Brian Leaf has spent countless hours parsing through Family Guy, Twilight, The 40-Year Old Virgin, and myriad other pop-culture phenomena—not for his own amusement, but to pick out SAT and ACT vocabulary words lurking in the scripts, which he's compiled in six books. A seasoned test-prep instructor, Leaf has helped thousands of students surmount standardized tests through his books and workshops, which dole out insider advice for taking the entire tests as well as specific subjects such as math, reading, and dodgeball. Students leave each session with a collection of McGraw-Hill guidebooks, tips on stress management and avoiding common avoidable mistakes, and strategies for each subject.
Since taking her first tango class in 2005, Veronika Kruta has immersed herself in the world of argentine tango. She's traveled the country to attend tango festivals, where she learned traditional and modern techniques under the tutelage of famous dancers. Her travels inspired her to found Vktango in 2008, where she teaches a wide range of tango styles. Through Vktango, she shares all the lessons she’s learned, helping each student find their own style to the beat of traditional tango songs, alternative modern tunes, or perfectly timed jackhammering from nearby construction crews. She also draws on her expertise as a DJ spinning tango-ready rhythms for such events as the Boston Tango Festival.
A member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League since 2008, the Blue Sox incubates top college players while they stay fresh and limber between seasons in the NCAA. Partially funded by Major League Baseball, the league consists of 10 teams across six New England states, all competing in a summer of hardball that begins in June and concludes with the playoffs in August, just before players trade in baseballs for rubber-band balls and return to school. Originally founded in 1997 as the Concord Quarry Dogs, the Blue Sox wield homefield advantage at Mackenzie Stadium, a venue that can seat more than 4,000 fans or 30 anti-T-shirt missile silos.
Professional bartenders teach in classrooms set up as fully functioning bars. The facilities present lifelike conditions for students to learn skills such as the proper shake and pour for a variety of cocktails, muddling raw ingredients, and getting the right amount of head on a draft beer. Courses also cover the technical elements of bartending, which may include setting up drink stations, understanding liquor laws and board-of-health requirements, and operating payment systems that accept both credit cards and gold ingots.
As a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and a 12-year veteran performer and teacher, Nate Wilson is equipped to impart his mastery of the keys to students of all ages and skill levels. Though his master’s degree is in jazz performance, Nate is well versed in the classical and Suzuki methods, as well as rock piano. Other possible topics include improvisation, songwriting, music theory, and the proper technique for deadlifting and smashing a piano after a scorching solo.
Peace Art Paint and Sip hosts nightly creative classes, providing a fun bonding experience for couples or a ladies' night out. Inside the studio, visitors can post up at 16"x20" canvases with provided brushes and paints?and brought-along adult beverages, if they so desire. During each session, instructors lead students through easy-to-follow steps to complete a finished work of art ready to be displayed on a wall or used as a backdrop for a model train set.