Celebrating its 40th season, the nonprofit Lyric Theatre regales the public with extravagantly staged productions of classic light operas. Feast ear-buds on sweet sounds performed by a volunteer troupe of opera-trained actor-singers, a full chorus, a 24-piece live orchestra, and one extremely skilled conductor's baton. The Lyric Theatre's The Sorcerer begins the quartet by mixing Victorian comedic stylings with Bollywood-inspired staging. The Gondoliers, Gilbert and Sullivan's lively tale of royal mix-ups, makes a melodic mockery of the British social system. The nautical chuckle-fests H.M.S. Pinafore and season-closer The Pirates of Penzance tickle funny bones of all ages with peppy maritime music and historically accurate knot-tying jargon.
Since 2001, Badfish has energetically replicated the ska-punk sounds of Sublime, regaling fans who were never able to see the band live after the untimely death of primary songwriter and lead singer Bradley Nowell. Badfish culls its accurate renditions from the California punk legends’ three-album catalog, including hits from its major-label debut, Sublime, deep cuts from lo-fi classic Robbin’ the Hood, and several reggae-rich versions of the Baywatch theme song. Openers Scotty Don’t and Just Chill warm up the crowd on Avalon’s standing-room dance floor with dubstep tunes and an incense-smelling contest.
While studio owners and eight-time Canadian ballroom-dance champions Delphine Romaire and Dominic Lacroix instruct more advanced levels, their staff of champion instructors teaches the tender-footed to trip the light fantastic at Elite Dance Studio. Four weeks of 90-minute beginner classes get hips shaking and calories burning in tandem with the floor. Hone limb acuity with basic steps such as the cha-cha, quickstep, jive, and foxtrot, or let waists eschew inertia with whirling waltzes and speedy sambas. No previous dance experience is necessary, so neophytes need not worry about classmates judging them after they attempt to hold their partners by the Freudian super-ego.
ComedySportz’s troupe of all-star laughletes is considered to be not only comedic, but also to have good sportsmanship, since there’s no swearing allowed and the subject matter is suited for all ages. Take a friend, relative, significant other, or the relative of a friend’s significant other to see two teams of expert improvisers fight for laughs through scenes, games, and songs based on audience suggestions.
One look at the menu, and it's clear that schnitzel and sausage run the show at Teske's Germania. Even before deciding on an entree, you can sample a platter of different sausages and wursts as an appetizer—or opt for a small plate of wild boar sausages covered in beer-braised onions. The schnitzel shines as a full dinner entree, however, with venison, pork, and veal varieties served with sides of spätzle or German potato salad. Like all dinners at the restaurant and beer garden, they arrive with homemade soup and apple strudel. Likewise, the lunch menu offers schnitzel, cubed pork, and pork roast, in addition to buffalo burger, veal and polish sausages, stuffed cabbage, salmon, salads, and sauteed vegetables.
These and other iconic German plates—including beef gulasch, vegetarian strudel, and smoked pork chops with sauerkraut—have been compiled by the Baumann family to counterbalance an impressive catalogue of beers. Choose from several imported bottles or brews on tap, available in full- and half-liter glasses instead of traditional pints or steins that read "World's Best Customer."