Two to four pianists engage in a well-matched duel each evening at Chez Cirque, sampling from more than 100 audience requests spanning all major musical genres. A Paris-inspired stage outfitted with red curtains, opulent lighting, and a state-of-the-art sound system tickles all five senses, and a $5 happy hour martini tantalizes your sixth, apple-centric sense with an apple-buttercup concoction made with vodka, DeKuyper Buttershots, Kahlua, and DeKuyper Apple Pucker. Hours become happy Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., entertained by drink specials that also include $3 Bud Light drafts and a free snack buffet on Fridays and Saturdays. A sushi bar adds raw talent to the menu Thursday through Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. (prices vary). Light appetizers are available on the floor level, and groups can dine on specialty options on the mezzanine. See a partial menu online and call for full details. Chez Cirque's team of talent is sure to dazzle all 88 keys with nimble fingers and an ear-pleasing list of tunes.
Over the course of a decade, FastFrame has mushroomed into more than 300 international locations on the strength of their meticulous craftsmanship and lifetime guarantee. To showcase artwork, photos, or the first dollar made in the family counterfeiting machine, the professional framers sort through a treasure trove of materials, such as gold and silver settings, fabric-wrapped mats, and lamination. For light-sensitive items, they apply Preservation Plus framing, which uses acid-free framing accoutrements to protect portraits from fading under the withering gaze of UV rays or laser-eyed art critics.
With pieces that have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, hung in the White House, and chosen by Oprah to bestow upon Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to celebrate their joint invention of the cotton gin, Sticks and Stones has made one-of-a-kind art ubiquitous. The company's master photographers have compiled a gallery of black-and-white art photographs depicting natural and structural images that represent each letter of the alphabet, which customers can peruse to craft a framed heirloom up to 14 letters long. Once finished, a panel of judges approves the message masterpiece, which, regardless of semiotic weight, gets framed and shipped. Lauded by numerous other celebrity and media outlets, these letter-based and individually tailored decor concoctions make ideal housewarming, wedding, and new-baby gifts.
For a small business, Riveting Frame & Design’s staff boast an impressive resumé: two members are artists—one of whom has a fine-arts degree—and the team has nearly a half-century of combined experience. Customers can meet with these experts at the store, where they will receive same-day quotes that detail all the possible design options. Working with the team, clients then choose a design from an extensive selection of frames, mouldings, mats, and fillets; with staff using computerized mat cutting to ensure accuracy. Additionally, Riveting outfits delicate artworks or especially successful peach cobblers in conservation framing, and the shop sells original and fine art, mirrors, canvas prints, and giclées.
Originally built to paint racing stripes on zeppelins, the 4,200-square-foot studio is ample room for any desired form of expression. When you enter the spacious imagination conservatory, the friendly staff will guide you through the studio's selection of moldable and colorful materials. The mess-friendly studio lets artists frolic in their natural habitats of tie-dye, pottery, and clay, with a helpful staff at the ready to take care of the artistic aftermath. Play around with squishy yet sophisticated clay molding or form pottery with no extra kiln fees. Future starving artists can practice storing origami fruit in one of many hand-painted boxes or build a mosaic-tile portrait of the unflappable Mr. Peanut. Pottery, clay, wood, and tie-dying prices start at around $8 per project, while mosaic and stepping stones start at $15, which includes all necessary materials and instruction. My Art Workshop does not charge an hourly fee for time spent at the shop, so you're free to concentrate on your clay sculpture of Burton Gilliam for as long as you'd like. The creativity emporium also offers craft-party packages.
Start by selecting a shapely canvas from more than 250 different varieties of bare bisqueware. Hot Pots' exhaustive catalog of clay creatables includes mugs, plates, frames, and figures. Prices average from $4 to $50, with a studio fee of $8 per person ($6 for kids ages 10 and younger). Use Hot Pots' design center to crib inspiration for mastery, or take the piñata approach by donning a blindfold, grabbing a brush, and hoping for a masterpiece or a pile of Smarties and pennies. Once you're ready to put paint to plaster, select from more than 70 shades of paint (including speckle style), as well as a line of glazes to accomplish an earthy look. Leave your finished creation in the skilled hands of the kiln masters after you're satisfied. Finished and glazed pieces are ready for pick-up in about one week's time.