Two survivors of domestic abuse founded Women Helping Women/Men2Work (WHW) in 1993 following their own experience rebuilding their professional wardrobes on tight incomes. Though they began collecting clothes in a trunk for women in shelters, the organization’s reach has grown rapidly. Since its inception, WHW has helped more than 30,000 men, women, and teenagers become economically self-sufficient through employment services. Staff members work with underserved individuals to help them develop their resumés, practice interviewing techniques, and search for job leads. They prepare participants for a work environment with professional attire and body-language training. Participants also can take part in workforce-development workshops, where they learn about networking, negotiations, and multimedia skills to help them become competitive in the job market.
Despite their determinedly of-the-moment sound, Redfoo and Sky Blu are carrying on a long pop lineage: the former is Motown founder Berry Gordy's son, the latter his grandson. As red-hot electropop duo LMFAO, the uncle-nephew pairing electrifies dance floors with manic odes to party life. The 2012 Sorry for Party Rocking tour explodes with fan favorites such as "Party Rock Anthem" and newer hits such as "Sexy and I Know It," which has a bouncy swagger that dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 28 weeks. Meanwhile, the band parades in neon animal prints amid backup dancers, bobbing beneath giant robot heads, tossing inflatables into the crowd, and creating a spectacle Metro Weekly calls "enormously entertaining."
At each of several one-day festivals held throughout the country, thousands of revelers unite in an epic clash of pulp, beer, and live music. Armed with a cache of 300,000 tomatoes, participants don protective bathing suits and goggles and hurl the fruit at one another during a two-hour battle. Throughout the afternoon, live music and costume contests offer an entertaining respite from the front lines, as bartenders dispense drafts of beer to attendees older than 21, refueling soldiers' morale before they resign to writing goodbye letters to their produce vendors back home. All tomatoes used during the event are past ripe and already fated for disposal, making the battle an efficient means of tossing them before their cursed transformation into singing Muppets.
Although he specializes in American comfort fare, Executive Chef Diego Velasco wields a packed cabinet of culinary styles and spices, elevating meetings and cocktail parties to a higher gastronomic plane with custom menus crafted from many fresh, locally sourced ingredients.. Midday meals get a savory infusion from the corporate-catering lunch menu, which includes a signature sandwich tray ($54 for 16 half-sandwiches)—a selection of up to four of the various bread-bookended taste-fests, which include a brisket po boy. The hot lunch buffet ($14.95/person for 15–50 guests, $13.50/person for 50+ guests) offers a flavorful cornucopia of meatloaf, ribs, and cornmeal-fried catfish. Appetizers by the dozen grace the à la carte menu and include the grilled scallop lollipops with saffron aioli ($26), and the mashed-potato pancakes with American caviar ($22), a laid-back affront to the snobbishly monocled Caspian variety. Chef Velasco's epicurean enthusiasm runs rampant throughout the entree offerings, which include buttermilk fried chicken, and grilled leg of lamb accented by pineapple-mint vinaigrette.
Housed within a bright, renovated historic warehouse, Tia Juana's Long Bar & Grill serves authentic Mexican cuisine and features live music and dancing each night. The menu channels classic Tex-Mex comfort cooking with homemade savories such as Baja nachos stacked with spicy meats and cheeses ($11.95), and the guacamole estilo Mexico spiced with serrano peppers and red onion, textured with cotija cheese, and splashed with fresh lime juice ($8.95). Take in entrees such as the camarones al mojo de ajo, in which sauteed jumbo shrimp croon over a backing band of rhythmic rice, harmonizing black beans, and an eccentric guacamole saxophonist ($18.95). The unique Cabo roll lights fires inside a tortilla wrapping with grilled chicken or carne asada, avocado, pico de gallo, and cheese ($12.95).
When one knows a form of martial arts, there's a decent chance of avoiding danger. But when one knows multiple forms of martial arts, odds are they'll win any fight. With classes is classic karate, Brazilian jiujitsu, and MMA, the senseis at Olympia Martial Arts make students more well-rounded, but less round, in the arena of self-defense. In classes for adults and children that build skills, confidence, and discipline, students of all levels are conditioned to crush common enemies such as bullies, obesity, and fatigue. In sparring classes, fledgling fighters learn the ropes of jiujitsu and MMA with fancy footwork and take-down techniques that also strengthen the upper body, core, and legs. Fitness training classes steer students from the heart attack track in martial arts cardio classes that give calories the heave-ho and boost agility and stamina while teaching grappling techniques that effectively end fights fast.
More than a thousand years have passed since healers learned that illnesses could be cured through stimulation of certain body parts. A wide array of frameworks developed for how best that healing should be brought about. Licensed acupuncturist Winston Wang has taken components of these frameworks to craft his own: understand the patient's condition, set up a treatment plan, and test it. At Orange Acupuncture, clients can seek Winston's techniques to treat maladies ranging from depression and insomnia to seasonal allergies.