Life in Color starts parties in cities all over the globe with a vibrant mix of electronica, acrobats, pyrotechnics, and, of course, gallons upon gallons of paint. Alongside DJ-in-residence David Solano, the Rebirth spectacular features pulse-pounding performances from a different guest artist on each tour stop. While remixes sizzle and original tracks thump, performers that might include stilt-walkers and contortionists display their powers of balance and knot-tying. And at the evening's peak, an explosion of colorful paint douses the dancing crowd.
Under a 137-foot-high, barrel-vault ceiling, Boardwalk Hall's floor has played host to historic Garden State moments for more than eight decades. The longest clear-span space in the world when it opened in 1929, the venue has seen the nation's first indoor football game, the first indoor helicopter flight, and performances by such luminaries as the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Armstrong. A $90 million renovation completed in 2001 ushered the space into the new millennium, updating the lighting, improving the acoustics, and roping off a section of seats for time-traveling audience members.
Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino sits steps away from the bustling Boardwalk, in the center of Atlantic City's electrifying atmosphere. Shopping, brilliantly lit casinos, and century-old restaurants lure visitors from the Plaza complex and immerse them in the city's rich recreational possibilities. The Atlantic City Historical Museum, which houses items from Atlantic City's 1920s heyday as well as a collection of Miss America memorabilia, examines the rise, decline, and rise again of America's Playground. Picturesque lighthouses beg visitors for a climb, and kid-friendly venues and activities such as IMAX theaters, arcade games, and carnival rides keep children from bickering about the properties of non-Newtonian fluids.
Situated just outside the Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City's wooden boardwalk is one of the longest in the world, stretching for nearly 6 miles along New Jersey's eastern coast and covered with beaches, boutiques, and glittering casinos. In the 1920s, the boardwalk established itself as an entertainment hotspot with carnival rides, flappers, and jazz musicians that inspired HBO's Boardwalk Empire. A fun-loving atmosphere still draws surfers, kayakers, and fishermen to the city's glitzy beaches. Just a 10-minute drive from the hotel is the bayside Gardner's Basin, where a community of artisans sets up shop. Situated next to a 25,000-gallon aquarium swimming with turtles and rays, the crafters here have used seashells and driftwood to hand-make items such as wind chimes, picture frames, and other housewarming gifts for estranged uncles trapped on desert islands.
It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty: ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the U.S. and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers––homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz.
Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben and Jerry have also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. They practice sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry’s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from Ben & Jerry’s plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.
The pop-punk pranksters of Bowling for Soup make fun music, funny music, and nothing in between. With their millions-selling catalog of irascible pop nuggets, Bowling for Soup proves why the class clown always gets the girl. Since the goofball quartet broke out of Texas onto the international scene in the mid '90s, they've collected a loyal fan base with their knack for infectious hooks. Best known for hits such as the Grammy-nominated “Girl All the Bad Guys Want” and “1985," the human Alfred E. Neumans continue to fuel invisible pogo sticks with their recent efforts Sorry for Partyin’ and Fishin’ for Woos.