Muse and MIX

This past Thursday, N & I joined Allison and Nadine to see MUSE perform at the Q. It was my first time seeing MUSE live, and I have say WOW!! I was completely blown away!! I've watched MUSE perform on various awards shows, and they've always been great, but nothing compared to a full concert.

Awesome vocals, incredible visuals, and an truly awesome light show--- seriously, MUSE set the bar for 2013 concerts very, VERY high...

Friday, Sara, N and I headed out to The Cleveland Museum of Art to attend its MIX event. If you haven't been to MIX event, you really should check them out. Each event is very different, but they're ALL a lot of fun. This month's event focussed on the Pompeii exhibit, and included live interactive performance art, which included use of the escalators!

While the actors paraded around with foam swords, we somehow ended up in a riveting discussion on most underrated actors...

Ahmed, Sara and N 

CK, Alexa, Sean, and Matt

As you can see, it was a VERY animated discussion, and some of our nominees included Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Ed Norton... while we debated the merits of our respective choices and energetically argued against others, we suddenly realized that it was past 10 pm, the Pompeii exhibit was closed, and we were being ushered out of the museum.

And so the night ended in our kitchen, with wine and Doritos, and squeals of laughter over goats.

Seriously, if you have not watched this video, you are missing out!!

Saturday was pretty low key-- psycle, nap time, puppy walks, and a late dinner at Tremont Tap House with Wes and Danielle.

Sunday was another low key day- brunch, laundry, more puppy walks and play time, and snuggles on the couch while we watched Argo (seriously, I was stressed out the ENTIRE time!! I can't imagine that the whole hostage crisis actually happened, and more so that it STILL happens across the world!!! SO CRAZY AND SCARY!!!)

And now its Monday... here we go again : )

What's Round on the ends and High in the Middle?

OHIO!!! And that's a new little slogan, courtesy Ms. Katy Perry, who's concert I attended last night with seanski, AJP, Valarie, and Kelly!! Pre-concert we gathered at Zinc for some happy hour adult beverages, and then made our way over to East 4th. As with any fun pop concert, East 4th was filled with people (ok, it was mostly women and girls) dressed up for the occasion. While it was amateur-hour compared with Lady Gaga, it was still fun to see everyone dressed up, and I especially enjoyed the number blue, pink and purple wigs!! As I'm sure you've read by now, the stage was a cross between the Yellow Brick Road, Alice in Wonderland, and Willy Wonka, meets Hello Kitty. I only say Hello Kitty because it was VERY pink and perky, but you get the general idea. I SWEAR the whole arena smelled like sugar; I've never wanted a cupcake so bad in my life!!! Katy is actually quite the singer, and her performance was SUPER fun and energetic and happy!!

AJP, seanski, and Valarie

Katy making her entrance

I wanna see your peacock

Katy with Mike (or was it Matt?) from Avon Lake. She gave him a kiss on the cheek.

Katy's karaoke, where she covered Rihanna, Jay-Z, Rebecca Black, and Willow

Katy floating on a giant pink cotton candy cloud (that you can't see) above the crowd (which you also can't see). It was high up, and the thing wobbled. Honestly, I would have barfed. So kudos to Katy for keeping it together!!

I was very jealous of all the people she invited up on stage!!!

All in all, a great concert!!! I would definitely go to another Katy Perry concert!! So Katy, please come visit us again!!!

A weekend recap

OMG you guys, I am SO behind on blogging. Although I only have myself to blame: I've been having way too much fun in this amazing city!!!! I'm going to recap the last couple of weeks sorta piecemeal over the next few blog posts, but I'm going to start with a recap of this past weekend.

Friday night, AJP and I had a fun little date at the Indians Game! A few weeks ago, I'd applied for a spot at the Cleveland Indians Social Suite, and Friday happened to be my lucky day to be at the game. AJP and I started off the evening with a quick beer and some gossip catching up at Flannery's, and then headed up to the suite to watch the game. The game itself was a disappointment, BUT I did find a vendor that sells, among other things, fried cookie dough, funnel cake, and funnel cake fries. In case you're wondering, its sorta across the way from the Cleats. After much debate between the funnel cake and funnel cake fries, I panicked and just went with regular fries instead. DARN IT!!! Should've got funnel cake! Anyway, at the end of the game, AJP, my fellow Social Suite attendees and I were escorted DOWN TO THE FIELD to watch the fireworks from the visitors dugout.

My foot hovering over the field. I may/may not have touched it. 

