As Tommy, one of Howl at the Moon’s piano players, explains on the club’s website, “Every night…we try and throw a party, regardless of whether it’s a Tuesday night or a Saturday night.” The bar’s trademark dueling pianos serve as the epicenter of these nightly celebrations; patrons submit their favorite songs on slips of paper for the pianists and backing musicians to recreate. If the website’s playlist is any indication, the bands can handle popular songs from all genres and eras, from Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” The performances are spirited: colorful lights splash upon a stage where servers, guests, and chairs that have somehow developed mobility all dance along to the music.
Fueling the celebration is the bar’s indulgent selection of drinks. Servers stand over patrons to plunge jello injectors into their mouths, and revelers grab colorful straws to help drain 86-ounce booze buckets filled with sangria or other fruity libations. Pomegranate liqueur and honey-infused whiskey sweeten specialty cocktails, and local beers add depth to coolers stocked with Stella Artois and Dos Equis.
Many gyms feel industrial, but with bright hardwood flooring and cream-colored walls, Tenacity Women’s Fitness is a breath of fresh air. The staff’s mission is to differ from chain gyms by being a positive place where women feel welcomed into a friendly, more personal environment, but still have everything they need to reach their goals. They’ve stocked the gym with strength and cardio machines, as well as functional training tools including BOSU balls, resistance bands, and more. Circuit Training classes help groups jump-start their fitness regimens, and personal trainers design programs tailored toward their clients’ individual goals and incorporate nutritional advice.
After their workouts, ladies can hit a locker room that’s outfitted with a plasma TV, hair-dryers, and other amenities in addition to the standard showers and lockers that double as portals to fantasy realms.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
University of Rock's guitar instructors tailor each in-home lesson with the ROCK curriculum in mind. These teaching tenets include Refining and setting the student’s musical goals while offering them Ongoing tracking and support. Constant improvement in scales and technique leads to building up Knowledge and confidence, both essential when performing onstage or stealing salmon from a sleeping bear. This focused curriculum was born out of Founder Jon Kim's personal frustration with guitar instruction. After numerous teachers and lessons, he identified what had been holding him back and set out to create a school that made it easier to learn.
New Actors Ensemble’s director Stuart Wolpert is an award winning writer, director, and producer of television, film, and theatre in the United States and Great Britain. Julliard-trained and a Masters graduate of the prestigious London Film School, he uses his vast experience to supply working and aspiring actors with the tools necessary to advance their careers in film, TV, or the theatre. His classes cover crucial techniques, including diction, movement, acting technique, relaxation, concentration, improvisation, and script analysis, aspiring to achieve an ultimate command of the body and voice.
At Vault, a diverse team of instructors leads classes ranging from CrossFit to muay thai to yoga. For exercisers new to CrossFit, Vault provides a three-part Vault Access course that teaches the essential movements and techniques used in more advanced workouts. Each CrossFit workout is different, which prevents muscles from getting used to doing the same thing.