Stunt Wars pits stunt specialists against each other in extreme riding events. Motor mavens such as previous Stunt Wars winners Brian Bubash and Jesse Toler will showcase their stunt-jumping and wheel-balancing prowess as they compete in individual freestyle, long-endo, stunt-cross, and penny-farthing events. Alongside the high-stakes tournaments, a host of heart-pumping entertainment takes place, including extreme car-drifting shows, a go-kart racing track (not included with this Groupon), and a giant-sloth rodeo. An array of motorcycle and extreme-sports vendors will be peddling their bikes and accessories, and numerous food vendors will be on hand to ease appetites. All attendees of the event have the opportunity to win a Kandi Trike as well after purchasing a raffle ticket and doing their best dirtbike-engine impersonation.
The youthful actors at The Osceola County School for the Arts bring to life Larry Shue’s fanciful, theatrical interpretation of My Emperor’s New Clothes, the classic Hans Christian Andersen story. Audience members renew their passports and join thespians on a comedic, musical journey to the kingdom of Mango-Chutney, where an emperor challenges weavers to bring him the most exquisite fabric in the world and offers his daughter’s hand in marriage to whoever can make him believe something that is not real. As a pair of spies from a neighboring country begin scheming, the plot thickens, filling the school’s 2,000-seat theater with more guffaws than the inside of a laughter-canning factory.
Inducted into the National League in 1962, the Houston Astros have since netted six Hall of Fame players and a trip to the World Series. In 2000, the club made its home at Minute Maid Field, a 42,000-capacity stadium replete with red-brick walls, natural grass, and a 242-foot retractable roof. Throughout every game, kids can interact with mascot Junction Jack, a rabbit and train conductor who harkens back to the era when Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish sheepdog, controlled half the Union's railroads.
A staple of the nation’s standup scene since the first location opened in 1963, Improv comedy clubs have been popping up all over for nearly 40 years. The venues have played an instrumental role in the early careers of famous jokesters such as Bette Midler and Jerry Seinfeld. Now firmly established in locales from Florida to California, Improv comedy clubs draw big-name acts and ambitious up-and-comers.
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.
Melanie LaJoie’s dance career began almost three decades ago and has since taken her to Morocco, Egypt, and Russia, where she developed her expertise in an impressive number of ethnic dance traditions. Today, she directs the instructors at A Magi Temple Belly Dance and choreographs and performs pieces at local sites such as Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, and the House of Blues. Her students, who can include ladies age 10 and up, learn everything from warm-up exercises to routines in Bollywood, belly-dancing, and flamenco classes scheduled five days per week.