Zesty aromas of jambalaya, gumbo, corn crab bisque, and pralines fill the air of the New Orleans School of Cooking. It's here where a talented team of local chefs share their culinary insights while teaching the basics of Louisiana cooking with flavorful fervor. Since 1980, scores of well-known talent have demonstrated bayou–style cooking in their home base: a renovated French Quarter molasses warehouse, originally built in the 1800s.
Like their building, the dishes they teach are part of long-standing New Orleans traditions. Their demonstrations cover dishes from gumbo to jambalaya to crawfish etoufee. As they teach, the chefs weave in elements of local history, trivia, and legend, too, painting a portrait of the city that extends beyond its edibles.
Dubbed a “powerhouse of comedy” by the Austin Chronicle, The New Movement unleashes a dizzying number of comedy shows that belie the institution’s young age. Founded in 2009 by improvisers Chris Trew and Tami Nelson, the theater and conservatory has already established itself in two cities, training fledgling performers in the art of the extemporaneous by inspiring them to take comedic risks on stage, whether it’s connecting emotionally with a character or performing actual surgery. Whether or not the performers are costumed or bearing props, they aim to create a fully realized world on stage through grounded situations and elegant but always creative transitions between scenes.
Lakeview Creative Arts is a progressive school that focuses on education while having fun. The creative process in all children is something to be explored, and we strive to foster the creativity in all of our students through music, dance, and karate instruction.
Life Smart Training Services' state- and nationally-certified instructors educate both rookies and seasoned heroes in Red Cross–authorized lifesaving techniques. The first-aid virtuosos engage students in explorations of the theory and application of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, affectionately nicknamed CPR, an emergency technique that preserves life by oxygenating imperiled grey matter until the arrival of medical personnel. Small class sizes allow learners to interact with each other and their instructor, and to sterilely lock lips with, perform chest compressions on, and practice standup routines in front of lifelike mannequins who bring their experience and immobility to the table during several simulated disaster scenarios. At the close of each two-hour class, students complete a written test, receive American Red Cross CPR certification cards, and go forth to utilize their credentials by confidently facing emergency situations or crafting miniature autobiographical dioramas.
Taught by native French speakers, Alliance Francaise courses use language immersion plus video, audio, and textbooks to teach communication skills to students planning travel in the French-speaking world, seeking an advantage in the global business world, or craving a deeper understanding of cartoon skunks. Courses are offered at every skill level, which can be determined by taking Alliance Francaise's placement test (required for all new students except beginners). Classes are limited to 10 students to ensure every budding Franco-speaker gets individualized instruction. Today's deal includes the cost of a Connexions textbook and CD (normally $60), though it does not cover the cost of berets or berets stuffed with baguettes. Many courses meet on Saturday and weekday evenings to accommodate busy professionals and full-time students.