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.
Premier Sportsplex is a one-stop shop for your inner athlete. Guests can swing at a few balls at the batting cages or driving range, play basketball or racquetball, and re-enact their favorite Spider-Man moves on the climbing wall. More personalized attention is found during fitness classes and personal-training sessions. In addition to 5,000 square feet of free weights and a circuit training area, the gym also makes room for a women’s only space and a separate fitness program for kids.
Every year, the museum inducts former college players and coaches into its pantheon of stellar veterans of the sport, including luminaries who went on to acclaimed professional careers such as Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, and Jim Abbott. The 2011 inductees, chosen by a committee of baseball experts who all claim to have invented the curve ball, include Terry Francona, a Golden Spikes award winner at Arizona and current general manager of the Boston Red Sox, and Dick Groat, former Duke shortstop, MVP of National League, and member of the 1960 world-champion Pittsburgh Pirates.
Part color-powder fight and part animal-themed 5K, the Jungle Fever 5K Colorful Run For Your Life Series brings runners of all ages together for a morning of relaxed and fun racing. Volunteer "animals" surprise runners with splashes of color as they leisurely make their way through an untimed 5K race. Outlandish outfits are encouraged—either wild animal-themed outfits or all-white clothing. The whole affair ends in a colorful splash as runners lob handfuls of colored powder at one another in a color fight.
US Open champ Mike Scroggins gazed anxiously at the fallen pin as it rolled slowly across the waxed wood, inching its way toward the frame's only survivor, the seven pin. Finally, the rolling pin tapped the seven, which wobbled to one side, then the other—and finally teetered over, giving Scroggins a strike and clearing the way for him to win his 45th career PBA victory.
The chronicler of this triumph was the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, and the site of it was South Plains Lanes. For nearly two decades, the alley's 40 polished lanes have set the stage for dramatic showdowns such as that one. It is little wonder then that bowlers would be tempted to vie for strikes until three in the morning on weekends, when the lanes are briefly used as shortcuts for trucking routes. Automatic scoring tracks the competition, and a snack bar fuels the bowlers. Between games, bowlers can fling darts or head to the billiards tables.
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. Classes such as Shred and Tabata incorporate high-intensity interval training, pairing bursts of cardio and strength training with brief rest periods to boost the metabolism. To chisel abs and bolster lower backs, Pilates-style isometrics complements the jabs and hooks of Piloxing and the gentle tai-chi moves of Yoga Flow. 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.
GolfTEC is staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of golfing robotics. Motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor your swing and break down your form on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC’s specialists point out your flaws, strengths, and coach you on how to permanently improve your game, from tee to green. Sensors chirp with approval when you’ve executed a perfect stroke or cracked an especially witty golfing joke.