There is no typical climb at Urban Ascent. With the help of a belaying partner to safeguard their ropes, visitors can scale up to 43 feet of weathered rockface on endurance climbs, or they can stick closer to the ground in the ropes-free bouldering area. Urban Ascent’s team challenges climbers by regularly revamping the 14,000-square-foot gym’s routes, rearranging footholds and installing pop-out boxing-glove gags to add an element of unpredictability to climbs. During private climbing lessons, instructors fine-tune veteran climbers’ techniques or teach newbies basic fundamentals. The staff also imparts climbing-safety basics to first-time belayers in 20-minute tutorials. Urban Ascent hosts summer camps, afterschool climbing activities for students, and corporate team-building workshops.
Two of Christian music’s most iconic artists, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith join forces to spread the good news, leading congregations in melodious worship on their 2 Friends Tour. Since 1982, this dynamic duo has engaged millions to flock to their catchy, ecclesiastical pop music, sharing a musical camaraderie as impenetrable as a fortress with abandonment issues. Amy Grant, author of No. 1 hits such as “El Shaddai” and “Baby Baby,” has shared her gift of song for more than 30 years, selling more than 30 million albums, garnering six Grammys, and earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Michael W. Smith has earned countless accolades with his tremendous songbook of head-bobbing hymns and choir-rousing hits. Sharing the stage for the first time in two decades, Amy and Michael thrill fans with new psalms and favorites from their sonic scroll, merging their sets with joyful duets and chemistry that crackles like Abbott and Costello after getting struck by lightning.
Since 1953, Parma Motor Vu has kept American summers nostalgic with movie-viewing experiences under the stars. Recently released movies splash across the screen while movie buffs kick back in cars or post up in lawn chairs to bask in the evening breeze. Before film reels roll, guests can visit the snack bar for cokes, burgers, and chili dogs, as well as corn popped in the original machine from 1953.
Drawing on bachelor's and master's degrees, the instructors at DanceTales Studio guide limbs through shimmies and pliés during a packed schedule of classes that emphasize method and form. Bodies move through an assortment of styles, floating through ballroom techniques with romantic and smooth waltzes and upbeat fox trots inspired by old Broadway show stoppers and the Victorian tradition of choreographed hunting trips. Feet pivot off hips through Latin varieties such as salsa, rumba, and cha-cha, and swing sends torsos twirling under arms and over heads.
For 12 years, Prairie Dog Productions has tickled funny bones both young and old with original scripts that parody pop culture and classical stories. Just in time for Halloween, season opener Vampire vs. Wolfman skewers the vampire mania that’s reared its fanged head over the past few years. Local talent instills the yuletide values of generosity and humane reindeer ownership in Scooge…Older, but Miser! before jabbing superhero stories in the vividly costumed Gnat Man!. With casual cabaret seating, families can snag seats together to enjoy the ageless appeal and peroxide-squirting pistol of international super spy James Blonde.
Heirloom's unlimited monthly pass provides aspiring toe-tappers with access to any of its 10 weekly dance classes and five nights of open ballroom dance. The hour-long lessons can be taken as often as necessary to polish and perfect moves. Rather than rioting, zoot-suit wearers can peacefully demonstrate during Tuesday's Swing Night, beginning at 7 p.m. with a lindy-hop lesson, with Charleston and blues lessons following on the hour. Wednesday night is Latin Night, with sultry steppers learning salsa, bachata, and Columbian cumbia. Thursday sees the uncanny yet danceable pairing of hip-hop (7 p.m.) and Argentine tango (8 p.m.), before dissolving into a passionate, bandoneón-fueled dance-a-thon. On Saturday, whisk your dancing shoes away to a rockabilly-tinged West Coast swing class, and cruise the subsequent sock-hop for a side-stepping showdown with Brad from HR. Dance partners are not required.