Archive for February, 2011

$40 for One-Hour Deep-Tissue Massage at Bella Mia Spa in Clayton ($80 Value)

Monday, February 28th, 2011
$40 for One-Hour Deep-Tissue Massage at Bella Mia Spa in Clayton ($80 Value)

Before massages, rusty-jointed humans were forced to relax by spritzing joints with oil and playing Hugh Grant blooper reels on repeat. Un-tin your torso with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a one-hour deep-tissue massage at Bella Mia Spa in Clayton (an $80 value).

Bella Mia unwinds local bodies and minds seven days a week in a warmly lit environment accented by cozy rugs and calming candles. Wrap overworked muscles and underworked muscle stand-ins in a plush robe before beginning your one-hour, customized deep-tissue massage. Bella Mia's friendly, professional therapists will soothe chronically tense tissues with a wide variety of massage techniques, alternating between firm squeezing, soft pressure, and delicate lectures on the dangers of peer pressure.

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$75 for Weekend Pass to Cinequest Film Festival 21 March 5–6 (up to a $200 Value)

Monday, February 28th, 2011
$75 for Weekend Pass to Cinequest Film Festival 21 March 5–6 (up to a $200 Value)

The first moving picture, which depicted a horse running at full gallop, was quickly enhanced by the first special effects, which showed a horse exploding next to a 3-D spaceship. Enjoy advances in film with today's Groupon: for $75, you get an all-access weekend pass (a $200 value) to Cinequest Film Festival 21, held at several venues in the San Jose area. The pass is valid for entry into all festival-sponsored events scheduled on Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6. All passes can be picked up at will call in the lobby of Camera 12 on March 5.

Cinequest Film Festival 21 celebrates artistic expression through the spirit of global, independent storytelling. Each year, CQFF attracts some 80,000 attendees hoping to discover a new creative talent or gain a greater understanding of cinema during technology showcases and panel discussions. Festival-goers partake in a rollicking weekend lineup that grants access to more than 20 different screenings (normally $10 per ticket, $5 for students) including several films making their world premieres. On Saturday afternoon, see the international debut of America, the courageous story of a Puerto Rican woman trying to start a fresh life. Toasty cinephiles looking for more chilling fare may seek out the murder mystery Small Town Murder Songs on Sunday or the French werewolf film The Hair of the Beast shown Saturday at midnight to meet the whims of its lycanthropic ingénues.

In addition to hobnobbing with hobbling nobles during the VIP soirees from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., common film aficionados acquire Hollywood insight during Maverick Artist & Innovator forums (normally $10 per ticket). On March 5, filmmaker Jon M. Chu shares tips for making 3-D motion pictures on small and large budgets that he learned while directing Step Up 3-D, with a separate recitation on how to avoid being served. Sunday afternoon features a presentation on making films with the latest mobile technologies.

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$15 for Ticket to Berkeley Playhouse “Narnia” Performance (Up to $33 Value). Choose from Six Options.

Monday, February 28th, 2011
$15 for Ticket to Berkeley Playhouse “Narnia” Performance (Up to $33 Value). Choose from Six Options.

Seeing a theatrical adaptation of a classic book enables audience members to enjoy the richness of a beloved story without eye strain, paper cuts, or high-interest literary loans from predatory librarians. Steer clear of Dewey-decimaled debt with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get one ticket to the Berkeley Playhouse performance of Narnia – The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, located on College Avenue in Berkeley (up to a $33 value). Tickets are valid for any seating area (subject to availability); admission for children 5 and younger can be bought directly for $15 at the Berkeley Playhouse box office. Choose one of the following show times:

  • Sunday, March 13, at 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 13, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 20, at 11 a.m.
  • Friday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m.

The Berkeley Playhouse strives to stage productions that are appropriate and engaging for all ages. Director Jon Tracy leads a powerful posse of Playhouse players in a musical adaptation of the first novel in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. With a score by Thomas Tierney and lyrics by Ted Drachman, the play replaces the book’s blocks of paragraphs with a thrilling inspirational score that will win over the harshest, most monocled young theater critics.

Brought to life by the Playhouse’s experienced professional theater company, the show spins the exciting tale of four children who are sent to Narnia to save it from evil forces. Grab a single ticket for lone, theater-induced tranquility, or snag a pack of matinee seats for a family-friendly alternative to another afternoon board game battle royale that ends with hurt feelings and vows of revenge. The Sunday, March 13, performance at 3:30 p.m. supplements the stagecraft with a matinee cast meet-and-greet following the show.

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$27 for a Ski Rental Performance Package at Any Mountain in Fremont

Monday, February 28th, 2011
$27 for a Ski Rental Performance Package at Any Mountain in Fremont

The right skiing equipment allows one to conquer obstinate moguls, be they large, small, or Rupert Murdoch. Get the gear to conquer the crevasse with today's Groupon: for $27, you get a ski rental performance package at Any Mountain in Fremont (a $45 value). This Groupon expires April 30, 2011.

