For James Michael Kahle, the molten material he uses to craft his sculptures and vessels is a living thing, an element that must be cooperated with in order to achieve the desired response. Since beginning his career at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1990, the artisan has come to master a number of methods for creating stunning visual effects, from melding metal and alloys into the glass to encasing air bubbles. James channels his skill into crafting pieces—such as installation pieces, prismatic sinks, and even memorial sculptures forged around the ashes of a departed loved one—for display and use around the home. The glassworker also invites groups into his studio for classes, vigilant as his students work their own pieces in lava-powered ovens reaching more than 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
These days, Laura Azbill is constantly researching and thinking of new, exciting ways to live a healthy lifestyle, and how to share that information with her clients. But she wasn't always this on top of health and exercise habits. For many years, she relied on a great metabolism, staying pretty oblivious to what she was eating and doing, until she slowly began gaining weight. She even continued to gain weight while she was training for a marathon and working with a personal trainer. So she decided to make a change, and focus more on her dietary habits along with exercise.
Now, Laura Azbill shares the knowledge she gained while studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, helping her clients create practical lifestyle and nutrition plans. Her personalized plans consider each person's unique body type, lifestyle, and goals. Ultimately, for Laura, it's not just about a healthy weight—it's about creating a healthy body, mind, and soul.
The YMCA of Greater Dayton branch began before the Civil War, but disbanded when war struck. Re-founded in peacetime, individuals and families have gathered at the Y for more than 140 years to enrich themselves through health and wellness programs. Eleven campuses serve the entire community—babies as young as 6 weeks old can attend childcare programs; kids can take gymnastics and soccer lessons; teens can develop their leadership skills; seniors can keep fit through Active Older Adults exercise classes; and the whole family can enjoy the pool.
Shrouded in the winter’s frigid cold and the Northern Lights’ ethereal beauty, the residents of the titular small town in Almost, Maine fall in and out of love during nine loosely linked vignettes performed by Sinclair’s ensemble cast. Written by John Cariani, the play thawed Off Broadway hearts six years ago in a debut that drew the New York Sun to herald it as a tale of “love in the time of frostbite.” Each of the short pieces chronicles two characters who lament love lost or revel in budding romance and long johns magically overflowing with $5 bills. In one scene, a young woman carries her broken heart in a balled-up paper bag she clutches to her chest. In another, a married couple lobs verbal jabs and emotional roundhouses at each other while looking for a missing shoe. Many of the mini plays skewer reality with a fantastical lance, the enchanted devices often directing the characters' precarious ventures of the heart. The mysticism of Almost, Maine is further reflected by the colorful history of Blair Hall Theatre, rife with supernatural stories, ghost sightings, and actors with sparkling smiles that cast no reflections.
Since its 1937 inception, the Dayton Ballet has flowered into one of the country’s most esteemed dance companies, creating new productions and performing classic numbers with professional zeal. Take a seat in the high-tech Mead Theatre and sugarcoat your eyes with sweet scenes of mice, fairies, cannons, and anthropomorphized peanut crushers from The Nutcracker. The popular holiday pirouette fest will star more than 100 local kids and a skillful cast of spinning storytellers to communicate the charming Christmastime chronicle.