How You Should Have Fun This September
Go see these:
The Glass Menagerie, premiering Sept. 26 (preview Sept. 5), starring Zachary Quinto (played Spock in Star Trek).
The Tennessee Williams classic is going to be revived with a marvelous cast this month. In short, the play is about a mother who sends her son out to find the perfect gentleman caller for her damaged daughter. Surely nothing could go wrong THERE. If you enjoy masterful writing and family dysfunction, buy tickets here right meow.
The Family, in theaters Sept. 20, starring Robert Deniro, Michelle Pheiffer, and Diana Argon (Glee).
Just watch the trailer. By the end you'll be thanking the father, the spirit and the holy toast it's coming out in a month, rather than a year from now, like SOME trailers tease us with.
Listen to these:
Am I Wrong, by Envy
Girlfriend, by Icona Pop
Burn, by Ellie Goulding
Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin
I'm a hundred pages in and I can't recommend it enough already. Follow Max, all-around "golden boy" (read: over-achieving-can-do-no-wrong-pretty boy) who struggles to understand and accept that he is intersex. Add two highly successful and locally famous parents to the mix (one of which is running for office) and you've got enough tension and excitement to carry you through the book like you're skipping ten stairs at a time. The story is told from several characters' vantage points, which, like last month's recommendation, complements the "truth" of the story; you peer through the eyes of teenagers, a parent and a child. From multiple angles, a thing is seen more in whole. With the right author, this technique can make a great story come to life. Tarttelin is only 25, and writes like a seasoned champ.
Bob's Burgers, Season 3, premiering Sept 30.
For those of you who haven't boarded the Bob's Burgers wagon, you need to GET YOUR TICKET. GIRLFRIEND. Because it's hilarious. The writing combined with the incredible voice-acting talent make you wish this ridiculous family were real. As a self-proclaimed cartoon-enthusiast, I have nothing but ringing endorsement.
Nom on these:
Some fun food facts about September: It's National Blueberry Popsicle Month, as well as Better Breakfast Month and Chicken Month (I'm not making this up). Also, September is like one big food partayy because everything is in season, including but not limited to: nectarines, plums, pears, tomatoes, peaches, green beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, kale, peppers, corn, sweet corn, summer squash AND winter squash (screwy, ain't it?) SO, it's only appropriate that I recommend the following.
Blueberry Granola Breakfast Pops, recipe here.
You already know how freaking good blueberries are for you and how oatmeal has the virtual power to heal your soul, so I won't bore you with that, but SERIOUSLY, you're basically taking the most potently healthy multi-vitamin in popsicle form. Enjoy.
Cowboy Caviar, recipe here.
Since a jillion things are in season this season, you should probably combine as many of them as possible into the delectable creation above. There's no actual caviar involved so you just un-wrinkle that nose right now, little Miss. Snooty-pooty. It's as colorful as it is delicious, and honestly, you could make it for any occasion. It'll disappear so fast it'll make your eyeballs spin.
Buffalo Chicken Pizza Sticks, recipe HERE.
SWEET. BEATING. HEARTS. No explanation necessary. September's the best. The end.
The Ivy Girl Academy is a leadership training program for teenage girls in South Jordan, Utah, and it culminates with a pageant that's a little different from the typical kind of beauty contest. At the Ivy Girl pageants, the contestants showcase leadership skills that they've developed over the course of their time with the Academy. Leading up to the pageant is a four-month intensive program consisting of 30 hours of service, character-building challenges, and mentorship of younger Ivy Girls through community clubs.
Started as a social experiment in Venice Beach, California, the Community Healing Gardens has grown into so much more. Co-founder Nicole Landers initially wanted to develop a framework for introducing new and long-standing residents of her neighborhood to one another, and her mind made a natural leap.
Most people know them for their coffee, but that's not why we're celebrating Starbucks today. Because coffee is not what brought a young Kenyarah Williams to Starbucks' doors. What she wanted was a solid job, and that's what Starbucks offered her. Kenyarah had her first child at eighteen, and she quickly found herself working three jobs to support a growing family. When she started at Starbucks as a barista 9 years ago, her place of employment was outside of her neighborhood of Englewood in Chicago. Today, Kenyarah is thriving as a store manager at a shop in Englewood, and is helping to bring opportunities like the one she grabbed to other young people in her community.
We've met a lot of amazing organizations and non-profits over the years, especially ones that do amazing things to help shelter dogs, who are close to euthanasia, find love and forever homes. Some of these organizations are small and community based, while others cover a larger regional or national footprint. No matter their size, what they do to support these dogs is nothing short of inspirational.
The Trenton Thunder, a minor league baseball affiliate of the NY Yankees, has an unusual way of getting through the dog days of summer. If you attend their home games, you will find Golden Retrievers serving as the "bat dogs" and mascots for the minor league baseball team.
Air Hollywood is the world's largest aviation-themed entertainment studio, but that's not the only feature that makes it special. Every year, for one night only, Air Hollywood opens its hangar to the public for a special event called Open Sky for Autism.
Do you ever wonder how veterans cope with life once they come home from combat? After being trained to be on high-alert 24/7, what's it like for them to integrate back into everyday society? It raises the question: our military members protect us, but who protects them?
Jack Cunningham is a normal kid. He does well in school. He loves playing sports and hanging out with friends and family. He also happens to be missing both of his legs... But he hasn't let his condition stop him from living life to the fullest.