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As the NBA season heats up this winter, some basketball fans are ready for a fast break. In the case of these b-ball getaways, traveling is actually a good thing. Here are 5 dream destinations for basketball fans.

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Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, is home where King James holds court.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MassachusettsLocated in the supposed birthplace of basketball, the Hoop Hall belongs on every fan’s bucket list (pun intended). Visitors can honor the more than 300 inductees and bone up on basketball history through interactive displays and memorabilia.

Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio: LeBron James, arguably the best basketball player today, leads the Cavs from this arena known to locals as “The Q.” Witness King James ruling in his home court, then make the pilgrimage 40 miles south to Akron for a photo op in front of LeBron’s old stomping grounds, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada: This hotel’s Hardwood Suite doesn’t come cheap, but for serious ballers, there’s no better splurge than this two-story, 10,000-square-foot hoops haven. The suite’s larger-than-life amenities include a basketball court, professional locker room, extra-large beds and—why not?—a lounge with a dance floor.

Madison Square Garden in New York, New York: The Knicks may not have the best record in the NBA, but for people-watching there’s no better arena than the Garden. A-listers from director Spike Lee to actor Tom Hanks to supermodel Kate Upton have been spotted court side in Celebrity Row.

NBA Experience in Orlando, Florida: NBA City at Universal Orlando CityWalk closed in August 2015, but fans need not cry foul. Just down the road, Walt Disney World is preparing to open the NBA Experience at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney). The attraction will feature hands-on activities, interactive exhibits, a restaurant, retail store and more.

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Would you like fresh beats with that?

The Guardian recently reported that psychologists have (finally) found a connection between music enhancing the flavor of food. Lead researcher Professor Charles Spence summarized the experience to the magazine.
“It is an exciting area: how soundscapes come together with taste to make the whole experience more enjoyable. It’s a kind of digital seasoning,” said Spence.

When it comes to the pairings, Spence found people matched descriptions of sounds to tastes. For example, sour was associated with high-pitched music, whereas sweetness paired better with rich, full-bodied sounds. With this logic, Spence determined that bitter tastes would go with deeper tones.

So, without further ado, check out this list of foods you have to pair with concerts for an ultimate taste and ear bud combo:

1. Sweet and Sour Pork and Panic! At The Disco
California is home to some of the best ethnic foods, and Chinese food is no exception. No need to Panic! over how perfect this food combination is. This punk-pop band is just as unusual of a combination as mixing sweet and sour, but somehow it just works.

2. Chicken-fried steak and Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis
Okay Oklahoma, you have our attention. Enjoy this state’s signature blend of meats with Mackelmore’s iconic blendof musical eras. Plus, Mackelmore would be impressed with how thrifty you were getting your tickets!

3. Sugar cream pie and Salt N’ Pepa
Sugar, spice and everything nice coming at you from good old Indiana. Enjoy the sweet styling of the salty rapping duo over an equally sweet pie.

4. Chicken biscuits and Grace Potter
This flaky and buttery yet juicy combo is almost the same description fans use to describe Grace Potter’s vocals. This concert and food pairing will have you drooling from start to finish in Atlanta.

5. Bison burgers and Jason Aldean
Pretend this hunky country artist rounded-up thatbison in the North Dakota grasslands just for your burger. Together, these two hunks of meat make for a delicious evening.

6. Lobster rolls and Vance Joy
Freshly caught in a Riptide, Maine’s lobster is some of the best in the country. You’ll need a bib for all the butter that will be consumed – and we’re referring to both the velvety voice of Vance Joy and the silky meat of a freshly cracked claw.

7. Chile con carne and Madonna
These two bold flavors can be found in the state where bigger is better, Texas. Both have a spicy, yet complicated bark to their bite, and when they come together it makes for one emotional experience.

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Perhaps you’re familiar with the thanks-for-playing feeling of utter woe when you realize tickets to the concert you’re whole life has been leading up to sold out in 60 seconds flat.

You start going through the five stages of grief. First complete denial. How did it sell out so quickly and how did you not get tickets? How? Next comes anger. You didn’t want to go to that dumb concert anyway! What a lame-fest! Now the bargaining stage. How can you get those tickets? There must be a way. In desperation, your mind falls on one option: scalping.

Time for some scalping 101. What’s the first step? Don’t.

Desperate times do not have to call for desperate measures. Here are five solid reasons you shouldn’t scalp:

Reason 1: It’sseriously frowned upon in most states
If ticket scalping was a good thing, scalpers wouldn’t have signs that read, “Need tickets” They clearly have tickets–so what’s the deal with the false messaging? Most states have bans or restrictions against scalping tickets, according to LegalZoom.com. Because scalpers are unregulated, you could be purchasing a fraudulent ticket, which brings us to our next point …

Reason 2: You never know what you’re going to get
Scalpers can trick you good. In desperation you will probably fork over any sum of money just to get into the concert. By the time you get to the gate and find that your ticket is a knock-off, that scammer is long gone–definitely not worth the risk.

Reason 3: Scalpers are the ones that got your ticket in the first place
Didn’tthink about that, did you? Scalpers buy bulk tickets to resell for jacked-up prices to you in your time of need. Don’t reward them. That money should be supporting your favorite artist, not that guy. Oh right, artists, let’s see what they think.

