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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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March 2014 Events Image

This month, the list of events to choose from in concerts, theater, and sports is robust. Starting with concerts, Cher, Arcade Fire, and Lorde will launch tours in March. Pop star Lady Gaga will launch a mini-tour with an intimate set of seven shows at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, New York.

In sports, the men’s basketball gets going and there are dozens of monster truck shows to attend across the U.S.

Wrapping things up with theater, we finally get the debut of a handful of Broadway shows, including one written by Sylvester Stallone and one starring starring Broadway veteran Idina Menzel.

Concerts

Arcade Fire: After the 2013 release of the album "Reflektor,” Arcade Fire is ready to hit the road. The Reflektor Tour begins March 6 in Louisville, KY. The band will take a break in April for a two-day festival performance in Tennessee, before resuming their tour April 23 in Denver, CO.

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Cher: The legendary singer launches her seventh tour on March 22 in Phoenix, AZ. The Dressed to Kill Tour will feature Cher with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo from March 27 through April 12; Cyndi Lauper will then replace Benatar and Giraldo for the shows from April through July.

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Lady Gaga: In anticipation of her upcoming tour, artRAVE, Lady Gaga will perform a string of shows at Roseland Ballroom in New York, New Yok, starting March 28. Performances continue through April 7.

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February 2013 Events Image

Following a bit of a live events slump in January, February is where things really start to pick up in concerts, sports, and theater. In concerts, big-name acts like Elton John and Billy Joel will start new tours, as well as other fan-favorites, including John Legend, Demi Lovato, and Kanye West.

In sports, the NBA All-Star Weekend features several events, including a celebrity game headlined by comedians Kevin Hart and Nick Cannon. Similarly, the MLB Spring Training lets us know that the winter weather is almost over (finally!).

Lastly, in theater, Broadway begins to show new signs of life with two shows that will open — Bronx Bombers and The Bridges of Madison County — while other big shows start their previews in February.

Concerts

Elton John: Elton John will take his show on the road, beginning February 1. This tour will coincide with the 40th anniversary of John's album, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.".

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Imagine Dragons: Imagine Dragons will launch their 2014 tour Feb. 8 in Boise, ID. Prior to that, the band will perform Feb. 5 at Amnesty International with The Flaming Lips and The Fray.

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John Legend: R&B singer John Legend begins his tour for his 2013 album, "Love in the Future," on Feb. 15. Legend's tour is scheduled to wrap up in June.

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NFL

There are only three games left in this NFL season, which on the surface is a sad thing (how did this season go by so fast??!?), but luckily for football fans, the two games this weekend are setting up to be a couple fantastic match-ups. The four remaining teams in the postseason – the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers – each finished with 12 or more wins and are considered by football experts to truly be the four best teams in the NFL this season.

While being the best team is obviously important to having a awesome conference championship weekend, it's all the additional story-lines and rivalries that are setting this weekend up to be one of the greatest weekends of football in memory.

Brady vs. Manning

For the past decade, the debate has raged on across the NFL – who is better: Tom Brady or Peyton Manning? Whichever side you choose, there are plenty of good reasons why you are right. Manning has the huge numbers and more MVP awards; Brady has more championship rings and the most playoff wins in league history. I fall on the side of Tom Brady, although I am extremely biased due to the fact that I am a Patriots fan. However, for many people, this weekend's game between the Broncos and Patriots is the line drawn in the sand; whoever wins the game is the better quarterback and perhaps the greatest of all-time. Of course, that may be going a little overboard, but it has thrown gasoline on the fire of this QB rivalry, which is only adding to the anticipation of the game.

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January 2013 Events Image

As we roll into 2014, we say farewell to all of the holiday-themed concerts that were so prevalent last month. Instead, it's time to start thinking about new tours, football, and a near-dead Broadway roster. (Just kidding about the last one, kind of.)

In concerts, the country music genre takes the reigns, with popular acts like George Strait and Florida Georgia Line kicking off their tours this year. Sports fans can check out the BCS National Championship Game (Florida State vs. Auburn) or any of the NFL playoffs. Lastly, in theater, three new shows will open up, including Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Here's our hand-picked list of the January's best live events in concerts, sports, and theater!

Concerts

Luke Bryan: The country crooner's 2014 tour, That's My Kind of Night, is a follow-up to his 2013 Dirt Road Diaries tour. This one kicks off in Columbus, OH, Jan. 16 and continues well into 2014; it includes two special Madison Square Garden shows, on Jan. 25 and Sept. 12.

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George Strait: 2014 will mark the final act for George Strait's two-year finale tour. The Cowboy Rides Away will add 26 additional dates in 2014, beginning Jan. 9 in Bossier, City, LA. Special guests for the tour will include Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, and Martina McBride.

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Florida Georgia Line: Following a successful 2013, Florida Georgia Line begins its tour Jan. 16 in Des Moines, IA. The shows — with Jason Aldean and Tyler Farr — go through March 15; from there, Florida Georgia Line continues its tour with other acts through May.

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