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.
Step-N-Out Dance Studio brings together a talented and diverse group of independent instructors—each expert in their own mix of dance styles. The team of enthusiastic dance professionals, lead private lessons, group classes, and workshops on three separate, mirror-lined dance floors. Together, they can teach everything from the classic ballroom and Latin dances to the fitness-focused belly dancing, Zumba, and trophy-lifting classes. Classes are foundational with a focus on movement, direction, and basic concepts of partner dancing. From getting one's start in Latin dance with salsa and bachata to basic ballroom, classes have a specific focus on teaching novice dancers steps, timing, and connection to build confidence on the dance floor and, in some cases, prepare students for more advanced training.
Broadway Across America’s three-hour, Tony Award–winning production of the original 1949 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical South Pacific is set to storm the Aronoff Center for the Arts’ Procter & Gamble Hall this month. This Groupon gets showgoers one ticket for orchestra-level (rows P–Z) or loge-level (rows D–J) seating. The theater’s brass trimmings and cherry woodwork, hues of ochre, teal, and terra-cotta, and a ceiling alight with 3,000 fiber-optic lenses that hang like twinkling bats in a night sky, all set the stage for a properly theatrical evening. An all-star cast—bolstered by a fully sonorous and fully stocked touring orchestra—acts out a romantic story that juxtaposes the ominous shadow of the Second World War against the lush setting of a tropical island. With popular songs such as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “This Nearly Was Mine,” and “There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame,” South Pacific ’s gripping tale will keep you gripping your seat like an open-faced peanut-butter sandwich grips the canines of an antagonistic Doberman.
In its 11th annual concert, I Hear Music in the Air congregates some of the top voices and most charismatic performers of contemporary gospel music. Host of BET’s reality series Sunday Best, Kirk Franklin shares the limelight once again with the 2011-season winner Amber Bullock. Franklin tours behind his latest album, Hello Fear, which parses worldwide concerns for economic uncertainty and sidewalks on strike with his upbeat grooves, stirring vocalizations, and playful spoken-word pieces. A St. Louis native, Bullock brings the appealing charisma and impressive tonal range she displayed while bopping along to the jazzy chorus of “A City Called Heaven,” the song she sang live to clinch the Sunday Best title. Twenty-year gospel veteran Byron Cage also performs, as does Isaac Carree, former member of the all-male group Men of Standard.
The Cincinnati Film Festival showcases moving pictures from all over the globe from October 8 to October 16. Your all-day pass (a $20 value) gets you access to a full day of screenings and workshops. Start your cineday with the Shorts Block 9, a collection of short films playing at the Esquire Theater, and then hop over to Main St. Cinema to catch "Runaways: Producing In Ohio," as a panel of local industry insiders discuss the past, present, and future of Ohio film production. Locavores can cheer on hometown heroes at the Esquire during 48 Hour Film Project: Take 2, a mash-up of mini-movies produced by Cincinnati filmmakers, before indulging in behind-the-scenes voyeurism with a screening of Saturday Night, a 90-minute Saturday Night Live documentary directed by actor James Franco. The weeklong film fest's Awards Gala will be held on Friday, October 15 at Memorial Hall, where a special award will be presented to musician/TV personality/producer Nick Lachey for his contributions to the local production community. A ticket to the gala (a $25 value) gives formal-loving filmophiles an excuse to break out tuxes and ball gowns, as this gala is black-tie optional with a required tweed-based business-dress minimum. Check the program guide for a complete list of screenings. Organizers recommend you arrive at all events 30 minutes ahead of time to procure the best seats in the house, away from the permanent front-row installations of 10-gallon hats and actual honey-filled beehives.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra unites compositional elegance and mainstream melodies during a trio of Pops Series performances. In February, the renowned ensemble rummages through Disney's catalog of theatrical anthems, wrapping guests in warm quilts of nostalgia with renditions of songs from The Little Mermaid and The Lion King, while big-screen excerpts regale restless eyes. Seasoned tunesmith Ellis Hall joins the symphony in March for a one-night celebration of American icon Ray Charles, escorting concertgoers through the timeless refrains of such ditties as "Hit the Road Jack" and "I Can't Stop Loving You". Springtime marks the arrival of Grammy- and Tony-winning Broadway superstar Bernadette Peters, who helps CSO close out the season with vocal conquests that caress ears like an overly affectionate aviator cap.