Reason 4: Your favorite artists hate it
T-Swift and Bono would be really disappointed to learn how you obtained those tickets. Country artist Eric Church told USA Today that he only wants his tickets to go to his real fans, and those do not come from scalpers. When asked for his opinion on scalpers, Church shared how he really feels. “The people that are scalping these tickets are the equivalent of crime rings basically,” said Church. Then he compared their business to the mafia.

Reason 5: You have better options
Secondary ticket markets like CheapTickets are completely legit, trustworthy and artist-approved. And when you have an affordable, low-risk option, why would you dance with the devil?

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Since the beginning of the format, movies have been inextricably tied to music. Energy packed opening theme songs propel the film into motion and soaring orchestras enhance the emotional impact of poignant scenes. On the other hand, movies have the ability to catapult an otherwise unmemorable song into the limelight. These three movies that changed the music scene did so more than the rest: not only were they elevated by their soundtracks, they also left a lasting impact on the music scene, changing it for the better.

1. “Live and Let Die”
The James Bond franchise has long been associated with iconic music. Each film’s opening credits feature a powerful track by one of the top performers of the day. Some are hits, while others are less than killer. The verdict is still out on Sam Smith’s song for “Spectre,” but there are more than 50 years of Bond music to listen to and evaluate. Rolling Stone called “The Man With the Golden Gun” the absolute worst song of the bunch, due to its creepy unambiguous lyrics.

Paul and Linda McCartney’s “Live and Let Die,” however, is absolute lyrical gold. The New Orleans-based Bond film of the same name was the first Bond flick to feature a rock and roll track, and it absolutely delivered. If you want to get away for the weekend and rock out in the French Quarter with the femme fatale or MI6 agent in your life, you don’t need to break Her Majesty’s royal bank. Scoring cheap rock concert tickets and being suave go together like olives in a dirty martini.

2. “This Is Spinal Tap”
The cult classic mockumentary “This is Spinal Tap” wasn’t an immediate hit, but since its release on home video, the fictional band has gained quite the following. The stars of the film have gone from faking British accents on screen to releasing actual full-length albums. They’ve even performed live for packed houses around the globe. In an interview with The Wrap, one of the film’s stars, Christopher Guest, said that the band has even played Carnegie Hall, any musician’s dream.

Spinal Tap’s “Smell the Glove” tour might not have gone so well, but you can follow their route down the west coast by seeing some live shows in venues between Seattle and San Francisco.

3. “School of Rock”
This Jack Black comedy introduced 70s and 80s rock and roll to an all-new audience. Both in the film and in theaters across the country, kids were introduced to Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and The Clash, among other heavy hitting classic rock bands. It’s been 12 years since the film’s release, meaning that all of the child actors have grown up, some of whom have made big careers in show business.

Give a nod to the kids of Horace Green Prep by nabbing some cheap classic rock tickets in a city near you. For those about to rock on the cheap, we salute you!

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Whether you object to the treatment of animals or you’re just bored with the usual dog and pony show, check out one of these animal-free alternatives to the traditional three-ring circus. For more amusements, visit cheaptickets.com/events. Use promo code TICKETS10 to get 10 percent off event tickets.

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil is big on artistry. Credit Walt Disney World and Cirque du Soleil.

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil is big on artistry. Credit Walt Disney World and Cirque du Soleil.

Cirque du SoleilThe Quebec-based company started in 1984 and now showcases its stunts in 17 countries. Stateside, there are Cirque shows from California to Rhode Island. O at the Bellagio in Las Vegas adds water to the mix for a show that’s anything but washed up. Sin City is also how to Cirque shows celebrating the music of both Michael Jackson and the Beatles. On the kid-friendly end, La Noube in Orlando’s Downtown Disney lets families experience top-notch artistry without the top-tier theme park ticket price.

Circus Smirkus:
In this Vermont-based performance troupe, kids don’t just watch the circus; they are the circus. The cast features children ages 10 to 18 who spend summers touring New England in their one-ring, big-top circus tent. If young audience members are inspired by what they see, they can enroll in Circus Smirkus Camp to learn acrobatics, juggling and other circus skills.

Circus Center: This San Francisco training center offers adult and child classes in everything from flying trapeze to aerial (remember Pink at the 2014 Grammys?) to clowning around. If you’d rather just watch, then check out the venue’s monthly cabaret series. These professional, 21-and-up shows offer an intimate, speakeasy-style setting; a drink ticket is included with each entry for a circus experience that’s truly intoxicating.

Acrobats of China: This show is a lotcloser than it sounds. The New Shanghai Circus in Branson, Missouri displays feats of strength, flexibility and balance, including diving through hoops, juggling people and an entire family riding a single bicycle. Arrive early to see the “show before the show,” a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.

Circus Arts Conservatory: You could say Sarasota, Florida, is the circus capital of the world, being home to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art to daredevil high wire walker Nik Wallenda. The conservatory brings performances yearround, from the kids’ Sailor Circus to Cirque des Voix, which combines circus acts with choir and full orchestra.

For more things to do, check out cheaptickets.com/events. Use promo code TICKETS10 to get 10 percent off event tickets.

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