fine-dining restaurants.  

As far as budget options go, here were a few of my favorite spots:

Lote 23: This industrial lot is filled with over a dozen food kiosks — it’s an absolute must visit. Be sure to try manchego croquettes at Croqueteria (two for $ 4) and homemade cashew milk lattes at Cafe Regina ($ 7). El Jangiri’s poke bowls ($ 8-$ 12) are also excellent.

La Bombonera: One of the oldest restaurants in San Juan, this bakery has been open since 1902. Its most famous offering is the “mallorca”, a flaky pastry filled with cheese and topped with powdered sugar ($ 3.95). Yum.

Café Manolín: Stop by this unpretentious local joint to sample chicken mofongo ($ 10.95) and “empanada de lomillo”, or breaded beef steak ($ 11.95).

Señor Paleta: In San Juan’s tropical climate, you’ll probably get a hankering for something cold. This gourmet popsicle shop has a range of inventive flavors; my favorite was Nutella-filled strawberry ($ 4).

Barrachina: This restaurant claims to have invented the piña colada. Although another bar in the area claims it, too, all you really need to know is the piña coladas here ($ 8) are delicioso. Sit at the bar in the courtyard, and you’re guaranteed to have a good time.

La Placita de Santurce: For a fun night out, grab a beer ($ 2) and wander around this lively bar area, where the streets fill with locals and tourists alike. It’s perfect for people-watching — and if you stay late enough, you’ll undoubtedly see some spontaneous salsa dancing.

Where to Stay

A hotel room in Puerto Rico.

When deciding where to stay in San Juan, you’ll face a tough decision: old town or the beach. While Old San Juan offers plenty of charm, staying at the beach is, well, staying at the beach.

The good news is that most options are fairly close together, and by choosing one, you’ll probably only be a $ 5 to $ 7 car ride from the other.

Since Old San Juan is small, its accommodation choices aren’t as robust as elsewhere in the city. Some reasonably priced options I found were the Fortaleza Guest House and the Decanter Hotel.

You can also choose an Airbnb, but be mindful that it isn’t always best for a city’s residents.

Large, resort-style hotels abound in Condado, a touristy beach area a few miles east of Old San Juan. I’d recommend staying a little further afield, though; you’ll get more for your money, and won’t, be sleeping at a Holiday Inn in Puerto Rico.

Here are two wonderful options:

Nomada Urban Beach Hostel

This trendy hostel is located just a few blocks from the beach. It has a fabulous rooftop — complete with hammocks and lounge chairs — that overlooks the ocean. It also has a shared kitchen, allowing you to cook meals to save money.

Even though I’m past the point of sleeping in dorms, I often still book private rooms at hostels. They’re a great way to enjoy the low rates and sociability of a hostel without listening to other people snore.

Here are its nightly rates:

  • Dorm bed: $ 32 and up
  • Rooftop tent: $ 45 and up
  • Private room: $ 64 and up
  • Deluxe private room: $ 88 and up

The Dreamcatcher Hotel

This boutique vegetarian bed-and-breakfast feels like it’s out of an Instagram catalog. (I know that’s not a thing, but if it were, this hotel would play a starring role.)

Each room is uniquely decorated with vintage finds, and the grounds, filled with plants and hammocks, ooze tranquility. Rates depend on which room you book but start at $ 89. You can opt for fresh vegetarian breakfasts ($ 11) and also make use of a shared kitchen.  

How to Get to San Juan

A building view with umbrellas in the air taken in Puerto Rico.

Many airlines, including Southwest, Spirit and JetBlue, offer daily departures to San Juan. (Note that with Spirit, you’ll have to pay extra for all luggage, including carry-ons.)

When looking at flights about a month out from my trip, here are some round-trip rates I found:

  • From Chicago O’Hare: $ 279 (Spirit)
  • From Newark: $ 307 (JetBlue, direct)
  • From Baltimore: $ 331 (JetBlue, direct)
  • From Atlanta: $ 182 (Spirit)

Once you get there, renting a car isn’t necessary if you’re just staying for the weekend.

Ubers and Lyfts are plentiful and cheap — with the exception of arriving at the airport, when you’ll have to take an official taxi to your hotel. Within the city, walking and biking are great options; some hotels even offer free bike rentals.

