The Grand Guignol gorehounds of DangerHouse Productions put a stake through stuffy theatrical experiences with their visceral and unstaunched presentation of The Blood Countess. Amid the ambiance-drenched Victory Theater, a former 1920s movie house and Baptist church, the cutthroat play salutes Elizabeth Bathory, the unsung hero of vampirism, who destroyed lives and loofahs with her love of exfoliating blood baths. The story follows three American college kids who hike to Transylvania, hoping to find Bathory and make her more famous than Dracula. A DJ scores the slaughter, and four lucky audience members are invited to be tied and gagged onstage, making the play 10 times more wholesome than an Andrew Lloyd Webber outing. DangerHouse Productions sticks it to the squeamish with liberal bloodlettings, creative lighting, and realistic deaths that keep the Grim Reaper grinning. Laden with adult language and carnal acts, the play is decidedly intended for ages 16 and older. Valentine’s night audiences are privy to an opening gala, featuring dancing and savory, plasma-free chocolate wine.
With 58 schools in 23 states, the inspiring and performance-driven School of Rock enthusiastically infuses fledgling tunesmiths across the nation with the rhythm, skill, and confidence required to rock 'n' roll. Each instructor at the school is a professional musician, and fully equipped with the know-how to catapult instrumentalists to the crest of Mount Rockmore.
The instructors at Mosaic Yoga know firsthand that every yoga practitioner's journey is unique. Melissa Love, for instance, found yoga as a way to overcome depression after being diagnosed with cancer. Her husband Ryan Glidden, on the other hand, took his first class to impress Melissa.
Now, the pair heads Mosaic's team as they lead students of all backgrounds and skill levels through classes held daily. Heated and non-heated classes range from slow-moving courses designed for first-timers to more intensive, candlelit sessions that combine yoga with reiki and crystal healing. In addition to reaping yoga's benefits ? from weight loss to increased strength ? during classes, visitors can attend workshops or one of Mosaic's retreats, which head to exotic locales such as Hawaii as opposed to an old cabin with "Fiji" painted on it.
Jeff Roberto, a sushi expert, brings a plethora of experience to his San Diego sushi oasis. He has catered large events of up to 16,000 guests as well as the sets of such Hollywood films as Titanic, Pearl Harbor, and Elizabethtown. Inside SOAR (Sushi On A Roll) he constructs specialty rolls filled with shrimp tempura, seared tuna, spicy scallops, and sashimi and nigiri rolls featuring fresh water eel and squid.
Roberto also leads group explorations in the art of sushi preparation during interactive sushi-making classes held inside a private sushi bar. Two-hour classes commence with an assessment of how many edamame you can stuff in your cheeks before you begin tucking vegetable fillings in sheets of seaweed with the help of a bamboo mat. Students jot down notes on the proper consistency of sushi rice, when to sprinkle rolls with sesame seeds, and how to repurpose chopsticks as the mast of a ship-in-a-bottle.
A koi mural provides the backdrop for the expansive 30-seat sushi bar, which is outlined in neon to highlight the dramatic curve of the space. The expansive venue, which accommodates up to 100 people, is popular among large groups of friends looking for a fun outing and U.S. senators playing hooky. Free parking is also available.
The trainers at Family Gym eschew the one-size-fits-all approach to fitness, understanding that people at different ages require different resources.They cater to a range of developmental phases, making them the perfect family gym. While parents take advantage of babysitting services, they can attend group fitness classes that the trainers scale to each individual's fitness level. These sessions are based on yoga, salsa dancing, and martial arts, and are held in both English and Spanish.
Interested in fight or strength training? Look no further than San Diego’s East Village, where a large warehouse and corner lot have been converted into gym space and outdoor workout areas for the Downtown Undisputed studio. Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai are specialties here, where full–sized boxing and elongated MMA rings are flanked by bold murals inside the training space. The spacious outdoor area is packed with state of the art equipment, making this the largest fight gym in San Diego, with award-winning and dedicated trainers. Frequented by former military personnel and sporting a large female membership base, Undisputed Downtown is a great place to learn skills and technique while toning the body.