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Bike Share Rolls Out in Lansing

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn welcomes Capital Community Bike Share to Old Town. In a recent post on Bike-sharing Blog, a site dedicated to reporting on bike-share programs, it says there has been a new bike share program starting almost every two days throughout the world. 

Lansing’s new bike-share program pilot, Capital Community Bike Share, is rolling out on August 4th.  The Capital Community Bike Share in little ole Lansing is drafting right behind Citi Bike, the New York City program launched in May, and Divvy, the Chicago bike-share that came online in July.

Bike-share programs are designed to be a convenient short-term rental system to help keep people moving in short hops throughout the urban centers.  Lansing’s city bikes for this program are described as smart bikes, including solar technology on board for renting and tracking bike locations.  The obvious benefits to the environment are easy to get….less gas, less pollution and if you think about It, the potential economic benefits could be equally beneficial.  Those that are all-in with the bike share program can also look forward to some measurable health benefits as they change their habits for taking meetings or lunch breaks.  The Paris bike share program is celebrating its 6th anniversary and has quantified the health benefits to participants.

The 20 bicycle sharing pilot program only lasts a few months so be sure to jump in early to support this important community project.  Follow Capital Cummunity Bike Share on Facebook for regular updates.

 At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, we look forward to having our fans that live and work close by or in downtown Lansing  satisfy their cravings for some Craving’s popcorn by hopping on a CCBS bike for a quick pick-up.  We’ve tested it and the bike basket will easily handle 3 or 4 of our tall bags.  Tell us you are on a CCBS bike and we will add an extra punch to your Cravings card!  

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

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Boom, Boom, Boom

Not too long ago the song Firework was being heard and endlessly sung by legions of teenage girls, many with less than perfect pitch. I have to confess that the only part of the lyrics that seemed to cut through for me was the soulful wailing of Katy Perry singing “…baby you’re a firework…(blah, blah, blah)…make em go oh, oh, oh…(blah, blah, blah)…boom, boom, boom.”

Try suspending judgment for just a moment and take a look at just one section of the lyrics of Firework.

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag

Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?

Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin

Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?

 

Do you ever feel already buried deep?

Six feet under screams, but no one seems to hear a thing

Do you know that there's still a chance for you

'Cause there's a spark in you?

 

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine

Just own the night like the 4th of July


Cue the chorus.  As an anthem for teenage girls (and anyone struggling with self-esteem issues), this one has some merit.  Go ahead - take a look at the complete lyrics and see if you agree.  As you reflect on the upcoming 4th of July celebrations, remember that it is about celebrating the independence of a nation – one of our best holidays here in the USA.  But, when you hear the boom, boom, boom that signals the arrival of a particularly bright and beautiful firework, think of the person in your life that is ready to let their own light shine.

This 4th of July at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we are celebrating all the people that just need a little positive nudge to believe they are indeed a firework. This world, our nation, and your community will be better for it.  Happy Independence Day!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

 

Image courtesy of Liz Noffsinger at FreeDigitalPhotos.net


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Cravings Part of Something Big

How cool is it to do business with the next great thing in online businesses and to know that this business hails from Michigan? Owner and developer of Conpoto, Matt Lepard, launched his business in 2012 from his home base in Holland, Michigan; the online virtual gift service that is rapidly growing into several states and cities, including Lansing.

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we are psyched to be among the first businesses in Lansing to sign-up for Conpoto the e-service that makes it possible for people to gift items like drinks, coffee, snacks (popcorn J) at cafes or businesses like ours to someone else via the internet. 

Conpoto is easy to use to say ‘thank-you’ – ‘good job’ – ‘happy whatever’ or even ‘sorry’ in a novel way. Customers of Conpoto go to the website, select a state, city and a vendor like, say Cravings, to place an order, pay by credit card, and arrange to have notice of the virtual gift delivered to the gift receiver.

Check-out the line-up of virtual gifts and prices from Cravings Gourmet Popcorn available on Conpoto.

