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It’s time to party! Iron Maiden and Phish in concert. Plus, there’s a beach party happening in Brooklyn and Claudia Schreier leaps to the stage.


Kendrick Lamar in concert and a new play comes to BAM. Or, check out Jewels at Lincoln Center and a Jazz performance at noon.


Dance the week away or see a show outside tonight in NYC.


NBA All Star Week is beginning! The NBA House starts today, plus some great dance and theater for you, New York!


TGIT, NYC! Nathan Lane back on stage, Edward Burns signs his book, Jamie Cullum on stage, and more this Thursday!

Experience True American Ballet with the San Francisco Ballet

As America’s first and oldest professional ballet company, the San Francisco Ballet is a must-see for anyone looking to truly experience the American style of ballet. It is among the world’s leading dance companies and one of the three largest American ballet companies, and is the company responsible for premiering ballet staples like Swan Lake & Nutcracker to American audiences.

The company presents more than 100 memorable performances annually, from new works by today’s most prominent choreographers to new interpretations of classic full-length productions. Led by world-famous Helgi Tomasson, the company consists of a diverse international repertoire that is always presented with finesse and elegance.

The company is currently based in the beautiful 3,146-seat War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. With its elegant lines, vaulted ceiling, marble foyer, and sweeping balconies, the opera house complements and completes the breathtaking experience that is the San Francisco Ballet.

Blue Man Group brings wild, crazy, colorful fun to off-Broadway

Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. Blue Man Group’s shows have been described by critics as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining.” But the only way to truly understand Blue Man Group’s global popularity is to see the show for yourself.

Sunset Salsa: free outdoor salsa dancing fiestas in Manhattan


Sunset Salsa is free Salsa dancing in Manhattan’s hip Meatpacking District. There are free lessons followed by a dance party with New York’s top Latin DJ’s.

The summer fun happens on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9pm at the 14th Street Park (at 10th Avenue). The party starts on Thursday June 6 and runs through August 29th. Visit sunsetsalsa.com for more information.

FDR at Delano

FDR at DelanoThe SoBe nightlife scene is now underground at FDR at Delano, the hotel’s new subterranean space, named after the hotel’s presidential namesake.

As over-the-top as other clubs on South Beach, the space is a bit more intimate with Old-world elegance and comfort. Cocktails and internationally renowned music acts and DJ’s are a given here.

Check it out at 1685 Collins Ave., 305-672-2000.

Barry’s Bootcamp Saturday Night Dance Party

Why can’t you be healthy working out and partying at the same time? Oh yeah, YOU CAN! Velvet ropes, LIVE DJ, Barry’s Bootcamp GOGO Dancers, non alcoholic antioxidant shots and a Disco Ball are all apart of this unique workout!

On the actual class:

Three switch-offs between treadmill and floor – we didn’t lose much time on the transitions because the floor sections used minimal equipment.
Lots of lunging and tons of multi-tasking exercises. Some up-and-down step work.
We did a few partner exercises – which were super fun and set a great tone for the class. On the treadmills, we took turns sprinting with our neighbor – the resting partner cheered for the sprinting partner. On the floor, we pushed our partner’s legs to the ground repeatedly for an old-school abs sesh.

Party favors:

Disco ball
Velvet ropes
Live DJ
Glow bracelets
Joey, Alicia, Noah, and some other guy dressed in silly 80s workout garb
Shots – mid class they brought in a tray of acai antioxidant shots. They were yummy and I forgot water, so any cold liquid was a blessing.

A clubbing evening…at home (or House Nightclub)

The kitchen...er bar, at House Nightclub

Those club promoters, what will they think of next. Well, it seems like next has already arrived and it’s called House Nightclub in the Wynwood neighborhood. The concept is just what it seems, a nightclub that looks and feels like…a house. A very modern, futuristic house.

Naturally, it’s housed in a former warehouse and although there are kitchens, showers and bedrooms within this club theme, for sure no clubgoers will be wearing robes and house slippers. They will however, grab their cocktails in the kitchens which will serve as bars, lounge on beds while sipping (or perhaps slammin’) their chosen concoctions and hang out in showers that double as VIP rooms. Promoters are calling it the “Ultimate House Party,” a cyber modulated world with holographic technology, 360 degree panoramic projections and 3D architectural mapping.

Check out details about House Nightclub in Wynwood at their website www.housenightclub.com

Ballet Flamenco La Rosa: Passionate castanet moves

Ilisa Rosa, artistic director of Ballet Flamenco La Rosa. Photo by Ali.

One of Miami’s most beloved dance troupes Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, led by artistic director Ilisa Rosal, who formed the group in 1985. In their nearly three decades of existence, Rosal has developed more than 100 flamenco performances.

Serving as a choreographer and dancer as well, Rosal and her troupe take flamenco beyond the traditional well known dance and in their performances, present it in a theatrical setting. Their original numbers explore the connection between flamenco and other dance forms including Middle Eastern, Indian, jazz, tap, blues and Afro-Cuban.

They regularly collaborate with internationally renowned guest musicians and dancers who enhance the experience. In “Celtic Callings” they were joined by the Breffini Irish Dancers while productions like “Las Brujas de Salem” (“The Witches of Salem”) and “Rey Lear” were inspired by Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” and Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” respectively.

Ballet Flamenco La Rosa performs throughout the year at various venues around Miami and also host weekly classes at the Performing Arts Network, 13146-8 West Dixie Hwy., North Miami 305-899-7730, www.balletflamencolarosa.com, www.panmiami.org

Dance without pretenses at The Slip Inn

The Slip Inn is Dallas’ quintessential unpretentious, divey-but-not-dicey dance club and bar. Their claim to fame is cheap(ish) drinks and excellent rap and hip hop music. While the DJ’s vary, the general consensus is that they all rock (and start playing at 10 pm). The Slip Inn is also known for a diverse and friendly crowd and provides a more casual atmosphere than most dance clubs. Despite the casual atmosphere, dressing up is still allowed. Located right off Greenville, The Slip Inn is the bumpin’ place for weekend post partying, although showing up early is also encouraged as the tiny L-shaped establishment is, well, tiny and L-shaped.