Any Mountain's gear-grappling professionals match outdoorspeople with durable, top-brand athletic equipment and apparel for any foray into the great outdoors. The ski rental performance package adorns renters of any skill level in technologically advanced skis, boots, and poles for whizzing down slopes or slowly sliding to victory. The experienced staff assists renters with selecting gear, ensuring an excellent fit, compatibility with skill level, and removal of residual snow. Any Mountain keeps skiccessories expertly maintained and tuned for safety and high performance no matter the marshmallow content of the mountain.

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$25 to Participate in the San Francisco Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on March 19 ($70 Value)

Monday, February 28th, 2011
$25 to Participate in the San Francisco Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on March 19 ($70 Value)

Prepare for the venerable American tradition of scavenging with today's side deal: for $25, you get a regular registration for one person (a $70 value) to participate in the San Francisco Challenge. The one-day urban scavenger race takes place on Saturday, March 19, starting and ending at Jack's Cannery Bar on Leavenworth Street. Adults of every age, ability, and medieval guild are encouraged to participate. The race starts at 1 p.m., but you can show up as early as 11 a.m. to pick up your pre-race packet.

During the challenge, teams of two or more individuals will run helter-skelter around the city in a frantic race for cash prizes and personal pride, with a first-place award of $200. Not only will participants have to solve strands of interconnected clues that would test the deductive powers of even the most seasoned consulting detective, they'll need to plot spatiotemporal stratagems while exploring undiscovered corners of the city. Although being physically fit is a plus, quick wits and wise planning will ultimately determine the winners. Participation in the challenge gets contestants a clue packet, race-number bib, and T-shirt, and fees also help toward contributions to partner charities and the prize pool. The website offers a regular FAQ, as well as a Groupon FAQ with further details on the intricacies of the race, what to wear the day of, why it's not okay to bring a boa constrictor, and more. After the race is through and winners determined, all participants are invited to partake in an after-party and awards ceremony. Challenge participants can partake in drink specials and music while additional prizes, such as best costume, are announced.

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Oil Change and Multi-Point Inspection at Cerrone’s European in Redwood City

Monday, February 28th, 2011
Oil Change and Multi-Point Inspection at Cerrone's European in Redwood City

Pistons and shafts overheat and seize up unless protected by a slick, shiny coating of oil, just like classical Greco-Roman wrestlers. Keep your engine parts from throttling each other with today's Groupon to Cerrone's European in Redwood City. Choose between two oil change and inspection options:

  • For $27, you get a standard oil change and multi-point inspection (a $111 value)
  • For $42, you get a synthetic oil change and multi-point inspection (a $124 value)

Though they specialize in the care of transatlantic cruisers from Land Rover, Jaguar, BMW, Mini Cooper, and Volvo, Cerrone European's continental caretakers service domestic makes and models with the same skillful dedication. With each full-service oil change, Cerrone's mechanics retire sludged-up lubricant, replacing de-refined crude with fresh, clean, supremely slippery oil. Drivers swap out fossilized sap for either standard or synthetic solutions, opting for the natural sheen of untreated Texas tea or reaping the benefits of synthetic's blend of additives designed to extend engine life, increase intervals between oil changes, and imbue pistons the power of artificial intelligence. Both standard and synthetic oil changes include a new standard filter briefed in the art of bouncing undesirable infiltrators from inter-engine combustion parties.

In addition to greasing underhood gears, Cerrone's sleuths uncover dastardly plots against car well-being during their multi-point inspections. Technicians top off fluids, give brakes and tires a wary-eyed once-over, and inspect moving parts for signs of wear, damage, or fan suspenders masquerading as fan belts.

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$7 for $15 Worth of Quality Meats, Poultry, and Fish at Drewes Brothers Meats

Monday, February 28th, 2011
$7 for $15 Worth of Quality Meats, Poultry, and Fish at Drewes Brothers Meats

By regularly replenishing meat reservoirs, humans are able to accomplish challenging tasks such as running marathons and consuming a one-fifth slab of ribs. Stock up on succulent energy with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of quality meats, poultry, and fish at Drewes Brothers Meats on Church Street in Noe Valley.

Drewes Brothers Meats has charmed carnivores for more than a century with elite meats, premium poultry, and fresh fish. Cleaving all-natural, free-range products, Drewes Brothers promises quality cuts, patties, protein tubes, and more. Meatitarians will mull over noshable nominees such as whole free-range chickens ($3.99/lb.), New York steaks ($16.99/lb.), ground beef from grass-fed cattle ($6.49/lb.), and legs of lamb ($6.99/lb.), and fish-favorers may lure king salmon ($18.99/lb.) into mouthy reservoirs. While nimbly wrapping Niman Ranch, Angus Meyer, and Natural Hill lamb, pork, and beef or Rosie Organic chicken for safe travel, the scholars of succulence will expound on protein particulars and evidence of a 15th planet made entirely of rib eye. If aspiring diners are unable to find their ideal ingestible, Drewes Brothers will shine a meat beacon to the sky, summoning elusive elk flank or wookie bacon with just one day's notice.

