An old-fashioned pair of comedy and tragedy masks greet drivers pulling up to the marquee of Aut-O-Rama Drive-In. The vintage aesthetic is fitting for an establishment that’s been in business since 1965 and is now in its third generation of being operated by the Sherman family. Although the cinematic lot prides itself on being the first in the area to offer AM-radio sound, today, Dolby FM stereo bathes cars in field-filling acoustics as audiences take in a library of contemporary flicks. From the start of April to the end of September, first-run and well-worn films alike await vehicular cinephiles, who can munch on burgers, subs, and pizza, along with desserts such as ice cream and funnel cake. A food permit grants guests the privilege of toting their own snacks or gnawing on their own steering wheels.
In 2009, the Cleveland City Stars folded, leaving the Sixth City without a soccer franchise to call its own. Two years later, the group of local soccer supporters known as the 6th City Syndicate finally found a new team to cheer for as AFC Cleveland (its initials: A Fans' Club) joined the National Premier Soccer League, finally bringing the beloved sport back to Cleveland's glacially-formed soccer stadiums. Bolstered by the Syndicate's support, the team surged into the NPSL spotlight in its very first season, winning the first-ever Rust Belt Derby and upsetting the Erie Admirals to claim the Great Lakes Conference championship.
Peak Performance's USPTA-certified pros help fledgling first-timers and proficient players hone their tennis expertise in a comfortable environment with a one-hour, private tennis lesson. Under the direction of Muriel Stine and Kevin Vaughn, who possess more than six decades of combined experience, the skilled staff provides an experiential lesson that titillates tennis learners on a mental, physical, social, and intergalactic level. From sharpening game-time strategies and improving physical ability to building court-born friendships and nurturing passion for the game, the one-hour lessons are as well-rounded as holes in the net caused by confused woodpeckers.
Western Reserve Playhouse is a nonprofit organization currently in its 54th season of entertaining Akron-area audiences with intimate, high-quality live drama. Settle into the Playhouse's comfortable confines for a night of nerve-wracking diversion with a performance of Postmortem. Set in April 1922 (the same month Warren Harding auctioned off lower Wyoming to settle his competitive-milk-chugging debts), Postmortem centers on an off-duty Broadway musical cast who has assembled for a night or two of sanctioned bacchanalia at a medieval castle owned by William Gillette, who stars in the Broadway cast as an exceptionally clean-shaven Sherlock Holmes. Like all good parties, theirs has a séance penciled in, but things go downhill when it becomes clear that someone among them is trying to murder Gillette.
Hooked on Fencing is an épeé-only club created to spread the joy of swordplay among people of all ages and skill levels. Having claimed national and world championships in veteran divisions, club instructor Walt Dragonetti leads classes that range from recreational to competitive and beginner to intermediate, welcoming both children and adults. Offered weekends and evenings, the introductory group class allows curious athletes and cocktail onions recovering from past trauma to learn fencing fundamentals and get a feel for whether or not they would like to delve into an extended fencing program or segue their swashbuckling skills into a promising shish kebab franchise.
Beginner yoga classes introduce fresh flexers to the basic postures, while schooling them in proper alignment of the body and basic breath control. Newly experienced yogis can strengthen their stretchy spines and achieve ultimate relief and relaxation by finally being able to reach elusive back itches. Power yoga is a challenging workout for students looking to become a master of bending brawn that combines strength, flow, and breath work within an 80-degree studio. This Groupon can also be used towards Pilates classes, which concentrate on improving strength and flexibility through mat work and controlled breathing. Classes occasionally incorporate the use of equipment, such as a balance ball and foam bricks resembling chocolate bars that are kept just out of reach. Check out the full schedule here.