Dance the night away at Plush

As one of Dallas’ premiere dance clubs, Plush is a three level Vegas-style nightclub in the heart of downtown. Plush always keeps it lush with special touches like a nitrogen cooling system for the dance floor, a 25 foot LED wall, impeccable decor and excellent cocktail service. Add to mix a lineup of talented DJ’s and a world class sound system and you have a dance floor never quite. A strictly enforced dress code means everyone is dressed to impress (so leave your Timberlands at home). For an extra special night, or if you’re just feelin’ like a baller, order bottle service or rent a private room.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performs

Hubbard Street Dance isn’t just about putting on a good contemporary dance show that combines jazz, ballet, and modern dance. It’s also the place where over 300 students come to learn how to move. But if moving to the beat isn’t quite your thing but watching is, then take in a Hubbard Street Dance Chicago company show. Seventeen dancers will take the stage and show off their versatility in a fun performance. Every season brings in a new performance with new moves and stunning choreography, and occasionally the troupe will put on a special festival show.

Party Up with the DJs at Fur

You a fan of Kaskade? Tiesto? Deadmau5? Or even the renowned Pauly D from Jersey Shore? If so, Fur nightclub is the spot to watch out for.

Not only hosting special artists all over the world, Fur also features an enormous dance floor, intimate and fashionable lounges, a smoke-free balcony, theme rooms, and even a late-night espresso bar and café,

On the weekends, Fur offers at least four DJs spinning divergent music in various sections of the huge club, which is formerly a storage warehouse.

This club definitely won’t disappoint the people who want to dance the night away till the wee hours of the morning. Check out the website at furnightclub.com .

Insider Tip: It’s worth it to arrive early on nights with special DJ appearances since lines do get kind of long..

MatrixFillmore: A Posh Lounge in the Marina

Put on your LBD (little black dress) and head down to MatrixFillmore for a girl’s night out on the town. With a giant dance floor and bartenders who keep the drinks flowing, the MatrixFillmore is upscale but not

There’s a big dance floor with a DJ spinning tunes all night and there are also tables with bottle service around the edges. The crowd is diverse with people from all walks of life coming together for a good time.

One of the standout features of the lounge is the fireplace that separates the dancefloor. Cozy up with a new friend on one of the couches. The waitresses are quick and attentive and will be sure to get you whatever drinks you need for the night.

As far as what to wear goes – dress to impress. You never know who you might meet or bump into while you’re out getting d

MatrixFillmore is located at 3138 Fillmore Street.

Newman Center for the Performing Arts: Eclectic, Electric Entertainment

Three theaters in one, the University of Denver’s year-round performing arts venue isn’t just for students. Indeed, entertainers of all stripes—local, national, and international; emerging and established—make touring stops here. In any given academic season, enthusiasts can catch the acts of flamenco and ballet troupes; concerts by chamber orchestras, jazz ensembles, and a capella groups; and even spoken-word pieces and lectures by authors and professors as well as performers. Among the big names gracing the marquee of late: the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Bill Frisell, and Joyce Carol Oates. Insider’s tip: the Newman Center is only a couple of miles away from Old South Pearl; south Denver’s Restaurant Row is your best bet for dinner before the show.


Monty’s in the Grove: Waterfront nightlife party

The make-up of Coconut Grove has changed over the years going from hippie, granola, birkenstock in the 60s and 70s to an area to cruise in your car and party the night away from the 80s into the present although the scene has quieted down a bit. One place though that’s stood the test of time and is still a great place to party is Monty’s in the Grove.

This waterfront party spot is always a great place to stop in for cocktails, maybe a nibble and definitely some dancing. The deejays here are always playing the latest hits and live bands play here regularly too. The bayview from the giant open-air tiki hut here is unbeatable, it’s Miami all the way. And the boats and yachts that call the dockside home are just as enticing.

Monty’s in the Grove is located at 2550 S. Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove

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Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center: Visual and Performing Arts


From gospel concerts to a music and art tribute, the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center was recently awarded a Preservation Award from the Cambridge Historical Commission for the historic preservation work completed in the theater. The arts center located in Bulfinch Square in East Cambridge focuses on exploring diversity through visual and performing arts. Grab a drink and order up some appetizers at the jazz club or check out a destination dance performance. The center also offers family events, including their annual gospel concert honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visit multiculturalartscenter.org for more information.

NV Penthouse Lounge: Don’t Be Jealous

e15296image1OK so we admit, NV Penthouse Lounge has a point: we’re envious. Who wouldn’t be of their 600 square foot terrace on the penthouse floor over looking the entire city of Chicago? Thankfully this place is open to the public so we can all go in and soak up the scene and pretend just for a night, that we own the place.

The green light emanating from this sexy club (if you ever get yourself off the terrace to actually spend time in it) is probably a play on being green with jealousy, we get it. But just check it at the door so there’s no hating and you can dance amongst all the beautiful people without stirring up too much trouble. This place is one to see and be seen but do it with love people.

Ontourage: The Club Not the Show

lSexy, hip and in your face, Ontourage splashed on the Chi-town scene in a big way with its super techy sound from the future. The only club in the US to use JBL “Custom Shop Dance 3” audio system – guests beware. This is serious stuff: 10,000 square feet of sensory satisfaction.

With two dance floors, four bars and seven VIP areas, this multi-million dollar club and its fancy sound and Inlaid Color Kinetics System should keep the chicest of club snobs happy.

House and hip hop fans: unite to the sound while VIP folks – sip your Perignon and be merry.

Finnegan’s on the River: Downtown Miami hot spot

Downtown Miami’s got a river running through it and bars are now lining the area making it a place to see and be seen with a killer view to boot. Finnegan’s on the River packs them in on any given night after all, it’s great for a mid-week happy hour, Friday night end-of-the-week outing and Saturday night hot spot.