So, next time you have a reason to give a gift, make it the easy online way with Conpoto and Cravings. When you do, you will be investing in two great Michigan-grown companies.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

 

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Not Too Far To Walk

Among community developers the idea of creating walkable communities is the Holy Grail.  Walkability is measured in many different ways (see this website on what makes a walkable community).  We think Old Town is making great strides towards being more walkable, yet there are still many people that live and work close-by, people that would or should be the most likely to walk, yet in most cases they choose not to walk and complain about the lack of parking.  This is puzzling to us at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.

If you think about big city life, say Chicago, parking your car turns into a long-term event.  This is out of necessity because it doesn’t make sense to move your car from one of the precious few parking spaces. Residents and visitors willingly release their dependence on cars and walk the city. People are more than willing to walk 6, 8, 10 blocks and even farther to their destination(s) even in cold, windy weather. 

To put this in perspective, the distance from the city center and State Capital building to Cravings in the heart of Old Town is 12 blocks, Lansing Community College is 10 blocks from Old Town, the Stadium District is 10 blocks from Old Town.  Distances from Downtown to Old Town are even shorter if you use the River Trail.  The distance from Arties Filling Station to Cravings is 2.5 blocks,  from Cravings to Zoobies is 3.5 blocks,  and Cravings to Golden Harvest is 2 blocks.  Pruess Pets to Cravings – 2.5 blocks, Cravings to Elderly Instruments, 2.5 blocks.

Too far to walk?  Really?

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

"An Opener is not like any other game. There's that little extra excitement, a faster beating of the heart. … You know that when you win the first one, you can't lose 'em all." Early Wynn .

Opening Day Baseball helps us remember that anything is possible. The playing field is level and every team has a shot at winning for a brand new season. That is why at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we love the idea of Opening Day.

Locally, Opening Day for the Lansing Lugnuts is April 4th, playing against the Cleveland Indians starting at 6:30pm.  Major League Baseball is back with full force as the Detroit Tigers meet the New York Yankees on Friday April 5th at 1:05pm.

Opening day for baseball can be iffy weather-wise so plan ahead. We might have a bright sunny spring day, maybe it will rain a bit, or we might even have snow. No matter the temperature, Opening Day is still a special day. If you are a baseball lover, your happy space has almost arrived.

Even if you can’t get out to Opening Day in Detroit or Lansing, you can enjoy some great caramel popcorn from Craving’s Gourmet Popcorn as you watch the MLB season unfold on television.  We think that’s better than cracker jack any day of the week!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Image courtesy of pichart99thai at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Oh the Places You’ll Go

 “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So . . . get on your way!” This is the final line of the final book that Ted Geisel (pen name -Dr. Seuss) wrote.

March 2nd is the birthday of Dr. Seuss. He was not a real doctor, but he still made significant contributions to our lives.  Always a doodler, in college he was noticed by a fellow student. She suggested that he give up his idea of becoming a professor and become an artist. That student, Helen, would one day become his wife.  His artistic career started in advertising for Standard Oil Company. He later gained some notoriety for putting his artistic skills to work during the war effort by making films and animated shorts to train soldiers for World War II. 

In the 60’s Geisel was inspired by a book based on a report called Why Johnny Can’t Read. The report’s basic premise was that elementary reading books were boring to children.  His first children’s book The Cat in the Hat was commissioned by two publishing companies to serve as a beginning reader. Ted Seuss Geisel spent 53 years writing and illustrating instructive children’s books that delighted and educated children and their parents.  Many of his best works carried important messages of social importance.

He died in 1991. Shortly before his death, when Ted was asked if there was anything left unsaid, he pondered the question and finally responded: “The best slogan I can think of to leave with the U.S.A. would be: ‘We can . . . and we’ve got to . . . do better than this.”

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, we are inspired by the life and works of Dr. Seuss and encourage you to pick up a Dr. Seuss book for a little inspiration to apply to your life this Saturday, March 2nd.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

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Oscar Sunday is February 24th

No matter how you look at it the Academy Awards are a big deal.  There is high drama every year as we wait to learn the Academy Award nominees. Who doesn't like the movies? It is a competition that attracts bookmakers, it is a celebration of talent and imagination, it is a fashion show packed full of the most beautiful people in the world, it is a comedy platform for today’s most erudite host/hostess, it is a televised live variety show seen round the world, and now it is an online phenomenon with apps and websites that delve into the even the most minute details of the Awards.  It is the Oscars – the Academy Awards Nominations for Movies, Directors, Actors and Actresses, Screenplay Writers, Cinematographers, Costume Designers, and legions of people that call the movies their business.

