California Nightlife

50% Off Spring Fling Dance Mixer

Handlery Hotel

$40 $20

Fun, quirky singles event for ages 35+ features Speedy Speed-dating and a DJ spinning everything from the '80s to current top tracks

Up to 80% Off Standup at San Jose Improv

San Jose Improv

$96 $20

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Up-and-coming comics lure laughs in storied chain of comedy clubs that showcased such stars as Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld

Up to 59% Off Magic Show

Fairmont Hotel

$73 $30

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Award-winning magician dazzles with carefully wrought illusions and witty banter, accompanied by a live cellist

Dinner Detective Sacramento – 47% Off

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

$161.60 $85

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Dinner party descends into wacky madness as an interactive murder mystery unfolds; improv actors play detectives and suspects

Up to 43% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Theater

Waterfront Hotel

$203.20 $116

Guests attempt to solve a mystery while dining on a four-course meal

Up to 33% Off Standup-Comedy Show

Shamrocks Irish Pub

$15 $10

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Pub hosts set by local and nationally touring comedians

Up to 53% Off at Titanium Hookah

Southeast Anaheim

$29.95 $15

Puff on the flavored, filtered smoke of an ultimate paradise hookah, complemented with soft drinks or tea

52% Off Upscale Pub Food at Breakaway Sports Lounge & Eatery

Meredith Parkwood

$25 $12

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Cooks prepare pub food from scratch, such as shrimp sautéed with whiskey-cream sauce, at a restaurant with high-definition TVs and DJs

50% Off Growlers and Beer

Riverside

$40 $20

Take home a growler to use later; sip four pints at brewery with offerings such as Black Beauty Cream Stout and Heritage Pale Ale

Made Up Theatre – Up to 57% Off Improv

Grimmer

$28 $12

Alternating teams perform long- and short-form improv fueled by audience suggestions

Up to 80% Off Standup at Irvine Improv

Improv Irvine

$96 $20

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Storied chain of comedy clubs where Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld held sway welcomes comics such as Christopher Titus

Up to 50% Off "Of Mice and Men"

Downtown San Bernardino

$60.50 $30

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Local theater outfit presents stage adaptation of renowned Depression-era novella in beautiful, Romanesque auditorium

Up to 60% Off “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Ballet

Oxnard Performing Arts Center

$25 $10

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Professional production of the classic tale of a young woman hiding from an evil queen and the seven dwarfs who take her in

Half Off Hookah at Naim's Lounge

Moreno Valley

$30 $15

Lounge on couches amid water fountains and TVs while enjoying fragrant hookah and nonalcoholic drinks

Up to 52% Off Wine Tasting at Gennaro's Ristorante

Genneros' Risrtorante

$30 $15

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Sample four local and international wines from the frequently changing tasting menu and get 10% off a take-home bottle

Up to 65% Off Craft Beer and Gourmet Pretzels at Johnny's Saloon

Johnny's Saloon

$46 $18

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Pairs or quartets enjoy gourmet pretzels and craft beers such as Murphy's stout, blueberry wheat ale, and Monty Python's Holy Grail ale

34% Off Food and Wine Pairing for Two

Kenwood

$90 $59

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Reserve Room guests head to the tasting room for a seven-course tasting menu paired with multiple pours of red and white wines

Up to 57% Off Tastings at Mattucci Winery

Oceanside

$70 $30

Each patron samples four wines; wines spend between 15 months and two years aging in oak barrels

Up to 50% Off Queen Tribute Show

Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium

$78 $39

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The tribute show captures Queen's sound and spirit in a performance spanning the band's history

Up to 78% Off at Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club

Heritage District

$40 $12

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Variety of comedians who've appeared on late-night talk shows and comedy specials entertain audiences in the intimate club

Up to 79% Off Standup

The Ice House

$94.50 $20

Club carries on a 50-year tradition of hilarity that has included Robin Williams, George Lopez, and Jerry Seinfeld

Up to Half Off Dinner and a Show

Rib Trader

$119.80 $60

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Medievally clad magician weaves mystical tricks before entranced audiences over a dinner of sumptuous barbecue ribs and chicken

Up to 57% Off a Wine Tasting for Two or Four

Westlake Village

$64 $29

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Winery produces three unique blends of red wine each year

The Shorties – Up to 50% Off Improv

Blacktop Comedy

$20 $10

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Game-style comedy show entertains with impromptu skits in the vein of Whose Line Is It Anyway?