In typical Miami fashion, Sunday is a huge day at Finnegan’s when boaters are invited to park and join in on the pool party. The drink specials alone (c’mon, $3 and $5 cocktails are unheard of around here) are incentive enough to party at Finnegan’s.

Happy Hour is Monday to Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays it’s the perfect spot to watch a late afternoon college game and stay to party the night away.

Finnegan’s on the River is located at 401 SW 3 Avenue, Miami, FL


Creperie Beau Monde/L’Etage: French Food, European Night Life

Off the beaten trail, and nestled in South Philadelphia this French sensation offers an experience unlike any other. A savory lunch or dinner at Creperie Beau Monde is something unique. From hearty buckwheat crepes to sweet crepes, mouthwatering salads to flavorful cheese plates Beau Monde is a foodies dream. The fresh vintage setting brings a feeling of France to the intersection of sixth and Bainbridge. On top (literally) of all of the wonder that is Beau Monde is L’Etage, where the French flare is illuminated into the night. There you can find a DJ pumping beats in a cozy cabaret setting well equipped with a dance floor.

If you are looking for a night of dinner and dancing or a memorable luncheon, Beau Monde/ L’Etage has it all under one roof. The Creperie is open Tues-Fri:12-12, Sat:10-11 and the cabaret upstairs runs Tue-Thu,Sun 7:30pm-1am; Fri-Sat 7:30pm-2am.

Insider’s Tips: L’Etage offers special nights for live cabaret, music, film and Djs.

Tigertail Productions: Culture of every kind

Veteran cultural group Tigertail Productions, headed up by legendary director Mary Luft, is presenting another season jam-packed with musical and theatrical performances as well as spoken word events.

They’ve been presenting passionate programs in performing and visual arts since 1979 and each year is better than the next. They’re known for pushing the envelope and bringing recognition to lesser-known artists who they feel deserve their time on stage.

Gracing this season’s calendar are Dutch jazz artists the Benjamin Herman Quartet, a variety of spoken word or “WordSpeak” events and workshops, blues legends Henry Gray & the Cats and jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. The Jess Curtis Gravity Dance troupe, featuring dancers from France, Germany, Italy, England and the United States, is an interdisciplinary mixed ability performance. And Japanese couple Eiko & Koma present their provocative performance piece “Raven.”

Tigertail’s performances are held on Miami Beach, in Coral Gables and throughout Miami. Visit their web site for exact locations.

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Cameo Theatre: Marquee’s bright lights beckon good time

The iconic Cameo Nightclub  in the heart of South Beach on gritty Washington Avenue stands out among all other clubs on this famous strip. The old-style neon movie marquee can be seen from blocks away, alerting clubgoers that inside awaits an awesome night.

Once known as the Cameo Theatre, hence the marquee, there’s something going on every night. A combination of live performances and first-rate DJs including Max Vangeli, Saeed Younan and Chocolate Puma take turns on the stage and behind the booth to excite the huge crowds that gather to dance the night away to their pulsating rhythms. Cameo is also one of the spots to catch the latest masters during the yearly Winter Music Conference.

And it wouldn’t be a club on South Beach without some specialty weeknight parties like Stars and Stilettos on Tuesdays.

Cameo is located at 1445 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL


Takoma Park Folk Festival September 12, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Takoma Park Folk Festival is a free annual festival featuring music and dance from around the world on eight stages in Takoma Park, Maryland. The festival also includes dance workshops, children’s activities, a crafts show and ethnic food from around the world. Takoma Park Middle School 7611 Piney Branch Rd. (near Rt. 410) Takoma Park, MD


Hot for Haute Nightclub

If you are hot for exciting nightlife Picture 11and fashion inspired décor, you might want to make your way over to Haute nightclub, the newest edition to the West Hollywood clubbing scene. The reason everyone is buzzing about this new nightclub isn’t just its perfect location and stylish feel; it’s because Haute is the new epicenter for Hollywood events and will soon become the home to many celebs.

Located on Robertson Boulevard, Haute features drinks, dining, dancing and an unbelievable patio. This place caters to everyone, from the clubber to the lounger, and is making a big splash in the Los Angeles nightlife scene. If you are in the mood to bring a little class to your night out on the town, you might as well make it haute.

Whiskey Blue Is the Place To Feel Like A Rock Star

whiskey blueThere’s no better place to feel like a rock star than Whiskey Blue. Of course the weekends are maddening but the weekdays aren’t too shabby either. Wednesday typically attracts the business crowd but there’s nothing boring about making dollars.

As a hotel guest, it’s easy to access the rooftop party from within the hotel but it might be worth entering it from the street just to ride up in elevator with the couch and cross the bridge to excitement.

The bar is a stylish slither so it’s only natural to meet people. Small bites like the yummy tuna spring rolls and lamb sausage pizza from Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Market downstairs are available until 10pm. Move past the bar and the space opens up slightly. Wood-paneled walls and yacht-club inspired furnishings create a warm and intimate vibe and then, the DJ is barely noticeable all the way in the back. There’s also seating parallel to the bar, hence the slithering gap.

Now if a city view and fresh air is a must, take the right just past the bar, through a glass door and behold a clear view of the city. To really soak in the al fresco vibe, though, go to the other side and stay awhile. Cabanas divided by a mini-garden of sorts, well shrubbery and other trappings of nature, work for all seasons thanks to heat lamps.

Drinks are seasonal and pretty standard for most bars in the Gerber Group stable. The Bubblicious, made with bubblegum vodka, is super fun. Mojitos come in multiple flavors, including strawberry, blueberry, mangomint and ginger. And, there’s lots of whiskey too.

It’s a nonstop party at Whiskey Blue. No wonder the beautiful people can’t leave it alone.

Cutler Majestic Theatre’s Historic Night on the Town

Since 1903, the Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College has been providing year round cultural programs to both college students and visitors. The historic college located in the Theater District owns and operates the theater, which offers a wide-range of performances Picture 54that include opera (La Traviatta; Madama Butterfly), theater (Divas by Boston’s Gay Men’s Chorus), dance (Stomp) and music (New England Conservatory). Inside, you will find beautiful murals painted by New York artist William de Leftwich Dodge, whose works can also be found on display at the Library of Congress and Boston Public Library.