But basically, it is about movies, movies that tell great stories – and what goes best with movies?  You guessed it! Popcorn!  In case you missed the details of this year’s nominated movies for Best Picture for the 85th Academy Award competition are, in alphabetical order:  

Amour

 Argo

 Beasts of the Southern Wild

 Django Unchained

 Les Misérables

 Life of Pi

 Lincoln

 Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

Usually, as the Academy Award season heats up, I try to see as many of the movies nominated for Best Picture as I can before Oscar Sunday.  Right now I have only seen three of the nine.  What movie are you rooting for?  It looks like I am not going to get to see many of these movies at the theater, but the bonus for me is being able to look forward to movie nights in the comfort of my own home …with my favorite popcorn, Cravings!  Problem is I can be done with my popcorn before the movie trailers are done, its that good!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.


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Craving for a Cure to Cabin Fever?

If you look in the mirror and see the image of Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining staring back at you with that crazed look and greasy hair, it is entirely possible that you are suffering from cabin fever.  Go ahead and take a moment to regroup: shower, shampoo, shave where necessary, put on some clean clothes, and then bundle up. That shiny thing in your garage is your car, get the keys, grab your wallet and get in the car!

Destination – Old Town! There is always something interesting to do, people to see and good things to eat.  Pop in to Aggie Mae’s for a sweet treat and some hot coffee.  If you haven’t checked out our neighbor, Meat, plan on stopping in for lunch – you've got to love a restaurant that has a name that promises no surprises. Well, maybe one surprise …surprisingly good meaty food to eat. 

The galleries in Old Town always deliver interesting arty things to see and buy.  Katalyst, Absolute, Creole, and Tallulah’s Folly and  are all doing their part to elevate our local arts and culture scene. 

If you are really adventurous you can poke around in Love Betty or Lamb’s Gate to find that mid-century mod treasure or just the right little piece of furniture to breathe new life into your home decor. 

If your therapeutic outing does not include retail purchases, you could try stretching some muscles at Hilltop Yoga (touch the top your leg, underneath that squishy stuff that’s muscle you feel). Or, just stop in to see the ladies of Grace and October Moon because visiting with them will change your day, change your attitude and change your mind.  If you are still feeling a little fuzzy try a little art therapy at Haze Ceramic Gallery, or if you don’t feel like making something maybe Haze will let you go out back and smash some castoffs.

Before you leave Old Town pop into our store Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, stick your head in first and do your best Jack Nicholson/Shining maniacal impression of “Heeere’s Johnny” and get 10 percent off your purchase. 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

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Let Corny Jokes Rule National Belly Laugh Day

Every year January 24th is National Belly Laugh Day.  The advocates for this special day truly believe that laughter is the best medicine.  Listed among the therapeutic qualities of a good old belly laugh are:

-Laughter appears to cause the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, the endothelium, to dilate or expand in order to increase blood flow.

-Laughter increases pain tolerance.

-It exercises facial, abdominal and chest muscles.

-Improves brain functioning.

-Laughing mixed together with the positive emotions of humor, and happiness lowers the stress hormones, corticosteroids and epinephrine. The release of growth hormone and endorphins plays a role in lowering the stress hormones.

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we would like to get the day and the belly laughs rolling by proclaiming it “Corny Joke Day” for National Belly Laugh Day.  To get us started here is popcorn “Corny Joke” excerpted from a blogger Sam Wilson on kids jokes from her blog.

I am going to leave you with my son’s favorite kiddy jokes of the moment.”  Six-year-old Benjamin:

What’s the difference between popcorn and pea soup? Anyone can pop corn.

Here is one from www.Joke Buddha.com:

Peanuts! Popcorn!

President Ronald Regan told this joke about Fidel Castro: Castro was addressing a large audience in Cuba, and he began, "They accuse me of intervening in Angola..." and a man going through the audience called out, "Peanuts! Popcorn! “Castro went on: "They say I'm intervening in Mozambique..." and the same loud voice shouted, "Peanuts! Popcorn! Castro continued: "They say I'm intervening in Nicaragua..." and the voice yelled again, "Peanuts! Popcorn! By this time Castro was boiling mad and he sputtered, "Bring that man who is shouting 'Peanuts! Popcorn!' to me, and I'll kick him all the way to Miami. And everybody in the audience started shouting, "Peanuts! Popcorn!"

