The Nightmare Before Christmas 22nd Anniversary  
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas' 22th anniversary in 2015. Based on 1993 American stop motion musical fantasy directed by Henry Selick, we've compiled unforgettable quotes from the famous film to celebrate over two decades since its release.
“I'm a master of fright, and a demon of light, and I'll scare you right out of your pants. To a guy in Kentucky I'm mister lucky. And I'm known throughout England and France. And since I'm dead, I can take off my head to recite Shakespeare quotations. No animal or man can scream like I can, with the fury of my recitations”. - Jack Skellington
“There's children throwing snowballs instead of throwing heads. They're busy building toys and absolutely no one is dead!”. - Jack Skellington
“Well, what the heck, I really did my best. And by God, I really tasted something swell, that's right. And for a moment, why, I even touched the sky. And at least I left some stories they can tell, I did. And for the first time since I don't remember when I felt like my old bony self again. And I, Jack, the Pumpkin King... That's right. I am the Pumpkin King! And I just can't wait until next Halloween ‘cause I've got some new ideas that will really make them scream. And by God, I'm really gonna give it all my might! Uh-oh, I hope there's still time to set things right. Sandy Claws...” - Jack Skellington
“I am the shadown on the moon at night filling your dreams to the brim with fright”. - Oogie Boogie Man
“Oh, the sound of rolling dice to me is music in the air, ‘cause I'm a gambling Boogie Man, although I don't play fair. It's much more fun, I must confess, with lives on the line. Not mine, of course, but yours, old boy, now that'll be just fine.” - Oogie Boogie Man
“Are you a gambling man, Santa?” - Oogie Boogie Man
“Jack! But they said you were dead. You must be double dead!” - Oogie Boogie Man
“Say it once, say it twice, take a chance and roll the dice. Ride with the moon in the dead of night”. - The witches
Nov: Thanksgiving Day Parade  
Every fourth Thursday in November giant helium-filled balloons shaped like popular cartoon heroes float above the streets of New York City in the Thanksgiving Day Parade. The popular event is organised by Macy's, a mid-range to upscale chain of department stores, every year. Thursday, November 24 is this years Thanksgiving Day 2016
Masses of people flood to the streets of Manhattan to watch the balloons shaped like Shrek, Buzz Lightyear, Snoopy and pals. The parade also features live music and other performances by celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Kermit the Frog aboard travelling floats.
College and high school marching bands from across the country also take part in the parade. Cheerleaders and dancers chosen by the National Cheerleaders Association from various high school across the country march down the streets. Likewise, the Radio City Rockettes are a classic performance. As a symbol of the imminent Christmas and holiday season, the figure of Santa Claus concludes the parade.
The parade starts at 9am, but people start arriving three hours before to get a good viewing spot, namely the area between 61st and 72nd streets on Central Park West. The even lasts three hours.
The parade starts in 77th street and Central Park then continues west to Columbus Circle in 59th street. Next, they march in Broadway to 34th street and Macy's Herald Square ending on 7th avenue. The streets that are part of the parade route are closed to traffic during the event.
The tradition dates back to 1924 and ties as second oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States along with America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit. Both parades are four years younger than the 6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia.
Top Events in the USA  
Yeahhh it's a party in the USA, like Miley Cyrus' song, here you can find the top events happening in the USA, so you can put them on your calendar and avoid missing any.
1) Rose Bowl Parade: is the biggest college football playoff held on New Year's Day in Pasadena, California. The event is of such magnitude that is attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators and is televised across the USA. The football match is preceded by a magnificent parade where you can see spectacular floats constructed exclusively out of flowers and flower petals.
2) Super Bowl Sunday: apparently American football always makes for a great event in the USA and the Super Bowl is so popular that its fame transcends national frontiers. This is the grand championship playoff match of the National Football League, which is held in one of the southern USA sun-belt cities or in a large indoor football arena. The event includes spectacular entertainment featuring internationally-famous artists. Tickets are very hard to get and usually cost over $1000 per seat.