AJP gets lucky

AJP somehow ended up with a ball from the game, and we enjoyed some fabulous fireworks, set to the music of today's very own tween stars. Sorry Biebs, I'm just not that into you (and cue the hate mail).

After a very busy Saturday morning which included some much needed shopping, Jess and I headed out to Chinato for some pre-concert dinner. Seriously, if you haven't been to this restaurant yet, I don't know what you're waiting for! The seafood misto appetizer and lemon polenta cake are TO.DIE.FOR! Post-dinner, we headed over to the House of Blues to see watch Grace Potter and the Nocturnals perform live.

She is so so so so SOOOOOOO good live! Incidentally, she has a new album coming out on June 8th, so you should definitely give it a listen. I LUUUUUURRRVVVEEEE HER!!

Sunday began with a yoga class, followed by watching N play softball, lots of napping, cuddle time with the pups, and my continued introduction to the fabulous world of Mad Men (we're on episode 4, season 1). All in all, a WONDERFUL CLE WEEKEND!!! And, I'm already gearing up for the next one!!!

Lady Gaga in Cleveland - Part Deux

If you follow me on twitter (and if you don't, you should. I'm @cleshopaholic), then you know that I was at the Lady Gaga concert last night; my second one!!! And since this WAS my second one, I decided to step it up a notch, costume-wise. Alas, my lack of craft skills meant that although I had intentionally planned to make a Meat Dress, I ended up with a Meat Skirt.

Last night, I also received my favorite text of all time, courtesy the fabulous JV, who unfortunately was unable to attend. Here goes " Spotted: T, M, S and Little J on East 4th flaunting their best Poker Face. Sources say we will find M Starstruck and T will Dance in the Dark with Alejandro. S will likely be trapped in a Love Game with those Paparazzi. And Little J? Well, we all know she likes it rough because baby she was Born This Way. Paws up, Little Monsters. XOXO"

Seriously, how awesome is she?!?!?! So here's the rundown. Gaga was an hour and a half late, but its ok, because like always, she PUT ON A SHOW! And here's the part you've been waiting for: PICTURES!!

And there's the meat skirt....

Gaga takes the bus!



And the costumes...


Another fabulous concert; the first one of many I will attend this year!!!

We like to Party

If you've been reading my blog for a while now, then you know that I LUUUUURRRVVVEE a good party. And if you read my post on Jump Back Ball 20, then you know that Playhouse Square  knows how to throw one fine party. Why am I bringing all this up? Because this Saturday (March 19th), Playhouse Square and Lexus are coming together to host what promises to be one of the best parties of the year: Its called Dark Ride, and its the the official Cleveland launch of the all-new Lexus CT200H. Its a Lexus, its a hybrid, and its targeted at mid 20s-mid 30-year olds, so its affordable. Affordable luxury!!!!! YAY!!

Like the Lexus brand, the launch party is going to be one luxurious event. Starting at 8:30 pm, guests will be treated to fabulous cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, as DJs spin some very danceworthy music, and bubbles (of the drinkable variety) are passed around. At 10:00 pm, the party will move to the State Theater Stage, where DJ Flaco will warm up the crowd for opening act DEV, who will then be followed by the main event, Lupe Fiasco!!

I mentioned that the event is luxurious, but have I mentioned that its exclusive? So exclusive, in fact, that you CAN'T BUY a ticket. There's only a few ways to get a ticket:
1. Go to Metro Lexus (13600 Brook Park Road) from 5:00-6:00 pm on March 15th to win tickets
2. Win a ticket through 96.5 Kiss FM or Metromix Cleveland
3.  Follow Playhouse Square on Twitter or Facebook for a chance to win, and finally
4. Win one RIGHT HERE!!!

Here's what you have to do (you MUST be over 21 to enter):
- Leave a comment on this post with your email address for ONE ENTRY
- Follow me on Twitter and tweet:
I want to win @cleshopaholic's  #LexusDarkRide contest @playhousesquare
- Follow me on Facebook for ONE ENTRY

Please leave me a comment for each entry!

The contest will end on St. Paddy's Day, and I will announce the winner on Friday! Here's the best part: I will be picking not one, but TWO WINNERS, each of whom will receive a pair of tickets!!! So get your dancing shoes ready, pick your most picture-worthy outfit, and good luck!!!!

Disclaimer: Playhouse Square gave me tickets to the event, as well as tickets to give away to you, my fabulous readers!