At the 18-hole Monster Mini Golf indoor course, sharp-swinging guests navigate illuminated balls past 10,000 square feet of horrible goblins, disgruntled swamp monsters, impolite specters, and a scarecrow jack-in-the-box, and an on-site DJ spins tunes and hands out prizes for random reasons. Fun-loving youngsters or families celebrating the sudden popularity of their drying-paint blog can enjoy the course’s engrossing 3-D spectacle, as well as glow-in-the-dark air hockey and arcade games that spit tickets for prizes at skilled players. Golfers may play three mini-golf games back-to-back-to-back to become the mad master scientist of the course or split their Groupon over repeat visits.
As Tommy, one of Howl at the Moon’s piano players, explains on the club’s website, “Every night…we try and throw a party, regardless of whether it’s a Tuesday night or a Saturday night.” The bar’s trademark dueling pianos serve as the epicenter of these nightly celebrations; patrons submit their favorite songs on slips of paper for the pianists and backing musicians to recreate. If the website’s playlist is any indication, the bands can handle popular songs from all genres and eras, from Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” The performances are spirited: colorful lights splash upon a stage where servers, guests, and chairs that have somehow developed mobility all dance along to the music.
Fueling the celebration is the bar’s indulgent selection of drinks. Servers stand over patrons to plunge jello injectors into their mouths, and revelers grab colorful straws to help drain 86-ounce booze buckets filled with sangria or other fruity libations. Pomegranate liqueur and honey-infused whiskey sweeten specialty cocktails, and local beers add depth to coolers stocked with Stella Artois and Dos Equis.
Although The Rapture’s euphoric new album, In the Grace of Your Love, reveals a band that has matured into an art-rock juggernaut capable of captivating a wide spectrum of audiences, its defining essence remains rooted in the primal punk energy of its live show. Having taken the past few years to collect its thoughts and dust off its cowbells, the band marks its triumphant return with a night of pounding drums, pulsing synthesizers, and high-pitched howls courtesy of frontman Luke Jenner. Though described by Pitchfork's Andrew Gaerig as a “patient, skilled rock band unafraid to look uncool,” the trio’s suave brand of digifunk more than compensates for their between-song lectures on steampunk and multiverses. Opening duo Poolside draws on its experience playing in bands such as Ima Robot and the Calculators to incite bouts of dance fever with songs that fuse the clap-your-hands cadences of '70s disco with the casual leanings of '80s synthpop.
The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre's Educational Shakespeariences project aims to give students access to professional theater by performing 91 student-matinee productions of main-stage plays during the 2011–12 school year, with complimentary tickets for students from underserved schools. During the show, students can experience professional sets, costumes, and musical arrangements, bringing their school literature curriculum to life on stage. Student matinees introduce youth to the language and eternal themes of Shakespeare and the arts in general, which can help improve performance in social and academic endeavors.
The historic Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center is home to the Seminole County Repertory Company, which brings the Tony-award winning classic Guys and Dolls to life on its historic stage. Dress up in your best audience-member costume and pick up tickets at will call before taking in the musical comedy from a perch in the house. Nathan Detroit and his gaggle of fellow New York gangsters struggle to keep their underground craps game rolling in the 1920s while being thwarted by a cast of characters that includes scheming Sky Masterson, straitlaced Sarah Brown, and lovelorn bombshell Miss Adelaide. Audience members tap toes and warm eardrums as the cast performs favorites, such as "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat," "Luck, Be a Lady," and the entire Rocky soundtrack.