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Up to 51% Off Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons Festival

Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons

Huntington Beach State Beach

$57 $30

Three-day festival with live music and watermelon pits 50-plus barbecue teams against each other for a good cause

Up to 30% Off One-Man Comedy

"My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy!"

Huntington Beach Cent. Library

$61 $42.70

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Steve Solomon’s one-man show introduces audiences to his unusual family through spot-on accents and affectionate impersonations

$6 for Roller-Derby Bout or Classes

OC Roller Derby

The Rinks - Huntington Beach

$11.54 $6

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Roller-derby squads face off against some of the top teams in the west coast and train aspiring skaters in fast-paced classes

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – Up to 65% Off Game

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

$19.50 $10

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The Angels take on two AL foes behind an offense that has produced the fourth-most runs in MLB

Up to 50% Off "Gotham Vixens" Burlesque

"Gotham Vixens"

Yost Theater

$30 $15

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Acclaimed burlesque performers put on a saucy "Batman"-themed show featuring classic comic-book villains

Harlem Globetrotters – Up to Half Off Kids' Clinic

Harlem Globetrotters Summer Basketball Clinic

24 Hour Fitness- Orange Super Sport

$111 $55

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Harlem Globetrotters players coach kids ages 6–12 on basketball fundamentals, drills, and off-the-court character development

Up to 42% Off Karmin or The Fresh Beat Band

Karmin or Fresh Beat Band

Pacific Amphitheatre

$25.35 $15

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Youtube sensations behind "Brokenhearted" and Nick, Jr. musical quartet take the stage for a pair of summer concerts

Brea Plaza 5 Cinemas – Up to 41% Off

Brea Plaza 5 Cinemas

Brea

$18.50 $11

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Second-run and flashback films on the big screen paired with buckets of buttery popcorn

Brea Improv – Up to 81% Off Standup

Brea Improv

Brea Improv

$100 $20

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Up-and-coming comics take the mic in a storied comedy chain that has showcased Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld

Up to 32% Off Murder Mystery Dinner at The Gourmet Detective

The Gourmet Detective

Multiple Locations

$144 $99

Guests enjoy a three-course meal while playing along with the detective during murder mystery dinner show

Up to 57% Off Standup Comedy

ComedyJuice

Irvine Improv

$30 $15

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ComedyJuice shows pair national headliners with up-and-comers on Tuesday night bills at storied comedy-club chain

Uncle Kracker, Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray – Up to 53% Off

Under the Sun Tour

The Greek Theatre

$53.35 $25

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Sunny acts Smash Mouth and Sugar Ray join fellow genre-bending hit-makers Blues Traveler and Uncle Kracker

Up to 51% Off Hollywood Heist Dinner Show at Next Door Lounge

Next Door Lounge

Hollywood

$75 $37

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Guests dine on three courses as a theatrical heist provides entertainment in a stylish, welcoming speakeasy

Up to 50% Off Standup Comedy

ComedyJuice

Hollywood Improv

$28 $14

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Weekly Wednesday night shows bring big names in comedy

The LA Feline Film Festival – Up to 50% Off

The LA Feline Film Festival

Exposition Park

$15 $10

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Internet cat videos join appearances by real cats and celebrity cats, with proceeds going to rescue groups

Up to 78% Off Standup Comedy

The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store

$45 $10

Comedy club once home to Jim Carrey and George Carlin hosts showcases of nationally known comics and surprise guests

F.A.C.E. Runway Fashion Show – Up to 43% Off

F.A.C.E. Runway Fashion Show

333 Live

$31.74 $18

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Mingle with celebrities and fashion bloggers while watching a runway show displaying designers' 2015 collections; after-party with DJs

50% Off at Film Event at Sistah Sinema

Sistah Sinema

Los Angeles

$10 $5

Monthly event showcases films by queer women of color and leads into a safe group discussion of the film and subject

Up to 57% Off Movie and Concessions for Two or Four

Aero Theatre or Egyptian Theatre

Multiple Locations

$37 $18

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Historic cinemas screen festival hits and revivals; upcoming shows include Raging Bull, Jaws, and The Shining

Up to 60% Off at The Belasco Theater

The Belasco Theater

Downtown Los Angeles

$75 $30

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Sip drinks in a 40,000-square-foot venue with a ballroom, theatre, basement lounge, and tapas bar

Up to 54% Off Magic Show

Close Up Magic & Comedy-Live

The Santa Monica Little Theatre

$32.37 $15

Frequent Magic Castle performer shares close-up sleight of hand and dry wit

"The Trial of Dali" – Up to 55% Off Comedic Play

The Trial of Dali

Lounge Theatre

$16.75 $10

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Satire set in Spain in 1948 pits surrealist painter Salvador Dali against an attorney charging him with violating the moral code

Up to 63% Off Comedy Ninja Film and Screenplay Festival

Comedy Ninja Film and Screenplay Festival

The Japanese American National Museum

$26.82 $10

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Three-day festival celebrates independent comedy films with four feature length presentations and four blocks of shorts

Up to 51% Off Four Weeks of Kids' Tennis Lessons

Johnny Allen Tennis

Multiple Locations

$99 $49

In twice-weekly classes, beginners learn basic techniques, while more advanced players focus on balance and movement during drills and games

