Have a great holiday, everyone! I’m always thankful for anyone who reads this, you make my holiday season a little brighter. Thanks!
Some local links, then some bonus ones because I’m in the giving Christmas mood. As always, email me or send the invites to the PopRox Facebook page if you want your event be included. I want to try and get as many New Year’s Eve parties as we can in next Friday’s blog, so send ‘em in soon:
How can you not be intrigued by something called the Naughty and Nice Party, with prizes provided by Playtime Boutique? You can’t. It’s not possible. It’s going on tonight at the Pocono Brewing Company in Swiftwater starting at 10 p.m. I’ve been hitting them up a couple times lately for the Friday happy hour because they make some of my favorite wings in the Poconos. You know what else makes their wings great for the Friday happy hour? They’re free. Free wings rule.
Another free buffet happy hour is tonight at Carrazza’s in Cresco. Friend of PopRox Joe O’Malley is providing the tunes, the restaurant is providing the buffet tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Sweet.
My primary Friday happy hour spot, however, is Jock and Jill’s for one good reason — $1 lagers. I’m pretty cheap that way. Owner Barry Lynch told me last week about a new award the bar just won, with Grace O’Malley’s/Jock and Jill’s being named one of the best 150 Irish bars in the country for the second straight year. I loved Front Row and I loved Brownies. But if you go in there now and can’t see what a difference Lynch has made in that place, and see how many new faces are coming in there, you’re crazy. That kind of improvement helps every business on Main Street, because it gets more people downtown. That’s a good thing.
This is the time of year that every charitable organization is pretty much begging for your support. This year is even worse as the bottoming out of the economy has forced people to tighten up their budgets, I wrote a story about this last week. So places really have to be creative when it comes to coming up with money. From talking to people in the know, EMS groups are really taking a hit. It’s pretty bad. So if you’re going to go out drinking/eating tonight, why not try and help out a local EMS group while you’re at it? At Pub 570 in Marshalls Creek tonight, the bar is having a benefit for the Bushkill EMS. For $15, you get a buffet dinner and a drink, and you help keep one of the EMS groups in the county out of the red. Jimmy Brown will be there with the music.
Here’s a question for tomorrow. Most bars are saying they’re opening for Christmas eve, but I see that some are saying they’re closing around 5 or 6, and I can’t blame anyone for doing that. I’ve had to work my share of Christmas Eves, and it sucks out loud. Of all the holidays I’ve ever had to work — and I’ve worked ‘em all — Christmas Eve was the worst. So I completely understand why a bar would want to close at like 5 or 6. But around here, that’s going to be a problem since 5 or 6 is right in the middle of a pretty important Eagles-Cowboys game to see which crappy team can make the playoffs if the crappy Giants lose to the only somewhat crappy Jets earlier in the day. I’m not predicting a full-scale riot or anything, but there are going to be some pretty pissed off Eagles fans getting the boot at 6 p.m. tomorrow, forced to go back and hang out with their family instead of watching Andy Reid drop another 14-point fourth-quarter lead. You know it’s coming. I’m an Eagles fan, btw.
Some other quick links:
Hope no one got too used to Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott on American Horror Story this year. They’re gone, the whole cast of the first season is gone and the second season will feature a new haunted house with a new cast. That’s fine by me, I think an anthology format to the show is a pretty cool idea, but if you know that’s what you’re planning — and Murphy said he did — then why would you end the season with somewhat of a cliffhanger if we’re never going to know what happened? (SPOILER ALERT, LOOK AWAY IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE AMERICAN HORROR STORY FINALE, SERIOUSLY, DON’T READ THIS PART IF YOU CARE ABOUT IT) After demon baby followed his old man down the path of murder and mayhem, I want to know what is going on with him! Is he gonna shoot up a school too (that was my favorite scene of the season, Tate shooting up the school)? Is he gonna die like the rest of Constance’s kids? Damn you, Ryan Murphy. You never cease to fulfill me and frustrate me at the same time.
HBO was pretty busy this week, deciding to gut its comedy lineup by canceling Hung, How to Make It in America and Bored to Death. It decided to keep Enlightened however, even though it had near-historically bad ratings. So what does it have left for comedy? That’s pretty much an admission on HBO’s part that its comedy development of the last two years has sucked. It’s always been quirky, to say the least, but it’s usually been decent. So in a year when it’s already lost Entourage, maybe its biggest comedy ever, it has to go completely back to the drawing board with only two recognizable comedies left — Curb Your Enthusiasm and Eastbound and Down.
Anyone who watched the We Bought a Zoo trailer knowing it was from Cameron Crowe saw a scene in it thinking, “Wait … what the frigg?” It was Matt Damon capturing his inner Jerry Maguire — a past Crowe movie — when he quits his job and storms out of his office. Seem familiar? At least he didn’t make some poor lady in the secretary pool go with him as a zookeeper or something. But at least it led to people thinking about all the different ways movie and TV characters have quit their job, a nice little 1:30 video of names and faces you’ll surely remember. One of the commenters on that brought up another one of my favorites — Jimmy pompously singing “I quit” at the end of That Thing You Do.