The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Students should bring: Basketball and bottle of water
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Open Gym Premier provides an unparalleled basketball experience for players of all ages in a high-quality facility with talented coaches, organized programs, and professional training.
The talent behind Eat Street Culinary starts with founder Chef Katie Averill, an experienced culinary artist in her own right, and an instructor of executive chefs in hot line, pastries, and other areas of cuisine. After graduating from the California Culinary Academy, Chef Averill worked in upscale restaurants under several celebrity chefs such as Charlie Palmer, Gary Danko, and Todd English.
Eat Street Culinary's cooking classes cover topics from French cuisine to fresh-baked breads. The pasta-making class shares the secrets to making pasta from scratch by using homemade dough and sweet-based classes cover everything from chocolate making to cake decorating. A selection of international classes such as Night in Spain and Night in Paris teach students the art of crafting unique dishes from around the world. Each class provides a fulfilling experience for students, regardless of their skill level.
Founded in 1985, Epicurean gives choppers with any level of chops a hands-on—or a knives-on-and-hands-away— lesson, lead by trained instructors. During Cupcakes Couture III, students create stylish cupcakes, such as chocolate cherry cordial and strawberry with brown sugar crème fraiche icing. For clock-watchers or those trained in the fast-paced world of cup stacking competitions or speed chess, the menu of Jiffy Meals can all be prepared in less than 30 minutes. During the Sauces course, gravy un-clumps and au jus is finally translated (spoiler alert: it means "oh, you!"). Jesse Brune of Food Network's Private Chefs of Beverly Hills leads salad formations during Salad Daze and combines healthy edibles in Fit to Eat. Check out the full schedule of classes here.
SwingIt Trapeze co-founder Nick Selvy can undoubtedly impress anyone. If the singing, acting, and dancing talents he's cultivated from the age of 11 don't do it, he could ride a six-foot unicycle and juggle fire. The jack of all trades also taught surfing lessons for a while, and performed stunts and magic, but his real passion is flight. For 20 years, Selvy has been swinging through the air on rigs that he's designed and installed, using state-of-the-art equipment to ensure safety. More recently, he co-founded SwingIt Trapeze with teacher and youth development specialist Brian Kirch to pass on this skill to anyone ready to have some fun.
During lessons, Selvy and Kirch's team lead students through the basic techniques of the trapeze. Fledgling fliers begin by hanging from their knees before progressing into swinging and flying without safety lines. The emphasis here is not on competitive skill, but rather on enjoyment, fitness, and being able to keep up with Spiderman during action-packed dreams.
Best friends and co-owners Courtney Short and Natalie Ostad want The Yoga Mat to be a place where people feel comfortable being themselves. There’s nothing intimidating about their studio, and its wide variety of classes should help any budding yogi find the right fit. Yoga 101 introduces beginners to basic poses, whereas candlelit Vinyasa creates a soothing environment to focus on breathing. There’s also prenatal yoga for expecting mothers and Mommy & Me classes, wherein attendees can pose at their own pace and take breaks as necessary to care for pintsize tagalongs. Courtney and Natalie's idea is for all who come here to feel the restorative and healing effects of toning the body and calming the mind.