Happy Black Friday everyone! Hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous and fattening and as devoid of family drama as possible. It is a straight up miracle that I was not up and out of bed this morning at 4 a.m., ready to raid the stores like the shopaholic that I am. But you know what? Over the last few weeks, I made a decision not to participate in the rush to spend — after all, Black Friday is just a fancy, corporate-generated pseudo-holiday designed to make the masses feel good about blowing their money. And you know what? There are so many BETTER things to do on this lovely Black Friday than battling long lines and psychotic deal lovers — after the jump, I’ve got 10 suggestions for things you could do instead that will be relatively bruise free. (Seriously, at least one poor sap gets trampled at a Walmart every year.) Keep reading »
Not only is it Thanksgiving — Happy Turkey & Sides Day, everyone! — it’s also the 20th anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death. Mercury, the lead singer of, oh, the greatest band ever in my humble opinion, passed away from bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS in 1991. He died just one day after he revealed to the world that he had the disease. RIP, Freddie — your legacy lives on in the music you gave to the world! [Image of Freddie Mercury’s Lego-likeness from The Living Brick.]
Entertainers of the world, we understand you need to lip sync every now and then. All we ask is that you at least come close to making it look real. Today at the Macy’s parade, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery most definitely did not, notes the Huffington Post. The recording of his “The Trouble With Girls” got off to a cringe-worthy start: See the clip here.
If you were a fan of Patti Smith’s moving memoir Just Kids, then you’ll probably be really into this great book of photographs by Judy Linn. But even if you haven’t read Smith’s incredible elegy to her friendship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe, you’ll probably want to check out Linn’s work. She and Patti developed a quick and fast friendship, which informed the intimate nature of the photographs Linn was able to snap of Smith and her various friends and lovers. Her photographs are a stirring chronicle of Smith’s pre-fame life, and a quiet glimpse into a true artistic collaboration.