Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.
Showcasing North Alabama’s finest crop of comic madness and unhinged creativity, Face2Face Improv’s professional players rely on audience participation and their own wits to concoct hilariously improvised situations at knee-jerk speeds. The cast turns to the all-ages crowd for assistance in constructing the most outrageous scenarios imaginable, gathering shouted suggestions and throwing back crumpled scripts for audience members to wipe their tears of laughter on. Comics then proceed to step into and out of roles with remarkable fluidity over the course of two acts, inhabiting the mind of a vegan butcher in one scene and a claustrophobic cave-diver in the next. As audience suggestions guide the show through all of its unexpected turns, each performance is entirely different from the last, and shows are remembered only by the lingering cramps of laughter and the shirt stains from soda that’s been squirted out of noses.
For one week in June, myriad designers, performances, and burgeoning styles descend on Huntsville in a flurry of fashion sponsored by Alabama Fashion Alliance. Local businesses such as Le Jeune House of Fashion & Design and designers from New York team up with cherry-picked models that don sought-after frocks to strut their stuff for transfixed audience members and clothes-obsessed cocktail napkins. Hair shows, awards, and clothing competitions cascade across the packed schedule, and the finale runway fashion show completes the festivities like the perfect clutch completes an ensemble.
Knuckleheads fuels sports fans' pumping fists with burgers and grill fare and lubricates their cheering tubes with more than 15 draft beers and more than 25 bottles of suds. The handcrafted, mellow Shiner bock and the crisp and spicy Olde Towne hefe swirl happily in the boozy hot tubs of Knuckleheads' microbrew vats. Activate beef teeth for combat against the Knucklehead Biker burger, a half pound of ground chuck painted in shades of barbecue and topped with an onion ring nestled in mushrooms and pepper jack ($8.99). The Knuckle sandwich ($11.99) strikes the mouth with a deep-fried chicken breast dipped in Knucklehead sauce and draped in jalapeño and bacon. Put the plant world on warning with a veggie wrap, stuffed with steamed spinach, avocado, and caramelized onions ($7.99). For a heartier helping of beef, head to the grill for a Cajun-blackened rib eye ($14.99).
At Riviera Fitness Centers of Madison—a women-only fitness haven—patrons tackle Les Mills group fitness classes, strength and cardio equipment, and one-on-one personal training, all designed to make gals feel comfortable as they forge toward their fitness goals. The onsite childcare staff supervises tykes so moms can cartwheel off to classes such as BodyAttack and Zumba. During Zumba classes, the studio transforms into a club-like dance-party atmosphere, accented with colored lights and thumping Latin-inspired beats. The instructors lead the easy-to-follow dance steps on an elevated stage, allowing everyone to see the right moves instead of getting discouraged and reverting to the Hokey Pokey. Boot-camp sessions fuse cardio and resistance training to tone physiques as campers wield exercise equipment including kettlebells, barbells, and bosu balls.
In addition to getting fit during group training, ladies can seek one-on-one fitness advice during personal training sessions, which are tailored to suit their goals. Riviera Fitness Center also offers tanning, bronzing recently toned bodies for the beach or flexing in front of a mirror.
Voted Best Bowling Alley in the Valley by readers of the Valley Planet in 2010, Plamor Lanes houses gleaming floors for rented shoes to squeak over and polished lanes to send multicolored orbs sliding down. Feast on a cheese-laden pizza and quench powerful thirsts with two large drinks, which motivate arms to continue performing twisting trick shots and fuel mouths' attempts to convince rivals that the lowest score wins. Comfortable pairs of rented shoes are included with this package, which can be redeemed during open hours, Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight or Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., except during league play from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.