The cosmetology students at Sidney's Hairdressing College receive inspired instruction from their accomplished professors, who tally up a combined century of industry experience. In addition to learning the finer points of style, students learn an internationally employed Pivot Point system that delivers consistently dynamic cuts. All services at the salon are performed by instructor-supervised students.
More than 100 professional comics compete for laughs, gigs, and a write-up in the Comic Bible magazine during The World Series of Comedy, a six-night festival that ends in the crowning of one comedy master. Each night, after a series of standup routines and arguments over whoopee-cushion ownership, a winner is chosen (the audience has a hand in choosing the comic champion) to compete in the first show on Saturday night. The top three performers from Saturday's first show move onto the finals, which consist of a second show on Saturday night and a literal battle of wits. Top-rated laugh conjurers can win a portion of the some 50 weeks of employment being offered by various comedy clubs, a CD recording deal with Uproar Entertainment, and a date to the junior prom.
Multiplatinum-selling and multiple-Grammy-winning quartet Third Day’s stirring Southern rock thrills multitudes on its Make Your Move spring tour. One of the most popular Christian bands of the A.D. era, Third Day has moved millions of fans with hits such as “Cry Out to Jesus” and “Love Song,” as well as hundreds of tumbleweeds with its tour bus. With a sound that evokes Lynyrd Skynyrd in its Sunday best, the band tenderly testifies while rocking through a hook-laden marathon live show.
Granite City Food & Brewery, a casual family restaurant founded by a hospitality expert, boasts a beefed-up menu stuffed with more steak, seafood, pasta, flatbread pizza, burger, and sandwich options than Abe Lincoln had dollar bills stuffed in his top hat. Appetizers such as crab-artichoke quesadillas ($11.99) and crispy buffalo shrimp diving into shimmering blue-cheese pools ($11.99) take taste buds on a road trip across the culinary hot spots of America. A savory selection of steaks include the 14-ounce New York strip ($25.99), honey-rosemary filet mignon ($17.99), and a classic Angus top sirloin caught catnapping on a bed of golden onion strings ($22.09). Flatbread pizzas and nine pasta plates keep tongues from running off to Italy, and small plates such as the half-pound mediterranean chicken ($10.99) quell tiny hunger swells. The half-pound Napa Valley burger, dressed for the season in balsamic spring greens and topped with mozzarella and crispy prosciutto ($9.89), as well as 10 sandwiches pitch in to settle belly debts and prevent collection agencies from gathering on tongues.
Guests meander into Fit Physique Fitness Center’s open two-storied gym before working up a sweat on the track that encircles the balcony, or by hauling around free weights. After self-driven workouts, they can head up to the expansive, wood-floored studio for Zumba, yoga, or tae kwon do classes, or out onto the 15-station outdoor obstacle course where they’ll scramble up rope ladders and hoist themselves up and over wood-slatted walls. Children can cavort on the obstacle courses during birthday parties when they aren’t being watched, entertained, or taught to fill out individual income-tax returns in the onsite kid-sitting area.
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 up to 500 calories with each go-round.