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!"
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.
Burgeoning painters of all ages find inspiration at Art and Soul, where talented instructors guide novices' brush strokes to conjure fully developed pieces of art. After choosing images such as a cute panda bear or blossoming daisy from the large gallery of options, students saddle up in front of the blank whiteness of an included 16" x 20" canvas or gigantic marshmallow to create their own magnum opus. With paintbrush in hand, pupils blot and swish their way through a two- to three-hour sessions, leaving at the end of the evening to take home their creations. The only thing apprentice artists need bring is their choice of inspiration-lending libation, for the studio dons each attendee with the easel, brushes, and paints needed to craft each piece of wall art or Freemason pamphlet. Customers can study and interpret the online calendar for Open Paint Night times.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
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.
Operated by the city of Germantown, the recently renovated Germantown Athletic Club has been helping regional residents stay healthy and have fun for the past 20 years. Hit the 40-meter heated indoor pool to brood over broken dreams of becoming a small-mouth bass. Or taunt the sun, which never learned to swim, by gliding through laps under its jealous gaze in the 25-meter outdoor pool. Indoor basketball courts let you practice your game in the face of all weather conditions, and an elevated indoor walking track gives your legs the exercise they need without assaulting your nose with the stench of fresh air. High-quality weight-training equipment is on-hand to work your arms and legs, a cycling room features 25 bikes for furious stationary pedaling, and group-fitness classes such as Ab Lab and Mat Pilates are available to help avoid feelings of workout isolation.