A warm orange and red light illuminates Ritual, tinting its brick-accented walls and exotic statues an inviting ruby. Flickering candles and the glow of flat-screen televisions add to the romantic, yet contemporary atmosphere, where the trendy decor is rivaled only by an eye-catching menu of American-fusion cuisine. Globetrotting meals commence with small plates of chocolate-dipped applewood bacon or waygu beef, which diners sear over a hot rock or the grill they keep in their wallets. Chicken marsala and bacon-wrapped filet mignon represent a portion of the more traditional entrees, but dishes stretch as far as the bounds of the chef's imagination, including an award-winning seared duck breast double-coated with crushed cocoa beans and a hazelnut-chocolate demi-glace.
Professionally schooled in the art of ballroom dancing, Fred Astaire Worcester's certified instructors have trained tapping toes in boogying basics since 1984. Based on each student's desired style, such as ballroom, Latin, social, or competitive dancing, staff members tailor two 30-minute private lessons around each individual pupil's or couple’s needs, aspirations, skill level, and number of past appearances on Soul Train.
Overtime Tap rejuvenates sports fans with a rich array of bar-fare noshes. Diners can customize carbohydrates with the build-your-own mac 'n' cheese ($6), swaddling penne, spiral, bowtie, or elbow pasta in a choice of aged irish cheddar, smoked gouda, port salut, swiss gruyere, or monterey jack. Fillings such as shitake mushrooms, grilled asparagus, or sliced jalapeños add texture and a pop of flavor to the cheesy concoction, jolting taste buds from their impossible day dreams of becoming professional athletes. The appetizer menu flaunts Atlantic zest with New England crab cakes, a pan-fried cluster of Lump Rhode Island blue crab, red bell peppers, celery, and scallions ($6). Sandwiches and burgers provide classic pub grub, and heartier fare sends diners on a delicious dash from hunger with the marinara-braised short rib of beef accompanied by cheddar mashed potatoes and fennel-spiced grilled asparagus ($19).
Hosted by owner and former Funniest Comic in Boston winner Dan Smith, the laughmasters at Wisecracks Comedy Club mine for chuckle deposits in funny bones throughout Worcester County. Wisecracks's professional acts engage errant guffaws with new looks at evergreen topicsm, including love, life, and the ethical implications of the Large Hadron Collider. Groupon holders can fly solo or flock in V formation with up to nine wingmen to any show in 2011, including appearances by Tonight Show veterans such as Gary Gulman and Dwayne Perkins.
With an agile army of acrobats from groups such as Cirque du Soleil and the Moscow Circus twirling and spinning along old-time-inspired machines, Boom Town ponders the connection between humankind and its manufactured labor assistors. Audiences are teleported to the old frontier mining town of Rosebud in 1865, where two shrewd, business-minded saloon owners hope to take advantage of the influx of gymnastically gifted gold-seekers. The battle for riches sparks a musical adventure full of pole-climbing prospectors, dancers atop swinging chandeliers, and authentically flipping cowpokes swathed in colorful costumes.
With a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance, numerous performances, and a scholarship to the Ailey School in New York City rounding out her packed resume, Lindiana Flores had more than enough reasons to open her own studio. With a blessing from Nola Borelli, who owned the studio where Lindiana started her dance career, Ms. Flores reopened it under her own name and now instructs a bevy of beginning, intermediate, and advanced students with the help of her team of skilled teachers. Each instructor encourages their students to find their own artistic styles, whether they're unlocking the pop-and-lock secrets of hip-hop dance or teaching pupils how to master the precise stomps and clicks of tap dancing so they can send secret messages through the floorboards to loved ones.