The theater is listed in both the Massachusetts and National Registers of Historic Places, and has also earned the prominent status as a Boston Historic Landmark. Over the past few years, it underwent some renovations that were approved by the Boston Landmarks Commission.

The Majestic has both historically appropriate stage systems and the most modern technologies for stage and video productions, which is why it is known around town as being a 21st century theater inside a 19th century building.

Kimmel Center: All-Star on Avenue of the Arts

Picture 15To witness the finer side of performing arts, the Kimmel Center is the place to be in Center City. The Kimmel is operating multiple venues (the Academy of Music and Merriam Theater, along with its namesake venue The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts) on the Avenue of the Arts. There are not many places in the area where you could witness everything from Neko Case to Lyle Lovett to The Vienna Philharmonic.

The Academy of Music, one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most prestigious theaters, showcases one of the most robust Broadway series outside of New York City. With offerings like Dream Girls and the revival of South Pacific, there is a show for every taste. The Kimmel Center’s in-house presenter hosts a variety of programming every year with some of the most respected and revered musicians, dancers and performers in the world. And for those who don’t like the commitment, there are informal free performances in the beautiful, expansive lobby every Friday night.

If you enjoy the art of a building as opposed to a performance, the Kimmel Center is one of the most famous designs from architectural designer Rafael Viñoly. The building is an entire city block of vaulted glass roof and makes any first-time visitor gasp in amazement.

Island Rhythms Pulsate from Hoy Como Ayer

Once this place gets going, and since it’s Miami hoy como ayerthat means LATE, the island rhythms and heavy percussion that emanate from this tiny place in the heart of Calle Ocho in Little Havana are intoxicating. Hoy Como Ayer is a trip to the Cuban Havana of old with a blend of sounds from the present day hot Latin acts that have made a name for themselves in the Magic City.

Hoy Como Ayer (which means “Today Like Yesterday”) is consistently ranked by most local publications as the best place to catch Latin performers, because the best play here. Cuban-born singer Albita performs here regularly, the Latin-funk-fusion band DJ Le Spam, and the All Stars (they’re local faves and always pack the house), along with Luis Bofil and David Bisbal all grace the stage. It’s one giant jamfest here from Wednesday to Sunday and the drinks are, of course, the best, from refreshing Mojitos to the rum and cokes, better known in Miami as “Cuba Libre.”

Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Artistic Excellence for All Ages

Founded in 1976, Dallas Black Dance Theatre has been wowing the metroplex with contemporary modern dance for audiences spanning all generations. Twelve professional, full-time dancers perform modern, jazz, ethnic and spiritual works by some of the country’s best choreographers.

Currently, jaws drop as audiences watch the troupe performPicture 8 new works from New York based choreographer and Broadway based Lion King performer, Ray Mercer.  Now located in the up and coming Dallas Arts District, performances can been enjoyed at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.

When contemplating exploring the arts, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre provides not only consistently fresh entertainment, but offers classes (three levels each) in ballet, jazz, tap and Liturgical disciplines for ages 4 and up. Nearly 400 students per week enjoy learning in the year-round classes and develop a new appreciation for what they see up on stage.

With general admission tickets at $15,  it’s more than worth your while to check out a performance or learn one for your own personal repertoire.

PBR Debauchery at The Barbary

l_fbfdcbe368bd87ee8d8e75d05b2717d9If you need to forget about your work week and that creep ex-boy/girlfriend that won’t stop calling you, The Barbary is your place for all night dancing, drinking and debauchery. The Barbary has some of the cheapest drinks in town ($2 PBRs are the Philly Special) and 6-nights a week it hosts some of the craziest dance parties you have ever experienced.

Monthly calendars are released on its MySpace page with events happening every night of the week. Sundays are Karaoke nights, Wednesdays are the Bouffant Bangouts featuring 50s and 60s music, and Mondays are the Indie Dance parties. The rest of the month is filled in with a satisfying variety of top-notch dance music. If you’re lucky to be in town, the DJ DeeJay “Madonna Michael Price” shows are a must.

And if you just can’t get in the mood without the disco ball, they have that covered, too.

3. 12th Annual Boston College Arts Festival April 29

Screen shot 2010-03-24 at 4.47.23 PMEvery year, the Boston College Arts Festival brings the community together to celebrate the arts.  This annual spring event, now in its 12th year, showcases over 1,000 student and faculty artists in the performing, visual, and literary arts. Join the over 16,000 art enthusiasts expected to attend the festival and participate in art demonstrations, enjoy music, dance and theater performances, browse through art exhibitions, listen to literary readings and view films. A staple of the festival every year, this year’s children’s activities include interactive arts and crafts, a story hour, and an instrument petting zoo with the Boston College band.

Performance Art Is Defined At Lincoln Center

With a new fountain in place of the iconic plaza fountain, it seems that things are changing at Lincoln Center. Yet, one thing that has not changed for the 16.3-acre complex is its role as the world’s leading performing arts center. Home to 12 resident arts organizations and 26 amazing performance venues, Lincoln Center is the epitome of art and performance in New York City.

One of its most famous facilities is thePicture 33 magnificent 3,900-seat Metropolitan Opera House, which is the home stage of the world famous Metropolitan Opera and the annual Spring season of American Ballet Theatre. There is also the gorgeous Avery Fisher Hall, home stage of the New York Philharmonic, and the David H. Koch Theater, home of the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera.

Lincoln Center puts on thousands of performances of music, opera, theater, dance, and multi-media every year by renowned artists from all over the globe. It has been home to ultra cool events like the MTV VMA’s and is the new home of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Whether its orchestra concerts or authentic kabuki theater or opera performed with life-size puppets, Lincoln Center presents only the top of any and every kind of performance art.

Brooklyn Academy of Music Gives Art With A Bam!

