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, which is 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. Chart-topping sophomore album, Elevate, also sees its anthemic tunes 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. Australian wunderkind Cody Simpson starts 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. Going into their third game with a 2–0 record, the Destroyers will take on the 0–2 Mountain Lions, hoping to rack up another win at home before bandaging their hands, washing their jerseys in neighbors’ pools, and travelling to California for a rematch in Sacramento. Fans can watch as star quarterback Chris Greisen tries to add to his 5–0 starting record in the UFL while he tosses touchdowns with laser-guided precision. The game will take place at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, which features as many as 10,000 seats and can accommodate enough spectators to intimidate visiting teams and scare off wandering grizzly bears.
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 the flickering flames of a bonfire. Children pet farm animals beneath a canopy of twinkling lights. Santa even makes a few appearances, greeting the crowds and granting kids' holiday wishes. This is the idyllic scene at Hunt Club Farm's Winter Wonderland?a holiday-themed celebration intended for merrymakers of every age. While touring 5,000 square feet of animated displays, families can view intricately staged scenes that feature lifelike reindeer pulling sleighs, penguins standing atop snowbanks, and elves crafting Christmas toys. Additionally, the Winter Wonderland includes a shopping area with a full-service Christmas tree market, as well as booths selling the wares of local bakers, artisans, and snowflake chiselers.
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.