3) Sundance Film Festival: This is the American version of the Cannes Film Festival. Held in Park City - Utah-, Sundance Film Festival features some of the finest new and experimental works by young filmmakers.
4) Mardi Gras in New Orleans: the last weeks prior to the solemn religious season of Lent is marked by a energetic party in New Orleans, Louisiana. The celebration features grand parades, entertainment and nightly parties escalating through the last weekend and culminating with a final blast on “Fat Tuesday”.
5) Spring Break in Florida: hordes of college students from across the country flock to Florida for wild days of beach and parties.
6) Calle Ocho Festival Miami: also in Florida, Calle Ocho Festival is an ethnic street fair held at the heart of “Little Havana” on Eighth Street. It features a huge variety of festivities including latin entertainment, a diversity of ethnic foods and open-air street markets.
Things to Do and See in San Francisco  
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in San Francisco and a must-see when you visit the city. As you get enthralled by the magnificence of the bridge, you'll get some heartwarming flashbacks of the TV show Full House. Walking or biking across the bridge is an unmissable experience. From the east side walkway, you can take in the soaring 746-foot towers, the city skyline, the Marin Headlands and the Pacific Ocean stretching to the horixon.
Check out Crissy Field on the northern end of San Francisco for a view and a trip that haunt you for a long time. What is hot at the moment is the new Bay Bridge, so make sure you check it out as well.
San Francisco has a vibrant artistic community, so there are plenty of sculptures and pieces of art to check. There are also great bands performing regularly.
Take a stroll along the neighborhoods in souther San Francisco - such as Mission -, get ready to be impressed by the Coit Tower or the Transamerica Tower, one of the tallest in San Francisco, that is why it is recommended to check it out from street level. Talk about heights, don't miss the Twin Peaks, one of San Francisco's highest neighborhoods.
However, Downtown San Francisco better be on your list as well as Sutro Tower - one of San Francisco's most interesting landmarks.
With its hills and valleys, San Francisco is a jewel when it comes to views and one of the places where you can admire sights is on a Bay Area Caltrain ride. Alternatively, you can get a view of the whole city from somewhere up on a hill.
With a sinfully delicious array of organic fruit and vegetables, and gourmet goodies from olive oils, meat, cheese and bread to chocolate, jams and flowers, Ferry Building Marketplace is a foodie's paradise.
The First Time in NYC  
Once you get to the airport, you probably want to make to it to the city as quick as possible. Well, the taxi might not be your best option since the queue is endless. It's probably the longest line to get a taxi you'll see ever.
If you are on a budget you can live on pizza and hot dogs. They are cheap and there is one vendor in every corner. In fact, hot dogs are sold on street vendors conveniently located next to the city's landmarks. Plus, New York pizza and hot dogs are delicious! And the bagels - the best ever, and they make for a typical New York breakfast with cream cheese.
Since taxi drivers are always working and transport tons of people each day, they are pretty jaded, so don't even try to make small talk, they are not up for it. Just get in, give directions, pay the fare and get away as soon as possible.
Especially on high season, crowds of people flock the sidewalks and they are not moving out of the way when you walk past them - part of the NY attitude. If you have any issues with people being too close to you, then perhaps NYC is not the city for you, or you'll need to have a chamomile tea first thing in the morning.
You are going to pay a fortune for a hotel room that is the size of a closet. That is why young travellers opt for hostels which are pretty cool. There is even a pink hostel that is only for girls and they even have a barbecue on the 4th of July for free. Food and drinks for free in NYC, well that's pretty rare so it is fantastic. You won't get that in a hotel, they will charge you for everything you take from the minibar, add some tax to it and assault your credit card.
You'll probably be tempted to stare at the squirrels running around the streets for hours, and that is how New Yorkers will tell your a tourist, apart from the I love NYC t-shirts, the maps and the big old camera.
If you it's your first time in NYC, you definitely have to try a cronut which is a combination of croissants and doughnuts. Just imagine how many calories that has. Just a bomb for your stomach, but yet so worth it!