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$71 for Two Adult Passes for Bus Tour of Monterey and Carmel from Tower Tours ($142 Value)

Sunday, February 27th, 2011
$71 for Two Adult Passes for Bus Tour of Monterey and Carmel from Tower Tours ($142 Value)

While a chartered yacht is a comfortable way to tour the seas, it can only navigate city streets with the help of hundreds of unhappy pack goats. Tour the Pacific Coast Highway in terra firma style and comfort with today's Groupon: for $71, you get two adult passes for a bus tour of Monterey and Carmel from Tower Tours (a $142 value).

Tower Tours treats tourists to an all-day seaside escape, ferrying marine rubberneckers across the Pacific Coast Highway's scenic beachscapes and salt-sprayed hamlets. At the outset of the 11-hour tour, wanderlusters weigh anchor at Tower's base camp at Ghirardelli Square before rolling toward Monterey's seaside wharves and avenues. They'll then embark on an undersea ramble in the well-kept waterways of the Monterey Aquarium, which will be offered at an extra discounted price, or catch paperbacks falling from John Steinbeck–shaped piñatas during one of Cannery Row's lively street fairs.

From Monterey, tours continue along 17 Mile Drive, pausing for photo collecting against backdrops including Seal Rocks' craggy formations, the Lone Cypress' titular tree, and Pebble Beach's flocks of wild golfers. Buses roll into Carmel Plaza in time for guests to snatch early dinners or fleeting bargains from a host of upscale shops.

Tower Tours' coastal expeditions are orchestrated by the company’s on-board maestros, who compose memorable tours from the comfort of a charter bus. Limited rest breaks will be made in addition to scheduled stops, so excursionists are encouraged to equip accordingly. Tour operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays only.

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$10 for $20 Worth of Used Books at Black Oak Books in Berkeley

Sunday, February 27th, 2011
$10 for $20 Worth of Used Books at Black Oak Books in Berkeley

Without books to hold onto, guideless tourists would wind up in back alley cockfights, and new presidents would have to swear into office with one hand in the air and the other on a yellowing Cathy comic. Tickle a book’s binding with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of used books at Black Oak Books in Berkeley.

Circulating the best used offerings of world literature, the shelves of Black Oak Books keep readers armed to the teeth with an omnibus of genre-spanning tomes. Black Oak's attentive booksellers steer bibliomaniacs through a labyrinth of lexicons, including mass-market paperbacks at half their cover price (around $2.50–$4.50), fiction and sci-fi books (around $6–$11, excluding special or first editions), and math reads to remind voracious bookworms what numbers look like. New York Times bestsellers and Newbery Medal & Honor winners frequent the book shelves, and children’s books ($2.50–$7) round out an expansive in-store collection with the vast majority of items costing under $30.

Like walking, talking card catalogs, the booksellers at Black Oak Books can alight a dog-eared path through science, parenting, poetry, and sexuality, as they unearth nearly every topic the brain-heart can conceive. With a vast LGBT section and a music area kitted out with blues and jazz, Black Oak's provides the reading material and soundtrack necessary to learn something new, or confirm a contentious Snapple fact. Black Oak's sleuth staff stands ready to detect a hard-to-find book at a moment’s notice. For the writerly lot, Black Oak Books stocks unique cards, journals, and stationery, perfect for penning passionate unauthorized autobiographies or sending eloquent rejection slips to rent-owing muses.

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$150 for a One-Room Paint Job by Rayco Painting

Sunday, February 27th, 2011
$150 for a One-Room Paint Job by Rayco Painting

The trickiest part about painting a house is preparing for the job, much like bathing a rabid buffalo or scaring yourself. Leave your painting to an expert with today’s Groupon: for $150, you get a one-room paint job from Rayco Painting (up to a $400 value).

Rayco Painting boasts more than 25 years of wall-coloring experience and staffs a team of brush-brandishing aces who'll splash new life into your poorly toned or peeling vertical surfaces. Before beginning the interior painting, the crew will mask and cover floors and touch up small wall blemishes, such as nail holes, kick marks, and cracks. Then, using the two gallons of interior flat paint that you provide, they'll launch into a painting frenzy, leaving your walls filled with an even layer of color and void of any accidental art. Afterward, the workers will tidy up the job site, walk through with the customer for a final inspection, and label any necessary touch-up paint.

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