Weekend Champloo, February 17-19

by on February 16th, 2012

Hello again from Emily! Valentine’s Day is over, and mid-February is as dreary as ever (although the sun today has been nice). I usually spend my February weekends huddled indoors watching a movie or devouring a newly-discovered television series on DVD (my recent obsession is Community). Looks like there are a couple of interesting events around the area this weekend, but mostly it looks like a good opportunity to pull out your craft supplies, grab your nearest video game controller, or drive to the movie theater. Here are some suggestions for activities this weekend!

Movie Theater Option #1: “The Secret World of Arrietty” (Karigurashi no Arietti) Opens Friday, February 17, 2012 at the Marcus Coral Ridge Cinema (check their website for showtimes). Written by Hayao Miyazaki, known for such movies as “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “Ponyo,” “Spirited Away,” and “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “The Secret World of Arrietty” looks equally engrossing and captivating. The movie features voice acting by Amy Poehler (of “Parks and Recreation” fame) and her husband, Will Arnett as the parents of Arrietty, a literal “little person” who ventures out at night to “borrow” objects from their normal-sized neighbors. If this plot sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because the film is based on a book called The Borrowers, a novel by Mary Norton, who also co-wrote “The Secret World of Arrietty” with Hayao Miyazaki. You can find the book in the Children’s Room, if you’re interested. Check out the website Rotten Tomatoes for more information on the film.

Movie Theater Option #2: “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” Opens Friday, February 17, 2012 at Marcus Coral Ridge Cinema and Marcus Sycamore Cinema (in 2D and 3D, click the links for showtimes). Nicholas Cage is back as the comic book “superhero” Johnny Blaze in this sequel to Ghost Rider. Honestly, I’m a bit inexperienced when it comes to this comic book business (this Wikipedia article helped a little), but it if the advertisements are any indication, it looks pretty entertaining (quality of filmmaking aside, of course). The Rotten Tomatoes website has more information, should you want it.

Video Game Option: “Portal 2” Available at ICPL in the Media/Video Game Collection (right next to the YA reading area). I know I’m a little behind the times with this suggestions, but it’s totally worth it, right? “Portal 2” is the most fun I’ve had playing a video game in a long time. Wheatley is adorable, GLaDOS is snarky and funny (and mean), and the puzzles are challenging and fun. Even better, that sense of satisfaction you get after completing a level…awesome. You can play solo or in a multiplayer cooperative mode; either has hours of entertainment. Stop by the Teen Tech Zone on Saturday, and I’ll bring my copy if you want to play. 🙂

Craft Option: Craft Mag Blog (http://craftzine.com/) Don’t feel like leaving the couch? This website is chock-full of craft ideas, DIY (that’s “do it yourself,” FYI) projects, and oodles of video demonstrations and instructions. I’m a bit of a crafter myself, so if you’re interested, I’m willing to show you first-hand how to crochet, knit, cross-stitch, embroider, sew, or make friendship bracelets. None of those sound interesting? I’m also a pretty quick learner, and I’d be willing to figure new crafts or projects out with you at Teen Tech Zone this Saturday from 1-4 PM.

Of course, then you’d have to leave the couch. 🙂

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