At Starlight Cinemas, cinephiles can get up close and personal with their favorite celebrities without worrying about security guards or the electric force field that keeps Ralph Macchio from aging. Two movie tickets grant Groupon holders and their companions access to any 2-D or 3-D movie (subject to availability), projected in pristine HD digital in every auditorium. A large tub of popcorn fuels buttery snacking during trailers, and a free refill ensures patrons have snacks to eat during the feature or to toss over their shoulder during startling horror scenes. Though not valid with this Groupon, each theater is equipped with full concessions should guests feel the urge for sodas, candy, or other popular cine-fare. Check Starlight Cinemas’ individual websites for current listings and showtimes.
April Numamoto, a certified Master One Stroke instructor who's been teaching for more than 25 years, helms AprilNDesigns, with painting workshops designed for artists of all skill levels. During the One Stroke acrylic painting workshop, April ushers students through the mire of confusing paint-by-number schemes and reveals how to blend, shade, and highlight, all with a single acrylic-coated brushstroke. Canvases quickly bloom into vivid color under the kiss of the speedy technique, creating flowers, still-life paintings, or clocks melting into pools of blurry water lilies in expedient intervals.
GROOV3 founder, Benjamin Allen, seems drawn to dance floors. At the school parties and bat mitzvahs of his youth, he was always showcasing his moves. Though he earned a degree in business and communication from Arizona State University, the call of the dance floor proved stronger than that of the corporate world. Soon after graduation, Benjamin moved to Los Angeles to devote fully himself to the art of the groove in numerous TV commercials, musicals, sitcoms, and stage performances. Benjamin shares his passion for dance with students at GROOV3 during non-competitive cardio-dance classes. GROOV3's fleet of experienced instructors and live DJs attempt to build a community of like-minded dancers and share their commitment to fun-filled calorie burning in a relaxed atmosphere. Classes help students of all fitness levels kick-start their hearts and torch a few calories with energetic dance experiences that tone up muscles along the way.
At Lauridsen Ballet Centre, the well-timed tinkling of piano keys accompanies each leap and plié. Live musical accompaniment is just one of the ways in which the school's professional instructors, led by artistic director Diane Lauridsen, preserve the classical traditions of their art. They maintain a careful balance between encouraging attitudes and rigorous lessons, cultivating physical poise at the same time as mental focus.
Classes for ages three and up accommodate all skill levels, from beginner to pre-professional, and performances through the non-profit South Bay Ballet company showcase students' skills. Though they consider much of their choreography timeless, the staff does not neglect advances in the science of dance—they incorporate current discoveries in the fields of anatomy and movement to enhance both children's and adult classes. Their summer camp intensive also helps attendees to achieve new levels of grace and balance.
Chivas USA dribbles into a fresh season determined to seize control over Major League Soccer's Western Conference and rouse hometown fans during 17 games at the Home Depot Center plus a to-be-determined bonus game. Now in his second season, head coach Robin Fraser presides over a roster that showcases talent from across the globe, such as newly signed defender John Alexander Valencia, whose lanky gait and uncanny ability to read a compass led the way to a pair of Colombian League titles during his time with Atlético Junior. Forward Juan Pablo Angel aims to build on last season's 10-goal performance, as goalkeeper Dan Kennedy traps headers and bicycle kicks with sprawling dives and catcher's mitts.