Toes tap, soles crisscross, and ankles point and flex as pairs of dancers whirl across Arthur Murray’s smooth floors, where Sacramento-area hoofers have practiced steps since 1947. A specialized curriculum imparts basics such as foot position and rhythm, as well as how to lead, follow, or trot across the ceiling during beginning classes, and eventually ushers students into bronze, silver, and competition-level gold classes. Graceful instructors certified through the World Professional Dance Teachers Association lead classes and events such as private lessons, group formation practices, core rhythms reviews, and weekly practice parties.
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.
Wildwood Park’s 104 bucolic acres are home to woodland trails, manicured gardens, and the 625-seat Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theater. In service of the center's continuing mission to encourage lifelong learning and fertile imaginations, the expansive grounds host myriad events that marry culture and art, from annual festivals to year-round children’s education programs. Beyond artistic pursuits, visitors can simply savor the center's natural splendor by taking in the sights of the Richard C. Butler Arboretum, wending through the Carl Hunger Wildflower Glenn, or spotting ballerinas in the wild at the park’s eight-acre swan lake. The nonprofit park maintains its gardens, education projects, and other artistic hallmarks purely through help from its community, including volunteers, individual donors, and arts organizations.
Arkansas Extended Learning Center culls a massive, seasonal lineup of informative classes, recruiting chefs, artists, athletes, and other professionals to share their wisdom with students of all ages. Pupils can pick up new hobbies such as fly-fishing or digital photography, or sharpen nascent abilities in fields such as cooking and wine-tasting. Otherwise, they can tone up their physiques in fitness and dance classes, discover a new way to communicate in foreign-language workshops, or learn how to cut their way out of a hedge maze during gardening and landscaping tutorials.
Combining professional players and proficient chefs, Murry's Dinner Playhouse has been a premier venue to witness edible dramatics for more than 40 years. Theater-going tongues can resolve hungry soliloquies in style with the buffet, which pairs proteins including chicken and freshly carved roast beef with an assortment of vegetable and dessert options. The dinner buffet also includes one nonalcoholic beverage. While dining, feast your eyes on Room Service, a classic American farce that brings the madcap energy of Golden Age Broadway to the halls and corridors of the White Way Hotel. During the show, audiences can root for the scheming protagonist while marveling at the immobile accuracy of the set's trained furniture impersonators.
Setting the stage for hilarity on shows such as Comedy Central's Insomniac, and Fox's Show Me the Funny, the Loony Bin Comedy Club presents a mirth-filled environment where patrons can enjoy good service and creative drink concoctions amid impressive feats of farce. Serving as a stepping stone to up-and-coming comedy kings, the club's fluorescent backdrop features a new comedian every week, and has welcomed guffaw greats such as Jeff Foxworthy, Tommy Chong, Dave Attell, and a marmoset dressed as Woody Allen. Upcoming performers include Larry Reeb (April 27–30), known for his politically incorrect alter ego "Uncle Lar," and Arkansas native Tim Gaither (May 4–7), who draws upon his dysfunctional upbringing to create his chortle-inducing characters on command.