38% Off Empire Wrestling Federation Event

Empire Wrestling Federation

EWF Arena at Knights of Columbus Hall

$40 $25

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Meet and greet wrestlers before settling in for a night of canvas-quaking takedowns and turnbuckle acrobatics

43% Off at Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach

Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach

$14 $8

Art festival blocks from the beach showcases 140 artists, art workshops, and musical performances

Up to 40% Off Interactive Dating Debate

"The Great Love Debate"

The Laguna Playhouse

$41.99 $25

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Town Hall-style dating event pairs 6 love experts with 400 singles for an evening of advice, fun, and flirting

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Improv Comedy: Making it Up as They Go Along

You never know what you're going to see at an improv comedy show—and that's the beauty of it. Read on to see what you should expect at a show or class and to learn just how it is that actors can put their scenes together so fast.

Even when their characters are arguing, improv comics are working from a philosophy of trust and agreement—necessary ingredients for acting together with no script. Improv comedy encompasses a broad array of styles, with the major division between short form—quick, self-contained games—and long form—a series of multiple, interconnected scenes featuring distinct beats. Accordingly, a given performance might resemble a one-act play, a Saturday Night Live–style sketch scene, or a high-energy game show. Most rely on audience suggestions to spark the flow of fresh ideas, however, and some even weave brave audience members into the action.

Perhaps the most famous long-form style is the Harold, in which performers build continuous scenes that develop and intermingle in surprising ways. The unusual name arises from a joke, according to developer Del Close's biography, The Funniest One in the Room. As Close asked his collaborators what to call the new form, someone sarcastically yelled, "Well, Harold's a nice name." Appropriately for a form devoted to spontaneous absurdity, the name stuck.

This comic form also has roots in one of America's darkest eras: the Great Depression. While working for the Works Progress Administration, Viola Spolin needed a way to teach basic theater precepts to unschooled actors of various ages and backgrounds, so she created a series of theater games that focused on the playfulness at the heart of acting. In the 1950s, her son, Paul Sills, applied her principles at the short-lived but influential Compass Players on Chicago's South Side, and, later, at The Second City—one of the most prominent comedy companies of the 20th century, with alumni including John Belushi, Tina Fey, and Steve Carell.

2025 E. 4th Street
Long Beach,
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Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.

5236 E Los Altos Plz
Long Beach,
CA
US

Since its maiden voyage in 1936, The Queen Mary has cultivated a colorful history by transporting iconic figures from Winston Churchill to Fred Astaire across the ocean blue, as well as serving as troop transport in a world war. Today, passengers board the famous ocean liner to tour historical and haunted areas amidships or stay overnight in an onboard hotel. Visitors rub elbows at seasonal soirees and dive into historical exhibits, fueling up at restaurants, bars, and cafés for a literal taste of The Queen Mary's brand of luxury.

1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach,
CA
US

With a history stretching back more than 40 years, Circus Vargas wows audiences with dazzling acrobatics and rib-tickling clowns under a giant big-top tent. The show eschews animal performers for human-costumed spectacles, showcasing dazzling feats that only a few dexterous humans and short-circuited cyborgs are capable of. The circus's big top, hand-fashioned in Milan from 90,000 square feet of fabric, holds up to 1,500 show-goers in classic, blue-dyed elegance. Early-arriving guests can take part in an interactive preshow, jumping in the ring with ringmaster Jon Weiss as he leads audience members through tutorials that show how to perform stunts such as juggling, feather balancing, and balancing checkbooks with quill pens.

386 East Shoreline Drive
Long Beach,
CA
US

The Hottest 100 Music Festival paints the weekend in shades of competitive euphony as up to 200 bands, artists, and DJs strive for their place in the top 100. For two days, the scenic grounds of Irvine Lake are saturated in 12 unrelenting hours of melody, as bands representing every genre and necktie technique trade barbed jabs and retorting riffs across eight stages. Headlining Saturday's stable of hungry rock hippos, electro hip-hop trio Hyper Crush exercises irrepressible crunkitude, and the mirror-mesmerizing posse of It Boys! taunts audiences by eating multiple servings of songs without gaining weight. Sunday's supernova includes the hardcore crew of Stick to Your Guns, the brawny pop-punk of A Static Lullaby, and a special set from noted headbangers Bleeding Through, whose thrash metal solicits whiplash and spare change to launder a load of black T-shirts.

6200 East 2nd Street
Long Beach,
CA
US

Founded to showcase up-and-coming Asian-American musical talent, the International Secret Agents Festival delights euphony lovers with a 14-act concert in an outdoor, party atmosphere. Far East Movement energizes bodies with such chart-topping electropop hits as "Like a G6" and "Rocketeer," inspiring concertgoers to shake it on the dance floor or buy tickets to the robot ballet. B.o.B brings his verbal dexterity to bear on waiting eardrums, tickling aural centers with mellifluous flow, and newcomer Sean Kingston deftly mixes reggae and hip-hop. Between sets, concertgoers can wander throughout Queen Mary Events Park, snapping shots in photo booths, chowing down on food-truck fare, and buying artist merchandise to signal fandom and clothe indecent scarecrows.

1126 Queens Hwy.
Long Beach,
CA
US