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How To Be Single is a rom-com perfect for Valentine’s Galentine’s Day. The movie, starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood, is a dialogue of dating that defines the Millennial generation better than any I’ve seen that have tried before.
It appears that director Christian Ditter is new, considering this is the first big movie in his portfolio. However, the obvious big name behind the scenes person is the fascinating Drew Barrymore, someone who is incredibly experienced in the genre. This movie is one I have a hard time calling a romantic comedy, considering that the point of the story is not about any of her ‘Eros’ relationships, but more importantly in this film, her ‘Philos’ relationships she has with her sister, best friend, and bartender.
How To Be Single - Official Trailer - Official Warner Bros. UK youtu.be
Newly graduated, Alice (Dakota Johnson) decides to break up with her adorable boyfriend (Nicholas Braun) and set off to live in New York while she tries to figure out whether or not she can live without him and so she can figure out who she is. She gets a job where she meets the crazy, yet loveable Robin (Rebel Wilson). While she’s staying with her workaholic sister (Leslie Mann), Robin convinces her she needs to start living a little. While she’s sowing her wild oats, she meets several new gentlemen, notably the bartender (Anders Holm) who has slept with every girl in Manhattan (or has at least tried very hard to), and the tall, dark, and handsome wealthy real estate mogul, David (Damon Wayans, Jr.) who both teach her a thing or two about herself.
When teenagers are growing into adult-hood, they call it a coming of age film. I truly believe that this is more that than a romantic comedy. She’s not a teenager, but she is still learning about herself. She’s discovering who she is and whether or not she can stand on her own two feet. The world in which my generation is beginning to inherit is one that was made for couples. Everything is made for two. Queen size beds, loaves of bread, anything at Costco… The world is driven to be made for two people with a family.
The Religious Right got it wrong when they said that gay marriage would be the end of marriage itself. Marriage as we know it is over, but it has nothing to do with the gay community. It’s the 20- and 30-somethings who saw the failures of their parents’ marriage and chose not to repeat those mistakes. People in this demographic are waiting longer to get married, longer to have kids, and waiting until they know who they are before they want to learn who someone else is. In the words of RuPaul, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love anybody else?” The new generation is taking that advice to heart.
This movie captures the heart of that feeling and portrays it in such an honest, open way. Truly, the movie is one of the most heartfelt, touching stories told in so long. Yes, it’s Rebel Wilson, so the comedic relief is on point and very present, but not only that. It discusses the relationships we have with each other so well. When we get into new relationships and fall into the person and pay no attention to those around us. Or we get so caught up in trying to find a partner that we become obsessive and crazy and totally undesirable. Or we give up on the whole bit and try to sleep with as many people as we can without trying to ever become attached any deeper. Maybe we get swept up in our work and desire a child but not a husband and blind ourselves when the right guy actually does come along. Maybe we just want to party like our lives depend on it and deal with the consequences later. All these truths and more are represented in this film. The honesty is so palpable, you can look and listen to the audience connecting to the story in real time.
The shots of New York are wonderful by the way, making a city that is over-crowded and often referred to as unpleasant seem welcoming and cheerful. That’s a lot of work, I’m sure, so good work to the crew for that. The huge mural of a young girl on the side of a building was pleasant and grounding, letting you know that they know how to maintain continuity, but will break it in a second with a line from the Rebel Wilson playbook. The director, for it being his first big film, must either be very under rated or very well assisted. Whichever, bravo. It gave me good memories of spending time there with a friend about this time last year, as I’m sure it will anyone who has ever been. Great scenery of a city that has been used as a backdrop for so many films, and yet it somehow feels fresh.
After seeing this film, you’ll be thankful for your friends and family, but also for yourself. It was very uplifting in that sense, because while boys are lovely, it’s so important to have that support system that will always be there for you, and to have the trust in yourself that can get you through.
The storyline was so incredibly relatable, I found myself comparing myself and friends in the characters that I saw. So much so that after I got home, I called one of my best friends because it made me so happy that she’s in my life. We’ll be going to see it very soon I hope.
There are several great films to go see this Valentine’s Day. Sure. But, if you’re unattached, go see this. Even if you are attached, go out and leave the husband at home and see this with your best friends. It will bring you closer together. It will make you happy.
The movie may not be groundbreaking or Oscar worthy, but it is a great film to sneak some wine into and watch with the squad. For the love of God. GO.
Why are you still sitting there? Call your girls and your gays and fire up your streaming service.
For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.