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Barcelona Opera Reopens For An Audience Of Over 2,000 Houseplants

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You have to see it to be-leaf it.

Things are slowly and cautiously getting back to normal as the guidelines put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic are loosened. Although retailers and restaurants are further along in the reopening process, music venues face a greater struggle as they typically house thousands of people within close proximity. Well, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu found a creative solution to their reopening issue and put on a performance for an audience chlorophyll-ed with over 2,000 houseplants.

On Monday evening, the UceLi Quartet performed the opera’s house first concert since mid-March and in each of the 2,292 seats was a vibrant, verdant, vivacious houseplant. In a release the theater said ““After a strange, painful period, the creator, the Liceu’s artistic director and the curator Blanca de la Torre offer us a different perspective for our return to activity, a perspective that brings us closer to something as essential as our relationship with nature. The Liceu, one of the largest and most important opera halls in the world, thus welcomes and leads a highly symbolic act that defends the value of art, music and nature as a letter of introduction to our return to activity.”

The greenhouse opera house won’t be filled with fauna for long as each of the 2,292 houseplants will be donated to healthcare workers at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona. Which is probably good news for the poor sap who thought he’d have to spend his day watering everything from orchestra to mezzanine.

Check out highlights from the unbe-leaf-able concert below!

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You Won’t Stop Smiling When You See 59-Year Old Viral Sensation Tammy Ortery’s Dance Videos

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She dances and everyone is watching.

You know you’re in the presence of greatness when someone’s Twitter bio mentions they “drink Malibu” and they “just want to make people smile!!” Well the internet’s newest, viral sensation Tammy Ortery could not have more greatness even if she tried as proven by the millions of views her dancing videos have garnered.

Talking with Hello50 Tammy spoke about how her journey to viral stardom began. “My daughter and I danced in a video, and my daughter’s friend said your mom should go on Tik Tok.  A month later, it took off.” And took off it did! Tammy’s videos have garnered attention from viewers from all around the world with fans sharing the love from as far as Germany and Bangladesh. As if that isn’t impressive enough Janet Jackson…Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty…has shared one of Tammy’s videos on Instagram AND Miley Cyrus and boyfriend Cody Simpson even recreated one of her dances!

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Tammy’s videos are exactly what we all need right now. Just pure joy, fun and a reminder that we should all dance like nobody’s watching…even if everyone is watching!

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‘Pitch Perfect’ Barden Bellas Virtually Reunite To Perform Beyonce’s ‘Love On Top’ And Of Course It’s Aca-Amazing!

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A little aca-quarantine can’t stop these bad belters.

A lot of casts have been virtually reuniting during this quarantine with some distant gatherings more memorable than others. Of course, anytime the ladies of Pitch Perfect get together it’s a singing spectacular that goes viral almost instantly and this time is no different.

Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins reprised their roles as the hostile hosts of the a cappella singing competitions, Gail Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberg and John Smith respectively, as they introduced the Barden Bellas. The powerhouse singers including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Chrissie Fit, and Hannah Mae Lee then crush their rendition of Beyoncé’s “Love On Top.” And you know if you’re going to cover Queen Bey it better be good. Oh and streaming the song will not only sound good but it will some good too because proceeds from downloads of the cover will benefit UNICEF’s efforts to support children in Lebanon and around the world who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Aca-amazing!

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Gay Couple Sends A Hilarious Video Message To The Thief That Stole The Pride Flag From Their Porch

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Oh, rainbow you di’n’t.

A gay couple in Chicago became victims of theft when some jerk took the Pride flag from their porch. Rather than admit defeat, the adorable couple decided to fight back in the most hilarious way possible…buy and display more like flags…like a lot more!

Taking to TikTok to share their story, the couple begins by addressing “the person who stole the Pride flag off our front porch,” then satirically apologizing with “we’re so sorry a rainbow bruised your fragile ego.” The couple reassures the thief that there will be plenty more flags to come because they have “next-day Amazon prime.” The video goes on to show all the ways the new flags will be displayed on the front porch…including the magic trick in which one of the boyfriends pulls a never ending rainbow handkerchief from his mouth!

The whole video is brilliant and a great reiteration that we should never be ashamed of who we are. In fact, we should embrace it! The video ends with the gentle reminder that “you can keep taking our flag but you can never take our pride.” Amen to that!

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