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Looking for a way to spice up your weekend? Check out Arte Americas, a Latin American art fair at Miami Beach Convention Center this Friday through Monday for $12.

BY CARY GOLDENBERG SENIOR EDGE WRITER

It’s that eclectic, electric time of year again. That’s right, from Tuesday to Saturday, Miami Beach will be celebrating the 25th annual Winter Music Conference, an electronic dance music event. Held over five short days, the conference is jam-packed with 500 events, attracting the likes of artists, DJs, record label industry delegates and fans looking to have a good time. Of these events, one of the most anticipated and highly-acclaimed is the Ultra Music Festival. Friday and Saturday, Miami’s Bicentennial Park will overflow with an anticipated 70,000 people sharing their love for sex, drugs and electrodance-pop at Ultra. This year’s lineup includes acclaimed artists such as David Guetta, deadmau5, Passion Pit, Carl Cox, The Crystal Method, The

Disco Biscuits, Infected Mushroom and many more. Many students attending this year are no amateurs to the festival. Dym, Junior Lauren Shepherd is attending a perUltra for the third time, though she feels cussion there is a downside to the festival. major at “A lot of the artists that play assume UM, will that their audience wants the stereotypibe joining me cal DJ performance set, when really, we and we’re playwould much rather see them in their ing under the natural setting with instruments, name Sinnzinn,” which is how they typically play outZinn said. “My muside of Ultra,” Shepherd said. sic is an influential Nevertheless, she looks formix of house, techno ward to hearing certain artists perand minimal music.” form, such as Groove Armada, Though pricey for Passion Pit and Pretty Lights. the average college student, Junior Alex Zinn will be tickets begin at $139.95 for a playing a 30-minute set on two-day pass, and $89.95 for Friday at the festival, his first a single-day pass. Before you gig at a major music festicomplain of the post-spring break val. workload or your prior weekend “My friend Alana plans, think of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that awaits you at Ultra and the end of the Winter Music Conference. If you do find yourself at Bicentennial Park, prepare for neon light shows, an array of drugged out DJs, a plethora of musicloving people and a weekend full of shameless fun. Don’t miss it! Cary Goldenberg may be contacted at cgoldenberg@ themiamihurricane.com.

IF YOU GO WHAT: Ultra Music Festival WHEN: Friday from 4 p.m.–12 a.m., Saturday from 12 p.m.–12 a.m. WHERE: Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami COST: 2-Day General Admission (GA) $139.95, Friday 1-Day GA $89.95, Saturday 1-Day GA ticket $99.95

FILE PHOTOS BY CHELSEA MATIASH GRAPHICS BY ALLISON GOODMAN

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS FRIDAY Tiesto David Guetta Groove Armada Passion Pit Carlcox Eric Prydz SATURDAY The Crystal Method Swedish The Disco Biscuits House Mafia Dirty South Orbital Will.i.am. Armin Van Buuren Faithless Sound System Carlcox Damian Marley and Nas Erick Morillo Sasha and JohnDigweed Above and Beyond Paul Oakenfold

March 25 - March 28, 2010

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