Picture BAMCommonly known as BAM, this leading arts venue does just that. With a Fort Greene district named after it, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is compromised of various venue that are more avant-garde and unique than the next. It’s the oldest continuously running performance art center that just keeps getting stronger, in 2008 it had a record-breaking attendance of 550,000!

The main building contains its major venue, the Howard Gilman Opera House. The theater, designed by the famous theater-architect company Herts &Tallant, contains 2,109 seats under its soaring ceiling and has seen legendary performances by Enrico Caruso and Vanessa Redgrave. There are also the BAM Rose Cinemas, where one screen shows classic movies and the other three show first-run and independent films. For night owls, there is the BAMcafé, a restaurant that offers free music performances on Friday and Saturday nights. Every exhibition, screening and performance is carefully chosen to further the BAM goal of the preeminent place for progressive art, and its popularity shows that it achieves its goal every night of the week!

BAM’s Harvey Theater, located a few streets away, is smaller and offers a different, more intimate experience, having originally been a traditional playhouse housing Shakespearean revivals, vaudeville reviews, and musicals. BAM also organizes multiple festivals, from DanceAfrica to BAMcinemaFEST, art exhibitions, and educational programs.

Luminous Aura in Dallas

When Avi Adri opened up Aura, he knew hePicture 16 was crafting a nightclub that Dallas could really sink its teeth into. After a string of highly successful special events and an endless line of beautiful club-goers parading through the doors, Aura is now the celebrity hotspot in the city.

Who knows? You may catch a glimpse of Paris Hilton, Shaq, or one of the local reality TV stars that frequent the fully-stocked bar. The club features amazing light shows and DJ’s with international connections and fame. Along with that comes the music you can’t stop dancing to….at least until 2:00 a.m. when Aura shuts its doors.  The next time you and your entourage get ready for a night on the town, Aura should be first on your list of the places to see and be seen.

Black Tie to Broadway at Music Hall at Fair Park

If you love theater, dance, and the thrill of the arts on a live stage, the Music Hall at Fair Park is the place to be. Favorites like Phantom of the Opera and new hits Legally Blonde: The Musical are just two examples of big nPicture 18ame shows that recently called the Music Hall their home. The ability to house a full scale orchestra and opera makes it possible to watch Miss Saigon and Les Miserables without missing a moment of the action or impeccable sound. Even the popular TV show, “America’s Got Talent” chose the Music Hall at Fair Park for its live taping for broadcast.

Besides being a hub for culture, the Music Hall provides ample space and service for black tie affairs, luncheons and banquets. Easily accessible to both north and south Dallas, this is one venue to explore, enjoy and be fully entertained.

Lizard Lounge Sizzles at Night

Sure, a name like LizPicture 9ard Lounge may not scream “really cool hotspot” that hosts some of the hottest parties and best DJs from around the world every week, but that’s exactly what this Dallas nightclub is all about. From record releases to themed parties to international DJs, Lizard Lounge is the place to go to dance to some of the best mixes in Texas.

Known for harboring electronica talent, Lizard Lounge also gives up-and-coming Dallas spinners a chance to show their stuff- and usually with great reviews. Channeling Lizard Lounge’s inner Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, on Thursday and Sunday Lizard Lounge transforms into Hyde-ish “The Church,” a Neo Gothic, Industrial and Electro party. It sounds crazy, and yes, it is absolutely nuts.

Exclusive Mynt Lounge an Icon on the Scene

Inching ever closer to an epic status is Mynt Lounge; around for seven years (with no itch in sight!), it’s still going strong. Located juPicture 7st close enough to the heart of South Beach, the place is abuzz with supermodels, celebrities and the local beautiful people. A perfect complement to such crowds, where Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez, Paris Hilton and Mickey Rourke (to name a few) have all partied, is a tough velvet rope rule whose policy has made it one of the hottest- and hardest- clubs to get into.

Once inside, live performances and stellar DJ’s are a nightly occurrence; and more often than not there’s a VIP event held at this exclusive nightclub. No matter who you are, everyone who gets past the velvet rope is treated like a star at this staple in SoBe.

Lose the Blues by Finding Them at Blue Chicago

Although it’s true that ol’ Blue Eyes once sang, “Bet your bottom dollar you’ll lose the blues in Chicago,” the city remains one of the best in the world for finding the blues… music that is. Here it Picture 14penetrates out of alley ways, bars and subways. With so many blues clubs and street performers to enjoy it can be hard to filter down which to visit on any given night. When in doubt, always pick Blue Chicago.

Seven days a week, Blue Chicago has live performances pulsating from within its bricked walls and dark room. There you’ll find up-and-comers amongst the most famous blues musicians to have ever sung a tune. Whether you’re there to sit in a dark corner, sip whiskey and sway back and forth, or get your butt on the dance floor and sweat (plenty of sets worthy of shaking your booty), Blue Chicago packs the house night after night. So just as Frank Sinatra advised, “you’ll lose the blues in Chicago,” it  comes full circle. A night of blues music just may be the ultimate way to — lose them.

Insider Tip: Sunday – Thursday cover charge is $8 cash only and Friday – Saturday is $10 cash only.

Salsa is Smokin’ Hot at Cafe Cocomo

Voted one of the ten best places in the country to “dip into the salsa scene” by USA Today, Café Cocomo, in the revived Potrero Hill neighborhood, is the hottest place to get your Latin dance on west of Miami.  With the same beat-induced sexy atmosphere as clubs likPicture 26e the Copacabana in NYC and the Conga Room in LA, San Francisco offers one of its own.

There’s room for every salsa lover at Cafe Cocomo, with two levels of indoor and outdoor dancing.  All levels from beginner to ballroom star are welcome here – it’s all about having fun!  And with lots of seating in the outdoor patio that features waterfalls, tiki huts, and an island-style bar, you can take a rest from the crowd and enjoy the stars.

Cocomo even offers lessons for anyone who can’t get enough at the Thursday and Saturday dance parties.  Whether you’re out to add some spice to your nightlife, or looking for a killer ballroom routine, be prepared, because this salsa party is HOT!

