a few of my favorite things
Aerial Warehouse (LA) – Culver City – On the west side of LA, sprung floor, rigging set up by professional stunt people, kids and adult programs (aerial arts – silks, hoop, trap, dance, parkour, trampoline track, tumbling)
The Loft (LA) – Burbank – On the east side of LA, high ceilings, great coaches, performers, small class sizes, adult programs (silks, lyra, dance trapeze, contortion, hammock, rope)
SLAM: Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (NYC) – Williamsburg – awesome training space for aerial, trapeze, german wheel, stunts, and, whatever “action mechanics” hijinks are going on.
Fight or Flight Entertainment (Brett Copes) – acrobatic and stunt rigging and fabrication (and crafter of my very first lyra)
Bailey’s professional outdoor work gear and equipment – great direct source for rigging and hardware for people who know what they’re looking for
Ver Sales – offers a variety of span sets and hardware for people who know what they’re looking for
FabricDepotCo – not to be confused with fabricdepot.com, is where I get all my aerial silks (40 denier nylon tricot). Good quality, good prices. Web site is outdated, but it works. And you really can just give Susan a call anytime and she’ll help you out. She has experience working with aerialists.
Live Trad Jazz
Musicians and their venues lead complicated lives. Best to call ahead.
Culver Hotel (LA) – Vintage elegance at an historic hotel in downtown Culver City, the hotel lobby hosts live music nightly.
Radegast (NYC) – A beer hall that regularly hosts fun live traditional jazz music. dancing has been known to happen. their fresh hot pretzels are good, too
Spotted Cat (NOLA) – Small bar, nonstop live jazz all day, all night. On Frenchmen St, just outside the French Quarter.
Fritzel’s (NOLA) – Live jazz every night. Yes, it’s on Bourbon, but slightly away from the main craziness.
Jake Shimabukuro – ukulele phenom.
Alligator Boogaloo – not updated often, but has a good catalog of free uke tabs for a range of songs from folk to jazz to pop, from easy to hard.
Sheep Entertainment – a Dutch site, I think, but anyway, it has a good visual chord finder, and they also have a cool feature where you can play along with a song.
Uke Hunt – this site is updated pretty regularly, and is a good primer on all things uke. they have some video lessons, a blog, and more.