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Happy Friday the 13th! Check out this week's list of popular discussion topics:

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

Of course, the most popular discussion for a day like today is just how lucky or unlucky today is going to be. Those with friggatriskaidekaphobia (the fear of Friday the 13th) are probably just staying at home in bed, others are watching Friday the 13th, and some people are just going about their normal, everyday lives without any idea of the peril they may be risking. What do you do on Friday the 13th?

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Book of Mormon tour to begin August 14

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That's right: The Book of Mormon, the smash hit on Broadway brought to you by the geniuses behind South Park and Avenue Q, may be coming to a city near you.

The musical follows two Mormon missionaries as they team up to spread the Word in Uganda. The show was nominated for fourteen Tony Awards in 2011 (the year after it opened), and it took home nine of those, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. Basically, it's awesome.

Find a list of tour cities below. Visit the Book of Mormon tickets page to find tickets for a performance near you.

CityRun DatesBroadway tickets
Denver, CO8/14/2012 – 9/2/2012
Los Angeles, CA9/5/2012 – 11/25/2012
San Francisco, CA11/27/2012 – 12/30/2012
Chicago, IL12/11/2012 – 3/3/2013
Portland, OR1/1/2013 – 1/6/2013
Seattle, WA1/8/2013 – 1/20/2013
Des Moines, IA1/24/2013 – 2/3/2013
Minneapolis, MN2/5/2013 – 2/17/2013
St. Louis, MO2/19/2013 – 3/3/2013
Rochester, NY3/5/2013 – 3/10/2013
Detroit, MI3/12/2013 – 3/24/2013
Pittsburgh, PA3/26/2013 – 4/7/2013
Boston, MA4/9/2013 – 4/28/2013
Toronto, ONMay/June 2013
Buffalo, NY6/11/2013 – 6/16/2013
Cleveland, OH6/18/2013 – 7/7/2013
Washington, DC7/9/2013 – 8/18/2013

Are you headed to see the show? Or have you seen it on Broadway? Tell us in the comments!

How to celebrate the 4th of July

Fireworks

Happy 4th of July! Hopefully you have super awesome plans to celebrate our country's independence. Wait, you don't? Well, here are some ideas:

Go to a parade

Many towns host Independence Day celebrations, including parades, and since you don't have work/school to go to anyway, you might as well enjoy some awesome floats and/or fire trucks and/or candy-throwing.

Have a barbecue

What's more summery than a good old-fashioned barbecue? Fire up the grill and cook up some burgers, hot dogs, veggies...whatever floats your boat. Don't forget dessert!

Watch fireworks

This is practically a requirement for a good 4th of July experience. Find a show near you in the local newspaper or online, though keep in mind that many celebrations do not take place on the actual holiday.

Set off fireworks

Setting off your own fireworks can be a blast (pun intended), but make sure to check local laws regarding which types (if any) are ok to set off. Depending on the state (and how big the risk of forest fires is), rules can vary widely.

Watch a good movie

After the festivities (or in place of them), settle in for a patriotic film fest. Suggestions include "Independence Day" and "1776".

Catch a concert

If you're up for a different kind of live event than fireworks, check out events happening on the 4th.

So what are your plans for the 4th? Any other suggestions for fun festivities? Let us know in the comments!

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TicketNetwork.com July events preview

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July has lots of things to look forward to, including Independence Day (July 4) and Embrace Your Geekness Day (July 13). But what about live events after the fireworks are over? Check out our guide for the top July events:

Concerts

American Idol Live: The hit talent show is hitting the road once again, kicking off a tour on July 6 in Detroit, MI. The show will visit dozens of cities before ending its tour in Milwaukee, WI, on September 11.

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Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks: The duo is joining forces for a brief summer tour. The Heart & Soul Tour begins in Cleveland, OH, on July 20, continuing through August 9.

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One Direction: The newest hit boy band continues its 2012 trek across North America through July 1. Tickets are also available for NEXT July (and June and August) for their 2013 dates.

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Other Concerts in July:

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd begins July 8.
  • Iron Maiden and Journey begin their respective tours July 21.
  • Celine Dion continues her Las Vegas residency.
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Easy yet delicious summer recipes

It's barbecue time!

As the weather gets nicer and outdoor gatherings become more popular, there can be a lot of pressure to bring along delicious food for a housewarming, barbecue, graduation party, birthday party, birthday barbecue, graduation housewarming...you get the idea. But not everyone has the time or the cooking skills to whip up a gourmet side. Never fear! Here are three easy yet yummy recipes for your next big picnic:

Fruit salad

This is basically the easiest recipe I know, so it's simple but good.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans fruit cocktail
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 container Cool Whip

Just mix everything together and serve. The amount/number of individual ingredients can be adjusted to taste.

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