At each Art & Elixir painting event, artists of all skill levels, especially beginners are welcome to explore their creative sides. Instructors guide participants through each event allowing up-and-coming artists their own “intentional composition decisions.” During events, the owners–who are skilled artists themselves–give students step-by-step instructions on how to recreate the evening’s featured painting. But it’s up to the artist to decide how to interpret that work. Using paints, brushes, aprons, canvases, and easels provided by Art & Elixir, guests can paint fields of lavender with bright red acrylic paint. The only rule during these casual two–three hour sessions is that painters (aged 15 and older) enjoy themselves. Events take place at venues such as Lone Oak Grill and Gold Nugget Tavern & Grille, where guests can snack on food and drinks available for purchase.
Locally owned Gym & Fitness Center. Run by a caring young lady “Cheryl” who will schedule you with a trainer to get you started with a fitness program. Perfect for those who have never been in a gym before. Cheryl is almost always available for a chat about fitness, fitness Classes, or general life discussions.
Founded by two Albany locals, Mealeo.com allows diners to make delivery, takeout, or catering orders from more than 200 capital-region restaurants through a simple online ordering process. Have a summer roll ($7.95) or a chicken with broccoli combo from Ichiban ($7.50) delivered straight to your door or spaceship portal, and skip the line to pick up a rollin' ranch pizza from Inferno ($14.09). The site boasts detailed, up-to-date menus for all the eateries it serves, and users can add special requests to their orders, finally making it possible to indulge in noodle-free mac 'n' cheese or an omelet made from the eggs of chickens with x-ray vision.
Music industry veterans Stan Denis and Paul Benedetti, both fathers of ambitious child musicians, spent years commiserating about the dismal, calcified state of music education. Deciding to do something about it, the two founded Rock School Music, determined to mix the principles of classical pedagogy with a heavy dose of kid-directed originality. Rather than focusing on scales and hoary old etudes, their instructors encourage students to bring in music they actually enjoy listening to, helping aspiring rockers play their favorite songs and recommending technical drills that directly improve their ability to play the studied piece.
In addition to private lessons, the studio's Rock School program arranges young jammers into bands based on their skill levels, before giving them a weekend practice space and sponsoring regular rock concerts for friends and family. Rock School Music’s studio, furnished with plush leather chairs and a wood-paneled front desk, inspires visitors to pursue their musical dreams with its framed band posters and fern plants that resemble Slash.
The Revolution celebrates the invention of the wheel with an indoor cycling studio and bike-centric classes. Hop aboard a Spinner bike and rage against immobility, burning up to 1,000 calories per expert-led session. Classes focus on five fitness principles: balance, strength, flexibility, endurance, and power to produce muscles so tight that fleets of quarters bounce off them and lodge into steel surfaces.
The energetic trainers at Albany CrossFit burnish bodies with the same sweat-manufacturing workout routines used by police academies and tactical operations teams, focusing on principal strength and conditioning. Before hefting a single kettlebell, students must first complete a six-course On Ramp program, which teaches groups of four to eight newcomers the recurrent movements of the CrossFit curriculum, including deadlifts, squats, and challenging your reflection to a flexing contest. In addition to mastering techniques in the physical realm, pupils will also glean healthful tips from lectures on nutrition and mobility. The entire On Ramp course must be completed in two weeks, including all relevant at-home assignments, which may cover postworkout recovery and how to turn your neighbor's house into your personal gym.