At Ape Tek Computers, technicians don't just tidy up hard drives, design websites, and build computers as a career—tending to electronics is their passion. Most of the skilled computer whizzes own plenty of digital devices of their own, giving them a personal insight into smartphones, laptops, and desktops of all makes and models. The specialists can restore smooth-running functionality to a PC after a nasty virus attack, or restore iPhone and iPad screens cracked from accidental falls or rounds of Pin the Mouse on the Gadget.
Many people think of acting as a mystical gift, but Bernard Glincosky knows better. Like any skill, acting requires practice, and that’s where The Philadelphia Acting Studio comes in. At the studio, aspiring thespians bulk up their skills through a variety of classes taught by seasoned actors, producers, and directors. Himself a Hollywood veteran, Glincosky employs a stable of experienced instructors including acting teachers who have worked with the likes of Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Ron Pearlman, and Martin Scorcese. Classes are offered throughout the week, covering scene work, audition tactics, and how to cry on command when the maitre d' can’t find an empty table.
The instructors at Eilandarts help guests of all ages explore their artistic talents and express themselves through painting, music, and writing. The center helps cultivate creativity from a young age, with classes designed to teach toddlers the fundamentals of visual art and music. Lessons for elementary-school-aged kids broaden in scope, including archeology classes that delve into fossils, artifacts, and hieroglyphics. Stars-and-space classes cover phases of the moon, gravity, and which constellations are found on the American flag. Half-day summer courses for teenagers explore specific artists and experiment with different artistic styles and concepts, whether realistic or abstract. Eilandarts' adult curriculum spans from bookbinding and creative writing workshops to watercolor painting and fashion classes with tips on how to piece together stylish outfits. Private music lessons are available for guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, and voice.
After working her way through college as a bartender, Denise Mitchell opened Bucks County School of Bartending in 1999. Her BA from Arcadia University led to a teaching certification, and she decided to mix all of her talents together with her bartending school. Eleven years later, the Casino Dealer School was added, and graduates from this multifaceted institution go on to place bets and mix drinks in casinos, bars, and warp zones around the state. Courses often include a strategy handout for tips on betting and bluffing, and Mitchell's instructors draw on their experiences in casinos across the globe to give true-to-life advice. Alternatively, the standard curriculum of her bartending seminars builds professional bartenders from the ground up with lessons in bar equipment, pouring, and how to listen to patrons' life confessions without screaming.
Its expansive facilities stuffed to the gills with Charles Brand and Vandercook printing machines, Second State Press grants the community access to self-stamped art. Members gain access to studio time for rent by the hour, month, or year, as well as invitations to special events, talks, and demos. Additionally, anyone can sign up for one of Second State Press's many beginner-friendly classes. Those especially committed to the craft might be honored with Fob Holder status, which awards 24-hour access in exchange for a few responsibilities around the studio, such as cleaning or finally shredding the newspaper monster lurking in the basement.
The nonprofit Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary photography, offering a wide range of engaging opportunities for anyone interested in photography and the arts through educational programs, events, and exhibitions. A team of fine-art photographers, curators, and other arts professionals initiates the snapshot curious in affordable five-week classes and workshops that are suitable for photogs of all abilities. The teen program nurtures artistic impulses during afterschool hours, handing students loaner supplies and foraying into the city during field trips.