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.
Boasting the state's only affiliate member of the world-renowned Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu of Alabama helps students ages 5 and older boost self-confidence and athletic prowess while toning muscles and honing self-discipline. Under the watchful eye of brown belt and 15-year martial-arts veteran Patrick Langan, children or their adult copycats spend three introductory classes getting acquainted with the self-defense-based art of jiu-jitsu. Focusing on strategy and leverage rather than brute strength, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu teaches students how to skillfully grapple opponents to the ground instead of calmly discussing your differences over a cup of tea. Both studios offer 90-minute classes for adults, as well as afternoon children’s sessions that range from 30 to 60 minutes. Check out the complete schedules for Midtown and West Mobile for all times.
In 1997 a small group of concerned citizens joined together to fight the construction of a chemical facility on Mobile Bay's western shore. As it researched the environmental impact of similar plants, it discovered that a sustained effort toward drawing industry into the area had resulted in pollution levels that held the second-highest presence of carcinogens in the nation. Sparked by this realization, the small group transformed into the Mobile Baykeeper, which works to balance the needs of the economy with the protection of the local environment and the health of its people.
As a solutions-based group, Mobile Baykeeper works to preserve and protect the Mobile Bay watershed, a vast network of more than 200 separate rivers, lakes, bayous, creeks, and other water-sources that cover two-thirds of Alabama. Using established environmental laws, Mobile Baykeeper works to protect citizens' health and natural resources, form coalitions, educate communities, and restore damaged coastlines. The group also trains volunteers to fix ongoing issues, such as unsafe sewage systems and storm-water-runoff problems.
Southern Art & Framing offers much more than its name implies—aside from custom-framing projects and ready-to-hang art, the store also boasts an eclectic gift shop stocked with goods made by local and national artisans. Shoppers can peruse a selection that includes everything from handbags and scented candles to barbecue tools and home decor designed for fans of popular college sports teams. Local artists also host onsite art classes, teaching skills such as impressionist painting and converting your boring sedan into an exciting police cruiser.
Licensed massage therapists bring years of experience in the art of healing and relaxing to Therapeutic Arts Massage and Bodywork. The practice's therapists specialize in pain management and network with several chiropractors and doctors, including a neurologist, to treat a whole host of maladies. They fuse their knowledge and skill to help clients overcome natural susceptibilities to stress, illness, aging, and lifting things that are obviously too heavy in hindsight.
Therapeutic Arts Massage and Bodywork know that every person is built differently, which is why every session begins with a one-on-one conversation. During this time, the practitioners learn as much as they can about the client in order to customize a massage informed by the client’s wellness goals. A water cooler located in the studio to helps clients stay hydrated so their body can cart away freshly released toxins like a red wagon carts away freshly caught bad guys during games of cops and robbers.
The hay bale-strewn corner of a rustic barn and a gym’s locker room rarely coexist within one building. But they do at The Jim Owens Studios because for the past 40 years, their photographers have snapped portraits not only in front of green screens and backgrounds, but on elaborate in-studio sets. Athletes can flex for the camera before rows of lockers, families can show their country roots on the barn set, and high school seniors can pose with a wall whose rainbow-hued graffiti scrawls out “Seniors.” The photographers can also shoot weddings on location, documenting keepsake moments from newlyweds’ first married kiss to the first petal dropped by the flower girl.