The Vernon Club, nestled in a historic building dating back to 1886, rolls out eight gleaming lanes with automatic scoring, a new Internet jukebox, and tasty comestibles for fueling competitive appetites. Players don borrowed footwear and the letterman jackets of league-player ghosts before hurling three-holed spheres toward pins poising themselves for the welcomed whack of a spare or strike. Bowlers can rest their pin-striking biceps of fury with a gooey 12-inch pizza or maintain concentration while grasping a bratwurst in non-bowling hands. On select nights, rock bands set up shop beside the lanes and churn out foot-tapping ditties until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m.
Founded in 1963 in New York as a meeting place for Broadway performers, the Improv ascended over the years to become a go-to spot for burgeoning comedians such as George Carlin, Lily Tomlin, Chris Rock, and Ellen DeGeneres. It now enjoys a slew of locations across the country, including the popular Louisville locale, which has hosted a bevy of renowned comics in the form of Margaret Cho, Jay Mohr, and Finesse Mitchell.
The Louisville Ballet prides itself on a commitment to dance education within its community, highlighting its dance school as an ideal place to provide movement instruction for toddling tots and graceful grownups alike. Hoofers ages 15 and up can boogie down, up, or backward in time in the adult-division classes, which span all levels of ballet, Zumba, jazz, hip-hop, and tap classes. Classes are held six days a week in the morning, afternoon, and evening. These fun, low-pressure classes present an excellent opportunity to learn new skills, dust off old gym or toe shoes, and meet new people, putting an end to awkward dance battles with your cumbersome coat rack.
The Actors Theatre of Louisville is renowned for its world-class apprenticeship program. Each year, 22 fledgling stage performers are selected for the intensive program, during which, they hone their craft alongside tried and true professionals and perform three original plays. The performances are free to the public, though guests should still call ahead for tickets.
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to providing artistically diverse productions and enhancing the community with exciting performances in its four theaters, which are designed to woo the senses with professional acoustics, excellent lines of sight, and scratch-n-sniff wallpaper. A one-year, tax-deductible membership, which can be used by an entire household, comes in two flavors: