With more than 50,000 members across the country, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) supports blind people by providing resources to improve their quality of life, combating legal, economic, and social discrimination, and helping them to achieve their goals. The NFB spearheads research on blindness, promotes relevant new technology such as the digital talking newspaper, and sponsors a variety of educational and support programs for adults and children.
IndieFlix delivers festival-selected independent films to movie mavens via interactive DVD film-festival kits and an extensive online streaming library. Using the Deluxe Film Festival in a Box Movie Club Starter Kit, which was profiled in the New York Times, silver-screen buffs host their own private film festivals, where viewers can watch a series of short films and vote online in various categories, such as Best Movie, Best Performance, and the Jar Jar Binks Award for Best Supporting Actor. Every Deluxe package includes four individual genre-based games, each with four films. Viewers can choose between the Grown-up Edition, which features four games—Pottymouth Comedy, Zombie, Chillers, and Dark Comedy—and the Family Edition, also featuring four games—Fantastic, Comedy, Powered By Girls, and Love (both editions valued at $49.99).
Baltimore Improv Group's troupe of off-the-cuff comedians busts guts with seven renditions of its Unscripted play, continuing its mission to promote the art of improvisational theater. During each two-act production, quipsters harvest audience suggestions as joke fertilizer, nurturing randomly plucked ideas into fully developed scenes, characters, and wedding vows for brides-to-be. To ensure that no two shows are ever the same, Baltimore Improv's laugh magnets encourage attendees to bring unusual objects from home for use as props, which join forces with the cast's costumes, soundtrack, and lighting system to forge a uniquely humorous experience. Additionally, select dates will feature guest stars, including burlesque performers, spoken-word artists, and expert storytellers, whose riveting styles and penchant for shooting s'mores from T-shirt cannons add to the play's lively atmosphere.
"You are smart. You are nice. You are pretty. You are uniquely you." This is the mantra at Viva La Girls Spa & Club, where beauticians aim to increase kids' confidence and expand their brains, too. They can perform an array of treatments at their perch within Glam Spa Lounge or travel to a location of the client’s choice to doll up youngsters with nail art, facials, and glitter makeup. Spa soirees make kids feel like movie stars, princesses, or CIA agents disguised as princesses with beauty services packaged with add-ons such as a pink limo service, candy buffets, yoga lessons, and lip-gloss-making stations. Lessons in etiquette and cooking are also available, and the Viva La Girls club keeps youngsters engaged with books, field trips, and community service.
Latin Palace's lively eatery doubles as an energetic nightclub, pulsing with the DJ-fueled rhythms of bachata, merengue, reggaeton, and salsa until 2 a.m. A menu of more than 15 Spanish tapas, towering cuban sandwiches, and dishes inspired by Spanish, Caribbean, and Tex-Mex traditions equip bodies for the challenge of the dance floor and the joys of winning a dance with a hard-to-get tablecloth. Party packages for a variety of shindigs fete customers with a miscellany of discounted appetizers, specialty drinks, and salsa lessons, and events six nights a week keep restaurant-goers entertained long after savoring Latin flavors.
Red Horse is a folk-music supergroup comprised of independent artists Lucy Kaplansky, Eliza Gilkyson, and John Gorka. This trio takes the stage at the historic Avalon Theater to perform music from their eponymous album, as well as songs they have never recorded and some rearrangements of old classics. The group's music is chock-full of angelic vocals, enchanting instrumentation, powerful harmonies, and audible gum-chewing sounds.