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A Lethal Amount of Divine

As a tribute to the legendary pop culture icon Divine, the Sex Cells Divine Ball will celebrate Harris Glenn Milstead’s drag persona with a night of music, mayhem and memories.

Developing an early interest in drag while working as a hairdresser in Baltimore, Milstead befriended budding local filmmaker John Waters who was intent on making “the trashiest motion pictures in cinema history.” Waters subsequently gave Milstead the name “Divine” and the two embarked on a filmmaking journey that would spawn midnight-movie cult-classics such as Female Trouble, Polyester, and Pink Flamingos.

Not only will there be a contest with a $500 cash prize for the “Best Divine,” but the Sex Cells Divine Ball will feature celebrity judge Mink Stole and DJ sets from Matthew Pernicano and Danny Lethal. Whether you’re a fan of the late Divine or not yet familiar with the infamous entertainer, this event is sure to be a unique opportunity to celebrate the deliciously vile personality whom John Water referred to as “the most beautiful woman in the world, almost.”

Sex Cells, the monthly nightclub created by Lethal Amounts owner Danny Fuentes, attracts a wide array of talented artists and colorful characters, which Fuentes and his team foster and encourage. The creative gallery space, Lethal Amounts, focuses on subversive and counter culture themes, addressing the social and artistic value of underground movements while highlighting taboo topics.

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Lucha VaVoom’s VDay Soiree

Editor’s Note: After the show, Rula was last seen piling into a vintage lowrider with dancers and wrestlers, wildly shouting something about driving to Tijuana. Though she has yet to return from her road trip, an anonymous source did provide us with torn pages from her diary, which held some interesting tidbits concerning Valentine’s Day at the Mayan Theater. Rula’s insightful, yet cryptic notes were instrumental in reconstructing a semi-accurate depiction of the evening’s festivities. Among her many entries, Rula mentions “…at 15 years strong, Lucha VaVoom is a one-of-a-kind experience that continues to produce amazing sold-out events, showcasing talented performers, and attracting a loyal fan base.” Though the final diary entry was cut mid-sentence (and doused in a fiery Mexican salsa), we can confirm there were immense feelings of gratitude towards everyone at Lucha VaVoom for an enchanting experience.

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Luck Reunion at Willie’s Ranch

Dedicated to honoring rouge music legends and today’s artists imprinting American roots culture on their own terms, Luck Reunion is a day-long music celebration anchored by a headlining set by Willie Nelson & Family, and welcomes more than forty artists representing a wide range of genres.

Taking place at Willie Nelson’s ranch in Luck, Texas, Luck Reunion will host artists such as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Kurt Vile, Nikki Lane, Waxahatchee, Josh Ritter, Hiss Golden Messenger, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ezra Furman, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and many more.

Luck Reunion has joined forces with Southwest to extend the carrier’s “Artist On The Rise” platform, wherein five bands will have the opportunity to compete for a chance to win a spot on the main stage during the 2018 Luck Reunion. This year’s finalists are Mt. Joy, Thomas Csorba, Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, Kirby Brown, and Hugh Masterson. Fans will vote for their favorite band via the carrier’s music website at southwest.fm/luck-reunion-2018.

Luck Reunion will showcase boutique vendors, artists, and chefs including Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Luck bourbon, Jim Beam, brews from the Lagunitas Brewing Company, and water from The Mountain Valley Spring Water, as well as unique shopping opportunities and specialty food items between music sets. Luck Reunion offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience Nelson’s beloved hill country property.

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Maiden’s Moblie Game Gets Angry

First appearing in a special Angry Birds Evolution Halloween tribute, “Eddie The Bird” will now appear in the Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast mobile game for ONLY 2 weeks, then fly away and no longer be available in the game.

Eddie The Bird, the feathery version of Iron Maiden’s iconic mascot, appears as all four characters simultaneously; Cyborg (Somewhere In Time), Pharaoh (Powerslave), Killers (Killers) & Shaman (The Book Of Souls). A series of epic events, scheduled from February 6th – 20th, gives players the chance to team multiple birds, and deploy them alongside their own greatest allies.

Iron Maiden’s game characters have been featured on Maiden’s Boeing 747, on bottle tops of their Trooper beer, on t-shirts, shown in trailers at live shows, in a comic book of the same name, reimagined as miniature collectable figurines and now as inspiration for their 2018 European Tour.

The Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast mobile game takes players on an epic journey while rocking out to arguably the best metal band in the world.

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Woodrocket: 5 Years & Rising

Having made his first porn parody in college, Lee Roy Myers realized early on that there was a vast market for porn parodies. Arising out of his vision for the “future of porn” came Woodrocket, which is the culmination years of involvement in both mainstream and adult entertainment industries.

What may perceived as cleverly undefinable, Woodrocket is an amalgamation of Lee’s appreciation of pop culture, b-movies, exploitation flicks, and viral content. The result is a skillfully branded online destination site that is quickly branching out to new ventures and strategic partnerships. WoodRocket partially attributes its success to a highly diverse loyal audience, and the adoption of mainstream revenue models.

Woodrocket approaches the creation of hardcore adult content in their own unique way, wherein rules are unabashedly broken. This mindset helps in redefining social norms and blurring the lines between society’s current expectations of “porn” and “mainstream” content. Calculated creative control has allowed Woodrocket to avoid being pigeonholed, in turn, retaining a fresh, witty… and well… orgasm-loaded experience that is completely free. That’s right, free.

In a competitive market, Lee and his savvy business team have birthed an erotic monster, which is as much an entertaining destination as a community for discourse concerning sex in the 21st century.

