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.
Before getting married, Tony and Marcy Brown both held impressive fitness records. Tony moved from a personal-training career to teaching yoga, and Marcy—a seasoned law-enforcement officer and former owner of a personal-training studio—kept her finger firmly on the pulse of gym trends. The pair decided to captain CrossFit Purgatory after becoming convinced of CrossFit's superiority over other popular health regimens. Now, they welcome guests of all ages and abilities to participate in their WODs (Workouts of the Day), emphasizing the values of community and commitment for those trying to rewrite their physical limits.
CrossFit Purgatory rejects superfluous furnishings in favor of a tough, minimalist vibe, decked out in functional training equipment such as kettlebells, Olympic rings, medicine balls, and mammoth bones. The gym's industrial feel is offset by the warmth of its occupants, who welcome new members to tackle the day's routine with open, sweaty arms. Because CrossFit maneuvers are universally scalable, anyone can adjust them to suit their strength level—the coaches have guided patrons from sports competitors to complete newbies to 2010 Biggest Loser contestant Jessica Delfs.
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.