Although you won’t get to see everything in Puerto Rico in a weekend, you can always save things for your next trip. Because, once you go — there will always be a next trip.

Susan Shain is a freelance writer and digital nomad. She covers travel, food and personal finance (basically, how to save money so you can travel more and eat more). Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

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Aquaman Swims Into Weekend Box Office Win. Mary Poppins Returns Comes in Second

(LOS ANGELES) — “Aquaman” is still leading the pack at the box office, but other films like “Mary Poppins Returns” and “The Mule” are enjoying post-Christmas bumps too.

Warner Bros. on Sunday says “Aquaman” has added an estimated $ 51.6 million in North American ticket sales over the weekend to take first place again. Down just 24 percent from its domestic debut, the DC Comics pic has grossed nearly $ 748.8 million worldwide.

Up 19 percent, “Mary Poppins Returns” took second place with $ 28 million, while “Bumblebee” settled in third with $ 20.5 million.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” got fourth with $ 18.3 million. And “The Mule,” up 24 percent, took fifth with $ 11.8 million.

The Dick Cheney movie “Vice” grossed $ 7.8 million from the weekend and $ 17.7 million since its Christmas opening.


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The Weekend Reset: Merry Christmas fellas.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

WRAP: Because sometimes wrapping is a pain in the jingle bells.

This entire post is handy for those who find wrapping presents a challenge. From odd-sized packages to bottles of wine (because gift bags are soooo 1995) and other wrapping tips, this is pretty handy right about now. There are several videos included in the post besides the one above. A nicely wrapped gift stands out from the rest and is especially impressive coming from a guy. Obligatory. 

 

LISTEN/READ: Chares Barkley made me cry. Now it’s your turn.

Joe sent this my way and I’m thankful he did. There are lots of things one can say about Charles, but as Joe pointed out, he lives his life so honestly. This is quite the story.

 

EAT: A hearty and satisfying one-pot meal for Christmas dinner.

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Thanks for the great feedback about these one-pot recipes. Dappered reader Travis inspired this week’s recipe. This slow-roasted leg of lamb dish borders on comfort food with the addition of scalloped potatoes. It makes for an impressive winter meal. Yes, the recipe is Aussie so you’ll need to convert from metric (hello search engine of choice). Aside from that, it is not terribly complicated and should be worth the attention. For more one-pot main dishes for the holidays, check out this post.

 

GOALS: This woman is living her best life.

The ten year old Tim would have lost his mind if this had happened to him. The old-as-the-hills Tim can appreciate the beauty of this so much more. What an adventure. Such beauty.

 

WATCH: Speaking of ten-year old Tim…

This isn’t one of the best know Rankin/Bass holiday specials but it is a cult classic for sure. Come for Snowmeiser and Heatmeiser, stay for Mrs. Claus and the rest of Southtown USA.

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He’s currently chasing his spirit animal. Also, nope.


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Attention, NYC Fashionistas: Event This Weekend Showcases Emerging Designers of Color

Epic & Co., formerly known as ‘The Ultimate Trunk Show’, returns to New York City, on Saturday, Dec. 8 for its newly rebranded event, “Epic & Co. Presents: The Showroom” an event showcasing emerging fashion designers. From the press release:

[The] fashion event will host a curated selection of the most talented emerging designers in the country, incorporating elements of a capsule collection showcase meets pop-up shop. Participants are carefully selected and must meet certain criteria, such as possessing a cohesive and original design aesthetic, in order to present. This year’s participants include ARRYLES, Grand Ave, Riche Blac, and Chic by Choice.

 

Since the platform’s inception in 2009, founder and creative director of Epic & Co., LaToya Gordon, has been committed to celebrating and promoting emerging fashion entrepreneurs by bringing the attention of curators, innovators, and fashion-forward authentic contributors to cultural trends.

 

“Since my original concept (The Ultimate Trunk Show), I have remained dedicated to my vision of providing a platform that serves as a breeding ground for young creators and entrepreneurs,” said Ms. Gordon. “This framework illustrates not only the need for collaboration but also the importance of ‘networking across,’ pooling ideas and resources and coming up together. The Showroom shares the same mission and quality experience as the original model, with an upgraded concept focused on fewer brands.”

