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A Touch of Disney Experience Coming To Disney California Adventure Park Beginning March 18

It’s time to experience some of the sights, sounds and flavors of the Disneyland Resort with A Touch of Disney, a new, limited-capacity ticketed experience that begins March 18 at Disney California Adventure park. A Touch of Disney offers some of the world-famous food and beverages from around the resort, plus a chance to see Disney characters, shop for the latest Disney merchandise and pose at unique photo locations.

A selection of iconic food and beverage items from both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will be available for you to enjoy, from churros and the world-famous DOLE Whip to the classic Monte Cristo Sandwich usually found in New Orleans Square. Many items will be served snack-sized, so you can delight in a variety of bites and sips from mid-day through the evening. These guest-favorites will be available at locations around the park, including Smokejumpers Grill, Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats, Award Wieners, Cocina Cucamonga to name a few, and six seasonal and creatively themed marketplaces.

Select retail locations also will be open, selling the latest apparel, accessories and souvenirs, including the new, adorable Disney NuiMOs. Pop in and out of the shops along Buena Vista Street or head to Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff at Pixar Pier for a selection of treats, including themed candy apples.

While you explore the park, capture photos at iconic locations and discover new photo-worthy spots – some that are available only if you attend A Touch of Disney. You might catch a wave from Mickey Mouse and see some of his pals in unexpected settings. Mater and Lightning McQueen may be seen in Cars Land, or Joy and Sadness at Pixar Pier. To help set the stage for A Touch of Disney, a new, specially curated soundtrack of reimagined Disney songs will be broadcast throughout the park, along with updates and reminders about many can’t-miss experiences. Attractions remain closed for now.

Here’s what you need to know:

Dates

Beginning Mar. 18; offered Thursdays – Mondays from noon to 8 p.m.

Pricing

The introductory $75 ticket includes admission, parking for the experience at Mickey & Friends parking structure, unlimited downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the day of the experience, and a $25 A Touch of Disney dining card valid towards the purchase of food and non-alcoholic beverages (subject to restrictions including not being valid for alcohol). Ticket prices are subject to change.

Tickets

A Touch of Disney tickets will be available on disneyland.com beginning March 4, for select days from March 18 through April 5, 2021. Tickets for this experience will then be released for dates on a rolling basis until the experience ends. Tickets must be purchased in advance and online at Disneyland.com for a specific date (subject to availability).

Dining

Table reservations for Lamplight Lounge and Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining will be made available beginning March 11. Table reservations do not provide admission to A Touch of Disney and dining at those locations requires A Touch of Disney ticket that is valid on the same day as the table reservation. Reservations are recommended, and additional details are coming soon.

Downtown Disney District will remain open seven days a week with unique dining and shopping that includes Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Naples Ristorante e Bar, World of Disney and Star Wars Trading Post, which recently opened in a new location. Buena Vista Street will remain open as an extension of the Downtown Disney District through March 14, and will be closed beginning March 15. Beginning March 18, Buena Vista Street will become part of A Touch of Disney.

Click HERE for more info!

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Internationally Acclaimed ​Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit​ To Make Its Mark In The Heart of Los Angeles

​Lighthouse Immersive and Impact Museums, the catalysts of the mesmerizing digital art space, brings its worldwide sensation, ​Immersive Van Gogh, to the heart of L.A. for the first time ever! 

The visually-striking exhibition encourages guests to experience the awe-inspiring works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh through 500,000 cubic feet of immersive projections, 60,600 frames of video, and 90,000,000 pixels. The Los Angeles site will be the company’s fourth location, following the successful on-going exhibits in Toronto, CAN, San Francisco, and Chicago. 

Following a sold-out run in Toronto, ​Immersive Van Gogh will be making its mark at a secret location, soon to be announced. The exhibit is a strikingly spectacular digital art exhibition that invites audiences to “step inside” the legendary works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh, evoking his highly emotional and chaotic inner consciousness through art, light, music, movement, and imagination. 

Featuring stunning towering projections that illuminate the mind of the artistic genius, the exhibition will feature a curated selection of images from Van Gogh’s 2,000+ lifetime catalog of masterpieces, including Mangeurs de Pommes de Terre (The Potato Eaters, 1885), Nuit étoilée (Starry Night, 1889), Les Tournesols (Sunflowers, 1888), and La Chambre à coucher (The Bedroom, 1889). Paintings will be presented as to how the artist first saw the scenes, based on an active life and moving landscapes turned into sharp yet sweeping brush strokes.

