Stitching costumes, choreographing dance routines, composing scores, painting backdrops, channeling inner thespians: in the theater, there's a job for everyone. The staff of theater, music, and dance aficionados at Troubadour Theatre helps kids find their own onstage or backstage niche during classes that culminate in a full-scale production. Past performances have included Twelfth Night and Seussical!, both of which gave students the opportunity to showcase acting skills developed through lessons in improv and theater history. Outside the theater walls, the Troubadour staff strives to provide artistic opportunities for local kids by creating artist-in-residency programs and funding scholarships for talented youth.
With 23 years of experience mining bellies for their precious laughs, Laffs Comedy Caffe features an ever-changing lineup of comics from around the country. Upcoming chucklemeisters include Comedy Central–featured Robert Mac (August 26–27), ComedySportz's Scotty Blanco (September 2–4), and Mike Merryfield (September 9–10), each deftly accompanied by a rotation of featured comics and a cloud of winged whoopee cushions. Guests take in the laugh-rousing performances securely nestled in the stage-front preferred seats, ensuring that ears get to take the first, succulent bites of oncoming jokes. Each Laffs show has a two-order minimum purchase (not included in this Groupon) from the menu, well stocked with such giggle-fueling fare as hot wings ($7.50) and patty melts ($7.50), as well as cocktails and bottled laughing gas from the full bar.
The recipient of an AAA Four Diamond Award for 18 years running, Janos fuses French techniques with Southwestern traditions and local ingredients to forge a constantly evoloving menu that garnered numerous accolades. James-Beard-award-winning chef Janos Wilder fetches fresh produce directly from local organic gardeners and seafood straight from the Sea of Cortez to conjure creative reinventions of Southwestern favorites, much like dressing Wile E. Coyote in a tuxedo. Almonds and dried apricots reinvigorate the classic chili chassis of the pibil pork relleno ($14), served alongside local greens and mesquite honey-glazed pork-belly lardons, and seared divers scallops ($32) swim in a creamy risotto sea before sunning themselves on a shore of asparagus. Chipotle creamed corn, summer tomatoes, and cippolini onions nestle alongside the succulent New York strip loin ($36), draped with a red-wine reduction. Nearly 900 local and international wines line the restaurant's ample cellars with almost 150 available for $50 or less per bottle.
Spawning via cellular mitosis from a single rubber racquetball in 1967, Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club is a 20-acre, 24/7 facility that boasts 11 indoor racquetball and handball courts, two 75-foot heated pools, basketball and volleyball courts, and a complete fitness center. During the unlimited three-month membership ($177 value, initiation fee included), members can arm themselves with a pair of handball gloves ($30 value) or racquetball racquet ($40 value), along with a pair of goggles ($15 value), and sidle up to the courts to hone their bounce and serve techniques in the included four private lessons ($100 value). Each 60-minute lesson is taught by an expert instructor equipped with a watchful set of eagle eyes to monitor your progress and make sure you're not sneaking in corked racquets.
Heat's stylists have no scissors. Its shelves have no hair dye. Instead of creating permanent hair transformations, the staff members at Heat – A Blow Dry Lounge refresh existing looks with simple washes and stylish blowouts. In each uncomplicated service, stylists use hair dryers and styling tools to morph hair's natural curvature into playful waves, bouncy curls, or strands that make a straight beeline down backs like a jail-breaking top hat. Feather extensions, tinsel, and braids can doll up the session, and makeup applications and invigorating fragrances round off the menu of services to ready centerfolds for a glamorous night on the town.
Swim Girl, Inc. teaches young tadpoles a valuable life skill and athletic activity that will keep them in shape and out of sharks throughout their lives. Parents can be assured that swimmers will learn important water safety skills from pre-screened swim instructors, who are certified through the National Swim School Association in swim instruction, and the National Red Cross in CPR, first aid, lifeguarding, and giving world-class high-fives. All instructors boast State of Arizona Preschool Licensing, and each staff member receives an observation and evaluation every four-week session. Future Michael Phelps record-breakers are evaluated by age, physical size, strength, abilities, gill possession, and desire before being placed in one of 10 class levels that will nurture their Neptunian efforts. Students and parents receive regular progress reports and assessments, as well as an underwater photo and certificate of completion for each session. Please see the schedule to plan your progeny's life aquatic.