Informed by an ever-growing body of developmental research, classes at The Music Class introduce tots to tunes and concepts that boost creativity and listening skills. In Music Pups (a $72 value) courses, children under 4 years of age gleefully sing, dance, and bang away on rudimentary instruments such as the drums or theremin. Four and 5-year-olds learn concepts of tone and rhythm in the Music Cats course (a $77 value), which lets kids experiment with keyboards before defending their dissertations on the narrative redundancies of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." Each 45-minute course meets four times in one month-long segment, and includes CDs for parents to play at home to follow up on in-class tutelage. This Groupon may also be used toward The Music Class' ten-week music courses.
Helmed by the not-for-profit Urban Mediamakers Association, the three-day Urban Mediamakers Film Festival showcases independent features, shorts, documentaries, cartoons, and music videos from a wide swath of burgeoning artists. In addition to having their creations screened and judged, novice filmmakers can learn the ins and outs of modern media by participating in in-depth discussions and presentations led by guest speakers who have found success in the industry. Past presentations and workshops have covered topics such as turning independent books into films, building a brand through social media, and developing a compelling story that can invoke thought and positive change. Beyond the premiers and presentations, the film festival also hosts an awards party and Videopalooza, a showcase for youth films.
Sore muscles, creaky joints, and the occasional jolt of pain. All of these regrettably common symptoms can be attributed to a lack of fluidity in the mind and body. It's appropriate, then, that the professional therapists at Fluidity Massage Institute start with establishing a sense of harmony in their clients. Their relaxing treatments alleviate not only physical ailments, but also the emotional stress that's so often at the root of tense, constricted muscles. But they don't stop there. They pass on their knowledge of massage techniques in classes that teach couples a new way to heal the pain that results from hugging each other for extended periods of time.
Objet d'Art Gallery & Studios showcases works from more than 40 local and regional artists, including paintings, pottery, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. With inspiration aplenty, the studio welcomes visitors of any age inside every day of the week to participate in classes, workshops, and open-studio sessions. The instructors lead students during a variety of different classes, offering direction in artistic crafts such as canvas and pottery painting, fused and stained glass, clay, and collage. The also run Art Camp during school breaks and vacations.
Yang's Table Tennis Club aims to give players of all skill levels a place to improve their game, whether they are looking to get a fun workout or pursue a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. To that end, they offer private and group lessons as well as memberships, which get players access to open play six days a week, tips from a professional coach, free league play, and discounts on lessons. The space offers 17 professional tables as well as a 2008 Bejing Olympic rubber floor mat.
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