In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
Gotham Dream Cars lets drivers grip the throttle of exotic speed machines such as the Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Bentley Continental GT for personal rental or specialized thrill experiences. During the Dream Car Sprint, auto enthusiasts slip into a Ferrari or Lamborghini on a closed course and whip their more than 500-horsepower drive three times around the autocross track, learning how to tame their power with the aid of an instructor before coming out of the third lap on a straightaway to open the engine up to its full potential. Drivers conduct an orchestra of firing pistons and camshafts for three laps before crossing the finish line and parking to the pianissimo of the softly purring V8 engine. Gotham Dream Cars snaps pictures of the sprint, so drivers are sent home with hands they will never wash and a CD of images to parade before jealous coworkers and humbled shopping carts.
Color Me Rad stages 5K races that transform runners into mobile rainbows by launching cheerful barrages of colored cornstarch. Each color station along the racetrack flings a new, nontoxic pigment at passersby, who wear white shirts to enhance the chromatic onslaught's costuming effects. Brilliant neon-blue, green, purple, and yellow clouds dapple participants along the way, and the race concludes with a prismatic finish-line finale as sprinters chuck colors at each other in celebration. The race's noncompetitive credo shifts the emphasis from speed to silliness, and a portion of its proceeds go to local charities.
Upon registration, each runner collects a Color Me Rad T-shirt, sunglasses, sponsor gifts, and a race bib. Though they don't receive a gift packet, runners younger than 8 years old can sprint for free, provided they have a waiver signed by a guardian and won't give in to demands for gold from confused leprechauns.
After performing traditional Greek folk dance for celebrities, politicians, and even Greek royalty, Rozalia Aravantinos Xidias opened Asana Yoga + Dance. There, she helms a staff of instructors who perform Greek folk dance at weddings, christenings, and building demolitions. They also teach yoga, dance, and fitness classes to both adults and children, ensuring all classes are capped at a small number so each student receives personal attention. Inside the state-of-the-art facility, kids learn hip-hop and jazz moves and grown-ups glide peacefully through Hatha and Vinyasa poses or trim their waistlines during energetic Zumba classes. Girl Scouts can also visit the studio for a one-hour folk-dance lesson, which culminates in a folk-dance merit badge.
At Surf & Turf 35 and Fish Market, meat and seafood are not the only culinary worlds brought under one roof. The spot also joins together sit-down dining with a marketplace teeming with fresh meat and seafood. For those looking for a dining experience, Surf & Turf 35's chefs craft classic dishes such as oysters on the half shell; steamed, broiled, or stuffed lobster; and Italian-style beef roast. They also put their own spin on the surf-and-turf concept with steak and shrimp scampi, chicken-and-shrimp francese, and grilled pork and shrimp. And since the dining room is BYOB, guests can bring the bottle of wine or jug of vintage Crystal Pepsi of their choice to enjoy with their meal.
Upon entering the Count Basie Theatre, guests might feel as though they’ve slipped through a crack in time and ended up in the early 1900s. Opulent marble staircases and gold details grab the eyes of visitors, recalling the decadence of Hollywood’s history and gently pulling them to the auditorium. There, the acoustically pleasing construction wins out as sound spreads and funnels through a sunburst dome embellished with a dangling chandelier. Since opening in 1926, the Count Basie has earned numerous accolades, including a nod from Pollstar magazine, who listed it as one of the Top 100 Worldwide Theatre Venues.