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.
Every night, the bartenders at Twine Restaurant create new cocktails inspired by their favorite books in the restaurant's library, such as the Skinny Russian, which honors The Brothers Karamazov. The playfully elegant drinks hint at the similar philosophy behind Twine's food menu, which begins with breakfasts of french macarons, housemade bagels, and gourmet coffee and tea. Lunch options include a smoked pulled-pork sandwich served on blueberry texas toast with slaw, as well as a handful of crisp salads and wraps. The Sunday-brunch menu helps diners celebrate the weekend with thick slices of french toast and quiche. For dinner, tablemates can pass around small plates of charcuterie and mussels.
In addition to Twine's signature cocktails, a well-rounded wine and beer menu helps to enhance the comforting flavors of each meal. Live music gives customers a reason to test out new tap shoes, with themed evenings including What the Funk? and Tuesday Blues Day.
A renowned hot spot for imbibers of all stripes, Cub Lounge's rustic watering hole has greased gullets for more than 70 years. The Cub's outdoor grill unveils itself only on Wednesday afternoons in the summer, grilling premium ground-chuck burgers to perfection under the adoring gaze of ravenous diners. Guests can adorn sizzling patties with a fresh assortment of fixings, including lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise, and side orders of beans and potato chips accompany each burger. Frosty sodas refreshingly irrigate food canals as guests indulge on the Cub's outdoor patio or retreat to its checked-floored interior for a tranquil game of pool or human chess.
A star-studded roster of rollicking comedians answers the Big Easy Comedy Festival’s call for ribald laughter with an evening of no-holds-barred standup comedy on Memorial Day weekend. Ace standup comedian, actor, and writer Mike Epps, known to movie buffs as Day-Day Jones from the films Friday and Friday After Next, takes a break from his sellout I'm Still Standing tour to leave a mark on UNO Lakefront’s stage with his signature physicality and cartoonish impressions of his family. Tony Rock, who’s appeared in the blockbuster smash Hitch, steps out from under his brother Chris Rock’s shadow with a raw and gutsy set that fearlessly takes on issues of social injustice and relationships. Hailed as Black America's Favorite White Comic by Ebony magazine and recently appearing in the movie Think Like a Man, grandstanding Gary Owen, swelters with everyman appeal and crackerjack timing in relatable bits on brazenly taboo topics.
A name like Crazy Dave's Daiquiri Bar and Grill carries with it certain expectations. One wouldn’t be surprised, for example, to hear that raucous crowds regularly descend on the bar to cheer for their favorite sports teams. Nor would it seem strange to spot a funky band or a karaoke diva on the restaurant’s stage. There is one thing that Crazy Dave’s takes seriously, however: its daiquiris. Twelve flavors of daiquiris blend into 28 combinations with whimsical names such as the Flamingo—strawberry and piña colada—and the Mr. Wonderful—white russian, strawberry, and amaretto. The grill offers a hot and spicy counterpoint to the blended drinks’ chill with its Southern-style po’ boys and seafood. All entrees come with fries or beer-battered onion rings, which double as lifesavers in the event that someone falls into a gallon-size jug of daiquiri.
Now in its 63rd season, Shreveport Opera delights theatergoers with classic operas rendered in sumptuous visual and euphonic hues. As one of theater history’s most highly praised and produced pieces, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly continually entrances worldwide audiences with its tragic tale of the dark side of devotion. Set in Nagasaki in the dawn of the 1900s, Madama Butterfly’s journey begins when pious U.S. Naval officer Pinkerton seduces an innocent Japanese girl named Butterfly, marries her out of convenience, and then abandons her to fetch an American wife. When her estranged beau finally returns to Nagasaki with his new wife, an ending both brutal and heartbreaking unfolds. Although the opera is sung in Italian with English supertitles projected above the stage, Puccini’s powerhouse score of sweeping arias, romantic duets, and devastating choruses packs an emotional wallop that defies translation.