Nightmares are bad enough; at least they go away upon waking. For Lenore, nightmares of torture and death are everlasting, and visitors at Sanctum of Horror bravely enter the depths of her hopelessly twisted mind. Her thoughts and memories are presented in a dark home with walls coated in peeling wallpaper and blood. The denizens of this space are not the usual happy family of four. Within the halls lurk evil dolls waiting to evoke lucid dreams, and flesh-eating prisoners chomp on their latest victim while scanning the crowds for more, and hatchet-wielding madmen wait to terrorize anyone who crosses their paths or dares to insult their pets' sweaters.
Founded by a pair of theater-loving sisters, Desert Rose Theatre cultivates family-friendly productions in an airy, new black box at Power Square Mall. Mary Stuart, written by 18th-century dramatist Friedrich Schiller and directed by Chris Michael Dennis, explores the relationship between Britain's Protestant queen, Elizabeth I, and her Catholic cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, which grows thornier than a bouquet of porcupine quills when Mary gets sent to prison. Though Mary is captive, her ardor and popularity threaten to topple Elizabeth's icy throne, unleashing a spate of high-stakes political maneuvers. Elizabethan-style couture by artistic director Katherine Stewart infuses the production with realism and stage curtains made of ruffled collars.
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. Class times and dates vary based on location: Phoenix, Mesa, and Gilbert.
The instructors lead students through Bikram yoga's 26 challenging poses and two breathing exercises in a heated room, which helps purge the body of toxins and allows limbs to sink deeply into stretches. Within a studio heated to more than 100 degrees, students flow through poses that strengthen and stretch muscles, ligaments, and joints. Each posture is designed to work muscle groups needed for the next pose, building a series of interconnected movements. By temporarily decreasing blood flow to specific areas of the body, the poses send in a rush of freshly oxygenated blood to joints, organs, and limbs when yogis unfold from folds and twists, unblocking the tiny traffic jams of hemoglobin. Most yoga classes are 90 minutes long, and most studios offer flexible early morning and evening classes. Visit the individual studios' websites to see their schedules.
Tribrid Personal Training's certified personal trainer, Christian, lives to help people get in the best shape of their lives. His excitement and enthusiasm about fitness, combined with a knowledge of the best way to work out, create energetic and effective personal and small-group training sessions. Gym-goers burn fat and build lean muscle rapidly under Christian?s tutelage?his mixture of cardio, strength training, and fat-burning moves shred calories and produce measurable results. As well as personal training, Christian offers gait analysis, nutritional counseling, and a friendly, familiar face, ready to motivate clients and push them toward their goals.
When course architect Greg Nash designed Superstition Springs Golf Club, he made sure to leave the topography intact. To it, he added glistening lakes, quirky bunkers, and various types of mounding, the goal being to surprise golfers with a different challenge on every hole. But even though the course integrates so many elements of its natural surroundings, it's certainly different from some of its desert counterparts. Hundreds of palm, pine, and eucalyptus trees provide shade from the blistering Arizona sun, meaning visitors never have to leave their 9-iron out of their bag so they can squeeze in a supersoaker. Away from the course, visitors find opportunities to dine or improve their game via lessons and player development programs.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total of 7,005 yards from the tips * Four sets of tees per hole * Course rating of 73 * Course slope of 128 * Click here to view the scorecard.