Life Is Beautiful Review

Life Is Beautiful Review

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After three days of music and art in downtown Las Vegas, it is time to briefly share the annual spectacular celebration called Life is Beautiful.

Downtown’s Artwork

Downtown Freemont became an urban art gallery, setting up picture worthy backgrounds for all attendees that want them social media points.One of the most popular feature is the abandon motel turned art motel by the collective Meow Wolf.

Based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, bringing oddness and psychedelic creativity.Ever walked into a room with wall to wall pillows with giant like pillow form rock’em sock’em robots in middle? Walking inside is like a different dimension, where the first floor each room was different construct of artwork and displayed diversity.

ZHU

Steven Zhu put quite the performance at the Downtown Stage (main stage) on Sunday’s Life is Beautiful. Discovering the vocals on his songs like “In the Morning,” “Faded,” were sung by him is intriguing.Also, major kudos to the saxophonists to be queued in for “Automatic” and “Palm of My Hand.”ZHU proved his worth to be on the main stage.

EDC Jr.?

Each year Life is Beautiful has always makes the attempt to bring a plethora of variety when it comes to line-ups. This year it seemed to be a lot more of electronic performers this year and notice a lot of attendees to keep going to the Fremont Stage, a.k.a., the tent where the djs mainly perform. The amount of those attendees dressed up like it was Electric Daisy Carnival reunion.

On Saturday’s Day 2, one of the side stages on the way to the Toyota Music Den, was the Forest of House, a specified setup for dj’s which play constant EDM. Drawing all the ravers of the festival, looking like a refuge for when the EDM artists are not performing.

Rebuttal

Don’t get me wrong, Life is Beautiful brought TOKiMONSTA, Bonobo, Goldroom, Wild Thing and Tycho to shift away the EDM dimension, with their live-sets and TOKiMONSTA’s diverse tracklist.The outlook just seemed attendees were mainly attach to the electronic platform, instead of diversifying their music taste buds.

Lil Dicky over Schoolboy Q?

On Saturday, Schoolboy Q took the main stage and was not feeling the crowd, which is a shame because Schoolboy has awesome singles from Oxymoron and Habits & Contradictions.

On the other side of the festival and in the same day, there was white-boy rapper David Andrew Burd, also known as Lil Dicky. His debut of the evening, apparently harnessed the energy what Schoolboy Q wanted. The crowd was bumping to the comedic style rapper songs and his comedic interludes.

The main stage does symbol the popular act, which seem the popularity just wanted to hear “THat Part.” He did his best to please the crowd, but it identified the mass audience to only know his popular singles.It was a shameful because “Collar Greens” is by far one of his best songs period.

The Heavy Hitters

The three days were packed with major artists. The first day, wheel chaired 2 Chainz ran the trap. Lorde came through with a Kate Bush “Running Up the Hill,” with her personal swagger of dance moves with the opening track “Tennis Court.”

Chance the Rapper took us to church, with the Social Experiment to be his band and brought everything he had from “Cocoa Butter Kisses,” tracks from Acid Rap and everything from Coloring Book.Chance proved once again why he is featured in every music festival line-up this year so far.

Blink 182 brought out the true blink-fans, but the melancholy for original guitarist Tom Delonge is truly missed, Alkaline Trio front-man and Tom’s replacement stepped up when it came down to Tom’s parts in the Blink catalogue.

Day 2, Local Natives made double efforts by doing a smaller acoustic performance at the Toyota Music Den, before they performed later that evening.Muse was filled with illumination and lighting suiting the Las Vega leitmotif.The rockers did their best delivering “Supermassive Black Hole,” “Hysteria,” “Stockholm Syndrome,” “Time is Running Out,” with seven albums on their belt and closing the downtown stage with two filled hours of music, it was a site to see.

The final day, arguably probably the best day, had rising acts like Mura Masa and Dua Lipa to prove worth the hype.Life is Beautiful also had The xx later in the evening, with the crowd unifying to thier mellow stillness and chill vibe atmosphere.

The Haim sisters channeling their girl rock diversity from playing old hit singles like “My Song 5,” “The Wire,” even doing a Shania Twain cover of “That Don’t Impress Me Much.”

Also could not forget the early evening performances of Cirque Du Soleil.Cirque arrange to do some variety performances from the strips shows like The Beatles: LOVE, Mystere, Michael Jackson’s ONE, KA and so forth. Having these acrobatic performers to show locals and outside attendees, to appreciate a piece of the Las Vegas entertainment.

The Huntridge Stage

It’s debatable to individuals, which were their favorite stage, but to share an opinion, the Huntridge Stage had to be considered most favorable.The setup of the stage felt more intimate for the crowd.

Witnessing Kali Uchis first performance ever in Las Vegas and Vince Staples giant red-orange background which made Vince Staples appearance looking like an iTunes commercial, or even The Revivalists energy. The combination of the artists, who’ve perform on that stage, delivered something different from the other sets.

Gorillaz

They were the first to confirmed to be appearing Life is Beautiful and were the last performers of the weekend. Mastermind Damon Albarn brought an entourage and opened with “Last Living Souls” off of Demon Dayz. Throughout the performance the fictional characters will be shown on the monitors, theming through each song. The guest lists were Vince Staples, Pusha-T, De La Soul, Jehnny Beth from Savages appeared for “We Got the Power” and Peven Everett for “Stylo.” When Gorillaz officially ended their set, it was like the audience snapped out of hypnosis, no one wanted it to end.

Life is Beautiful did another great success.Teaming with local vendors and bring another year of bringing a movement that shares the great satisfactions and appreciating of living: food, art, friends and music.

Cover Image Credit: Life is Beautiful // Christopher Kilkenny

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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All good things must come to an end.

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It might just be the beginning of 2019 but there are many TV series wrapping up already. There are many breathtaking and original pilots around along with several reboots coming. This might be one of the greatest year for TV.

However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Final Date: May

12 Seasons//279 episodes

2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

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Final Date: End of 2019

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3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

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5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)

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Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes

6. VEEP (HBO)

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Final Date: Spring

7 seasons//67 episodes

7. Homeland (Showtime)

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Final date: Summer

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8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

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9. The Affair (Showtime)

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Final Date: End of 2019

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Final Date: End of 2019

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