How You Should Have Fun This August

Go see:

Preview* the revival of Romeo and Juliet, starring Orlando Bloom. Preview is August 24.

Playbill.com

Who doesn't love it when a movie star hits the stage? Who also doesn't love revivals? No one! You're right! Especially since R&J is the only Shakespeare play we can pretend to follow without a scholar near by. This play, full of all the teenage melodrama and angst you can't bare to feel but can't help but enjoy from afar, will be all the better with Legolas  Orlando Bloom playing none other than young Romeo himself. Get tickets here.

*A theatrical preview is a paid show where the director and writers sit in the back and gauge audience reactions to see what works and what doesn't. It's kind of like being part of the show, or at least as much a part of it as an audience member can be. Funnn.

Planes. Premiers August 9.

Empire Cinemas

In the same universe as Cars, we follow Dusty Crophopper, a crop duster/underdog that competes with sleeker planes in a race around the world. This flick was originally developed as a direct-to-video release, but according to Entertainment Weekly, the studio deemed it "flightworthy" enough (har har) to take it to the big screen. This is a good reason to see it, because when the folks at Pixar make a decision like this, it means they have faith in the film's quality and its future success. Despite the underwhelmed response to Cars 2, I think it's worthy of our time. Pixar's award history alone is enough to credit their judgement, and as a lover of movies intended for children a full decade younger than me, I believe this is good news.

Go read: 

What the Family Needed. Released March 21, 2013

Goodreads

A book with superpowers, and without the melodrama. Follow seven members of a dysfunctional family as they acquire curious abilities ranging from telepathy, to flight, to making people fall in love at the touch of hand. What makes this supernatural story so refreshingly "normal" is that the powers don't give the characters an easy out from their problems. In fact, the powers only exaggerate them to the point where they have no option but to confront their biggest issues and accept who they are. This is a story with brilliant nuances, twists, and a realness that reads too good to put down. See my full review on Goodreads if you're not convinced yet--I could go on about this one all day.

 Listen to this:

Gavin Degraw's new single, "Best I Ever Had"

Hot New Song Lyrics

Equal parts soulful and energetic, Degraw's latest single sounds like a war cry for love. It was released in June, but on account of how little I've heard about it, I'm guessing you might not have made its way on to your radar either. If you need to sing at the top of your lungs, stomp your feet and tell someone or everyone in the room that you love them, this is the song you'll be beating your chest to. Check it out:

The Civil Wars' new album, The Civil Wars. Release date: August 6.

Reverb

For anyone who remembers/still blasts "Barton Hollow" in the car, you are excited about the folk duo's second album debut. And for those of you yet to experience the sultry, bad assery that is this deep country gem, have a listen:

It's the kind of music you drink whiskey to--whiskey, the kind of drink you cheers the end of summer with. When it releases, this album is sure to have tracks that you'll add to various playlists.

Watch this:

U.S. OpenStarts August 26

New York Times

If you haven't given tennis a chance, do it. It might seem like a glorified game of ping-pong now, but trust me, you'll be engrossed, or at least hypnotized. As the yellow ball rockets back and forth, meeting a loud, "URGH!" from the players on each side, you'll be brought to more the edge of your seat than you might expect.

Nom on this:

Skillet Peach Cobbler

Zip List

August is Peach Month, which means you better get ready to stuff your face with the fuzzy fruit, lest you bring dishonor to this clearly established month-long dedication. Try the masterpiece pictured above with this recipe and you won't be sorry. SIDE NOTE: How do we get to peach-picking? Can that be the summer alternative to apple-picking? Please?

5 New Year's Resolutions to Make Every Year

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From our OGTV family to yours, Happy New Year!

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Blind Waiter Serves Up Diner Classics and Life Lessons

** As we wind down to the final days of this difficult year, OGTV is tipping our hat to all of the essential workers on the front lines with this uplifting story about a New Jersey man who has found a way to do this difficult job for years, even without his eyesight! **

The flickering neon sign reflects eerily off the aging, chrome exterior; a long smooth marble counter with spinning stools draws your gaze left and right as you enter; the checkered linoleum floor seeps under the rows of back-to-back leather booths enveloped by the rain streaked wrap-around windows. You may think you've entered a typical American roadside eatery, but your experience here will be anything but ordinary.

You have just stepped into the Bendix Diner, a staple in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey since the 1940's. It's no surprise that The Bendix can serve up a sizzling Burger with deep fried onion rings and a frothy chocolate shake. What is unique about this meal is the waiter who delivers it to your table – his name is John Diakakis, and he is blind.

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How to Reduce Feelings of Isolation and Loneliness - Ask The Doctor (E7)

During these incredibly stressful days, OnlyGood TV is excited to launch a new series - Ask The Doctor - that explores the questions and provides guidance for finding the road to achieving emotional, psychological, and spiritual wellness.

Hosted by Dr. Stacy Berman, each episode will help you navigate through these rough times and find your way to a happier and healthier life. Feeling lonely and isolated during quarantine? In this episode, Stacy reminds us that we are all wired to be part of a social community and offers a simple, self-soothing exercise to fill that connection gap that we are all experiencing.

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Are You A Christmas Trivia Expert? - Not Your Average Joe

Everyone could use a few more smiles in their daily lives…and watching a funny video will often do the trick! OnlyGood TV videos help make your life fun, more manageable, happy and stress free!

Joe Leonardo is an improv actor from New York City. For our new "man on the street" series, Not Your Average Joe, he traveled through Times Square asking New Yorkers trivia questions about Christmas! Check out this hysterical video and see which city pedestrians know their facts and which don't... Keep track of your own answers too! Happy Holidays!

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Chefs Honor Sailors and Their Families With a Holiday Feast to Remember (Random Acts of Cooking E1)

What would be a unique way to honor the service of 400 hungry sailors and their families for the holidays? You contact Chef Plum, have him round up his crew of top flight chefs and grill masters, bring in enough food to feed…well…the Navy, spice it up with a dash of top flight entertainment, and you have all of the ingredients for a memorable evening of food, love, and family!

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Sullivan the Therapy Dog Helps Make A Christmas Movie - Sullivan's Travels

** OGTV is celebrating the first day of winter and the holiday season by inviting you to join a golden retriever named Sullivan on one of his many adventures. **

Do you ever wonder what a day in the life of a therapy dog is like? In the OGTV Original Series "Sullivan's Travels," a golden retriever therapy dog named Sullivan Travolta takes us along with her as she assists folks in all kinds of settings. Having been trained at Project Chance in Jacksonville, Florida, Sullivan provides support and happiness to kids and adults in schools, nursing homes, classes, and any other program where she's needed.

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