Every four to five weeks, Improv Comedy Underground puts on an unscripted, interactive show filled with spontaneous jokes and side-tickling chortles. Each show consists of a group of improvisational performers who participate in a series of wit-testing games led by a host and audience suggestions. Because of the on-the-fly nature of the hour-long shows, the content isn't always predictable and may contain adult language and humor, so it's not recommended for young children or stoic philosophers in the midst of vision quests.
Built in 1857, the Southern Market/Old City Hall building served as home to three groups: the mayor and his city council meetings, several local militias, and a food market. Since then, the Italianate building has been deemed a national landmark, and its tenants have been whittled down to one: History Museum of Mobile. With its permanent exhibitions, the museum preserves more than 300 years of Mobile history, starting with the city's first Native American inhabitants. Interactive exhibits and artifacts—including antique silver and a cannon recovered from the CSS Alabama, which sunk during an 1864 battle—usher guests all the way to the present day.
Along with its mainstay exhibitions, the museum hosts events dedicated to film screenings, lectures, and debunking myths purported by Magic 8 Balls. History Museum of Mobile team has also helped open two other historical sites in town, including the Phoenix Fire Museum, which houses horse-drawn steam engines.
Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.
Lucille Allen used to work with executives at tech companies. One day, though, she started training in the Bishnu Gosh lineage of yoga, and now she leads patrons through poses in warm rooms at Sterling Hot Yoga Works. Those rooms are heated to 104 degrees with 40% humidity, which helps muscles gain flexibility and move easily into different stances in sessions that last either 60 or 90 minutes. Drawing upon years of experience, Allen and her staff put those yoga poses to work to improve health and mental wellbeing alike. She'll even work with aspiring yoga instructors, providing the skills to lead classes on their own.
With a waiting room complete with toys, Chiropractic Works PC looks as much like a pediatric office as a chiropractic one. Doctors of Chiropractic Be Phetsinorath and Link Nguyen do indeed treat adults—but they have a special place in their office for kids. The duo treats patients young and old with chiropractic adjustments to correct chronic back pain or acupuncture for the common cold. They also offer laser therapy, which may relieve pain so patients can enjoy more freedom of movement. And because the staff speaks Laotian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese fluently, even clients who don’t speak English will feel at home.
The family behind Phoenix Fitness furnished their facility with free weights and cardio equipment. In addition to teaching group classes, personal trainers lead one-on-one sessions complete with nutritional advice. Kids' classes help youngsters stay in shape, have fun, and train for their favorite sports. The gym's tanning booths tint muscles a toasty shade of gold, and onsite childcare gives little ones a chance to play or show off their super-human strength.