After honing a house improvisation style, Dallas Comedy House began teaching burgeoning comics to deliver fast-paced, spontaneous humor that slays audiences with on-the-fly performances. The packed schedule features Roadside Couch shows, during which performers springboard from an audience-generated topic to craft a barrage of scenes as spontaneously funny as a Vegas drive-through wedding of two clowns. Late Night Improv (Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 p.m.) brings two teams together to showcase their comedic chemistry by playing off associations, images, and goofy premises. Established comedy teams Roadside Couch and Victory Point unite at 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, respectively, to deliver off-the cuff comedy while fans brandish giant foam fingers in support. Though not included with this Groupon, Dallas Comedy House stocks a full bar that starts serving 30 minutes before shows and offers table service during performances.
During the latest stop on its 2012 tour, The Spin Music Festival hypnotizes Honolulu Harbor with the percussive beats and entrancing rhythms poured out by a lineup of electronic-dance gurus. Co-headliner and British DJ Matt Darey rose in the EDM ranks with his pioneering podcast Nocturnal, which proved to be more infectious than a kindergartener with a cold, reaching some 3 million listeners. As an actress and a model as well as the other headlining DJ, LA-bred Caroline D'Amore feeds off the crowd. Her turntables have spun on the same stages as will.i.am and DJ Tiesto, and for 12 dates this summer, she'll remix hits as the resident DJ at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Also taking the stage, Dirty Secret returns home from a stint in San Diego to heat things up with the head DJ at Zanzabar Nightclub in Waikiki, DJ Mike D, and Miko Franconi of Soundsex.
Like the pumpjack from whence it gets its name, The Nodding Donkey Texas Sports Saloon exudes an air of industry and the feel of Texas. Corrugated metal siding lines awnings that shield garage-style glass doors and a red-brick patio as aromas of barbecue brisket and tex-mex tacos vie for dominance with the sound of the game. The game will win out—sixteen flat-screen TVs, including three that measure 83 inches across, display as many games as they can muster, creating a roaring backdrop for tailgate parties and feasts of classic Texas comfort food. Weekend brunch continues the Lone Star theme with reinventions of classic morning dishes such as brisket breakfast tacos and salsa-infused scrambled eggs.
At noon every day, a new flock of butterflies is released into the butterfly house at Texas Discovery Gardens, opening their colorful wings for the first time among the lush vegetation. Counted among their number are elegant species such as the monarch and the blue morpho, while an outdoor nursery attracts native butterflies with nectar-rich plants and attractive butterfly buffets. This is just one of the ten themed areas on the 7.5-acre estate, which brims with vibrant collections of plants collected from around the world and is maintained using sustainable, organic methods. The newly renovated Tribute Garden invites visitors to relax in the shade next to a bubbling fountain, and the Master Gardeners' Garden demonstrates landscaping practices that are both attractive and environmentally friendly.
The organization also offers education and outreach programs for children to teach them about life cycles and natural landscapes, as well as increase their understanding and appreciation for nature. Visitors can also attend festivals including the Butterflies and Bugs Family Festival on August 3, as well as special programing such as Sunrise Pilates and guided nature walks.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
Several years ago, Branndon Bargo and his brother set out on a mammoth adventure. Not sure what they were after, they biked 4,000 miles to Baja, Mexico from Alaska and found themselves submerged in the open waters of the Pacific, scuba diving with great white sharks. After a harrowing climb of Mount McKinley in Alaska, Branndon began questioning his motivations for staying at his desk job. So in 2005, he gently kissed his cubicle goodbye and founded Live Adventure as a means of encouraging others to challenge themselves while discovering deeper connections with the world around them. Within Cedar Hill State Park, Brandon organizes team-building programs and encourages groups to kayak, synchronize swim, and fish on Joe Pool Lake. Other expeditions include rock-climbing outings and custom guided jaunts around the planet.