As a lineup of second-run movies splashes upon the two screens of Northern Lights Cinema Grill, waiters deliver a diverse menu of pizzas, burgers, and salads to audience members comfortably lounging around tables. Customers arrive at the theater 30 minutes before the beginning of their chosen show to purchase drinks and place food orders before the lights dim and the night wolves come out. Waiters deliver orders during the show, and can delay the delivery of desserts or other food items at customers’ request. The theater’s matinee showings welcome guests of all ages, while shows after 6:15 p.m. are for patrons 21 and older due to their wine and beer service and dress code of clothes from 1991 or earlier.
Snakes slither in glass display cases, and lizards wriggle in the hands of trained handlers as they're held up in full view of a curious crowd. This is the scene as one of Repticon's presenters educates attendees on the biology, behavior, and typing speeds of exotic cold-blooded creatures at one of the year-round shows held in cities across the country. Reptile and amphibian breeders, scholars, and handlers engage audiences in lectures and demonstrations in the midst of live reptile exhibits, family activities, and displays for exotic-pet supplies. Presentations may focus on the genetics of large snake species, the specifics of exotic-pet care, and the effect that tiny hats have on the image of arachnids such as tarantulas, scorpions, and spiders.
A seafood-focused menu joins forces with an arsenal of brews, served either by the bottle or poured by the glass. Every night of the week, happy hour features discounted suds from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to complement tuna-pineapple tacos, Kobe flank steak on a nest of duck-fat fries, and stone-fired mac 'n' cheese. Standup comics lob their best quips past the dueling pianos Thursday–Saturday. In addition, 12 high-definition flat screens beam the big plays and most attractive referees of basketball, football, and baseball games. See information about specials and events here.
Stage Coach Theatre has entertained audiences for 29 consecutive seasons, shining a flashlight on the human spirit in a variety of genres, including thrillers, comedies, dramedies, and comedramlers. With the 2010–11 season in full bloom, theatergoers can pick its contemporary stage-fruits and slurp up its performance-juices. Darwin in Malibu, a comedy opening October 15, features a living Charles Darwin, 120 years after he died, engaging in a spirited debate with Thomas Huxley and the Bishop of Oxford about science, God, and lesser-known benefits of flossing. For a holiday family outing, A Christmas Twist (opening November 26) stirs the story of A Christmas Carol with a comedic straw, adding a dash of Oliver Twist and Little Orphan Annie. On April 22, Always…Patsy Cline will begin regaling theater-goers with 27 of her tunes, including memorable songs like "Crazy," "Sweet Dreams," and "That Ain't My Medical Chart, Doctor Franklin."
For 12 years, Prairie Dog Productions has tickled funny bones both young and old with original scripts that parody pop culture and classical stories. Just in time for Halloween, season opener Vampire vs. Wolfman skewers the vampire mania that’s reared its fanged head over the past few years. Local talent instills the yuletide values of generosity and humane reindeer ownership in Scooge…Older, but Miser! before jabbing superhero stories in the vividly costumed Gnat Man!. With casual cabaret seating, families can snag seats together to enjoy the ageless appeal and peroxide-squirting pistol of international super spy James Blonde.
Heirloom's unlimited monthly pass provides aspiring toe-tappers with access to any of its 10 weekly dance classes and five nights of open ballroom dance. The hour-long lessons can be taken as often as necessary to polish and perfect moves. Rather than rioting, zoot-suit wearers can peacefully demonstrate during Tuesday's Swing Night, beginning at 7 p.m. with a lindy-hop lesson, with Charleston and blues lessons following on the hour. Wednesday night is Latin Night, with sultry steppers learning salsa, bachata, and Columbian cumbia. Thursday sees the uncanny yet danceable pairing of hip-hop (7 p.m.) and Argentine tango (8 p.m.), before dissolving into a passionate, bandoneón-fueled dance-a-thon. On Saturday, whisk your dancing shoes away to a rockabilly-tinged West Coast swing class, and cruise the subsequent sock-hop for a side-stepping showdown with Brad from HR. Dance partners are not required.