Sending kids outside to play can result in costly hospital visits and feelings of alienation from a once beloved magnolia tree. Unlike their cold, hard cousins, inflatable playgrounds offer the joy of climbing without the worries of falling or landing in a swarm of fire ants. For children under the age of 11, Funtime has multiple play areas in which to slide, roll, and moonwalk bounce away. Attractions include crayon-cornered bouncers, rainbowtastic obstacle courses, ball pits, and a variety of plastic tubing perfect for aspiring spelunkers. And as the signage indicates, the play area is one of the few places outside of Japanese teahouses and nail salons where customers with no shoes won’t be refused service.
Cleveland Rock of Ages, a night of live classic rock mastery held at the stadium of the class A affiliate for the Cleveland Indians, opens with the lead singers of Rare Earth, Sugarloaf, Blues Image, and Iron Butterfly all joining forces as the Classic Rock All-Stars and performing songs in the style of rock’s golden era. After a preliminary injection of sonic heaviness, prepare for shock rock’s one-man governing body, Alice Cooper. The heavily mascaraed maestro, well-known for mega-hits like “School’s Out,” “Poison,” and “All I Want Is a Jar of Nickels (For Christmas! For Christmas!),” will take to the stage bearing gifts of rock.
The Rock Allegiance Tour pledges adherence to the forces of electric thunder, harnessing a slew of heavy-hitting acts in a day chock-full of head-banging euphoria. Buckcherry and Papa Roach co-headline a wrecking crew of rock monsters, launching mach-speed riffs about love and annihilation that render pacemakers obsolete and librarians fatigued from shushing. Joining the on-stage armada, Puddle of Mudd buries sentimentality in the soggy soil with merciless post-grunge guitars, and Alien Ant Farm carries 10 times its own weight in alterna-metal. Further engorging eardrums, Red churns out C.S. Lewis–inspired mosh fodder, Crossfade instigates nu-metal trepanation, and Drive A unleashes sonic clauses about heartfelt misanthropy and philandering gravy.
Composed of veterans of HBO, The Onion, and Second City, the recently birthed comedy troupe TubShark unveils its mirth-making stylings with two shows at Big Dog Theater. Enjoy a night’s worth of free-range laughter with TubShark’s eclectic revue, which blends the sensibilities of groundbreaking programs such as Mr. Show, Kids in the Hall, and Trapper John, M.D.. Northeast Ohio–bred comedy talents Jesse Alison, James Catullo, Tim Cornett, Marissa DeSantis, Jessica Fleming, Liz Huff, and Nick Staron write and perform all sketches, weaving audience interaction, standup, film or video, and music like a gang of wisecracking seamstresses.
Accomplished actor Jessica Houde owns and operates the Houde School of Acting, bringing with her a lifetime of experience as a working actor in Los Angeles. Houde teaches the Meisner Method of acting, an interdependent series of exercises that encourage students to commit to an objective, rather than a script or an overenthusiastic extra. See the school’s schedule for additional information.
With more than 60 years of combined rug-cutting experience, La Danse Cleveland's co-owners, Esther Rehm-Cohen and Tim Brown, have helped untold numbers of students twirl, hop, and belly slide across the dance floor. Certified as a ballroom instructor in 1981, Esther has won national awards for her teaching skills and has had the distinct honor of training couples who have gone on to rank in competitions. She garnered the position of head coach of the Case Western Reserve University ballroom team before fate's two-step led her to a partnership with Tim to run La Danse Cleveland's ample 6,000-square-foot studio. Boasting a background that includes competition in professional arenas as well as work as a dancing judge and a choreographer, co-owner Tim delights in crafting group classes and private lessons that excite and challenge students.
Included on the studio's roster of lessons are styles from Viennese waltz to nightclub two-step, along with sessions tailored specifically to children and to adult fitness goals. In classes and dance parties open to the public, students and social dancers alike rendezvous with Esther, Tim, and their impressive stable of instructors, whose resumés include stints with such world-class companies as the Boston Ballet and Gene Kelly's gutter-cleaning company.