The crown jewel of the Dallas Arts District, the AT&T Performing Arts Center – or AT&T PAC, as it’s commonly referred to – encompasses four different venues, meaning there’s a little something for everyone. The grand Winspear Opera House, a bright red fixture in the city’s skyline, is home to the Dallas Opera and the Texas Ballet Theater, while the Wyly Theatre hosts the Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas Black Dance Theater and Ballet Folklorico. Outside, Strauss Square provides space for outdoor performances and festivals, and the sprawling Sammons Park is ten acres of green space surrounding the venues. The PAC is buzzing year-round, drawing patrons of the arts from all over the Metroplex to catch an impressive range of performances from The Book of Mormon to The Barber of Seville, and everything in-between.
Deemed one of 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2010 by Movie Maker, the Dallas International Film Festival annually screens more than 800 new motion pictures from nearly 50 countries. Championing Hollywood entrants, independent flicks, and international cinema, the festival's competition awards filmmakers with more than $270,000 in prize winnings divided among categories such as Narrative Feature, Environmental Visions, Student Short Film, and Excellence in Slow-Motion Explosions.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
For one day, companies from the beauty, style, and fitness industries share their wares and expertise during a six-hour extravaganza produced by women for women. The Bazaar showcases health, fashion, and beauty products from the latest lines, such as Sally Hansen, Vision Essentail by Kaiser Permanente, Mamamio Skincare, Posh Beauty, Chella, Whole Foods and others. The morning will kickoff with Blueprint mimosas and Whole Foods samples while you enjoy Yoga. In The Activity Area, women can limber up in fitness classes or commemorate the excursion in the photo booth. Pamper Me Fabulous is all about strengthening your mind, body, and spirit.
In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
To keep the spirit of its musical roots ever near, House of Blues Houston keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi beneath its stage and proudly displays the traditional crazy quilt. As the only venue in the revered chain to be built vertically rather than free floating, House of Blues Houston stands as a pillar of entertainment in the Houston Pavilions complex. The hot spot’s Bronze Peacock Room commemorates Houston's rich history and the blues clubs where Lightnin' Hopkins and Big Mama Thornton held sway, and features an enormous hand-painted mural depicting other local legends such as Albert Collins and Johnny "Guitar" Watson.