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I Scream, You Scream!: The Ice Cream Post

Photo by Jessica Merz on Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

As February winds to a close, it’s time to plan for the most wonderful time of the year: ice cream season. Unlike the winter months, where the only advantage to eating ice cream is that it is delicious (which is really the main draw, let’s be real), springtime seems perfectly suited to the frozen delicacy. Not too hot, so it doesn’t melt all over you, and not too cold, so it doesn’t make your teeth hurt. Ice cream is the best. To celebrate the glory that is ice cream, here is a list of events all across the USA to get your sweet tooth satisfied. BOO-YUM!

Friday, March 2 | Deadly Dessert | Philadelphia, PA

ICE CRIME! This dinner theater production in Philly needs you to solve a mystery surrounding Len & Terry’s Ice Cream. “But wait,” you say, “I want to eat ice cream, not just talk about it! YOU TRICKED ME.” No, I did not. This is DINNER THEATER, and Bistro Romano, as part of its full menu, has a fine selection of gelato and sorbetto to satisfy that craving. This is an all-immersive ice cream experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Food

 

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Remembering Edgar Allen Poe – Master of the Macabre.

As I said in my blog post yesterday, this month, in the spirit of Haloween, I’m going to focus on events that have a dark, morbid or slightly twisted bent to them. I talked a little about Grand Guignol theater yesterday and today I want to focus on events that feature one of the best-known authors of the macabre: Edgar Allen Poe.

Of course, one can’t think of dark storytelling without thinking of Edgar Allen Poe. When one examines Poe’s life, it’s not hard to see why he was drawn to the morbid: his mother died when he was young and his father abandoned the family, his wife died of tuberculosis at the age of 25 and he died at 40. The prevalence of death in his life might explain his fascination with death, premature burial, decomposition and the reanimation of the dead and his choice to pursue a career through writing alone, which pretty much guaranteed an existence of poverty and hardship. However, despite a life of relative obscurity and financial insecurity, today he is credited with inventing detective fiction, being a major contributor to the emerging science fiction genre and for being one of the earliest short story writers. And, of course, one can’t get through any Halloween season without hearing “The Raven” recited or quoted at least once. So, while in life he suffered, in death he is celebrated, revered and remembered fondly. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2011 in Seasonal

 

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Some Great Film Festivals Happening This Week!

Happy Monday everyone! Have you made plans for your week yet? Well, there’s no shortage of film festivals going on this week all across the country. Cleveland, Burbank, Tucson, San Francisco, Chico and St. Louis all have film festivals going on: a couple Jewish film festivals, a festival with a focus on environmental issues, a Latino film festival and one dedicated to underground exploitation, cult and horror films. A little something for everyone. Click on the event title to purchase tickets.

Mandel Jewish Community Center’s Leondard Krieger Cleveland Jewish FilmFestCleveland, Ohio Now in its fourth year, this Cleveland film festival showcases the best in international Jewish cinema. The festival started on September 8 but goes until the 19th. Upcoming films include Holy Rollers showing on Thursday, September 15 and starring Jessie Eisenberg and a documentary about legendary Klezmer band The Klezmatics, On Holy Ground screening on Sunday, September 18. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Film

 

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