Although painting is a solitary experience for many artists, it becomes a color-strewn party at ArtJamN. Enthusiastic staff members encourage participants to interact, inspire each other, and even collaborate on the same canvas. Painters are outfitted with a bevy of paints and textures that add dimension to magnum opuses and make it easier to crawl into someone else's painting and take a nap. Both regular painting sessions and private parties introduce burgeoning artists to a cornucopia of artistic styles as they intermingle and sip from their own stash of adult beverages.
Like a beacon of fitness, Envision Memphis sits atop the historic Cadre Building in downtown Memphis. There, personal trainers await to whip clients into shape with boot camps, yoga classes, and one-on-one sessions. Visitors working out alone keep equally busy. Cardio and weight machines tone muscle alongside body balls, and ample floor space allows for plentiful pushups or spontaneous break dancing. In addition, a full-size boxing ring with padded safety equipment hosts full-contact kickboxing practice.
Fitness Plus is small enough that the friendly staff knows your name, but big enough to prevent any Three Stoogery amongst exercisers using the free weights. After one of Fitness Plus's friendly workoutsmen gives you your orientation (call ahead to book your orientation session), you'll be free to run miles on the cardio machines, bench press pounds on the weight machines, or sweat out hurt feelings during a class in Fitness Plus's spacious group exercise room, which has a state-of-the-art sound system and a specially engineered cushioned floor to protect you from injury and pro-wrestler attacks. Fitness Plus offers step classes, Pilates, and cardio every week; check out the schedule to see what's going on.
Battlefront Laser Tag & Paintball turns 20 acres of woods in Shelby Farms Park into a competitive arena for firing paintballs and aiming lasers at opponents in matches for up to 100 people. In a more lifelike version of the most recent Call of Duty game, outdoor infra-red laser-tag games may be played with 5- to 8-lb. all-metal military guns—made to emulate 69 different weapons such assault rifles, sniper rifles, submachine guns, and handguns. Lighter-weight weaponry designed for younger players is also available. In paintball skirmishes, participants don protective face masks and compressed-air tanks to snipe out foes in a refereed game.
More than 10,000 guests flocked to India Fest in 2012. India Fest 2013 expects almost 2,000 more. It would be impossible to discern the festival's biggest draw, but credit should definitely go to its attractions. The largest of those would be the bazaar, where Indian music, food, artwork, fashion, and literature create a colorful experience for even the most casual visitor. Along with the bazaar, a talent show gives locals the chance to display their skills in Indian dance and music, and food demonstrations invite guests to learn how to prepare Indian recipes themselves.
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.