Theater should inspire wonderment. That's the view at Tennessee Shakespeare Company, an artistic organization dedicated to bringing new life to William Shakespeare's words. Each of its productions aims to burrow beneath the play's familiar surface, finding deeper explorations into psychology, government, and philosophy. This approach brings new life to the timeless works—TSC's Macbeth, for instance, highlighted the civilian cost of civil war, while an all-female Julius Caesar embodied "a bold new way to look at honor, womanhood, and power," according to The Commercial Appeal. That same sense of exploration is extended to contemporary pieces. Once a year, the company members hang up their iambic pentameters to produce the Southern Exposure festival featuring new works from the region.
The consortium of professional instructors at DanceSmiths Ballroom Dance Studio shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Germantown Performing Arts Centre hosts performances by music, theater, and dance troupes from around the world, holds community events and enriching educational programs. During Superstars of Dance with Ballet Grand Prix, a bevy of blockbuster ballerinas collected from American Ballet Theatre, Mariinsky Ballet, the Dutch National Ballet, and the New York City Ballet will perform works by Balanchine and selections from Le Corsaire and Don Quixote. Connoisseurs who prefer a modern take on traditional tutus and tip-toe traipsing can patiently watch the calendar count down to April 9, which is when the Spanish Compania Nacional de Danza take the stage. Led by choreographer Nacho Duato, the highly trained contemporary ballerinas twist themselves into eye-surprising positions that spell out the answers to this year's SAT. With today's deal, you can buy multiple Groupons and bring along a group of unsuspecting friends to your choice of performances.
As co-founder of local-favorite Bluefin Sushi Lounge, Minh Nguyen is no stranger to the restaurant biz. Now as VP and executive sushi chef of Memphis' new Rain Premiere Bistro, Minh has rallied a fresh and innovative menu of sushi rolls, fresh-cut sashimi, and steaming Asian entrees. While waiting on a steak or chicken stir-fry to cool, diners can grab a cocktail from the full bar, or hasten cooling by dropping the plate into the restaurant's neon fish tank.
Habits Tobacco, Internet, & Coffee Shop bills itself as an oasis from the world, where customers can simply kick back and indulge—and there’s plenty to indulge in here. Those who are of age can relax and suck down a hookah packed with fragrant, fruity tobacco flavors such as passion fruit, mango, and grape or light up a stogie and savor a hot cup of coffee. Roughly 10 breakfast cereals make up the cereal bar, and desserts such as cakes, cookies, and muffins round out the snack menu. Habits also offers free WiFi service for those who wish to plug in, get some work done, or just kill time surfing the web.
The two-hour cruise is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m., depart at 7 p.m., and return at 9 p.m., affording passengers plenty of time to successfully saturate taste buds, ear buds, and dance buds. As you set off into the sunset backdrop on the Mississippi River, the wafting aromas of a feast prepared onboard will tempt a range of palates. Select from salads, hot entrees, carving stations, and sides; choices include prime rib, roasted turkey, red beans and rice, steamed seasonal vegetables, and seasoned potatoes. Complimentary coffee, soft drinks, and tea abound, and tipplers can head to the cash bar for a classic cocktail. Panoramic windows, two enclosed decks, and two outdoor decks showcase the historic waterfront unfolding in front of you as live music invites dance muscles to twitch rhythmically under the stars.