Sunday Brunch–Kirk Franklin style, Interstellar and Annie

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With 2015 in full swing, the entertainment world is continuing at a rapid pace. The gift-buying and gift-giving hoopla has died down, the trees are all boxed up, and most of the toys that took many of you folks hard-earned dollars are abandoned behind the couch. But fear not—you can still keep yourself and your loved ones entertained this season as you get back in the groove. More importantly, take note that, in a balance between work and play, family is king! Challenge yourself to find ways to relish your time with your family—not always the easiest thing to do, but it is the wise and most rewarding thing to do. This January, you can have some sure-fire fun, extraordinary, and exciting ways to spend your free time in this season of snow and chill.

Every Sunday, all across the United States at the very same time, the House of Blues is hosting a gospel extravaganza also known as “Kirk Franklin Presents Gospel Brunch.” During this event, expect to be energized and greatly encouraged by local talent singing hand-selected song choices by none other than gospel producer, Kirk Franklin. While you are getting your gospel groove on and getting to know the other attendees, Franklin has invited you and your family to enjoy some of your favorite brunch items in a buffet style, including a variety of carving stations. The best part is that the tickets include the buffet, gospel concert, tip, tax, and all non-alcoholic beverages—Hallelujah! As they say, “Ain’t no party like a Holy Ghost party!” And don’t worry, typically there are two performances on Sunday, giving you and your family time to attend church service before the show. For more details regarding ticket pricing and times, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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If you like going to the movies, you may have noticed theatres producing quite the buzz in recent weeks, spilling the beans on what some of Hollywood’s A-list members have been up to this past year. Annie rocked box office charts, selling $98,837,000 in the first full three weeks of its release date, according to Box Office Mojo. Actress Quvenzhané Wallis, guided by director Will Duck, gives a stellar performance of the little lady who captivates the heart of “Will Stacks,” played by none other than Jaime Foxx. If you fell in love with the original Annie produced in 1982, odds are you will appreciate the 2014 rendition, as it provides a modern-day perspective into Annie’s big move from the orphanage to the home, from being broke to having dollars, from needing a lot to not wanting a thing, from—well, you get the picture. Parents, expect your little one to belt out infectious tunes such as “Tomorrow” and the new “I Think I’m Gonna Like it Here” well after the movie has ended. Don’t say we didn’t warn ya!

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For a more mature crowd, the new film Interstellar is exceptional in presentation and delivery. Interstellar takes viewers on a riveting ride, making use of Matthew McConaughey’s acting muscles while challenging audience members to stretch their minds and consider existing in another galaxy in order to save coming generations. Interstellar will supercharge your imagination but also tug on your heart, suggesting love is more powerful than you ever thought. If you like sci-fi and mental exploration of transcending time, then this movie is for you. As if McConaughey wasn’t enough to get you going, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) gives this movie a glorious 8.9 stars, suggesting it may be worth a peak.

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Some of you would love to hit the theaters, but it’s not worth considering losing a finger or a limb due to frostbite. Understood. Your fingers and your limbs are far more precious than you seeing a good flick. While you and your family remain safe and warm indoors, don’t be afraid of dusting off that original Monopoly board game in the very back of the closet. Or how about a suspenseful game of UNO with teams? No one has ever complained about a family game of SORRY, right? What about your own family rendition of Annie? Whatever you decide, make it a family event rather than dispersing to various corners of the house with colorful iPads, cell phones, tablets and such. Your appetite for family and love has to be greater than your appetite for frivolous gadgets. You have the ideas and are off to a great start. Now all that’s left is coordination of schedules—but we’ve got faith in you! Good luck!