Boy-band juggernaut and Nickelodeon sensation Big Time Rush shines like the sun’s sons as its hotly anticipated Big Time Summer Tour enraptures flocks of fans with pop bliss. The fab foursome, known as BTR to fans and preteen stenographers, first snatched the hearts of millions with its eponymous TV show, recognized as the most-watched live-action series in Nickelodeon’s history. On the group's choreographed carnival of a tour, expert hoofer and crooner Kendall Schmidt leads the affable cast of personalities, which includes James (the ladies' man), Carlos (the joker), and Logan (the smarty warty), through hits from its gold debut, BTR. Their chart-topping sophomore album, Elevate, will also see its hooky anthems represented, such as “Music Sounds Better With U” and “All Over Again.” Expect elastic dance moves from the dapper quadratic and possible numbers from the just-released Big Time Movie, in which BTR covers tunes by obscure boy band The Beatles. Wunderkind Rachel Crow of The X-Factor fame and Australian heartthrob Cody Simpson start the show with peppy rallies and aural morality plays about how love can be tough and why stealing your dad’s head to sneak into R-rated movies isn’t cool.
Running off the infectious sonic fumes from his I Am Not a Human Being album and upcoming full-length Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne lands his spaceship for a speaker-blowing stop on the extended leg of his summer tour. The Grammy winner touts an impressive curriculum vitae, punctuated by CEO status, unabashed genre crossing, and standout lyrics woven together with sagacious metaphors. Although Tunechi fans can anticipate a high-octane performance rife with hit singles as well as mixtape favorites, the tour's white-hot opening acts acclimate concertgoers with equal parts R & B silk, rap grit, and synth-powered spunk. Frequent Lil Wayne collaborator and Miami boss Rick Ross partners with breakout diva Keri Hilson, club-bangers Far East Movement, and velvet-voiced Lloyd for a hard-hitting evening that rivals at-home puppet shows outfitted with homemade pyrotechnics.
Coached by Hall of Fame nominee Marty Schottenheimer—one of the winningest coaches in NFL history—the Virginia Destroyers look to rush, tackle, and pass their way to a UFL championship in their first year in Hampton Roads. Holding a 3–0 record at the season's halfway point, the Destroyers will take on the 1–2 Nighthawks, hoping to rack up another win at home before bandaging their hands, washing their jerseys in neighbors’ pools, and traveling to Las Vegas for a showdown with last year's league champions. Fans can watch as star quarterback Chris Greisen tries to add to his 6–0 starting record in the UFL while he tosses touchdowns with laser-guided precision. The game will take place at Virginia Beach Sportsplex, which features as many as 10,000 seats and can accommodate enough spectators to intimidate visiting teams and scare off grizzly bears wandering around the end zone.
The soaring, off-Broadway musical sensation, based on the Gospel of Matthew, strings together a series of musical parables about the life and times of Jesus Christ. Set to Stephen Schwartz’s modern music with traditional hymnal lyrics, the rousing musical is directed by Regent University’s Department of Theatre chair Eric Harrell and features the dazzling dancing and singing of the university’s student performers.
Marshmallows and hot dogs roast above flickering bonfire flames.Children pet farm animals while surrounded by colorful lights. Santa even makes appearances, greeting the crowds and granting children's holiday wishes. This is the scene at the Winter Wonderland at Hunt Club Farm?a celebration of the festivity-filled season intended for family members of all ages. While touring the 5,000 square feet of animated displays, families can view intricately staged scenes featuring lifelike reindeer pulling sleighs, penguins standing atop snow banks, elves diligently crafting Christmas toys, and more. Additionally, the Winter Wonderland includes a shopping area with a full-service Christmas tree market as well as booths selling the holiday-themed wares of local bakers, artisans, and snowflake chislers.
Describing a dance in words is like texting someone instructions for tying a tie—it's way easier just to demonstrate it. Perhaps that's why DanceSport VA's website is peppered not with written descriptions, but with a series of videos that introduce the steps of most of the 35 styles of dance that the studio teaches, from the tango to the foxtrot to the jitterbug. The videos provide a small taste of what students can expect if they sign up for one-on-one or group lessons or attend the dance parties that take place every Friday night. They're also a glimpse of the studio's space, which consists of one 3,000-square-foot room and one 1,200-square-foot room, each outfitted with maple-wood floating floors that are cushioned underneath to prevent knee and joint injuries. The studio also sells men's and women's dance shoes and new and pre-owned ball gowns so that dancers don't have to stare forlornly out the window until enchanted birds sew them appropriate attire.
Theater of the Stars, an Atlanta–based regional theater company, has entertained audiences around the globe with more than 700 family-friendly productions. This season, the players travel to the Sandler Center to present the Tony–winning musical Fiddler on the Roof, which explores a Jewish peasant's efforts to preserve old-world traditions as his daughters adopt modern ways of life and massive quantities of kittens. Groupon buyers enjoy seats within 100 feet of the stage, tearing up as the cast sings "Do You Love Me?" and the theater's top-notch acoustics render each sound exquisitely clear. A complimentary Fiddler on the Roof poster helps visitors to ponder their own cultural conundrums, such as whether to say "bless you" or "stop that" to sneezing strangers.