Now in their 86th season, the Harlem Globetrotters continue to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team's 2012 world tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favorites take to the hardwood each game, so spectators might spot Special K Daley sharing a behind-the-back pass with newcomer Jacob “Hops” Tucker, the 2011 NCAA slam-dunk champion whose 50-inch vertical leap cruelly dashed his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Trotters might also present a study in contrasts with five-foot-two Too Tall Hall and seven-foot-eight Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, the world's tallest pro basketball player.
Voted Best Local Theatre Group for two consecutive years by the readers of the Toledo City Paper, The Village Players Theatre engages audiences in its 48th season of intimate, immersive stage productions. Drama fans delight during True West, Sam Shepard’s celebrated examination of the duality of man and scruples among scribes. Like dangling a dripping porterhouse over the head of hungry actors, the juicy lead roles of True West have been relished for more than 30 years by famed thespians such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Malkovich, and Erik Estrada. Set in a side of California where the Beach Boys fear to tread, the tale pits Austin, a successful screenwriter, against Lee, his thieving ne’er-do-well brother, in a verbose battle of high stakes and grit. Loaded with leathery dialogue, singing subtext, and dismantled deus ex machinas, the Village Players’ production grips viewers like a gunfighter squeezing a fistful of dental epoxy.
The all-ages, daylong festival rocks to the rhythms of more than 50 northwestern-Ohio bands, solo artists, and DJs spanning three stages. Every genre of popular tunes gets its showcase, from hip-hop to law rock to swing metal. Hobo Stew, an indie pop-punk band from Liberty Center, powers through three-chord head-nodders like “This Will Bite You.” For a heavier sound, check out Archibold metalheads Dethrats, who keep things black with propulsive kickdrums, growling vocals, and sacrificial muppets on “End of Days.” Toledo hip-hop artist Raine Wilder carries the torch of Ohio rap with “I Came for You” and other bursts of percussive rhyme. Headliners can lubricate cheering tubes with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or fuel crowd-surfing muscles with hamburgers, hot dogs, and other BBQ fare.
Certified instructor Nicole Losie-Rife shares her passion for yoga practice through healing Hatha classes suitable for yogis of all levels. Novices can master the basics in the 75-minute gentle class, where they practice foundational poses and guided breathing exercises, which can develop stamina, endurance, and bestow A students with Sting-like powers of endurance. Students of all levels can escape the workday cube during 50-minute lunchtime classes that explore standing poses, sun salutations, and balancing sequences. Well-decorated yoga warriors can sweat through 90-minute Vinyasa flows, which focuses on core work, hip openers, and backbends to help students build strength, as well as inversions and arm balances to help impress guests at dinner parties. Each session at Presence culminates with a thorough cooldown and a period of deep relaxation called savasana. Nicole can provide students with modifications and props to ease injuries, accommodate physical limitations, and support students if their joints and muscles feel more Tin Man than unstuffed Scarecrow.
Adapted from the popular animated film, Madagascar Live! brings to life the furry adventures of the familiar cast of on-the-lam zoo animals as they journey back to the African isle of Madagascar. The toe-tapping theatrics follow these well-organized and upwardly mobile critters as they break out of New York's Central Park Zoo and return to their ancestral homeland. The frenetic fusion of music and dance celebrates friendship with original songs, imaginative sets, and vivid costumes, and it will leave audience members clamoring to stage their own inspired midmorning escapes from the carpool lane. Sit back and take in the touring show's visual tapestry of music and movement amid the dramaturgical surroundings of the Stranahan Theater's 2,424-seat space.