Rainbow Cinema's downtown multiplex nestled inside Citi Plaza beckons audiences to attend current releases of Hollywood blockbusters, comedies, and dramas. Silver screens bathe eyeballs with a changing line-up of seven current films, with new arrivals weekly to relieve viewers of repetitive staring contests with film extras. A grand lobby greets entering patrons as they grab a bite at the snack bar before proceeding on to their chosen screenings.
“Nats now Knights, colors green and gold.” That was the headline in the London Free Press on Wednesday, September 18, 1968, when the London Nationals officially became the London Knights. Four decades of highs and lows followed without a championship, but the drought ended in 2005.
That year, instead of celebrating their 40th anniversary by covering the locker room floor in rose pedals, the Knights set a franchise record with 120 points and claimed their first-ever Robertson Cup as champions of the OHL. The accomplishment earned the Knights an appearance in the Memorial Cup tournament, from which they emerged as the CHL’s top team. Ever since, the Knights have been an annual force in the league’s Western Conference, and added more hardware to their trophy case with back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013.
Now in their 86th season, the Harlem Globetrotters continue 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 2012 world tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favorites take to the hardwood each game, so spectators might spot Special K Daley sharing a behind-the-back pass with newcomer Jacob “Hops” Tucker, the 2011 NCAA slam-dunk champion whose 50-inch vertical leap cruelly dashed his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Trotters might also present a study in contrasts with five-foot-two Too Tall Hall and seven-foot-eight Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, the world's tallest pro basketball player.
With shows customized to any occasion, Dotsy's Entertainment Company & Costume Shop’s trained performers mesmerize crowds with magic tricks, comedy routines, songs, and oodles of audience participation. The company’s balloon twisters can sculpt a new design every minute, and their roster of face painters covers up to 20 cheeks with stirring artworks in a single hour. To further enliven soirees, personnel can set up a nine-hole miniature-golf course, inflatable bouncers, and carnival-style games including a unicorn ring toss where players must lob a curled-up unicorn onto their partner’s ring finger. Dotsy’s singing telegrams and balloon bouquets bring good cheer to unsuspecting recipients, and their costume essentials—including hats, makeup, and wigs—let wearers embody the spirit of holidays and events such as Halloween and Renaissance fairs.