The not-for-profit Cape Fear Regional Theatre produces plays that both enlighten and educate its performers and the community at large, with an acting troupe made up of professional and amateur actors, both local and imported. Rumors, a farce by Neil Simon, centers on several posh couples gathered for a dinner party at an affluent couple's suburban mansion. When they arrive to discover the servants and the hostess have vanished, leaving behind only the host with a bullet hole in his ear, the guests decide to keep the situation on the down-low, concealing the events from the police, the media, and especially the police-media. In the midst of this, lies grow legs and escape under the floorboards, dropping from ceilings when least expected, and madcap mayhem ensues.
The Fayetteville Flight call the American Basketball Association home, so highlight reels feature game-changing four-point shots, a colorful red, white, and blue basketball, and moon bounce-floored courts—just a few of the standout trademarks of the league.
An unprecedented collaboration of two of the musical cosmos’ most longstanding talents, Michael Bolton and Kenny G grace the Crown Coliseum for an evening of soulful swooning and Grammy-winning tunes. Social activist and musical astronomer Michael Bolton belts his treasure chest of hits into the stardust, showcasing the bulletproof voice that churned out such classics as "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" and put Cupid on the dole. Kenny G, the preeminent scientist of the soprano saxophonist, unleashes the subtly snake-charming yet Herculean notes that have blown away millions of listeners and the rest of the letters in his last name. Kenny might also strut his alto- and tenor-sax skills or indulge in a pied pipe on the flute. This romantic summer evening gives concertgoers the rare chance to catch two sonic titans sharing the stage, much like watching hydrogen and oxygen making a waterfall together or a battle of the bands between the makeup and non-makeup versions of Kiss.
Crunching metal and the sweet smell of burning rubber prevail as the Monster X Tour invades the Ocean Center, thrilling all ages in an action-packed motorsports showcase. Bigfoot, the forefather of all station-wagon smashers, leads a fleet of competitive 10,000-pound monster trucks, including Bear Foot and Black Knight, through jaw-dropping races, wheelie contests, and freestyle car composting. Transaurus, a two-story transforming robot that never learned to love, buries his woes by chomping entire cars in his massive jaws while watching reruns of Felicity. Before the show, VIP tickets also grant access to the Pit Party, where fans can have autographs signed by the drivers. During intermission, fans get the opportunity to eschew sea level with a ride inside a monster truck or visit General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard and learn its true feelings about excessive hood sliding.
This year the Amp Tour rumbles its 10,000-pound steel Goliaths into 13 cities to dazzle audiences with car-crushing collisions, dirt-slinging antics, and high-flying freestyle motocross stunts. Before engines even begin to throttle, VIP ticket holders can slip into the pit party to obtain autographs from drivers and photos with trucks, which are typically groggy before the day’s first sip of crude oil. Inside the arena, a rotating lineup of piston-propelled stars battles in three rounds of a winner-takes-all freestyle. From the edge of the action, hear metal crumple under colossal tires, as Country Boy’s driver may find himself initiated into the monster fraternity after having memorized an entire carburetor-repair manual.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats.
####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.