I don't know about you, readers, but when the snow starts to turn that brownish-grayish hue and exposing a small amount of flesh to the elements could likely result in frostbite, I don't want to do anything or go anywhere. January is a very quiet month and aside for a few things happening on Friday and Saturday, staying in and playing a Golden Globes drinking game sounds heavenly.
DRINKS OF THE WEEK
As a mixer, root beer doesn't get enough play. The purchase of a family-sized bottle of root beer resulted in a delightful discovery it goes with everything. Forget Coke! Root beer is the new black. The best combinations so far: root beer and whiskey (with ice) and root beer and brandy (definitely no ice). I haven't tried adding ice cream to the mix but that's next on the agenda.
Steve Martin is always a hit with the ladies, even with a Cyrano-style shnoz. 'Roxanne' is on TCM Sunday.
- Aziz Ansari is one of the best comedians out there and his star is finally beginning to rise. While some of the sketches were hit-or-miss on his MTV comedy show "Human Giant," in which Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer also starred, when they were good, they killed. (Search on YouTube and you'll be able to affirm this). Aziz currently has a role on "Parks and Recreation" and also had small parts in "Flight of the Conchords" and "Funny People." On Sunday, his Comedy Central special "Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening" will premiere at 10 p.m. It is best enjoyed with a brandy-root beer in a snifter.
- A new season of "Project Runway" starts tonight at 10 p.m. on Lifetime. They're back in New York City, thank goodness. I just read about this and I don't recall seeing a single advertisement for it.
- The CW's newest hour of cheese with an extra helping of sappiness, "Life Unexpected" premieres at 9 p.m. on Jan. 18. The premise is as follows: a teen (Britt Robertson) in foster care finds her birth parents (Shiri Appleby, formerly of "Roswell" and my favorite episode ever of "7th Heaven" about gangs; and Kristoffer Polaha, who was on four episodes of "Mad Men"). In a supporting role is Kerr Smith, Jack from "Dawson's Creek," who could really use a hit after starring in several bombs.
- The Golden Globes will be on Sunday at 8 p.m. Go "Mad Men," "Glee" and "Inglorious Basterds!"
- The Classics: On Turner Classic Movies Sunday, Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah star in a silly take on Cyrano De Bergerac, "Roxanne," at 8 p.m., followed by the classic story, "Cyrano De Bergerac" (1950) at 10 p.m.
Downtown Fredonia may still be in a winter break-induced slumber, but 41 West is still going. On Friday, Fossil Fuel (formerly Ten Cent Howl) will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and on Saturday, Last Call, with John Schibetta, Willie Fuentes, Gina V. and Bill Smith, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Karaoke is Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 9 p.m.
For one night only, the Fredonia Opera House will screen "2012" at 8 p.m. on Friday, in the venue's much-appreciated initiative to amp up its Cinema Series.
At Mojo's in Jamestown on Saturday night, don't miss Thee Audience, along with Roger Bryan & the Orphans and Ghost Shirt.
The Labyrinth Press Co. in Jamestown will have Noisecapades on Friday starting at 7 p.m., with the noise stylings of 6ix6ix6ixties and Dream Lapse.