The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
Chrystal Rae and Andres Illera became best friends practicing yoga together, so it's no surprise that love is a fundamental tenet of Gaia Flow Yoga, their shared studio and registered yoga school. When describing the tenets of love-based yoga, Chrystal says that the practice hinges on the opening of the heart, which allows the spirituality of ancient yogic practices to blend with modern Western mindsets. So far, Chrystal and Andres have coaxed open the cardiovascular doors of more than 100 yoga teachers through their school, reaching exponentially more students and students’ imaginary friends along the way. With 29 active instructors and two locations, they teach an endless stream of classes that combine the ideas of Hatha, Raja, and Bhakti yoga.
Former UFC and Pancrase champion Guy Mezger passes on his accumulated martial arts knowledge to students through his instructors at Guy Mezger's Combat Sports Club. He and his staff teach six different competitive fighting disciplines, such as boxing, judo, and no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu. They blend their disciplines with fitness and practical self-defense techniques, arming students with a valuable skill set that encourages a healthier lifestyle. They also teach kids, building confidence through measurable achievements such as belt advancement and wrestling matches.
While many people have the opportunity to peruse an artist's work at a gallery, they don't often get the chance to paint alongside them. But Wine and Palette brings admirers and creators together. Their classes, held at local cafes, restaurants, and bars, are led by talented local artists, who guide students of all artistic levels in re-creating one of their masterpieces step-by-step. They encourage their students to experiment with light, shadow, and scale. This boosts self-expression and results in unique versions of cityscapes, animals, and still-life portraits with squirrel skulls instead of oranges.
At a base price of $300,000 each, only 150 versions of the 2012 Lamborghini LP570-4 Super Trofeo exist worldwide. One of them—production No. 123, in fact—dwells at DFW Exotic Rentals, along with exotic vehicles from Ferrari, Porsche, and BMW available to take out for lessons or short-term spins. DFW's resident driving coach, Les Betchner, draws on more than 20 years of racing and precision-driving expertise to teach the proper techniques for handling the sports cars' tires lined with cleats. Outside of Betchner’s lessons, the fleet zooms out of the lot for corporate-event rentals, recreational drives, or chauffeured rides.
Sure, most people smile in photos. But in Brian Hilson's portraiture work, his subjects' smiles are so natural and radiant that they don't look posed—it looks like he caught them in a moment of genuine happiness. This is likely in part to his mission to give each project "a fresh perspective instead of applying a formula," one that has led to his pictures being seen everywhere from local bars to Zagat.com. He's worked with food, street fashion, headshots, and bridal work and is currently focusing on LGBT weddings. He also leads classes in photography and software such as Photoshop.