Greg Frewin boggles minds with an act chock full of mundanity-mocking illusions that helped him win the title of 2009 Magician of the Year from the World Magic Awards. Delivering the dazzle of a Las Vegas performance, the extravagant showman thrills audiences with feats of levitation and games of Twister with a menagerie of savage tigers and vividly coloured exotic birds. A troupe of beautiful dancing girls adds a glitzy flash to the mystical proceedings, participating in tricks and backing up illusions with choreographed numbers. A delectable buffet dinner ($24, not included in this Groupon) is available at 6:30 p.m. for evening performances, allowing patrons to fuel vigorous eye rubbing and epic jaw drops with hearty platters such as baked Atlantic salmon and roast beef accompanied by vegetables, roast potatoes, and a toasty spread of fresh baked pies.
Taking its name from 1920s dance slang, Bees' Knees Dance introduces amateur duos to the joy and expressive power of dancing. Beginner Swing rotates material each month, alternating between intro to eight-count steps and intro to charleston steps, which are the foundations of swing, the lindy hop, and extreme hopscotch. In Beginner Movement, classes cover a variety of dances performed to corresponding music, ranging from swing and 1950s and '60s rock 'n' roll to Bollywood and disco. Instructors promote a positive, enthusiastic energy, encouraging students to socialize and support one other as they build confidence and overcome anxieties about dancing at an upcoming driver's licence renewal. The fall schedule starts September 12 and clusters classes on Monday nights, kicking off with Beginner Movement at 6 p.m., immediately followed by Beginner Swing at 7 p.m.
Family-owned and operated for more than 40 years, Mitchell's Tavern draws diners with beer, spirits, and a lengthy menu of freshly cooked pub fare. Its historic brick building, which is more than 70 years old, housed both a deli and the local fire department before transforming into the neighborhood tavern it is today. An outdoor patio shades rows of tabletops with umbrellas; inside, sports memorabilia and photographs crowd the walls as complimentary popcorn erupts from kettles and hearty roast beef sandwiches, hamburgers, and fried fish mingle with mugs of draft beer and mixed drinks. Happy hours and drink specials give wallets a break throughout the week—Mondays, for instance, bring half-priced bottles of Bud, and ladies night every Saturday treats ladies and gorillas in convincing cashmere gowns to $2 drinks and $4 cosmopolitans.: m]]
Town Pub's grill gurus decorate tables with selections from a menu of juicy burgers, spicy wings, and specialty pizzas amid a bustling neighborhood sports-bar atmosphere. Taste buds embark on a cruise with the Grand Island burger, smothered in thousand-island dressing and topped with lettuce, tomato, and pickle ($4.99). The Ellicott Creek burger teams up with an entourage of potato chips ($4.99), and sets of 10 wings ($7.99) don toppings of garlic parmesan and honey mustard before taking flight toward customers’ mouths. The pub's action-packed calendar features activities and entertainment five nights a week, including live bands on weekends, karaoke on Tuesdays, and an open mic on Wednesdays where aspiring beat-boxers flex their vocal muscles. Big-screen TVs broadcast a steady stream of sports matchups, ensuring that customers don’t miss a second of professional toe-wrestling action.
Ilya's Bellydance & Henna Studio teaches the fine art of tummy undulation and hip-and-shoulder shimmying to abdomens anxious to shuffle their metaphorical belly feet. Eager rug-cutters can strive to improve their poise and self-confidence in a standard belly-dancing, burlesque, or Bollywood workshop. An expert audience mesmerizer instructs on navel-oriented movement techniques, including the classic bellybutton ripple that displays agility and removes any abdomen-attached forest creatures.
Servers at Alternative Brews deliver frosty confections from a selection of 150 different beers, mixed drinks, and cold sodas to thirsty patrons. Though the beer menu rotates, previous selections have included the hop-laden potency of Flying Dog Old Scratch amber ($4.25), and the dark and velvety Young's Double Chocolate stout ($5). Offerings from Ayinger brewery, including Brau Weiss ($5), shuttle refreshing infusions of golden wheat from Germany to waiting glasses. Take a well or call drink of your choice ($4–$4.75) to the outdoor patio to cool off on balmy summer evenings, or show off air-harmonica skills against a backdrop of weekly live blues music. Monthly free beer tastings regale patrons with samples of new drafts from Alternative Brew's ever-changing selection.
Chefs at Toro Tapas Bar infuse their genre-defying tapas with creative fusion cuisine such as bison quesadillas and saffron lobster. Waiters transport small- to medium-size plates to glossy red tables, where diners share bites family style, as mixologists behind a dramatically backlit bar fill goblets with more than 100 wines. High ceilings with exposed girders soar above the space, and terra cotta walls bear abstract paintings that, if stared at long enough, reveal a 3D image of which diner will pick up the bill.