“Music and Peace” Still Sets Stage for Music Festivals

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Feb 182013
 

Author: Mary Willson

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Fans soak in the sun at Wakarusa music festival. Wakarusa is a week long music marathon, where the sun and heat adds to the festivities.

 

 

A sea of tents is a common site at any camping-centered music festival.

A sea of tents is a common site at any camping-centered music festival.


“Three days of Music and Peace,” the honed motto of the epic Woodstock music festival, still guides the passionate community and artists that come together for marathons of music, art, and human celebration.

As the reality of warm weather turns the corner, there is little more freeing, passion-building, and exciting as a music festival to truly unwind from the grind of the past semester.

 

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A festival attendee focuses on a stage, as the crowds swell, the community still feels close through a shared bond of music.

“It is an exprience unlike any other planned ‘vacation’ just because of the ultimate freedom you have at festivals,” said freshman finance major, Ryan Fergen. Fergen spent his senior trip at Mulberry Mountain,in the Ozarks of Arkansas at Wakarusa music festival. “It is enlightening to see the way people connect through music and how complete strangers from around the country can become instant friends through a common band or show.”

 

Music festivals are a golden reality, which pushes attendees into a wonderfully accepting community, while enjoying the passions that music can bring. For this reason, festivals have grown in popularity and stay on the top of the list for rallying through warm weather experiences.

“The biggest difference between festivals and shows is you actually get to live the music. When you are surrounded by thousands of people that are doing the exact same thing you are doing and living out of a tent and eating [bad] food it makes you appreciate the lifestyle so much more,” Fergen said. “Things happen at festivals that you would never even think about doing at a normal show. My friends and I discussed the feeling that once we walked into the ‘boundaries’ of Wakarusa it was like we walked into another country with no rules and different expectations for society.”

Wake up in a tent, slap some sunscreen on, eat anything you can find, grab a drink, go to your first show; rally until early in the morning, back in the tent; repeat. This is the daily grind when on break and at one of the outdoor paradises of music festivals, a complete juxtaposition of life in a student’s society.

Woodstock, the ultimate, historically epic mega-festival from Aug. 15 to 18 in 1969 sets the stage for modern music marathons.  Thirty two acts took the stage including Santana, Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead—all with a crowd of 500,000 watching. As 44 years have passed and technology has increased exponentially, festivals generations behind its day-in-age were truly raw, and community oriented.

As technology has swept into daily lives, spontaneous moments such as this have dwindled. Music festivals bring those feelings into the center-stage, because through lack of outlets, wifi, and cell-phone service, being present in the moment becomes ever-exceedingly the current reality. This, coupled with energetic music and artists who are excited to be at the festival, creates a blissful show experience.

The kindness and community at festivals is felt whether one is at an electronic festival, a diverse music festival, or a bluegrass festival—the atmosphere is the same. Everyone is there to live the music.

“It’s all about the energy. Unlike a lot of concerts, at electronic ones everyone is nice to each other,” said Zaid Hassani, electrical engineering sophomore. “You rarely see fights, everyone is there for the same cause and just give off positive energy.”

Hassani made the journey to Electronic Dance Carnival (EDC) last year, and is preparing to go again. He also is an electronic DJ.

There are thousands of music festivals throughout the nation, and thousands more abroad. The largest festival in the US is South by Southwest (SXSW) with 20,000 visitors.

Popular ones within the festival season include Coachella in California, Sasquatch in May, Lollapalooza in Chicago, Firefly in Delaware, Governors Ball in New York, Bonoroo in Tennessee.

“It’s crazy because there’s thousands and thousands of people there, but you’re all there for the same reason,” said freshman Charlie Anderson, international studies major. Anderson went to Wakarusa least year, Mile High in 2009, and is getting ready to head to SXSW this March. “It feels like you’re a part of something that’s solidified in music.”

The music festival trend is truly timeless, as music is a passion that will be ignited throughout the generations to come. As our society becomes more controlled by technology, pressures of jobs, families and the like, weeks of giving it all up for the pleasure of music is something to experience.

Valentine’s Day Cheap in Fort Collins

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Feb 042013
 

Author: Nicole Beale

We have all heard the ‘starving college student’ stereotype a time or two, but it’s only funny because it is true for most of us. For those who have somebody special this year, but a not a special sum of money to spend, no need to fear. There are options that won’t break the bank.

Any good date begins with a good meal. Remember, this is Valentine’s Day and nothing is more romantic than a good cook. Start out the perfect date with your sweetie by cooking them something delectable. As long as you put you heart into it and make it with love, they will enjoy it.

