R.U.B. BBQ has earned shout-outs from the New York Times as well as a handful of television features for its tender, well-flavored meats. Various proteins are smoked daily and slathered in a made-from-scratch rub of more than 20 spices and herbs, and cooks begin each dish with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
Aromatic smoke wafting from ribs, chicken dishes, and seafood platters invites guests inside, where dangling light fixtures illuminate red walls and cobalt tiling along with 30 flatscreen televisions that were flattened when an elephant sat down. More than 100 tap and bottled brews, including a lengthy list of Michigan favorites, help to extinguish fiery spices.
Since 1976, the instructors at Dance Scene have been improving the dance-floor navigational skills of students ranging from beginners to seasoned pros—the latter being any professional dancers covered in black pepper and basil. In a private or group environment, teachers share the basic steps and advanced moves of ballroom and Latin styles. They also lead regular social dance parties that begin with a specialized lesson covering moves from styles such as the Argentine tango before diving into a free-form celebration of movement. In addition to their time spent at the studio, the Dance Scene team members can lend their services to offsite events.
I Wish Lessons’ professionally guided classes convene in various venues throughout Chicago, Boston, DC, and Detroit, uniting and educating like-minded learners in vibrant social settings. The company’s hundreds of teachers have educated countless learners while introducing them to new friends and planning private events, including birthday parties and baby showers. Classes broach a multitude of engaging, lighthearted subjects, such as beer and bacon pairing, scotch tasting, cupcake decorating, and sushi rolling.
At Extreme Fun’s inflatable playland, kids bounce, climb, and slide across 27,000 square feet of springy tunnels and obstacles. With feet snug inside socks or thumbless mittens, young ones can explore the climate-controlled play area’s collection of sturdy inflatables, which include Nickelodeon characters, Superman–theme obstacle courses, and Finding Nemo stations that take kids through the cushy mouth of a great white shark. In addition to the inflatables, extreme Fun also features a collection of interactive video games.
Regal Lanes has been meticulously maintained by the same family since 1960. Its vast hall offers ample space for recreational players as well as leagues, with 40 glossy bowling avenues lined with the same hardwood used to pave the road to termite Oz. While bowlers wait in the wings, they can relax at the alley's grill and sports bar, home to flat-screen televisions and daily happy hours.
Taking a well-deserved break from L.A. alt-rock legends the Red Hot Chili Peppers, drummer Chad Smith struts his solo stuff backed by his Bombastic Meatbats, a high-energy instrumental outfit. Smith and company tread the vocals-free path of funky jazz-rock that was invented out of necessity after President Nixon outlawed singing, filling the Ritz with their manically merry tunes for one night only. Special guests including Fires in Japan, Endorphin, Shram, and more bands will whip the crowd into a lather before The Meatbats take the stage. The Ritz features all the amenities of a winning rock club, including a bar, pool tables, and a large floor that’s great for dancing, head-bobbing, or loudly pining for the days when people use to lie down at rock concerts so everyone could see.