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MUSIC | Demi Lovato and DJ Khaled release 2018 tour details

20-City concert tour with Demi Lovato and DJ Khaled begins in February

Tickets are on sale: Demi Lovato, DJ Khaled will be touring North America next year.

The much-anticipated concert details for this talented duo was just released. The kick-off show will be on February 26th in San Diego, CA. Tickets go on sale on Monday, and you can sign up here for your pre-sale registration.

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Check out the list below to see if Demi and DJ Khaled will be visiting a city near you:

Feb. 26 -- San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Feb. 28 -- San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
March 2 -- Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
March 3 -- Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
March 4 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
March 7 -- Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
March 9 -- Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
March 10 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
March 13 -- Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
March 14 -- Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
March 16 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
March 17 -- Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
March 19 -- Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
March 21 -- Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
March 23 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
March 24 -- Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
March 26 -- Boston, MA @ TD Garden
March 28 -- Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
March 30 -- Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
March 31 -- Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena

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MUSIC | King of Rock 'n' Roll Icon Fats Domino dies at 89

"Ain't That A Shame" rhythm-and-blues singer's legacy will live on in rock 'n' roll

Fats Domino was one of the leading pioneers in rock 'n' roll with an impressive 35 records in the U.S. Billboard Top 40.

Rock 'n' Roll legend, Fats Domino, passed away peacefully in his home in New Orleans today after battling with a long illness. Domino first gained attention in 1949 with the release of his song called "The Fat Man" which has been credited as the beginning of rock 'n' roll. He rose to fame with other hits like "Blueberry Hill" and "Ain't That A Shame."

Domino was born in 1928 in New Orleans where he resided most of his life. His musical influence was largely taken from the boogie woogie music style of that time. He was also in the midst of the Louisiana blues style music that was prominent in New Orleans in the 1940s and 50s.

Talented piano player and vocalist, his style may sound dated to young listeners today, but he was one of the pioneers paving the way for rock 'n' roll and modern music as we know it. In 1956, five of his songs made it in the Top 40 with "Blueberry Hill" reaching number two. This song has also been recorded by Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, and Jerry Lee Lewis. With 65 million record sales, Domino sold the most rock 'n' roll records after Elvis Presley.

Fats Domino get his photo taken in 1957

In 1986, Domino was included in the first group of musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among other inducted with him that year were Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke and Buddy Holly.

According to The Independent UK, Fats Domino had such a prolific affect on Elvis Presley, that he refused to answer to his popular title "King of Rock 'n' Roll" when Fats Domino was around.

His music has influenced musicians from the 40s to today. Paul McCartney famously says that The Beatles song, Lady Madonna, was written to mirror the Fats Domino style.

Musicians and celebrities have been posting about their love for the musician on Twitter

Fats Domino was a music legend and is among the musicians who will be remembered for pioneering the world of rock 'n' roll and ultimately changing music. Losing him means losing another great rock legend who shall not soon be forgotten.

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FILM | Aeris: The Unlikely Story of a Cat and Unconditional Love

Aeris is a short film that documents a young couple's journey through love and loss

PREMIERE | Nov. 3rd | Aeris will be screened at The Lincoln Center, hosted by The Winn Feline Foundation

The short film, Aeris, about a young couple navigating the brief life and untimely death of their cat, is premiering at The Lincoln Center in New York City next month. The film chronicles the 12 days Aeris spent with the young couple, Aly Miller and Paul Castro Jr who wrote, directed and starred in the short, raising awareness for the rare and incurable disease affecting numerous cats, Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). Hosted by The Winn Feline Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting the health and welfare of cats, and featuring Special Guest Steve Dale, Radio Host & Animal Behavior Specialist, this event guarantees some laughs and quite possibly a few tears.

Aly and Paul on set with cat Kairi playing Aeris

Many people have learned the greater power of unconditional love by having children and learning to care for a living being. Realizing that there is something larger than yourself that needs your help in order to survive, can be at once humbling and inspiring. You may not think of finding greater meaning in life through a kitten, but that is exactly what happened to this young couple. A few years ago, Paul Castro Jr. brought home a Bengal kitten to the apartment he shared with girlfriend, Aly Miller. They named the little kitten, Aeris, after the Zodiac sign and one of the main characters from Final Fantasy VII, at once giving a nod to Aly's interest in astrology and Paul's self-proclaimed obsession with video games.

Close-up shot of Kairi, the cat who played Aeris in the film

They quickly realized something was off about their new addition to the family: Aeris was tiny and lethargic with a huge swollen belly. The vet confirmed Aeris was indeed sick and had what's called Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). The couple experienced mixed emotions from shock to anger to concern. They vowed to do everything they could to help Aeris, even trying homeopathic remedies. For a few days, Aeris seemed to improve, but ultimately passed away after 12 days in her new home. The loss left the couple with feelings of regret and blame, wishing there was more they could have done to help save her. After experiencing such intense feelings surrounding the loss of their cat, they knew they had to do something to spread awareness about this disease.

