Things to Do Once in Your Lifetime: Visit a Penitentiary

Boise, Idaho.  Lots of land, river tubing, surprisingly hip restaurants, and the site of one terrifying old school penitentiary. When in Rome, eh?

IMAG2211Outdoor dining hall. Guards with rifles watched from above.

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IMAG2216Summertime cells. Four to a room. One shower a week.

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IMAG2223Just look at all that creativity. So many shivs.

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Do You Take Syrup and Butter with That (Soul)pancake? The Beauty of One Kid’s Pep Talk

“We got work to do. We can cry about it. Or we can dance about it.”

I love that. Out of the mouth of babes…What if we approached every difficult impasse in our lives as an opportunity for a dance party? A chance to shine versus an impossible mountain to climb?

A wonderful reminder that we always have a choice of how we feel, what we do, and how awesome we wish our path to be. And since we’re all on the same team, only way to go from here is onward and upward.

If Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Had a Best Friend

It might be this little gem of a show, Lizzie Borden, a rock musical about the most infamous trial of the 1800s that’s currently receiving a treatment at the Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals (where both Next to Normal and Million Dollar Quartet were developed before their successful Broadway stints).


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Belting ladies, Victorian Versace-inspired rock wear, and a whole lot a venom in this powerhouse of a show. And the entire show’s told only using four female characters! Lizzie, her sister Emma, the housemaid and the next door neighbor/possible secret love interest.  Here’s hoping that it makes the hop over to New York soon.

Reasons Why Alan Cumming is Winning at Life

And now in a little homage to the winner of “People I’d Most Like to Be Best Friends With,” may I present Mr. Alan Cumming. Endlessly versatile and extremely talented, this man has turned his life into a work of art. Curious as to why he’s won the title? Check out just a few of the reasons below.

He’s not afraid to wear:

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 Or this (lil bit NSFW).

This Letter to a younger version of himself.  

He was Loki first (so what if it was in the otherwise terrible Son of the Mask?)

He’s not afraid to laugh at himself. 


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