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Wow folks, we’re in the final city of auditions for season nine of So You Think You Can DanceSalt Lake City, Utah. We’re bound to find a few ballroom contestants from this state, which will be a first in this season of SYTYCD! It’s not surprising, but so far this season we’ve seen the fast majority of Vegas-bound dancers specializing in Contemporary, with a few Hip Hop and street dancers breaking their way into the mix.

This week we have Adam Shankman joining Skeletor and Screamin’ MM on the judging panel, which will thankfully add a healthy dose of homosexuality to the mix! I’ll admit, I’m a few drinks in at this point as it was the pre-season kick off to the Canadian Football League, and my hometown team, the Saskatchewan Roughriders were in town playing the BC Lions and I’d never miss a chance of seeing my boys play live. Sadly, the Saskie boys lost, which lead to a few more pints and my boyish grin as I make my way through this episode.

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Bard On The Beach 2012: Season 23!

In: Dan, Random Reads, The Arts

That’s right folks, Bard on the Beach is back for their 23rd season and that’s my cue to officially kick off the summer season! I absolutely love trekking out to Vanier Park to take the different performances throughout the summer, starting with the season opener, Taming of the Shrew. I was giddy with the line up this year as I have only seen one out of the four Shakespeare plays that are rolling out throughout the summer. The other plays on the bill are Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor and King John. If you haven’t got your tickets yet for any or all of the shows, get on it! I’ll be attending each of the shows throughout the season and giving you my personal opinion on each one. GIDDY UP!

For complete show and ticket information, check out BardontheBeach.org

As I mentioned, Ali and I took in the first show this past week, and believe me, Taming of the Shrew is everything I wanted it to be and more! I was in the mood for some intelligent comedy, especially with this rainy Vancouver weather that just won’t seem to go away. The show’s story was most recently adapted for the big screen back in 1999 in ’10 Things I Hate About You’ starring Julia Stiles and the late Heath Ledger. It’s won’t take you by surprise when I say that the true storyline, Shakespeare’s original, is FAR better. The craziness that ensues had the audience laughing straight from their guts, and at the intermission I just couldn’t wait for the show to begin again!

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Okay, so I know I said I wasn’t going to recap the auditions rounds but I just can’t help it! It feels like forever since we’ve had the slightest bit of SYTYCD in our lives, and I find myself practically running home after work on Wednesday’s to throw on the eastern feed of the show. Season nine of So You Think You Can Dance has potential to be the biggest show down to date for Contemporary dancers, and a good-luck-chuck scenario if you come from any other dance style background!

Round three of the auditions brought the crew to Atlanta, the starting point for season eight winner, Melanie! Once again the lovely and adorable Cat Deeley (in a ridiculous fake-fir coat) gave us the low down of who would be joining Skeletor and Screamin’ MM on the panel. This week we have the legendary Debbie Allen to actually bring some credibility to the stage. As long as she hasn’t taken her crazy pills!

Will Atlanta bring the same talent and charm that Melanie brought last year? Buckle up, as I’m in a feisty mood tonight and in NO mood for any of Skeletor’s antics.

Auditions & recap after the jump…

Okay, I couldn’t resist. JESSE TYLER FERGUSON is on the judging panel as the second round of auditions for So You Think You Can Dance, Season 9 head to Los Angeles. Seriously, Jesse is so unbelievably funny as Mitchell in Modern Family, and he was equally fantastic as a judge during last season’s performance show. It was amazing to see Cat back on my TV as well. I’m going to speak of skeletor and screamin’ Mary as little as possible.

The show opened strong with a returning contest from last season that was so close to making it through to the performance episodes. The only thing I really cared about is finding out what song she was dancing to – ADAM – I need your help on this one! We were then forced to watch the two idiot judges (Jesse not included) giggle over the word whacking like they were ten-years-old. Thankfully it was in reference to Jontel ‘Johnny Waacks’ Gibson from Portland, Oregon who TURNED THE STYLE OUT! This routine was freaking amazing and one of the truly worthy numbers worth talking about! I loved the retro feeling he gave the style with the disco music and styling. Well played!

