Commentary from the Dallas Mavericks’ Chris Arnold and the Dallas Cowboys’ three-time champion Kevin Smith enlivens a schedule of NFL highlights shows presented by the Sportz Dreamz Foundation. Attendees walk the red carpet and pose with the event's hosts before nestling into first-come, first-served seating and crossing their fingers to win door prizes of autographed sports memorabilia, such as signed copies of locker-room hangman sessions. Arnold and Smith are joined by special guests from time to time, which in the past have included former Cowboys Darren Woodson, Jay Novacek, Rocket Ismail, Larry Brown, Chad Hennings, hall-of-famer Mel Renfro, and many others. After sharing their behind-the-scenes insights during roughly one-hour shows, Arnold and Smith mingle with the crowd, scribbling autographs for enraptured fans and posing for snapshots. Patrons leave with complimentary official membership cards, brimming with $50 worth of vouchers toward future Sportz Partnerz events, dinners at Sportz Partnerz-affiliated restaurants, or courtside seats during the entire NBA offseason. Proceeds from ticket sales go to bolster Dallas- and Fort Worth–area youth athletics programs supported by the Sportz Dreamz Foundation.
Imagine the moment when a shy, introverted young girl steps in front of a room full of people for the first time and speaks with confidence and clarity. This is a regular occurrence at Drama Kids International, where experienced teachers use a unique, copyrighted curriculum to help shape and focus outgoing children or draw shy children out of their shells. Classes for kids as young as 5 refine speech techniques, dramatic movement, and imagination, giving them the confidence to perform in front of an audience or finally ask their parents to change their names to Thespis. For older kids, aged 12–18, Drama Kids International offers the DKI Acting Academy, where serious theater kids can expand their speaking, acting, and auditioning skills through exercises and performances.
A quarter-century after its 1987 rebirth, the Grapevine Opry brings the honky-tonk atmosphere to North Texas with weekly performances by touring performers. On Saturday nights, Rocky Gribble, the venue’s master of ceremonies, introduces country performers, big bands, bluegrass musicians, and ‘50’s-style rockers, and on the fourth Friday of the month, gospel singers descend upon the art deco theater to praise from the stage. Past performers have included the likes of Willie Nelson, LeAnn Rimes, and Miranda Lambert, but one of the biggest thrills at the Opry is seeing the country stars of tomorrow before they hit it big and start hiring robots to perform for them.
Polar Ice House beckons ice-caperers aged 3 and older onto its slippery stage, where they can hone figure-skating and hockey skills or simply twiddle their blades during daily open-skate sessions. Beginners' skating courses include an all-ages Learn to Skate program and a Parent-Tot class that re-creates the gliding experience of moonwalking on an air-hockey table. The rink also hosts whirling laser-light shows that captivate the eyes of skaters on Friday and Saturday night, as well as private events such as birthday parties or broomball tournaments.
The industrial-rock force of Filter pipes more than 17 years of raw, cathartic hits into the ears of fans, hammering crowds with its signature blend of mechanical mayhem and guitar-driven calamity. From the band's debut album, Short Bus, which bore the mid-'90s smash “Hey Man Nice Shot,” through its latest collection of screamable valentines, The Trouble With Angels, lead singer and guitarist Richard Patrick’s urgent voice conveys a football coach’s heartbreak and a guidance counselor’s angst. Kicking off the show, an assembly of musical hotshots joins Lone Star Emmy winner Matthew JC for a performance by the JC Allstars, a rock 'n' roll and prêt-à-porter hybrid featuring monster riffs and tantalizing runway models. Hat Tricks Sports Bar and Grill regales ears in a quaint venue that holds up to 350 people and 1,000 of their imaginary friends. Meanwhile, a bevy of big-screen TVs showcases NCAA and NFL games for sports-related merriment.
For three decades, owner Debbee Sharpe has worn many hats to help others discover the benefits of fitness. Her extensive resume includes stints as an aerobics instructor and physical-education staffer at Duke University, and appearances on ESPN2 and the Health Channel. She shifted her focus to Pilates, as she found that it improved her posture, strength, and overall attitude in life, which motivated her to share these benefits with others at her studio The Pilates Body Loft.
Her classes encompass Pilates standards, utilizing equipment such as mats, balls, and TRX suspension, but also veer off the beaten path into barefoot BeamFit classes—combining Pilates and gymnastics techniques. But Debbee's creativity shines brightest in her Mat to Saddle Pilates classes, in which riders apply Pilates principles—including core strength, balance, and control—on horseback to improve their riding skills and their connection with their trusty steed.
Private sessions are also available for those students that want personalized instruction or someone with whom to reenact Laurel and Hardy scenes.