After capturing the first-ever regular-season title for the North American Soccer League in 2011, the Carolina RailHawks retake the pitch with an April 14th home opener to continue their reign under WakeMed Soccer Park's bright lights. Returning players include captain Kupono Low, the first RailHawk ever to score a goal and one of the NASL's current top 11 players. Before the game, more than 50 food and craft-beer vendors from throughout the Triangle will set up outside the stadium to hand out free tastings of their culinary offerings while keeping them away from Appalachian bears disguised in hikers' half-mauled hats.
Against the lush backdrop of manicured greens and iridescent ponds, a lineup of world-class golfers that includes seven Hall of Famers tees off in a fierce competition during the PGA Champions Tour. Notable up-and-comers as well as veterans, such as the affable Fred Couples, strive to win the Charles Schwab Cup in a competition that tallies points and the number of new visors worn over the full season. Nine players, including John Huston, step onto the fields at Cary for their first time, and Hall of Famer Tom Kite expertly wields 9-irons in his 1,000th career professional start. The Tom Jackson–designed golf course challenges golfers with difficult holes and a flock of distracting peacock caddies before assuaging frustration with the calming sound of a breeze through the trees.
New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio-show host Dave Ramsey shares his vast financial know-how with crowds during interactive, energetic live presentations. The five-hour event covers cash-management basics such as getting out of debt, money-saving tips, and how to properly nurse paper cuts from pennies. Throughout the seminar, Ramsey's high-energy delivery entertains and informs attendees as they learn to spend with purpose and invest with more confidence than a ball of yarn inside a cage of lions. Each ticket includes a workbook and complimentary 30-day subscription to the My Total Money Makeover website, which provides helpful tools for organizing personal finances.
Now in their 86th season, the Harlem Globetrotters continue to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team's 2012 world tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favorites take to the hardwood each game, so spectators might spot Special K Daley sharing a behind-the-back pass with newcomer Jacob “Hops” Tucker, the 2011 NCAA slam-dunk champion whose 50-inch vertical leap cruelly dashed his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Trotters might also present a study in contrasts with five-foot-two Too Tall Hall and seven-foot-eight Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, the world's tallest pro basketball player.
Captain Eric Staal is having an All-Star caliber performance this season, while goaltender Cam Ward aims to repeat his rookie season performance leading the Canes to their first ever Stanley Cup in 2006. Choose from balcony seats for a high, wide view of the action, or increase your chances of taking home an extra-point puck in the lower bowl behind the nets and uprights. Watch the Canes attempt to subdue in-conference rival Florida Panthers with anesthetizing checks, puck hypnotization, and choreographed goal line chorus lines.
Before Bell Biv DeVoe warned that girl was “Poison,” Johnny Gill “Just Got Paid,” Ralph Tresvant boasted his “Sensitivity,” and Bobby Brown declared it was “My Prerogative,” all six new jack swingers strutted across stages as teen sensation New Edition. Fully reunited and dressed to the nines, the soulful sextet packs the stage with decades of accumulated Top 10 classics and smooth dance moves. The nearly two-hour set spans the group’s entire career, from falsetto-laden classics such as “Candy Girl” and “Cool It Now” to later hits such as “If It Isn’t Love,” all mixed with stacks of tracks from their successful solo careers. This tour finds them putting on a show that's "loose, fast-paced, high-spirited, loaded with hits and personality, and thoroughly entertaining," according to the NJ.com review of a recent concert, bringing to life a catalog of songs that sticks to ears like honeycomb earmuffs.