The Great Houdini, Ethel Barrymore, and Will Rogers?these are just a few of the legends who have graced the stage of the Paramount Theatre. Since it first opened as The Playhouse Theatre in 1914, the venue has been a go-to destination for entertainment. Vaudeville stars performed live revues throughout the 1920s, and celluloid icons appeared on the theater's movie screen in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. Not even the dwindling film industry and rampant platform heels of the '70s could lower the curtain forever. After closing down in 1975, the Paramount went through dramatic renovations that modernized the space while preserving its vintage charm. The building reopened in 2000, and today continues to welcome acts as diverse as rock concerts and film series beneath its ornately stenciled ceilings.
Since 1981, Lorraine-Michaels Dance Centre's cast of passionate instructors has been helping students of all ages and abilities confidently express themselves through the art of dance. They lead these students through sashays, shimmies, and kicks with an exhaustive roster of dance and fitness classes that ranges from ballroom dancing to Hip Hop to kickboxing. During dance classes, they teach students to perform fundamental moves with confidence and musicality, covering a variety styles—including the Argentine tango, waltz, swing, and salsa—tending to bites from the dancing bug or disgruntled dance partners. They motivate students into performance shape in dance-inspired fitness classes such as Zumba, a regimen of easy-to-follow dance moves set to high-energy Latin tunes. In kickboxing sweat sessions, they inspire students to kick and punch their way toward their fitness goals, effectively toning muscles and scaring away the ghosts of gladiators past, while pole dancing classes build strength and teach students how to spin and climb.
The community-oriented Shakespeare & Co. presents high-quality theatrical meditations on life, politics, and elf employment while upholding the art-loving, humanistic tenets of Elizabethan theater. Based on the popular David Sedaris essay of the same name and adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello, The SantaLand Diaries chronicles one man’s achingly amusing struggle playing Crumpet the Elf at Macy’s during a single holiday season. Presented in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, the show combines wry comedic storytelling with a yuletide setting that charmingly evokes years of bygone Santa visits and threats of coal-lump showers. Peter Davenport, a 2009 IRNE nominee, plays protagonist Crumpet the Elf as he struggles through bouts of hilariously irksome Christmastime retail drudgery. Elves, though docile by nature, are prone to outbursts of adult-related content, so this show is not recommended for children ages 13 and younger.
Hard-rock juggernauts Five Finger Death Punch give audiences four for flinching on their Share The Welt tour, a high-octane evening of nail-driving metal and chugging aural concrete. Since bursting onto the scene in 2007 with its gold-selling debut, The Way of the Fist, Five Finger Death Punch has scaled the charts and the musical food chain, gulping its competition like a possessed Takeru Kobayashi. For the tour in support of its latest effort, American Capitalist, the gang enlists an entire posse of heavy hitters. Massachusetts metal mavens All That Remains, fresh from melting soles on the Vans Warped Tour, bludgeon audiences with an arsenal of hits, and hardcore shredders Hatebreed share unkind words as they haze the speed of sound. Adding power-chord crunch to the show, Fort Wayne’s Rains sprinkles audiences with raw and emotional sonic sleet.
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Since the 2003 premiere at ATF, Bowers and his autobiographical show have toured the country, delighting audiences with a barrage of comical chronicles, such as his psychic father-son bonding experience or the time Miss Montana vomited on him. The title and many of the show's thematic nuances stem from Bowers' career as a mime, a trade which puts a great deal of importance on using hand gestures and body language to communicate things like "I'm pulling a rope," "I'm in love with this girl," and "I was rejected by my top pick for grad school." Click here to read Bowers' take on the show's background, then get your ears tickled and your chuckle machine greased up on either of the following dates: