July has lots of things to look forward to, including Independence Day (July 4) and Embrace Your Geekness Day (July 13). But what about live events after the fireworks are over? Check out our guide for the top July events:
American Idol Live: The hit talent show is hitting the road once again, kicking off a tour on July 6 in Detroit, MI. The show will visit dozens of cities before ending its tour in Milwaukee, WI, on September 11.
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Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks: The duo is joining forces for a brief summer tour. The Heart & Soul Tour begins in Cleveland, OH, on July 20, continuing through August 9.
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One Direction: The newest hit boy band continues its 2012 trek across North America through July 1. Tickets are also available for NEXT July (and June and August) for their 2013 dates.
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Other Concerts in July:
- Lynyrd Skynyrd begins July 8.
- Iron Maiden and Journey begin their respective tours July 21.
- Celine Dion continues her Las Vegas residency.
As the weather gets nicer and outdoor gatherings become more popular, there can be a lot of pressure to bring along delicious food for a housewarming, barbecue, graduation party, birthday party, birthday barbecue, graduation housewarming...you get the idea. But not everyone has the time or the cooking skills to whip up a gourmet side. Never fear! Here are three easy yet yummy recipes for your next big picnic:
This is basically the easiest recipe I know, so it's simple but good.
- 2 cans fruit cocktail
- 1 apple, chopped
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 container Cool Whip
Just mix everything together and serve. The amount/number of individual ingredients can be adjusted to taste.Read more...
The 66th annual Tony Awards were dominated by Once, which took home eight Tony Awards last night. Host Neil Patrick Harris was hilarious and entertaining as always, and the musical numbers were amazing. A few weeks ago I made my predictions for this year's Tony Award winners; last year I got 14 right, which was pretty awesome; let's see how I did this year:
- What Liz predicted: Venus in Fur
- Who actually won: Clybourne Park
- What Liz predicted: Once
- Who actually won: Once
Best Book of a Musical
- What Liz predicted: Lysistrata Jones
- Who actually won: Once
Best Original Score
- What Liz predicted: Newsies
- Who actually won: Newsies
It's Friday again (how time flies!), and with it comes another week of popular stories. Check out our list below:
I'll Have Another
I'll Have Another is the horse who won the Kentucky Derby (at right) as well as the Preakness Stakes, setting him up for a chance to become the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown if he managed to pull out a win at the Belmont Stakes this weekend. But news came this morning that I'll Have Another has been scratched from the Belmont Stakes due to a tendon injury, and a lot of people who don't normally care about horse racing seem to be pretty upset.
America's Got Talent
Many of you have probably seen the "America's Got Talent" audition of Timothy Poe, whose heartwarming story about overcoming a war injury and the resulting stutter to be a great singer was inspiring to everyone. (If you haven't seen it, look right.) But now his story is being questioned, as there is evidence the military photo he used was not his, and there is no record of an injury or a Purple Heart in his service career. If the accusations are true, Poe will have a lot to atone for.
As a Mets fan, I was thrilled when Johan Santana threw the very first no-hitter in franchise history last Friday, after a mere 8,020 games played by the team. It seemed an opportune time to speak for all of us who root for the Amazin's. Since a sense of humor is pretty much a requirement for being a Mets fan, here's a list of pros and cons for becoming a fan of New York's "other team":
|The Mets did not end up being the last team standing without a no-hitter. Sadly, that award goes to the Padres.
||Since the Padres are four years younger than the Mets, we might still end up being the team that went the longest before getting their first no-hitter.
|The Mets have the best mascot in baseball.
||I've got nothing. I mean, come on...it's Mr. Met.
|The Mets have an awesome theme song, which has been around in some version since 1961.("Meet the Mets")
||From 2007-2011, the Mets have the lowest winning percentage of any team in the majors who regularly uses a theme song written before 1963.
|The Mets have the home run apple (see pic above), which is raised every time a Met hits a home run at Citi Field.
||Until this year, Citi Field was so huge that we didn't see the home run apple all that often.
|David Wright/Johan Santana
||Jason Bay/Fred Wilpon
|The Mets are the only expansion team to win more than one World Series.
||We play just across town from some other team that claims to have won 27 World Series.
|Celebrity Mets fans include Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and a myriad of others.
||Celebrity fans also include Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. That one hurts.
All kidding aside, I think the Mets are one of the most fun-loving teams in baseball; they genuinely enjoy playing the game and supporting each other along the way, through thick and thin.
What team do you root for? And why?