The Toledo Symphony is entering its 67th season of brilliant brain tickling (via the ear), with expectations to reach nearly 300,000 listeners over the course of 400 diverse performances. The permanent orchestra consists of approximately 80 professional musicians, though extra musicians are regularly enlisted to garnish the sound and retrieve coffee during extremely long rests with bolded fermatas.
The all-ages, daylong festival rocks to the rhythms of more than 50 northwestern-Ohio bands, solo artists, and DJs spanning three stages. Every genre of popular tunes gets its showcase, from hip-hop to law rock to swing metal. Hobo Stew, an indie pop-punk band from Liberty Center, powers through three-chord head-nodders like “This Will Bite You.” For a heavier sound, check out Archibold metalheads Dethrats, who keep things black with propulsive kickdrums, growling vocals, and sacrificial muppets on “End of Days.” Toledo hip-hop artist Raine Wilder carries the torch of Ohio rap with “I Came for You” and other bursts of percussive rhyme. Headliners can lubricate cheering tubes with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or fuel crowd-surfing muscles with hamburgers, hot dogs, and other BBQ fare.
Voted Best Local Theatre Group for two consecutive years by the readers of the Toledo City Paper, The Village Players Theatre engages audiences in its 48th season of intimate, immersive stage productions. Drama fans delight during True West, Sam Shepard’s celebrated examination of the duality of man and scruples among scribes. Like dangling a dripping porterhouse over the head of hungry actors, the juicy lead roles of True West have been relished for more than 30 years by famed thespians such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Malkovich, and Erik Estrada. Set in a side of California where the Beach Boys fear to tread, the tale pits Austin, a successful screenwriter, against Lee, his thieving ne’er-do-well brother, in a verbose battle of high stakes and grit. Loaded with leathery dialogue, singing subtext, and dismantled deus ex machinas, the Village Players’ production grips viewers like a gunfighter squeezing a fistful of dental epoxy.
Certified instructor Nicole Losie-Rife shares her passion for yoga practice through healing Hatha classes suitable for yogis of all levels. Novices can master the basics in the 75-minute gentle class, where they practice foundational poses and guided breathing exercises, which can develop stamina, endurance, and bestow A students with Sting-like powers of endurance. Students of all levels can escape the workday cube during 50-minute lunchtime classes that explore standing poses, sun salutations, and balancing sequences. Well-decorated yoga warriors can sweat through 90-minute Vinyasa flows, which focuses on core work, hip openers, and backbends to help students build strength, as well as inversions and arm balances to help impress guests at dinner parties. Each session at Presence culminates with a thorough cooldown and a period of deep relaxation called savasana. Nicole can provide students with modifications and props to ease injuries, accommodate physical limitations, and support students if their joints and muscles feel more Tin Man than unstuffed Scarecrow.
Phoenix Theatres transports its audiences to exotic lands, forbidden romances, and CGI-animal kingdoms of the 100% digital silver screen. With some films shown in RealD XL 3-D, crowds can immerse themselves even further into the suspended belief of film. Phoenix Theatres' Ensemble offers a rotating selection specialty programs such as plays, operas, and ballets. Concessions provide free refills on sodas and large popcorns, fueling imaginations for sprints toward stories' thrilling or heartwarming resolutions.