Watch the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” on Bravo
The hit reality show that's already taken place in Orange County, New York City, and Atlanta is back on May 12 at 11 p.m. EDT with a whole new set of pampered women. This time, four of the five are related (three sisters and a sister-in-law), making the hustle to avoid friendly (and family) fire all the more entertaining.
Consult “Mix Shake Stir”
If serving Old Fashioneds at your dinner parties is getting a little, well, old-fashioned, then look to this recipe book of bartenders‚ favorite cocktails. The drinks, both traditional (like the Pink Lady, and, yes, the Old Fashioned) and innovative (the Lemon Thyme Margarita), come from restaurateur Danny Meyer's New York City hot spots, such as Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Cafe. Nearly 100 drinks are divided into categories for easy selection, and the book also features a few recipes for bar fare.
To buy: $30, amazon.com.
Check Out the Affordable Art Fair
Sixty galleries from the United States, Europe, and beyond will be exhibiting paintings, drawings, sculptures, and more at the eighth annual Affordable Art Fair New York City, open until May 10. More than 75 percent of the artwork costs less than $5,000 (and nothing costs more than $10,000). Not in the Big Apple? Check out the AAF Website for a list of the galleries that are exhibiting. One standout: UGallery.com, which features original artwork by emerging artists, such as "Forest" by Comusina Hardman (left, $250).
Tickets: $20 per day, aafnyc.com for more information.
Read “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie,” by Alan Bradley
Precocious 11-year-old Flavia de Luce has a penchant for potions. And with a laboratory in her family’s old English mansion, she concocts catalysts for a rash or (gasp!) a pimple and tests them on her unsuspecting older sisters. But when a dead body shows up in their cucumber patch, Flavia turns her attention to solving the mystery by relying on her love of chemistry and, of course, mischief.
To buy: $23, amazon.com.
Make a Movie at Xtranormal.com
It's a slow week in terms of movie releases, so head over to this addictive free site and make your own short (2 or 3 minutes) animated feature. Type in the text and insert preprogrammed actions (like "talk to the hand"). Then pick out details―the characters‚ looks, the scene, and camera angles. When you're ready, hit Action. To share with friends and family, sign up for a basic free account. Take a look at this video made exclusively for Daily Finds readers.
Listen to “We Are the Same”
On their twelfth studio album, Canada's The Tragically Hip deliver toned-down rock that will lift your spirits. The first track―"Morning Moon"―has lead singer Gordon Downie pleading for someone to "say one little thing that could make me feel better." If you echo his sentiment, then, lucky for you, the 11 energetic, soulful songs that follow do just that.
To buy: $10, iTunes.com.
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