Since 1973, skaters have been sailing effortlessly across Fairfax Ice Arena’s spacious, icy surface during public skate sessions, figure skating–lessons, and hockey leagues for all ages. At the family-owned arena, a staff of dedicated skating coaches guides students while calling upon experience from the St. Petersburg State Ballet on Ice, Disney on Ice, and the lesser-known On Golden Pond on Ice. The arena is open throughout the year, hosting a full hockey and figure skating–pro shop in addition to its Arena Café.
Actor and comedian Russell Brand frees chortles from belly prisons with his unique style of manic, irreverent humor. Riffing on the nature of fame and celebrity, Brand regales audiences with edgy observations and outsized characters to delight audiences grown bored with tamer comedians and telephone time-of-day services. Visiting a series of colleges, the tour filters the eccentricities of American universities through Brand's singular wit. George Mason University's recently renovated Patriot Center contains the glee in arena-style seating, ensuring everyone has a clear view of both Brand and the cricket whispering jokes in his ear.
Quadruple-platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated rockers Daughtry regale audiences with a battalion of hits in a Veterans Day weekend festival that benefits veterans and active members of the armed forces. After battling to the final rounds of American Idol in season five, frontman Chris Daughtry rocketed to fame on the strength of his band's debut album, as well as buzz from the band’s drums, which are filled with bees. Since then, Daughtry has stormed radio stations with hits such as “What About Now,” ”Crawling Back To You,” and ”Home.” The alt rockers won the hearts of millions of listeners with infectiously catchy choruses and raw lyrics about heartbreak, redemption, and missed buses. At the festival, the three-time American Music Award winners will play favorite hits and may preview its latest album, Break the Spell, which premieres in late November. The American Freedom Foundation hosts the concert, using proceeds to help military members past and present, particularly those wounded in action.
Lupe Fiasco's goal is not to be a pop star, but, rather, it is to rally the people together around a common idea. In his latest album, Lasers, a crimson anarchy symbol bleeds across the artwork, overwriting the O of a neon sign that spells out Losers to transform a go-to term for oppression. On the album's tracks—which include “The Show Goes On” and “State Run Radio”—Lupe takes aim at the media, radio stations, political pundits, and even fellow Chicagoan President Obama. As Lupe declares, “I want to start a popular uprising. The music is the bait to get people to come and listen to what I’m saying.”
Entering their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the Globetrotters will add a new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet further than the official three-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian. See the arch-nemesis Generals try to keep up as the Harlem hardwood sorcerers evade gravity’s oppressive clutches and court clairvoyants distribute unassailable alley-oops. Youngsters can learn about the benefits of teamwork while laughing along with the jovial jocks as they perform classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti.
For almost 50 years, Virginia Ballet Company and School has borrowed from the rich, centuries-old traditions of Russian ballet to mold fledgling tip-toers into strong, agile, and graceful dancers. Following the expertly adapted choreography of the studio's late co-founding artistic director, Tania Rousseau, a cast of professional dancers prepares students ages three and up to participate in school-run classical productions, granting them the opportunity to twirl into important roles such as The Nutcracker or The Helicopter Propeller. The company hosts classes of varying difficulties in a studio with raised, spring-loaded floors that reduce injury, fixed and portable handrails, and wall-length mirrors for checking and correcting posture.