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Ralph Breaks the Internet Wins the Weekend Box Office for Third Straight Week

(NEW YORK) — On a quiet weekend at the box office, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” was No. 1 for the third straight week, while the upcoming DC Comics superhero film “Aquaman” made a huge splash in Chinese theaters.

With no new wide releases, Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” again led in domestic ticket sales with an estimated $ 16.1 million. The animated sequel has grossed more than $ 140 million in three weeks.

Another holdover, “The Grinch,” trailed in second with $ 15.2 million in its fifth weekend.

But the weekend’s biggest new arrival was in China, where Warner Bros.’ “Aquaman” debuted with $ 93.6 million in ticket sales.

That marked a new record for a DC title in China and ranks fourth all-time for superhero films.


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Feds Order More Weekend Inspections Of Nursing Homes To Catch Understaffing

The federal government announced plans Friday to crack down on nursing homes with abnormally low weekend staffing by requiring more surprise inspections be done on Saturdays and Sundays.

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will identify nursing homes for which payroll records indicate low weekend staffing or that they operate without a registered nurse. Medicare will instruct state inspectors to focus on those potential violations during visits.

“Since nurse staffing is directly related to the quality of care that residents experience, CMS is very concerned about the risk to resident health and safety that these situations may present,” the agency said in a notification to state inspection offices.

The directive comes after a Kaiser Health News analysis found there are 11 percent fewer nurses providing direct care on weekends on average, and 8 percent fewer aides.

Residents and their families frequently complain the residents have trouble getting basic help — such as assistance going to the bathroom — on weekends. One nursing home resident in upstate New York compared his facility to a weekend “ghost town” because of the paucity of workers.

Richard Mollot, executive director of the Long Term Care Community Coalition, an advocacy group in Manhattan, welcomed the new edict but said it was only necessary because state inspectors have not been properly enforcing the rules already on the books.

“The basic problem is the states don’t take this seriously,” Mollot said. “How many studies do we have to have, year after year, decade after decade, saying it all comes down to staffing, and there are very few citations for inadequate staffing and virtually all of them are identified as not causing any resident harm?”

CMS said it will identify potential violators by analyzing payroll records that nursing homes are now required to submit. Those records, which became public this year, showed lower staffing than what facilities had previously told inspectors during their visits, according to the KHN analysis.

“CMS takes very seriously our responsibility to protect the safety and quality of care for our beneficiaries,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a statement.

The nursing home industry criticized the heightened scrutiny.

“Unfortunately, today’s action by CMS will enforce policies that makes it even more difficult to meet regulatory requirements and hire staff,” said Dr. David Gifford, senior vice president of quality and regulatory affairs at the American Health Care Association, an industry trade group, in a written statement. “Rather than taking proactive steps to address the national workforce shortage long-term care facilities are facing, CMS seems to be focusing on a punitive approach that will penalize providers and make it harder to hire staff to meet the shared goal of increasing staffing.”

Currently, a tenth of inspections must occur during “off hours,” which can be either a weekend, or during a weekday before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. But for facilities that Medicare identifies as having lower weekend staffing, half of those off-hour inspections—or 5 percent of the total — must be performed on Saturdays or Sundays.

Medicare requires nursing homes to have a registered nurse on site for at least eight hours every day, but according to the payroll records, a quarter of nursing homes reported no registered nurses available at least one day during a three-month period. Since July, Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website for consumers has highlighted homes that lack sufficient registered nurses and lowered their star ratings. Nursing Home Compare has downgraded ratings for 1,402 of 15,600 facilities for gaps in registered nurse staffing, records show.

The new directive instructs inspectors to more thoroughly evaluate staffing at facilities Medicare flags. The edict does not mean a flurry of sudden inspections. Instead, Medicare wants heightened focus on those nursing homes when inspectors come for their standard reviews, which take place roughly once a year for most facilities.

But what may appear to be staffing scarcities in payroll records may instead be clerical problems in which nurse hours are not properly recorded, say some nursing home officials.

Katie Smith Sloan, president of LeadingAge, an association of nonprofit providers of aging services, said in a statement that some homes are still struggling to adapt to the new data collection rules.

