The Economist's globe-spanning scope, comprehensive analysis, and crushing, unflinching grasp on world economics keep subscribers up-to-date on world news, politics, and business. In addition to the weekly publications—including the magazine's more than 20 special reports and its technology quarterly—all subscribers also get unrestricted access to the online site, with a fully searchable archive dating back to the Neolithic Internet era (1997), as well as free access to The Economist in audio, which includes the option to listen to digital recordings of all print articles or to download them as a weekly podcast. Print subscribers to The Economist also receive "The World in 2012," a special annual volume that predicts trends for the coming year. Digital subscribers do not have access to "The World in 2012." For updates on the go or “on the sitting down on a park bench enjoying the scenery,” both digital and print subscribers can access The Economist on an iPhone, iPad, or Android; every photo, article, chart, and Big Mac index is delivered to subscribers' devices by Thursday at 4 p.m. eastern time.
Standing before a mural of the nighttime Charlotte skyline with "The Comedy Zone" imposed over a massive moon, nationally touring comics present finely honed humor. Within the NC Music Factory's sprawling entertainment complex, The Comedy Zone keeps punch lines rolling with its regularly stuffed calendar of established and up-and-coming jokesters. From table seats, visitors can wet their whistles with a bounty of domestic and imported beers, bottles of wine, four-straw margaritas, and savory cocktails and feast upon a menu of classic pub fare. Monthly open-mic nights test rookies' mettle, and armchair comics can sign up for classes where industry professionals ramp up joke-writing skills, obliterate stage fright, and share the secret noise that makes hecklers cry.
Like a 1990s alternative-rock station come to life, the Summerland tour rattles speakers with a quintet of seminal rock bands that once grabbed hold of Generations X and Y with their chart-topping tunes. Headlining the evening, frontman Art Alexakis and his signature bleached-blond 'do lead Everclear as they evoke the Discman days in songs that have dominated the airwaves, such as “Santa Barbara” and “Father of Mine.” Heartthrob TV host Mark McGrath hops on his Sugar Ray saddle and oozes charisma while performing summertime staples “Fly” and “Every Morning,” occasionally pausing to politely pry fans from his ankles. The Gin Blossoms conjure up memories of college romances gone awry in hits such as “Hey Jealousy” and “Found Out About You,” which meld jangle-pop hooks and unabashed pangs. Rounding out the roster of late-20th-century rockers, Lit illuminates the stage with its breakthrough ditty “My Own Worst Enemy,” and Marcy Playground reacquaints ears with the hit “Sex and Candy.”
At Romp n' Roll, children ages 3 months to six years participate in activities that encourage motor-skill development and creativity. Within the non-competitive and nurturing environment, experienced teachers lead classes in activities such as gymnastics, art, or music. Meanwhile, during open-gym sessions, children cavort across play equipment under parent supervision.
Xtend Barre classes meld together Pilates, dance, and sculpting exercises to chisel bodies in a 55-minute accelerated ballet-barre workout. Created by a professional dancer and choreographer, the fun, energetic workouts are designed to stretch and stimulate all parts of the body, leaving it long, lean, and equally proportioned—unlike old-fashioned routines that only work the earlobes. The experienced instructors will lead student dancers through this sprightly barre-based exercise, which can be modified to provide a stimulating workout for guests of all ages and abilities—from a bending beginner to a fitness fiend as carved as a soap statue of a standing rib roast. Check out the online class schedule to see when classes are offered before scheduling your first session.
Travels In Wine Tours' co-founders, Kimberlee Young and Derek Schuler, share their love of wine, food, and travel with curious tourists through tours designed and led by certified sommeliers. Epicurean scenic tours of boutique wineries, personalized luxury Napa vacations, and custom weekend getaways marry viticultural education with flavorful indulgence as guests take in picturesque panoramas of vineyards that stretch to the horizon before curving upward and forming bridges to the moon.