The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
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 Caf?.
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.
With a record of 33-4-2 and 23 KOs, Jimmy Lange has become a fan-favorite boxer in northern Virginia and Washington DC, while his appearance on NBC's The Contender showcased his boxing chops and movie-star good looks. Catch him as he takes on Joe Wyatt (23-1, 15 KOs), the Richmond-based middleweight, as the two fighters face-off for the North American Boxing Association championship. Also scheduled to appear is Jennifer Salinas (11-2, 4 KOs), a.k.a. "The Bolivian Queen," who'll make her fourth appearance at the Patriot Center and the first since she slew the Dragon of La Paz to ascend to the Bolivian throne. Get a close-up view of all the upper cuts, left jabs, and righteous looking biceps with today's Groupon to Jimmy Lange vs. Joe Wyatt.
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.”