“We’ve been voicing our concerns to CMS and will continue to do so,” she said.


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Nintendo has high expectations for the Switch this holiday season, predicting sales totals that some viewed as overly ambitious. The company wants the system to hit 20 million units sold this fiscal year, and it helped get closer to that number with a huge Thanksgiving weekend.

Over the five-day period from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday this year, the Nintendo Switch set a record for best-selling Nintendo console in history over that period, and it had its best week ever in the United States.

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What’s Playing on Broadway: Thanksgiving Weekend 2018 Edition!

If your Thanksgiving Week plans include taking in a Broadway show, please take notice of the special holiday schedule for the rest of this holiday weekend. Many shows will take Thanksgiving Day off, but there are still plenty of options, including CHICAGO, TORCH SONG, WAITRESS and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Note that most shows are adding Friday matinees and weekend performances, so plan ahead and most importantly, have a happy Thanksgiving
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President Donald Trump is responding to a midterm election that represented a rebuke for his polarizing and aggressive behavior by recommitting to his brazen political style, setting up a turbulent two years to come.


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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Falls Short of First Film’s Success, But Still Wins Weekend Box Office

(LOS ANGELES) — “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” crawled, slithered and flew its way to the top of the weekend box office with a $ 62.2 million opening in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The latest offering from the Harry Potter multiverse fell short of the opening of the first film in the Warner Bros. series, 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which debuted with $ 74 million in a similar November release and went on to earn $ 234 million in the U.S. and Canada.

But all the Harry Potter films have had a broad international reach, and “Fantastic Beasts” had a hearty worldwide weekend gross of $ 253 million, according to the studio’s estimates.

“Clearly it’s a huge phenomenon globally,” said Jeff Goldstein, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros.

Last week’s top film, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” was second with $ 38.1 million, bringing its domestic tally to $ 126 million for Universal Pictures after two weekends.

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” 20th Century Fox’s Freddie Mercury biopic, is still rocking, taking third place with $ 15.7 million for a total of $ 127 million.

“Fantastic Beasts,” the second film in the series of Potter prequels written by J.K. Rowling and starring Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp and Jude Law, had a budget of $ 200 million. Its reviews were largely lackluster, with critics saying Rowling’s magical world is wearing thin after 10 films.

Globally the first nine films have earned $ 8.5 billion, a total that this one’s worldwide take will inflate.

“This is yet another example of a movie whose opening weekend skewed heavily into the international territories,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “This happens a lot with bigger franchise movies. For many of these blockbusters, it’s the international component that comes in and saves the day.”

In the U.S., Warner Bros. is hoping young devotees who are out of school will keep “Fantastic Beasts” in flight through Thanksgiving.

“It’s a big week coming up,” Goldstein said. “Friday is one of the biggest movie days of the year.”

It will have a major challenger in Disney’s “Ralph Breaks The Internet,” which opens Wednesday, as does “Creed II.”

“Fantastic Beasts” continues a year of high points and hits for Warner from a diverse string of movies, including “The Meg,” ”Crazy Rich Asians,” ”The Nun” and “A Star is Born.”

“Warner Bros. is on a roll that every studio would envy,” Dergarabedian said.

In this weekend’s smaller-budget openings, “Instant Family” starring Mark Wahlberg brought in $ 14.7 million for Paramount Pictures, and “Widows,” the latest from “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen, earned $ 12.3 million for 20th Century Fox.

Overall, the weekend was down 14.5 percent from the same timeframe a year earlier, when “Justice League” made for a major pre-Thanksgiving weekend.

Here are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” $ 62.2 million.

2. “Dr Seuss’ The Grinch,” $ 38.1 million.

3. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” $ 15.7 million.

4. “Instant Family,” $ 14.7 million.

5. “Widows,” $ 12.3 million.

6. “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” $ 4.7 million.

7. “A Star Is Born,” $ 4.3 million.

8. “Overlord,” $ 3.8 million.

9. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” $ 2.5 million.

10. “Burn The Stage: The Movie,” $ 2.3 million.


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It’s not quite Black Friday, but there are still plenty of deals to enjoy on this regular Friday. And if you’re in need of a new laptop or tablet, there are plenty of deals available to shop from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and the Dell Store.

