Things To Do In Long Beach

$23 for a Half-Day Fishing Trip from Pierpoint Landing ($45 Value)

Pierpoint Landing

Downtown Long Beach

The crew of the Southern Cal takes anglers on a half-day trip in search of bass, barracuda, and other fish

$45 $23

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$39 for Ten Barre Exercise Classes at Barre Relevé ($160 Value)

Barre Relevé

Long Beach

Ballet based, high-intensity, low-impact, full-body workout set to professionally mixed dance music

$160 $39

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes, or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Yoga World Studios (Up to 68% Off)

Yoga World Studios

Los Altos

Menagerie of yoga styles suits all comers with classes that range from kids yoga and gentle flow for beginners to Ashtanga for devotees

$75 $35

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$12.75 for $20 or $26 for $40 Worth of Irish Food and Drinks at Tilted Kilt in Long Beach

Tilted Kilt

Marina Pacifica

Irish-inspired food, pub staples, and more than 20 beers sail to tables with the help of scantily clad servers

$20 $12.75

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5, 10, or 20 Tai Chi Classes at School of Healing Martial Arts (Up to 67% Off)

School of Healing Martial Arts

Long Beach

Classes impart the fundamentals of Yang Style 24-form Tai Chi

$75 $29

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Four-Hour or 24-Hour Bike Rental with Lock and Helmet from Tri-Pacific (Up to 67% Off)

Tri-Pacific

Belmont Shore

Competition-level triathlon shop doles out cruiser bikes to rental riders; helmet and lock included

$40 $20

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes for One Person or One Month of Unlimited Yoga for Two People at Yoga on 3rd (Up to 82% Off)

Yoga on 3rd

Downtown Long Beach

The seven yoga class styles range from traditional Vinyasa to posture-oriented core yoga, slow flow yoga, and a kids' class for ages 4–10

$140 $29

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes, or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at We Love Yoga (Up to 70% Off)

WE Love YOGA

Belmont Heights

Yogis bend bodies in 10 types of classes, such as Ashtanga, as students explore movement through the Feldenkrais method or ecstatic dance

$150 $49

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$54 for $120 Worth of Music Lessons — Ronnie Ciago Drum Lessons

Ronnie Ciago Drum Lessons

Long Beach

From the merchant: Beginners to advanced drummers will learn technique, grooves, and reading; they will play all styles by Ronnie Ciago.

$120 $54

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$18 for $60 Worth of Dance Lessons — Breezy Knees

Breezy Knees

Long Beach

World-class instructors teach you how to swing dance. No experience or partner necessary.

$60 $18

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Two or Four 30-Minute Private Golf Lessons from Todd DeAngelis Golf Professional (Up to 53% Off)

Todd DeAngelis Golf Profesional

Long Beach Golf Learning Center

Golf instructor works with players on their long and short game, fundamentals, and visualization techniques

$90 $45

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at FreeSpirit Yoga (Up to 74% Off)

FreeSpirit Yoga

Cal Heights - Bixby Knolls - Los Cerritos

Teachers demonstrate union of breath and movement during classes ranging from challenging flows to prenatal and kids' yoga

$110 $29

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$11 for a One-Hour Hydrobike Ride from Long Beach Hydrobikes ($20 Value)

Long Beach HydroBikes

Los Alamitos Bay Landing

Floating bikes cart pedalers past scenic Alamitos Bay sites, such as a bird sanctuary and seasonal jellyfish cove; free parking

$20 $11

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes at One Month Of Jiu-Jitsu Classes For Kids Or Adults From Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu Academy (61% Off)

Gracie Barra Long Beach

Long Beach

From the merchant: Gracie Barra nurtures your independent thinking supports your fighting spirit and helps you achieve your personal goals

$99 $39

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One Month of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes or 10 Classes with Chute Boxe T-Shirt at Chute Boxe (Up to 85% Off)

Chute Boxe

Long Beach

Muay thai, MMA, jiu-jitsu, and kickboxing classes for children and adults

$195 $29

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5, 10, or 20 Indoor Rowing, Bootcamp, and Yoga Classes at Roworx (Up to 74% Off)

Roworx

Long Beach

One-hour rowing classes usually incorporate strength training to burn calories more efficiently

$95 $25

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10 Dance Classes with Costume or 5 Classes for Two with Costume at Hallie's Dance Co (Up to 54% Off)

Hallie's Dance Co

Long Beach Steel Drum School

Students learn a variety of dance styles, such as classical ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and modern

$90 $45

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10- or 20-Class Fit Camp Pass from Recreation Fitness (Up to 80% Off)

Recreation Fitness

Los Altos - Long Beach

Outdoor classes are tailored to all fitness levels and include activities such as games, partner relays, and dedicated core training.

$170 $39

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5 or 10 Pilates Reformer Classes or One Month of Indoor Cycling at Five Starr Pilates & Fitness (Up to 65% Off)

Five Starr Pilates & Fitness

Long Beach

On Pilates reformer machines and stationary bikes, exercisers challenge themselves with workouts that change up and stay fun

$140 $49

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Improv Comedy: Making it Up as They Go Along

You never know what you're going to see at an improv comedy show?and that's the beauty of it. Read on to see what you should expect at a show or class and to learn just how it is that actors can put their scenes together so fast.

