For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, which is why every time a human attempts to fly, a bird attempts to drive a stick shift. Study the primary mandates of physics with today's GrouponLive deal: for $20, you get two general-admission tickets to Flam Chen’s Saturday, July 23 premiere of Electropolis at Arcosanti in Mayer. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m.
Smelting jaw-dropping pyrotechnics with acrobatics and live music, Flam Chen thrills onlookers across the globe with dramatic daredevil performances. An homage to Fritz Lang's monumental 1927 film Metropolis, Electropolis explores themes such as power, control, and being struck by lightning with its surreal storytelling and 500,000 volts of electric entertainment. Clowns cry and elephants launch letter-writing campaigns as the troupe reinvents circus arts before the crowd's eyes, incorporating physical theater and high-flying aerial maneuvers that occasionally involve filmmaker Tim Burton. Throughout the evening, local band Ensphere infuses the air with dark melodies, and Odaiko Sonora, a Japanese taiko-drumming ensemble, unleashes rhythms heavier than a plutonium pound cake.
Staged at Arcosanti's futuristic eco-village, Electropolis invites guests to ponder such existential questions as "How can we provide for future generations?" and "Why did VCR triumph over Betamax?" The venue encourages guests to soak up culture and sunrays with its solar greenhouses, architecture tours ($12/person), and gorgeous campsites ($5/person; this Groupon is not valid for tours or campsites).