Things to do this summer

Summer is a time many define as a way to experience new things, reinvent yourself, and have fun. But, just what about summer do they find fun? The movies, the music, or the events? Just what are kids at Naugatuck High School looking forward to seeing and doing this summer?

Movies To See This Summer

Hollywood offers lots of new, exciting and interesting movie during the summer. Junior Tom Karvelis is looking forward to the latest franchise offering Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which at this point is still unrated. The movie’s premise is about a virus that takes over the world and wipes out the human race. Who’s left to take over? Primates. Opening July 11, the movie stars Gary Oldman and Keri Russell.

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Another summer movie that is gaining interest is the latestTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Senior Troy Bond hopes they do it right because “they’ve revived it so many times.” Directed by Michael Bay of Transformers, the film stars Megan Fox and Will Arnet. The plot isn’t new: The turtles must save their city from Shredder’s evil plan.

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What’s cool about it: the film will be a mix of computer-animated turtles and live actors.
A movie that has also raised some eyebrows is the upcoming Marvel blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy. Without a widely known super hero (even ComicCon fans were not familiar with the space-patrolling heroes), some critics wonder how much of a draw it could be to Marvel fans. Opening on Aug. 1, this action-packed movie stars Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. The movie is about an American pilot who finds himself in the reaches of space to hunt down the villain, Ronnan.

The most anticipated movie of the summer among young people has already come out, and brought many  to tears. The Fault in Our Stars, which debuted  June 6, stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. This movie depicts the journey of two love-stricken teenagers who met at a cancer support group. It’s rated PG-13.

Other summer movies include: The fourth installment in the Transformers franchise (June 27); Hercules (July 25); Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (Aug. 5); The Expendables 3 and The Giver (Aug. 15); and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Aug. 22).

Music/Concerts This Summer

The tour that a lot of people are talking about this summer is the Vans Warped Tour. This tour consists of more than 50 different bands of various genres/subgenres. Some bands include A Skylit Drive, Of Mice and Men, Bayside, Breathe Carolina, Front Porch Step, Mayday Parade, The Ready Set, and This Wild Life. You can see the complete list of bands here; this tour is going to be heldwarped tour at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford on July 13. Tickets are $50 and can be bought at the door or in advance through the Warped Tour web site or Wal-Mart.
Another tour that’s getting a lot of hype is the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, which is also going to be at the Xfinity Theatre on July 27. This tour will consist of 19 bands, including Avenged Sevenfold, As I Lay Dying, and Asking Alexandria. The complete lineup can be found here, and ticket prices vary. Get tickets online.

Coming June 19 is a concert that has NHS Sophomore Gabi Levesque excited.  Paramore and Fall Out Boy will perform at the Xfinity Theatre. Tickets are sold out unfortunately, but hey, maybe next time?

The Crowd Surf America tour is coming to Connecticut this summer on Aug. 21, starring the bands Blessthefall, I Killed The Prom Queen, Capture The Crown, and headlining is Chiodos. This tour performs at the Webster Theater in Hartford. Tickets are $20 at the door. See you there?
No money for concerts? Have no fear – you can get your music fix and jam out with a group of friends for no money at all. Just get your phone, get on Youtube, and bam! You’ve got a party courtesy of these bands and their new releases.

Into Metalcore? Check out For All Those Sleeping’s new album “Incomplete Me,” which is going to be fully released on June 22. Can’t wait? They have released a couple of new singles off the album, such as Crosses, and the title track Incomplete Me. You can preorder the album here.

Into pop? Check out Ed Sheeran’s new album “X,” featuring songs such as One, and Sing.  The album will be released June 23. You can preorder it here.

Want a throwback? Ex-Disney pop idol Jesse McCartney is releasing a new album titled “In Technicolor,” set to come out July 22. Preorder it here.
Want to know what all the buzz is about? Five Seconds of Summer is set to release their self-titled album on June 27. They have already released the single Don’t Stop. Give it a listen, then preorder it  here.

Parks and rides

As summer approaches, many talk about going to the beach, going swimming, playing video games, and chilling with friends. But what about those days where you don’t want to do the usual? Where do you go?
On that hot summer day, when you want a little thrill in your life, why not go to where many say they’ll spend at least one day this summer? Lake Compounce, located here in Bristol, is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the country. Lake Compounce offers a variety of water attractions and regular amusement park rides, including the Zoomerang roller coaster. Day tickets are $39.99, but online specials are offered all the time. Take a group of friends and have a blast.

Looking for a little more thrill in your rides? Then maybe you should go to Six Flags New England, located in near Springfield Mass. Six Flags, like Lake Compounce, also has a water park along with the usual rides and Bizzaro coaster.. You have to pay a little more to go: day passes are $59.99, but check the website for summer deals.

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