Snakes slither in glass display cases, and lizards wriggle in the hands of trained handlers as they're held up in full view of a curious crowd. This is the scene as one of Repticon's presenters educates attendees on the biology, behavior, and typing speeds of exotic cold-blooded creatures at one of the year-round shows held in cities across the country. Reptile and amphibian breeders, scholars, and handlers engage audiences in lectures and demonstrations in the midst of live reptile exhibits, family activities, and displays for exotic-pet supplies. Presentations may focus on the genetics of large snake species, the specifics of exotic-pet care, and the effect that tiny hats have on the image of arachnids such as tarantulas, scorpions, and spiders.
Specializing in framing memorabilia, Canyon Gallery & Framing preserves prized possessions and treasured memories with expert custom-framing services and top-notch materials. Browsers can choose from more than 2,000 framing samples, hundreds of mats, and even different glass types, such as a museum glass that showcases works of art while offering a portal into any of the world's great art museums. Ready-made rectangles range from petite 5"x7" ($10+) and 11"x14" ($20+) frames to larger 20"x24" ($45+) frames, ideal for housing renegade prints ($10+). Whether it's an impressive stamp collection or the dress from a baby's first trip to a haunted mansion, custom framing ($75+) by a seasoned staff member carefully encases pieces in acid-free materials that aid in conservation.
Gangrene Film Festival has been ground zero for the short-film community for 15 years, showcasing comedic vignettes from independent filmmakers from around the world. And each year, the festival gets weird with live entertainment that coalesces around a single theme. While 2013, for example, featured rock-and-roll hits played on tubas, the 2014 edition of Gangrene celebrates a space-lounge motif with a 20-piece big band playing the Latin-tinged, space-age lounge pop of composer Juan Garc?a Esquivel.
After the film festival itself triggers its last giggle fit, the Gangrene Film Festival Creative Symposium takes over. Leaders in a variety of media, including writing, music, filmmaking, and visual arts, host seminars about how to make money in their industry. Presenters include fantasy novelist Paul Genesse, who wrote The Golden Cord, short-film screenwriter Blake Casselman, and filmmaker Ali Barr.
Emily Jane Center for Dance?s owner, Emily Jane Weaver, couldn?t wait until she graduated from college to become a dance teacher. Though she received her BFA from the University of Utah?s nationally ranked modern-dance program in 2012, she began teaching in 2008. A dancer herself since 1995, Emily and her crew lead group classes for students as young as 18 months in a variety of styles including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip-hop. Classes unique to the center include "Mornings/Afternoons of Magic" and "Me & Tot."
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.