The Greensboro Symphony’s mighty oak has grown from the most acornic of beginnings—its story started in the 1920s with a group of musicians at Woman's College. Over the years, the symphony has grown into a cultural cornerstone of the community, with community-outreach programs, youth-involvement events, a secret volcano headquarters, and an endowment fund.
Brazilian-born Eumir Deodato deftly infuses R&B, combo jazz, Latin, funk, and symphonic musings into a zesty swirl of Grammy-winning harmony. Deodato boasts production and arrangement credits for a diverse net of performers including Aretha Franklin, Björk, Kool & The Gang, and more. High Point Theatre cradles its melody seekers in the spacious yet inviting confines of its nearly 1,000-seat auditorium, ensuring all ears are filled to the brim during Deodato's palpable performance.
Popular globetrotting pop collective Architecture in Helsinki transforms Cat’s Cradle into a throbbing, futuristic discotheque as its latest tour storms American shores. Formed in Melbourne, the ambidextrous dance band stirs fans with a tornado of flamboyant sounds, infectious anthems, and commitment-free instrument swapping. With hits such as “Do the Whirlwind” and latest single “Contact High,” lead crooner Cameron Bird and his cakewalking team of tunesmiths tickle ear bones and rehabilitate ankles in support of its latest album, Moment Bends. During the kaleidoscopic performance, the band seduces dance floors with 10-foot hooks and sounds culled from hypnotic synths, romantic glockenspiels, and strummed chest hairs. Filling out the bill, Swedish dance wizards Lo-Fi-Fnk enchant with instant club hits and songs for strobe-light campfires, and pop enthusiasts Dom charm with stargazing Casios.
Youngsters bound across a sea of slides and playground equipment spread across the 6,500-square-foot indoor oasis at PlayNation Parties & Playgrounds of Morrisville. Rescue play time from the evil grips of rain, cold weather, and homework taped to meteorites by heading indoors for uninterrupted fun during open-play hours—Tuesday–Friday afternoons and select times on weekends. Kids burn energy as they climb on wooden playsets and rock walls, hang around on tire swings, and jump to their heart's content in a bouncy castle. Wee little ones can toddle around Breckenridge Village, a separate play area with two wooden playhouses designed specifically for pint-size citizens. Admission transfers a full day of action to each child, and punch cards can cover a single child for multiple visits or a herd of wild things for a single day.
While the kids are at play, adults relax in PlayNation's two parent lounges, which come equipped with flat-screen TVs, comfy seats, and a Wii gaming station. The sheltered playground floods every chamber with light so parents can clearly pick out their progeny. It also sports a colorful foam floor to help prevent boo-boos resulting from tiny tumbles or attempts to stage a children's production of Cliffhanger.
Los Cabos Mexican Grill treats its guests to a spread of sizzling chicken and steak fajitas, overstuffed burritos, and tacos filled with generous portions of meat, beans, and veggies. A wall-sized mural of rocky oceanside coves and leaping dolphins makes for an ideal backdrop for feasts of whole fried tilapia or icy beverages, such as beer-infused margaritas. Black-clad mariachi troupes travel from table to table, blasting horns and plucking strings as guests hoist steins of beer and dine on chorizo and chicken.
In its earliest days, putting on a show at The Barn Dinner Theatre was a labor of love. Cast members, who were assembled in New York and traveled among the country's Barn locations, lived above the theatre during their engagements and served in the dining room as waiters before rushing off to get into costume. Today, though they sometimes still stay in the onsite living quarters, the performers only have to concentrate on presenting an entertaining spectacle to audiences at what is billed as "America’s longest-running dinner theater."
That task is made a lot easier by a buffet that satisfies guests with fresh-greens salad, a selection of southern sides, and choice slices of Angus roast beef and honey-glazed ham at the carving station. A sight sweetened by a decadent dessert such as housemade cobbler, the descent of the stage from the ceiling signals that the evening’s magic is on its way. Onlookers sit back for entertainment with no shortage of laughs, music, and emotion, ranging from popular productions such as Legally Blonde to country and bluegrass concerts to holiday-themed extravaganzas.