In their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest 4 Times the Fun North American tour, the Globetrotters will add new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet farther than the official 3-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian.
In its century of existence, University of Colorado at Boulder’s Macky Auditorium Concert Hall has offered its stage to performers and lecturers by the likes of Dr. Jane Goodall, the Dalai Lama, and Eddie Izzard. The neo-Gothic-style venue impresses eyes with its complex sculpted patterns and honeycombed relief designs that embellish the entire ivory-hued interior. Stained-glass windows usher sunlight into the detailed crevices of the auditorium, where even the seats are etched with complex engravings and adorned with 19th-century chewing gum on their undersides.
An all-female, flat-track roller-derby team, the Columbia QuadSquad Rollergirls aim to defend their state title with a vengeance each night they blaze in eight-wheeled fury through Jamil Temple. In each night's lineup of matches, the Miss B-Havers, CQS's secondary squad, will take the rink first, followed by the Allstars, so named because of their cosmological egalitarianism. During each jam, CQS attempts to send its star-helmeted jammer through the crowd to gain control, where she can score points by lapping opponents. Meanwhile, four blockers assist the jammer's cause by escorting adversaries to a date with linoleum. The hits are real, and referees see to it that they are legal, or else players will be sent to the penalty box where they must endure two minutes of wearing nose plugs made of Vegemite.
Cofounded in 1988 by master puppeteer Allie Scollon and her son, John, the Columbia Marionette Theatre showcases the string-pulling artistry of its puppeteers both on its home stage and at shows across South Carolina. Expressive puppets crafted for each show breathe new life into classic fairy tales and educational programs, including shows about littering, going to the dentist, and a combo show about not discarding your old teeth in the park fountain.