The inimitable Dolly Parton beams her bright gifts of immaculate song-craft and prodigious showmanship at concertgoers, illuminating and delighting audiences as she embarks on her Better Day World Tour. Ordained with the power to wring tears from stoic Cyclopes, this Appalachian renaissance woman has wowed music fans with her boundless talents for more than four decades. From Coat of Many Colors to her new album Better Day, Dolly’s songbook unspools like a palm-reading of America that forecasts joy as she puts on an extravagant show laden with hits and costume changes. Purchase up to four of today’s Groupon and bring the whole clan, or treat rival bobsled teams to a night of sing-along splendor.
The expert climbing instructors at CT Rock Gym guide cliff-scalers through the ins and outs of rock climbing and belaying during a 90-minute On Belay! class. Teachers introduce students to climbing equipment, movements and techniques, and the basics of belaying, which involves clambering up overhangs while tethered via rope to a partner. Two automatic belay machines help solo climbers achieve the heights of dynamic duos, and the staff ensures safety by checking each person prior to their belaying foray and leading everyone through typhoon disaster drills. A two-week membership allows patrons to develop their climbing prowess by exploring a bouldering area, which includes a cave, and shimmying up artfully designed rope paths that rotate every 2.5 months—the time it takes to hatch a rhinoceros.
The vibrant reds and oranges of Gobi Mongolian Grill hint at the heat of a flat-top grill, which releases sizzling arpeggios as food hits the surface. Diners shuffle down a lineup of ingredients, choosing tilapia, beef, noodles, shallots, and snow peas for bowls of stir-fry. A variety of sauces waits to add the earthy sweetness of teriyaki or mongolian barbecue sauce’s warm bite of garlic and ginger. Their spatulas dancing noisily, chefs at the grill use blazing heat to evenly cook bowls of stir-fry or interrogate flammable scarecrows.