The bloggers and promoters of Gotham Rocks care as much about building community as they do about throwing hard-rocking shows. Scouting talent from the five boroughs and beyond, the agency has assembled a quintet of like-minded acts designed to bring a burgeoning scene together for the Gotham Rocks tour. Nü-metal supergroup Eye Empire, featuring Corey Lowery of Dark New Day (brother of Sevendust's Clint Lowery) and B.C. Kochmit of Switched, unload an elephantine cargo of crunch and charisma. On stage, heads bang and sweat flies as Donald Carpenter's soulful vocals overlay charging guitar bursts and an occasional winningly goofy stage move. The band recently launched debut album Moment of Impact, winning attention and positive press through a self-distribution strategy.
Combining up-to-date teaching techniques with the age-old customs of martial arts, Northampton Karate offers students of all ages a focus on Okinawan Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu style karate for improving health, fitness, and confidence in a friendly atmosphere. Experienced instructors guide their apprentices on board breaking and beard-accumulating journeys to enhanced athletic performance and disciplined behavior. Tiny fighters can take their first roundhouse kicks with Northampton’s kids' classes (ages 5 to 11) and youth program (ages 12 to 15), and adults can bridge the generation gap through well-placed jabs with their respective classes. Check out the schedule to determine which class best fits the color of your karate girdle.
Residing in an old Victorian house, Bayberry Quilt and Gift Shoppe packs two floors of its antique environs with handcrafted gifts and quilting supplies. While finished quilts and colonial crafts imbue the second floor with an old-fashioned ambiance, fabric, needles, and patterns await new lives in workshops, sewing kits, or a scarecrow’s face. Seasoned instructors helm the shop’s two-hour sewing classes, helping students master seam-taming basics or expert stiches with the aid of Janome sewing machines. Bayberry's online store awaits orders from long-distance shoppers, and its custom machine-quilting services employ Gammill Longarm machines to craft relaxing, made-to-order quilts with adrenaline-pumping speed.
Heaping plates of hearty comfort fare incite instant smiles among families and friends gathered in Piccadilly Pub's cozy dining room. Limber up munching muscles with a basket of steaming-hot pub pretzels paired with english mustard sauce ($5.29) before moving on to a mouthwatering main course. The seafood-heavy lineup rewards years of claw cracking with shell-free selections such as sweet and tender lobster salad rolls ($15.99) and baked New England casserole layered with lobster, sea scallops, shrimp, and garlic butter ($14.99). Anglophiles can dine on fish 'n' chips ($11.69) as a tribute to the queen while anglophobes order the balsamic-glazed Atlantic salmon fillet ($13.99) to celebrate the ocean that separates them from her. Diners stationed near one of the hanging televisions can knock back a few cheddar burgers as they cheer on a favorite athlete or pick their sides during prime-time Monopoly matches ($7.99).
Believing that learning and behavioral disorders stem from improper communication between brain hemispheres, Brain Balance Centers offers a drug-free, multi-faceted program to boost brain function. Physical and cognitive exercises combine with easy-to-follow dietary changes to address social, academic and behavioral issues associated with ADHD, Asperger's, and other social and learning disorders without the use of medication. Now more than 50 Brain Balance Centers practice this Hemispheric Integration Therapy, with professional teams tailoring programs to help kids improve focus and behavior, academic performance, communication, and social skills.