44% Off Vin12 Wine Event

Multiple Locations

$70 $39

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Sacramento event highlights pinot noir and zinfandel, Santa Clara spotlights pinot noir—both feature 15+ wineries and 40+ wines to sample

43% Off Services

Vallejo

$30 $17

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Pickel Comedy Productions – $8 to See "Arsenic and Old Lace"

High Desert Center For The Arts

$15 $8

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Mortimer Brewster discovers his two elderly aunts have a hobby of poisoning lonely old men in this pitch-black comedy

Up to 50% Off Dining and Karaoke

Covina-Valley

$80 $40

Groups belt out their favorite tunes at a karaoke lounge with a fusion menu, full bar, and 16 private karaoke rooms

Up to 50% Off Beer Tasting at On The Tracks Brewery

Carlsbad

$26 $15

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Sample house-brewed stouts, porters, and IPAs in tasting room

50% Off Cocktails, Beer, and Wine at Luca's Lounge

Toluca Lake

$24 $12

Bartenders muddle fresh cocktails and pour glasses of beer and wine in a cozy lounge that doubles as an art gallery

Up to 57% Off Standup Comedy

Multiple Locations

$58 $25

Comedy club features sets from nationally touring standups seen on television

50% Off Wine Tasting at Briar Rose Winery

Temecula

$22 $11

Vintners describe the flavors of house varietals as they pour samples of reds and whites made from grapes grown onsite

Half Off Wine-Tasting for Two or Four

Orcutt

$20 $10

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Tasting session focuses on the art of blending wines; guests receive a discount on bottles

Learn About 3D Printing and Watch a 3D Printer in Action

San Mateo

$45 $19

The team from HoneyPoint3D explains 3D printing technology and gives you an up-close view of a 3D printer in action; refreshments available

Up to 54% Off Wine Tasting for Two or Four

Ojai

$70 $35

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Flight of Old World–style wines made from organic grapes served in remodeled tasting room adorned with murals of the local wine region

Dillon Garcia – Up to 51% Off Standup

Press Box 2

$40 $24

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Up-and-coming comedian seen on Comedy Central and opening for Gabriel Iglesias blends sarcasm and self-deprecation in his sets

Up to 50% Off Tastings at California Fruit Wine

Vista

$20 $11

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Winery breaks grape-based conventions with arsenal of handcrafted varieties crafted from such fruits as pomegranates and blueberries

Up to 75% Off Bottle-Service Party Packages at SOL

Carson

$359 $89

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Bottle service specials include a dedicated server, mid- or top-shelf spirits, and champagne

Up to 57% Off Movie and Concessions for Two or Four

Multiple Locations

$37 $18

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Historic cinemas screen festival hits and revivals; upcoming shows include Raging Bull, Jaws, and The Shining

State Street Ballet – Up to $11 Off "Carmen"

Granada Theatre

$31 $20

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Adaptation of George Bizet's romantic masterpiece sees the seductress Carmen tempt the soldier Don José with original choreography

Up to 62% Off Wine Tasting and Cheese for Two

Newport Beach

$70 $29

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Urban microwinery crafts rich vintages with California grapes and pairs pours with vintner-selected cheese plates

AL B. Sure – Up to 52% Off R&B Concert

The Historic Bal Theatre

$66.74 $32

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Pioneer of new jack swing shares smooth R&B jams including "Nite and Day"

Up to Half Off Wine Tasting with Take-Home Bottles

Tracy

$32 $16

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Visitors sample a number of vintages, including a chilled rosé, an aromatic majenas, and a fruity malvasia bianca

Up to 52% Off Craft Beer at Livermore Saloon

Livermore

$30 $15

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More than 22 craft beers pour from taps in a bar outpost of Perry’s Liquor and Craft Beer

50% Off Movie Tickets for Two at Warner Grand Theatre

Warner Grand Theatre Central San Pedro

$24 $12

Watch American classic rock films in historic art deco theater opened in 1931

46% Off Wine Tasting for Two

Downtown Napa

$70 $38

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This chic wine-tasting salon offers a multisensory experience complete with local art in downtown Napa

Up to 53% Off Lunch at Angelica's

Centennial

$48 $25.25

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Chefs craft dishes such as vegetarian ravioli with house marinara, beer-battered fish and chips, and salmon with mango relish

Rascal Flatts and Sheryl Crow – Up to 48% Off

Shoreline Amphitheatre

$37 $20

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Country hitmakers Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, and Gloriana bring their award-winning stylings to an outdoor venue

Up to 55% Off Wine Tasting

Camarillo

$20 $10

Artisanal winery introduces guests to samples that may include Syrah blends, Viognier, and Tannat

