Nurse and educator Michelle Kay understands that, when it comes to life's most challenging problems, a little assistance can make the difference between thriving and just treading water. Whether she's helping clients work through a weight-management plan, work through a troubling divorce, or curb anxiety and depression, she teaches them tactics for improving their situation in a healthy, constructive manner.
A smash off-Broadway hit, The Piano Teacher tells the haunting tale of the sweetly maternal Mrs. K, a piano teacher whose past may be much darker than her cookie-chomping demeanor reveals. Penned by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize recipient Julia Cho, directed by Mark Routhier, and performed by a collection of top local and national talent, The Piano Teacher presents audiences with a riveting amalgam of suspense and storytelling prowess.
The Columbus Crew thrill footsport fans with fast-paced Major League Soccer action in a cheer-inducing atmosphere. This nationally televised FOX Sports matchup pits hometown heroes The Crew against the 2010 MLS Cup Finalists, FC Dallas, as they go foot-to-foot for the Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup. From an upper-sideline seat, cheer on black-and-gold protagonists such as Andres Mendoza, a goal guru and newcomer from the Peruvian national team, brick-wall defender Chad Marshall, and dream-crushing goalkeeper William Hesmer.
Bugs are fascinating, especially to a six-year-old strapped with a Mickey Mouse 110 camera. These creepily photogenic critters were the first subjects Studio Polaris photographer Maggie Lawler’s ever shot. Though she has since captured images of couples on their wedding day, seniors before their graduation, and canine products for a corporate vendor, Maggie still loves “to act like a five-year-old most days.” She finds the perfect shot by getting to know her clients and hearing their stories. With kids, she gets down to their level, asking them questions about their outfit, their favorite TV show, or their thoughts on whether cotton candy is better to eat or to wear as a wig. Once she’s built the foundation for a relationship, she begins shooting. She searches for the moments in between: the couple tenderly holding hands, the child wholeheartedly laughing. To catch these fleeting seconds, she doesn’t rely on fancy filters or equipment. “Anybody can own a Stradivarius,” she quips, “but not everyone can join the Boston Pops.” So rather than lean on technology’s crutch, she uses her artist’s eye, passed down the limbs of a family tree branched by her grandmother’s paintings and her father’s sculptures. Today, she still is constantly snapping photos, either with her SLR or iPhone, taking shots of her daughter or her neighbors in line at the supermarket. With her work at Studio Polaris, Maggie considers each photo shoot a blessing. “I mean,” she says, “how many families have my work on their walls? It’s awe inspiring. I’m blown away by it.”
Armed with 21 years of training in various athletic disciplines and multiple certifications through organizations such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Jason Yun helps clients to mow down calories. With his assistant coaches Rick Locke, Bob Benden, and Bob Carleton, he bolsters the physical prowess and mental focus of students during multi-week boot camps. In addition to the camp, he teaches advanced classes such as Kettlebell Khaos or the blazingly fast-paced YunFit. In the latter, Yun shouts out a series of cardio and strength-training commands such as “pushup,” “squat,” or “go home and make a wheatgrass smoothie.”
At Old Skool Fight Sports & Fitness Academy, the coaching team focuses on boxing. In fact, head coach Rob Pilger is a boxer himself—he has won three Golden Gloves championships and fought professionally. Nowadays, though, he and his team helm boxing workouts for all levels. Their boot camps, for instance, focus on skills more than fighting in the ring, with exercises like jump roping, burpees, and footwork drills. They also lead more advanced training sessions for competitive boxers, along with youth boxing workouts and mixed-martial-arts sessions.