Today’s Groupon offers an upgrade from your biography audio books. For $25, you’ll hear legendary lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s candid confessions at The Long Center on Thursday, November 12; the Austin Chronicle’s Robert Faires will prompt the esteemed composer to reflect on his career, collaborations, and creative process during the 8 p.m. event.
Before 1958, the only audible sounds on the grounds of Lucas Oil Raceway were rattling tractors and mooing cows. Nowadays, the 267-acre farm-turned-auto-racing-center roars with thunderous racecar engines on three different racetracks: a 0.686-mile oval track, a quarter-mile drag strip, and a 2.5-mile road course littered with 15 turns. Using this abundance of pavement, the staff stages an array of events and races, including the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals and Wild Wednesdays, where drivers can drag race their own street-legal cars, provided they have a driver's license and their cars have a clean pair of running shorts.
Hogan Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze's fields yield up a bounty of seasonal fruits and veggies, including carving pumpkins of all sizes, specialty gourds and white pumpkins, pie pumpkins, and Indian corn. As of 2014, the farmers put their corn harvest to a new use when they constructed their first corn maze, a complex sprawl of twists and turns that follow the shape of barns, tractors, and grain silos from a bird's eye view.
In addition to growing their own you-pick pumpkins and corn maze, they offer guests tours of their farm. Visitors learn about various farm animals' roles in farm life, and even watch sheep dogs at work, steering flocks, responding to verbal commands, and taking breaks around the water cooler.
Arthur Murray's experienced instructors and owners, including some who have worked with shows such as Dancing With the Stars, stand ready and waiting to teach students in the ways of balance and coordinated rhythmic motion. Bring a partner to your two 45-minute private lessons (a $100 value) or fly solo and dance with your instructor. In either case, you'll leave with a greater understanding of the dance style of your choosing. These lessons are ideal for a betrothed pair prepping for the big wedding dance or a fledgling fitness seeker looking for a fun new way to get in shipshape. Stick to a stately waltz, spicy up life with a rumba, or feel vibrant and playful with a few swing steps in your personal repertoire. Whether you're an experienced dancer hoping to brush up on certain techniques or you have two left feet for feet and two right feet for hands, private lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio offer bountiful dance-based benefits. This Groupon also allows dancers to stop in for one group class ($30 value) to test out their newly acquired skills against unfamiliar counterfeet.
A grand, elegant oasis for all art aficionados, the recently christened Center for the Performing Arts houses several exquisitely designed stages, including a classical Palladium dome in the main building and, just across the green, the new Tarkington Theater and the intimate black-box Studio Theater. Fans of show tunes, timeless melodies, and old-fashioned sly innuendo will get their kicks as the swinging musical Cole enchants the Studio Theater with a swansong performance. Like a biopic with human actors, Cole tells the rollicking tale of Cole Porter, a songwriter synonymous with romance, America, and ascots. From hits such as “Anything Goes,” “Night and Day,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You,” Cole Porter’s perpetual knack for song-crafting gave pep to countless Broadway and Hollywood productions, simultaneously inventing whistling and Harry Connick, Jr. Through song, dance, and intertwining narration, Cole briskly whisks audiences along the jolly tune-aholic’s life journeys, as his humble Indiana beginnings, Parisian blossoming, and triumphant tinseling of Tinseltown binds the Great American Songbook in titanium lace.
The Los Angeles Times labeled Cameron Carpenter a "wild man." CBS Sunday Morning dubbed him a "bad boy." Rarely do these terms fly anywhere near a pipe organist, but Cameron Carpenter is hardly an average musician. The New York Times mused that he "defies tradition with his interpretations and personality." As he performs, he wears a glittering white shirt and sequined shoes and turns the pipe organ into a sonorous piece of exercise equipment, moving with his music and performing pull-ups on the tallest pipes.