Behind the scenes look of Aly and Paul working on Aeris

About two years after losing Aeris and writing down their account of the experience, they were ready to share it with the world. Being artists in their own right, a short film seemed like an effective way to tell their story. Choosing to star in the film themselves became the cathartic choice as they were given the opportunity to relive that painful experience and express their mixed emotions on screen.

Ultimately, Aeris is a story of love, connection and hope, even in the face of loss. Aly and Paul learned what it means to love something greater than themselves, to dedicate their time, energy, and pure love to a living being that relied on them. This story will remind you of all the reasons you fall in love in the first place. In those 12 short days, this couple learned what it means to feel unconditional love for a small life, whose ultimate passing was out of their control. Aly Miller is a director, writer, producer, actor and co-founder of Lynx Point Pictures which is fiscally sponsored by the Heaven on Earth Society. Paul Castro Jr. is a director, writer, producer and actor. They both live in New York City with their 3 cats, Kairi, Sasuke, and Luna.

Aly Miller and Paul Castro Jr. wrote, directed, produced and starred in this film

Aeris will be screened at the David Rubenstein Atrium of The Lincoln Center on Friday, November 3rd at 7pm. Followed by a reception at Library Bar at Hudson. Tickets are available for $16 with all proceeds going toward the Heaven on Earth Society for Animals. Aeris is expected to be featured at film festivals around the world this season and will be screened at the Sofia Independent Film Festival in Bulgaria (10/25-11/5). Find out more about this project at Kickstarter.com.


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INTERVIEW | Kase Raso up-and-coming NYC comedian

COMEDY | Upcoming comedy show at New York Comedy Club Wed 9/13 at 9pm

Kase Raso will have you laughing out loud the entire time

It seems that there are more comedians today than ever before. With new Netflix specials showing up in my queue what feels like daily, more comedy television series than I have time for and comedy clubs overflowing in New York City, it's hard to keep up. From newbies to experienced comedic legends, I'm always on the lookout for more ways to laugh.

I recently went to an NYC comedy club with a friend and saw a show that had us in fits of laughter the entire time. Ranging in style and personality, one that stood out is the up-and-coming comic, Kase Raso. Since entering into the world of comedy a few years ago, Kase Raso has begun to acquire a steady following. Raised in Long Island, he knows the city well and has quite a bit to say about it. He talks on a wide range of topics from dating to life in the city to what it's like being Middle Eastern in America. Last week, I got to sit down with Kase to pick his brain on all things comedy.

When did you become interested in comedy? Have you always been drawn to making people laugh?

I would go to parties and hang out in the cafeteria and tell the same stories over and over again to different groups of friends because the bar for having a conversation with someone in college is as low as it ever gets. I really liked making people laugh and sometimes my friends would request certain stories at parties. I thought it would work the same for stand up and boy was I wrong. Haha.

Tell me more about your favorite comedians growing up? How did they influence your comedic style?

Growing up, I liked Dave Chapelle, Greg Giraldo, Dave Attell and Chris Rock. They influenced my comedy by making me think. I had no idea what I was doing by comparison (which is still true). These days it's still what I define funny by. In college, I would listen to a ton of comedy albums and try to emulate those people I looked up to.

Who are some of your favorite comedians today? What about their humor makes you laugh?

The same people I just mentioned, also Bill Burr And Sebastian. I also like a lot of my contemporaries- is that word pretentious? Too many to list all but they make me laugh.

Where are the best spots to see comedy in NYC?

There are a bunch of great places to see comedy in the city. New York Comedy Club is amazing- really fun shows. Also, and I'm not there yet, but the Comedy Cellar is another legendary place.

Tell me about a memorable show. What happened?

Years ago, I was doing a show and I went on about third. This guy fell asleep during the first comic and slept through the rest of the show. He was on a date, the host brought it up and so did every comic, but he kept sleeping peacefully. Show was over, he was still sleeping, me and some comics were talking to his date and were like what are you going to to do? She told us it was a first date and after a long pause, she said "F*ck this!" and left. We all left. Not sure what happened to the sleeping guy...

What's your process? Do you have a strict system or are you more free-flowing?

I'm going to be totally original and tell you I work on jokes and I improvise but I'm constantly working on jokes- they are never really done.

They say if you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere and that seems to be especially true for comedy. What's it like hanging out with comedians? Do they seem to be more supportive or competitive?

