Dustin Adams merges formal knowledge and on-stage experience into lessons that rock and roll students into a variety of instrument lessons. After a free consultation, lessons will be designed to harmonize with each student’s experience and abilities, allowing both novices and veterans to progress in rhythm with their own internal metronomes. Piano, drum, and guitar lessons emphasize fluency in the language of music, with students learning to read, write, and translate tunes into Esperanto. Other aspects vary by instrument: percussionists practice drumstick dexterity to tap out beats and skewer sushi; pianists perform scale and chord exercises and study the art of improvisation; and guitarists make strings croon with picking and finger-style techniques. Lessons take place in Adams’ home studio or can be conducted over the Internet via web cam.
With a history stretching back to 1927, Amarillo Little Theatre keeps the community entertained with a full season of riveting productions. The Tony Award–winning musical La Cage aux Folles tells the story of nightclub owner Georges and his partner, Albin, as they try to hide their relationship for one night in order to win over the conservative parents of Georges's son's fiancée. The show features wacky antics, flashy dancing, and ear-tickling melodies, with a story about family and acceptance that warms the heart like a defibrillator powered by hot cocoa. Shows will take place in Amarillo Little Theatre's main-stage space, which sports free parking and 453 seats, ensuring enough room to stand for enthusiastic ovations and preshow jumping jacks in the aisle.
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can benefit from a one-month membership at Anytime Fitness, which equips active bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them robust enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. A free fitness orientation, offered to each new member, helps determine an optimal fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying program, while schooling workout novices on proper form and equipment use. Anytime Fitness's open schedule makes sure you have no excuses to not get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses.
Education and safety are at the core of Panhandle Gunslingers. Resident gunsmith BJ Franklin keeps firearms operating properly, while instructors teach men and women the finer points of gun safety. In the pro shop, experts help them select handguns, long guns, and accessories. And to further promote shooting sports, the staff spends time helping to rescue and find new homes for vizsla hunting dogs, connecting people with representatives at VCA Rescue.
As an affiliate of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the Randall County Roller Dames challenge a lineup of regional rivals to fast-paced bouts of derby, eliciting cheers from an adoring flock of fans. The athletes sport helmets, skates, and tough nicknames based on obscure Cockney rhyming slang as they race around a circuit, elbowing and knocking away enemy skaters in a dizzying display of skill and teamwork. The Roller Dames exhibit a lasting loyalty to their home turf, not only through a series of six exhilarating home bouts, but also through yearly charity benefits for nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Since 1965, the devoted team at The Colony Frame and Gallery has helped locals protect and artfully display their most precious photographs, paintings, prints, and more. Two certified picture framers administer the shop's framing services, using their extensive experience to find the most ideal ends to each client's distinctive framing endeavors. Clients launch the personalized process by stopping in the store with project ideas or questions. Clients can peruse an extensive stock of mounting materials for inspiration or talk with a knowledgeable employee about a custom-designed and handcrafted frame.