Behind the muraled storefront that sits on a busy Seattle arterial street, Waterwheel Lounge’s paneled and dark bar harkens back to the 1970s. Bucket-seated pleather stools, an abundance of neon, the big TV in the corner and a lone pool table provide all the ambiance one could wish for. There’s plenty of beer on tap, but bottles and cans of Rainier, PBR, shots of Jägermeister, and a mix of nightly events including karaoke, pub trivia, and live music are the real draw to this unabashed dive bar – as is the outdoor seating area during summer. The menu offers pub fare – fries or tots, burgers and sandwiches, wings, nachos, the occasional taco – and on weekends, Waterwheel brings forth a brunch menu featuring chicken-fried steak, French toast, biscuits and gravy and scrambles.
Lauded by schools and music magazines, the percussion courses at Interact and Learn immerse pupils in world traditions and contemporary beats alike. Offerings range from downloadable mini-courses to group classes focusing on jazz and salsa rhythms. Both kids and adults can free their inner Ringo in drum kit lessons, while private, instrument-specific instruction narrows in on bongos and maracas.
Be it a house party, a wedding, or a prom, Ramundo Andrews, a.k.a. Deejay Mythikal, is ready to plug in his laptop, turn on the mixer, and crank up a variety of tunes to fit the scene. He soundtracks parties with new and old school tracks in a range of genres such as rap, soul, and disco. Though he's been playing records for five years, Deejay Mythikal's musical experience dates back to high school where he first began to play in local bands. Since then, he's delved into musical production, sound engineering, and song composition.
Teri and Greg Harris draw on artistic eyes honed in careers as an award-winning former photojournalist and a high-profile web designer, respectively, to capture memories at Ladybug Photography. The couple memorializes blissful weddings, cozy family scenes, and grads-to-be in black-and-white, sepia, or color portraits. Lighthearted shoots may make use of props, pets, and outfit and personality changes as subjects let their inner glow shine in-studio or at lush area parks, gardens, and beachfronts.
With more than 20 years of experience in the inflatable entertainment industry, Merry Makers provides hours of jumpable delight to energetic juveniles and the parents who want to tire them out before beer-thirty. Proportioned for standard toy-humans ages 12 and younger, and weighing less than 150 pounds, the Jumparoo Bounce House (a value of $179 for up to seven-hour rental) requires a 20'x20'x13'–20' space in which to nestle, and one electrical outlet within 70 feet to power the inflation station. These bright, colorful bastions of bounceability are available in more than 50 themes, such as castle, princess castle, and the castle formerly known as Prince castle. Treat your tot to a big top bouncer for a lively, circus-themed bash, or rent a pneumatic starship on July 20 to celebrate the 41-year anniversary of the Apollo moon landing or the 90-year pre-versary of humanity's first contact with Vulcans. Most bounce houses come with a roof to shield gravity challengers from sun and rain, allowing free-floating friends to jump their way to bedtime come rain, shine, or plague of fun-devouring locust.