Half Off Wine Tastings at Scott Harvey Wines Tasting Room

Sutter Creek

$42 $21

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Sip on reserve wines crafted by master winemaker Scott Harvey before taking home a bottle of zinfandel, barbera, or syrah

Up to 45% Off a Wine Tasting or Wine-Club Membership

Laguna Niguel

$58 $32

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Sample flights of up to five wines selected from boutique wineries and take home a bottle; wine-club members receive two bottles a month

50% Off Wine-Tasting Experience

Lodi

$32 $16

Three generations of the Weibel family have overseen the vineyard, where they practice Old World winemaking techniques

$11 for a Wine Tasting for Two at Joyce Vineyards

Carmel Valley

$20 $11

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Sample 7 wines, including the Black Mountain chardonnay with notes of pear, quince and pineapple, or the bold Pedregal cabernet sauvignon

Up to 43% Off Dinner and Variety Show

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

Up to 37% Off West Coast Elvis Tribute

Sheraton Hotel Sonoma

$30 $19

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Celebration of Elvis features live music, professional tribute artists, and the King's personal friends

Up to 72% Off Wine Tasting & Bottles

San Rafael

$69.98 $23

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In a brand-new tasting room, guests leisurely sample a selection of wines, learn about the winery, and take home a bottle of wine each

38% Off Food and Hookah at Shisha Cafe Lounge

Encino

$40 $25

Guests relax on throw pillows in lantern-lit lounge while enjoying Mediterranean food complemented by an array of hookah flavors

Up to Half Off at Voodoo Hookah Lounge

Brentwood

$23 $12

40 flavors of fresh shisha from Fumari, Fantasia, and Starbuzz; puff flavors such as spiced chai or mix-and-match custom blends

Half Off Beer Flights at Brew Rebellion

Yucaipa

$22 $11

Longtime friends and brewers Andy and Brad craft beers in small batches, incorporating local ingredients into a rotating menu

Half Off Tasting at Wargin Wines

Watsonville

$58 $29

Staffers pour tastings of petite sirah, late-harvest zinfandel & montepulciano-based blend while helping guests discern each wine's flavors

Up to 77% Off Wine Tasting

Covina

$128 $29

Sample and take home organic, sulfate-free wines including cabernet sauvignon, syrah, and merlot

50% Wine Tasting at Merlo Family Estate Vineyards

Merlo Family Vineyards at the Old Sugar Mill

$40 $20

After tasting a four-wine flight, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Syrah, that includes cellar selections, pairs pick a bottle to take home

52% Off Winery Tour and Tasting

Warner Springs

$60 $29

While on a private tour of the family winery, guests taste 5 to 7 varietals

Half Off Wine Blending Package at Avant Tapas & Wine

Buellton

$82 $39

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Learn to blend four different varietals using professional tools under the guidance of a blend-master; includes credit toward tapas

Up to 51% Off Wine and Wine Tastings

Campbell

$50 $25

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House blends and vintages include California-style sangiovese, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon, which are often poured at Saturday tastings

Brea Plaza 5 Cinemas – Up to 41% Off

Brea

$18.50 $11

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Second-run and flashback films on the big screen paired with buckets of buttery popcorn

Up to 57% Off Wine and Olive-Oil Tasting

Hollister

$70 $35

Tours explore winery, olive-oil-making room, and historic home, concluding with sampling of wines; gift certificate for wine and olive oil

Up to 40% Off Movie Outing at Claremont 5

Claremont

$34.75 $22

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Nibble popcorn topped with real butter at a five-screen theater that showcases everything from Hollywood hits to foreign art-house cinema

Up to 60% Off Women’s Standup Showcase

The Coach House

$25 $10

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Lauded troupe of standup comediennes concocts characters that skewer stereotypes and reality-show tropes

Steel Panther – Up to 47% Concert

House of Blues Sunset Strip

$19 $10

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Parody ‘80s heavy-metal band delivers muscular riffs and tongue-in-cheek lyrics during dynamic live performance

50% Off Pub Food and Drinks at Vivo Rooftop Lounge

Dana Point

$30 $15

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Manhattans, gimlets, and specialty cocktails served alongside upscale pub food on a rooftop patio overlooking the ocean

Up to 51% Off R&B Revue Dinner Theater

Zio Fraedo's

$119.50 $59

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Guests dine on a buffet with prime rib while enjoying a musical cabaret performance of R&B hits, then receive an autographed cast photo

