As the only major college bowl game in the Midwest, the 15th annual Little Caesars Pizza Bowl hurls a hearty dose of the heartland into Detroit's downtown dome. The nation's leading receiver, WMU's Jordan White, plans to pile onto his career total of 1,646 receiving yards and 345 bouquets caught on field. Meanwhile, Purdue's head coach, Danny Hope looks to limit White and an electric offense that has lit up scoreboards with an average of 50 points in its last four games. To gunk up the gears of this 11-pistoned scoring machine, Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short clogs running lanes with his 310 pounds and disrupts quarterback Alex Cardner's time in the pocket with hypnotic interpretive-dance moves. On the field, the season's good tidings give way to the smash-mouth embraces of the faithful with images magnified on two 27'x96' video boards that tower over both end zones and give players a rare chance to check their hairdos.
Since 1936, the historic Gem Theatre has moved movie lovers to laughter and tears with films in an elegant, comfortable single-screen vintage theater. Peruse current showtimes and choose a first-run film, which may include a romantic romp, a superhero adventure, an independent feature, or Casablanca II: Electric Boogaloo. Guests pick up their sodas and popcorn at the concessions stand in the carpeted lobby, whose ornate table lamps cast soft light on potted plants and flowers. In the red and gold 916-seat amphitheater, upholstered floor seats beckon audience members and balcony perches provide a sky-high view behind marbled wood rails. Before the film, guests watch wrought-iron vines curl around colorful birds in sculptures flanking the screen. Sumptuous gold curtains hide the big screen until showtime, allowing staff members to finish reenacting each film’s climactic scene in private.
Whether hailing from across the street or across the world, a craft brew savored at Polar Beer Club comes with a side of live music, a bevvy of good food, and plenty of new friends. Produced by Royal Oak Farmers Market in conjunction with Ultimate Fun Productions, the event highlights more than 125 beers, from more than 50 independent breweries, along with ciders, wines, and spirits. As bands Kaleido and Cosmic Groove fill the air with music, attendees savor samples, full-sized pours, and eats from four vendors. Giant Jenga, Birdy Golf, and other games entertain the young at heart, while 10 retail vendors sling quirky gifts.
As memory cards replaced film reels, many photographers—both professional and amateur—felt befuddled by the new technology. That's where Digital Photo Academy stepped in. Since 2007, the business has facilitated workshops that explore all aspects of digital imagery, from operating cameras and uploading digital files to editing images and airbrushing realistic mustaches. Seasoned professionals lead the courses, helping understudies hone their use of light, framing, and timing. Students furnish their own cameras, and can tote along any ancillary equipment such as tripods, laptops, and flashes that relate to the course at hand.
Ranked among Ticketmaster's Top 25 Most Requested Family Events for five consecutive years, UniverSoul Circus grants an interactive spectacle of acrobatic stunts, dance, and comedy set to popular urban sounds. With its swirling lights and pulsing beats, the circus's resemblance to a blowout concert tour is no accident: production designer Tom Marzullo has created internationally touring stage shows for Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, and Prince.
As hosts, a troupe of improv comics slip laughs in between the gasps and draw the crowd even closer into the action. Meanwhile, the production makes jaws drop farther with trained elephants, illusions featuring a live tiger, a head-balancing act from Vietnam, and female contortionists from Ethiopia. These make up just a few of the globally sourced performers, others of whom hail from locales as diverse as Colombia, South Africa, Russia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Vixen Fitness’s certified instructor Danielle Green was fed up with the lack of exercise programs designed to empower women. After a year of throwing private dance parties in her clients’ homes, Danielle realized that many women pursue fitness to feel desirable, which involves not only simple aesthetics, but also self-confidence. Her insights panned out. Today, her all-female fitness operation includes two studios where she and her team of sultry instructors help women unleash their inner Aphrodites. In a comfortable setting, women swivel into leaner bodies during pole-dancing and sensual-dance classes. When they’re not teaching lap dance and aerobic strip-tease classes, teachers help students carve out fitter frames with Zumba and yogalates—a hybrid of yoga and Pilates—and host the original bachelorette and girl’s night out parties that inspired the studio's beginning.