In lieu of mainstream Hollywood movies, the Capri Community Film Society screens an eclectic mix of contemporary independent and foreign films at its movie house, The Capri Theatre. In addition to the latest releases, the society also finds time to project repertory classics such as Vertigo and The African Queen back on the big screen. Besides indie and old-school cinema, the 1941-built theatre invites children to animated summer matinees and occasionally hosts directors for Q&As following their movies.
Casting beams of solar qi on spiritual soils, yogis of all skill levels develop a healthy awareness of their bodies through controlled breathing practices during Sun Ray Yoga's Iyengar or Ayurveda classes. Certified instructor Becky McCune––who has 12 years experience teaching Iyengar classes—leads intrepid students through a flowing and athletic style of yoga that emphasizes proper form and body alignment. She also teaches a slower style of the class for those with specific body soreness or physical ailments. Ayurveda teacher Liz Campbell uses her experiences as a holistic nurse to help guide limbs into poses that relieve pain in the lower back caused by day-long wheel-barrow races. Both instructors teach a five-day schedule geared toward increasing flexibility, preventing injuries, and relieving tension.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
At the Southern Bridal Faire, planners and couples-to-be gather in the Alabama Ballroom at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center to meet with vendors and gather ideas for decorations, fashions, photos, and venues for their upcoming nuptials. Experienced DJs, photographers, and designers meet face-to-face with future brides and grooms, which makes the wedding-planning process less stressful and brings couples a few steps closer to making their dream events a reality.
Located in the historic Cloverdale Village, Roux recently opened its modern, art-filled space to serve traditional Southern comfort dishes and New Orleans–inspired seafood for lunch, dinner, and brunch. Prince Edward Island mussels ($19.50) crowned with Pernod sauce rub crustacean elbows with roasted new potatoes and braised leeks with saffron and fresh thyme. The Gulf shrimp po boy ($10) smuggles cornmeal-crusted gulf shrimp between french bread pieces under the cover of homemade coleslaw and a rémoulade sauce, and the Prime Roux burger ($12) combines grilled Meyer ranch beef with smoked onion jam, house-cured bacon, and a choice of cheeses without the use of nuclear fusion. Sunday brunch pleases with eggs benedict ($10.50) dressed up in an avocado purée and hollandaise sauce accompanied by smoked bacon. Cap a feast with a bite of bananas foster ($5.50) or sweet-potato-pecan pie ($5.50).
The knowledgeable staff at Christine’s Feathered Nest helps clients bedeck beds and baths in luxury linens and fine furnishings, all hand-selected from around the world. Lafco candles ($59) illuminate spaces and kick off upscale séances, and guest towels ($11–$77), Gianna Rose soaps ($23–$31), and Niven Morgan bath and body products ($20–$33) lend a luxurious touch to bathrooms. Shoppers can jazz up nests with vases, lamps, and pottery bowls by Greg Combs ($25–$80), cosmetic cases ($15+), and a variety of duvets and coverlets. Pajamas ($46–$106) spoil sleepers with soft organic cotton or bamboo fabrics and self-counting sheep. Christine delights in culling fine furnishings from both well-known and up-and-coming designers for the boutique, originally launched out of a Civil War–era armoire parked in her own hallway.