44% Off Pizza and Wine Packages at Woodside Vineyards

Menlo Park

$80 $45

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Sip on five varietals of locally-crafted wine made from grapes harvested off vines that have thrived in Woodside for nearly 130 years

Up to 57% Off South Coast Symphony Concert

Crossline Church

$28 $12

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Orange County's young stars perform Beethoven's concerto with an internationally renowned German pianist

Up to 58% Off Wine-Flight Tasting

West Santa Clara

$30 $15

Guests can sample the libations and take in the Santa Cruz Mountains at the vineyard's charming tasting room

Up to 66% Off Western Ballet's "La Fille Mal Gardée"

Foothill College-Smithwick Theatre

$50 $17

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Classic comedic ballet follows two lovers as the maiden's mother attempts to keep them apart

Up to 53% Off Wine Tasting at Carmel Ridge Winery

New Monterey

$20 $10

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Guests sample wines made from grapes grown with a minimum of human intervention and fermented in small lots of French oak barrels

Up to 50% Off Wine Tasting

El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles)

$20 $11

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Tasters can imbibe half-ounce samples of the seven wines and pair them with cheese

Up to 68% Chateau Manzanita Winery Wines

Beard

$75 $35

Winemakers make subtle blends of grapes in the French Bordeaux-style, then age them in French oak barrels

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Amid the bustle of Hollywood Boulevard stand two monuments to the silver screen. One, the TCL Chinese Theatre, oozes with history— imported Chinese stone lions, a 90-foot-tall copper roof, and concrete blocks that bear the handprints of Hollywood luminaries from years gone by each memorialize the celebrated role the building has played in Hollywood for more than eight decades.

Next door, Chinese 6 Theatres is a tribute to the cutting-edge. Six theaters, some with 3D capability, immerse viewers in ultra-realistic picture and sound better than sitting inside Steven Spielberg's android brain. Beyond the plush theater seating, a bar slings cocktails for in-movie sipping and a restaurant serves a full menu for cravings after the show. The service schedule varies for the bar and the restaurant but both will be open during Summer 2013. Whether they opt for the historic cinema or the ultramodern theater, visitors can catch a full slate of acclaimed new releases on their chosen big screen.

The storied history of TCL Chinese Theatre rivals those of the more than 200 celebrities whose handprints, footprints, and autographs are cemented into the theater's forecourt. Erected in 1927 and declared a historical and cultural landmark in 1968, the iconic theater stages movie screenings, premieres, events, and red-carpet ceremonies. Today, moviegoers walking through the theater's main courtyard can revel in the same opulence of those 1920s screen idols, craning their necks upward to take in the looming pagoda that frames the entrance. Inside, the theater's original 1927 screen towers high above the plush red-velvet seats, surrounded by wooden panels that rise to a ceiling with flowing Chinese-style drawings. This classic Hollywood setting is one of the reasons why the theater, in an echo of its origins, hosts celebrity-studded premieres, such as the 2012 opening for Life of Pi and the 2013 opening for Beautiful Creatures.

6925 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles,
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In 1927, after seven years of Prohibition, Vincent Rizzo had an idea. He would buy a winery. While this may have been an unconventional move, he knew he could get Bernardo Winery at a lower price and keep the business thriving with an unlikely product: olive oil. In a stroke of cunning and arguable genius, the first-generation Rizzo owner made use of the olive trees growing on his property, selling the cold-pressed virgin oil to many of the tuna canneries in downtown San Diego. He also continued production of sacramental wine and grape juice that was, according to the winery's website, "guaranteed to ferment by the end of the road."

The winery grew to be one of San Diego County's major wine suppliers in the late 1940s, and Vincent turned the family business over to his son, Ross, in 1962. Ross's passion and dedication fueled the winery's success until his passing in 2008. Ross Rizzo, Jr. now keeps his father and grandfather's legacies alive, adding new varietals and winemaking techniques to the company's repertoire while paying homage to the old ways. Ross still sources his grapes from local vineyards and produces and cellars his wine to develop each variety’s distinct flavor.

Guests can get a behind-the-scenes look at the historic winery during tours and tastings, and the scenic spot also hosts private parties at several outdoor venues and in the Barrel Room, where wooden rafters and huge redwood wine-storage vats create a rustic feel. Once they are done tasting, visitors can wander through a micro village of shops and studios or get a bite to eat at Cafe Merlot. The sprawling property features nods to its storied past with accents such as wagon wheels and an antique thresher machine and events such as grape stompings, otherwise known as do-it-yourself purple pedicures.

