As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Bless Your Heart's twin locations bustle with vibrant, colorful goods that celebrate beauty and femininity. Paisley purses mingle with socially conscious Toms shoes and fashionable duds and accessories from brands including Miss Me jeans, Yellow Box, and Kendra Scott. Jewelry and artwork crafted from local artisans share space with embroidered cowboys boots and handmade lassos to steal the show at the next rodeo. After whirlwind shop-a-thons, visitors can relax on the porch of the Bracken Village location, which resides in a restored 100-year-old red barn that's witnessed more history than a time-traveling archaeologist.
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center began weaving itself into the fabric of San Antonio’s arts and theater scene more than three decades ago to share the richness of Chicano, Latino, and Native American art forms. Now a cornerstone of the community, the nonprofit touches the lives of more than 100,000 people each year with theater and dance performances, cultural festivals, and creative classes. The center passes down traditional forms of expression, such as Mexican Folklórico dance and cactus juggling while also embracing contemporary art forms such as photography.
Each year, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s festivals welcome large crowds of adults, kids, and multiple Waldos. Foremost among them are CineFestival, the Tejano Conjunto music festival, and Hecho A Mano, a holiday crafts and arts festival. For its members, the center organizes a wealth of educational programming, teaching everything from oil painting and guitar to karate.
The Yarn Barn has been a hub for the needleworking community since 1972. It functions as a retail store as well as a school and gallery; they carry products by brands such as Berroco, Cascade Yarns, and Lone Star Arts. Meanwhile, knitting and crochet classes cater to needleworkers of all levels?there's a beginner class and specialty classes that walk students through the creation of shawls, hats, and scarves. The walls of The Yarn Barn feature work from artists like Rebecca Wood and Painted Pony.
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On March 29, 2011, legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman preceded his concert at the Lila Cockrell Theater with a Q&A session at Antonio Strad Violin. One of many other classical music stars to visit the store, Perlman's appearance reinforced Antonio Strad's status as one of Texas's preeminent stringed-instrument retailers.
The store stocks violins, violas, cellos, and basses, many hand-made. Alongside those instruments, Antonio Strad showcases essential accessories, such as shoulder rests, music stands, strings, and Vivaldi's powdered wig. Besides selling and renting their collection, Antonio Strad has an in-house team who are experts at repairing malfunctioning instruments and restoring older pieces, and a team of professional instructors, some of whom are professional symphony musicians, who help players refine their skills during private lessons.
When he's not gigging at renowned venues such as CBGB or the Bowery Ballroom, Pancho Garza preps others to do the same at Alamo Rock School. Likewise, Pancho's fellow instructors channel years of teaching and performing experience to help students aged 8–17 improve their guitar, bass-guitar, drums, piano, or singing skills.
Weekly one-on-one lessons are the bedrock of Alamo's rock club, whose weekend jam sessions give students the opportunity to play with fellow musicians. Private lessons pair with group rehearsals at the school's summer camp and rock performance sessions, which culminate in a live show at a local venue. Designed for musicians 18 and older, the adult rock program similarly whisks students out of their grownup forts made of utility bills to the stage.