The Detroit River's international waters stretch out for miles in either direction, winding along the Detroit skyline and kissing the Canadian border. As ships snake their way through the current, they pass lighthouses on small green islands, bridges stretched across overhead, and workers milling about on the riverside docks. Building on 20 years of boating, the captains of the Diamond Jack, Diamond Belle, and Diamond Queen let passengers take in these sights to the tune of guided narration as their ships' white and sea-foam green hulls slice through the water. The three ships have proven impervious to squalls and Poseidon's road-construction crews since their maiden voyages in the mid- to late 1950s, and safely gather up to 250 passengers on their panoramic upper decks or in protected lower cabins. Today, passengers on these storied steel decks can sip beer, wine, and soft drinks or nibble on snacks from an on-board snack bar during tours. Captains also pilot each ship on private group excursions, as well as school field trips past the river's ships, yacht clubs, parks, and docks.
Since the 1950s, the Ford Drive In has invited audiences to enjoy double features from the comfort of their own automobiles. The alfresco theater’s five screens show back-to-back screenings of first-run movies throughout the whole year, with films paired based on their rating and genre. Viewers can stay warm with the heat flowing from the outdoor car heaters, which keep them comfortable during the winter and prevent popcorn kernels from freezing to their tongues.
If anyone's wondering what it's like to live on another planet, they just have to make their way to Galaxy Zone. Blue and purple lights illuminate the space-themed enclave, giving it an otherworldly glow in which any space traveler or homesick extraterrestrial would want to set up camp. The theme continues in the multilevel laser-tag arena. Here, players scramble up the ramp to the bridge or seek shelter behind glowing pillars as they take aim at their opponents. Safety marshals keep an eye on every battle, ensuring safe play. Between games, players exercise their thumbs in the arcade or steel themselves with the help of pizza and burgers from the snack stand.
The staff members at Zumba4Women know how to most effectively train their female clients, because the trainers are all female themselves. They use their headlining Zumba classes—Latin dance-inspired cardio—to help clients torch calories amid a party-like atmosphere. They also lead group boot camps and personal-training sessions, during which they tailor workouts to each client during one-on-one sessions.
At Unique Physique, instructors believe that personal training is the best way to condition each client’s unique body. A staff member designs workouts that incorporate the endurance, strength, power, and cardio exercises necessary to achieve specific fitness goals and improve overall health. One-hour boot-camp classes sculpt and tone muscle, and Zumba classes torch calories with a Latin-inspired dance routine.
During its 20th season of socially engaging theater in southwest Detroit, Matrix Theatre Company continues to create challenging and visually compelling work that includes the community it calls home. The year of six plays begins with Southwest Story (October 14–November 13), a Detroit take on the story of Romeo and Juliet that explores the conflict between African-American and Latino cultures but fails to solve the mystery of how Shakespeare kept his goatee so pointy.