The experienced fancy footers at Arthur Murray instruct pupils in the art of coordinated rhythmic motion in 13 styles, ranging from the foxtrot to the mambo. During group lessons, sashaying students learn dance patterns and techniques to lead or follow steps through elegant waltzes, marching merengues, and shock-inducing electric slides. Sessions are tailored for all skill levels from experienced toe tappers to those with little or no dance experience. In each class, steppers pair up with classmates of their skill level to practice perfecting rhythm, movement, choreographed footwork, and synchronized blinking. Dance-persuasions change daily and weekly, providing toes ample variety throughout the monthly calendar.
The NHRA brings top pedal grinders together to compete, as Auto Club Raceway at Pomona kicks off the new season with the high-octane 52nd annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals. Racing fans from across the country descend on Southern California to absorb one of the sport's grandest traditions, an event where fresh rides are revealed, new sponsorships are celebrated, and rookie drivers try to make a name for themselves by driving at least one lap backwards. Throughout the day, qualifying rounds in categories such as Top Fuel and Pro Stock showcase teams as they begin their pursuit for a coveted spot in the Countdown to the Championship. Attendees can rev their cheering-fueled engines by donning an NHRA T-shirt or browsing a fan guide, which provides recipes for each car’s favorite motor-oil smoothie.
Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre—soon to kick off their 40th season—serve up a sumptuous buffet before each performance to infuse audiences with enough energy for aisle-rolling. Specializing in classic farces, Broadway musicals, and the occasional spot of children’s theater, the troupe has carried out rollicking performances of Hello Dolly, Annie Get Your Gun, Legally Blonde, and Winnie the Pooh. Every year at yuletide the performers roll out their Christmas special, and every Arbor Day features an all-tree performance of Grease.
As an independently run cinema, Movie Buff Theatre enjoys a freedom that helps keep prices low and schedules flexible, letting them opt out of screening PSAs on recommended candy-bar consumption levels. Fourteen screens flicker with first-run films, indie hits, and family favorites. They also regularly host midnight showings of recent box-office hits. For the younger set, the theater offers free children's films on Wednesdays in the summer. At the concession stand, moviegoers enjoy bottomless popcorn and sodas.
First-run movies, including 3-D and family films, light up the screens at Republic Theatre Group, LLC's six locations in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Concession stands attract nostrils and stomachs alike with fragrant popcorn, taste-bud-tickling candy, and canteens of soda.
Glowing neon against the horizon, Greenbriar Cinema Grill is a hybrid house that combines a movie theater and restaurant in one experience. From the outside, the destination looks like a retro diner—inside, patrons can sink into cushy maroon chairs at tables set up throughout the theater for family bonding and comfy noshing. Greenbriar Cinema Grill offers family-friendly picks that parents can enjoy, with recent options including The Other Guys, a blank screen between showtimes, and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. As you and a guest marvel at the audio-visual spectacle displayed in front of you during your choice of a matinee or evening show, you can relax with a classic tub of corn kernels that have been heated into fluffy nubs with a bucket of Monsters Popcorn ($3.99), freshly popped with your choice of no butter, butter, or hold-the-popcorn butter. Though food is not included with today's Groupon, pull up a menu and take advantage of the latter half of Greenbriar's namesake with a 12-inch pizza ($9.99–$14.50), sandwiches ($6.99–$10.50), or a giant root beer float ($4.50).