Strap on some rental skates ($3) and redeem an admission ($5) to glide out onto the frozen floor during a public skating session in Music City Mall's ice rink, one of the only NHL-sized rinks within 300 miles. Conquer the slippery surface with some friends or grab a significant other for a skate date.
At Circus Gatti, exotic animals, hilarious showmen, and thrilling daredevils delight families in an outrageous three-ring spectacle. During the two-hour show, elephants Tika and Patti stomp to Bollywood choreography, and the Liberty Ponies knock their synchronized hooves under the deft direction of Miss Genevieve, who conducts with a baton made of sugar cubes. The Great Oscar soars through the heavens with nothing but an oversize rope and bones infused with helium, with The Queen Bee delivering further aerial thrills while fluttering beside her hive in an atmospheric ballet. Pipin and Poppy elicit laughs with their comedy routine, and Miss Elizabeth induces awe with a contortion and balancing act in which she fires an arrow with her legs and feet while hanging upside down. After the show, those who opted for the meet and greet will brush elbows with the circus stars, snapping photos and asking questions regarding their skill, bravery, and how to construct a Q-tip big enough to clean an elephant's ear.
Formerly housing the Collin County Courthouse, McKinney Performing Arts Center boasts a history that dates all the way back to 1848. With its French Second Empire design, featuring twin towers, carved stone, and a precipitous mansard roof, the historic district courtroom doubled as a haven for lawmakers and a dance hall for denizens, and was once among the tallest buildings of north Texas. After the Collin County Courthouse relocated in 1979, the building was eventually rehabilitated and renamed the McKinney Performing Arts Center in 2006. The former home of hanging judges is now a hot spot for music, theater, and comedy, sporting intimate views from its main floor and balcony. The performance center also rumbles with the stirring sounds of its massive 1920s Wurlitzer theater pipe organ.
Founded in hopes of bringing about a revival of the American brass band, River City Brass aims to share the uniquely joyous art form with audiences across Pennsylvania. And for the past 30-odd years, the group has done just that. River City Brass’s 28-piece ensemble—some of whom have been members since the early ’80s—play more than 50 concerts annually. Their programs span continents and centuries, with every performance bringing a new showcase of styles. Modern music, classical pieces, big-band jazz, and show tunes have all passed through RCB’s bright cornets, chortling tubas, and crisp percussion.
Part of the LSO's 2010–2011 season's Darkness and Light theme, "Out of Darkness" showcases talented musicians and a consummate conductor for a moving musical medley. Selections include Smetana's "The Moldau," which portrays flowing river waters; Mahler's Symphony no. 4, which describes heaven from the perspective of a child; and songs by Strauss, which celebrate the time-honored relationship between linebackers and unicorns. Led by guest conductor Jonathan Schiffman, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra creates an evening of instrumental inspiration with a powerful finale by soprano Jo Ellen Miller.
A swarm of cars and trucks surrounds three massive screens at the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre, lighting up the open country sky with action, comedy, and science-fiction flicks. Double features of recently released talkies run back-to-back and start at approximately 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., depending on film lengths. Bring along a blind date or curious cartographer to explore the twisting terrain of a free 6-inch hot funnel cake or the concession stand’s menu of ’50s-inspired American fare before cuddling up in the front seat of your private film-viewing room. The drive-in’s playground gives mini movie marauders a place to climb, slide, and polish conspiracy-thriller scripts. Stars & Stripes features films rain or shine, but will reimburse moviegoers with a rain-check ticket if inclement weather impedes sight of the screen.