What are your favorite “corny” jokes?

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.
(Photo credit: Freedigitalphotos.net)

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Fitness for the New Year

Okay, it’s here, the New Year and time for a new you. Maybe you've heard it before, but getting fit is usually a combination of the right food and the right fitness regime.  If you have a ways to go before you can claim a healthier life, here are a few good pieces of solid fitness advice to get you started:

Set Goals – We know you've heard how to set goals a million times. But where most people go off the rails is being too ambitious. You are far better to start with “baby steps” to measure your success.  We have a friend who started running three years ago. She had a very smart trainer with her to help her stay focused on those baby step goals, offering loads of encouragement along the way. Early in her training her goals were: walk for 5 minutes, run for 1 minute. It was a gradual climb to continuous running for a number of minutes, and then an increase in intensity.  Three years later she has run a 5K, has set her sights on a half-marathon, and continues to run every other day.

Exercise in Short Bursts – Fitness expert and TV star, Jackie Warner, suggests shorter, more intense workouts. Shorter time frames seem easier to work into your schedule, and greater intensity will have a longer lasting effect on your body over the course of the day.

Track Your Workouts – Keep a log, use an online tool, write little shorthand notes on your calendar.  Anything that will help you remember, what you did and whether you thought it worked, and how you felt (good or bad).  Over time this record is solid proof of your commitment, evidence that you have made progress, and incentive to keep going.

Change Your Playlist – We interpreted this piece of advice two ways. First, if you like to use music during your workouts, consider changing your playlist occasionally to create a new burst of energy to move you to the next level.  Second, consider the playlist of negative thoughts you have running through your head. These are those deep dark secrets of self-talk about your lack of ability or unworthiness.  Dumping this negative self-talk and changing to a playlist of lighter more positive and life affirming messages is another interpretation.

Now on to the food in the fitness and food combination, post work-out snack suggestions from Fitness Magazine call for eating to replenish lost energy with some healthy combinations of protein and carbs. Protein to re-build muscles and carbohydrates to create a fast energy burst. 

This just in for snacking in general, there is new research on popcorn as the perfect snack food. “Popcorn may be the perfect snack food. It’s the only snack that is 100 percent unprocessed whole grains. All other grains are processed and diluted with other ingredients, and although cereals are called ‘whole grain,’ this simply means that over 51 percent of the weight of the product is whole grain. One serving of popcorn will provide more than 70 percent of the daily intake of whole grain. The average person only gets about half a serving of whole grains a day, and popcorn could fill that gap in a very pleasant way,” said researcher Joe Vinson PhD, while delivering report to scientific community at annual conference.  To read more visit this site.

And finally, we offer a shout-out to our favorite personal fitness trainers at Iron Quest Fitness in Lansing. These people are well-versed on the right kinds of fitness and food combinations for people of all fitness levels. Take a look at their website to learn more about how they work.

Make it a fit and fabulous New Year!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

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Broad - Welcome to the Art Scene

It has been a long time coming and definitely worth the wait.  The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU is scheduled to be dedicated Saturday November 10 at an outdoor public ceremony, you can register online to attend the dedication ceremony.  An open house will be held Sunday, November 11. Additional details about these and other events to be held that weekend are forthcoming and can be found at the Museum website.

The dramatic building, designed by architect Zaha Hadid, is a work of art itself with its extreme angles and polished chrome-like finishes that seem to have grown organically out of the ground.  Hadid’s work is famous for this distinctive urban architectural look.  

Old Town Lansing was proud to have the Broad Art Museum present this summer displaying works of art from the museum collection in our neighborhood at the former home of the Chrome Cat (Isn’t that poetic?). And, we are equally proud of our own contributions to the local art scene.  The growth of Old Town as a destination is due, in large part, to the courageous gallery owners, art lovers and artists that have continued to enhance the quality of life here in our community.  Don’t forget to put the Old Town First Sunday Gallery Walk on your list of things to do. 