5. PDP Presents SCUBA’s Nights of Dance March 19-20

The Philadelphia DancPicture 9e Projects and the SCUBA National Touring Network for Dance combine for a weekend of performances that is innovative and one-of-a-kind.

The PDP Presents 2010 SCUBA program will feature: The BodyCartography Project, which is a somatic for of movement; Megan Mazarick who creates highly conceptual and nuanced themes from American life; and Jacinta Vlach/Liberation Dance Theater that uses inspiration from Latin/African Diaspora, Contemporary and Urban Vernacular.

SCUBA, now in its eighth year, is a co-operative enterprise that supports the growth and expansion of the country’s next generation of contemporary dance artists through touring and the development of relationships with other artists and presenters.

MI6 is the New 007

Picture 9Though it doesn’t stand for “Mission Impossible,” MI6’s long line may leave you time to figure out its meaning- and who’s inside (hint: Daniel Craig’s employer). Originally Foxtail, the hot, new Santa Monica Boulevard club has started fresh and bumped up the stakes. With an impossible guest list and packed dance floor, you either need to know someone on the list or buy your way in.

The reason for MI6’s skyrocketing popularity is due to its location and setup. Situated on one of L.A’s busiest streets, street parking is actually plausible if you come at the right times. And thanks to its two story location, you can either make your way to the downstairs dance floor or upstairs for bottle service and tables.

Thanks to celebrity partygoers such as Lauren Conrad and Lamar Odom, MI6 has taken the clubbing scene by storm offering multiple bars and an even better DJ. With dark lighting and large crowds, the truest clubbing fans should venture to MI6 where the parties are known to last longer than the closing time of 2 A.M.

Goodbye, Foxtail. Hello, MI6.

Enclave Encapsulates all the Beautiful People

Wondering where all the beautiful people are? Look no further, they’re at “Best of Citysearch Nightlife Winner,” Enclave. The who’s who of Chicago- and everywhere else- has been/performed here: Lady GaGa, Brody Jenner, Akon, Carmen Electra, Betsey Johnson, Holly Madison, and Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, to namePicture 10 a few.

Here, it’s all about bottle service. They’ve got anything you want, as long as it’s upscale. Whether it’s magnums of champagne (the real stuff only) or the hot, new, trendy vodka (Grey Goose or Effen), it all comes with fresh flowers and carafes of juice.

House and hip hop beats penetrate with an array of different hot DJs on the weekends and plenty of events to keep the year rolling; from football parties for Northwestern to Lady GaGa mixing it up with the locals. The two-story, 15,000 square foot space has chic, shiny wood floors, beautiful sofas and intimate-inspiring sheer curtains.

With never-ending A-List events and a hot, young, Chicago crowd, Enclave is the place to be for some serious partying in Chi-town.

ODC Takes the Artistry of Dance to Another Level

If the images of elegant ballerinas or hip-hop DWTS contestants come to mind when you think of dance performances, ODC Dance Company will blow your mind. Since the beginning, it has pushed the envelope of avant-garde dance, meaning the choreography, music, and narratives are completely out of the box and original.

But it’s not all creativity without meaning here, ODC has a commitment to maintaining interesting story lines (something not all avant-garde performances do) and outstanding technique. The company has been widely recognized for its fusion of modern techniques and ballet, as well as star-studded collaborations with actors like Robin Williams and visual artists like Eleanor Coppola.

ODC Dance Company proves that West Coast dance is as innovative and technically accomplished as any traditional East Coast company.

Chic France Meets Exotic Vietnam Nights at Le Colonial

For San Francisco’s diverse crowd, there’s nothing better than a nightclub that fuses culture as well as it mixes drinks.  At Le Colonial in Union Square, romantic France meets Picture 12exotic Vietnam.  As evenings go in this city, rarely sticking to the conventional, you’ll fall in love even as you enter from an alley that sparkles with fairy lights and soft neon signs.  Relax in the palm and glass-canopied veranda while you wait for your party, or head inside to the downstairs lounge and order yourself an Emerald Buddha: Ciroc Vodka, House Lemongrass sour, and Barritt’s ginger beer on the rocks.

Le Colonial presents local DJ’s on Friday nights and the very popular Lotus Party on Saturdays.  Spinning remixes from every generation until 2am with a “for the classy and chic only” dress code, there are no excuse to be a wallflower.

No Boundaries in Miami Light Project’s Contemporary World

Picture 20There are no boundaries or limits when it comes to exploring the contemporary performance world, at least not for the Miami Light Project, who has spent the last two decades perfecting their craft and becoming Miami’s premier contemporary art forum. Searching for the most innovative form of expression in live performance, MLP is a place to discover groundbreaking local and global artists in music, dance and theatre.

The Miami Light Project taps into the beat of the city by offering hip hop acts and world music groups. The annual Here & Now Festival is a great place to see up and coming fresh acts, but don’t sweat it, there are special events year-round. Performances are at venues around the city, but mainly on South Beach and Downtown Miami.

5. Westword Artopia Massive Block Party Feb. 20

Dave Chappelle’s block party has nothing on Westword Artopia 2010 five block party! With art, fashion, music and theater performances mixed with the very necessPicture 11ary food and drink, it will most definitely be a big soiree. This night of artistic celebration will feature the likes of Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, Flashbulb Fires and Flamenco Denver.

Artopia will span five top Denver venues including City Hall, Vinyl, Mo’s, Bar Standard and the Living Room. Check out the scene at anyone of these and see what tickles your fancy. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the event giving you access to over 20 music performances and 25 other attractions, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting a local charity. Not too shabby!

