On September 21, a dragon boat ceremony set to the thumping percussion of taiko drums kicks off the 2013 Asian Pacific Festival of Arts & Music By the Sea, a two-day affair brimming with cross-cultural peace and understanding. Stocked with cultural exhibits, eating contests, and opportunities for horizon broadening, this year's festival theme, “Reflection Through a Shining Community,” honors the rich heritage and many successes of immigrant populations hailing from all Asian countries. While visitors sample delicious cuisine and lend their ears to native music, a number of programs will compete for attention, including fashion shows, a kids' area, a hip-hop dance competition, and muay thai boxing demonstrations.
While smartphone apps simulate the thrill of battling produce, Fruit Warriors gives participants a taste of real, produce-fueled combat. Inside a walled-off arena, warriors garbed in eclectic costumes and safety goggles seek out and pelt their rivals with expired fruit, creating a large-scale food fight not seen since the Boston Tea Party. In a post-fight party, rivals put aside their arena battles to dance to the sounds of performing bands and DJs, or laugh at comedians. While playing in food all day may make one hungry, Fruit Warriors comes prepared to settle growling stomachs with a number of food trucks and brews inside the Alcohol Palace.
The clatter of toppling pins resounds through the walls of the 89 locations of Bowling Centers of Southern California, which are scattered across Southern California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Each alley abounds with modern lanes and equipment, and many boast concession stands, lounges, and game rooms. The family-friendly centers host regular public bowling sessions and league tournaments. Many of the centers also host private birthday parties, which science has proven to be more fun than birthday parties covered by the paparazzi.
All across California, Western Bowling Proprietors Association sends pins scattering at a network of bowling alleys, each with its own personality. In addition to open bowl on automatically scored lanes, many locations host special events that heighten the experience with enhancements such as vibrant lights, lively music, and laser systems that do double duty protecting the alleys' diamond collections. The alleys also house refreshment facilities, pro shops, and diversions that range from arcade games to billiards.
Dance All You Can's instructors lead classes in more than 20 styles of dancing. Those styles include waltz, tango, two-step, the lindy hop, and many more. They infuse students with the fancy-footed moves of such dances during private and group lessons.
Experienced DJs at the Orange County Turntable Institute guide hands across vinyl grooves and turntable knobs in an introductory course on resuscitating party pulses. Each class positions neophytes behind beat-blazoning equipment for hands-on instruction in basic mixing, blending, cueing, and scratching techniques. In addition to learning the basics of how records work and listening for certain sounds, students absorb DJ culture from its dizzying history to its increasingly digitized future. Instructors DJ Artistic, DJ PNutz, and Tyler Olson impart their wisdom onto record rookies through a structured curriculum driven by transparent tasks and goals. Class sizes of no more than eight ensure individualized attention, preventing all manner of party foul from entering the mix. Newly initiated DJs can move on to take more advanced classes at the institute when Course 1 is complete, as each level builds toward a cumulative crescendo of spinning virtuosity. Students should call to set up a session at a convenient time; classes are offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.