“A place where the beer flows like wine where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. A little place called Aspen.” – Lloyd Christmas (Dumb & Dumber, 1994)Aspen, Colorado is recognized around the world as being a mecca for skiers, snowboarders, and all types of outdoor enthusiasts. And this coming week, the town will host the annual Winter X-Games from January 25th-28th at Buttermilk Mountain for what is sure to be another epic event of downhill speed, aerial stunts, and snow-filled madness. In addition to the event itself, there will be plenty of music to keep attendees going into the night after the sun goes down and all have strapped out of their equipment.Getting To Know The Belly Up Aspen, The Premier Intimate Ski-Town VenueThe town’s premier venue, Belly Up Aspen, is set to host some of the music industry’s biggest names over the course of the long weekend. Hip-hop legends Method Man & Redman will kick off the festivities on January 24th, followed by two nights of Brooklyn’s own dance-rockers LCD Soundsystem on January 25th and 26th. On the following night, January 27th, super producer Martin Garrix will take the stage at Belly Up Aspen, before bass/house DJ Marshmello rounds out the series on January 28th.Since opening its doors back in 2005, the 450-person capacity club has drawn in major international headliners from across the globe seeking to play one of the most popular towns in the world to intimate crowds that they just don’t get to perform in front of a regular basis anymore. Whether you want rock, dance, hip-hop, funk, or bluegrass, the Belly Up Aspen delivers the goods to fans of all genres. This coming weekend is no different, as the venue has all the proverbial bases covered.One thing is for certain, the combination of the Winter X-Games and the wealth music surrounding the event is going to make Aspen “Party Central” from January 24th-28th.Belly Up Aspen Winter X-Games Concert Schedule1/24 Method Man & Redman (buy tix)1/25 LCD Soundsystem (buy tix – SOLD OUT)1/26 LCD Soundsystem (buy tix)1/27 Martin Garrix (buy tix – SOLD OUT)1/28 Marshmello (buy tix)For a full schedule of upcoming events at Belly Up Aspen, check out the venue’s website calendar. LCD Soundsystem – “Tonite”[via LCDSoundsystemVEVO]Method Man & Redman “Da Rockwilder”[via MethodManVEVO]Martin Garrix & Troye Sivan “I’ll Be There For You”[via Martin Garrix]Marshmello w/ Lele Pons “Summer”[via marshmello][cover photo credit ontheDL Photography]
USC has received its largest single donation since the university was established in 1880.Dana and David Dornsife, longstanding patrons of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute and the university’s neuroscience program, have donated $200 million in an unrestricted endowment to the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, which will now become the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.“This historic investment by Dana and David Dornsife in USC’s humanities, social sciences and sciences — the largest naming gift in the history of higher education for a college of letters, arts and sciences — is both transformational and inspirational,” President C. L. Max Nikias said in a press release. “Even more remarkable is that this unqualified support comes during such a challenging time for many in higher education.”Nikias has only been president of the university for about seven months, but USC has already received three sizeable donations.When Nikias was inaugurated Oct. 15, trustee Ming Hsieh announced a $50 million donation to the university for cancer research, and the Annenberg Foundation announced a $50 million donation to construct a new building for the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.This donation from the Dornsifes, however, is unrestricted and will allow the College to decide how and when to spend the money.“The College of Letters, Arts & Sciences plays a vital role in the life of USC, and we wanted our support to be unrestricted in order to give the university lasting flexibility,” David Dornsife said in the same press release. “We firmly believe that the College will lead the way in solving the major problems facing society and the world today.”The gift is not targeted to a specific cause, though it is expected to be used for faculty hiring, research and fellowships, according to the Los Angeles Times, which broke the story Tuesday night.The university will also implement a new Dornsife Scholars Program to recognize impressive seniors who graduate from the College and plan to continue their academic pursuits and study social challenges on a national and worldwide scale.“Dana and David’s gift demonstrates their deep understanding of a basic truth — that all human progress and enlightenment rest on a firm foundation of outstanding scholarly inquiry across traditional and emerging fields within letters, arts and sciences,” Howard Gillman, dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, said in the press release.David Dornsife graduated from USC in 1965 and is a USC trustee. He is also the chairman of the Herrick Corporation, the largest steel fabricator on the West Coast. Dana Dornsife graduated from Drexel University and is the founder of the Lazarex Cancer Foundation.The $200 million donation by the Dornsifes is larger than the donation by Star Wars creator George Lucas, which helped to design a new building for the School of Cinematic Arts. Lucas donated $175 million in 2006.Currently, the single largest gift to any college or university in the United States is the $600 million from Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel Corp., his wife Betty and their foundation, given to the California Institute of Technology in 2001, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.The College enrolls about 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, has 33 academic departments and 31 research centers and institutes.The College will permanently be known as the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences following a celebration in Bovard Auditorium on March 23 at 11 a.m.