Have you planned your long Fourth of July weekend yet?
Friends! We have less than two days of work before the long holiday
weekend. I’m tempted to ask for an “Amen!” here, but I’ll refrain.
So, who’s got plans? And can I crash them? I’m considering spending the long weekend holed up indoors watching a marathon of “Parks and Recreation” — it’d be a nice palate cleanser after finishing (the very good) “Game of Thrones.” (Reason No. 1 for needing a palate cleanser? Wading through HBO’s annoying formula of tossing boobs into every show whether the plot and/or scene warrants it or not.)
The “Parks and Rec” marathon idea sounds especially fun after watching this hilarious gag reel (please be advised that it’s NSFW unless you turn the volume way down or work here with me at the Gazette):
But you’re not all would-be recluses with a penchant for salty language. And some of these Fourth of July events are tempting even me to crawl out from my TV-lit hidey-hole.
First up, a guided evening hike to search for fireflies. Martin Park Nature Center is leading the hike — called Ma Nature’s Fireworks — this Sunday. The hike sets off at 8 p.m., and registration is limited (and $2). Led by former park naturalist and all-around smart guy Neil Garrison, the tour will teach about the biology of fireflies while the hikers keep an eye out for the glowing beasties.
That sounds perfect, right? I may just have to borrow someone’s kid so I can attend without looking like a creeper. Call 755-0676 for more info or to register.
The following day (that’d be July 4, for those playing at home), the Crystal Bridge at the newly renovated Myriad Botanical Gardens will offer free admission. This is a great opportunity to explore both the gardens and the tropical conservatory, which both got a major face-lift.
Action Rod Lott
"Blitz" isn't your average Jason Statham flick, in that: a) it skipped
theaters, and b) his partner is a homosexual. I can't recall seeing that
mix in cinema crime stories since the days of Ryan O'Neal and John Hurt
in "Partners," and that 1982 film was a comedy.
Action Rod Lott
Oh, to lead Dolph Lundgren's life! In the opening scenes of "In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds," his Granger character teaches a
martial-arts class, goes home, drinks, sniffles, whistles, draws a bath
and punches and/or kicks knife-wielding, hooded-robed intruders.
Television series Rod Lott
At the risk of making me less popular than I already am, I don’t get the unconditional love for HBO’s Game of Thrones that suggests it is beyond criticism. A harmless crush, I
understand; a vow of eternity, no. It’s too soon to be slipping a ring
on its finger just yet, but as season two beckons, the potential
Oslo can you go? To the depths of man’s darkest and deadliest desires, per this fun foreign crime thriller.
Thriller Rod Lott
Compared to the continent of Europe, the rate of death by guns in
America is six times higher. You wouldn’t know it based on the current
wave of crime films from that half of the globe. Arguably kicked off by
the worldwide success of Sweden’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattootrilogy, the movies generally are ballsier and bloodier and, therefore, better.