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Passport Alert: I'm Going to Berlin (and Paris and London)

It's been 17 years since I stepped foot on European soil, and that's about to change.

A few things before I hop on a red-eye at the end of May:

I look forward to meeting up with some friends in these cities. I'll need a crash course on speaking German. I'm ready to f**k up some crepes in front of the Eiffel Tower like a basic American tourist. And the Anglophile in me can't wait to revisit the South Kensington neighborhood where I lived as a Boston University student during more innocent, pre-9/11 times.

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Beyond Wonderland: 8 Hours of Glitter, Grooves, and Grilled Cheese

The dust (and glitter) has settled. I survived the 2018 edition of Beyond Wonderland at San Bernadino’s NOS Events Center where I was one of 70,000 dance music fans who traveled near and far to be transported down the proverbial rabbit hole to a psychedelic realm filled with curious creatures, peculiar plant life, and sensational sets from over 60 of the world’s top dance music artists. Here’s what happened among the neon lights…
5:08pmI arrive shortly after the gates open. There are a few mud puddles from the previous night’s rainfall and a chill in the air (temps expected to drop into the forties by midnight), yet there are plenty of scantily clad festivalgoers in a variety of outfits ranging from Fairy Tale Chic to Dystopian Warriors to Cuddly Cartoons. I immediately regret leaving my unicorn onesie at home.
5:25pmI do my inaugural lap around the premises. I stop by the Earth Emporium and applaud  its eco-friendly sponsor, Flow, for its “mindful hydration” efforts. I walk through the …

I'm Not Crying: The 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Trailer is Here

I can't remember the last time I got a little choked up watching a movie trailer.
But here it is, the preview for Won't You Be My Neighbor? a documentary about Fred Rogers, the man behind the beloved children's show Mister Rogers Neighborhood. The film, from director Morgan Neville, is being released theatrically this summer, and I can't think of a better way to counterprogram all of the loud and obnoxious blockbusters that will be vying for everyone's attention. 
In other words, anyone who ever grew up watching the King of Empathy and Kindness (I just came up with that title) should support this doc. Because this is the kind of film we need nowadays.
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LUSH: The 2018 Spring Playlist

OUT: Spring cleaning.
FIVE MINUTES AGO: Spring training.
IN: Spring listening.

Hop aboard the Spring Express with these 30+ tunes that should help you welcome the new season with open arms (and lighter jackets).
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