Composed of skilled singer-songwriters Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, the catchy country duo Sugarland returns to Dallas as a headliner in support of their upcoming album, The Incredible Machine. Bring a friend, pack a blanket, and breathe in the breezy melodies from the comfy confines of the Superpages.com Center's lawn area, equipped with panoramic views of the multi-platinum twosome. The soulful Little Big Town and country troubadour Randy Montana are supporting acts.
Since releasing its self-produced EP in 2007, LA-based Hyper Crush has fueled dance floors around the world with in-your-face lyrics set to energetic hip-hop and electro beats. The trio spins party-ready pulses against flashy light shows that get feet moving faster than The Flash running on a treadmill. Hits such as "Kick Us Out," "Flip the Switch," and "Keep Up" kick-start a high-speed chase of lyrics that embrace nightlife, dance moves, and courtship from a modern perspective. Audiences will enjoy ample space for grooving in the newly remodeled Zouk nightclub, a self-proclaimed adult playground boasting a state-of-the-art sound system, four full-service bars, and a slide papered with Sudoku puzzles. Outfitted in retro-glam décor, including smoked mirrors and velvet walls, the club insists on patrons dressed to the nines, urging them to don proper club attire, such as heels, dresses, or collared shirts, in order to get inside.
In 1979, millionaire Donald J. Carter and Mavericks' founding president, Norm Sonju, began making efforts to secure an NBA team in Dallas. His dream became a reality at the 1980 All-Star game, when league owners voted to admit the new franchise for an entry fee of $12 million and Mr. Carter's entire baseball-card collection. The newly formed Mavs experienced quick success, making the postseason six times during their first decade. The 1990s proved not so kind, however; the team failed to make the playoffs even once. That ineptitude came to a prompt halt with the start of the new millennium, when, under a fresh and outspoken ownership regime, the team set off a string of 12 straight playoff appearances, highlighted by its first NBA title in 2011.
Now in their 86th season, the Harlem Globetrotters continue to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For their 2012 world tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favourites takes to the hardwood each game, so spectators might spot Special K Daley sharing a behind-the-back pass with newcomer Jacob “Hops” Tucker, the 2011 College Slam Dunk champion whose 50-inch vertical leap cruelly dashed his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Globetrotters might also present a study in contrasts with five-foot-two Too Tall Hall and seven-foot-eight Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, the world's tallest professional basketball player.
One of the country's largest ballet companies, Texas Ballet Theater produces performances that engage and inspire audiences. Attend Ben Stevenson's celebrated version of The Nutcracker, a well-known ballet that explores a dream world of princes, toy soldiers, warring mice, and 40-foot-tall Christmas trees. An orchestra seat inside the high-tech Winspear Opera House, a modern horseshoe theater designed by Pritzker Prize winner Norman Foster, grants great views of the stage as the skilled performers spin through scenes spurred on by Tchaikovsky's score and shiny snowflakes that flutter earthward like a sinking clouds.