The first Bonkerz Comedy Club was founded in Wisconsin in 1984, when nightclub-owning brothers Joe and John Sanfelippo and best friend George Maltezos decided that it was more fun and less of a hassle to book comedians than musicians. Nearly 30
Standup comedian and Emmy-winning writer Ed Driscoll continues his career-long campaign of relentless rib-tickling in a quintet of appearances atop the stage of the new Louie Anderson Theater. Driscoll has composed material for Dennis Miller and Billy Crystal, opened for Louie Anderson, and contributed to or appeared on a litany of television programs and specials. July 19–23, Driscoll will take to the mic toting a relaxed and friendly style of standup that creates a community of chuckling by rejecting the elitist humor of Internet search engines and self-satisfied housecats.
With classes designed to meet the needs of both beginner and advanced dancers, Tunay Ink instructors educate hip-hop hopefuls in the techniques and aerobic benefits of this popular street dancing style. Amid solid beats and graffitied brick walls, dance disciples can learn the primary elements of breaking before defying gravity and hair-spray hold with head spins. The popping savvy can lord over subservient muscle serfs with a series of classes that teach both popping techniques and effective employment of hip-hop lingo, or weekly locking classes that appeal to the acrobatically inclined with physically demanding moves, such as carrying a sleeper couch up three flights of stairs.
For fans of M?tley Cr?e, Vince Neil's Tatuado at Circus Circus is like a museum, rock club, and bar all rolled into one. Inside the main dining room, 22 high-definition flat-screens?plus several projection screens?play a constant mix of rock videos and behind-the-scenes clips of Vince in Vegas. Besides the TVs, guests can marvel at some of Vince's most cherished possessions, including gold M?tley Cr?e records and framed strands of Tommy Lee's hair. In addition to celebrating Vince's hits, his Tatuado honors present-day rocking with weekly events including live bands and "rock-aoke" nights.
Amid all the sweet riffs and eye-catching memorabilia, cooks put their stamp on bar food classics with everything from vegan grilled cheese sandwiches to burgers sandwiched between slices of grilled Krispy Kreme donuts. They even incorporate Vince's Tatuado Tequila into several dishes, such as pan-fired chicken smothered in a tequila-spiked lime sauce. Vince's Tatuado tequila and vodka also flavor specialty cocktails, which complement each hearty feast.
Billed as a spring celebration of music, art, and food, The Pastel Project plunges festivalgoers into a springtime celebration at the boutique Royal Hotel. An outdoor stage will weather a soundstorm whipped up over a span of two days, elevating 11 artists above the crowd and the sinister clutches of ravenous moles. The Whigs will headline Friday's set, bringing a distinctive Southern twang to its up-tempo garage rock, and lead singer Teri Gender Bender of the Mexican punk outfit Le Butcherettes thrills ears with her husky pipes. Brazilian band CSS tops Saturday's lineup, infusing dance-friendly indie-rock with snotty new wave ‘tude, and STRFKR set legs moving with breezy electropop beats instead of by pretending there’s a rat on the loose.