The hour-long, timed-entry​, walk-through experience is designed with health and safety as a priority. Capacity will be limited in accordance with the City of Los Angeles’ safety protocols. Additional safety precautions include touchless ticket-taking, temperature checks upon arrival, hand sanitizer stations, social distancing markers throughout the venue, and digitally projected social distancing circles on the gallery floors to ensure appropriate spacing. All guests must wear a face covering at all times during their visit.

Designed by Creative Director and Italian film producer ​Massimiliano Siccardi​, ​Immersive Van Gogh ​contains original, mood-setting music by Italian multimedia composer ​Luca Longobardi and ​Vittorio Guidotti as the Art Director. Siccardi immersive productions in Paris have been seen by over 2 million visitors and were featured on the Netflix TV show “Emily in Paris,” episode 5.

Pre-sale tickets are available on https://www.vangoghla.com/ with prices ranging from $39.99 and above.

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Krispy Kreme To Launch Limited Edition Mars Doughnut On February 18 To Celebrate The Landing of The NASA Perseverance Rover

NASA’s Perseverance Rover makes it’s epic landing on Mars Thursday, February 18th. For Krispy Kreme fans, that won’t be the only monumental landing of the day! In celebration of this out-of-this-world occasion, a delicious Mars doughnut will land in Krispy Kreme shops on February 18, for one day only!

Make sure to pick up the yummy chocolate-filled doughnut topped with a red pearlized swirl and cookie crumbles that resembles the host planet of the landing site. 

This limited-edition Mars dozen includes 6 Original Glazed doughnuts & 6 Mars doughnuts

Traveling with the Perseverance Rover are names of those who were selected in NASA’s “Send Your Name to Mars” program. Krispy Kreme who were lucky enough to travel through space can bring their NASA-issued Mars 2020 Perseverance boarding pass into shops to redeem one free Mars doughnut on 2/18. The boarding pass must be from the Mars 2020 Mission and issued through NASA. If applicable, guests can retrieve their proof of boarding pass HERE.

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Promoting Your Band By Playing Music Festivals

Many up-and-coming artists realize that exposure matters. They gamely create social media profiles and plug away at promoting themselves and their releases. Of course, the Internet remains crowded with other artists trying to do the same thing.

They may hire a branding consultant like Jordan Kurland or attempt a small tour to play in front of club audiences. This process only gets them small audiences though, typically not enough to start a meaningful word-of-mouth buzz.

What gets a band or artist the kind of exposure needed to jumpstart buzz? Jordan Kurland manager and music festival planner would tell you to play a few music festivals.

Of course, you do not start out playing SXSW or NXNW, or Castle Donnington. You start small and work your way up.

While most people can only name the top five US festivals, about 200 festivals exist with an attendance of 10,000 individuals or more. Of those, 80 festivals get categorized as small festivals by the music industry. That means an attendance of about 10,000 music fans.

While you already need a rather significant following and existing press coverage to land a showcase at SXSW or NXNW, you can secure a spot on the bill of a small festival or a micro-festival while just getting started.

Here are a few ideas to get you started. Some festivals cater to a variety of music since they try to accommodate diverse local or regional interests. Such is the case of the Norman Music Fest in Norman, OK, also the location of The University of Oklahoma. The performers at this festival range from country and Red Dirt to indie rock to punk to neo-punk. A few comedy musicians have played this fest, too.

Bluegrass musicians should check out Charleston, SC’s Charleston Bluegrass Festival. The city known best for its international Spoleto Festival also caters to bluegrass.

The city of Ft. Worth, TX probably makes you think of country music, but it hosts the newest indie-rock festivals. Fortress Festival in the Cultural District provides a waterfront stage with a standing room only audience.

If you play in a country band you might land a spot on the festival bill of Oklahoma native Toby Keith’s Florida music festival. The Suwanee River Jam in Live Oak, FL provides you the opportunity to play in front of 10,000 country fans.

The diverse festival bills of classic rock, Americana, and reggae at the Redondo Beach Festival in Redondo, CA provide opportunities for many musicians. The beachfront stage and gorgeous ocean views provide two other reasons to play this festival.

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Funko Rings In New Year With Inaugural Funko Fair

Funko, a leading pop culture consumer products company, is kicking off 2021 with its first-ever Funko Fair, a two-week long virtual affair that will introduce fans and partners to new products expected to hit retail later this year.

