The lounge-like atmosphere of Amore Cafe invites visitors to sit back on one of the many couches that dot the interior, puff on a hookah, and enjoy Mediterranean-style cuisine from the kitchen. The menu starts off with platters of smoky, char-grilled baba ghannouj and leads to tender, skewered meats. Pairs can share hookahs, inhaling on smooth flavors such as coconut, exotic vanilla, and whatever that one talking caterpillar smokes.
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club corrals both burgeoning and established comedic acts to light up the stage inside its comfy confines. September 12¬–16 ushers in Mike Britt , who has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Def Comedy Jam, and Comedy Central. Britt traverses the stage confidently , expounding on greeting cards, marriage, and the differences between men and women to hilarious effect. Ali Wong closes out the month with sets on September 27–30. The San Francisco native, dubbed by Comedy Central as one of seven “Comics to Watch,” uses acting chops honed from stints on Fox’s Breaking In and in Oliver Stone’s Savages to deliver zingers about receiving gifts from a significant other. Gary DeLena takes over October 24–28 with sets accented by his booming singing voice . DeLena, a veteran comic and musician , intermixes parodies of songs, such as Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” with self-deprecating jokes about being a soccer dad.
Dancers of all ages have been sashaying, pirouetting, and leaping through the studio at Dance Plus since 1987. Teachers lead classes for all ages and skill levels, from the 2.5-year-olds learning basic coordination in Creative Dance to the adults honing their skills in hip-hop, ballet, and lyrical classes. For those looking for a more fitness-based routine, the studio also offers Zumba classes, which secretly tone muscles by focusing clients on fun-filled dance routines fueled by Latin music. No matter what class students take, they're sure to get the individual attention they need to master the steps thanks to Dance Plus's commitment to intimate class sizes.
Fleet-footed dance instructors Acenio and Lara will release the dance-floor cowboy within you through patience, clear instructions, and encouraging personal support. Even in a group setting, they pace each swish, dip, tap, and jig to the abilities of their clients. Both those accustomed to spinning their partners through the air and those born with two left feet and a tail that has toes are equally welcome. Learn the intimate, sassy swing of the Dominican merengue or the slower, more traditional elegance of the waltz. You can also bring your darts teammate along as a tango partner and entwine your passions in much the same way you accidentally entwined your braces with plastic six-pack rings. More than anything, though, you can have fun dancing and erasing all the self-consciousness that holds you back.
Candela Estudio specializes in dances that invigorate. The schedule sends students through a whirlwind of morning Dance Jams—Latin- and pop-music-driven sessions—belly-dancing classes, and Zumba workouts held four days a week. Specially designed Fogoxe classes immerse dancers in a party atmosphere with energetic beats from musicians from around the world. Youth dance classes teach basic jazz and hip-hop techniques such as interpretive movement and breaking. Candela Estudio can also choreograph dances for special events and hone dancers’ abilities to distinguish between left and right in private ballroom lessons.