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Hollah! We’re back folks – Season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance kicked off their auditions portion this week, showcasing dancers from New York City, New York and Dallas, Texas. I won’t be recapping all of the audition episodes, as I feel the producers (Nigel Lythgo AGAIN) over do this stage of the competition and I just refuse to give them any more time than needed. It’s hard to believe that we’re going from one Lythgo-manipulated-and-produced show, American Idol, to another, SYTYCD. Believe me, Adam and I share the exact same feelings towards Skeletor and his absolutely ridiculous methods. His reality-show-template is getting incredibly stale and it’s time to really think outside the box or risk some of them being cancelled all together. Mark my words…

The two-hour show kicked off in New York with Skeletor, SCREAMIN’ Mary Murphy (hells yeah she’s back on TV) and Tyce Diorio on the judging panel. Overall the auditions were fairly standard comparable to the last few years. The scripted judge’s comments included a few ‘best dancer this show has ever seen’ and ‘WHOO WHOO YOU’VE GOT A TICKET ON THE HOT TOMALE TRAIN’. Lies. While I was definitely entertained by a few of the Contemporary dancers and one Hip-Hop/street dancer, there really weren’t a lot of stand-out performances I felt truly worthy of recollecting. And don’t even get me started on the gimmicky production of the one female contestant who loved Paris, even though she has never been, and they swapped the video out to replicate a silent film, a la The Artist knock off, which fell incredibly flat. This show really is made for a 13-year-old-audience.

Check out more of my recap of last night’s premiere after the jump.

Book Review: Fifty Shades Of Grey

In: Dan, Random Reads

Okay. This is going to be one of the most challenging book reviews to write as I don’t even know if I can technically review the book itself, or more the endless sexual content that is rife throughout the pages of E L James’ trilogy, beginning with the first book in the series, Fifty Shades of Grey. Out of the gate, I’ll admit my first mistake was due to my unspoken rule that I don’t read the cover or inside story prior to reading a book. I like the complete story to be a surprise from start to finish, no expectations.

I picked up Fifty Shades of Grey on my latest trip down to LA as I finished the current book I was reading, When God Was a Rabbit (which I also reviewed) and foolishly forgot to pack a second one. A quick search on a few different book sites and I noticed that the Fifty Shades trilogy was taking every single book list by storm, holding strong at the number one spot for several weeks. I figured, if that many people were reading it I should probably see what it’s all about.

Holy crap.

I Had. No. Idea. What. Was. About. To. Happen.

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Book Review: When God Was a Rabbit

In: Dan, Random Reads

I recently wrapped up reading a book that I have been encouraging every reader I know to pick it up since I’ve finished. That book is When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman. I picked the book up myself on a whim as my local (and favorite) bookstore, The Book Warehouse, was having its store-closing sale. I had seen the book amongst the recommended reads section for a while and decided I should give it a chance now that I could get it dirt-cheap. I’ll be frank; it’s worth picking this book up at full price!

To put this book succinctly, it is THE best book of the year. I find it difficult to think that I’ll come across one that’s better, and regardless, this will be the book that gets unwrapped by all my family and friends as their birthdays and holidays roll around. When God Was a Rabbit now holds a very dear place in my heart, and an even more special place next to my all-time favorite reads on my bookshelf.

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In honor of Mother’s Day, some of the Homorazzi cast has decided to proclaim their love to their respective mothers on the website. We hope you enjoy the read.

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I love my Mom, and just recently we’ve developed a relationship of being less Mother/Son and more friends who can share a good laugh and story over a drink or two. While growing up, I never thought that I would come to a place where I actually WANTED to hang out with my parents, but that day came knocking on my door a few years back after I invited them to my 23rd birthday party and they actually showed!

It dawned on my that my Mom is a pretty rad woman who cares a lot about her family and who’s sole goal in life is to make sure her children and grandchildren have everything in the world they could possibly want, even before her own needs. For this, I take my hat off to her, and say I love you with all my heart.

She hasn’t had the easiest life, but I would like to think that the few beers we shared in sun are well remembered and will keep her smiling!

Thanks for everything Momma, I love you!

- Daniel

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