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The independently owned Roxy Stadium 11 regales patrons with the flickering pictures and digital sounds of the latest blockbusters and the sizable snack bar. A colorful lobby greets guests as they meander past towering pillars that stretch toward an arched ceiling swathed in neon lights and bold swaths of royal blue. Aisles of cushioned auditorium seats allow moviegoers to choose the spot closest to the screen or furthest from the person sobbing emphatically during coming attractions. High-tech projectors digitally unspool films in each theater, with RealD 3-D technology transmitting some flicks in three vibrant dimensions. To silence distracting mid-movie hunger pangs, staffers in the concessions area whip up fresh batches of Orville Redenbacher popcorn and Nathan's hot dogs alongside other traditional theater fare.
American Philharmonic Sonoma County's ensemble of 60–75 volunteer musicians whisk audiences around the globe and through time during "The Grand Tour." Freelance violinist, composer, and conductor Evan Craves pilots a romance-heavy program that showcases his amazing ability to keep tempo and swat mosquitoes at the same time. The virtuosic hands of young Russian pianist and Rachmaninoff specialist Elena Ulyanova hold down the 24 variations of the composer's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Berlioz's first voyage to Italy inspired the dashing Le Corsaire, and Manuel de Falla's The Three-Cornered Hat traipses through a comic tale of seduction in Andalusia. After the program, guests can dance to the songs stuck in their heads around the Wells Fargo Center's formidable collection of outdoor sculptures.
At Devi Yoga Center, seasoned instructors draw on backgrounds in dance, psychotherapy, and somatic study to teach ancient poses that are both graceful and meditative. The 1,100-square-foot studio, complete with cathedral ceilings, radiant heat, and natural light, shelters students from the stress and flying monkeys waiting outside. Owner Kashi Ananda specializes in TriYoga, a system based in ancient yoga that features a sequence of kundalini-inspired postures synchronized with breath and focus, meant to boost physical, mental, and spiritual energy. Students can also cultivate strength, flexibility, and inner peace with other styles of yoga, from beginner-friendly aerial routines to relaxing prenatal sessions with a complimentary tea service.
Ellington Hall instructors David and Cirkl lead would-be jitterbuggers through the simple steps necessary for an evening of on-tempo fun. The rug-cuttery begins with a class aimed at beginners and more advanced dancers alike, who can arrive partnered or fly solo to join the crowd of two-steppers. Students arrive dressed in whatever makes them feel comfortable; after the one-hour seminar in fancy footwork, the evening's dance begins. Swing students spin, jump, and twirl on the expansive hardwood dance floor, pausing for breaths and Great Gatsby impersonations on the garden terrace. An all-brick fireplace dominates the dance space, adding a note of elegance and an easy place to store extra left feet.