In 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 new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet farther than the official 3-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian.
In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
Since opening with a Frank Sinatra performance in 1990, the stadium now known as Times Union Center has seen more than 15 million guests pass through its turnstiles. That’s only slightly smaller than the population of the Netherlands and roughly equal to the number of people worldwide who enjoy candy corn. Besides attracting such entertainment titans as the Rolling Stones, U2, Disney’s “On Ice” series, and the Harlem Globetrotters, the multifunction arena is also home to the AHL’s Albany Devils and college basketball’s Siena Saints.
A nexus of Northern California entertainment that attracts nearly two million total spectators to roughly 200 events each year, Sleep Train Arena rarely takes a night off. The rumbling coliseum has hosted some of the world's most venerable musical acts, including the Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake, and Paul McCartney, as well as regular sporting events. As the home base for the Sacramento Kings, for example, Sleep Train Arena hosts up to 17,317 fans, whose cheers fill the rafters as the basketball game finally switches to hockey in the second half.
With a centralized location, easy access to I-80, and proximity to several hotels that provide complimentary transportation, Oak Point Events is ideally situated to host special occasions. An intimate outdoor area holds wedding ceremonies, and a 1,700-square-foot main hall accommodates up to 180 guests for receptions, seminars, proms, and other events. The recently remodeled reception hall features a new sound system and video projector, and opens its doors to outside caterers or agencies that rent out dance floors or limbo sticks. At each wedding reception, an onsite host oversees the details and gives particular attention to the bride's happiness. Upon request, Oak Point Events outfits its facilities with rental equipment, including microphones, disco balls, and pianos. Additionally, a 700-square-foot meeting space with high-speed wireless Internet and U.S. long-distance telephone services facilitates corporate events.
The welcoming instructors at Sacramento Pole Fitness guide students of all experience levels through fun, sweat-inducing sessions of vertical acrobatics. In private, fitness-based classes, the teachers meet students in one-on-one sessions to help refine techniques, teach basic and intermediate moves, or perfect fireman escapes. With five-class passes, dancers have the freedom to try several different sessions. The Pole Orientation class begins with critical safety information before moving on to hands-on trials. Test out a variety of spins, climbs, twirls, and floor work in the Pole Passion class, which preps students to perform tougher cardio workouts and navigate a ropes course made of feather boas in the more advanced Pole Fitness class. Students never have to share poles, which vary in length up to 12 feet and by manufacturer, allowing dancers to test different poles.