Nitanti Alur

This year I made a vow that I’d get out of the house and do far more than meet pals for drinks or drinks-n-dinner. I crave live music and art and culture and the lasting memories that come from attending actual events, concerts, and musicals. With mask regulations no longer mandatory in Ireland, there were no more excuses. At the end of the day, watching a play smothered in a mask just plain ruins the experience.

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Drawing crowds by the hundreds of thousands from around the world, the 21st edition of Ultra Music Festival (UMF) is about to kick off. This year, the festival will take place on Miami's beautiful Virginia Key, an isolated island that's only accessible via Rickenbacker Causeway or by boat. Luckily, the festival organizers have been working around the clock to make sure festival goers can easily access the island and find suitable accommodation there. Similar to New York's Electric Zoo, there will be shuttle ferrying ticket holders to and from the event.

Last year, the annual event — considered to be the premiere dance music festival in North America — showcased the rebirth of the Swedish House Mafia. This year, acts range from Armin Van Buuren to Jai wolf. The three-day EDM festival has something for everyone, ranging from mainstream to up-and-coming artists. Ultra continues to grow bigger every year, featuring more good music, positive vibes, and an all around unforgettable experience. We can't wait until we're back down in Miami interviewing artists and bringing you the best in dance music.

According to Miami Community newspaper, UMF brought $148 million dollars into the Miami Dade County area in 2017 and this number was expected to topple over $200 million in 2018, with over 165,000 festival attendees contributing to the local economy per day. UMF has increased its total attendance by 266% since 2005 when 45,000 people attended. Undoubtedly, the city of Miami understands the economic impact Ultra has on the area and continues to work with and support event organizers to ensure everything is perfect for party goers. The question is, will Virginia Keys be even bigger and better? I guess you'll have to join us down in Miami and find out.

Check out some highlights from Ultra Music Festival 2018 below:

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Tin whistle, Cajun French and fiddle filled the Popdust board room as very special guests Spider Stacy and Lost Bayou Ramblers paid us a visit while doing a run of sold out shows in NYC.

Stacy is probably best known best for co-founding legendary Celtic punk band, The Pogues in London, as well as his role on Treme. These days he's a certified 'Naw-land-er,' and Louisiana is where he linked up and began performing with the Grammy-nominated cajun music group, Lost Bayou Ramblers.

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Fashion and technology go hand in hand, and these days, people are looking to enhance the home with only the best smart technologies while ensuring that their home design aesthetic isn't compromised. Enter LG SIGNATURE. Luxury retailer Bloomingdale's has teamed up with the ultra-premium line from LG Electronics to give their customers an exclusive range of beautiful home appliances that have the most cutting edge features.

Leaders in their respective fields, the unique partnership between the two companies began in 2018, when the giant fashion retailer featured LG's new line of dynamic appliances in the famous holiday windows of their New York flagship location. It was only a matter of time before these two giants collaborated again. On November 19th, LG SIGNATURE launched its store-within-a-store in Bloomingdale's homeware department. This is the first time that large kitchen appliances and TVs will be sold at Bloomingdale's, elevating the luxury retailer to a new level and providing its customers with the most cutting edge technologies that also have sleek, sophisticated styles.

LG SIGNATURE Store, Located in Bloomingdale's Flagship Store on 59th street

Bloomingdale's Home Fashion Director, Joe Weiner, said, "When we think about premium products, we think about luxury of material but also the luxury of what that item provides. The LG SIGNATURE line is certainly designed with style in mind, but through their functionality also give you time – which is a true luxury". The Bloomingdale's customer is sophisticated, and this modern design allows them to bring their home into the 21st century.

The elite collection has a state of the art InstaView Door-in-Door Refrigerator, which has a glass panel that illuminates and turns the door transparent when you tap it, allowing you to take a peek at what's inside the stainless-steel interior. The smaller door of allows you to quickly grab whatever you need from your fridge door without letting all the cold air out. The appliance also features a motion sensor at the bottom, which lets you open the fridge with a wave of your foot when your hands are full. Gone are days of trying to hide a refrigerator with wood panels to blend into the cabinets. Instead, this machine is sleek, practical and will be the focal point of any kitchen.

The award winning Dual-Fuel Double Oven Range has 7.3 cubic feet of capacity shared across two oven compartments (a smaller compartment for baking and a larger compartment perfect for a turkey or holiday roast), meaning that you can cook more in less time. The appliance has a gas cook top and an electric oven, and the sophisticated stainless steel finish is scratch-resistant. The machine produces optimal baking results thanks to the heating element being located at the back wall of the oven, meaning quicker and more even heat distribution.

The LG SIGNATURE washer/dryer combo sleek design is perfect for city dwellers with limited space. The machine allows you to complete two washes at once and keeps track of your usage patterns. The appliance also has an Auto Dosing System, which will determine how soiled the clothes are and automatically dispense the correct amount of detergent needed to clean them. This means less waste and more efficiency. The smart machine lets you manage your laundry remotely using LG SmartThinQ® technology. Its practical size and modern technologies makes this appliance essential in any smart home.

The 77-inch class LG SIGNATURE W8 OLED TV is the depth of just 5 credit cards and looks like it seamlessly merges into the wall, making it the the perfect addition to your smart home. Thanks to its Intelligent Voice control, you can speak in the LG Magic Remote to control light settings, browse TV, web and more. You'll enjoy a clear, vivid picture with the new Alpha 9 Intelligent Processor, which uses self-illuminating pixels, providing true-to-life images with vivid colors, sharpness and enhanced depth. The at home cinema experience is complete with the Dolby Atmos sound bar that delivers clear, crisp audio.

The collection also features a Quad Wash Dishwasher and an air purifier, meaning you can complete your smart home with LG. The pieces are a union of state-of-the-art technologies with sophisticated design and will bring the home into the 21st century. Jonathan Adler, designer and LG SIGNATURE panelist said, "In the past, technology was considered cold and mostly focused on function more than style. LG SIGNATURE talks about stripping products down to their essence and my creative process is similar – the challenge is in balancing minimalism with soulfulness. These products are thoughtfully designed and the intentionality shines through and gives them a feeling of presence. That's what good design can communicate."

The LG SIGNATURE store within a store is exclusive to Bloomingdale's flagship store on 59th street.

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"Pretty Woman" Cast Celebrates at Album Release Party

Theater legends and theater lovers gathered in SoHo, NYC to celebrate the release of the original Broadway recording

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"Pretty Woman" has officially moved from the screen to the stage, and now to your earbuds.

It was hard to distinguish cast from crowd at Nomo SoHo on Monday night, where the team behind "Pretty Woman: The Musical" was celebrating the release of the official Broadway recording at an intimate reception. When not performing, cast members Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) and Andy Karl (Groundhog Day: The Musical) could be found rubbing elbows and making small talk with fellow theater lovers.

Barks and Karl — who take on the roles originated by Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, respectively — treated the small audience to favorites from the new show, including "Anywhere But Here," "Freedom," and "Never Give up on a Dream." But perhaps the biggest treat of the night was a surprise appearance by Bryan Adams, who co-wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway adaptation. Adams was joined by his cast for a performance of his 1985 hit, "Summer of '69."

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"Pretty Woman: The Musical" is based on the 1990s romantic comedy, with a book by Garry Marshall (who also directed the film) and music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. Its run continues at the Nederlander Theatre in New York City. Not in NYC and want the fairy tale right now? Get your hands on the cast album by Atlantic Records.

Rebecca Linde is a writer and cultural critic in NYC. She tweets about pop culture and television @rklinde.

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