Today's Groupon is a man dressed as a woman feeding you food. You get $50 worth of food for $25 at Lips, a "drag diner" where men dressed in high heels, bras, skirts, dresses, and women's goalie masks wait your table and put on wildly entertaining drag shows. You get $50 worth of pasta, seafood, poultry, and anything else on the menu, plus drinks such as Lips' famous frozen cosmopolitan. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Today's Groupon gets you $21 tickets to the Cygnet Theatre Company's latest production, Man from Nebraska, showing through November 1. Springing from the Pulitzer Prize–winning quill of Tracy Letts (August: Osage County), this complex, wickedly funny production centers on Ken Carpenter, an ordinary, church-going middle-aged man who one day decides that God doesn't exist. This faith crisis jeopardizes his relationship with his family and propels him into an extraordinary and often hilarious journey of spiritual self-discovery. Normal ticket prices depend on the section and the night, with tickets to Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees priced at $42.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Before dancing entered the mainstream, proms and homecomings were nothing more than public juice gatherings where uncomfortable standing-in-place was punctuated by red punch moustaches. Malashock Dance has been celebrating the intrigue of rhythmic movement for 22 years as its extraordinary dancers and choreographers educate and inspire anyone with a pulse in their dance-marrow. Amateurs and expert movers alike can try a variety of adult technique classes scheduled throughout the week. Learn new ways to move and communicate through your body-chords with beginner and intermediate Modern Technique classes on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., or infuse dance movements with technical core work, stretches, and breath in Pilates Flow sessions Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Classes range from evening hours to morning sessions, including the self-expressive mid-morning Modern Technique class from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.
In many cultures, performers begin training at a young age to ensure they become proficient as well as confident in their art. While the instructors at Scripps Performing Arts Academy believe in that approach, they put just as much focus on stoking the fires of creativity and ensuring that every student has some fun at the same time. Expert faculty members train students as young as three in myriad performance classes, which are held in professional-grade studios outfitted with floating hardwood floors for safe frolicking. Though the studio specializes in the classical discipline of ballet, it also offers programs in tap, jazz, modern, and musical theatre dance. Private lessons, meanwhile, incorporate instruments such as piano.
A calendar of productions allows students ways to showcase what they've learned, and include musicals and three major ballet shows each year. Performances take place in the studios as well as a dedicated black box theatre outfitted with professional stage lights and sound equipment.
In Shakespeare’s time, theatergoers thronged to an outdoor stage set in a unique octagonal building. The aristocracy watched from boxes ringing a central courtyard, while the peasants stood below, close to the action. In San Diego the tradition of performing the Bard’s plays outdoors continues with a similar architectural layout, though the entire audience now gets to watch from comfortable seats. The three performance spaces known collectively as the Old Globe include a modern indoor theater whose exterior is modeled after Shakespeare’s, a smaller indoor theater, and an outdoor festival stage. One of the most respected regional theaters in the nation, The Old Globe offers more than a dozen plays and musicals each year, from recently acclaimed playwrights to fresh takes on traditional productions. The Tony Award-winning theater has been charming audiences for more than 75 years, and offers free seminars, educational programs and special events throughout the year.
For more than 65 years, San Diego Junior Theatre has been training young thespians for a life on the stage. The training has sparked the careers of many notable actors including Dennis Hopper – who took part in one of the earliest productions, and award-winning actresses Raquel Welch and Annette Bening. Although the theater doesn’t offer tours, there are productions running from October through August in the Casa del Prado Theatre. The historic façade is decorated with a rich terra cotta relief and sits just east of the Timken museum and in front of Balboa Park’s Botanical Building. The theater also offers educational programs in Chula Vista, La Jolla and throughout San Diego County, as well as at the central Balboa Park location.