12 Days of Spring Weekend: Explaining this year’s ticket price increase

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Notice something strange embedded in BCA’s announcements regarding Monday’s Spring Weekend ticket sale? Besides the usual rules about how many tickets are on sale, and when, it seems that ticket prices have increased $5 from last year’s $15.

What could have caused this increase? Did BCA have to blow the budget due to Dan Deacon’s completely irrational demands for what amenities needed to be available for him?* Is Paxson taking a 5% commission on the whole thing? We reached out to a member of BCA for comment, and got a fairly simple explanation for the price increase:

The ticket prices have increased this year because the money we get from UFB only funds the talent we bring, and we need to make up the rest with ticket sales. A higher talent budget means higher production, staging, and hospitality costs. Since it’s a non-profit event, we use our ticket sales to cover all production costs.

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12 Days of Spring Weekend: An ugly forecast

April has finally arrived, and spring (maybe) has accompanied it. That means it’s time to break out our Doppler radars and other, less scientific tricks to entirely accurately forecast predict Spring Weekend’s weather. Luckily, we have a couple of different weapons in our forecasting arsenal. The 2014 Farmer’s Almanac, that all-knowing publication that tells you when to plant your seeds and also how many layers to wear on the Main Green, has some good news to tell about this month’s weather.

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That’s right, Brunonia: black bars going up and red bars going down! That means April in general should be bringing us higher temperatures than normal — a full 4 degrees — and lower than average precipitation. Break out the BlogDH tanks and fluorescent sunglasses; we’re good to go! Continue Reading


BREAKING: April immediately brings summery weather, flowers, and overall happiness to College Hill

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Look outside, people! Flowers are blooming, bros are rocking Chubbies, and those really well-dressed kids whom you aggressively envy are posted up on the steps of Faunce! It’s a balmy 61 already this morning, and yesterday’s flooding on the Pawtuxet River is a mere memory. It’s as if the simple turning of the calendar from a month in which it’s meteorologically acceptable (though incredibly depressing) for it to be perpetually freezing and gray to a month that will bring us Binder and the beginning of Reading Period made your lingering seasonal affective disorder disappear overnight!

Oh wait. It’s 36 degrees out with a wind chill of 28. April fools. Has anyone designed a Diplo-themed parka on Teespring yet?

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PollerBears: What part of Spring Weekend are you most excited for?

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Despite what the weather may tell you — this is spring? — Spring Week(end) is just around the corner! Prepare yourselves.

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A Cool Thing You Probably Missed: Many, many flash mobs

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Today is not only the first day of spring, but also International Day of Happiness. What a lovely holiday. Does this involve people giving each other hugs, back rubs, and chocolates on the Main Green? Nah, too muddy for that. International Day of Happiness is actually a UN-sponsored initiative arguing that “‘progress’ should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy.” And, as with seemingly everything these days, Pharrell is in on the act. He has lent his hit song “Happy” to the campaign (no word on his Arby’s hat).

In Providence, a group of dancers went around the city to perform a series of flash mobs to Pharrell’s song. There was even one outside Wilson at 1 p.m. and by the Starbucks on Thayer half an hour later! Check for a list of every place the group went today after the jump, via the ProJo:

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Useless Rankings: Providence has the second best downtown ever

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…And by ever, I mean in the United States in 2014 according to Livability.com. Yep, PVD beat out urban luminaries such as Indianapolis, Eugene, and Provo. (You couldn’t find 10 downtowns better than Provo?) Only Fort Worth, Texas beat out Providence. Livability didn’t just make this up; they had some impressive statistics on their side:

  • The public library was recently redone.
  • Half the office space in Rhode Island is in downtown Providence.
  • The city’s median age is 28.
  • The city’s workers only have to commute an average of 16 minutes to work.
  • We have WaterFire.

Also, the above picture is clearly a fabrication. It seems to imply that the trees will at some point sprout leaves and that it at some point will be warm enough to walk around in short sleeves. Lies.

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