Thanksgiving Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: I liked Stallone in “Creed,” your kids will like “The Good Dinosaur,” and the artsy will like “The Danish Girl.” Television: On Thanksgiving, watch the true story of “The Pilgrims.” Friday brings the National Dog Show. And there are marathons throughout the long weekend. Music: If you need relief from Adele, go back in time for another big gal with a big voice: Mama Cass — start with “Her Greatest Hits.” If you want a skinny singer, try Enya’s “Dark Sky Island.” Books: I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Peter Guralnick‘s “Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Almost as much as Guralnick’s Elvis bios. Sports: The Giants and Jets may be fading, but the Rangers give NY fans hope. Finally: Turns out turkey’s soporific properties have been grossly exaggerated. So pig out!

Why Nonsense Words Make Us Laugh

While administering a language-based experiment, psychology researcher Chris Westburynoticed that people always laughed when they saw the non-word ‘snunkoople.’ That got him wondering – was there something in particular about nonsense words that made them funny? If so, could it be measured? Turns out there is and it can.” Dr. Seuss of course figured all this out this decades ago.

Sorry, I Couldn’t Resist

I’ve tried, really tried, to minimize Adele on this site. Her song “Hello” is threatening to become the most overplayed song since “Let It Go.” But the singer’s rendition last night with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots is just too much fun not to share.

“Fat” Stripper Whacks A Drunk Cad

There’s a time and a place to give out healthy lifestyle advice. When you’re in a strip club and confess to being “an 11 out of 10″ on the drunk scale, it’s probably best to keep your mouth shut. A man in South Carolina learned that valuable life lesson the hard way, after he told a stripper she should “go to the gym and lose weight,” according to The Smoking Gun. Kyle Yeomans’ dieting tip didn’t go down well, and the 23-year-old alleges the exotic dancer reached down off the stage and hit him four times in the face. That’s the way to be!

“Come From Away”: Starla’s Review

Friend of LemonWade and longtime Seattle-ite Starla “Idabelle” Smith sends the following report: “Come From Away,” is the first musical to play on the Seattle Repertory Theatre’s main stage in 15 years, and you shouldn’t miss it. Not because it’s the greatest musical ever, but because it abounds with heart, humor, and humanity. A welcome diversion from the current climate of gun violence, terrorism and racism. A co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, “Come From Away” is based on inspiring true events that occurred during the tragedy of 9/11. While the world was consumed with horror, a life-affirming story got lost in the deluge of media coverage. 9/11 tore people apart, but in a tiny town in Newfoundland, Canada, it brought an unlikely group of strangers together. Read more »

Obama Honors Streisand & Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim and Barbra Streisand were among the 2015 winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which was awarded yesterday at the White House. What do you bet that Barbra used the occasion to commiserate with Steve about the fact that her “Gypsy” movie still cannot get green-lit in Hollywood? In the above video, Sondheim and Streisand start at the 36:46 mark. Steven Spielberg comes in between them.

Adele, Emma, JLaw Have Girls’ Night Out

Forget power lunches, clearly it is all about the power dinners these days with some of the entertainment industry’s most power young guns coming together in New York on last night. Adele, Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone were spotted heading out in Manhattan to grab some Mexican fare. Looks as if the margaritas started in the SUVs.