The instructors at Universal Grappling Academy are all about "training ordinary people to be extraordinary athletes." Adults and children as young as four can develop a lifelong appreciation for fitness during mixed martial arts and conditioning programs designed to build muscle, confidence, and discipline. Universal Grappling Academy understands that not all people want to be or can be fighters, but their programs encourage participants to train like fighters in order to achieve maximum results. Programs incorporate a constantly-rotating circuit of runs, drills, functional training routines, and technique review. Instructors motivate students to challenge themselves physically and mentally on their path to achieving personal goals.
Thumping blues, jangly rock music, and the smells of barbecue pits slow-cooking pork ribs and brisket fill the Victorville Fairgrounds during the annual High Desert Music Festival & BBQ Showdown. The two-day event challenges pit-masters from around the Southwest to square off in a barbecue competition?and conquer the reigning champion?by sharing their sauce-slathered dishes with visitors, while judges from the Kansas City Barbecue Society look on. Meanwhile, local and Grammy-nominated international musicians perform on an outdoor stage, and a car show displays vehicles ranging from classic cars to custom modern rides.
The scriptless, propless performers of improv troupe Darwin’s A-Team conjure absurd situations with nothing more than audience members' suggestions and their own imaginations. Characterized by surprising dialogue and a refusal to release laughing gas into the audience, the chuckle-hungry collective rings in 2012 with It’s the New Year … Now What?, its first performance of the year. The show takes place in the High Desert Center for the Arts, a recently refurbished theater whose chandeliers, plush seating, and coat-check room full of tiaras create an elegant atmosphere for refined rib-tickling.