There have been many interpretations of one of the most acclaimed novels by Jules Verne,‘Around the World 80 Days, but none quite like this, featuring Flux Pavillion.  Their rendition kicks off in Australia on the first weekend in March, and comes to North America in April for two months, with more dates planned around the world, in a plan to travel 'Around the World in 80 Raves.'


Students came together at the University of Iowa over the weekend to celebrate child cancer survivors, remember those that did not, and help to raise more than $2.5 million to benefit pediatric patients battling cancer.  The 24-hour University of Iowa Dance Marathon is only one of a series of events held throughout the year by the largest student run organization on campus, dedicated to raising money to support children recieving treatment at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.


Image:  Wemples
Researchers have discovered that sleeping provides the brain an opportunity to shrink connecting neurons by as much as 20 percent, giving them a chance to recharge and grow stronger during the next learning cycle.  "Sleeping Shrinks the Brain... and That's a Good Thing"


Husband and wife independent film makers William and Anais Yeager devoted 7 years of their lives creating the film trilogy "Jesus of Malibu" in the hopes of raising conscious awareness of humanity, and create positive change in the world.  "The Film That Changed The World" is a documentary film of that journey, and premiered in October 2015 at the Red Dirt International Film Festival, winning the "Most Inspirational Film" award.  The film is set to screen in Kansas City on May 19.


Image: CBC Music, The Strombo Show

Tool front man Maynard James Keenan spoke out this week, providing a few interesting thoughts towards modern culture and overzealous fans, indicating the world needs a metaphorical meteor to help society get its act together.  In a rare conversation on The Strombo Show he went on to say, "It's unfortunate that the voice that social media has given people, they're so disconnected with the bigger picture and the movements of things. We really need a meteor. We need something that's going to get people organized with each other."

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This month's header image was taken just before the Bacchus Parade passed by Michel's on St. Charles Avenue, during Mardi Gras 2001, by the author.

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