A frequent finalist for Best Comedy Club according to Ventura County Reporter's readers, Ventura Improv Company offers the only improv comedy in Ventura and has been eliciting chortles and guffaws with family-friendly farce for the past 21 years. The VIC's veteran comedic combatants perform unscripted comedy through scenes, games, and music created on the spot. The VIC performs shows such as Spontaneous Broadway, a full-length musical whose plot is conceived through audience suggestions, and TheatreSports Team Match, a two-team battle where competitors perform a challenge set by the host.
The Vita Art Center engages children, teens, and adults in creative expression with visual arts classes and monthly exhibits at their gallery. Capping head counts at 10 students or fewer, instructors work to keep classes welcoming for both beginning artists and those who have already painted a replica of the Sistine Chapel on their living-room ceiling. Young fingers pinch and coil clay and daub acrylic paints, and adolescents delve into more complex skills such as collage-making and printmaking. Adults may twist copper wire into handmade jewelry or learn how to enliven tax returns with stippling, cross-hatching, and other drawing techniques.
Cosmotion fusion fitness system integrates martial arts, healing movement, and dance into high-energy cardio classes. Each session builds a unique pattern of 52 basic moves to cultivate core strength, while improving flexibility and stamina. The studio also offers a full schedule of dance-centric workouts, which range from Bollywood-fusion and belly dancing, to hokey pokey workouts performed in full suits of armor.
Stan "The Man" Nicolaides first heard the siren song of the kitchen at his grandmother's table, which hoisted mountains of homemade moussaka and moist, juicy gyros. While his grandmother's Greek cuisine remains the closest food to his heart, Nicolaides also expertly serves up menus consisting of Caribbean fare such as andouille sausage in orange marmalade, urbane American dishes such as shrimp cocktails and crab cakes, and Old-World Italian pastas such as hand-folded mushroom tortellini. Beyond his own restaurant, Greek House Cafe, he's worked at the Four Seasons Biltmore, taught at Roblar Winery, and recipized raw ingredients alongside such celebrity chefs as Julia Child, Jacques Pépen, and David Hasselhoff's talking microwave from Knight Rider.
Mind & Body Wellness Studio's Pilates mat classes satiate the need to hang, point, and lengthen the body via handy apparatuses such as foam rollers, rings, balls, bands, and free weights. With more than 10 hour-long classes to choose from weekly, students of all fitness levels have the chance to improve posture, restore balance, and strengthen the core. The passionate Pilates purists at Mind & Body Wellness emphasizes proper movement techniques designed enhance mobility and decrease post-class soreness. Pilates mat classes remain small in size, typically hosting a small crowd of 8-12 students, in order to maximize attention from the instructor. See the website for a complete class schedule.
Gold Coast Gymnastics forges flexibility, strength, and upside-down finesse in children of every age through a well-rounded lineup of instructive gymnastics classes. Progeny with a penchant for somersaults, cartwheels, and back-handsprings onto moving tricycles can hone their acrobatic aptitude in classes such as Academy I, which teaches basic skills while focusing on strengthening self-esteem. Parents can introduce younger tumblers to the gymnastics world in Mommy & Me classes, while little ones more comfortable with gym equipment and constant carrot requests from the pommel horse can progress to KinderGym.