The classically focused Alexandra Ballet entertains audiences with a well-rounded dance diet ranging from contemporary original pieces to traditional masterworks. The company’s agile dancers have pirouetted their way to uproarious applause in past performances that include The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Peter and the Wolf. Since 2003, the company has enriched the community through its educational-outreach programs, which provide youngsters with free learning materials and ballet performances throughout the school year.
From its perch atop the Bridge Hotel, Carmen's pairs wide-open oceanfront views and city vistas with fresh seasonal cuisine conceived by chef Dudley Rich, who has cooked privately for U.S. presidents. Starters from the dinner menu make apt preludes or small plates, with options such as the eggplant-and-goat-cheese ravioli swirled in a thyme cream sauce ($12). Sizzling with meats sourced from Harris Ranch, veal chops arrive drizzled in truffle butter ($45), and charbroiled filet mignon ($40) fairly accuses its port-wine-and-shallot reduction of smothering it. The entree menu also sates seafood yens with selections such as the peppercorn-crusted swordfish, sauced in a morel-mushroom dressing ($28).
Something happens at Nash Vegas during the weekend. People start to tap their toes, as new bands take the stage and fill the bar with sounds of country music. At some point, patrons can no longer resist the urge to hit the dance floor and boogie like Johnny Cash used to when no one was looking. Events like these unfold at 9 p.m. each and every weekend, though that's not the only time the sounds of honky tonk fill the bar. Nash Vegas has been known to host weekday events as well, such as a Tuesday Night Tequila Jam complete with specials on beer and shots. The bar also serves pizza, and patrons can play pool when not cheering on live bands.
Cuisine Type: Gourmet to country, depending on the theme
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 1–5
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Chicken cordon bleu
Delivery/Takeout Available: No
For years, Barbara Spencer had dreams of opening a combination bed and breakfast and photo studio. Now she's the proprietor of her own Victorian Country Inn, a quaint B&B with everything from a Victorian tea room to an Old Tyme photo studio, where patrons dress in costumes for Western, Civil War, and Roaring '20s photos.
The photo shoots aren't the only reason for guests to get into character. Patrons also dress in costumes to play characters for the famed mystery dinners without needing to memorize any lines. The events embody a slew of themes, such as Public Enemy #1 with 1930s Historical Criminals, Roaring '20s in the Sarsparilla Speakeasy, and Clue Mystery, where folks try to work out if the butler did it in the conservatory with a bottle of shoe polish. Meanwhile, wardrobed guests dine on similarly-themed BYOB gourmet meals, made with local produce whenever possible.
After the night's activities, patrons head up to bed in the Garden Spa suite to cozy up next to the fireplace. They might also explore the Starlight Theater suite, a special vintage room that allows folks to go full Sherlock Holmes with a hidden passage to the inn's theater room, where folks enjoy old movies.
Girls Night: The Musical follows five friends as they celebrate their past, present, and future through a raunchy night of comedic karaoke. The small size of the 408-seat theater guarantees an unobstructed view and ample acoustics as actresses belt out classics such as "I Will Survive," "It's Raining Men," and "We Are Family," evoking nostalgia for decades past better than a ghost eating apple pie. Since the play possesses content similar to an R-rated movie, theatergoers are encouraged to bring guests age 18 or older or a handheld naughty-word filter.