At Java Joe's, guests sip freshly made coffee drinks and graze baked goods, rummage through a collection of eclectic clothing and merchandise, and tap toes to live tunes. Baristas blend aromatic shots of espresso with frothy milk riddled with chocolaty notes to create a 16- or 20-ounce café mocha ($3.85–$4.25). Utilitarian cups of joe ($1.95 for 16 oz.; $2.25 for 20 oz.) fill mugs for on-the-go sippers and bulk beans ($13.95/lb.) allow customers to bring robust flavors and caffeine-jolts home. Pluck a pastry from a bakery filled with treats, such as scones ($2.45), chocolate-filled croissants ($2.95), and cheesecakes ($3.75) that quench food cravings and hush grumbling tummies like a swallowed Paul Simon 8-track.
Family owned and operated since 1923, Metropolitan Theatres unspools blockbuster and art-house independent films at 19 locations in the U.S. and Canada using superior film presentation and digital sound systems. Theatre concession stands dole Coca-Cola products and detonate kernels of popcorn to fill bellies and share with encroaching Godzillas. Snacks in hand, customers sink into seats inside conventional or stadium-style theatres to laugh, gasp, and grimace at star-studded titles, such as The Grey, War Horse, or Hugo. Independent films such as The Artist and The Descendants appease creative tastes.
State Street Ballet's lithe dancers gracefully pirouette to classical masterpieces during performances modernized with special effects and digital technology. The season's first show, Starry Night, celebrates Vincent van Gogh's art in a multimedia performance that juxtaposes art, music, theater, dance, and text from the post-Impressionist's recovered Twitter feeds. Choreographed by celebrated dancesmith William Soleau, the ballet aims to mimic the flow of oil paint across a canvas through dancers’ movement as videos project a backdrop of collaged paintings and letters. The surfaces of the recently renovated Granada Theatre are also draped with art, from Moorish-inspired geometric patterns on the golden walls to decorative niches imbued with Old World grandeur.
The instructors at Airealistic Circus & Flying know a thing or two about gravity, having defied it on behalf of Cirque de Soleil, De La Guarda, and Franco Dragone productions. For example, program director Carmen Curtis uses a foundation in gymnastics to elevate her cirque routines, which she showcases as a member of Airealistic Theater Company. These experiences grant her the expertise to lead her aerial classes, which are taught alongside gymanstics and yoga classes. Whether teaching family circus or acroyoga classes, all staff members prioritize safety as they introduce kids and adults to aerial apparatuses.
In addition to gymnastics, booty bar, and Vinyasa yoga sessions, the trainers teach AIReal Yoga, Acro and Tumbling, Hatha yoga, Power Barre, Barre Fitness, Contemporary Dance, Pilates and Afro-Brazilian Dance, believing that one's choice of style reflects his or her own unique character. Their aerial and acro-yoga variations also encourage students to test their notions about human flight in a noncompetitive setting. Each class incorporates a fitness component into its exhilarating routine, and the schedule includes classes at all times of day.
From an airy outdoor concert shell, Ojai Music Festival celebrates its 65th anniversary with a weekend of euphoric euphonics from a variety of musicians and composers. The festival kicks off on Thursday evening with a triumphant swell of song hosted by music director Dawn Upshaw. Concert-goers seated in Section A are serenaded by the vocal mastery of artists from the Bard College Conservatory of Music's graduate vocal-arts program, engaging in solos, duets, and complex sing-offs with their alter egos. The program boasts pieces composed by giants such as Purcell and Copland, as well as several works composed for the Bard singers by emerging composer David Bruce.
The Band Buffet concert series unveils a luminous stage that becomes a magnet for uproarious applause and fist pumps as Pink Floyd and The Cars tribute bands blast throwback tunes during an all-day jam fest that benefits philanthropic endeavors. LA-based Which One’s Pink? celebrates the psychedelic sounds of Pink Floyd with a performance of the landmark prog-rock album Dark Side of the Moon, noted for its extended solos written by a refracting prism. Candy-O captures The Cars' signature lovelorn lyrics and peppy synthesizer beats during a set fueled by '80s cue-card classic such as "Just What I Needed" and "My Best Friend's Girl." Local rocker Brion Shearer warms up the stage with catchy pop-rock tunes and a novelty-size Christmas sweater. Between sets, audience members can browse the exciting prizes at the raffle, which benefits charitable organizations such as Donate Life/ Signatures Across America and South Coast Fellowship’s Open Hands Ministry food pantry.