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Read my lips

Jimmy Fallon’s epic “Lip Sync Battle” has left its home at The Tonight Show and now occupies prime time Thursdays on Spike TV.

lip sync batle

The earlier time slot means the segment gets 30 whole minutes, costumes, backup ‘singers’ and dancers and racier trash talk (since it’s on cable). And the celebs are lovin’ every minute. The only thing that suffers?

The actual lip sync.

The celebs have a lot more bells and whistles to contend with, and limited rehearsal time, I would guess. So everything is messier…but who cares?

They’re making fools of themselves to music — just like on Dancing with the Stars — and it is magical.

NYC secret

I have lived in New York City going on nine years now, but today was my first trip to the Museum of the City of New York.

mcnyIt’s located at Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street, just a quick jog across Central Park from my Upper West Side neighborhood.  Props to Groupon for giving me the push I needed to pay a visit.

Two for one admission — need I say more?

The space is compact, clean and modern, with exhibits of a number and size that make it easy to see and do everything in a morning or afternoon.  There’s also a nice variety — photography, film, costumes, paintings, advertising, multi-media, miniatures — so everyone in your group will find something to hold their interest.

My favorite on this cold damp day?

paul rand

Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand, an exhibit showcasing the six-decade career of the iconic graphic designer (and Brooklyn native).

While Rand is a legend in the design community, you may find yourself wondering who he is. A quick look at a few of the logos he designed will make you realize you gaze upon his handiwork nearly everyday.

paul rand logosRad designed children’s books (with his wife Ann) and other book jackets as well, and wrote two visionary books on design.

He also taught at the Pratt Institute and Yale before his death in 1996.

A quick Google image search will not only give you an idea of the breadth of Rand’s art and impact on current design, but is a really fun way to entertain yourself on a rainy day.

Wayne’s World

I did a spit take this morning — not on purpose, you understand.

It was Wayne’s fault.

I was working in the living room and Let’s Make a Deal was on TV.
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That show be crazy.

If you haven’t watched Deal since the Monty Hall days, there are still bad costumes, big boxes, curtains, envelopes of cash and ZONKS.  But Brady and his crew have given it a touch of improv that gives you the sense it could all go off the rails — and sometimes does — at a moment’s notice.

They sing.  They dance.  They do sketches, often using the audience members as part of the fun.  I like having the TV on while I’m working for the background noise, but I gotta admit —

Wayne sometimes steals focus.

Wah

Comic Con is in full swing this weekend in San Diego.  And I’m not there….again.  So, I’m bitter.  Again.

I know, I should stop my whining and get my butt out there.  I mean, seriously — even Hallmark Cards has a booth.  And I know them!

But instead, here I am in Boston, spending my entire day making a living.

Or am I?

Perhaps that’s really me behind those dark glasses…sporting a sexier version of Star Wars stormtrooper gear.  (The black inserts are slimming, don’t you agree?)

And any girl will tell you when your best friend has blue hair, the guys are gonna look your way.

(That is a girl…right?)

Or perhaps that’s me in full costume dressed as a…well, as a…cat? With Harry Potter taped glasses, even.

I do have green eyes, and although I’m not a big fan of pink hair on a normal day, I think the green and gold jumpsuit saves it.

A cat superhero?  I can get behind that for a day.

(Just don’t tell my dog.)

Yes, maybe ‘being’ at Comic Con is just a state of mind.  Maybe being a geek is enough.

A geek that whines — goodness knows I’m working that so far.