As the old saying goes, we've saved the best for last, and summer is indeed the best season. People look forward to summer because it has much more to offer than the other seasons. It's always warm, the days are long, and unlike the other seasons, there is no point where it is too cold to do something.
From cookouts to vacations to swimming, summer just provides so many opportunities for things to do. After all, during what other season can you just choose a day and know that it'll probably be a nice one? No other season except summer.
Why Summer Is The Best
Warm Weather. Consider this: the national average temperature of the United States during the two full months of summer — July and August — is 74.29 and 72.77 degrees Fahrenheit. Even the northernmost city with a population of over 20,000, Fairbanks, AK, has an average of 72.7 degrees F. in July. Which other season can claim that it's comfortably warm almost anywhere for at least one month of the season? That's right, only summer can do that.
It's gets even better for cities that are among the contiguous 48 or are Hawaii, because you can be sure that almost any day of the summer is a good day for an activity. Want to barbecue? Great. Go camping? Go for it. Take a trip somewhere? You've picked the right time. There is almost nothing that can't be done during summer. You can even ski if you're willing to take a trip to Oregon. No other season has weather that allows such varied types of activities.
As Cher once realized during her 2002-2005 Living Proof farewell tour, she never truly can say goodbye. She knew this so much that she started dubbing the tour by the name Never Can Say Goodbye. So it's entirely unsurprising that she's coming back again in 2014 with the Dressed to Kill Tour.
The 49-city junket will begin on March 22, and run until July 11. The tour comes after the release of her first album in twelve years, Closer to the Truth.
Of course, even after she presumably retired from the touring circuit, Cher wasn't done performing. From 2008-2011 she was in residency at the Caesars Palace Colosseum, and she had several of performances between last year and this year.
Visit the Cher page for more information.
Although the onsales list isn't quite as massive this week, there is still a lot going on. Perhaps most prominent among the events that have tickets up for grabs this week is the return of Britney Spears. The pop performer is apparently drawing upon the success of other artists like Celine Dion, and is heading to Las Vegas, NV, for a brief residency. She will be at Planet Hollywood Resort from December 27-31, January 29, and January 31-February 22. Onsales for the "Piece of Me" shows are this Friday.
Also new among this list is Robin Thicke, he of controversial video and twerking infamy. The R&B artist is joining up with special guests Jessie J and DJ Cassidy for a tour in February and March of 2014. Onsales for the tour are this Friday.
For a second month, the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus is at the top of the list. If you're not keeping track, the last time this happened was with Monster Jam Trucks in January and February. Before that it was with Taylor Swift in November and December.
Ringling Bros. in doing very well indeed thanks to plenty of affordable tickets, and its heyday might not be over. For the first time since I started reporting all of the Top 10 events for August 2012, it seems very possible that a non-concert, sport, or theater event will claim the top spot a third time in a row. It's not a guarantee, just a possibility. However, I think there's some evidence for it. There are a couple reasons it could happen:
- Ringling Bros. is already in the top spot (just barely). It's challenged by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but sales for TSO could potentially slow down after initial onsales are complete. Last year TSO made the list in September, but didn't get near the top until November.
- Other than TSO, there is no other strong contender. Luke Bryan's tour ends in October, so sales will naturally slow down as that wraps up. The same is true of Jason Aldean, who came in a distant third this month.
Ultimately, only time will tell, so come back next month for the results!
* Rankings and other data are as of 9/18/2013 1:30 p.m. EDT. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com.
Although they don't often come up in the public consciousness as much as, say, Broadway, ice shows are quite popular. In fact, the Disney On Ice series has collectively been the single biggest theater ticket seller on TicketNetwork.com for the last year, accounting for approximately 1/5 of all theater ticket sales. Affordable tickets and family-friendly content has helped drive those sales, making the series a perfect option for families looking for something to see with their kids.
With that said, why don't we see more of these shows? Surely if Disney can make it work, anybody can? Okay, so there's the whole thing about taking a stage show and adding ice, but I think the idea has widespread potential, especially if it's something somebody can relate to...like comedy. So here are three comedic movies that might do well as ice shows.
Plot: For those who don't know, The Mask is a 1994 film starring Jim Carrey. In the film, Carrey's character finds a mask belonging to Norse god Loki, which imbues the wearer with magical powers and a mischievous, trickster temperament. It was very popular among both kids and adults, and remains so today. Along with Ace Ventura and Dumb and Dumberer, which were also released the same year, it pretty much established Carrey's career, as well as that of co-star Cameron Diaz's.
Why It'd Work: Ice is a perfect medium to use when you need to do things quickly and "The Mask" is nothing if not quick moving. When donning Loki's mask, Stanley Ipkuss turns into a huge spaz, moving from one place to another in the blink of an eye. Also, most of the shows that are now on ice are musical in nature, and The Mask is already partially a musical itself, as one of the movie's key scenes is a comedic musical number. Finally, the movie was rated PG-13, but is innocuous enough that it still could be seen by adults and older kids.