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While we didn’t miss her all the way over in Bolivia, Juliette is back. She is still in the cult and as we all thought, this is just Scientology being disguised as The Movement for Coherent Philosophy. We first see her furious with one of the cult mucky mucks, Sharon, because a fellow member has fainted from exhaustion because she was put on double work duty.
Gunnar still hasn’t forgiven Avery and Alannah suggests to Avery that maybe she should leave the band. Conniving little hoochie is doing this so she can get out of the band and sign with Brad. When she tells Avery about Brad’s offer, Avery is hesitantly supportive.
When Juliette goes to tattle on the mucky muck to Darius, he says he will do some investigating into the incident. He doesn’t want it to interfere with her “spiritual journey.” She says she will make things right and makes it clear she will then be going home.
I didn’t think it was possible to find a character as annoying as Maddie, but congrats, CMT. Twig has officially reached that status when he goes over to Maddie’s place to listen to a song she wrote. She wrote it for Jonah, who is cheating on Maddie with his ex, Mia.
When Darius is called away from the compound, Sharon and another cult leader, Bill, inform Juliette that they will be handling her abuse accusation case. When she threatens them with one of her flippant lashing-out Juliette tactics, they declare she is unfit to travel back to Nashville. She threatened them and it’s something they claim to take seriously and post a guard outside her room to keep her there. They send another member, Rosa, to stay with Juliette in her room because she’s a danger to herself. I mean, they’re not wrong.
When Jessie goes to Brad’s office to drop something off for their kid, she spots Alannah at the record label buddying up to Brad and his staff. Later, she goes to see Alannah at the boutique where she works. Jessie warns her that Brad is a controlling, narcissistic asshole. Alannah promises she won’t say anything to Brad about Jessie warning her. Yeah right. Hoochies gotta hooch, folks.
The following day, Juliette is taken to a meeting with Sharon, Rosa and Bill where she threatens a lawsuit. They claim this isn’t the first time she’s demonstrated unstable behavior and they are allowed to hold her against her will because of it. So, um, culters, Juliette is literally a walking, talking definition of instability. Anyway, they are in possession of her passport and offer her “support” to control her anger before she goes home.
Maddie goes over to Jonah’s because they have a hike planned and when he’s not there, she makes plans to binge watch TV with Twig. If this plotline gets any more boring, we could officially call it a lecture from my junior high history teacher. He ends up playing her a version of a song she wrote after he produced it. When Jonah finally gets home, he lamely apologizes and she forgives him.
Juliette begins to get to Rosa, who is basically her cellmate cult snitch. Being her usual picking-at-an-emotional-scab Juliette, she digs enough to realize the movement must have something on Rosa in order for her to help keep Juliette imprisoned. In the night, Juliette wakes and is sick. When Rosa goes to see about her, Juliette admits she’s puking her guts out because she’s pregnant. When Rosa hears Juliette singing to her baby in Spanish, it pulls at her heartstrings and she brings her a pregnancy test. When the test is positive, she begs Rosa to contact Avery and tell him he is going to be a dad again.
Will goes to Avery and Gunnar separately and lies to them both saying the other is really sorry about the Alannah situation. Avery and Gunnar end up meeting at a bar and hashing it out. Avery tells him about Alannah’s potential record deal with Brad’s Shiny New Records. Then, he admits he feels like he’s cheating on Juliette. You totally are and she totally deserves it.
Things take a turn for the spooky coinciding with current events when Rosa reveals her son is in similar circumstances as Juliette within the cult. He is also on lockdown and she isn’t allowed to see him. Rosa recommends Juliette submit. While I admit Juliette needs to be put in her place, submitting isn’t exactly what she is famous for.
Twig very awkwardly goes to Maddie and tries to explain how he feels about her. Instead, he bungles trying to kiss her and she pulls away. She tells him she’s in love with Jonah and he ungracefully leaves.
The next morning, Juliette meets with Bill, Sharon and Rosa again and leads them to believe she is remorseful for her behavior by telling them what they want to hear. She even whips up some tears. Manipulating the manipulators. Way to go Juliette. This isn’t her first rodeo.
Not heeding Jessie’s advice, Alannah signs with Brad’s company and calls Avery to give him the good news. But, she doesn’t feel happy about it and starts a whole pity party rant about how she always screws up the good things in her life. This hoochie is good. I mean, she probably teaches it on the side. Way off topic, but does Avery’s patchy beard bother anyone?
Hanging with Jonah, Twig and their crew, Maddie discusses some producers to work on her song. Ya know, the one Twig produced? Twig huffs off to his room and when Maddie goes after him, she doesn’t want things to be weird between them. Too late.
Patches (Avery) runs over to check on Alannah, who is still freaking out. They are both in weird places in their lives and don’t want to scare each other off. You two have someone MUCH scarier to worry about over in Bolivia. And it’s knocked up.
Juliette coaches Rosa on how to be charming and lie to the guard in order to get the office key. The same office where they are keeping Juliette’s passport. Their plan works and when the passport is secured, it’s time hop out of the window to rescue Rosa’s son, but Rosa thinks it’s too dangerous. She is going to stay behind. Juliette doesn’t like it, but promises she will come back for Rosa and her kid. Then, Juliette hops from the window and runs away. From a heavily guarded compound. And no one notices. Anyway, on the road outside of the complex, Juliette just happens upon a friendly local who happily speaks a little English and takes her to the airport.
I do want to point out how odd it is that this episode dealt with a mother forcibly being separated from her child. The latest episode of The Handmaid’s Tale dealt with the same topic. I know the Nashville producers shot this episode months ago, but good job at pointing out how heartless it is and for being relevant. I suppose we can hope that the Bolivian people will be kind to Juliette, the foreigner in their country.
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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
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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.