The Economist's globe-spanning scope, comprehensive analysis, and crushing, unflinching grasp on world economics keep subscribers up-to-date on world news, politics, and business. In addition to the weekly publications—including the magazine's more than 20 special reports and its technology quarterly—all subscribers also get unrestricted access to the online site, with a fully searchable archive dating back to the Neolithic Internet era (1997), as well as free access to The Economist in audio, which includes the option to listen to digital recordings of all print articles or to download them as a weekly podcast. Print subscribers to The Economist also receive "The World in 2012," a special annual volume that predicts trends for the coming year. Digital subscribers do not have access to "The World in 2012." For updates on the go or “on the sitting down on a park bench enjoying the scenery,” both digital and print subscribers can access The Economist on an iPhone, iPad, or Android; every photo, article, chart, and Big Mac index is delivered to subscribers' devices by Thursday at 4 p.m. eastern time.
Stomp has thrilled audiences with mind-blowing percussive pieces for more than 20 years, touring 350 cities and 36 countries across the globe. Kinetic dance numbers incorporate ubiquitous everyday objects, using brooms, sheets of newspaper, and Zippo lighters to fashion intricate beats and sterling examples of what children should not do. The current tour revamps the classic show, phasing out old numbers and adding in exciting set pieces involving paint cans and tractor tires. The BJCC's capacious concert hall provides plenty of room for airborne harmonies to stretch their wings while orchestra- and tier-level seats provide enviable views of onstage numbers and chimpanzees capering in the catwalk.
A World Taekwondo Federation black belt, Master Justin Scarsella has been molding young martial artists since the age of 14. At his eponymous tae kwon do studio, students young and old delve into the martial arts in a structured, supportive, and positive environment. Under his tutelage, students aged 4 and older progress through classes that strengthen and tone the body while fostering discipline, leadership skills, and character development through cooperation, self-control, respect, and confidence.
Programs that build character, leadership, and valuable skills for young people are at the heart of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama’s main mission. Today more than 8,000 children and teens count on the four area BGCCA clubs as a place where they can learn to grow and hone their abilities. By providing a safe place where children and teens can both learn and have fun, the centers hope to promote healthy lifestyles, community engagement, and a greater readiness for the working world. That mission is most apparent in the success of program graduates, who graduate from high school at a rate of 90%, compared to 66% nationally.
The Pink House's stimulating Kindermusik playdates, designed for infants to 5-year-olds, give pint-sized Puccinis a chance to tap into their innate musicality while strengthening intellectual, emotional, and social development. The 45-minute class delves into instrument exploration, helping your youngster discover beats, rhythms, and sounds from storied musical appliances, then hops on the larynx train for vocal play, teaching babbling babies and toddling opera singers how to form words and replicate the inflections of melodic windstorms. Settle into story time while building on language skills, then bop, twirl, and form a toddler jam band during movement activities. Round out your three-quarter hour with some together time, harmoniously bonding with your tuneful descendant over newly acquired music skills and your shared love of experimental German pop-polka, then bid adieu with a 10 song CD or memory card and an instrument in tow. The PJ party time playdates give parents the chance to have a romantic child-free dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., while children are entertained with one hour of music and storytime, followed by one hour of supervised play and crafts. Grouponers may buy multiples of either option as gifts, or for their own children to keep them ahead of the musical curve. An excellent way to introduce your child to the world of chords and harmonics, the playdate is also ideal for busy parents or overprogrammed robot nannies who are searching for a unique meet-and-greet between their young one and the art realm.
Sporting the largest cast-iron statue in the world—a 56-foot, 100,000-pound statue of Vulcan, Roman god of the forge—Vulcan Park and Museum also boasts panoramic views of the city and eye-opening lessons on Birmingham's geology and industrial history. Assembled from local metal in 1904 and erected at the World’s Fair in St. Louis the same year, Vulcan was then shipped back to Birmingham. In 2003, after successfully defending the city from the Kraken, the Colossus of the Deep South was painstakingly moved to its current Red Mountain roost. Inside the museum, a multitude of interactive exhibits regale visitors with tales of the town and Vulcan's storied past, from its World's Fair beginnings to its failed hip-hop career. An elevator ride to Vulcan Park's 124-foot-high observation deck splashes dazzling snapshots of the teeming wildlife in the urban jungle below.