New Ways to Play

What’s making us happy today? New ways to play like a kid again.

Summer is coming. Channeled in a healthy way, obsessions are a good thing, like Steaphen Fick’s fascination with fight techniques of medieval and renaissance Europe. At his Santa Clara Davenriche European Martial Arts School, students use weapons, including rapiers, daggers, and long swords, and don armor. So don’t just watch Arya Stark in Game of Thrones… Be her.

Game_of_Thrones_exhibition_Photo by Benjamin Skinstad via Wikimedia Commons

A new word: paniolos. Arriving at the working Gunstock Ranch in Oahu is like stepping back to the early days of the Hawaiian cowboys (paniolo)—with your own horse to play cowboy. The North Shore ranch takes all-level riders into its 600-acre outback.

GS-ranch-couplePhoto courtesy of Gunstock Ranch

City streets as the new art museums. We’ll take our art alfresco in the summers. Thank you in advance to app 1AM, which catalogs the graffiti and street murals in cities around the world, curated by locals. Plus, while on the hunt, who knows what else you might find in this off-the-beaten-track world.
1AM-mural-miamiPhoto courtesy of 1AM via dgrader

Photo booths flashing and the strum of live indie music on a summer evening. Yeah, the Chicago moon is glowing, and the Ukrainian Village’s Empty Bottle is lit up—the place for an unpretentious meetup and a long neck, all the while being one of America’s best music clubs, according to the Rolling Stone. Empty Bottle is also behind summer’s beloved West Fest (July 11-12), a good intro to quirky West Town.

Photo by Clayton Hauck for The Empty Bottle
Photo by Clayton Hauck for The Empty Bottle
Photo by Clayton Hauck for The Empty BottlePhotos courtesy of Clayton Hauck

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