If you happen to be there during the fall, you'll be mesmerised by the colours of the leaves. The velvet trees will simply take your breath away. Then you can kick the leaves on the ground or lie down on your back over the leaves and make the shape of an angel.
Things that only happen in LA  
Thanks to the influence of the Mexican community, Americans can be thankful for Mexican food such as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas and nachos. Well, L.A. is the only place where you'll get 23-hour taco delivery service. So write down the number, and keep it safe in case you find yourself hungry and craving some tacos in the middle of the night. If you already like this idea, wait until you find the burritos vending machine, offering up to five kinds of hot burritos.
Perhaps in L.A. you have more chances of seeing a Ferrari being towed away than anywhere else in the world. There's a concentration of them in this city. But if that surprises, wait until you see a Mercedes Benz being used as a learner's vehicle. However, you can also find other types of transportation such as a bicycle and L.A. is the only place where you'll get free bike valet.
L.A. is full of eccentric people and some of them have pets such as iguanas. Well, be ready to see some lizards getting the high class treatment and being pampered like celebrities as they chill on fashionable couches.
You can also buy maps to the celebrities' houses almost in every corner.
People in L.A. care about body image and that is why they work out - they work out in the park, on the sidewalk, along the beach, upside down... Yup, they practice yoga hanging from some ropes. At least it provides some entertainment to the passerby who is already feeling bad for being lazy.
In L.A. you'll also find a unique institution of higher learning - In N Out University, the only academic institution named after a burger franchise.
L.A. is where all the acting jobs are and there you'll find the most curious ads for acting jobs. For instance, it's not uncommon to come across an ad with a job for overweight pets.
Sept: Life is Beautiful Festival  
What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas anymore ever since an extraordinary event has captured the attention of music lovers around the world. Life is Beautiful Festival may be a newbie, but it has gathered legendary musicians that would turn any other festival in the world green with envy.
One of the best modern bands in the world The Killers headlined this exhilarating event LAST YEAR. Indeed, the festivals' organisers couldn't have chosen a more ideal group to rock Life is Beautiful Festival. As The Killers from originally from Las Vegas, the festival that takes place in downtown Las Vegas have started writing their History in golden letters.
The famous band Kings of Leon also headlined the event which has treated music lovers with cracking music, scrumptious gourmet and breath-taking art. The event also includes Californian singer Beck, Vampire Weekend - who topped the US chart with their new album ‘Modern Vampires of the City' earlier this year - and Imagine Dragons.
With such incredible musicians from all walks of life, the event marks a turning point in the history of music festivals. And yet it is not all about the music. Foodies, rejoice! Their food festival is an epic occurrence in itself. Watch chefs on stage, booze tasting sessions and not to mention the 3-hour Culinary Crawls.
Life is Beautiful is an inspirational company dedicated to helping people conquer their fears and chase their dreams. Its signature project, the Life is Beautiful Festival was founded in 2013 and launched in October of that same year as a highly successful lifestyle event featuring marquee musicians, chefs, artists and speakers. Held in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful Festival attracted more than 60,000 patrons in its first year, and is now branching out to an international online forum inspiring social change.
And there is more. The event includes an art festival which features incredible theatrics, acrobatics, dancing and a massive range of artwork, with various opportunities for both children and adults.
Life is Beautiful is an inspirational company dedicated to helping people conquer their fears and chase their dreams. Its signature project, the Life is Beautiful Festival was founded in 2013 and launched in October of that same year as a highly successful lifestyle event featuring marquee musicians, chefs, artists and speakers. Held in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful Festival attracted more than 60,000 patrons in its first year, and is now branching out to an international online forum inspiring social change. - See more at:
It will be hard to top this year's line-up, but we are yet to see what Life is Beautiful Festival will surprise us with next year.
Aug: Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival  
Music, food, wine, beer, art.. The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival turns San Francisco's historic Gold Gate Park into a cultural wonderland for two glorious summer days. The festival is held annually in August with dozens of bands and attractions.