There’s a good variety of tablets available this weekend that will serve everyone from the professional to young kids. For the former, there’s the Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Inch 512GB for $ 846.95 that can serve as a nice alternative to a laptop. But if you want to treat your kids, the PBS KIDS Playtime Tablet Android 7.0 is $ 82, offering content that will keep your kids entertained with some light educational material. Read more…

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There are a number of deals on 4K TVs that are 40+ inches, including Samsung’s 49-inch Q6F Series 4K UHD TV, which is priced at $ 699.99, while RCA’s 43-inch Class 4K LED TV is on sale for just $ 199.99. Read more…

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It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

ADJUST:…your perspective.

This is a story about the Mercator projection. It is a story about maps and how they are mostly wrong. It is a story about distortion and the poles. And, it is a reminder that there are some things which we learned and thought we understood that might need another look.

 

PARTY: A playlist made for your Halloween bash.

The Saturday night before Halloween (especially when the holiday is in the middle of the week) is THE night for big adult parties. For those of you hosting or going to a party, we’ve created the perfect soundtrack for a night of fun. Like the old Ronco adds would say, “set it and forget it!”

 

READ: Yes, you can work yourself to death.

It happens. If you find yourself being tasked with more and more projects and obligations at work, make sure you keep yourself healthy and aware of your health. We’d very much like to have you hanging around with us. Obligatory.

 

WATCH: Product Wars (a short)

For those of us who wonder about the future of marketing and branding, this is a surrealistic take on what could be coming our way. Satire and social commentary with a dose of humor all combine for a bit of fun. I’m hoping for my own Gritty.

 

LEARN: Pick up some pointers for your Halloween costume?

When I was a kid there was a movie called F/X and it was a pretty big pop culture hit. It hasn’t aged well but it was fun at the time and it left an impression. This story is about how the CIA protects its agents via disguises. In other words, this is the real life version of the movie and it is really interesting.

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The Weekend Reset: A little history, a bit of a fright and a reason to hoard.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

BINGE: Guaranteed to make you feel better about your childhood.

Family dysfunction like you’ve never seen. NETFLIX’s “The Haunting Of Hill House” is a slow-burn take on Shirley Jackson’s classic gothic novel which stretches over the course of 10 episodes. There are legitimate chills and some good frights as well. But the way the story flows it what holds it all together. The complete story is unwound bit by bit as the narrative goes from what happened then to what’s happening now in a way that keeps you engaged and guessing.

 

EAT: Another hearty one pan meal for a blustery fall evening.

One Skillet Braised Chicken Thighs with Spinach and White Beans from Domesticate-Me.com

One Skillet Braised Chicken Thighs with Spinach and White Beans. Bust out your cast iron pan and set to work on a delicious and easy fall meal. Most of the ingredients are pantry-favorites. Yes, there is sooooo much to scroll past to get to the recipe but it’s worth it.

 

SHUDDER: Enjoy your brewski while you still can, gentlemen. 

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Looks like your favorite brew might end up in short supply in the (?-too-distant) future. Plan accordingly. This might require some changes to your home environment. Perhaps that second fridge finally makes sense? Or maybe a climate controlled storage facility? Because you are going to need someplace to stock up before it all goes south. Priorities.

 

TOUR: Appreciate the architecture of the NYC Public Library…

…without getting up from your chair. For those of us who never get anywhere near the Big Apple, this is a pretty swell opportunity to discover some features of the library many visitors never notice.

 

LEARN: The story of Ctrl + Alt + Del. 

Yes, this will be one of those oh, so that’s why moments. Now you know (comet rainbow sploosh).

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The Neil Armstrong film “First Man” settled for a third-place landing at the North American box office in its opening weekend in theaters. The Ryan Gosling-starrer and a host of newcomers, like the family-friendly “Goosebumps” sequel and the neo-noir mystery “Bad Times at the El Royale,” couldn’t…

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The Weekend Reset: Big ideas, a dying art, and some tunes for your weekend.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

APPRECIATE: Once upon a time these guys were everywhere

It is one of my favorite things about business travel: ending up in a hotel with overnight shoe shine service. Yes, it’s a bit of luxury but it always seems worth the cost. Shoe shine stands were a part of one’s everyday environment. You would see them in airports and kiosks at train stations. They were in many department stores and nicer hotels. And then, not so much. It really is an art. Thanks to Dappered reader John S for sending this our way. It is really cool. Also, I would be a doofus if I didn’t remind you all of this Dappered post.

