In a large family with eight children, future comedian and Hollywood star Mike Epps relied on making others crumble to the floor with laughter to set him apart from his siblings, parlaying his experience as a class clown into standup gigs in Indiana when he was just a teen. Epps continued to build his ladder to superstardom in Atlanta before venturing to bigger ponds in New York at the age of 21, conquering the comedy-club circuit and attracting the attention of HBO's Def Comedy Jam series, which he would host in 2006. His lanky physicality and shape-shifting vocal talents have earned him roles in such blockbusters as The Hangover, All About the Benjamins, and The Fighting Temptations, and his wide-ranging standup sets––which frequently discuss race relations, celebrity peers, and American politics––have busted guts at major venues throughout the country.
The certified trainers of The Simon Family JCC juggle a brimming syllabus of classes as the titanic facility nonchalantly shoulders a heavy load of basketball courts, swimming pools, cardio equipment, and mini-golf. Members of the community-centric fitness depot enjoy tremendous benefits, such as unlimited group yoga, spin, and aquatic classes, unlimited gym access, and complimentary babysitting services to ensure children are not incorporated into any subspace hive-minds roaming nearby. Lean, flexible muscles are cultivated in yoga and Pilates classes, and stationary cyclists can satiate their wanderlust on a 10-week virtual world-tour starting Friday mornings on October 28. The center’s pair of indoor and outdoor pools house aquatic classes for adults and young ones, and the basketball courts are open to friendly games of Horse and endurance matches of Horsehead Nebula.
The rollicking sounds of blues artists headlining the two stages of the restaurant’s performance venue filter through this barbecue hot spot. It features spice-rubbed meats served up with a selection of homestyle sides. The menu centers on hickory-smoked beef, seasoned and smoked pork, and rubbed and grilled chicken and ribs that are steeped in spices, like Marco Polo’s scrapbook. The restaurant outfits tables with a selection of spicy, savory, and slightly sweet sauces, allowing patrons to customize heat levels on entrees or provide a flavorful accompaniment to fried pickles, baskets of corn bread, or Mojo pit beans.
The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth showcases 20 varieties of sport in a kid-friendly interactive environment. Spar with offspring in imbibing information about national pastimes such as basketball, baseball, football, soccer, auto racing, and auto racing-soccer. The exhibits focus on game-changing people, moments, and events in collegiate athletics, Olympic contenders, infamous moments, medicine and health, and the media. Admission for children aged 2 and younger is free.
A licensed team of male and female massage therapists soothes achy musculatures using a variety of massage techniques. The one-hour therapeutic massage uses long, Swedish-style strokes and circular motions to hoist bodies onto a cloud of relaxation, relieving soreness caused by failed attempts to lick one's own back. The gentle kneading session further unwinds tense bodies by incorporating massage lotions or oils. Meyer Fitness' treatment rooms are tucked away in the back of the personal training studio, away from the rustle and bustle of clanking barbells and endlessly gossiping treadmills.