While you are in Old Town soaking up the local art scene be sure to stop in at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.  There are always great flavors in store for you here and we would love to hear what you think about your art experience in Old Town and the Broad at MSU.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

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October Sky

The weather is turning colder, the outdoor activity choices are fewer, and the television pickings are slim.  How about a great popcorn movie night instead?  Pick your favorite movie and pair it with some great popcorn and soda from Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.  One of our favorite inspirational movies is October Sky. 

There is nothing like a great movie based on a true story for some quality entertainment.  Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern star in this 1999 movie about Tennessee teenager, Homer Hickam, inspired by the launch of the Russian satellite Sputnik.  It is a movie about defying the odds, being willing to dream, and making those dreams come true.  Hickam is faced with the harsh reality that his family expects him to follow his father into the coal mines.  Viewing the Sputnik traveling across the October sky changes everything for Hickam, setting him on a trajectory as soaring as the Sputnik.  

We also like the fact that the science teacher, Miss Riley, depicted in this movie by Laura Dern, is the kind of teacher that chooses to empower her students. When teachers in the classrooms of today are struggling with so many issues that make it harder to prioritize actual teaching, it is refreshing to see a story of a teacher focusing on the students, against the odds.  We say bravo to those teachers of today that are consistently empowering their students.

So, how about it?  Is tonight an inspiring movie and popcorn night? 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

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Friday Night is Family Football Night

In the fall in small towns and neighborhoods across the country, attention still turns to the local high school football field.  These young men on the gridiron hold the hopes and dreams of a new generation of heroes and capture the imagination of an entire community.  Family and friends gather to watch and cheer and stomp as the young men in their prime test their skills and stamina on a game in four quarters. 

But even more is going on there.  Parents volunteer to work in the concession stand or assist in the parking lot or the ticket booth, or they just serve as chaperone to a herd of younger kids flexing their social muscles as they crawl all over, around and under the stands. The school marching band performs their best to a steady drumbeat of excitement. The cheerleading and pep squads show-off their well-rehearsed routines and occasionally break into pure unrehearsed infectious enthusiasm for their home team.  Grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles arrive in their sensibly warm clothes and team colors to take it all in with a show of support for their families. 

In the two hours that make up this Friday night, the part we like the best is families having fun, no computers, no electronic games, just good family fun.  That’s the team we are rooting for … give me an F…A…M…I….L…Y!  Gooooo Family!

Who’s your team? 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan. We welcome visitors to our store and our website.  Enjoy our unique naturally seasoned flavors and vintage sodas, and when you can’t come in person know that we will ship your favorites to you anywhere nationwide.

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Top 10 Classic Arcade Games of All Time

You can argue that the golden years of the video game arcade were during the 1980’s. A pocket full of quarters would bring hours of fun to fans of blinking lights and catchy computerized theme songs.  Although the classic arcade is nearly a dinosaur, you can still pick up a classic machine on sites like ebay and craigslist

Here is a list of the top 10 classic games according to KLOV.com (http://www.arcade-museum.com/)

1.   Pac-Man

2.   Galaga

3.   Donkey Kong

4.   Star Wars

5.   Ms. Pac-Man

6.   Dig Dug

7.   Asteroids

8.   Defender

9.   Tron

10. Tempest   (Tie) Centipede

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It's the final Turner Street Movie.  It's been so much fun and the turnout has been tremendous.  So many people hanging out and having fun.  It's big family fun at the Cesar Chavez Plaza in Old Town.  

July 29th features The Princess Bride (1987), starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin and Robin Wright

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn closes at 10 pm.  Be sure to stop for popcorn and soda pop before the show.
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Big family fun at the Cesar Chavez Plaza in Old Town.  

July 22nd features The Sandlot (1993), starring Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar and Patrick Renna
July 29th features The Princess Bride (1987), starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin and Robin Wright

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn closes at 10 pm.  Be sure to stop for popcorn and soda pop before the show.
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Has reality television jumped the shark?  I know I love to watch a fair amount of junk television while chomping on a bowl of popcorn, but every time I find out the show I am watching is fake, I become disappointed.  

Check out the Windy City Writeups blog.  What do you think?
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