A rotating menu of comfort-food favorites, including chicken-fried steak and roast beef with gravy, bolsters the hearty bar fare at The Spot Restaurant & Entertainment Complex, helping to fuel evenings of live entertainment. Attendees 21 and older gather to catch live bands, DJs spinning tunes, and comedians making wry observations or facing their fear of microphones. During DJ sets, patrons can take a break from dancing in a private VIP room with bottle service or by starting a games of darts or pool.
In the evenings, groups gather inside QBHome Paint & Sip Studio—a chic space flanked by artfully exposed brick walls—to mingle over wine before beginning the night's painting session. An instructor guides participants through the step-by-step re-creation of a featured painting. Subjects are diverse, ranging from a funky high-heeled shoe to a replica of an expressionist masterpiece by lauded artist Maurice Evans.
Isis Dance Academy trains women in the art of undulation with belly-dance classes for students of all levels. Beginner through advanced dancers can learn new techniques and routines in choreography classes or burn fat in energetic belly boot camp. Isis's professional dancers can also perform their hypnotic moves for private parties and events.
The course itself carries on that fun vibe, too. Winding through city streets and local parks, the 5K route is dotted with hydration stations that dole out hot chocolate. Holiday music, a giant Santa inflatable, and snow blowers help to set
In a 4,000-square-foot studio filled with natural light, Urban Fitness Kickboxing's instructors teach kickboxing, muay thai, jujitsu, and mixed-martial-arts classes. They also lead groups through Body Focus classes that tone muscles and burn calories with kettlebells and calisthenics routines. Onsite showers wash away sweat after workouts.
Benefitting the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Memphis, Mardi Gras Memphis 2012 conjures a Cajun-themed evening of masquerading, and celebratory champagne toasts. Cocktails commence at 7 p.m. as guests sample wine and don masks, beads, and non-serpentine boas. A traditional brass band bursts in with a grand entrance at 7:45 as revelers regale appetites with hors d'oeuvres of traditional king cake, seafood, veggies, and pasta dishes. Glasses clink and libations flow all night from a cash bar as a live band and DJ stir partygoers into a high-stepping frenzy.