Laced with elements of yoga, Pilates, and gymnastics, the women-only classes at Aradia Fitness sculpt lean, toned physiques. And though physical fitness is a cornerstone of the studio, it's not the only one. Classes such as Striptease and Lap Dance foster a certain amount of unrestrained confidence that, as Aradia puts it, “teach[es] women to unapologetically love their body and themselves.” At 17 locations across the country, Aradia's staff of certified instructors, including world-record holder Amanda, lead women of all shapes, sizes, and experiences through sessions ranging from pole-dancing classes that teach aerial lifts and holds to Sexy Fit classes that forgo the pole for yoga fusion, boot camp, and lap dancing. No matter the class, the environment at Aradia is always light hearted, nurturing, and more supportive than a stainless-steel hammock.
West End Station’s long list of menu items complements classic pub appetizers with quesadillas, melts, handtossed specialty pizzas, and chicken wraps. Diners can spice up traditional wings ($5.50 for eight) with one of nine sauce varieties, including Baltimore harbor, sweet honey mustard, garlic, and hot Jamaican jerk. Fingers that are usually relegated to handling steering wheels, stamp adhesive, and ice-cold forks can delight in diving for hot jalapeño poppers ($3.75) or a tray of tater tots ($2.50).
Whether sinking into a lounge chair with a cup of joe or drinking in the sounds of live music, visitors to Electric Beanz Coffee Bar will discover freshly brewed, locally roasted coffee and pastries in a laid-back atmosphere. In addition to serving a selection of coffee standards, Electric Beanz's baristas also blend fresh-fruit smoothies, pour Italian sodas, and sling a variety of fresh-baked pastries, ranging from muffins to empanadas. Specialty single-origin coffees are also available, brewed in a French press, an appliance that famously gave Jean-Claude Van Damme all his muscles.
ComedyWorx entertains audiences of all ages with competitive and party-formatted improvisation shows. The ComedyWorx Show pits two teams, garbed in red and blue pajamas, against each other in rounds of skits and games based on audience suggestions and the tilt of the earth's axis that day. At the end of each round, the referee selects a spectator to judge the team's winner by measuring audience laugh levels, earning the victor points on a glowing scoreboard. As music plays between rounds, waiting teams—named for local university mascots and institutions—huddle in color-coordinated dugouts on stage. Referees also call brown-bag fouls on saucy suggestions from audience members or excessive product placement from players, forcing offenders to wear a bag over their heads for the show's duration.
Chef Conrad Johnston injects innovative twists into Krave's menu of modern American cuisine, topping Parisian-inspired flatbreads with caramelized shallots and dousing small plates of Cajun-style calamari with creole seasoning. With fresh meats, local fruits and veggies, and sauces made from scratch, Chef Conrad concocts tapas, entrees, and salads before diners' eyes in his show kitchen. Meals are savored on the outdoor patio or within Krave's sleekly decorated interior, which surrounds diners with chrome metallics and subtle kinetic lighting. On Friday and Saturday, night owls or owls in human disguise can sip handcrafted signature cocktails until 2 a.m., scarf down items from the full menu until 4 a.m., and groove to tunes spun by top area DJs.
Praised by Spin magazine for including its audience in their worldly jams, Ozomatli has been spreading a Latin-tinged gospel of high-energy rock since its formation 14 years ago. After winning Grammies in 2002 and 2005, both for best Latin-rock/alternative album, the band continued to record and tour tirelessly. Known for its connection and commitment to its hometown of Los Angeles, Ozomatli has slowly become recognizable all over the world. Catch its move-inducing live show before it gets a steady late-night talk-show gig or becomes the first band in history to run for political office as a giant, musical, 14-armed organism.