The Imperial Symphony Orchestra is an approximately 80-member coterie of melodically-minded do-gooders, largely made up of volunteer musicians, who provide high-quality entertainment. Today’s deal gets you a best-available reserved seat to all five of the orchestra’s 2010–2011 Masterworks performances, which celebrate the accomplishments of some the world’s finest, most eccentric composers. The initial, October 5 concert kicks things off by traversing the fifth symphonies and concertos of such storied composers as Beethoven, Bach, and Tchaikovsky, whose Symphony no. 5, movement II revealed that Paul was dead and John was the walrus nearly a century before it became popular knowledge. Future concerts include Respighi’s Pines of Rome and symphonized Christmas music featuring a kinetic kick from members of Florida Dance Theatre.
A Broadway hit and 12-time Tony Award winner, Mel Brooks' The Producers features the exploits of con men Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, whose attempt to produce a flop on the Great White Way goes mirthfully awry. Accompanied by a live orchestra and the full-color guffaws of fellow audience members, The Producers ensures a side-stitching, knee-slapping, stranger-high-fiving good time. Currently in its 25th season, Lakeland Community Theatre has given thousands of local performers a spot on stage and ushered untold numbers of plot twists past the awe-struck eyes of more than 325,000 audience members. Its performance space in the Lake Mirror Theatre Complex is sited a short distance from an array of shops and restaurants, ensuring an evening of ample eye, ear, and mouth feasting.
The independent Evolution stimulates the Lakeland scene by selling an eclectic selection of both mainstream and underground music while providing an intimate venue for local and touring musicians to present their craft. Evolution's stock consists of T-shirts ($10+), CDs and vinyl records ($1+), and posters for music fans to coat their empty walls with artist admiration. Peruse Evolution's thousands of vinyls, from timeless classics, including The Beatles and AC/DC, to exciting new artists (though Bob Dole's ambient-metal album is currently sold out). Evolution hosts shows nearly every weekend, featuring artists advancing the cause of rock, hip-hop, folk, and more.
Platform Art, a nonprofit arts organization, champions emerging artists in the fields of visual arts, film, fashion, music, and performance. In the spirit of a Parisian salon, Platform throws casual art parties that exhibit work in a festive, non-gallery atmosphere. Party #17, "We're Not in Canvas Anymore," will regale audiences with an audiovisual smorgasbord of paintings, sculptures, live music, fashion, and velvet-Elvis portraiture. The evening will culminate in honoring the creative collaboration between local children and artist/educator Paula Allen with the unveiling of their mural created for Platform Art. Following its Platform Art debut, the piece will travel to Imabari, Japan, as part of a cultural exchange, then on to Club Med for a much-needed vacation.
Entering their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the Globetrotters will add a new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet further than the official three-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian. See the arch-nemesis Generals try to keep up as the Harlem hardwood sorcerers evade gravity’s oppressive clutches and court clairvoyants distribute unassailable alley-oops. Youngsters can learn about the benefits of teamwork while laughing along with the jovial jocks as they perform classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti.
Named one of USA Today's Top Ten Skating Rinks in 2008, USA Skateplex sends eight-wheelers careening around a skating arena, competing in a full arcade, and snacking at concession stands. During public skate sessions, freewheelers strap on their own blades or a rental pair of old-school four-bangers and do the counter-clockwise coast to DJ hits. Pairs of floating friends can take a breather for intermittent soda and arcade breaks; groups of four get twice as many game tokens and a large cheese pizza to salten the deal.