Out in a Limb Dance Company & School's professional instructors introduce kids and adults to styles as various as classical ballet, modern dance, acrobatics, and hip-hop. School performances let students show off what they've learned to family, friends, and Barbies whose legs refuse to plié, while summer intensives let young bundles of energy immerse themselves in the choreography of a full-scale musical production. Ballroom classes help casual students get comfortable for wedding-mandated whirls about the dance floor and nights out at salsa clubs. Teachers come from backgrounds including the sets of musical theater productions, the Moscow Ballet, and training with Paula Abdul, and all work to create a disciplined, distraction-free environment by asking that students adhere to a formal code of etiquette.
Party Crashers Singing Telegrams handpicks a cast of silken-piped warblers, celebrity impersonators, and tribute artists to spice up special occasions ranging from holidays to corporate events. Talented crooners outshine the postman by showing up at doorsteps dressed as chosen characters and belting out personalized greetings and melodic interpretations of the latest gas bill. Similarly, celebrity lookalikes spike the heart rates of enamored fans by personifying their tinsel-town doppelgängers during rousing surprise visits at birthdays, showers, and other celebratory occasions.
Named as an homage to one of the four historic theaters that once operated near what is now City Center, the New Century Theatre carries on the best of the stage. Whereas the original venue—which burned down in 1964—seated 2,000 and focused on vaudeville, the modern-day jewel creates an intimate space for theatrical performances with seating for 300. Since 2011, it has hosted local and touring performers as well as educational initiatives such as the Broadway Confidential series and an acting demonstration on how to cry your way out of a parking ticket.
Multi-Grammy-winning songwriters David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez take a reprieve from fronting the iconic East L.A. rock group Los Lobos for “Stories and Songs,” an intimate acoustic retrospective of 40 years of music. Friends and songwriting partners since high school, where they stole Simon and Garfunkel’s prom dates, Hidalgo and Pérez dip their skilled hands into every instrument and genre, seamlessly blending Americana roots rock, R & B, and traditional Spanish music into their massive songbook. In support of The Long Goodbye, an independent collection of rare and unreleased works, the Dos Lobos strip their catalog down to its birthday suit in an unvarnished performance full of whimsy, origin stories, and honeycomb harmonies. Starting the show, fellow troubadours David Greenberger and Paul Cebar charm with smoky tales of Midwestern living, apple blossoms, and runaway cheese wheels.
When you walk into Kitty Cat Klub, you might feel like you're on the set of a modern remake of a Vincent Price movie. Candelabra-style chandeliers and colored spotlights illuminate gilded mirrors and huge tropical trees that look like they were imported straight from the Copacabana. During the day, college students sit on vintage-looking, mismatched velvet furniture with laptops open, trying desperately to classify the various plant species. After the sun goes down, live music or DJ-spun tunes resounds through the cozy den's exposed-brick walls.
To complement more than 20 types of beer or a glass of wine, housemade chili and chicken noodle soup warm insides, and burgers and sandwiches zip down from Annie's Parlor upstairs. Diners can also opt to sit on the outdoor patio, which is either warmed by the sun or a resident heat lamp.