Henderson Area Arts Alliance offers those searching for riveting thespian drama a full season of masterfully produced cultural entertainment. During the vibrant revival of Grease, declared 2007’s best musical by Time magazine, a colorful cast transports theatergoers back to the decade of poodle skirts, drive-ins, and spontaneous five-part vocal harmonies. Featuring many of the songs made popular by the famous film adaptation of the same name, including “Summer Nights,” Greased Lightnin',” and “You’re The One That I Want,” the family-friendly production is sure to inspire joy and subconscious cravings for pomade in audience members of all ages. A front- or rear-orchestra floor seat provides up-close looks at every twirl, shimmy, and shoo-bop, while a balcony seat provides a perch from which to watch the story unfold with wide-screen scope.
The Farnsworth Invention closes out the season with a gripping script and an arresting cast. Following the words penned by Oscar- and Emmy-winner Aaron Sorkin—the brain behind the The West Wing and The Social Network University of Evansville's dedicated theater students will ebb and flow under the direction of R. Scott Lank as they convey the compelling, fictionalized tale of television's germination. The production pits the Idaho prodigy and autodidact Philo T. Farnsworth against communications tycoon David Sarnoff. Seizing emotions in its depiction of the small screen's infancy, the story potently portrays the two characters' competitive quest to develop the foundation of what would later become the TV- and Betamax-fueled culture of today.
Each of Yoga 101's trained instructors discovered hot yoga for a host of different reasons—to ease the pain of arthritis, to evolve spiritually during a personal crisis, and to get back in shape after a pregnancy, to name a few. With all the attentive sympathies that their backgrounds afford them, the team helps students of all ages and abilities grow in their personal yoga practice. In heated yoga rooms, they guide students toward proper posture alignment as the heated air loosens up muscles for deeper stretches and spurs on a cleansing sweat that helps bodies expel the toxins that collect in the body. The sessions, which range from introductory classes for beginners or guests with physical limitations to those for advanced practitioners, blend poses from Bikram yoga and yogi Jimmy Barkan—a master yoga teacher and one of America's yoga pioneers—as they link breath with movement during more than 25 weekly classes.
Strength and conditioning specialist Tony Maslan—who is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as a 1998 Junior American Deadlift Record holder—knows the importance of safe and well-rounded fitness practices. The former Marine Corps Reserves sergeant and overseas infantry squad leader leads a team of more than 15 certified trainers in their mission to help individual fitness-seekers, children, and corporate clients break unhealthy habits. This goal-oriented staff emphasizes accountability and measurable results during one-on-one and group training sessions as they reshape clients’ waistlines with kettlebells and deadlifts, as well as intense challenges such as sparring and pulling a truck using only their pinky finger. The on-staff nutrition counselor bolsters these results with comprehensive nutrition guidance, and posts diverse recipes online as well. Of this, Maslan stated that he "knew we needed to help clients go beyond the microwave." To help keep their clients from returning to their previous lifestyles, these trainers also host online, in-home, and sport-specific training.
Maslan and his team believe in giving back to the community, so they occasionally host charity events to benefit the missions of the Wounded Warrior Project, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and 911 Gives Hope.
Though it functions as an all-purpose gym, Tri-State Athletic Club is actually a community epicenter. When guests aren't running across its sports courts, they might be toasting each other in its halls at a wine tasting or holiday event. Family-friendly programming welcomes kids and adults alike to pool activities and tennis lessons, and personal trainers guide members, whose names they've committed to memory, through custom workouts. Meanwhile, instructors lead group classes such as Pilates, spin, and heated yoga in well-equipped studios. This supportive atmosphere imbues the club with positive vibes, which prompt strangers on neighboring treadmills to amicably concede the right of way.
The experienced instructors at Fitness World give clients the knowledge and tools to mold healthy frames. Day passes provide total access to all classes, from yoga and Pilates to high-intensity cycling and budo kai cardio sessions. Heart muscles flex their biceps during a cardio theater session, which offers minds an engaging distraction. In the anaerobic arena, Fitness World's new Strive strength-training equipment varies the resistance curve of an exercise with target loading, which increases muscle fiber recruitment and hypertrophy, reduces the risk of overtraining, and confuses muscles with rhyming riddles. The center’s behind-the-scenes facilities boast showers and lockers, which jealously glare at their more popular sibling, the sauna. Child care is provided during select hours.