The public sought exciting new entertainment in the Roaring Twenties, and as the storytellers of the Golden Age of Hollywood labored at myth making, theaters for the newfangled moving pictures were popping up across the nation. It was in this spirit that the Orpheum Theatre opened in 1929, though the Spanish Medieval– and Baroque-style building was one of the city's last major projects before the great stock-market crash. Regardless of its less-than-auspicious beginnings—not to mention nearly a century of hardships to follow—the theater avoided the wrecking ball. In the '60s, the Orpheum introduced Broadway theater to the city and staged such productions as Annie, Caberet, and Barefoot in the Park. Decades later, the theater was renovated and reopened once more, its majestic interior landscapes restored to their former glory.
Beloved boy bands New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys rev the engines of adoration among droves of fans with their poptastic summer tour. New Kids on the Block has been plucking heartstrings and handcrafting harmonies since 1986, combining a collection of international hits such as "Hangin' Tough" and "Step by Step" with five-part choreography and fashionable duds. Following in its footsteps, the Backstreet Boys began blowing up charts in the '90s, producing a songbook replete with favorites such as "I Want It That Way," "All I Have to Give," and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." The NKOTBSB Tour brings both acts together for a songful extravaganza, forming the more perfect union prophesied nearly 50 years ago by the Constitution. The Thursday, June 30 concert also includes the vocal virtuosity of special guest and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, adding to an ear-pleasing stew of dulcet melodies sure to soothe the most savage beast or most irascible mail carrier.
When the fiddle- and guitar-packing Doucet brothers of BeauSoliel began performing in 1975, they weren’t classified as Cajun musicians. If you asked Michael––the fiddler and lead vocalist––their style was simply French. If you pressed him, he’d say, “swamp pop.” Today, however, with an expansive discography under its belt and a career that spans 35 years, international acclaim, Grammy Award ceremonies, and a football halftime show, BeauSoliel has become the two-step torchbearer for the zydeco rhythms of the Cajun genre.
Every year, more than 100 amateur and professional cooks prepare fresh salsas for My Nana's Best Tasting Salsa Challenge. Proceeds from the daylong salsa competition and festival benefit the Arizona Hemophilia Association, which aims to enhance the life of sufferers and advocate for bleeding disorders. Now in its 29th year, the fest brings in more than 20,000 people annually. In addition to the salsa challenge, the Cazadores Margarita Mix-Off, which takes place from 12:30–3:30 p.m., challenges local bartenders to compete for the title of Best Margarita and a $500 cash prize. Outside of competitions, margaritas and cold beers wash down unlimited chips and salsa, and the rhythms of live bands keep crowds chewing in unison. Parents can accompany their children into a fun zone with multiple bounce houses, interactive games, and a bungee run.
Old Town Mexican Beerfest treats pass holders to a lively outdoor block party filled with live music, flavorful Mexican food, and plenty of beer from brewers based south of the border. As partiers travel from booth to booth, they sip samples of tasty cerveza from brands such as Corona, Negro Modelo, Pacifico, and Dos Equis. The event falls on the fortunate intersection of several celebratory events, including the lively festivities of Cino de Mayo, the freedom of the weekend, and the deep personal introspection common on Kierkegaard's birthday.
Urban Dare Adventure Race is a fast-paced competition that challenges two-person teams to decipher clues, navigate the city, and perform playful stunts. Combining the fast pace of a track meet with the brain-taxing sleuth work of a luge competition, the race uses a dozen trivia-based clues to lead contestants to checkpoints all over Boston. Location-hunters reach their checkpoints by whatever means necessary, whether it means hopping a water taxi down the Charles River, wrestling a T train, cycling madly through a network of secret bike lanes, or taming a feral griffin. At the checkpoints, racers must use a camera to document their presence or, in some cases, get their passports stamped after completing a challenge.
The Venue Scottsdale is a chameleon of a building, as ready to effortlessly host an elegant wedding reception as it is to present a comedy show or concert. The 29,000 square-foot, multi-level confines feature an indoor cobblestone courtyard and leaf-covered balconies, offering an outdoorsy ambience without the worry of inclement weather. Upstairs, a ballroom and a VIP lounge welcome private event goers, while a comedy club inspires knock-knock jokes with its own private entrance.