If the first thing that came to your mind is PB&J, consider looking up some recipes. Anyone can spruce up a dining area by setting a table and adding a few candles or flower petals. It is the details that count. Dessert has always been very closely related to Valentine’s Day. Come up with a clever dessert, such as ice cream topped with crushed candy hearts.

After you have progressed through the meal, you’re ready for some romantic fun. There are cheap options to take care of the situation. Ice skating is open at Fort Fun and costs only $10 for two people. Another option is the discount movie theater, AMC Cinema Saver 6. They feature movies that have been in theaters for some time and sell tickets for $3 each. This is such a score, as it’s less than half the cost of a ticket anywhere else in town. Beware that drinks are more expensive than the tickets.  Also being featured special for Valentine’s day is Jimkata, an electro-rock band, blending heavy beats, syn-thy hooks, and big guitars to create music with both modern and timeless appeal. Just for Valentine’s Day they will be playing at the Aggie for free. Nothing is better than a free date on Valentine’s Day when you have a tight budget. Hold your sweetheart close as you groove courtesy of Jimkata.

What you choose is up to you and your Valentine. There are ways to woo your loved one and not go bankrupt at the same time. Any one of these options is guaranteed to be a good time and not break the bank. How the rest of the date goes is up to you.

Valentine’s Day Cheap in Fort Collins

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Feb 042013
 

Author: Nicole Beale

We have all heard the ‘starving college student’ stereotype a time or two, but it’s only funny because it is true for most of us. For those who have somebody special this year, but a not a special sum of money to spend, no need to fear. There are options that won’t break the bank.

Any good date begins with a good meal. Remember, this is Valentine’s Day and nothing is more romantic than a good cook. Start out the perfect date with your sweetie by cooking them something delectable. As long as you put you heart into it and make it with love, they will enjoy it.

If the first thing that came to your mind is PB&J, consider looking up some recipes. Anyone can spruce up a dining area by setting a table and adding a few candles or flower petals. It is the details that count. Dessert has always been very closely related to Valentine’s Day. Come up with a clever dessert, such as ice cream topped with crushed candy hearts.

After you have progressed through the meal, you’re ready for some romantic fun. There are cheap options to take care of the situation. Ice skating is open at Fort Fun and costs only $10 for two people. Another option is the discount movie theater, AMC Cinema Saver 6. They feature movies that have been in theaters for some time and sell tickets for $3 each. This is such a score, as it’s less than half the cost of a ticket anywhere else in town. Beware that drinks are more expensive than the tickets.  Also being featured special for Valentine’s day is Jimkata, an electro-rock band, blending heavy beats, syn-thy hooks, and big guitars to create music with both modern and timeless appeal. Just for Valentine’s Day they will be playing at the Aggie for free. Nothing is better than a free date on Valentine’s Day when you have a tight budget. Hold your sweetheart close as you groove courtesy of Jimkata.

What you choose is up to you and your Valentine. There are ways to woo your loved one and not go bankrupt at the same time. Any one of these options is guaranteed to be a good time and not break the bank. How the rest of the date goes is up to you.

Valentine’s Day gift guide: 8 ways to make your Valentine’s Day special

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Jan 262013
 

Author: Hannah Woolums

Many couples have a hard time giving that perfect gift to their significant other. As Valentine’s Day draws near couples everywhere are looking for that memorable gift. But, let’s face it, as college students, money isn’t the most abundant luxury at this point, and it can be a struggle to give something meaningful if you don’t have the money to spend. Here are eight fun and unique ways to celebrate your Valentine’s Day and give a gift that your partner will never forget.

1)      Homemade craft- Not every gift has to be expensive, a lot of what people love most is what comes from the heart. Take some time out and get crafty, showing your significant other just how much they mean to you.

2)      14 things you love- One of the best things someone can hear is why you love them or why they are special to you. This Valentine’s Day give your significant other the things about them that you love most. Since Valentine’s Day is on Feb. 14 give them 14 reasons why they mean so much to you. Have fun; you don’t have to make it all serious. This is a perfect way to give them a meaningful gift without breaking the bank.

3)      Cook dinner- Everyone has heard the saying, ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’, so this Valentine’s Day create a romantic dinner for just the two of you. Light some candles and cook his favorite meal, or for guys looking to impress their girl, change it up and plan a romantic evening for her.

4)      Framed picture- Although it may seem like a small gesture, frame one of your favorite pictures of you and your significant other together. This is something that will be treasured for a long time and shows that you are committed to your relationship. If you can’t pick just one, make a collage to commemorate all of the fun times you have had as a couple.

5)      14 little presents- If you can’t decide what to get your partner, think about the little things day to day that make them happy. Hide them in places where they can find them throughout the day, and make it simple. It can be their favorite candy, movie, or even a note reminding them of how much you love them.