Even when their characters are arguing, improv comics are working from a philosophy of trust and agreement?necessary ingredients for acting together with no script. Improv comedy encompasses a broad array of styles, with the major division between short form?quick, self-contained games?and long form?a series of multiple, interconnected scenes featuring distinct beats. Accordingly, a given performance might resemble a one-act play, a Saturday Night Live?style sketch scene, or a high-energy game show. Most rely on audience suggestions to spark the flow of fresh ideas, however, and some even weave brave audience members into the action.

Perhaps the most famous long-form style is the Harold, in which performers build continuous scenes that develop and intermingle in surprising ways. The unusual name arises from a joke, according to developer Del Close's biography, The Funniest One in the Room. As Close asked his collaborators what to call the new form, someone sarcastically yelled, "Well, Harold's a nice name." Appropriately for a form devoted to spontaneous absurdity, the name stuck.

This comic form also has roots in one of America's darkest eras: the Great Depression. While working for the Works Progress Administration, Viola Spolin needed a way to teach basic theater precepts to unschooled actors of various ages and backgrounds, so she created a series of theater games that focused on the playfulness at the heart of acting. In the 1950s, her son, Paul Sills, applied her principles at the short-lived but influential Compass Players on Chicago's South Side, and, later, at The Second City?one of the most prominent comedy companies of the 20th century, with alumni including John Belushi, Tina Fey, and Steve Carell.

4900 East 7th Street
Long Beach,
CA
US

When Sagi Rochman was drawing up the plans for his new restaurant, he knew he wanted it to be cool. So he named it Sababa, which is Hebrew for "cool"?a designation the chic lounge has easily lived up to. The space brims with plush curtains, modern art, and sleek couches, where groups sit as they sip on craft beers or one of Sababa's award-winning specialty martinis. The spa martini is particularly refreshing, a blend of cucumbers and freshly muddled strawberries that cools patrons as they sit on the outdoor patio under the rays of the Earth's only remaining sun. "The" Margarita is also popular with guests, an unorthodox mixture of tequila, Grand Marnier, freshly pureed passion fruit, and pineapple juice, which one regular swears is the best margarita outside of Mexico.

The cocktail list gets some stiff competition from the food menu. To build up the gustatory roster, Rochman enlisted the talents of celebrity chef Eric Greenspan, a contestant on Food Network programs such as The Next Iron Chef. Inspired by Rochman's heritage, Greenspan constructed a fusion of Mediterranean and Israeli flavors, resulting in dishes such as goat-cheese pizzas and seared ahi tuna with harissa mashed potatoes. There are plenty of small plates as well, including grilled eggplant with tahini and chicken kabobs with an olive-date sauce. As if the inspired tapas and lauded cocktails weren't enough, the lounge regales diners with a slew of events held throughout the week, including wine flights on Tuesdays and dance parties with live DJs on Fridays and Saturdays.

6527 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach,
CA
US

Gabriel Hall, owner of Yoga World Studios, discovered yoga at the age of 19 while pursuing his degree in philosophy. Dr. Allen Arnette—already the clinical director of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Department—began studying yoga as a way of researching the role mental well-being plays in healing physical ailments. Katherine Ostrout studied dance science at Cal State Long Beach and turned to Pilates after a ballet injury laid her low. These three weave their diverse backgrounds into the rich tapestry of talent made up by Yoga World’s team of yogis.

Having studied extensively in particular schools of yoga, instructors bring their individual training into the studio, focusing on disciplines that range from the physically challenging to mentally reflective, and include Iyengar, Ashtanga, Viniyoga, and Anusara. In addition to their regular yoga lessons, the Yoga World team also leads mat-Pilates classes, workshops, and private instruction. They use the art of yoga for healing in one-on-one sessions of Thai yoga therapy, which blends shiatsu massage with acupressure, or they coordinate beachside retreats full of yoga, surfing, and yoga-surfing.

5508 E Britton Dr.
Long Beach,
CA
US

Sip Lounge, inside the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, is like a city with four distinct neighborhoods. Once guests walk past the lobby's large video wall, they're greeted by rows of wine bottles in the glass-enclosed cellar bookending the bar. Behind it, curtains billow beside a water feature that cascades along the wall like the zero-gravity streams found on the moon. Over in the dining room, large tables accommodate groups for gatherings over a local shrimp cocktail or cheese plate. The living room's plush couches cradle pairs for intimate conversations that can be shared over a glass of wine, a cocktail, or a craft beer.

Outside, the large patio embraces the busy energy of Ocean Boulevard without succumbing to it. Umbrellas, heaters, and glass walls separate its confines from the street's frenzy of beeps, brakes, and Model T hand cranks, and a focal fire pit warms both the temperature and the ambiance. The typical soundtrack of upbeat pop and instrumental music supplements Sip Lounge's live series, which hosts local artists from across Southern California.

111 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach,
CA
US

Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with an instructor as the teachers assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.

5236 E Los Altos Plz
Long Beach,
CA
US

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