Indie pick of the week: Rachel and the Kings

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Sports & Entertainment The sound of Rachel and the Kings is a dynamic mix of alternative rock with a hint of country and a touch of symphonic soul. Fronted by female vocalist and classically-trained pianist Rachel James, who encompasses the emotional and vocal capacity of Carrie Underwood, Haley Williams andContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: Rachel and the Kings”

Soothing Sips: Spiced Apple Cider Rooibos is the perfect autumn tea

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Today I finally purchased a tea I have been lusting over since its release a few weeks ago. Teavana’s Spiced Apple Cideris fall in a cup—the blend of rooibos, apple, cinnamon and clothes warms you up on a crisp, fall day. After adding about 2 tablespoons of the blend to my infuser,Continue reading “Soothing Sips: Spiced Apple Cider Rooibos is the perfect autumn tea”

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘THE KINGS OF SUMMER’ SHOWS THE VALUE OF FRIENDS, FAMILY AND ADOLESCENCE

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit When three teenage boys grow fed up with their lives, and parents, they decide to rebel. Teen angst leads them to create a place to call their own, where no one can find them. These are ‘The Kings of Summer.’ The Sundance film, shot in Ohio, opens with a foreshadowing scene,Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: ‘THE KINGS OF SUMMER’ SHOWS THE VALUE OF FRIENDS, FAMILY AND ADOLESCENCE”

“The Great Gatsby”: elaborate, yet accurate

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit A literary classic was brought back into theaters last week with the premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s  adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.” In Luhrmann tradition, like his past works Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet, the film was elaborately done, though in a tasteful way. Gatsby’s parties were spot on, brought to life the way F. Scott Fitzgerald intended them inContinue reading ““The Great Gatsby”: elaborate, yet accurate”

Teavana introduces Berry Kiwi Colada tea

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Summer is a great time for a tropical tea. Teavana’s new Berry Kiwi Colada loose tea was added to the selection last week. One of seven new spring teas, the featured beverage mixes fruit favorites with coconut for a tropical twist. The blend is herbal, with notes of mango, kiwi, pear, pineapple and strawberry, meshedContinue reading “Teavana introduces Berry Kiwi Colada tea”