By 2011 things weren?t looking good for Angel's, the dive bar former wrestler Renee Vicary had run since 1992. But that was before Jon Taffer came to the rescue with his inaugural episode of Spike TV?s Bar Rescue. According to the Los Angeles Times, Jon took a mere five days to convert Angel's ?from a dingy sports bar into a classed-up whiskey den called Racks Billiards & Bourbon.?
These days, the bar sports plenty of its namesake pool tables and whiskeys, along with an extensive craft beer selection. These pours complement a menu chockfull of classic bar food, ranging from deep-fried mac and cheese balls to Sriracha-infused burgers topped with beer-battered jalape?os. Meals can be enjoyed over a round of eight-ball or one of Racks? other entertainment options, such as karaoke sessions and live DJ sets.
Comfy leather booths surround a bumping dance floor at M15 Concert Bar & Grill, making the club?s prerogative known from the get-go. If it wasn?t clear, though, a rich menu of classic grill fare such as rib-eye steaks and shrimp scampi shows off the kitchen?s devotion to food, whereas a weekly lineup of musical and comedy acts demonstrate the venue?s commitment to entertainment. Tribute acts regularly wind back the clock onstage, whether yowling like Axl Rose or sporting the invisible reptilian crown of Jim Morrison. Actual stars of yesteryear have been known to make appearances as well, including Tommy Tutone and Bow Wow Wow. M15 Concert Bar & Grill?s dance parties might be themed around the music of decades past or be soundtracked by DJs spinning dub step, hip-hop, and electronica?whatever it takes to get guests shaking their hips into the night.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with an instructor as the teachers assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
The Hottest 100 Music Festival paints the weekend in shades of competitive euphony as up to 200 bands, artists, and DJs strive for their place in the top 100. For two days, the scenic grounds of Irvine Lake are saturated in 12 unrelenting hours of melody, as bands representing every genre and necktie technique trade barbed jabs and retorting riffs across eight stages. Headlining Saturday's stable of hungry rock hippos, electro hip-hop trio Hyper Crush exercises irrepressible crunkitude, and the mirror-mesmerizing posse of It Boys! taunts audiences by eating multiple servings of songs without gaining weight. Sunday's supernova includes the hardcore crew of Stick to Your Guns, the brawny pop-punk of A Static Lullaby, and a special set from noted headbangers Bleeding Through, whose thrash metal solicits whiplash and spare change to launder a load of black T-shirts.
The Dinner Detective's renowned troupe of talented actors engages audiences with an evening of laughs, intrigue, and suspense as mock murder accompanies a four-course meal where everyone in attendance is a suspect. A dressed-down cast of professional Hollywood- and Chicago-trained sleuths circulates through the crowd, sniffing out phony alibis and asking the hard questions to solve the mystery of each whodunit. Before the night is over, the fictional criminal is cuffed and the most accurately detecting diner takes home a prize package. The Dinner Detective leases out its gumshoes to clean up crime during private events such as fundraisers, family reunions, or embezzlement hearings. The thespians have sharpened their entertaining chops by performing for such Fortune 500 companies as Universal Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering.
At the Huck Finn Jubilee, a slew of high-profile bluegrass performers?Grammy-winners and innovators, solo performers and Polyphonic-Spree-sized bands alike?hit the stage for a packed weekend of live music. Visitors don't just listen and snack on the festival food, though. They participate, showing their music chops in instructional jam sessions, and their fancy footwork at line dancing parties.
The verdant grounds of Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park. where the festival is held, offer plenty of outdoorsy entertainment, too. Visitors camp out on its grounds, and fish in its two lakes, for fun or during the legendary Blind Bogie Fishin' Derby. Other contests appeal to land-lubbers, too, such as a Tom Sawyer fence-painting contest and a "Climb the Greased Pole" challenge, whose winner is typically born with magnetic hands.