Escape curates friendly competition within its 45,000-square-foot facility, which houses massive paintball and laser-tag arenas. The faux-combat emporium houses two indoor paintball fields, including a castle-themed map in which players defend flags just like peasants did in the days of medieval paint arrowing. Ribbons of light cut through the ominous fog that hangs over the 5,000-square-foot Q-ZAR Lazertag arena, a maze-like structure illuminated by black lights and soundtracked with high-octane beats. After rounds of recreational warfare, guests can relax at Escape's arcade or tap into the building-wide wireless Internet to send an email ordering an ambush on an unsuspecting pal.
During the seven-production season at Sonoma State, curtains rise on young talent in five diverse theater productions and two dance concerts. In How I Learned to Drive, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning drama running October 20–28, a woman revisits her coming-of-age, addressing common motifs such as family strife, birds and bees, and outgrowing her retainer. Productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which runs November 3–12, and Oklahoma!, running February 7–19, entertain audiences with beloved scripts, and the all-new Super Mega Molten Hot Lava New Play Festival December 8–10 regales audiences with a grab bag of student-written scripts. The farcical whodunit Loot, March 8–17, finishes the theater season with a guffaw. Meanwhile, dancers take the stage during student-choreographed fall dance concerts held December 1–4 and featuring a medley of hip-hop, jazz, and ballet that showcases the body's ability to express grace, rhythm, and a desire for zesty nachos. The spring dance concert, running April 20–28, hosts guest choreographers, who bring an expert eye to craft all-new routines.
The menu at Masala Jack's traditional curry house is a savory bouquet of fragrant, time-honored Indian classics supplemented by vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Diners ease into delicious culinary waters with a variety of appetizers, which include the samosa chole—a pastry-encased potato phenom flanked by garbanzo beans ($3.99)—and the classic garlic naan, which emerges hot from a clay oven before receiving a college education and sprinklings of freshly chopped garlic and cilantro ($1.99). Cool lassi (starting at $1.99), available in strawberry, mango, sweet, or salty flavors, serves as a healing balm for taste buds on a joyful return journey from the spicy, onion-laden battlegrounds of the karahi lamb ($9.99) or chicken ($8.99).
Pump It Up specializes in indoor, inflatable arenas for children. During three fun-filled, pop-in visits children can leap around gargantuan air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slide like butter-slathered otters through an air-filled obstacle course. Pump It Up’s giant indoor air arenas are climate-controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by a well-trained staff and local police. Parents bounce for free during pop-in, so childless adults who want to play will need to borrow a neighbor’s kid or win one from a claw machine.
Couples can tap their toes to triple-rhythms or swivel their shoulders in silver foxtrots during one-hour classes taught by nurturing instructors during the course of five weeks. Offering a safe and supportive environment in which couples of all dancing dexterities can follow their rug-cutting inclinations, The Ballroom specializes in social dancing and restoring mislaid grooves to their rightful owners. A bimonthly class schedule features several spicy levels of hip-swinging salsa classes and a popular East Coast–swing series that will have students lindy hopping over the competition at Jay Gatsby’s next lawn party. Heartland dances such as the line dance give feet a taste of American pie and nightclub dances such as salsa and cha-cha ensure perfect street-credit scores of 850. A series of social-ballroom classes survey traditional waltzes and foxtrots for formal occasions.
Founded in 2006, the Vincent family's 3-acre ranch makes pups feel right at home when their families can't be there to care for them. "There are no cages here," Andrea Vincent explains on her website. "There are no kennels." Unlike even the best boarding facilities, where dogs are isolated in private suites, the Vincents' maximum of four furry guests roam their house at will. An enclosed outdoor play area stretches 1.5 acres, providing plenty of room for canines to play fetch, investigate odors, or negotiate a peace agreement between themselves and their own tail.