Harris Theater is Like a Good DJ- Hot New Numbers Every Time

Chicagoans take theater seriously. Not that they’re obsessed with dramas, no, but the art of theater-going, yes. Here theaters range from the classics like the Goodman, Ford Center (Oriental Theater), and (of course) Chicago Theater to the king of comedy, Second City. In the middle of these two genres is the Harris Theater, whiPicture 7ch masterfully presents options worthy of the classics and funny enough for the kids at Second City. The reason the Harris Theater’s so successful in diversity is that it partners with some of the best performing arts companies, allowing the theater to be on the forefront of all things dance, musical, comedy and drama.

Just take a look at some 2010 highlights to come:

Mikhail Baryshnikov in a solo dance performance, an evening of insight with the “Master of the Musical,” Stephen Sondheim, the Harris Theater debut of Lang Lang under the baton of his mentor Christoph Eschenbach, the Chicago premiere of Orquestra de Sao Paulo with virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.

The theater’s calendar is jam packed with performances making its repertoire new and fresh, especially compared to the big-boy theaters whose stage productions last for months at a time. And for those who still can’t enough of Harris Theater, there are plenty of classes and volunteering opportunities to keep everyone entertained.

A Century of Music at This Great American Hall

The Great American Music Hall has been described many ways: opulent, warm, friendly, even sanctified.  Whatever your adjectives, this place is just plain fun, from the smiles at the red velvet-draped front door to the energy of the crowd buzzing off the ceiling frescoes.  Having hosted such diverse big names as Duke Ellington, Billy Joel, The Grateful Dead, and Van Morrison, this gracious Victorian hall has charmed San Francisco throughout the twentieth century.

MusicHall2This 5000 square foot concert hall has seen many changes since its opening in 1907. Constantly upgrading the sound system and restoring anything that begins to lose luster, the Great American Music Hall takes pride in providing you with the best intimate music experience.  You can even book the venue for private wedding receptions, product launches, holiday parties, and bar mitzvahs.

When spending the evening here you have no choice but to leave the hustle of the city behind, grab a drink at the restored Victorian bar, and let go of your troubles on the oak dance floor.  Why not enjoy one hundred years of history and modern entertainment all in one evening?

Twirls, Tutus and Tights at the Miami City Ballet

Dancing couple 2Master ballet choreographer George Balanchine had a protege once, his name was Edward Villella and he is now the artistic director of the Miami City Ballet. Even though Villella has made a name on his own, with an induction into the Dancer’s Hall of Fame in 2004, it’s no wonder a major chunk of the troupe’s repertoire — which numbers 88 ballets — are Balanchine-choreographed pieces.

The troupe’s international blend of dancers have performed with the Paris Opera Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, The National Ballet of China and the San Francisco Ballet, to name a few. This season, on top of the Balanchine pieces, there are nine world premieres in the mix. Check them out this season as they leap, twirl and float across the stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Downtown Miami.

1. NYC Ballet Winter Season Begins 1/5-2/28/10

If you weren’t able to see the ultimate ballet, The Nutcracker, this pasPicture 11t holiday season, there’s no reason to feel like you missed out. The highly acclaimed New York City Ballet’s winter season begins in January and the repertoire is filled with many different performances.

The season will kick-off with Balanchine’s gorgeous A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in the month of January will also include Romeo + Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, and All Russian. A highlight of the season- and the month- is on January 22nd. In honor of founder George Balanchine’s birthday, the one-night performance will feature dance inspired by three countries that most influenced the legendary founder.

3. Transport Yourself at Art Deco Weekend 1/15 – 1/17/10

There’s just something about the open road that fills people with passion: top down, seats back, wind in your face, mPicture 22usic blaring, and no deadlines. This paints the picture of the American Dream: Freedom. The 33rd Annual Art Deco weekend invites you to participate in celebrating the technology of transportation, because without it, this fantasy could have never become reality.

Art Deco Weekend was started in ’76 to raise awareness and appreciation of the arts and culture of the Arts Deco Era (1925 – 1945). The events of this year’s weekend celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Antique Automobile Club of America will include, a film series, theatrical performances, dance performances, a Saturday morning parade, and many more.

3. Celebrate MLK, Jr with Star Studded Concert 1/17/10

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Reflect on the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 27th Annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert. With music and dance, this touching tribute celebrates a nationwide spirit of change.  This year’s concert will star American Idol winner and Grammy Nominee Ruben Studdard.  The concert will also show historic film footage from the 1960’s to reflect on the civil rights movement.

Sophisticated Nightlife at G Lounge

See and be seen, get your groove on, hit the do-it fluid: whatever your M.O. for the weekend is, G Lounge will do more than satisfy. G Lounge presents you with sophisticated nightlife – one part club, one part lounge, this hotspot gives you options. You can cozy up to the new cutie youglounge2 met in the VIP lounge or dance the night away with your posse to the themed evening beats.

G does many special events (the New Year’s Bash always sells out) and does so with a style that’s hard to find in any city. For a more relaxed atmosphere, visit during the week for “Speak Easy Tuesdays,” where dress is casual and the DJ integrates live bands into their sets. Then get ready to dress up and get down on weekends, where the beautiful people come out to play and celebs are often spotted like Jamie Foxx, Rihanna, Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies players.

The drinks are cool, the staff is hot, and the crowd is ready to go – it’s everything you could want for a night out.

No Falsetto Needed at Opera Nightclub

Who said going to the Opera was a bore? Opera Nightclub is one of the hottest places in Atlanta. With its elegant Greek columns, luminescent chandeliers, and three-tier balcony, you’ll feel like royalty the moment you enter its doors.Picture 8

Emerging onto the national scene as the backdrop to the Real Housewives of Atlanta’s many dramas, it is also the place to go for VIP events Atlanta and to socialize with the beautiful crowd.

Opera has been a staple in Atlanta for almost a century. Built in 1920 as a performing arts theater for the Atlanta Women’s Club, the center has since undergone two million dollars worth of renovations to revitalize the space to its original luster. There are three amazing venues inside the nightclub: The Opera House encompasses a stage, perfect for VIP performances. In the Venetian room you can have party with 150 guests  in this Atlanta banquet hall, which includes grand Victorian accents. On those hoTLANTA days or cooLANTA nights, try the Patio, offering breathtaking views of the skyline.

