Our little Aaron Samuels is out of high school and onto the dance floor

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In case anyone is not still watching ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (why not, I can’t imagine), this season’s cast of B/C-list celebrities kicked off the 19th season premiere last night. Among the contestants included our beloved Jonathan Bennet, who we will always remember as the boy whose hair looks sexy pushed back and who asked us what day it was on October 3rd.

After a recent stint hosting MTV’s Copycat, Bennett is dancing alongside professional partner Allison Holker, fresh from So You Think You Can Dance?. Last night, Bennett performed the jive, looking very much aged and grown, and instantly reminding me again that Mean Girls has been around for over 10 years. Perhaps the exercise of dancing and rehearsing will get him back to his lanky and toned body in which Cady Heron once saw him playing soccer. Though the decade is definitely showing on him, he hasn’t lost the twinkle in his eye that once made us swoon, and he has the most expressive face when he’s on the dance floor.

Bennett appropriately wore pink for the promotional photos, and I expect the season to be filled with incessant Mean Girls references. Some ABC intern will no doubt be supplying the show’s writers with constant references to Tina Fey’s cultural touchstone. I mean, Julianne Hough called his performance “grool.”

After the performance, Bennet said that he had the most fun he’s ever had in his whole life. But, I hope he remembers how much fun he had teaching us that the limit does not exist.

Watch the clip below and realize how old we’ve gotten! Ah, to relive the glory days of Plastics and Mathletes.

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Providence Improv Fest

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Attention comedy nerds! The 11th Annual Providence Improv Fest is happening this weekend, September 18-20. The three days of improv comedy will be held at 95 Empire, right next to AS220, in both the black box theater and the third floor performance space.

Among the groups performing are the Magnet Theatre Touring Company from New York City, ImprovBoston All Stars, and New York’s “North Coast” group, who perform an improvised set they call a “Hip H’Opera.” Improv groups from the Providence area will round off the line-up that begins on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Each individual show ranges from $5-$10, or a $40 Festival Pass that grants you admittance to every show all weekend.

The festival is also offering improv workshops throughout the weekend that are taught by the visiting performers and range from $15-$30, but a background in improv is required.

So, say “Yes, and,” this weekend, and prepare to laugh! Check out the complete line-up and schedule at www.providenceimprovfest.com.

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If you’d like to learn more, the final information session will also be held Tonight, September 16th from 7-8p.m. at the Brown Daily Herald offices, 195 Angell St.

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What we’re reading

In the Internet age, it’s often difficult to filter through the inordinate amount of content to find the best there is. Between the barrage of clickbait present on your Facebook newsfeed (can ANYONE tell me why Answers.com exists?) and the sheer massive amount of reporting available online, sometimes it’s easier to read no news than to find the news you want. 

Fear no more! Introducing: “What we’re reading,” a weekly column designed to streamline the sifting process by providing you with some of Blog’s favorite web content of the week. 

First off, “Rising the Juggernaut,” a piece in the Economist asking (and attempting to answer!) the question: “Has the Islamic State baited America into a campaign to wipe it out?”

Politico’s “Is It Time to Ditch the Star-Spangled Banner?” is not only pretty self-explanatory but also fascinating!

Quartz’s “Here’s how ‘disruptive innovation’ works in nature: a killing-machine fish has colonized reefs from Venezuela to Rhode Island,” is also extremely self-explanatory, given the Upworthy-length title.

ESPN anchor Hannah Storm said what everyone was thinking following the Ray Rice scandal.

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Amuse-Bouche: Yan’s Cuisine

There’s always a sense of anticipation surrounding an empty storefront on College Hill. Sure, we might long for the days when an incredibly useful convenience store occupied the corner of Thayer and Euclid — take the hint, local entrepreneurs — but coupled with that desolation is hope for the future: someday, some new business is coming in there. Eventually.

Brunonians who frequent the eastern end of campus had become used to this feeling while staring at the façade that once was Iron Wok. Luckily, Yan’s Cuisine, a Chinese restaurant reminiscent of its predecessor, opened up a few weeks ago in the once-abandoned storefront on the corner of Brook and Benevolent. The newcomer offers a surprisingly diverse set of options. You can go for dishes typical of Americanized Chinese fare (General Tso’s chicken, steamed pork dumplings, egg rolls, etc.), or you can be brave and try one of an impressive selection of less popular items, like “House Special Neck Bone” and “Lion’s Head Meat Ball.” (Ed. – We’re taking submissions for artistic renderings of the latter dish).

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Live Blog: William Deresiewicz Lecture

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