A grand, elegant oasis for all art aficionados, the recently christened Center for the Performing Arts houses several exquisitely designed stages, including a classical Palladium dome in the main building and, just across the green, the new Tarkington Theater and the intimate black-box Studio Theater. Fans of show tunes, timeless melodies, and old-fashioned sly innuendo will get their kicks as the swinging musical Cole enchants the Studio Theater with a swansong performance. Like a biopic with human actors, Cole tells the rollicking tale of Cole Porter, a songwriter synonymous with romance, America, and ascots. From hits such as “Anything Goes,” “Night and Day,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You,” Cole Porter’s perpetual knack for song-crafting gave pep to countless Broadway and Hollywood productions, simultaneously inventing whistling and Harry Connick, Jr. Through song, dance, and intertwining narration, Cole briskly whisks audiences along the jolly tune-aholic’s life journeys, as his humble Indiana beginnings, Parisian blossoming, and triumphant tinseling of Tinseltown binds the Great American Songbook in titanium lace.
The Los Angeles Times labeled Cameron Carpenter a "wild man." CBS Sunday Morning dubbed him a "bad boy." Rarely do these terms fly anywhere near a pipe organist, but Cameron Carpenter is hardly an average musician. The New York Times mused that he "defies tradition with his interpretations and personality." As he performs, he wears a glittering white shirt and sequined shoes and turns the pipe organ into a sonorous piece of exercise equipment, moving with his music and performing pull-ups on the tallest pipes.
Mötley Crüe has rocked stages for three decades with its signature mélange of intense guitar, heavy sound, and over-the-top stage outfits. Singer Vince Neil roars out lyrics over the shred-filled soundscape created by guitarist Mick Mars, bassist Nikki Sixx, and drummer Tommy Lee, creating memorable tunes that resound in the minds of listeners like the ringing of heavily tattooed bells. The concert also features Poison and influential special guest New York Dolls supplying rock-filled decibels in volume enough to satisfy the most voracious eardrums.
Wafford Theater brings movies of years past to the screen again. Audiences can enjoy black-and-white, color, and sepia-tone films such as 1944's Arsenic and Old Lace and 1965's The Sound of Music. On Wednesday, the theater projects reels of old Westerns featuring Ken Maynard and John Wayne.
In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
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.