With 58 schools in 23 states, the inspiring and performance-driven School of Rock enthusiastically infuses fledgling tunesmiths across the nation with the rhythm, skill, and confidence required to rock 'n' roll. Each instructor at the school is a professional musician, and fully equipped with the know-how to catapult instrumentalists to the crest of Mount Rockmore.
Though at least 130 miles and 80 years of history separate golden-age Hollywood from modern-day National City, Cafe La Maze bridges the gap. During the 1940s, this steakhouse served as a playground for movie stars headed to Tijuana, Mexico. Here, they could tuck in to prime rib and lobster on the lower level, or gamble the night away with card sharks such as the Marx Brothers and eponymous restaurateur Marcel Lamaze in a hidden room upstairs.
Today, diners soak up auras of these legends in the same tufted booths where Bing Crosby and Clark Gable most likely lingered at the eatery's grand opening. Candles, chandeliers, and a golden ceiling cast a warm glow across tables as groups savor shrimp cocktails and slice into juicy cuts of top sirloin, new york strip, and filet mignon. Some evenings live music scores meals, and on karaoke nights guests can harmonize with friends as the portraits that line the damask-print walls try to remember the words. Those seeking a more low-key gathering can book the banquet room, which teems with enough red-vinyl seats for up to 70 close friends or cardboard cutouts of their likenesses.
Leticia Ribeiro is not only a nine-time World Jiu Jitsu Champion, she is also an accomplished teacher of the grappling art. She along with fellow instructor and current UFC fighter Fabricio Camões lead kids, teens, and adults through challenging training classes that instill confidence and build focus and self-defense skills.
Rock 'n' roll. Tattoos. Southern Californian culture. These are a few of the things in which Art & Libations owner Tiffany Acker finds inspiration. She channels that inspiration into the classes she organizes at Art & Libations, during which instructors help students create unique artwork. The setup isn't too far off from that of other paint-and-sip businesses; the main difference is that there's a hip edge to the subject matter and the general vibe at Acker's events. Canvases, paint, paintbrushes, easels, aprons, and nontoxic, water-based acrylic paint are all provided.
The instructors at Mosaic Yoga know firsthand that every yoga practitioner's journey is unique. Melissa Love, for instance, found yoga as a way to overcome depression after being diagnosed with cancer. Her husband Ryan Glidden, on the other hand, took his first class to impress Melissa.
Now, the pair heads Mosaic's team as they lead students of all backgrounds and skill levels through classes held daily. Heated and non-heated classes range from slow-moving courses designed for first-timers to more intensive, candlelit sessions that combine yoga with reiki and crystal healing. In addition to reaping yoga's benefits ? from weight loss to increased strength ? during classes, visitors can attend workshops or one of Mosaic's retreats, which head to exotic locales such as Hawaii as opposed to an old cabin with "Fiji" painted on it.
Grill your own steaks at this classic restaurant and lounge in the heart of San Diego‰Ûªs historic Golden Hill neighborhood. Opened in 1950, Turf Supper Club is imbued with an old-school Vegas vibe with its vintage dÌ©cor, rich red carpet and lights, and wafts of smoke coming courtesy of steaks sizzling on the grill. The centerpiece of the dining room is a communal grill where guests cook their meat to their liking. Sides are sparse‰ÛÓthink garlic bread and baked potatoes‰ÛÓand vegetarians are even sparser; however, the real star here is the steak. A long bar with plenty of stools serves up classic cocktails like Manhattans, old-fashioneds and gin gimlets. Leave the kids at home, as Turf Supper Club is restricted to ages 21 and up.