As Tommy, one of Howl at the Moon’s piano players, explains on the club’s website, “Every night…we try and throw a party, regardless of whether it’s a Tuesday night or a Saturday night.” The bar’s trademark dueling pianos serve as the epicenter of these nightly celebrations; patrons submit their favorite songs on slips of paper for the pianists and backing musicians to recreate. If the website’s playlist is any indication, the bands can handle popular songs from all genres and eras, from Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” The performances are spirited: colorful lights splash upon a stage where servers, guests, and chairs that have somehow developed mobility all dance along to the music.
Fueling the celebration is the bar’s indulgent selection of drinks. Servers stand over patrons to plunge jello injectors into their mouths, and revelers grab colorful straws to help drain 86-ounce booze buckets filled with sangria or other fruity libations. Pomegranate liqueur and honey-infused whiskey sweeten specialty cocktails, and local beers add depth to coolers stocked with Stella Artois and Dos Equis.
Many dance companies approach ballet from a modern angle. Caroline Calouche prefers a more perpendicular one. When the stage is not enough space for her visions of macabre masquerade balls or surreal dreamscapes, she takes to the air above it, outfitted with a cirque's worth of aerial harnesses and accouterments. Her dancers are just as likely to pirouette down a 20-foot skein of golden silk as across a hardwood floor. Pairs of lovers might hang precariously from the frame of a hollow cube or perform a gravity-defying pas de deux on the double lyra—their suspension above the earth either an expression of freedom or a prison of their own making. Like identifying an elderly smoker's gender over the phone, the airborne element leaves plenty of room for interpretation.
By marrying the storytelling ability of floor-bound choreography with the gravity-defying tricks of circus arts, Caroline Calouche & Co. unleashes the full potential of aerial dance. The company's productions are free to venture to strange new places. For example, in past shows, women have risen from their graves to haunt their murderous husbands. Likewise, the sounds of Moby and Blue Man Group are more likely to be heard than Debussy.
Audience members who want to plqy the ropes and silks for themselves can learn to do so during the dance company's aerial-dance classes, along with a tight curriculum of ballet, contemporary, and stretching and strengthening courses. For all its global influences and aerial showmanship, Caroline Calouche & Co. keeps its feet rooted in the local community with outreach programs for all ages, ethnicities, and social groups.
In their second season as Charlotte's hometown hockey team, the Checkers seek to lock onto a playoff berth during a pivotal Western Conference matchup against the Abbotsford Heat. As the American Hockey League affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, the Checkers feature a star-studded roster of potential NHL stars and join the Chicago Wolves and Peoria Rivermen in a fierce three-way bout for the Midwest Division's top spot. Wingman Chris Terry anchors the squad's offensive attack with more than 35 assists, and goalie Mike Murphy has allowed no puck to pass without first conducting a thorough search with a metal detector.
• For $19, you get one ticket in sections 201–202 or 232–233 (a $29.50 value before fees, or up to a $38 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $35, you get one seat in sections 204–209 or 225–230 (a $59.50 value before fees, or up to a $70.75 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $57, you get one seat in section 103 or 116 (a $99.50 value before fees, or up to a $114.25 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).
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.
Since its publication in 1947, Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon has joined The Cat in the Hat and Portnoy's Complaint as one of the most beloved children's books in history. The book was recently adapted into a musical theatrical production by Chad Henry, with its world premiere in Seattle in 2007, followed by runs in various other North American cities. The Children's Theatre's production of Goodnight Moon puts the Great Green Room on stage in lullaby-riffic living color. Cows jump over moons, red balloons suspend in the air indefinitely, and bowls of mush revel in a state of mushiness. The cast of professional actors bring smiles and surprises throughout the show, aimed at preschool and elementary-school-age children, but also entertaining for wistful astronauts of all ages.