Three years after founding Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in 1997, Louise Hopkins Underwood’s operation finally found a permanent home in the city's vacated Fire Department Administration Building. These days, her vision for a thriving contemporary-arts community has grown into a four-block campus with nine buildings spread across 64,000 square feet. The LHUCA team repurposed those structures—warehouses and former municipal buildings among them—into arts spaces that include an exhibition hall and four galleries whose nearly 5,000 square feet display local, national, and international artists. The renovated Icehouse accommodates rehearsals and performances of dance, music, and performance art, and the 159-seat Firehouse Theatre's 5.1-surround-sound mix brings films to life more effectively than hiring Dr. Frankenstein as a projectionist. Along with showcasing the work of prominent figures, the center's teachers nurture up-and-coming artists with classes in disciplines such as oil painting, bagpiping, and creative writing.
Owners Jeff and Michelle Dow met at the University of Iowa on athletic scholarships for gymnastics. After decorated careers that included spots on the U.S. Nationals team, the duo moved to Lubbock and founded Tega Kid's Superplex in 1995. Assisted by a skilled staff, they entertain and educate kids in teamwork and the athletic arts during sports programs, camps, and events. Though planted in gymnastics classes and fertilized with hand-grip chalk, the 18,000-square-foot facility has blossomed into a diverse space that teaches noncompetitive dance, cheerleading, tumbling, and swimming lessons that follow the USAG Junior Olympic Program's curriculum. The facility also houses a preschool, afterschool activities, and summer events and is a licensed provider of Motion Evolution, an interactive fitness program for kids.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
The Falls Yoga and Barre Studio boasts indoor, outdoor, and underwater facilities to enhance standard workout routines. Atop a fully equipped gym room floor, treadmills, elliptical machines, and arc trainers with television screens help gym goers burn calories during cardio sessions. Meanwhile, resistance machinery and free weights help build enough muscle to finally reach the treasure trapped inside the pickle jar. The Falls also corrals exercisers in more than 50 group fitness classes a week. A 3,600-square-foot group fitness room offers a spacious place to work out atop spring-loaded wood floors, and an outdoor heated swimming pool and outdoor walking track lie nestled in a landscaped stretch of terra firma. New renovations include a new spin studio, new yoga and barre studio, and an expanded child care facility. After any workout, The Falls' shower facilities, complimentary toiletries, and free towels vanquish lingering sweat.
At Studio 57 Group Fitness, healthy habits sneak into clients? lives with stealth and speed. Here, exercise masquerades as fun during exciting classes that torch calories and sculpt muscles. Upbeat instructors fuel the metamorphosis by filling workouts with dance steps, weightlifting drills, and yoga poses suitable for all fitness levels. Multiple Class formats are offered including Zumba, BARREffect, Body Pump, Yoga, Attack! and Turbo Kick. Classes such as Enduro and Tabata incorporate high-intensity interval training, pairing bursts of cardio and strength training with brief rest periods to boost the metabolism. To boost energy levels and encourage conversation, two classrooms brim with colorful works by local artists. The studio offers childcare during several weekday-morning classes, which helps students to build strength and stamina, not mouthwatering Play-Doh hamburgers.
Colorful art masterpieces brighten the walls of The Funky Door Bistro & Wine Room as diners enjoy a vast selection of wines by the glass and dip french-bread croutons into pots of rich cheese fondue. Other French-influenced entrees emerge from the kitchen in the form of seared shrimp wrapped in prosciutto, filet mignon au Povaire, and gourmet Kobe beef burgers served in berets. Guests can pair meals with their choice from 48 international wines stored in a self-serve Enomatics unit. This Italian-made technology stores a variety of bottles that can be dispensed in 1.5-, 3-, or 6-ounce pours at the perfect temperature through the use of a microchip card. The eatery's marble-topped bar stretches across an exposed-brick wall beneath sparkling glass light fixtures, which cast rays across vibrant blooms and linens tinted black and white like an old-timey TV broadcast.