Oh… and BTW… Woodrocket celebrated its 5th birthday at its studio in Las Vegas with an entertaining evening of frivolity, booze and cake. The bday event coincided with the 2018 AVN Awards, which rewards excellence in the adult entertainment and novelty toy industry.

Happy birthday to Lee and the gang at Woodrocket!

Bali’s Breathtaking “Air Festival”

As one of the foremost gatherings of visionaries, Air Festival merges underground dance music culture with ceremony and sacredness, creating an unforgettable three-day experience perfect for forging friendships, opening hearts, and affirming life.

Situated in a previously hidden corner of Bali, La Brisa will be the new location for the 2018 Air Festival Bali Edition. La Brisa sits on Echo Beach, offering breathtaking decor, sustainably sourced food and genuine Balinese hospitality. Built using reclaimed wood from 500+ old fisherman boats, and expertly hand decorated, La Brisa today is one of the trendiest, yet sustainable eco-friendly venues in the island that radiates true Balinese character.

Two stages, designated “Air Stage” and “Awan”, will house a wide variety of musical genres, regional artists and dancers. The list includes Makam, Fred P, Rampa, Boris Werner, Ata, Art Alfie, Mimi Love, Bas Ibellini, KMLN, Peak & Swift, Jonathan Kusuma, Esther Silex, Dave Dinger, Walker Barnard, Tiago Oudman, Sylvie Forêt, Dr. Kessler, Ricardo Who, Archie, Trigan Young, Dr. Yez, Kai, Kusasi and more.

Founded by a group of friends in 2015, rooted in underground dance music, Air Festival started out as an intimate event focusing on sustainability and organic growth, and this year the group will be challenging themselves to go completely plastic free.

Set within the picturesque surrounding area of Canggu, the Air Festival is where the sacred fire burns, the cacao flows, and musical inspiration seamlessly merges with organic earth vibes.

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The Consummate Pleasure Device

With its ergonomic design, user-friendly interface, bright colors and glowing LED lights, the handheld MIMIC pleasure device has been receiving rave reviews and euphoric reactions from the public, retailers and industry professionals.

Additionally, Clandestine Devices, the company that created the MIMIC product, has won the “Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer” at the 2018 AVN Awards. Executives/founders Jules Jordan and Kimberly Faubel accepted the award at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas during the Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE).

The company’s first creative innovation, MIMIC, is a curved, waterproof rechargeable pleasure product made of medical grade silicone, offering three colors and six speeds/intensity levels, eight vibration patterns and 90 minutes of powerful pulsations on a single charge.

Director/Producer Jordan is well-known for his quality adult entertainment productions, while Faubel brings 14 years of product knowledge, sales and marketing experience to the company, with an intense focus on sexual wellness and personal enjoyment.

“With a strong history in the adult pleasure industry,” says Faubel, “our experience drives our passion to create products that serve a purpose through their design, and can be enjoyed by anyone.”

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Chemo Barbie’s Lady Bits

An inspiring story told with painful honesty, comedic charm and tear-jerking dignity, Chemo Barbie takes you into the mind of a cancer patient from diagnosis to treatment.

Crafted from hand written journals, videos, texts, emails, storytelling and an online chronicling of her experience, artist Heather Keller shares the remarkable story of her journey through breast cancer in her solo show, Chemo Barbie: My Lady Bits Journey Through Breast Cancer, which has earned a Fringe Encore Award.

From being a healthy, vegan runner to a cancer patient, Keller’s demonstrable courageousness in putting the show together has led to a personal catharsis, which offers perspective and the potential of helping others. She remarks, “Not everyone can live to tell about their journey. It’s an honor to do this.”

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West Coast Carnaval Nites

The largest Carnaval celebration on the West Coast, Brazilian Nites, brings people of different ages and nationalities together to experience the allure and character of Brazilian culture.

First time touring in the U.S., one of the most iconic Carnaval performers of Brazil, Neguinho, will be accompanied by the California-based samba band Grupo Resenh and the stunning passistas of LA Samba Dancers, Neguinho da Beija-Flor.

Attendees are invited to join high-energy drum circles sponsored by REMO and led by LA’s community drumming group Samba da Mudança, as well as, kid’s activities by Brazilian Play & Learn who specialize in teaching Portuguese and the Brazilian culture, using storytelling, traditional games, dance, songs, and arts and crafts. Accenting the festivities will be authentic Brazilian food and drinks, and a marketplace at the venue’s patio.

Brazilian Nites is a full-service production company celebrating the culture of Brazil in Southern California and beyond. Founded in 1989, the company has been producing shows hosting legendary Brazilian artists including Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Jorge Benjor, Roberto Carlos, Vanessa da Mata, Milton Nascimento, and Maria Rita.

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‘Sony’ & ‘Blue Note’ Romance Begins

A landmark strategic agreement between Sony & the Blue Note Media Group results in the opening of a new music venue in Manhattan, and sponsorship for the annual Blue Note Jazz Festival each June in New York City.

Opening in Spring 2018, and located in the heart of New York’s Theatre District, the new venue named “Sony Hall” will be owned, operated and programmed by Blue Note. Sony Hall will present world-renowned performing artists across all music genres at capacities of 1,000 standing and 500 seated, with a full-service restaurant/bar and equipped with Sony’s technologies integrated throughout the 12,000 square-foot venue to deliver enhanced entertainment experiences to fans.

Additionally, Sony will sponsor the annual Blue Note Jazz Festival, which has grown into one of the largest music events in New York City. Over 100 events in 10 venues over the course of 30 days, the festival features nightly events at BNEG venues such as Blue Note Jazz Club, Highline Ballroom, BB King Blues Club, and other locations throughout the city.

Additional partnership plans between Sony and Blue Note will be announced in the coming months.

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