6)      Trip to the Spa- Guys, if you are looking for that special something for your girl, then get her a day at the spa. With the start of the semester, stress is almost unavoidable, so make sure she has a way to unwind and relax. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, even a manicure or pedicure would be perfect for a relaxing day.

7)      Romantic home date- There is nothing more special than spending time with the one you love, but when you go out that time can get interrupted. For this holiday, plan a night at home. You can make it different themes, like a movie theater night. Get them specialized popcorn holders and all of their favorite toppings.  Dim the lights and enjoy your favorite films in the comfort of your own home.

8)      Get out of town-  Plan a time for both of you where you can go out and do your own thing. Give your partner the gift of spending time with you. Go on a winter hike or head up to the slopes. This will give you a romantic getaway that the two of you can enjoy together.

Valentine’s Day gift guide: 8 ways to make your Valentine’s Day special

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Jan 262013
 

Author: Hannah Woolums

Many couples have a hard time giving that perfect gift to their significant other. As Valentine’s Day draws near couples everywhere are looking for that memorable gift. But, let’s face it, as college students, money isn’t the most abundant luxury at this point, and it can be a struggle to give something meaningful if you don’t have the money to spend. Here are eight fun and unique ways to celebrate your Valentine’s Day and give a gift that your partner will never forget.

1)      Homemade craft- Not every gift has to be expensive, a lot of what people love most is what comes from the heart. Take some time out and get crafty, showing your significant other just how much they mean to you.

2)      14 things you love- One of the best things someone can hear is why you love them or why they are special to you. This Valentine’s Day give your significant other the things about them that you love most. Since Valentine’s Day is on Feb. 14 give them 14 reasons why they mean so much to you. Have fun; you don’t have to make it all serious. This is a perfect way to give them a meaningful gift without breaking the bank.

3)      Cook dinner- Everyone has heard the saying, ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’, so this Valentine’s Day create a romantic dinner for just the two of you. Light some candles and cook his favorite meal, or for guys looking to impress their girl, change it up and plan a romantic evening for her.

4)      Framed picture- Although it may seem like a small gesture, frame one of your favorite pictures of you and your significant other together. This is something that will be treasured for a long time and shows that you are committed to your relationship. If you can’t pick just one, make a collage to commemorate all of the fun times you have had as a couple.

5)      14 little presents- If you can’t decide what to get your partner, think about the little things day to day that make them happy. Hide them in places where they can find them throughout the day, and make it simple. It can be their favorite candy, movie, or even a note reminding them of how much you love them.

6)      Trip to the Spa- Guys, if you are looking for that special something for your girl, then get her a day at the spa. With the start of the semester, stress is almost unavoidable, so make sure she has a way to unwind and relax. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, even a manicure or pedicure would be perfect for a relaxing day.

7)      Romantic home date- There is nothing more special than spending time with the one you love, but when you go out that time can get interrupted. For this holiday, plan a night at home. You can make it different themes, like a movie theater night. Get them specialized popcorn holders and all of their favorite toppings.  Dim the lights and enjoy your favorite films in the comfort of your own home.

8)      Get out of town-  Plan a time for both of you where you can go out and do your own thing. Give your partner the gift of spending time with you. Go on a winter hike or head up to the slopes. This will give you a romantic getaway that the two of you can enjoy together.

Top 10 songs for the holidays

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Dec 032012
 

Author: Allison LeCain

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1. Christmastime is Here by Vince Geraldi Trio

2. The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole

3. All I Want for Christmas is You by Michael Bublé

4. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams

5. Sleigh Ride by Relient K

6. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch by Thurl Ravenscroft

7. Let it Snow by Dean Martin

8. Happy X-mas by John Lennon

9. A Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives

10. Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney

A Christmas Story reborn

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Nov 282012
 

Author: John Sheesley

There is no better gift than a genuine Red Rider BB gun. For everything from leg lamps to stolen turkeys, head to the University Center for the Arts. This holiday the UCA is presenting A Christmas Story – a play by Philip Grecian based upon the 1983 film of the same title. The play stays close to the original film, but has some adaptations and modifications.

“You can do different things in live theater than you can do in movies. The movie has so many different locations and quick shots and we had to work around that,” said Tim Werth, a junior economics and theater major who plays the Old Man. “It definitely is different but I feel like it lives up to the movie, or at least gives people a twist.”

The most iconic parts of the story are present, and create a similar atmosphere to that of the film while presenting the story in a different way.