From singer-songwriters to DJs, jazz acts and cutting edge rock bands, all major music performances take place alongside a host of local musicians, food vendors and visual artists standing for San Francisco's throbbing cultural community.
Epic musicians such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul McCartney, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Nine Inch Nails have rocked the festival since its foundation in 2008. Only in a few years, Outside Lands festival has become one of the ultimate summer destinations for live music, food and wine fans.
Aside from incredible music, Outside Lands also features attractions that make emphasis on food, wine and art. Festival-goers will be able to enjoy delicious food and wine from the region, since there is an awesome organic farmer's market. People can purchase tickets and sample wine from many different vendors.
There are also areas that offer separate entertainment, including a sports lounge, an arcade/bar, and various food and art vendors.
The festival is also eco-friendly and uses different strategies to do so; for instance, there are solar power stages, a refillable water program, a waste diversion program, a recycling program, and bike valet parking program. As well, the festival aims to educate the public about eco-friendly movements. The event features workshops to educate about organic food and farming. This green-conscious festival also benefits the San Francisco Recreation & Park department with an annual donation.
April 10 - 12 Coachella Festival  
Since its foundation in 1999, the annual three day music and arts festival has had a knack for pulling in rock and electronic headliners. Set in Indio's desert, California, the annual three-day music and arts festival features surreal sideshows and a mountain-fringed setting that make this event the most eagerly awaited festival in the US.
Big-name international acts contrast with the friendly small town atmosphere of the event. The laid-back air of Coachella resembles that of a free hippy festival. Cafe tents stand alongside vegan food stalls. Coachella embodies the true spirit of festivals: camping, communion, music, arts and fun.
About 10,000 international music lovers head to Coachella Festival for the time of their lives. On the outskirts of the arena, Bikini-clad Californians catch the burlesque acts until vaudevillian performers splash them with gigantic water-guns.
When the sun shines, festival-goers take a time out in the shade of colourful mechanised sunflowers. Then at dusk they form circles around bonfires on the campsite and start barbecuing. That is when the alternative party begins.
If you want to be close to the performers and stay at a luxurious campsite, book early for an elegant Safari tent, which includes king beds, carpets, air-conditioning and VIP wristbands that give you access to special shuttles into the venue and backstage.
Weekend One: April 10 - 12th 2015
Weekend Two: April 17 - 19th 2015
NYC: Things to do in the fall  
It’s been a long time since Sinatra wrote his famous tune to New York, but many decades down the line, the sprawling metropolis is still the city that never sleeps. Exciting nightlife, endless festivals, world-class arts and endless joy is some of the experiences the world’s most vibrant city has to offer. Here’s our list to some of the things you can do in NYC in autumn.
1) Summer might be over, but a million lights still shine at night. With The Fixed, Trouble & Bass, and Bespoke posses as residents and epic DJ’s as partners, Williamsburg has become New York’s new clubland odyssey.
2) New York is still home to some of the best theatre and musical productions in the world. Don’t miss The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee William’s 1944 masterpiece, which has returned to Broadway.
3) White-clad runners get pelted with vivid paint in a unique event - The Colour Run. Known as the happiest 5k on the planet, the Colour Run is not a conventional marathon as it lacks a competitive nature and runners can take their time to cross the finish line. With more than 170 events across the country and around the world tin 2013, the Colour Run is celebrated to benefit the Global Poverty Project, among other charities. Head there for a good cause, join the runners or watch them get splashed with paint.
4) From September 17th to December 12th, put your reading goggles on and head to the New York Public Library. This autumn and winter, the famous old library hosts the semiannual reading series which welcomes venerable readers and performers, including Margaret Arwood, John Ashbery, and Toni Morrison and Junot Diaz. Even Guandia editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger will make an appearance at the event.
5) Culture heats up during fall and winter in Fort Greene during the 30th celebration of the New Wave Festival. From September 17th to December 22, Brooklyn will host this wonderful event which includes maverick shows in different art forms: music, dance, theatre and pop-culture.
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