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Top Music Festivals of 2015

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Written by Nicole Lajoie
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There’s snow doubt about it, this winter was particularly rough for most us in the U.S. Between record breaking snow falls in the Northeast and below average temperatures across the South, I think we’re all ready for some spring sunshine. With outdoor concert season right around the corner, the festival lineup announcements continue to roll in. Music festivals continue to grow in popularity and with the opportunity to see several top artists in one place, for one price; we think this trend is here to stay. Whether you’re a festival frequenter or just looking to see a fantastic outdoor show, this festival season delivers.

Ultra Music Festival

When: March 27-29
Where: Bayfront Park, Miami, Florida

Can’t wait to get your outdoor concert season started? Consider heading to Ultra Music Festival at the Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami this weekend. Not only is it the most famous EDM festival in North America, it’s also held in Southern Florida, so if you live in a part of the country still anticipating a few straggling snow storms this could be exactly what you need to hold you over. Although Ultra has seen a huge spike in popularity over the past decade as the EDM genre has exploded, the festival has been around since 1999 and continues to bring together some of the best acts EDM has to offer. This year’s headliners include Tiesto, Avicii, David Guetta, and Skrillex!


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Madonna Needs to Bare Her Claws

The following is a guest article by Doris Schmidt.

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"More material, girl!"

That was critics' best advice to Madonna as she flashed her thong-enhanced bottom and exposed acres of bustier-boosted cleavage on the red carpet at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 8. When she took the stage to perform “Living for Love,” the grande dame of pop music seemed to be up to her old tricks: Fishnet stockings? Check. Horned, bare-chested dancers? Check. Levitation? Check.

What could be wrong with that? Madonna was playing the provocateur, as she has done so well for more than three decades. But that was precisely the problem. After all, this was the diva known as Madonna, Mother of Reinvention. She’s been praised by music magazines and marketing gurus alike for her quick-change artistry; the Los Angeles Times even named her "the world’s most famous chameleon."

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5 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were on Broadway

Written by Nicole Lajoie

Starring on Broadway is a dream come true for many actors, but it can quickly turn into a nightmare. While some celebrities seize the opportunity to show off their acting skills in front of a live audience, many are overshadowed by the spotlight. The following celebrities are currently trying to make their mark on Broadway:

Emma Stone - “Cabaret”

Most of you know Emma from mega movies like “Superbad,” “Easy A,” and “The Amazing Spider Man,” but did you know that she is currently starring as Sally Bowles in the Broadway staple, “Cabaret?” Stone was originally selected to play Sally early last year, but scheduling issues forced her to drop the part and focus on other projects. After Emma’s sudden resignation, Michelle Williams took over the role and unfortunately critics found her performance to be mediocre at best. The quality of Ms. Stone’s voice has been questioned, but her passion and acting skills seem to have made up for any vocal shortcomings. Critics find Emma’s performance to be solid as ‘Stone.’

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The following is a guest article by Brooke Chaplan.

Old man winter is slowly fading into the sunset, and with that comes the start of an exciting 2014 professional road racing season in the United States. The top three races to mark on your calendar this year are the AMGEN Tour of California, Tour of Utah, and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. These three races attract some of the best talent in the world, and are the most celebrated stage races in the United States. It’s time to dust off your bike and get ready for the new season.

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International Sports Events Anyone Can Participate In

The following is a guest article by Josh Weiss-Roessler.

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While many of us enthusiastically follow international sporting events like the Olympics or the World Cup, a very small percentage of people are actually able to participate. But why should professional athletes have all the fun? There are plenty of sports events around the world that anyone can participate in, whether you’re a fitness fanatic, an amateur athlete, or an adrenaline junkie looking for a new thrill. Read on to learn about a few of the international events that you can take part in.

Running of the Bulls: Pamplona, Spain

Probably the most well-known event on this list, the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, is an annual mad dash in which runners attempt to cover 875 meters (just over half a mile) without being gored or trampled by the herd of bulls that are set loose behind them. It’s free to participate and there’s no official sign-up, but it’s certainly not for anyone who is particularly concerned with their own mortality. The 2013 event saw a total of 35 injuries, with the majority of them occurring in a massive pile-up at the entrance to the bull ring on July 13th. If you laugh in the face of danger and still have the Running of the Bulls on your bucket list, get yourself over to Pamplona between the 7th and 14th of July. The event is run every morning at 8 during this week, and participants meet up near the historical Town Square.

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