Comics are weird wonderful people. Love going to diners and hanging just talking sh*t to each other in general but it's all in good fun. I've met a lot of cool people so far that I'm happy to call friends. Comics are supportive of funny.

You have a joke about being Middle Eastern and how people are shocked to find out you aren't white. What have you learned about people through their reaction to finding out you aren't white? And how do you incorporate that into your comedy?

Sometimes when people find out I'm not white, they seem to feel like they have to play catch up with their racism. One time this guy was speaking normally to me, but after he found out I was Middle Eastern, he started to speak slower and louder like I didn't know English all of the sudden, no joke. If he was messing with me, he didn't give any indication. I thought it was hilarious.

So I have a bit about this but one time a guy yelled "magic carpet mechanic" at me. Which is really just a fun job at an amazing thing. Not even sure if he was trying to hurt my feelings.

You have a clip on YouTube about the best looking guy you'd ever seen and how the women around you were gawking at him. Can you tell me more about that?

I mean I tell all of it basically in the joke, but it was the first time, I ever saw women reacting to a guy the way guys react to women. It was insane. And very funny to me because the women were looking at their phones, then would notice the guy, then back to their phones, then back to the guy, then to the phone, and then to the guy, and then to the phone, and then to the guy, almost looked like they were shorting out like their minds couldn't process how good looking this guy was.

Ladies (and dudes) this is the "good looking" guy in case you were wondering:

Yeah, he's on Instagram, duhInstagram @nick_bateman

Kase, if you weren't doing comedy, what would you be doing?

I honestly don't know. I like learning and I was in college for a long time. I enjoyed the cafeteria. So maybe go back to college? Teach? Who knows.

What life advice would you give to your 14 year-old self?

If a girl lets you kiss her don't dip her like you're in a romantic movie from the 1940s.

See Kase and other comedians perform this Wednesday, 9/13 at the New York Comedy Club at 9pm!

Follow Kase Raso on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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AZIZ ANSARI speaks truth on dating and relationships

COMEDY | From Master of None to stand-up to his book on love, Aziz Ansari has a lot to say

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Aziz Ansari reflects on modern dating...with a laugh.

Aziz Ansari has been popping up all over the place lately (well, all over my Netflix queue to be specific) and the world has fallen in love. Aziz brings a modern twist to the comedy world with his bits on online dating, ghosting, and relationships. He manages to make you laugh while also dishing burns at our generation's way of dating.

His most recent work on Netflix, Master of None, is an original series that he created and stars in. With this series, Aziz not-so-subtly raises questions about modern American society forcing the viewer to take pause and reflect between bouts of laughter. Aziz also has three comedy specials on Netflix and wrote a book called Modern Romance: An Investigation. If you aren't familiar with his work, or just in need of a pick-me-up, we've compiled a list of some of our favorite Aziz quotes for you to enjoy.

Aziz on ghosting

"Now if someone likes you and you don't like them back, you just pretend to be busy forever. That's what people do now, they pretend to be busy forever, then they conduct this strange psychological experiment, where it's like, 'How much hope does this person have?' "

-Live at Madison Square Garden

Aziz on guy behavior

"One girl raved about a nice voicemail a guy had recently left her. I kindly requested she play it and heard this gem: 'Hey, Lydia. It's Sam. Just calling to say what's up. Gimme a ring when you get a chance.' That was it. I pleaded to know what was so great about this. She sweetly recalled that 'He remembered my name, he said hi, and he told me to call him back.' Never mind the fact that what she described was the content of literally every voicemail in history. Name, hello, please call back. Not really a boatload of charm on display. To fail this test, a guy would have to leave a message that said: 'No greeting. This is man. I don't remember you. End communication.' "

-Modern Romance: An Investigation

Aziz on texting etiquette

"There is no official guidebook anywhere on texting yet, but a cultural consensus has slowly formed in regard to texts. Some basic rules: • Don't text back right away. You come off like a loser who has nothing going on. • If you write to someone, don't text them again until you hear from them. • The amount of text you write should be of a similar length to what the other person has written to you. • Carrying this through, if your messages are in blue and the other person's messages are green, if there is a shit ton more blue than green in your conversation, this person doesn't give a shit about you. • The person who receives the last message in a convo WINS!"

-Modern Romance: An Investigation

Aziz on online dating

"That's the thing about the Internet: It doesn't simply help us find the best thing out there; it has helped to produce the idea that there is a best thing and, if we search hard enough, we can find it. And in turn there are a whole bunch of inferior things that we'd be foolish to choose."

-Modern Romance: An Investigation

"For me the takeaway of these stories is that, no matter how many options we seem to have on our screens, we should be careful not to lose track of the human beings behind them. We're better off spending quality time getting to know actual people than spending hours with our devices, seeing who else is out there."

