A total departure from the Mariinsky Ballet’s version (and somewhere between Footloose and West Side Story) is Rock n’ Roll Cinderella, the story of a girl who’s just gotta dance. Growing up in the 1950s, this Cinderella’s home is ruled by her uptight, stick-in-the-mud stepfather but her toes just can’t stop tapping to that new crazy beat. When her mousy pals Dean and Martin can’t get her a ticket to the Debutante Ball, all seems lost, until a benevolent do-gooder from the “Make a Wish Come True” Society arrives on the scene. Unlike many children’s theater companies, which cast adult actors, the Family Matinee Company puts the city’s most promising young teen actors to work under the direction of Children’s Playwright-in-Residence Stephanie Temple. Past endeavors, like Goldilocks and the Three Aliens, Bollywood Sleepy Beauty, and their Western take on Snow White have inspired gaggles of kiddies hang around after the show for the meet-and-greet.More
Saturdays, Sundays, 2 & 4 p.m. Continues through Oct. 18
When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
Riders on the 22 Fillmore are in love with "Push It!," the citys first happy-hour dive-venue aerobics class. As the bus stops outside Thee Parkside, Judas Priest's "You've Got Another Thing Coming" blasts through the barroom door; the sweaty women inside wave and grin while locals raise their pints. It's a far cry from the bile-raising scene at 24 Hour Fitness. No techno, no Top 40, no experience necessary. The folks who come here every Wednesday feel more comfortable in a pit than in a spinning class, and the hilarious staff promoter Audra Angeli-Slawson (Stinky's Peep Show, Incredibly Strange Wrestling), DJ Spike (Swingin' Utters, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes,
Re-Volts), and instructor Gina "Lunges" Lovoi wears matching headbands and mirrored sunglasses. Which is not to say the workout isn't serious. Lovoi, whose studio opens next month, got her start in boxing (she fought pro in the '90s), but she has experience teaching the elderly and determinedly rotund. She was also host of a public access fitness TV show, which might explain Sam the Hong Kong native who attends every class with his shorts pulled up to his chest, singing his own version of "Heartbreaker" and counting loudly in Chinese. When you were 15, you probably didn't picture yourself doing aerobics to the Damned with Sam, but you probably didn't think youd live this long either, so drop in and work it off.
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