Founded in 2013, the Bikini Basketball Association is comprised of five female teams in Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, and Philadelphia. Though the association's name suggests that players hit the court wearing swimwear, they actually play in tight-fitting spandex athletic gear that does not billow in the wind like traditional jerseys, threatening to fill with air and lift players off the court and out of the gymnasium.
Crafted by the same wood wizards who built ramps at Woodward's renowned skateboarding camps, Hazard County Skate Park is chock full of ramps, rails, soapboxes, and sweet transitions to appease skaters of all ages and skill levels. Beginners can embark on a four-wheeled adventure, learning basic skills such as how to push properly, how to drop in, and how to perform a 900-degree spin by pressing up arrow while holding the B button. More advanced riders scoot closer to board mastery by focusing on kick flips, front 360 flips, the pop shove it, and various grinds and grabs. Private tutorials are offered any day of the week; simply call ahead to make an appointment. Social skaters may opt for two group classes, held Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. Classes are led by skate scientists Eli Williams and Shelton Halstead, who in addition to being talented teachers and avid McTwisters, also spend time singing "Defying Gravity" from the musical Wicked.
For two days each year, Atlanta hosts the largest backyard party around. The aromas of chicken, pork, and beef fill the air?where they mix with the sounds of rock, blues, and slow-smoked bluegrass. All of the hoopla can only mean one thing: the Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival is back.
Don't let the bibs or interactive kids' games fool you, however. Barbecue is serious business. In total, more than 50 professional and amateur teams compete for glory as well as more than $10,000 in prizes. Pit-masters demonstrate their best barbecuing techniques, which attendees can sample by purchasing barbecue samples from teams, while supplies last. Nearly a dozen of Atlanta's barbecue restaurants will be selling full-sized portions off their menus, as well. Ticket holders may upgrade to a Bourbon Experience to enjoy samples of more than 20 premium bourbons.
The chefs behind Cravings American Bistro please palates and eyes with elegant arrangements of hearty American and seafood fare, escorted to tables atop simple china. Begin a night of lively discussion and synchronized digestion with a choice of six appetizers, including lobster mac 'n' cheese smothered in truffle oil, jumbo broiled crab cakes swimming in sweet-chili aioli, and house-rubbed ribs glazed with a mango barbecue sauce. Seafaring entrees such as the tropical, pan-seared Island grouper and the spicy, fettuccine-laced shrimp Diablo occupy tables with sunken-treasure-finding tips before succumbing to the white noise of chewing. Ravenous carnivores can opt for a 12-ounce new york strip steak—a choice cut of Montana strip loin accented with fingerling potatoes and asparagus stalks that double as stylish stirring sticks for a date's martini.
George C. Wolfe's richly satirical study of the African American experience spans two centuries, investigating cultural preconceptions through a panoply of narratives brought to life by True Colors' skilled company of actors. Jasmine Guy directs the program, which draws on America's rich, conflicted history like a group of crayon-wielding toddlers set loose in Howard Zinn's library. Theatergoers will nestle into the intimate, 500-seat Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center, which boasts top-quality digital audio and lighting equipment to craft a high-caliber dramatic experience.
Appalachian Wilderness Guides leads avid adventurers on Mother Nature explorations and mountainous hikes. Teaming with northern Georgia wineries, the wine-tasting trek whisks vino-lovers through Georgia vineyards, helmed by a tour guide and including a palate-pleasing tasting with accompanying snacks. For the wide-eyed wilderness warrior, the family camping trip provides one night of mind-melding with the outdoors in a provided tent with sleeping bags. Start with a brisk day hike, and then finish with a campfire to nibble on hot dogs, hamburgers, and marshmallows. Along the way, Appalachian Wilderness Guides participate as little or as much as you like, meaning its leaders can leave after setting up the tent or stay to tell campfire stories about the Supreme Court justices who are lurking in the woods. All guides of the uneven grounds are certified in wilderness first-aid, CPR, and Leave No Trace Outdoors Ethics, ensuring the safe removal of unnecessary waste.