“Funko is always discovering new ways to surprise and delight our fans by bringing the best of pop culture directly to them. Funko Fair is all about virtually showcasing the newest products that our incredible creative team has been working on for the past several months,” said Brian Mariotti, Chief Executive Officer at Funko. “This is a terrific opportunity to usher in 2021 with a fresh slate of consumer products that celebrate imagination and pop culture.”

The following licensors have confirmed their participation in Funko Fair: Warner Bros. including DC, The Pokémon Company International, NBCUniversal, Five Nights at Freddy’s and many more. Additionally, there will be days designated for Disney, Marvel and Star Wars branded products by Funko.

Loungefly will also showcase their latest accessories.

The Fair kicks off the morning of January 19th with a new episode of FUN TV, a monthly short form production co-hosted by Brian Mariotti and Mike Becker.

For the full plan for Funko Fair, fans can follow along by tuning into Funko’s social media channels @originalfunko.

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A Winter Evening With Stephen King To Be Held On January 28

If you become a member of the Friends of Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library in Lovell, Maine before January 21, 2021 you will be invited to be a guest at a very special event, A Winter Evening with Stephen King on Thursday January 28, 2021 from 7PM to 8PM (ET).

A world-renowned author, humanitarian, philanthropist, and activist, Stephen King is also a neighbor and friend to many in the Lovell area. 

Stephen will discuss his deep connection to Maine, take questions, and read from his novel, Bag of Bones, which was loosely based on the town of Lovell where he and his family have been summer residents since 1980.

Each Friends membership, whether individual or family or a gift, will receive a unique Zoom link to participate in this event. After you have joined the organization, either by downloading the membership form and mailing it in with a check or through PayPal you will receive an email with details. Students can become a Friend for $5 and Individuals can become a member for as little as $25.

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“Cyber Dynamite” Virtual Napoleon Dynamite Cast Reunion Scheduled For December 4

Key cast members of the 2004 comedy film “Napoleon Dynamite” will be reuniting virtually in a special pre-recorded program available at 5:00 pm PST/8:00 pm EST on December 4 on YouTube. The hosted reunion will be the first time many of the cast have interacted since the film first burst out of the Sundance Film Festival and became an international smash.

Jon Heder (Napoleon), Efren Ramirez (Pedro), Jon Gries (Uncle Rico), Tina Majorino (Deb), Haylie Duff (Summer) and, Shondrella Avery (LaFawnduh) are joined by several other surprise cast members for the program. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for The Hunger Project (thp.org) to end hunger worldwide. 

Entitled “Cyber Dynamite” due to its virtual nature, the online reunion follows in the footsteps of other recent pop culture online reunions, and while it will be free to view, donations are being sought to support The Hunger Project. In addition, a select group of special items from some of the cast will be available by raffle to donors contributing $75 or more. Item descriptions are available on The Hunger Project’sevent page: https://thp.org/events/cyber-dynamite-napoleon-dynamite-benefit-reunion/.

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Apple Announces November 10 Event

Apple today announced a third fall 2020 event, which is set to be held on Tuesday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m. on the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.

As with the September and October events that saw the debut of new Apple Watches, iPhones, and other products, the November event will be digital only, with Apple likely providing pre-taped segments for each new product that will be announced.

Apple has promised the first ‌Apple Silicon‌ Mac with an Arm-based chip is coming before the end of 2020, and it looks like the November event will possibly be about ‌Apple Silicon‌ Macs.

Another possible product introduction could be AirTags, Apple’s long-rumored Bluetooth trackers that can attach to items like wallets and keys, letting them be tracked right in the Find My app alongside iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

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Ernest Cline Ready Player Two Virtual Book Tour

Ernest Cline is hosting a virtual book tour to celebrate the release of his novel, Ready Player Two, the highly anticipated sequel to his #1 New York Times bestseller, Ready Player One.

The first 500 purchasers receive a signed first edition of Ready Player Two and a limited-edition enamel pin.

All purchasers after 500 receive an unsigned first edition of Ready Player Two.

All tickets include access information for the virtual event with Cline and the Audience Q&A, and a copy of Ready Player Two.

Please note this event is for one night only, December 8th at 7:30PM EST / 4:30PM PST. This show will not be recorded or available for viewing after the stream.

Order tickets HERE for $39.

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Chip In To Watch The Spinal Tap Virtual Reunion

Chip in to be part of the Pennsylvania Democrats’ Spinal Tap cast reunion with Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and host Patton Oswalt! This one-time live event is only streaming October 14th at 9 PM ET, and every dollar raised goes directly towards ending Trumpism by winning Pennsylvania.

Click HERE to donate!

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