13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte
San Diego,
CA
US

Rosie McCann's specializes in twists on traditional Irish fare, tweaking classic Celtic dishes and drinks in a traditional pub setting. The menu showcases plates of irish nachos, sliced spuds slathered in jack and cheddar cheeses, olives, fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and jalapeños. The Americanized version of shepherd's pie simmers grass-fed Humboldt beef and vegetables in a rich irish stock before adding a helmet of mashed potatoes au gratin. Heftier appetites can get satisfaction with bangers & mash, a Celtic take on the English classic, that douses irish sausages and garlic mashed potatoes in Guinness gravy. 10 premium imports or 4 microbrews stand ready on tap, and malt mixologists also pour specialty beer drinks such as the Black Velvet, a whistle-whetting blend of Blackthorn hard apple cider and Guinness.

The dining room echoes the colors of the Irish flag, with burnt-red walls and bright-green stained-glass windows. Guests can cozy up in plush booth seats bedecked in plaid and gaze at glass chandeliers that hang from the ceilings as they sip on mimosas or savor lunch and brunch fare.

355 Santana Row
San Jose,
CA
US

While students at Temple of Poi, , a school of movement and flow arts, perfect their fire-wielding skills, they also focus on channeling balance and harmony within themselves. Classes are designed to not only to help students develop techniques, but to also help them rejuvenate through performance and meditation and improve mind awareness, discipline, and self-empowerment. To keep these experiences safe, the staff stresses fire safety, and only encourages those who feel ready to dance with flames to do so. And those who are not yet ready can join the skilled dancers and perform at festivals and special events.

With students ranging in age from 9 to 82, crackling hot flames whizz by as dancers twirl their ropes of fire in mesmerizing circles. For these dancers, fire is a form of self-expression. They set hula-hoops and staffs afire, and perform duets with the fans of flames. Though they make it look effortless, these masters of the art were once novices, who learned their techniques at Temple of Poi.

Temple of Poi’s instructors teach fire-dancing classes with several props. In beginner and intermediate poi classes, students set fire to balls suspended from a handle, which create brilliant circles of flames when swung. Hula-hoop and staff classes also allow students to create a dazzling show with props doused in seemingly everlasting flames.

953 Mission St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Samba Global Cuisine's menu spans continents, uniting dishes toasted over the leaping flames of a Brazilian grill with those cooked in the heated clay interior of a tandoor oven. Samba's signature rodizio dinners deliver skewered meats to tables, where they are carved by servers directly onto diners' plates. Picanha, a cut of beef, is a popular choice. For those who would rather not indulge in the all-you-can-eat option, the picanha burger—covered in mozzarella, grilled mushrooms, and peppers—offers a taste of the Brazilian beef.

Indian offerings include seven types of naan bread, chicken tikka masala, and biryani rice entrees. Samba serves Mediterranean as well, from falafel appetizers to shish kebab lunches and pizzas dotted with feta cheese.

Though the food comes from various regions, the venue positions diners under the same sky—or at least, a ceiling charmingly painted to mimic the clouds. Samba also celebrates birthdays with above-average fanfare: drums, tambourines, and song, instead of the traditional treat of fine-dining establishments, a lobster clutching candles in its claws.

6737 N Palm Ave
Fresno,
CA
US

Founded with the goal of bolstering childhood development via confidence- and fitness-boosting programs, Tricks Gymnastics, Dance, and Swim's team of instructors keeps kids of all ages active and engaged via a host of high-energy classes. The highly skilled and friendly crew works hard to foster a nurturing environment within each class, keeping a close eye on the kids while teaching them new skills via positive reinforcement and recognition of effort. All three locations offer dance classes that introduce preschool Baryshnikovs to the world of movement and grant school-aged pupils a chance to explore various styles ranging from ballet to jazz to ballroom hokey pokey.

Meanwhile, experienced coaches man gymnastics programs designed to combat inactivity and encourage healthy lifestyles. Young ones aged 0–5 burn excess energy and hone flexibility during Tumblebunny classes, and big kids build strength and character thanks to both noncompetitive and competitive programs. A variety of special events include date nights that enable parents to sneak off for an evening of fun while their progeny plays at the gym. The Folsom location further fortifies its kinetic curriculum with swim programs focused on teaching pupils the essentials of water safety and basic swimming techniques. Paddlers grouped into classes by age hop into the crystalline pool, splashing about in waters kept at a balmy 89 degrees to ward off loitering snowflakes.

4440 Marconi Ave
Sacramento,
CA
US

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