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.
Grill your own steaks at this classic restaurant and lounge in the heart of San Diego‰Ûªs historic Golden Hill neighborhood. Opened in 1950, Turf Supper Club is imbued with an old-school Vegas vibe with its vintage dÌ©cor, rich red carpet and lights, and wafts of smoke coming courtesy of steaks sizzling on the grill. The centerpiece of the dining room is a communal grill where guests cook their meat to their liking. Sides are sparse‰ÛÓthink garlic bread and baked potatoes‰ÛÓand vegetarians are even sparser; however, the real star here is the steak. A long bar with plenty of stools serves up classic cocktails like Manhattans, old-fashioneds and gin gimlets. Leave the kids at home, as Turf Supper Club is restricted to ages 21 and up.
The early 20th century birthed the first incarnation of Mission Brewery, in which California newsboys and other pre?Jazz Era scallywags tossed back their sudsy concoctions before Prohibition closed its doors. Despite its short tenure since its reestablishment in 2007, Mission Brewery has already snatched medals from the Great American Beer Festival and other competitions for its pantheon of brews. In its tasting room, patrons claim bottles or sample draft beers that include the Bavarian-style hefeweizen with hints of banana, clove, and pear; a russian imperial stout; or the Shipwrecked Double IPA, a strong concoction that, like walking on hot coals, benefits from a liberal use of hops. Located just a few blocks from the San Diego Padre's Petco Park, guests can enjoy tours through the rows of gleaming vats in the brewing chambers, which are housed in the historic Wonder Bread Building, rumored to be haunted by multicolored polka dots.
Part wine lounge and part sushi bar, the sphinx-like Infuzon invites guests to dine on made-to-order sushi while relaxing with wine, beer, or sake inside a sleek space with warm, rustic touches. The contemporary space, which features exposed beams above the bar and flat-screen TVs throughout, offers a laid-back atmosphere for enjoying a weekend evening out and away from your pet howler monkey. The bartenders also create specialty drinks that infuse sake and fresh fruit, creating a deliciously unique twist.
The Cask Room's vast wine menu rotates each week like a stately Morris dance or a motley safety dance, and might feature the bold tannins of a 2006 Monte da Cal from Alentejano, Portugal ($9 for a glass); a 2007 Rancho Sisquoc River Red fermented and bottled in Santa Barbara, California ($10 a glass); or a 2007 Clautiere Roussanne from the Paso Robles, California ($11 a glass). Passionate wine professionals will guide you through the latest liquid lineup and suggest pairings from a mealtime menu populated by toasted paninis and petite tapas that hearken back to an age when cuisine strived to woo the stomach’s heart without resorting to cyber-stalking. The Sonoma melts together grilled portobello mushrooms with roasted red peppers, goat cheese, roast garlic, thyme, and caramelized onion ($10), while small plates present dishes such as stuffed dates stuffed with goat cheese and baked in a layer of prosciutto ($9) and gorgonzola crostini topped with agave nectar ($8).