Showcasing North Alabama’s finest crop of comic madness and unhinged creativity, Face2Face Improv’s professional players rely on audience participation and their own wits to concoct hilariously improvised situations at knee-jerk speeds. The cast turns to the all-ages crowd for assistance in constructing the most outrageous scenarios imaginable, gathering shouted suggestions and throwing back crumpled scripts for audience members to wipe their tears of laughter on. Comics then proceed to step into and out of roles with remarkable fluidity over the course of two acts, inhabiting the mind of a vegan butcher in one scene and a claustrophobic cave-diver in the next. As audience suggestions guide the show through all of its unexpected turns, each performance is entirely different from the last, and shows are remembered only by the lingering cramps of laughter and the shirt stains from soda that’s been squirted out of noses.
Crunching metal and the sweet smell of burning rubber prevail as the Monster X Tour invades the Ocean Center, thrilling all ages in an action-packed motorsports showcase. Bigfoot, the forefather of all station-wagon smashers, leads a fleet of competitive 10,000-pound monster trucks, including Bear Foot and Black Knight, through jaw-dropping races, wheelie contests, and freestyle car composting. Transaurus, a two-story transforming robot that never learned to love, buries his woes by chomping entire cars in his massive jaws while watching reruns of Felicity. Before the show, VIP tickets also grant access to the Pit Party, where fans can have autographs signed by the drivers. During intermission, fans get the opportunity to eschew sea level with a ride inside a monster truck or visit General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard and learn its true feelings about excessive hood sliding.
Established in 1954 and having garnered the Birmingham magazine 2010 award for Best Dance Classes, Dale Serrano Dance Inc. and its troupe of talented instructors lead children of all skill levels, aged 2–18, in classes ranging from jazz and ballet to hip-hop, tap, and cheer. Budding ballerinas gracefully plié and gallivant about the class, and musical-theater mavens learn the ins and outs of stage performance. Dancers who commit to additional months of vigilant rehearsal and practice can showcase their talents at the year-end recital or opt for impromptu performances at nearby weddings and city-council investitures.
During the week, the lot at The Drive-In sits vacant—but it's far from abandoned. A bit before the clock strikes 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, cars start to crowd into empty spots. The carloads of families and couples on date night are there for the feature, which usually includes one kid-friendly movie—think Planes—or one for grownups, such as Wolverine. Plus, audience members can munch on buckets of popcorn as films unfold.