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Obsession of the week: Colorado

How much do I love this 39th Telluride Film Festival poster by Dave Eggers? Oh so much.

How much do I love this 39th Telluride Film Festival poster by Dave Eggers? Oh so much.

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How could I not be obsessed? I head to the beautiful mountain state in just about a week for the first time since I moved to Arkansas in October 2010. Also, it’s my first vacation longer than four days since then, so needless to say, I am ready for a temporary change of pace.

The whole trip was planned around attending the Telluride Film Festival during Labor Day weekend. I had a taste of the event a few years back but didn’t get to attend any movies. After my parents sat in front of director Michael Hazanavicius at the Telluride screening of his film, “The Artist,” I knew I couldn’t miss 2012’s fest. My mom also waved at George Clooney — who she says waved back — and she and my dad ate dinner in the same room as Tilda Swinton.

Neither the attendees nor films are announced until days before, so I’m looking forward to being surprised, rubbing elbows with industry greats (if I’m so lucky) and seeing what I expect will be fabulous cinematic gems.

Don’t even think about robbing my apartment while I’m away, folks. The roommate is still around and she’s good at beating off intruders (by sleep-talking them away). She’s fierce. Like the University of Colorado fight song, which I grew up singing at women’s basketball games (because I didn’t attend the school in the end).

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Viral video of the week: “Somebodies: A YouTube Orchestra”

Wally, aka Gotye, emailed to his fans this video compilation he put together. It mixes some of the best YouTube covers of his smash hit, “Somebody That I Used To Know.” I was very happy to see Pentatonix, an absolutely amazing a capella group, get some generous screen time. There’s also a smooth sax, Ingrid Michaelson and a choir in formalwear.

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Note to my dear readers: It is time I took a little hiatus, what with vacation and my twice-a-year teaching gig fast approaching. I will not post Picks of the Week for the next four weeks. I’ll miss all y’all’s comments!

There will be one final I Quit Sugar post Sunday. Don’t forget, it’s a giveaway. Bust over to last week’s post and comment for a chance to win Sarah Wilson’s e-book. You can read it on your computer, e-reader, tablet, laptop hooked to your TV, whatever!

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Picks Of The Week

Obsession of the week: My new prescription sunglasses.

Elizabeth Arden sunglasses

Elizabeth Arden sunglasses

I was finally allowed to visit my optometrist last week (thank you, health insurance!). Thankfully my eyes have hardly changed, so I was able to forgo the purchase of new eyeglass lenses and invested in a pair of sunglasses. Prescription lenses are ridiculously pricey for a pair of shades (no thank you, health insurance), so thank goodness I had a $100 off a lens and frame purchase coupon from Lenscrafters. I am so glad I can protect my eyes from the summer sun. I even got to sport my newest fashion accessory at our company picnic Wednesday.

Video stream of the week: “Pretty Little Liars” on Netflix Instant.

"Pretty Little Liars"

“Pretty Little Liars”

Season 3 of this addictive ABC Family series began June 5, and Netflix is currently streaming the 22 episodes in Season 1. On July 3, Season 2 will be available. I hear the Rosewood girls find out who A is in Season 2!

Music stream of the week: “The Lion The Beast The Beat” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

AOL music is streaming this gem, the band’s fourth studio album. Grace Potter is a sweet-voiced rocker whose voice I had not taken the time to enjoy until this album, as I didn’t care for 2010’s single, “Paris (Ooh La La).” But I dig this good new-fashioned rock. Give a special listen to the upbeat “Loneliest Soul” and the killer ballad “One Heart Missing.”

I snatched up the album for $5 as Amazon’s daily deal Tuesday, but it’s worth the $10 it’s currently selling for on Amazon.

Viral video of the week: “Call Me Maybe” starring Jimmy Fallon, Carly Rae Jepsen and The Roots.

The most sugary pop song of the spring and soon-to-be summer hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart Wednesday. I venture to say this cutesy “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” version convinced enough people to request and buy the tune, causing Canadian Carly Rae to knock off Australian Wally De Backer aka Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.”

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Picks Of The Week

Obsession of the week: Kimbra’s “Vows.”

Kimbra's "Vows"

The 22-year-old New Zealander first caught my ear in her featured role on Gotye’s massive hit “Somebody That I Used To Know.” She released her debut album stateside May 22 and it is stellar. Ease into her vibe by listening to “Warrior” featuring DJ A-Trak and Mark Foster (of Foster the People) or dive right into “Come Into My Head,” a song Katy Perry or Britney Spears would sing if they were sophisticated. Buy “Vows” on Amazon for $6! The first track, “Settle Down” is free for a limited time.

Video of the week: Yahoo!’s “Burning Love”  Web series.

I am four episodes into my inaugural season of “The Bachelorette,” so this smart parody series is a perfect companion piece. Everyone is spot on in making fun of the quirkiest parts of the long-running ABC series. Watch for a mini “Party Down” reunion in Episode 3.

Music stream of the week: “Rock of Ages: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”.

Rock Of Ages

Cast of “Rock of Ages”

After seeing the traveling Broadway version of this kooky show in November 2011, I am stoked to see the film when it’s released June 15. Before then, take a listen to several great actors take on some rockin’ ’80s tunes.

Controversy of the week: “America’s Got Talent” and the singing, possibly injured veteran.

Looks like NBC’s show with the bad grammar title is in a bit of hot water after contestant Timothy Poe claimed he was injured by a grenade while fighting overseas in the military, said he speaks with a stutter and performed a moving rendition of Garth Brooks’ “If Tomorrow Never Comes.” The singing wasn’t the best, but the story leading up to the reveal of Poe’s voice was what gave the performance the emotional punch. America and the show’s producers are now learning most of Poe’s story (namely the injury/stutter part) might be false.

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