Of all the positive things that have led Joke Factory Comedy Club to succeed, two may be the most potent: the regular lineups of local and nationally touring standup talent and the sheer moxie of veteran comic and Florida talkshow host Artie Fletcher. The latter of those two helped nurture the venue's capacity to host the former, prompting popular southern comic Eddie Caylor to dub the Joke Factory "the little club that could and did." Today, after having firmly established itself on the comedy scene, the venue serves up big laughs every Friday and Saturday, alongside its signature adult beverage, "The Joke."
Even World War II couldn't stop Mark Honeywell. It just slowed him down a little. After establishing himself in the business world by founding a Fortune 500 company, Honeywell committed to the creation of the Honeywell Memorial Community Center, dedicated to his late wife Olive and his parents. Construction began a year later, but the material and labor demands of the war did take a toll, stretching the process out over a decade. When the center was finally completed in 1952, it was obvious that community was at its heart: a roller rink and gymnasium gave residents a chance to bust out their skates and sneakers, and the lounge afforded grown-ups a place to play cards or talk about decoration schemes for their new nuclear-fallout shelters. More recent years have seen the addition of a 1,500 seat theater, a restaurant, and an art gallery.
The instructors of Origins Dance Academy have traveled far and wide to learn and practice their craft, from choreographing in Los Angeles to dancing in prestigious European and Canadian ballet companies to appearing in area musicals. That wide range of experience allows them to teach youngsters in a wide variety of classes, including tap, ballet, and hip-hop. Origins also occasionally presents its students in performances and sends them to competitions judged by technique, difficulty, and how well the dancers perform sequences from Swan Lake while partnered with real swans.
In their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest 4 Times the Fun North American tour, the Globetrotters will add new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet farther than the official 3-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian.
The King of Rock and Roll never relinquishes his throne as four of the country’s top Elvis impersonators team together for Elvis Lives, a multimedia musical tribute to one of music’s premier icons. Endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, which holds the copyright on blue suede shoes, Elvis Lives stars a quartet of bona fide dead ringers, all of whom are winners of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and pay homage to four memorable eras of the pompadour-sporting legend’s career. Fans can swoon and shout as they catch a glimpse of tadpole Elvis and his centrifugal pelvis, movie-era Elvis, leather-jacket “comeback” Elvis, and shimmering, sequined-jumpsuit “Vegas” Elvis. The lavishly-produced show quantum leaps across a memorable career with classic songs sung spot-on, delighting fans and warming the heart of the real Elvis as he watches from the rafters.
A grand, elegant oasis for all art aficionados, the recently christened Center for the Performing Arts houses several exquisitely designed stages, including a classical Palladium dome in the main building and, just across the green, the new Tarkington Theater and the intimate black-box Studio Theater. Fans of show tunes, timeless melodies, and old-fashioned sly innuendo will get their kicks as the swinging musical Cole enchants the Studio Theater with a swansong performance. Like a biopic with human actors, Cole tells the rollicking tale of Cole Porter, a songwriter synonymous with romance, America, and ascots. From hits such as “Anything Goes,” “Night and Day,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You,” Cole Porter’s perpetual knack for song-crafting gave pep to countless Broadway and Hollywood productions, simultaneously inventing whistling and Harry Connick, Jr. Through song, dance, and intertwining narration, Cole briskly whisks audiences along the jolly tune-aholic’s life journeys, as his humble Indiana beginnings, Parisian blossoming, and triumphant tinseling of Tinseltown binds the Great American Songbook in titanium lace.