 

WATCH: It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

Let’s just admit that kids have always been dicks. And then let’s feel really terrible for Linus because you totally identify with him and…uh…forget that. Pop some corn and remember that when in need of a last minute Halloween costume, a sheet with black holes sharpie onto it with two holes for eyes and a paper bag with rocks is as easy as it gets. Also, identifiable.

 

LISTEN: You know you are a 90’s indie-rock nerd when…

It’s one of those weeks where I was listening to a lot of music while working on the Reset. So I made a playlist. It started with Hum and boom! I ended up going down a 90’s indie-rock kind of rabbit hole. This was music that I either promoted, played on the radio, played in clubs or sold at an indie record store.

 

SAFEGUARD: No, really, you might need to change your passwords. 

I’m not going to share with you the seriously effed up stories I’ve seen this week about hacking because that would be adding insult to injury. There are already so many reasons for you to head over here and find out who may have unintentionally shared your personal information. It does get old doesn’t it?

 

CONSIDER: A thoughtful take on you and me and what ails us. 

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Any other existential astronauts out there? Also, obligatory.

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The Weekend Reset: The case for grown-up pumpkin carving parties

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

PLAN: A pumpkin carving party is the best kind of fall gathering.

I had never been to a pumpkin carving party until my friend had a series of them over the past few years. Our group of friends enjoyed these parties so much. So much. Our friend went all out for these affairs (I am not even kidding). The food. The decor. The baked treats. And the warm adult beverages. You don’t need to go all out though. Find a good fall-friendly dish to serve (like, say, a Pork and Tomatillo stew), get yourself the warm beverage (yes, see below), and invite your pals. You’ll need bowls to collect the pumpkin seeds and garbage bags for everything else. You should get typical party supplies (cups, plates, napkins and cutlery). While you could ask people to bring their own candles (definitely have them bring their own carving tools), having some on hand is a good idea. We also had people vote on their favorites which seemed to be a hit.

 

PREP: Up your Jack-O-Lantern game.

There was a time when I was a pumpkin carving purist: you draw your own face and you carve it. And then I realized you can make some super fun jack-o-lanterns with templates. I have used one or two myself over the last few years. Whether you are hosting a pumpkin carving party or going to one, or just making your front door a little less egg-worthy, these make carving great pumpkins easier. You can find them in lots of stores this time of year (they’re often included in pumpkin carving kits), or all over the internet. Like here. Or here. And here. A google search for “halloween pumpkin templates” will keep you busy as well.

 

EAT: A simple one-pot dish that celebrates the season.

Pork and Tomatillo Stew from Food & Wine

Let’s face it. In the past this was the time of the year we were meant to be packing it on for the upcoming winter months. Wait. That’s bears. And squirrels. But for reals – this is when we can, without guilt, turn to comfort food and old favorites. It is also a great time to discover new favorites. That’s where this comes in. Pork and tomatillo stew. A hearty dish with vegetables and tomatillos with a seasoned pork that nearly shreds itself. Oh, and this is a perfect dish to serve at a pumpkin carving party. Just saying.

 

DRINK: It’s time for delicious warm adult beverages. Start here.

Hot Apple Cider Rum Punch from Brown Eyed Baker

Hot Apple Cider Rum Punch. This is as easy as it gets. Just as important, it’s an easy recipe to double. Or triple. Because people will drink this. And then go back for more. In this way, it is kind of dangerous, but moderation in all things, right? It tastes like fall, pumpkin-spice be damned. You can even make it with Honeycrisp Cider. Personally, I would add some cloves but that’s me. Finally, it is a perfect drink for a…wait for it…pumpkin carving party.

 

READ: A Ray Bradbury short story that will creep you out.

Or, if you prefer, listen. True story – I heard this read to me before reading it myself, when I was in high school. It has stayed with me since. It is not one of Bradbury’s best known stories, but it is one of his darkest. It’s a quick read that seems, as is the case with Bradbury, ahead of it’s time.

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