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.
Since sprouting to existence in 1969, the Padres have rallied West Coast baseball fans with two National League pennants?most recently in 1998?and several Hall of Fame players, including base-hit machine Tony Gwynn. For 33 years, the club shared Qualcomm Stadium's turf with the San Diego Chargers; in 2004, the gates to Petco Park swung open. A celebration of the region's natural surroundings and cultural diversity, Petco Park enhances ballgames with views of the San Diego skyline and the reutilized fa?ade of the Western Metal Supply Company building in the left-field corner, which faces the audience and houses a souvenir shop, a restaurant, and party suites. The stadium's right-centerfield area features "Park at the Park" seating?a grassy slope that rises above outfield walls, letting fans sprawl out and watch games for a reduced price.
In addition to the sense of perseverance and accomplishment that comes with finishing a 5K, the organizers of the Bacon Chase have added another incentive: bacon. During their two races?the 5K Piggy Pilgrimage, which is a traditional 5K, and the 0.05K Blitz to Bacon, which is a 164-foot sprint?runners can munch on unlimited bacon bits before feasting on unlimited amounts of bacon at the finish line. Runners 21 and older can wash down the savory strips of bacon with a bloody mary, and all runners get a Bacon Chase T-shirt and a signature bacon-scented bib. The festival opens at 8 a.m. and features many bacon-themed activities, plus music.
The festive day serves a greater purpose, too. Attendees will be able to register to become a St. Jude Hero, raise money for St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital, or both.
Sound Excursions describes their carefully curated group experiences as "field trips for adults." It's easy to see why: every outing takes groups to a new realm of Washington, whether it's the frothy shores of Puget Sound, inland forests and mountains, or tables at Seattle's thriving restaurants. The events held at these diverse locations range from culinary workshops on topics such as sushi-making and moonshine-tasting, to adventurous excursions with whitewater rafting or kayaking, to laid-back themed party cruises. For many outings, luxury transportation is provided.
Many 5K races try to drum up enthusiasm with costume contests, obstacles, and other bells and whistles. But not the After Dark Dash. As its official website states, the race promises, ?No fads. No gimmicks. Just you, the pavement, and the city lights.? Yes, this race is all business?at least, until the race ends, when runners are treated to beverages, fresh eats, and music at a local hangout.
The race series takes over four US cities?San Diego, Sacramento, Boise, and Denver?and uses the simplicity of the city lights as a backdrop for each meditative jaunt. Courses zigzag through some of the hippest neighborhoods and historic districts in town, presenting runners with the chance to simultaneously explore new areas and the limits of their tender Achilles tendons.