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The pop-punk pranksters of Bowling for Soup make fun music, funny music, and nothing in between. With their millions-selling catalog of irascible pop nuggets, Bowling for Soup proves why the class clown always gets the girl. Since the goofball quartet broke out of Texas onto the international scene in the mid '90s, they've collected a loyal fan base with their knack for infectious hooks. Best known for hits such as the Grammy-nominated “Girl All the Bad Guys Want” and “1985," the human Alfred E. Neumans continue to fuel invisible pogo sticks with their recent efforts Sorry for Partyin’ and Fishin’ for Woos.
Renowned for rambling country classics such as "18 Wheels and A Dozen Red Roses" and "Where've You Been," Grammy Award–winning Kathy Mattea brings the soot-streaked tunes of her 2008 album Coal to the spacious 34,000-square-foot hall of Schaeffer Auditorium. Coal is a meticulously picked collection of songs that pays tribute to Mattea's richly detailed coal-mining heritage in Appalachian West Virginia. Enjoy this cavernous gamut of musical emotion in one of Schaeffer's 850 seats, gazing out the looming, arched windows at bountiful foliage, or simply directing complete attention to the powerful songs being performed on-stage. Melodious motorists can take advantage of the auditorium’s free parking and speedy shuttle service.
Beads of a Feather's experienced instructors guide students' hands and eyes through the shop's shifting treasure trove of potential body ornamentations. Each Basic Beading class includes three hours of comprehensive, hands-on education covering techniques such as stringing and crimping. All fledgling embellishers walk away with neck and ear adornments along with the basic wire-wrapping skills necessary for future projects and near-future attempts at reinventing the clothes hanger. To aid in such artistic endeavors, Groupon guests can apply their 15% in-store discount toward the shop's exhaustive selection of tools and accessories from brands such as Vintaj, Beadsmith, and Swarovski.
The Zombie Mud Run finally gives people an incentive to exercise—the survival of their species. Amid forested trails, muddy creeks, and challenging obstacles, participants of this post-apocalyptic 5K face off to either save the human race or feast on human flesh, respectively. Clad in a flag-football belt with three flags that represent their brains, heart, and entrails, human participants race to get themselves and their fellow living athletes to the Green Zone, which grants salvation in the form of food, water, music, and beer. Meanwhile, costumed zombies—each of whom are either slow-moving “creepers” or fast-moving “leapers”—positioned along the race course pursue the humans to devour their organs or simply return that contact lens they dropped a mile ago. Human runners who reach the Green Zone with at least one of their flags survive.
Walking into a HobbyTown USA is like immersing yourself in a science fair, toy store, and art-supply shop all at the same time. Stocked with items ranging from 1/25 scale 1969 Camaro model kits ($19.95) to easy-to-care-for ant farms ($17.99), the store has something for any age or interest. Spicy up the tide of warm weather with interactive outdoor activities, such as flying Turbo Jet 2000 gliders ($4.99) or kites shaped like 3-D space shuttles ($19.99), which, unlike real space shuttles, serve decent in-flight meals. For rainy days, pick up a 10-piece carving-knife set ($7.99) and an eight-color all-purpose paint set ($12.15) to repurpose any banister as a totem pole of achievement.
For more than 15 years, the Reading Comedy Outlet has been busting guts with its weekly slate of up-and-coming laugh larks and old-hand guffaw gurus. Arrive early on a Friday or Saturday evening to stake a prime plot of side-splitting real estate for comic concerts including Vancouver chuckle-chucker Phil Hanley on April 15 and 16, and the two-for-one combo of headliners Davin Rosenblatt and Cal Verduchi in late April. Ticket prices average between $13 and $14 per person. While not included in today's Groupon, the Alley Oops Sports Pub cooks up a full menu that includes sandwiches, funnel-cake fries, and slushies mixed with the flavorful tears of sad clowns.