In honor of last weekend’s Academy Awards recognizing the best movies of 2014 in February of 2015, I bring you the top-25 albums of 2014. In reality this list was begun in mid December, but as I perused other lists I discovered so many other great records. Better late than never, right?
(NewsUSA) - It is a classic case of "he said, she said."
The 57th annual Grammys took over television and the Internet last night. The clear victor of the evening was Sam Smith, probably best known for his song Stay With Me, who took home four awards including Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Beyoncé took home three awards, bringing her lifetime total to 20 and making her the woman with the second most Grammy wins ever (just behind Alison Krauss of "When You Say Nothing At All" fame). Kanye West, however, didn't think that was enough suggested Beyoncé should have won a fourth award for Album of the Year over Beck.
(BPT) - For unexpected adventures, vibrant culture and a sub-tropical climate year-round, look no further than the Rio Grande Valley region of the Lone Star State. South Texas’ warm temperature give travelers the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities throughout the year and makes it the ideal destination for vacations or longer stays during the winter months. A trip to the region, which includes McAllen, Harlingen, Brownsville and the beaches of South Padre Island, will show visitors there’s much more to South Texas than amazing weather. From its unique music heritage to its flavorful culinary scene, read on to learn why a trip to South Texas should be on every travelers list.
(NAPSI)—Over 7,500 football fans in Rochester, New York experienced the magic of a Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show after recently being crowned the most hyped hometown in America. As a reward for showcasing their hype, Rochesterians received the experience of a lifetime—their very own Pepsi halftime show with an exclusive concert headlined by singing/songwriting duo Nico & Vinz. Pepsi continued to deliver the hype in unexpected ways by surprising the town with special guest appearances from Buffalo Bills new head coach Rex Ryan and star wide receiver Sammy Watkins. The town takeover also included mobile Hype Squads and vending machines that offered fans a chance to win VIP passes or meet and greets.
(BPT) - Feeling tired of the hustle and bustle of metropolitan meccas when on vacation? You’re not alone. Next year, travelers will choose smaller destinations and opportunities to immerse themselves in the local culture. As daily life is increasingly hectic, people will want to unplug and relax without the stressors of a big city.
(NAPSI)—This holiday season, don’t forget to add your hometown to your gift giving list. Thanks to Pepsi and its “Hyped for Halftime” Super Bowl campaign, you could win a Pepsi Halftime Show for your entire hometown along with scoring tickets to the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show live in Arizona.
1 Bring the entire family to Magic of Christmas to see and hear the TSO and special guests play your favorite Christmas carols and holiday masterpieces, sing, dance and tell the story of Christmas with a special visit from Santa. Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $28-$75; 882-8585.
Those at the UA who are advancing the medical humanities want to see the arts become more closely integrated with the STEM fields. It's picking up steam.
(Family Features) While winter brings chilly temperatures and longer nights, there’s nothing that can bring a family together like a warm meal.
New DVDs released on Tuesday, December 9.
The Oro Valley Marketplace was set alight with the bright faces of hundreds of children and their parents, each anticipating the arrival of the big man in red himself.
Arizona Repertory Singers (ARS), Tucson’s premier vocal choral group, celebrates 25 years under the leadership of Music Director Dr. Jeffry A. Jahn with a concert season featuring his favorite songs. ARS’ highly-anticipated annual winter concerts will be Dec. 7, 14 and 19 and are expected to sell out. Advanced tickets will be available at www.arsingers.org beginning Oct.1.
(NAPSI)—Whether you’re fascinated by food, ferrets or football, chances are, there’s a digital magazine to tell you all about it.
Ask any music connoisseur and they will tell you, compositions are meant to be experienced in the flesh. The modern advancements of iPods, try as they might, simply cannot do justice to the enchantment of a live performance – the way a photograph is not telling of the expansive beauty within a Tucson sunset. This is even more true with the orchestra. There is a carnal syncopation with the soul as wood and brass fuse together to create a symphonic wall of sound. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra is well aware of the magic within a live spectacle, which is why they have decided to take one of cinema’s greatest musical accomplishments and perform it live at the Tucson Music Hall. As part of its “Superpops!” series, the orchestra will be performing Disney’s iconic “Fantasia” live in concert over the holiday weekend.
Book a room at a participating Tucson hotel for the 12th, 13th or 14th of December, 2014 and receive 2 complimentary ticket vouchers for an exclusive, live performance by country star Randy Houser on Sunday, December 14th - use visitTucson.org's online reservation system below!
(BPT) - Popular wisdom would have you believe that the best holiday gift must have a battery, a touch screen and wireless capability. Technology gifts, however, rarely stand the test of time. Give your loved one a smartphone or tablet in December and it may already be obsolete by spring. What’s more, market research firm MarketTools found 14 percent of us return consumer electronic gifts after the holidays.
The Oak Ridge Boys return to Desert Diamond Casino’s Diamond Center on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 as part of their Boys Night Out tour. Tickets go on sale Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. through Star Tickets and start at $30. Tickets are also available at Desert Diamond’s Rewards Center, which offers a 10 percent discount to Diamond Rewards Members. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. This show is all ages and is sponsored by KIIM FM.