German cuisine might not be synonymous with nightlife in the public imagination, but consider an element that's central to both: the beer. The restaurant and nightclub OB's Brau Haus commissions Fox River Brewing Company to produce a slate of beers in traditional German styles ranging from the familiar (pilsner, lager) to unusual potions such as the secret-recipe Sticke Altbier, brewed using the old-fashioned top-fermenting method common in D?sseldorf.
The food is just as traditional: pork shanks, sauerbraten, and complex regional dishes such as pork and beef stew with sauerkraut served in a paprika sauce with spaetzel. Every Friday night, the restaurant hosts a fish fry to celebrate the end of the work week or the fact that there's only one more day of mail to worry about. After 9 p.m., dramatic colored lights spill throughout the space, welcoming DJs and bottle service.
Girls Night: The Musical will bring to the stage of the 14th Street Theatre a heartfelt, comedic story of five friends celebrating their history and future together while embarking on an epic night of karaoke. Actresses belt out renditions of such female classics as "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," and “Lady Marmalade” amid vibrant set pieces. Theater seating harkens back to intimate cabarets of yore, with up to four seats and a Dean Martin wax figure adorning each table. Groupon holders receive the best non-VIP seats possible (any table other than tables A-G) upon the redemption of their vouchers at the theater's will-call station.
Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
Licensed therapist Lisa Marshall customizes massage sessions according to her clients’ desires. Specializing in therapeutic and Swedish massage, she reduces the friction of her strokes with oils or lotions rather than vegetable shortening. She also helps alleviate chronic pain by kneading connective tissue with intense pressure during deep-tissue massage and often pairs this massage with heated basalt stones.
Working as a CPA, Alicia Doerr slowly began to realize that life behind a desk was not for her. So rather than crunching numbers, she decided to crunch pain and calories by returning to school to become a licensed massage therapist and certified personal trainer. Today, Alicia helms her own massage and weight-management clinic, Naturally Balanced Body, where she helps clients find and maintain healthy lifestyles through massage therapy, diet, and exercise.
Alicia doles out deep-tissue and relaxation massages to alleviate aches and pains and boost circulation, and calls upon therapy massage to calm specific injuries and muscles with daddy issues. Under Alicia’s dotFit program, clients receive access to an online weight-management forum, where they can manage their caloric intake and expenditure and try out personalized recipes and exercise plans. Alicia also gets clients back on the exercise track with 30- and 50-minute personal-training sessions.
At Kim's Natural Healing Touch, massage therapist Kim Palmer administers massages that range from the relaxing to the therapeutic. She lulls clients into a state of tranquility with lighter pressure or targets specific aches and pains with deep-pressure treatments. Hot-stone massages warm muscles, and other massages specifically target the symptoms of afflictions such as carpal tunnel syndrome.