“The audience will recognize many of their favorite moments from the film, such as Ralphie’s obsession with the official legendary Red Ryder BB gun everyone is sure he’ll use to ‘shoot his eye out’– as well as his translation of Little Orphan Annie’s secret code after receiving his mail order decoder pin,” said Laura Jones, the production’s stage director, in a press release. “And of course, when his father wins the infamous leg lamp, much to his mother’s chagrin, and not to mention the theft of the turkey by the Bumpus’ hounds who live next door.”

The audience who filled the house on opening night received the play warmly, seeing the actors offstage with a rousing ovation.

“Its hard to compare it to the movie, because the movie is one of my favorite movies. It would have been a good play, to me, without the movie, but it was hard for it to live up to the expectations of the movie,” freshman history major Fisher Ankney said.“My favorite part was when he was with Red Rider fending off Black Bart and the bandits.”

The cast, except for the character of adult Ralphie who is physically represented by guest artist and CSU theatre alumnus James Burns, is made up of CSU students and youth who have participated in CSU’s summer children’s theatre program, ‘Kids Do It All.’

“The adult cast has been preparing for about three and a half weeks and the kids have been in a class and they’ve been working for almost two months,” Werth said. “This is one of the biggest shows I’ve been a part of and the hardest part for me was keeping track of all the props and hand things and all the tiny details.”

Overall, the play has been a great success, allowing the actors to interpret and embody their characters.

“It’s truly been exciting to watch these now-classic characters be re-enacted by our cast of college students and child actors from the community,” said Jones in a press release. “They have all both embraced traditional interpretations and created their own personal ‘takes’ on the characters.”

Whether you are a die hard fan of this holiday classic or experiencing it now for the first time, this is the show to see this holiday season.

“I absolutely loved it, but I didn’t see the movie, so there was really no expectation,” said freshman Tiffeny Phair. “The kids were absolutely amazing and so cute and talkative. My favorite part is the soap scene, that was classic.”

A Christmas Story performance dates:
Nightly: Nov. 15, 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30, Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9 at 2 p.m.

More info at http://central.colostate.edu/event/theatre-a-christmas-story-by-jean-shepherd-3/2012-11-22/

 

Nothing like the first time, Watsky hits the Aggie

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Nov 272012
 

Author: Jack Krause

About two weeks ago, the Def Poetry contestant and Youth Speaks Grand Slam Poetry Champion, George Watsky, came to the Aggie Theater here in Fort Collins and left the crowd speechless at the end of his hour and a half long set. With him, he brought along rapper A-1, and they both filled the venue with energy. While most people who went are long-term diehard fans, the unlistened in the crowd still loved the music and the poetry. By combining humor and relatability to each of the verses, they were able to keep the crowd entertained for the practically four hour long set.

A concert highlight was when Watsky pulled a girl up on to stage, and performed his song “Kidnap your Boyfriend” while her actual boyfriend stayed in the audience and jokingly glared at the awkward courtship. Both Watksy and A-1 stayed after to talk to fans and sign personal messages to anyone who asked. They were kind and respectable people which seems to be such a rare commodity in the rap community, and for that the concert will linger with its fans for a long time.

For those who don’t know Watsky, he is a slam poet artist who has performed on Ellen and taken part in several of the Epic Rap Battles of History.

You can find his YouTube page here.

Did I do that? Your guide to staying safe this New Years

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Nov 262012
 

Author: Jack Krause

We’ve all been there before. January first, groggy feeling and a “Hangover-esque” attempt to figure out what we did the night before. Some regrets, some things we wish we could remember, but all can be solved easily by following these rules.

  1. Groups are good
    • There is safety in numbers, at least when it comes to New Year’s Eve. You’re going to celebrate however you do, but you can at least give yourself the assurance that whatever happens, you’re not alone. People who go in groups they know are likely to drink less and regret less.
  2. Know your limit
    • Alcohol affects everyone different, but you can keep your head above the proverbial spirits by counting your drinks and giving yourself a predated cut-off. You’ll thank yourself when you can remember the good times, and when you don’t wake up with one of those classic morning-after headaches.
  3. Home-made, self-brought
    • If you make your own drinks you’ll know exactly what is going into them. You’ll know whats going to happen, how you’ll feel, and when you need to cool down.
  4. Charge it
    • Always charge your cellphone before you head out, if things get shaky, you’ll know you have a way of contacting someone who can help.
  5. Back it up
    • Before you head out, make sure you give yourself a couple back-up plans in case a driver isn’t capable anymore. Bring extra cash for a taxi, save the RamRide number in your phone, and map everything out. Going into things blind is a good way to end up actually blind.

With all this, you’ll be ready to ring in the new year on the right note. Stay relatively classy, Rams.