Theater & Shows in Escondido

Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee at Sunshine Brooks Theater on Saturday, August 23 (Up to 50% Off)

Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee

Sunshine Brooks Theater

$27 $13.50

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PhD-holding comedian draws on academic background and PowerPoint skills to craft cerebral comedy sets

Weekend Standup Show for One or Weekday Standup Show for Four at The Comedy Store (Up to 72% Off)

The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store

$32 $9

Comedy club once home to Jim Carrey and George Carlin incites laughter with acts such as Sam Tripoli and Mo Mandel

Standup Comedy Package for Two with Appetizer and Four Tickets to a Future Show at Mad House Comedy Club (Up to 82% Off)

Mad House Comedy Club

Mad House Comedy Club

$162.50 $29

Sets from up-and-coming comedians seen on Comedy Central, in sitcoms, and in movies

$75 for Mystery Comedy Dinner Theater for Two with Magnets at Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater ($130 Value)

Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater

The Imperial House Restaurant

$130 $75

Four-course meal and commemorative show magnets accompany a live, comedic mystery performance with audience participation

$89 for Flamenco Dance Show and Three-Course Spanish Dinner with Sangria at Cafe Sevilla ($163 Value)

Cafe Sevilla

San Diego

$163 $89

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Flamenco performers accompany traditional Spanish dinners centering on paella studded with seafood, chicken, and sausage

"The Great Love Debate" at Lyceum Theater on August 14 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

"The Great Love Debate"

Lyceum Theater

$41.99 $25

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Town Hall-style dating event pairs 7 love experts with 400 singles for an evening of advice, fun, and flirting

Dinner and Jazz Event for Two at Empowering Success Now presents Twilight Dinner and Jazz (50% Off)

Empowering Success Now presents Twilight Dinner and Jazz

Lake Elsinore

$190 $95

Musicians such as Kenny Rice, J. Boykin, and Vaughn Fahie create dulcet tones to accompany dinner, served by Summerly Grille Restaurant

Funniest Housewives of Orange County for One or Four at The Coach House on Saturday, September 6 (Up to 60% Off)

"Funniest Housewives of Orange County"

Coach House

$25 $12.50

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Lauded troupe of standup comedians concocts characters that skewer stereotypes and reality-show tropes

ComedyJuice Standup-Comedy Show at Irvine Improv (Up to 57% Off)

ComedyJuice

Irvine Improv

$30 $15

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ComedyJuice shows pair national headliners with up-and-comers on Tuesday night bills at storied comedy-club chain

Murder Mystery Dinner Show for Two or Four at The Gourmet Detective (Up to 32% Off)

The Gourmet Detective

Multiple Locations

$144 $99

Guests enjoy a three-course meal while playing along with the detective during murder mystery dinner show

"Burlesque Gives Back" at Yost Theater on Saturday, August 30, at 8 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

"Burlesque Gives Back"

Yost Theater

$30 $15

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"The foul-mouthed buxom godmother of LA burlesque" hosts an evening of old-fashioned sauciness, with all proceeds going to charity

Merlin's Magic & Comedy Dinner Theatre for Two or Four at Rib Trader (Up to Half Off)

Merlin's Magic & Comedy Dinner Theatre

Rib Trader

$119.80 $60

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Medievally clad magician weaves mystical tricks before entranced audiences over a dinner of sumptuous barbecue ribs and chicken

"My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, and I'm in Therapy!" on July 9–August 16 (Up to 30% Off)

"My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy!"

Huntington Beach Cent. Library

$61 $42.70

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Steve Solomon’s one-man show introduces audiences to his unusual family through spot-on accents and affectionate impersonations

Roaring 20's Themed Dinner Theater or Rockabilly Night with Beer for Two at Riley's Farm (Up to 41% Off)

Riley's Farm

Oak Glen

$65.90 $39

Charming 1880s apple packing house presents a Roaring 20s-themed dinner theater production and summer dance night with live Rockabilly music

Gut Busters Comedy Show for Four at The Hub Bar and Lounge on Wednesdays through October 1 (Up to 50% Off)

Gut Busters

The Hub Bar & Lounge

$20 $10

Weekly comedy show headlined by local funnyman Rick Rome

"La Bamba" at California Theatre of the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 25, at 8 p.m. (Up to 57% Off)

"La Bamba"

California Theatre of the Performing Arts

$89.75 $39

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Rollicking musical tribute paints a portrait of the all-too-brief life of Hispanic rock star Ritchie Valens

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Renovated in 2011, the Museum of Making Music showcases a permanent display of hundreds of unusual and vintage instruments charting the progression of song-crafting from 1900 to modern times. Five museum galleries present popular music, innovations in instruments and their manufacture, and marketing and distribution techniques in five eras throughout the 20th century. Racks of gleaming instruments line the cases, as well as more eclectic pieces such as double-neck guitars, the crossbreed GuitarViol, and an ancient, forgotten instrument whose name is always whispered: the "clarinet." The museum is dotted with interactive exhibits, giving visitors the chance to craft their own tunes on the exhibit's drum kits or keytar.

5790 Armada Dr
Carlsbad,
CA
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Leila Parello has been teaching ballet for more than 40 years. At The School of Ballet Arts, which Leila founded in 1974, she and her team of professional instructors cultivate a noncompetitive environment in which students can learn the joy of dance through the lens of classical ballet. They teach proper ballet technique, pointe, classical variations, stretch, and jazz, culminating in a well-rounded curriculum for dancers of all ages and skill levels.

8921 Carlton Hills Blvd
Santee,
CA
US

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.

32200 Temecula Pkwy
Temecula,
CA
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A childhood peppered with basketball, football, and volleyball couldn't keep Mary Murphy out of the ballroom after she was struck by the athleticism of the sport while watching a championship performance in her early twenties. She began to compete around the world, eventually slowing down enough to found Champion Ballroom Academy in 1990 and finally teaching there full-time in between stints on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance.

Mary has plucked like-minded instructors for her studio, some of whom created Core Rhythms, a Latin dance-based aerobics program. Many of the other teachers are competitive-dance champions or black belts in hula hoop. Aside from running a flourishing dance studio, Mary's palpable passion for the art form has also driven her to play a leading role in San Diego's Chance to Dance program, a curriculum that introduces school kids to the artistry and strength-building foundations of dance.

3580 5th Ave
San Diego,
CA
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The jazz standard ?Flying Home? brought Savoy Swing Club?s founders together in 1993 at a dance camp, after which the group of friends began meeting regularly to keep the choreography fresh in their minds. The troupe?s dedication to the lindy hop and other jazz-era dances gradually blossomed into the club?s current calendar of professionally staffed classes, workshops, and dance events. Classes grouped by skill level progressively transform students with two left feet or three right toes into fleet-footed hoofers, imparting classic moves that help nurture a sense of rhythm and speed. Each week, students of all levels can take part in Savoy Mondays, a decade-long tradition, as DJs and a single trumpeting swan provide background music for dancers to sharpen their moves. And on the first and third Fridays of every month, the basement of the local Bagel Deli becomes the Blues Underground, where a free introductory blues lesson is followed by a late night of dancing.

7528 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.

8303 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego,
CA
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