Stitching costumes, choreographing dance routines, composing scores, painting backdrops, channeling inner thespians: in the theater, there's a job for everyone. The staff of theater, music, and dance aficionados at Troubadour Theatre helps kids find their own onstage or backstage niche during classes that culminate in a full-scale production. Past performances have included Twelfth Night and Seussical!, both of which gave students the opportunity to showcase acting skills developed through lessons in improv and theater history. Outside the theater walls, the Troubadour staff strives to provide artistic opportunities for local kids by creating artist-in-residency programs and funding scholarships for talented youth.
The recipient of an AAA Four Diamond Award for 18 years running, Janos fuses French techniques with Southwestern traditions and local ingredients to forge a constantly evoloving menu that garnered numerous accolades. James-Beard-award-winning chef Janos Wilder fetches fresh produce directly from local organic gardeners and seafood straight from the Sea of Cortez to conjure creative reinventions of Southwestern favorites, much like dressing Wile E. Coyote in a tuxedo. Almonds and dried apricots reinvigorate the classic chili chassis of the pibil pork relleno ($14), served alongside local greens and mesquite honey-glazed pork-belly lardons, and seared divers scallops ($32) swim in a creamy risotto sea before sunning themselves on a shore of asparagus. Chipotle creamed corn, summer tomatoes, and cippolini onions nestle alongside the succulent New York strip loin ($36), draped with a red-wine reduction. Nearly 900 local and international wines line the restaurant's ample cellars with almost 150 available for $50 or less per bottle.
Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club's clinic will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for five straight weeks (a $90 value). Lessons are taught by expert instructors and consist of intense hitting drills, strategy, footwork, girthy grunts, and supervised play. With a 4:1 student-instructor ratio, you'll always have watchful eyes to monitor your progress and make sure you're not sneaking in corked racquets. Regardless of one's swing swagger, all players are placed into compatible groups based on ability and the number of rings on their torso stump. By clinic's end, rookie racqueteers will transform into veteran volley maestros that propel slingshot swings with a Bruce Lee accuracy (Lee was actually a much better tennis player than he was a martial artist).
Heat's stylists have no scissors. Its shelves have no hair dye. Instead of creating permanent hair transformations, the staff members at Heat – A Blow Dry Lounge refresh existing looks with simple washes and stylish blowouts. In each uncomplicated service, stylists use hair dryers and styling tools to morph hair's natural curvature into playful waves, bouncy curls, or strands that make a straight beeline down backs like a jail-breaking top hat. Feather extensions, tinsel, and braids can doll up the session, and makeup applications and invigorating fragrances round off the menu of services to ready centerfolds for a glamorous night on the town.
A nationally renowned tutoring program, Sylvan Learning utilizes a personalized tutoring approach to develop students of all ages and abilities into perceptive pupils. During the initial visit, children will partake in one subject test that highlights trouble areas and serves as a base line for future progress. An erudite educator then leads four one-hour tutoring sessions tailored to young minds' particular needs in subjects such as math, reading, writing, and the ethics of alligator wrestling. Fledgling polymaths can use their customized tutoring sessions to prepare for future algebra tests or fine-tune study skills to get a head start on memorizing next year’s phone book.