Comedians Bob Perkell and Jeff Capri met through an act of deceit. When Perkell was gearing up for one of his first productions on the other side of the curtain, Capri called him to get a booking for one of the comedians he said he managed: Jeff Capri. But the charade didn't last long: the show was a success, Capri revealed his real identity, and, eventually, the two channeled their teamwork into a comedy club of their own. During Surf City’s shows, guests can order from a list of sweet, wine-centric cocktails and two dozen beers, including taps of Fat Tire and Shock Top.
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.
The crowd murmurs with excitement, crunching on popcorn and sending out their final texts before turning off their cellphones. Then the lights dim, and all eyes affix to the starlet’s illuminated face, already wrought with emotion that will build in the 90 minutes to follow.
This is the scene that takes place again and again as Jurupa 14 Cinemas screens 3-D masterpieces and other films fresh from Hollywood, where trees are actually just cardboard cutouts. To enhance the movie-watching experience, Coca-Cola freestyle soda machines let drinkers combine flavors for more than 125 different fizzy concoctions that pair with candy and popcorn.
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.