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Learn the fundamentals and a routine, and you can show off your new moves during the studio’s optional June performance. Put your artistic abilities to the test by sketching the nude human form at Civic Arts Center’s figure-drawing classes in Walnut Creek. Carol Johnstone organizes music video–inspired dance classes in the Bay Area.
If you’re feeling especially daring, consider modeling for the class. Students learn the Naomi Campbell walk, and warm-ups include iconic moves from “Single Ladies.” At the end of six weeks, dancers perform at a nightclub. To start the process, attend the Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers meetings, and get hands-on training with a club member. On August 5, stop by the Puppy Raisers’ Pooch Parade in Pleasanton to see dogs and their owners dress up and compete for prizes. Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, Oakland’s White Horse Bar hosts a drag show that anyone can join. Inn, leader of the drag king (think male impersonators) troupe Momma’s Boyz, advises all first-timers to do their research before gender bending. The Berkeley Poetry Slam—the longest running organized poetry slam in Northern California—hosts weekly competitions at the Starry Plough in Berkeley.
“Then there’s no explaining or defending to do, you’re both on the same page.” Wednesday night’s meetup was aimed at heterosexual adults 21 and over, though Brighten hopes to hold events for gay folks in the future. For those who left “looking for luv” to the last minute, tickets at the door cost .
The contests, which are judged by audience members, are open to both first-timers and seasoned slammers. Give Adam Richman a run for his money and tackle Vic Stewart’s 49-ounce, double-cut porterhouse steak ().
If you survive, you’ll have your name forever embossed on the “49er Club” Hall of Fame plaque in the Walnut Creek restaurant’s lobby. Your parents may think your stand-up routine is hilarious, but how will you fare in front of an unbiased crowd?
Brighten believes that finding a partner who shares the same politics of the plate is one of the keys to a happy relationship.
“I don’t have meat in my home, go to zoos, wear clothing made from animals, or eat at restaurants that serve meat, so it’s important to me to have a partner who shares my lifestyle choices,” said Brighten, who specializes in vegan events.
When it comes to climbing a mountain, Concord’s Diablo Rock Gym is the place to go. “All climbs have a rating system so you can see their difficulty,” says renowned rock climber Hans Florine, the gym’s general manager.
Clickety-clack your way across the dance floor during Studio 8’s Tuesday evening adult tap classes in San Ramon.
The next event is just in time for Valentine’s Day, on February 2.
What, pray tell, does one wear to a speed dating event for vegetarians, vegans, and the veg-curious searching for their perfect match? vegetarian (as long as you don’t count the occasional lapse in her mostly plant-based diet of some 30 years), it made sense to go undercover.
The first and third Tuesday of every month, Tommy T’s Comedy Steakhouse in Pleasanton offers open mic sign-ups, and the top five comedians (as determined by the staff) make it to the main stage to compete for audience’s choice. The Walnut Creek Library makes meeting a potential match even easier, with its free biannual speed-dating events.Share a book-themed icebreaker during your dates, which only last a few minutes each.