Tennessee Shakespeare Company revives Elizabethan dramatic literature for the mid-South through seasonal indoor and outdoor performances of the Bard's many masterpieces. Directed by Seattle Shakespeare Company's seasoned Artistic Director Stephanie Shine, Romeo and Juliet is a site-specific foray tailored to the beauty of the various lush nooks and crannies within the Dixon Gardens. The production immerses viewers in the torn world of Verona as theatrical travelers are swept along by the inexorable pull of doomed love and deep-seated grudgery. The play also has some very quotable dialogue, such as "Get thee to a chopper!" and "Noooooo!"
As co-founder of local-favorite Bluefin Sushi Lounge, Minh Nguyen is no stranger to the restaurant biz. Now as VP and executive sushi chef of Memphis' new Rain Premiere Bistro, Minh has rallied a fresh and innovative menu of sushi rolls, fresh-cut sashimi, and steaming Asian entrees. While waiting on a steak or chicken stir-fry to cool, diners can grab a cocktail from the full bar, or hasten cooling by dropping the plate into the restaurant's neon fish tank.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Fitness, grace, confidence: at Ultimate Ballroom, instructors guide students toward all three through different types of dance, including fox trot, tango, and salsa. The seasoned dance teachers not only lead private and group social-dancing lessons tailored to individual skill levels but also coach competitors and choreograph wedding dances.
Professional artist Donna LaBonia-Wrentmore focuses more than 25 years of painting experience into each brushstroke as she teaches artists of all ages and skill levels to unleash creative right brains. Adult artists can happily toast their canvasses during open-paint nights, taking home a completed painting to match a lonely frame or cover embarrassingly hued wall safes. Aspiring Seurats can brush up on color theory and perspective during fine-art classes available for ages 6 and older, and young ones can attend family workshops or skip to summer art camp to carouse with like-minded surrealists-in-training.
Opening doors for 24 hours a day, seven days a week is an exhausting proposition for any doorman, unless he's a robot. That's why Anytime Fitness—having redirected its robot budget into tanning beds, cardio equipment with built-in TVs, and Precor weight machines—installed a keycard-activated security system instead. The electronic guardian keeps gym members secure while admitting them at any time of day or night for their workouts.
During daylight hours, certified instructors incinerate calories with Les Mills–designed group fitness classes or Latin-inspired Zumba dancercise. Personal trainers coach clients in one-on-one sessions, tailoring regimens to each individual's level of fitness, past injuries, or number of tentacles. To relax after workouts, staffed tanning beds stand by to bronze bodies, while water-jet-powered HydroMassage beds blast away tension.