The coaches at Gladiator MMA are an intense group. They've coached fighters and casual amateurs through a variety of fighting styles, including kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai, and boxing. Encouraging a fun and friendly class environment, students of all experience levels can practice their kicks and jabs while boosting their strength, flexibility, endurance, and agility.
It would be hard to find someone in Vancouver who can imagine the city without Kiggins Theatre. Its iconic neon sign has stood outside 1011 Main Street since 1936, with bold white letters spelling out the name Kiggins. That moniker comes from original owner and former Vancouver mayor J.P. Kiggins, who first envisioned the art-deco theater and its grand auditorium. Today, the single-screen auditorium still flickers to life with a carefully chosen selection of independent, classic, and art-house films. Kiggins Theatre has also expanded to host trivia nights and screenings of popular TV shows, as well as serving as a venue for poetry readings and other performances.
Kiggins's future hasn't always been certain, however. Most recently, the theater's sustainability came into question when major distributors decided to stop releasing 35mm prints. But the theater and its loyal community rallied. Kiggins launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new digital projector and sound system. When the campaign closed on Aug 26, 2013, the theater had raised $92,830—more than enough to buy a ticket into the digital age and keep the large marquee filled for years to come.
Despite their determinedly of-the-moment sound, RedFoo and SkyBlu are carrying on a long pop lineage: the former is Motown founder Berry Gordy's son, the latter his grandson. As red-hot electropop duo LMFAO, the uncle-nephew pairing electrifies dance floors with manic odes to party life. The 2012 Sorry for Party Rocking tour explodes with fan favorites such as "Party Rock Anthem" and newer hits such as "Sexy and I Know It," whose bouncy swagger dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 28 weeks. The band parades in neon animal prints amid backup dancers, bobbing beneath giant robot heads, tossing inflatables into the crowd, and creating a spectacle Metro Weekly calls "enormously entertaining."
One of the largest ballroom-dance competitions in the state, Columbia Star Ball features amateur and professional rug-cutters alike competing in contests of fancy footwork and graceful gambols. With today's deal, spectators will view the action from riser seating, watching practitioners of Latin, rhythm, and standard ballroom dances strut their stuff through morning, afternoon, and evening competition blocks. The dancing goes down in the Red Lion Hotel on the River's stately ballroom, whose 18,000 square feet of space ensures plenty of room for dips, lifts, and shimmies of all stripes.
Since 1977, the Historic Motor Sports Association has sped classic racecars toward the limelight, exhibiting their still-speedy maneuvering and encouraging their preservation. Annual races put the steel and chrome beasts through their paces once more, and guests chat with drivers and crew members and slip get-well cards into the upholstery of hundreds of other vintage vehicles no longer in racing condition.