As memory cards replaced film reels, many photographers—both professional and amateur—felt befuddled by the new technology. That's where Digital Photo Academy stepped in. Since 2007, the business has facilitated workshops that explore all aspects of digital imagery, from operating cameras and uploading digital files to editing images and airbrushing realistic mustaches. Seasoned professionals lead the courses, helping understudies hone their use of light, framing, and timing. Students furnish their own cameras, and can tote along any ancillary equipment such as tripods, laptops, and flashes that relate to the course at hand.
Built to replicate the Suzuka Circuit in Japan, the 1,264-meter track at Musselman Honda Circuit challenges roadsters of all sorts to master its 13 turns. Whether drivers jump behind the wheel of a 9-horsepower P1 fast kart or behind the wicker picnic basket attached to the front of a motorcycle, the dirt track cushions tires during competitive pursuits and practice sessions alike. The multifaceted track accommodates a wide range of driving pursuits throughout the week, including driving education classes, cycling, and handicapped-accessible adaptive karting.
Drum & Drummer instructor Erik Truelove knows how to improvise. When the country-rocker and four-time winner of the National Association of Music Merchants' World's Most Accurate Drummer title found himself at a TV gig with no cymbals, he simply pulled the license plates off his car and attached them to his kit, he reported to the Tucson Citizen in 2009. This spirit of flexibility and quick thinking is something he passes along to his students in both group and private lessons. Other instructors—all working musicians—join in that goal backed by expertise in hand drumming, R&B grooves, jazz improvisation, and competitive marching percussion.
To mark progress and keep motivation levels kicking, the school uses a program of Truelove's own devising. Modeled on karate's belt system, sets of colored drumsticks provide a vivid reminder of the skills students have conquered. To advance in rank, they must master their level's set of grooves, fills, and concepts, then perform a predetermined song at the school's performance center. Class sizes are typically capped at 10 students to ensure lots of one-on-one assistance and keep the downstairs neighbors from constantly calling the cops with noise complaints.
Stitching costumes, choreographing dance routines, composing scores, painting backdrops, channeling inner thespians: in the theater, there's a job for everyone. The staff of theater, music, and dance aficionados at Troubadour Theatre helps kids find their own onstage or backstage niche during classes that culminate in a full-scale production. Past performances have included Twelfth Night and Seussical!, both of which gave students the opportunity to showcase acting skills developed through lessons in improv and theater history. Outside the theater walls, the Troubadour staff strives to provide artistic opportunities for local kids by creating artist-in-residency programs and funding scholarships for talented youth.
The atmosphere at Brush & Bottle is calm and relaxing: music drifts through the air, and friends chat, sip wine, and nibble the snacks that they've brought along. In this comfortable setting, groups tap into their own creative reserves as local artists guide them, step by step, through the process of creating works of art. Subject matter ranges from still-life paintings of tulips to renderings of a Dia de los Muertos skull. Paint, canvas, brushes, and aprons are provided, as are wine openers and cups. In addition to group classes, the studio hosts girls'-night-out events and private parties.
At a young age, Siri Dya was interested in healing. Eventually he discovered massage therapy and found it a fulfilling way to help other people heal their minds and bodies. Siri Dya's specialty is pain management. An alternative to pain medication, therapeutic massage focuses on the manipulation of soft-tissue structures to mitigate aches, spasms, and knots. He also offers craniosacral therapy.