When Ronni Delvalle grabs ahold of one of her mirrored studio's chrome poles, she feels more graceful, beautiful, and self-assured than when she's practicing any other type of dance or fitness. Fueled by a drive to share this empowering form of sensual exercise with women of all shapes and sizes, Delvalle and her a team of female instructors lead a variety of fitness and instructional pole-dancing classes designed to build confidence, tone muscles, and burn calories.
The team also conducts an aerial-yoga course that incorporates soft cloth hammocks suspended from the ceiling, offering a practical alternative to equestrian yoga, which requires students to form downward facing dogs on the backs of speeding Clydesdales.
After relocating from New York, the Saravia family founded Stage 84 as a haven for local artists and musicians that rekindled the creative spirit of their old stomping ground. Bands test the space's acoustics with soothing melodies from a raised stage, and patrons take to the microphone during Wednesday night karaoke to belt out classic rock or abridged versions of their favorite book on tape. Open-mic nights, jam sessions, and comedy acts also corral audience attention, and a monthly art show mounts gazeworthy gallery pieces on the lounge's red walls. A rotating selection of microbrews slides down the countertops of the café-style bar stocked with liquor and an espresso machine. Wines, cocktails, and specialty coffees supplement rations from a late-night bar menu that includes chili, fresh hummus, and nocturnal pizzas. Guests can also puff flavored plumes of smoke from hookahs while seated at the bistro's couches and four tables.
Dream Theater, the inimitable heroes of progressive metal, return to the road to give distinguished ears a heaping taste of its thick, impenetrable soundscapes. Touring behind its 11th studio album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, the band possesses a musical virtuosity that suggests each member started writing songs in utero by practicing on their umbilical cords. From guitarist John Petrucci’s Guitar Player magazine centerfolds and mantel of Best Metal Guitarist medals to John Myung’s acclaimed undertow bass and Mike Mangini’s labyrinth mega-drum kit (a city made of skins, cymbals, and Neil Peart’s bucket list), the prodigious talents and mind-altering melodies of Dream Theater have drilled into the subconscious of millions of fans for more than 25 years. Its live show beckons audiences to dip their ear toes into pools of molten imagination and whimsical metal, courtesy of an unpredictable set that may consist of new songs, old ditties, or “Mary Had a Little Lamb” as sung from the point of view of a melancholy fire hydrant.
Adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Nilo Cruz, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings introduces children ages 8 and older to the world of magical realism with a story plucked from the imagination of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez. Cruz’s adaptation begins the day siblings Fefé and Momó discover a man—elderly and winged—has landed in their impoverished seaside village, coaxed there after the moon takes a mesmerizing midnight bike ride through the city streets. Though the pair decides the mysterious man is an angel in need, the town’s grownups find themselves torn between worship and exploitation as they transform him into a freak show to bring wealth to their struggling hamlet.
Grammy-winner Rihanna unleashes her formidable pipes and celebrated songbook as she continues traveling the countryside on her LOUD tour. Vibrant costumes and first-rate production harmoniously augment the singer's chart-topping oeuvre, which includes hits such as "S & M," "Only Girl (In the World)," and "What's My Name?" From the BankAtlantic Center's 400-level seats, concertgoers can marvel at the elaborate set pieces gilding the stage as their eardrums feast like hungry dachshunds in an unmanned pizza parlor. Cee Lo Green and J. Cole add their own vocal talents to the evening's aural enticements, creating a three-pronged attack on musical monotony.
Like its imaginative cocktails, Ricochet Bar & Lounge's décor mixes a wide variety of distinct elements to create an alluring final product. Tufted walls, purple marble accents, and reclaimed wood swirls around a 90-foot triangular bar that serves as the lounge's centerpiece. Rotating installations of video art flash across TV screens, and curated drink coasters designed by local artists offer a hip place to rest glasses or elbows during arm wrestling contests. Ricochet's food menu adds to the artistic ambiance, mollifying pangs of hunger with mini paninis, guava and lime lollipop ribs, and other innovative small plates.