With its bright yellow walls speckled with Disney decals and bright stickers, Fun Time Pottery invites artists of all ages and skill levels to work in a cheery, creative atmosphere. During open paint sessions, participants choose a piece of pottery from the overflowing shelves that line the room, using stencils and paints to add their own personal touches to plates, mugs, and figurines. Pottery classes let students delve into the intricacies of clay shaping, with instructors teaching their charges how to bring forth new objects from shapeless lumps of clay, and how much paprika to add to play-doh before it’s edible. After finishing their sculpting, pupils learn how to paint and glaze their works, creating unique keepsakes from start to finish.
Months before they can speak, many infants can still communicate if they know some signs from American Sign Language. According to the signing experts at Nuts For Signs LLC, babies can begin signing at 5 months old?meaning they can ask for "more" or say "I'm a prodigy" without encountering a language barrier. Teachers show parents and kids how to sign during Sing, Sign & Play classes, based on the Signing Time series of videos. For youngsters between 3 months and 2 years old, the classes cover signs that refer to food and family and also go over signs for friends, feelings, and other more advanced topics.
At Joe’s Music & Dance Academy, students of all ages benefit from expert instruction in a variety of instruments and dance styles. Teachers lead private lessons for instruments that range from piano and violin to guitar, bass, drums, voice, and most orchestral instruments. For aspiring Astaires, dance instructors helm programs for students of all ages in disciplines such as ballet, jazz and hip-hop, tap dance, and musical theater. Joe’s also offers students myriad opportunities to collaborate and perform together in the form of music and dance recitals, jazz ensembles, and workshops.
Although Rajendra Hariprashad was in the Marines, his most trusted weapon—the one that launched him into private enterprise as a business owner—was not a rifle, but a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse. During his four years of service, he taught students behind the wheel of his own compact sports car. When he was discharged and went back to New York, he shelved law-enforcement career ambitions and opened Ena's Driving School.
Today, the school teaches road safety to new and seasoned drivers alike. Along with prelicensing and defensive-driving classes, instructors lead motorcycle, CDL truck, and CDL bus lessons. Rajendra's business savvy and entrepreneurial acumen have won him press in Forbes, Fox Business, USA Today, and other media outlets. He even partnered with truTV's Impractical Jokers to prank students who were behind the wheel for the first time. Afterward, several neighbors and new customers called to inquire about classes and how to fit a spring-rigged banana-cream pie into the glove compartment.
Rajendra's law-enforcement career continues to remain on hold. "I'm lucky," he says about his driving school and other business ventures. "This is fun. I want to be in the open road."
Like any good party-planning operation, Blu Midnight Event Productions helps weddings and large events run smoothly by collaborating with vendors and ensuring things run on time. But unlike the others, Blu Midnight makes events even more special with free uplighting, pin-spot lighting, and centerpiece design, helping clients save hundreds of dollars. Its coordinators are always available for in-person or call-in consultations, and they take care of every detail in the planning process, including bridal showers and bachelor/bachelorette parties for brides and grooms.
The Queensborough Performing Arts Center’s intimate 875-seat unites generations ranging from X to Y with the adhesive properties of live music. After three Grammy awards and multiple gold records, Blood Sweat & Tears continues to exasperate cleanup crews by leaving it all on the stage with hits such as “God Bless the Child” and “Spinning Wheel.” "Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles" recreates historic performances from 1964 to 1974 in two acts that focus on the Fab Four’s mop-top and psychedelic eras, adding in vintage film footage and stage banter laced with Liverpudlian lingo. The bright lights of the Strip shine on the Motor City in "Las Vegas Tribute to Motown", which includes hits from The Supremes and The Temptations, and "The Official Blues Brothers Revue" cools down audiences with a flurry of blues jams straight from the Windy City. "Spencers: Theatre of Illusion" takes place on Mother's Day and lets eyes in on the fun with a heart-stopping series of stage artistry that combines drama, comedy, and magic tricks straight from the pages of Houdini’s disappearing-ink diary.