Archive | October, 2012

Costumes for the Pop-Culturally Inclined

31 Oct


Posted by: mthep

We here at Broadcouching are wishing everyone, especially you east-coasters, a safe and happy Halloween. May your pillowcases overflow with full-size candy bars from the rich part of town!

Here’s a spooky scary story from my childhood to fill up space between here and the costume gallery below. Muwahaha!

When I was 8 or 9, I convinced my mom to make me a cat costume for Halloween. I was decked out from head-to-toe in the itchiest white plastic fake “fur” from Jo-Ann Fabrics imaginable, and I loved it. I was a painfully shy kid, and Halloween was the one time I could seek out attention in a way that still made me feel safe. The way I figured it, people wouldn’t actually be looking at me – they’d be looking at the costume instead.

I couldn’t wait to get outside and start showing off my awesome cat costume. One of the first doors I knocked on happened to be, in retrospect, a college house that was having a Halloween party of the drinking kind. The door opened up to a dimly lit, very crowded, and very loud living room scene. The girl who answered the door started drunkenly fawning over me, and somehow pushed me further into the house, for all the other party-goers to see. I was quickly surrounded by “grown-ups” oohing and ahhing at me, and I could even feel some hands petting my costume. The doorway seemed like it was miles away, and I was trapped. I was terrified that I was one step away from being kidnapped, but I also wasn’t about to run out of there without getting some candy.

By the time I was finally ushered back outside, I had started to feel overly warm and woozy from all the non-breathable polyester I was encapsulated in; and maybe a little dizzy from the attention, too. I made it safely back down to the sidewalk where my dad was waiting for me… and fainted at his feet. Thankfully, he was there to catch me, and carry me the half a block back home.

OOOoooOOOhhh! 

Nowadays, I turn to the internets for costume inspiration. I really enjoy seeing so many people putting in the time and effort to make clever, original, non-prepackaged costumes. I accept that there will always be a market for all of those sexy fill-in-the-blank costumes, but this gallery gives me hope that we’re not all doomed to wander the streets as sexy remote controls.

Do you have any fond (or not so fond) memories of your childhood costumes? Let us know in the comments!

Andy Cohen is my Mazel of the Day…and of my Heart.

26 Oct

Posted by: Alex

I’m not sure how many of you are viewers of Watch What Happens Live, the charming nightly talk show hosted by Andy Cohen. It’s on Sunday through Thursday nights on Bravo at 10 p.m. As someone who, almost nightly, is watching Bravo from 9-10 p.m., it was natural for me to keep it on the same channel for another 30 minutes. I have watched Andy Cohen for years hosting the uncomfortable, car-crash-like Real Housewives reunion shows and I didn’t think much of him, except I wondered if he was as tense as I was during them (turns out, yes!) I started out as a very casual fan of WWHL, and then I started purposefully watching it after a while, and then one night Dan said what I had been thinking for weeks: “I think I really like Andy Cohen.” That’s when we admitted to ourselves that this was more than casual TV dating – this was a serious relationship.

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I Love Frank Ocean, or, One Big Ad for Spotify, Apparently.

22 Oct

Posted by: Alex

Friends, if you asked me who Frank Ocean was six months ago, here’s what I would have said: “Frank Ocean is that rapper who I think is bisexual and may or may not have had an affair with Kanye West? Or something like that?” Those would have been my exact words because I had zero idea who he was. All I knew was that everyone made the biggest deal out of him admitting to his bisexuality, which I wasn’t that impressed with. I could be attracted to both men and women, too, I wanted to shout from the rooftops! Pay attention to me!

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All the fall TVs!

17 Oct

Posted by: mthep

Alex did such a great job covering all the comedies I’m looking forward to (Mindy! Liz! Leslie! Schmidt!), that I won’t take up valuable internet space with summaries of those shows too. But we know you need more shows to hibernate to, because it’s cold outside, and sitting inside where it’s warm is nice. Get yourself a pumpkin-flavored anything, and wrap yourself up in that old afghan that sat lonely and unused all summer long, because I’ve got even more recommendations to add to your Hulu queue.

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Cozy Music for Sweater Weather

10 Oct

Posted by: mthep

Science fact: fall is the best season. There’s plenty of potential for warm days, but the overnights are almost guaranteed to be crisp and chilly; better than any air conditioner could ever offer.

sam at explodingdog.com gets it.

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The Long Lost Mia Michaels Post (for those already in SYTYCD withdrawal)

3 Oct

Posted by: Alex

I promise that this will be the last post about So You Think You Can Dance for those of you who would rather be hit by a bus than watch another Travis Wall contemporary piece. I do understand your frustration and lack of interest in this area. But before I end my streak, I need to reminisce about the week that SYTYCD had their best idea ever: the best of Mia Michaels week. Hallelujah! Why hasn’t this been done every week, I asked myself?!? It was magical. The best part, for me, was not watching the current dancers try to re-do the original choreography. That actually made me feel bad because I didn’t think any of the new versions held up to the originals. What made me so elated was being reminded of what a genius Mia Michaels is and then proceeding to go back and watch all of my favorite dances on YouTube. And that’s what I’ve compiled here: my all-time favorite Mia Michaels pieces. Even those of you dance haters will be able to appreciate how beautiful, creative, smart, and moving each of these dances are. (I might be projecting a little. Feel free to hate away. I guess it’s a free country).

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