Want to get in on all the events? It’s sometimes – keyword, sometimes- as easy as going online. Visitors may register online for its weekly events, reserve VIP tables and see photos from previous weeks. On Thursdays the music is dance, on Fridays its hip-hop & 80’s dance mix, and on Saturdays come out with Atlanta’s finest to see & be seen.

Momentum Dance: One of Miami’s Best Troupes

The hypnotic moves of Miami’s stellar dance troupe Momentum Dance Company, who have been gPicture 26racing stages around the city for more than two decades, makes for a mesmerizing experience. A show by Momentum always holds some kind of surprise with their ingenious creativity. The repertoire of numbers conceived by artistic director Delma Iles are so popular that dance fans have come to expect them, like “Sand Dance,” a solo effort by Iles that incorporates a single spotlight and sand into the performance.

Performing all over the city, this contemporary group is known for inventive and innovative moves and haunting performances that captivate the audience and leave them wanting more. Make a point of catching Momentum while in Miami or risk missing an unforgettable experience. Check out their website to find out when the next performance is taking place.

Hubbard Street Dances Outside the Box

If you’ve seen the Nutcracker more times than you can count then try on a new dance for size. The Hubbard Street Dance Company is boasting their Winter Series at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park, which will blow your Nutcracker-Deja-vu-Blues away. Critically acclaimed for its innovative performances and top echelon of choreographers, when Hubbard Street announces a new series, you’ll want Picture 17to snag your tickets asap. The billboards for this baby are already adorning all of Chi-town.

Dancing to the “haunting music” of Arvo Pärt by Ohad Naharin and rocking out to ‘Boléro’ by Maurice Ravel, the dancers will have you squirming in your seat awaiting your chance to move. Even if this means nothing to you, isn’t it enough that it’s:

  • Inspiring? Yes.
  • New? Yes.
  • Leaves you with something to talk about? Yes.

So leave Clara and her sugar plum fairies to their ol’ routine this season and support a company that dares to push the envelope.

The Winter Series is from December 3-6, 2009 in Millennium Park, but make sure to check their website for their seasonal series.

Light Show & Cristal at Liv Nightclub

Head a little north of South Beach to one of the most unexpected places – the historic Fontainebleau Hotel – to party the night away at Liv NigPicture 8htclub, a hotspot catering to celebrities and locals alike. For example, chances of spotting actress Gabrielle Union, who loves to play in Miami, hanging out with her friend, Miami Heat basketball player Dwayne Wade, are very likely.

After all, the place is 30,000 square feet of pure party atmosphere with three full service bars, VIP areas where the Cristal champagne usually flows to world-renowned DJs playing dance tunes as well as hip hop and house music. The all-night light show, main dance floor, and second floor balcony viewing area are the perfect recipe for an unforgettable weekend.

4. Like Broadway at Miami Ballet’s Nutcracker 12/11-12/23/09

The Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is a cultural spectacular to see this holiday season. With a cast of more than 100, awe-inspiring sets and costumes, magical special effects, incredible music, and exquisite dancing by international ballet stars. The Miami City Ballet Company’s reputation has been enhanced with one of their dancers making the cover of Dance Magazine.

The dates are limited to make sure you plan ahead to see this stellar performance- and star dancers- this holiday season.

The Extensive San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center

Picture 39As one of the largest performing arts center in the United States the SFWMPAC covers everything from theater, operas, concerts, lectures, special screenings, dance, recitals, meetings, and galas. It is a massive facility, 7 1/2 acres in total, containing the War Memorial Opera House, Herbst Theater, War Memorial Veterans Building, Louise M. Davis Symphony Hall, and even the offices of the prestigious SFMOMA.

Conveniently located in the heart of San Francisco’s historic Civic Center district, the Performing Arts Center is not only a haven for the arts, but also a memorial for the men who fought in the first World War.

Check out the calendar for all the lectures, performances and recitals or participate in a tour of the facilities which are held every Monday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Go Gaga at Club Dada

Dallas’ lovers of live music always go to Dada to hear the coolest bands. This club is at the center of the Dallas music scene and has featured bands from Cheap Trick to Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians to burgeoning local bands. With three music stages, you can count on quality entertainment at anytime in the night. Dance, drink, and (if you’ve had enough) sing along to your heart’s content at this Deep Ellum hotspot.

Ibiza’s Party Spirit Hits NYC at Pacha

Pacha, imported from European party spot Ibiza, is the one of the city’s mega-clubs with staying power. Its 30-thousand square foot space is divided into four levels and a multitude of high design seating niches that surround an open atrium with an intimate dance floor at its base. The top floor is VIP only, an area affectionately called Pachita, where sleek babes and stunning boys lounge the night away on the low-slung banquettes. Just like Pacha in Ibiza, the New York club hosts big name DJs including Erick Morillo, David Guetta, Sander Kleinenberg, and Roger Sanchez.

Culturally Clad at Club Mayan

Club Mayan, located in Downtown Los Angeles, is one of L.A.’s only historical and cultural remnants left in the area. Featuring live music and a dance club, Club Mayan encourages all visitors to let loose in their three leveled escape.

The multi-level club seems like it belongs in a Hawaiian paradise rather than on the streets of Downtown. Reopened in the 90s, Club Mayan not only reinvented their décor but also their vibe. Encouraging L.A. hipsters to dance the night away on Friday Sound Machine nights and bring their own leis on Tropical Saturdays, the club seems to be the only place left in this city where each level feels like a different getaway.

The perks of having such a historical hangout in Los Angeles are invitations to new musical acts and themed nights for the dress up fanatics anxiously waiting for Halloween. With varying cover charges and a relatively strict dress code, Club Mayan is a great birthday celebratory spot allowing you to create your own guest list as they treat you like a King or Queen.

If you are looking to come on a particular night, make sure to consistently check the events calendar on the club’s website. But if none of the names look recognizable on the calendar, just make sure to come on either a Friday or Saturday when the music is loud and the energy is on.