At Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's nostalgically decorated locations, waiters hand-deliver cold drinks and casual fare to patrons reclining in cinema seating while independent, blockbuster, and classic movies parade across the screens. The projection palace sports a full schedule of mainstream cinematic offerings—such as The Adventures of Tintin, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and The Sitter. The absence of pre-feature ads makes for consistently punctual entertainment, much like a series of karaoke songs sung by an alarm clock. Cinephiles can peruse a full calendar of special events, which invite them to quote along with cult favorites, text quips and thoughts directly onto the screen of comically bad films during HeckleVision screenings, or practice aim with complimentary cap guns at action flicks. The theater also hosts interactive sing-along sessions for musical classics such as Grease, where audience members are encouraged to wield plastic combs and candy smokes while busting out alma mater chants, teenage duets, and soulful choir songs about polio vaccines. Patrons can keep throats hydrated with a 32-ounce drink, quenching thirsts with bottled water or Coca-Cola products.
Tank’s Paintball Park ensures safe battles for beginner and advanced gunsmiths with referees certified by the World Paintball Federation, safety briefings, netting around the fields, and thorough marker testing before each round. After snipers strap on protective gear, Tank's constantly evolving fields host play with frequent upgrades that generate new experiences for returning clientele and prevent debilitating battle flashbacks. A covered staging area accommodates more than 100 visitors between sessions with comfy chairs and benches as well as concessions and a snow cone stand for pregame or postgame energy boosts. Back at the headquarters, Tank’s pro shop stocks players' arsenals with paintball essentials such as goggles and vests that allow fearless ambushes and midbattle fashion shows.
Standing atop a small hill and shrouded beneath low-lying branches, a hunter looks out over a pond. A thick expanse of brush lies on the far bank, and he knows that once his target flies, he'll only have seconds to shoot before it disappears beyond the foliage. The hunter, however, isn't actually hunting. He's warming up on one of Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve's two sporting-clays courses, which integrate the preserve's habitats of prairie grass, shore brush, and tree lines that are home to quail, chukar, and pheasant. Instructors lend insight to all levels of sport shooters, and hunting guides bring along trained bird dogs to recover downed game and feral squeaky toys. The preserve also allows fishing on its 15 lakes, each stocked with largemouth bass, catfish, and crappie. A more than 5,000-square-foot pavilion lends a resting place between adventures in the field. The preserve's team can also help coordinate lodging with discounted rates at nearby hotels.
The staff members at Xpressions Threading & Spa specialize in removing unwanted facial hair using the ancient Eastern art of threading. They skillfully capture unwanted strands between long threads, then swiftly pluck them to create clean, arched brows and smooth upper lips.
Professional dancing partners Katia Kuznetsova and Cristiano Callegari bring more than just a passion for dance to their students. The duo earned top marks in national and international competitions such as the Ohio Star Ball and the UK Open, which, in addition to certification by the National Dance Council of America, makes them experts in dance styles including Latin, ballroom, and wedding dance. They also surround themselves with like-minded experts, recruiting professional dance instructors versed in country-western dancing, swing, Salsa, and hip-hop. When she isn't illuminating the dance floor, Zumba instructor Shara Hymowitz leads fitness disciples of all ages along the path to better bodies during fun Zumba classes set to Latin rhythms. Instructors happily teach dancers of all skill levels, with lessons ranging from group classes that cover the fundamentals of dance to private instruction for advanced dancers or undercover cops looking to infiltrate the gang from West Side Story.
It might be fun to clamber onto the trampolines, balance beams, and other apparatus that fill Katy KIPS Gymnastics Club's 7,000-square-foot facility, but it's also beneficial: USAG-certified instructors guide students through routines on that equipment, helping them to build confidence, fitness, and a foundation for other sports. Although many of the school's classes are tailored for children, adults can attend classes that incorporate stretching, flexibility work, and cardiovascular exercise.