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Shopgirl: Free art event, the Milly collection and Internet television

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WHAT’S AFFORDABLE

Looking for a free, fun event this coming weekend? Alternative Artworks is sponsoring IV, a group art show during First Friday featuring more than 10 local artists. The show will be in the JB White’s Building, and wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. The show is June 7 at 7 p.m. and it’s free, but donations will be accepted.

Alternative Artworks is an organization of local artists, and they have monthly shows featuring members from all over the area. You can find them on Facebook for information on future shows.

WHAT’S TRENDY

Banana Republic released its Milly for Banana Republic Collection this past week, a very current line of Hamptons-inspired summer wear designed by Michelle Smith, creator of the Milly brand. The Banana Republic collection has a great variety of bright maxi dresses, statement jewelry and straw clutches for women and light-as-air shorts and shirts for men.

The line starts at $29.50 and is only around for a limited time, so get shopping.

WHAT’S NEW

Amazon announced this past week it has begun production on five original TV series, a step that I think follows the current trend of Internet video services slowly taking over television.

Netflix released the much-anticipated fourth season of Arrested Development last Sunday, a television show originally produced by Fox. It was cancelled in 2006 after three seasons, and after years of outcry from fans Netflix picked up the show.

This trend will be interesting to observe, because Netflix doesn’t have any ads and only charges a $7.99 monthly fee for subscribers. Hulu does run ads, but Amazon does not. These are the big three of Internet video streaming services, and at this point I think most individuals subscribe to two of the three at the most. These original series might convince customers to spring for all three subscriptions.


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