Within Valley Wing Pit Sports Bar & Grill, referee-jersey-clad waiters circulate the sprawling 5,000-square-foot sports bar, serving heaping plates of wings slathered in eight sauces. The bar boasts 19 screens flickering with sports games or the anguished postgame depression of refs. There's even a giant projection screen fitted into a yellow goalpost. Nine draft beers and numerous bottled beers complement the serving of grilled eats, such as hoagie-wrapped brats and 16-inch four-cheese pizzas. Despite its focus on wings, the bar does present an all-you-can-eat salad bar, which shouldn't be taken literally, since they need the lettuce tongs for tomorrow's patrons.
Like many of her fellow dance teachers at Gotta Dance Studio, owner Cindy Gebelein first donned ballet flats at age 6. Throughout a lifetime of performing and 35 years of teaching, she’s worn through copious dance shoes while sharing her passion with others. She opened Gotta Dance Studio in 1995 to further pass on her love for performance, arming younger generations with the technical skills to develop into true artists.
The instructors elucidate a variety of dance styles, from perennial favorites such as ballet, jazz, and tap to modern styles such as hip-hop and contemporary. For students truly taken with the stage, a musicaltheater and performing arts program builds upon the physical conditioning and movement training of dance with voice- lessons and resume-building performances. Three dance troupes, each with their own particular focus, partake in demonstrations and competitions at both the local and national level. Thanks to their travels, these squads have come home with multiple awards and at least a dozen stray tap-dancing cats.
Live musicians and DJs add a rhythmic sway to the steps of guests toting frosty bottles of beers and salt-flecked margaritas from Norwood Bar & Lounge's gleaming counter. Light caroms off black leather seating and red walls from overhead chandeliers, and soft chatter drifts between candles or distracts golden-retriever quarterbacks on the flat-screen television. Themed parties and dance events fuel revelry, and drinks rise toward the ornate paneled metal ceiling to meet in happy toasts.
Founded in 1970, the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc. strives to improve the mental health of individuals and families. As part of its commitment to treating all people with dignity and helping enhance their quality of life, the center provides services to people of all ages with severe emotional disorders and mental illness, from infants to older adults.
The center's Cornerstone program serves individuals aged 26–59 experiencing mental-health issues and homelessness. Participants in the program can work with a case manager and nurses, plan for shelter and housing, and socialize with their peers. Alternatively, they can simply access showers, lockers, and laundry facilities and receive snacks and meals.
Entice appetites with starters such as chicken livers in peri-peri sauce and tomato-onion gravy ($6.99), or more-conventional bite-sizers such as samosas ($7.99) or Hout Bay calamari served with homemade garlic mayonnaise ($7.99). Under the protection of divey décor (plastic fish, Christmas lights, and sports-tuned televisions), mine heaps of heartier fare such as Guinness stew, rich with the dark brew and chunks of filet mignon ladled over a pile of mashed potatoes ($14.99). The South African favorites on Springbok’s menu are “refined, with more attention to detail than the atmosphere would suggest,” according to the Los Angeles Times. Rudder hard to starboard and encircle Durban-style curry of the day with sambals and pappadum ($13.99), or a South African sausage sandwich ($8.99).
Honey-colored and sparkling with spirals of gold thread, the Shisha Cafe Lounge's lush dining room transports its guests to another time and place. Here, votives flicker behind their lanterns' glass panes, refracting light across smooth wooden surfaces as tendrils of flavored smoke undulate through the air, mirroring hookahs' twisted, ornate brass curves.
Shisha's hookah flavors go beyond the traditional, with quirky varieties including White Gummy Bear and Pirates' Cave, which is rumored to give smokers insights into the location of extra-friendly parrots. To complement puffs, a full menu of Mediterranean food satisfies appetites with items such as tabbouleh, freshly baked naan, chipotle hummus, salads, and beef or chicken kebab sandwiches or rice plates.