Luminous chandeliers float like paper lanterns above the lobby of Chandler Center for the Arts, welcoming guests entering through the towering glass facade. Inside, they find three halls—one larger auditorium, and two more intimate performance spaces—hosting a variety of musical and theatrical performances. Each theater is designed for optimal acoustics, ensuring audiences can hear every tuneful note, stage-whispered line, and breaking of the fourth wall. And the center showcases non-performing arts as well—the Exhibition Hall displays regularly rotating collections of sculptures and paintings.
The six teachers at Cutting Edge Quilts combine their individual quilting savvy to lead students through a wide range of classes. Amid myriad fabrics and ample creative space, the studio's long-arm quilting machine lets students sew their quilt top, batting, and backing together in a more-time-efficient manner than by using traditional machines or bribing a silkworm. Various quilting groups meet regularly, focusing on different techniques such as hand-sewing and scraps as they take advantage of the studio's gargantuan collection of threads, kits, and specialty fabrics such as Batik and Moda.
Zoe's Trunk fosters a love of fabric and sewing through scores of quilting and textile supplies, creative classes, and a skilled stitching staff keen on sharing their craft. The two-hour eco-bag-building class welcomes six seamsters of all experience levels to create reusable bags ideal for toting groceries, beach toys, or buffalo nickels (an $18 value). Each participant gets a kit including pre-cut vinyl mesh for the bag’s body and a choice of colorful fabrics for the trim (a $17 value), which are assembled under the instructor’s guidance. Students should bring their own thread and a sewing machine, though Zoe's Trunk also has three machines available for participants.
Toni&Guy's path to international prominence began more than 50 years ago as a single-family salon in London. Today, their partnership of salons and hairdressing academies stands as an innovative, intercontinental fixture that has blossomed into more than 420 salons in 42 countries worldwide. In the United States and Canada alone, 20 academies train upcoming stylists, and nearly 50 salons create distinctive styles for a range of clients. Their stylists specialize in a variety of cuts that ranges from the avant-garde to modern interpretations of classic looks, such as beehives built in the style of Frank Gehry. Toni&Guy garners some of the most talent stylists while upholding a distinguished reputation as the hairdressing industry’s leading educator.