At Devi Yoga Center, seasoned instructors draw on backgrounds in dance, psychotherapy, and somatic study to teach ancient poses that are both graceful and meditative. The 1,100-square-foot studio, complete with cathedral ceilings, radiant heat, and natural light, shelters students from the stress and flying monkeys waiting outside. Owner Kashi Ananda specializes in TriYoga, a system based in ancient yoga that features a sequence of kundalini-inspired postures synchronized with breath and focus, meant to boost physical, mental, and spiritual energy. Students can also cultivate strength, flexibility, and inner peace with other styles of yoga, from beginner-friendly aerial routines to relaxing prenatal sessions with a complimentary tea service.
Dr. Evil was born to a Russian scientist during the height of the plague that stole his mother in 1771. To this day, the immortal Dr. Evil carries on his father’s gruesome experiments—stopping at nothing to find a body that can host his dear mother’s soul, which his father preserved in a metal box.
For this year's new theme, adventurers explore the doctor’s House of Horrors, wandering amid blood-soaked halls that teem with the insane and demonic, including doctors vivisecting their patients, clowns in hastily smeared makeup, and a disgusting man returning from the bathroom without washing his hands. Live actors hiss and scream at the interlopers as they step across uneven flooring, press on through rooms coated in spiderwebs, and twist and turn through fog. Victims too young for the main attraction are invited to the free, kid-friendly fun house.
SILO'S fills melodic voids with performances by local and nationally recognized artists and coats throats with bottled bliss from a number of Carneros and Napa Valley wineries. Friday and Saturday nights, live jazz, blues, rock, reggae, and Motown acts inspire involuntary gyrations on the dance floor with a cover charge ($10–$20 per show) to prevent exuberant octopi from clogging dancing lanes. Upcoming acts include the British Invasion tribute act The Who Too on Saturday, April 16, and the classic-rock cover experts of Renegade on Saturday, April 30, playing the songs of Journey, REO Speedwagon, and other '70s and '80s acts.
Renowned Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, who has received four Grammy awards and six Billboard awards, lacquers his audience's eardrums with genre-hopping performances that range from classical to bebob. After mastering the classical style during the beginning stages of his career, Sandoval repurposed his horn for jazz, using the valves to create improvisational glissandos and adding a Mustang-V8 engine to the bell. Revel in the expansive soundscape as he exemplifies these jazz chops and peforms an eclectic range of other tunes, including Afro-Cuban creations inspired by his homeland and some of Mozart's concertos. Unsatisfied with relying upon just a single instrument, the artist will also tickle the piano keys and flugel-horn valves, which yield much nicer sounds than tickling a bobcat.
The Davis Musical Theatre Company, one of the longest running nonprofit amateur musical-theater companies in California, embarks on its 27th season with a winning calendar of notable Broadway favorites. This season's lineup boasts a bevy of sing-along classics brimming with comedy, romance, and dialogue spoken in falsetto. Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I (September 9—October 2) spins a timeless tale of romance and internal romantic struggles, strung with a songbook that eternally leases the ears. Bye Bye Birdie (November 4–27) lovingly skewers the golden salad days of rock 'n' roll in an Elvis-haunted musical tribute to sock hops and bomb shelters made out of red meat. The New Year brings a flock of warmth to the season, with the fiery runs of Chicago (January 6–29) and Faust-tinged Damn Yankees(February 24–March 18). Rounding out the season is the unsinkable drama of the Tony winning Titanic – The Musical (April 13–May 6), followed by the scale-tipping comic shindigs of Hairspray(June 22–July 15). The intimacy of the Performing Arts Center's 238 seats allows musical-theater fans of all hat sizes to absorb the roaming melodies without the obstruction of a cartwheeling Nathan Lane.