-Modern Romance: An Investigation

"When you hear a Flo Rida song at first you're like, 'What is this, Flo Rida? It's the same thing you've always done. I'm not listening to this song.' And then you keep hearing it and you're like, 'Oh my God, Flo Rida. You've done it again! This is a hit, baby!' And that's what people are like. People are like a Flo Rida song. You need to hear them a couple of times before you really get what they're about."

-Modern Romance: An Investigation

Aziz on marriage

"Hey, so we've been hanging out together all the time, spending a lot of time together and everything... I wanna keep doing that 'til you're dead. I want to keep hanging out with you 'til one of us dies. Put this ring on your finger so people know we have an arrangement."

-Buried Alive

"I see people my age… getting married to people they've known for like a year and a half. A year and a half? Is that enough time to get to know someone to know you want to spend the rest of your life with them? I've had sweaters for a year and a half and I was like 'What the f*ck was I doing with this sweater?'"

-Buried Alive


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REVIEW | 5 underrated TV comedies that are really good

Tired of scrolling through your Netflix queue? Check out these five binge-worthy comedies.

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Just want to laugh, but can't find a show that's worth the time to stream?

It's another late night and you've been switching between Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu scrolling through the feeds with a million options but nothing spikes your interest. It seems that there are so many TV shows out there making it difficult to filter through all the noise. Instead of cuing up Friends for the hundredth time, why not give some new shows a try?

Catastrophe

The premise of the show is an American guy (Rob Delaney) meets a British woman (Sharon Horgan) and after a one-night stand she gets pregnant. They decide to try and make it work and start a family together. Catastrophe is a kind of like the train-wreck you can't peel your eyes away from. It's a show about what it's like to be in a relationship today, facing realities many couples face like losing a job, infidelity and deception all while trying to raise a family. There are three seasons and each one is vastly different from the last. While still categorized as a comedy, this show pulls on the heartstrings and raises deep questions about love and relationships. But, you'll find yourself rooting for the characters by the end.

The third season of Catastrophe was just released on Amazon. Click here to start with Season one.

Happy Endings

The Friends-style comedy of the 90's worked exceptionally well and we've seen countless series attempt to recreate that plot line. We all know the formula: six friends, three ladies and three guys, two of them are dating, and a couple of them switch off being the comic relief. Happy Endings is one example of a show that was able to get the formula right but with an up-to-date, modern plot line. Each episode surprises you with laughs and the storylines twist when you might be expecting a turn. Happy Endings is the perfect show to turn on when you just want to lounge and veg out, oh and possibly cry with laughter. Unfortunately it was cancelled after three seasons on ABC, but thank God for Hulu keeping it alive.

I dare you to start with the pilot episode and not get hooked. Hulu features all three seasons here.

Transparent

If you're in the mood for a good comedy but like a little more complexity and character development, then Transparent is for you. This show features a far-from-functional family with healthy familial boundaries constantly being crossed. The patriarch of the family, played by Jeffrey Tambor comes out to his family as trans, but the show doesn't just rely on that subject matter to move it forward. Transparent reveals the intricacies of family dynamics focusing on parent/adult-child relationships, sibling relationships, and romantic relationships. This show pushes past the typical boundaries of a prescribed plot line, sometimes forcing the viewer to suspend disbelief and follow it down a rabbit hole into a character's twisted psyche. It's at once improbable and very much relatable to see how complicated all relationships can be.

Start with season one on Amazon Prime. Oh, and the soundtrack is reason alone to watch the show.

Insecure

With only eight episodes so far, Insecure has made quite the impact on the audience scoring 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and receiving much critical acclaim. Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore and loosely based on the web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, the show revolves around the happenings of main character, Issa and her best friend, Molly. The first season explores themes of dating, building a career, and finding oneself in your 20s, through the black female perspective. This show will draw you in and make you cringe with anxious nerves as you see Issa's life awkwardly unravel, all the while hoping this unraveling is exactly what she needed.

Season two premieres on HBO on Sunday, July 23rd. Read more about Issa Rae and Insecure here.

One Mississippi

Tig Notaro has gained a lot of attention the past few years with her Netflix comedy special and her memoir about loss and her personal experience with cancer, I'm Just a Person. Her new Amazon Prime series, One Mississippi, takes the audience on an emotional adventure when Tig returns to her hometown in Mississippi to be at her mother's deathbed. Written unlike any other show, One Mississippi, is about the absurdity and the unavoidable moments of humor that arise when life presents us with extreme pain and death. Tig crafts a beautiful story about family that somehow makes you laugh even when you should be crying.

Check out season one on Amazon and watch Tig's comedy special on Netflix here.