Many symphony orchestras take themselves very seriously. And while Kentucky Symphony Orchestra is consummately professional, they also regale audiences with unconventional performances that may involve silent films, comedians, country bands, and Civil War–battle reenactments, a formula that has worked for the past 21 seasons.
Members of the independent Frontier League, the Florence Freedom salute the 2012 season under the helm of second-year manager Fran Riordan. Once the spring-training invitees have made the 24-man roster by being the first to whittle down telephone poles to appropriately sized bats, the squad opens the year with a series against the Traverse City Beach Bums on May 17.
Attentive staff ensure the safety and cleanliness of Jump!Zone's inflatable indoor play center, which facilitates frolicking with its moonwalks, bouncers, and giant slides for children aged 2–12. With a pass good for six open play sessions, mini humans can slip on a pair of socks and experience all eight of the facility's bouncy attractions. An 18-foot fire truck makes a great slide and provides an excellent career idea for kids who still haven't decided what they want to be, while the playplace's giant alligator and the Jurassic Adventure help grade-schoolers explore the softer side of everyday predators., Meanwhile, growing minds can strengthen problem-solving abilities and lab-rat impressions by navigating the bouncer maze. A toddler area occupies tinier hands with toys and activities, and tuckered-out tykes can set up shop at the air-hockey table, leaving their adult counterparts free to recite the periodic table of elements backward in peace.
Step-N-Out Dance Studio brings together a talented and diverse group of independent instructors—each expert in their own mix of dance styles. The team of enthusiastic dance professionals, lead private lessons, group classes, and workshops on three separate, mirror-lined dance floors. Together, they can teach everything from the classic ballroom and Latin dances to the fitness-focused belly dancing, Zumba, and trophy-lifting classes. Classes are foundational with a focus on movement, direction, and basic concepts of partner dancing. From getting one's start in Latin dance with salsa and bachata to basic ballroom, classes have a specific focus on teaching novice dancers steps, timing, and connection to build confidence on the dance floor and, in some cases, prepare students for more advanced training.
Since forming in the 1920s, the Harlem Globetrotters have continued to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team's 2014 tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favorites—including three female players—takes to the hardwood each game. Spectators might spot veteran guard TNT sharing a behind-the-back pass with dunker Quake, whose high jump once cleared 7 feet, cruelly dashing his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Globetrotters might also present a study in contrasts with 5-foot-2 Too Tall and 7-foot-4 Stretch, the team’s tallest member.
During each Globetrotters game, youngsters laugh along and witness the jovial jocks performing classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti. To infuse their visits with an extra shot of unpredictability, the Globetrotters also let fans in each city vote on special rules for every game; past rules have included the use of a four-point shot and the installation of a penalty box. Over the years, similar antics have followed the Globetrotters around the world, including to 122 countries and territories and all six continents on which basketballs grow naturally. The Globetrotters’ extensive travels haven’t gone unnoticed: they’re one of the few teams to earn a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as ambassadors of the sport.
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.