With 10 national championships to their name and another 76 conference titles to boot, the Cincinnati Bearcats boast more than century of athletic tradition. Though the student athletes thrive in many different sports, the basketball program—which won back-to-back NCAA Championships in 1961 and 1962—is the school's crown jewel. Before embarking on a professional career that earned him a spot among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, The Big O cut his hard-court skills for the Bearcats, averaging a staggering 33.8 points per game in his three years at UC. In more recent years, the Bearcats football team has enjoyed its own run as a true contender, earning bowl berths in 2009, 2011, and 2012. In both 2011 and 2012, the squad pounced on their postseason opponents, taking home glittering trophies to use as tackling dummies in training camp.
Broadway Across America’s three-hour, Tony Award–winning production of the original 1949 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical South Pacific is set to storm the Aronoff Center for the Arts’ Procter & Gamble Hall this month. This Groupon gets showgoers one ticket for orchestra-level (rows P–Z) or loge-level (rows D–J) seating. The theater’s brass trimmings and cherry woodwork, hues of ochre, teal, and terra-cotta, and a ceiling alight with 3,000 fiber-optic lenses that hang like twinkling bats in a night sky, all set the stage for a properly theatrical evening. An all-star cast—bolstered by a fully sonorous and fully stocked touring orchestra—acts out a romantic story that juxtaposes the ominous shadow of the Second World War against the lush setting of a tropical island. With popular songs such as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “This Nearly Was Mine,” and “There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame,” South Pacific ’s gripping tale will keep you gripping your seat like an open-faced peanut-butter sandwich grips the canines of an antagonistic Doberman.
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.
Now in its 90th year under the big top, the Syrian Shrine Circus entertains audiences with whimsical animals and death-defying trapeze artists. Animal attractions featuring tigers and elephants showcase the animal kingdom's most talented performers, and the Shrine Circus clowns deliver informative lectures on the density of a Volkswagen Beetle. After the performance, youngsters can saddle up to ride and pet different types of animals, including elephants, donkeys, and camels.