When they met in kindergarten more than 35 years ago, Tracey Lanham and Heather Lindemann sensed they were kindred spirits, forming a fast friendship and a lasting bond. Finding themselves ever more drawn to yoga with each passing year, they launched Mudra Yoga Studio (formerly Pearl Street Yoga), and set about building a space where anyone could come to experience the transformative power of the practice. The newly rechristened and remodeled Mudra Yoga Studio continues to offer a safe haven for body benders and a safe house for any exiled member of Gumby's gang. Experienced instructors lead a cornucopia of classes within the studio's friendly confines, ranging from traditional yoga to specialized classes for expectant mothers and those suffering from injuries.
Down trails covered in flat stones, across rugged dirt paths, and over rolling, pastoral hills, bikes maneuver through a variety of obstacles behind the guides of Rocky Mountain Bike Tours. The expert guides are all experienced cyclists and teachers, capable of not only finding the best trails, but instructing their charges on how best to tackle even the most technical of terrain. Rocky Mountain Bike Tours opened its doors in Park City, Utah in 2011, finding so much success that its services now encompass Colorado as well. Its guides lead half-day, full-day, and private bike tours for groups of six or fewer.
"I basically live, eat, and breathe music," says Strum and Sip owner Christopher Bloom. A 27-year veteran guitar player, Bloom already had 15 years of teaching experience and his own production studio when he had the idea to open Strum & Sip with some friends. Setting up shop at local watering holes, the guitar virtuosos cultivate a laid-back ambiance where students can sip their favorite drink while teaching their fingers new chord shapes or plucking patterns and learning songs to serenade people at a family gathering or congressional filibusters.
On an otherwise quiet corner of Chicago's Ukranian Village neighborhood, a crowd of 20-somethings spills out onto the sidewalk to smoke and mingle. Like its hipster devotees, The Empty Bottle seems to never sleep. The club keeps late hours and hosts bands or DJs nearly every night, from local showcases to celebrated dance parties such as the Windy City Soul Club. Even in the coldest months, the overfill spills out onto the sidewalk, where crowds huddle together for warmth beneath a black awning that reads “MUSIC/FRIENDLY/DANCING.” Inside, past the pool table and pinball machine, is a doublewide space and a small stage lit by multi-colored lights. Decorated with years of musical and barfly ephemera, the bar sits beneath a tilted chalkboard that displays the daily drink specials and beer offerings. The club prides itself on cheap drinks and cheap admission prices—all the better for checking out local acts you may never have heard before. Don’t try to take advantage of the staff’s friendliness, however, lest they decide to show you how the severed door of a CPD car came to hang above the exit.
Herman's Hideaway has lured music lovers with an action-packed slate of performers for more than 25 years. Before the show, guests can chat up a bartender over a draft beer or vodka tonic. Instead of hosting an all-polka lineup, Herman's Hideaway dabbles in many musical genres, welcoming rock bands, jazz combos, and reggae collectives from nearby neighborhoods and far-flung nation-states. On August 22, MC Frontalot will use song to explain how nerdcore hip-hop emerged from a bizarre accident involving an apple, a candy factory, and an optometrist's office. Local math-metal quartet Seris will launch a tour from Herman's stage on August 27, and 13-piece funk band Funkiphino will spawn a dance party with soulful rhythms and come-hither nostril flares on September 9.
Hardwood floors and mint-green walls adorn Bombshells on Broadway's spacious studio, where beautiful decor backdrops beautiful makeovers from skilled stylists. The staff cuts and styles hair, specializing in vintage styles, adds vibrancy with coloring treatments, and performs various prettifying salon services.