Starplex Cinemas Forney Stadium 12 adds a little extra shine to every screening with modern technology and screening rooms. Viewers are thrust right into the action of the film by 3-D projectors. Plush chairs—stacked stadium style—envelope audience members in comfort while also providing them with the unobstructed sightline required to see every production assistant’s name in the credits. Other welcome amenities include wall-to-wall screens, digital surround sound and projectors, and a concession stand that serves the theater’s signature $1 hot dogs.
Dance & Arts Connection owner Vicky Clark-Staton doesn’t just want her students to master the proper techniques and steps of ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and the other styles taught at her studio. She strives to motivate her students to unlock a passion for movement, developing their own personal style and cultivating friendships along the way, as she did throughout more than 25 years of dance experience. When they’re not teaching kids to tap or leading patrons of all ages in cardio dance-fitness workouts, the instructors coach competitive dance companies. Their creative choreography and the dancers’ razor-sharp moves strike awe in audiences, judges, and even the most flexible golden figurines atop trophies.
A zapping haven with historical awareness, the Shenaniganz laser tag arena pits up to 24 players against one another in the gloomy haze and vibrant lighting of a 12th-century Cambodian temple. Players can repurpose ancient temple ruins as opaque bunkers and unload some light on unsuspecting opponents. Safe and well maintained, the laser tag arena warms up trigger fingers for joysticked, button-mashing mayhem in the 7,000-square-foot arcade. Stocked with more than 100 games, the arcade zone is a sanctuary for prize-seeking ticket hoarders and friendly competitors alike. With $35 worth of credits, players might be able to swap jackpots for prizes ranging from candy to a life-sized portrait of Macaulay Culkin. While children go wild in the arcade, parents can relax at the on-site sports bar, with more than 40 flat-screen TVs and two 25-foot hi-definition movie screens. Shenaniganz also has a restaurant and state-of-the-art bowling center. No reservations are required for laser tag, though players can always phone ahead to ensure there's no private party or toddler rave occupying the arena.
Located on Main Street of Grapevine, Texas, D'Vine Wine treats visitors to countless varieties of wine paired with savory cheese and charcuterie plates. In the tasting and dining area, honeycombed wine racks and wooden barrels line the earth-toned walls, allowing visitors to imagine they've been swept away to the rustic cottage of a Tuscan vintner or the panic room of a billionaire. Guests sip house-made sauvignon blanc, malbec, and fruit-infused wine, while customers consult with sommeliers to custom-make a batch of their own wine, replete with one-of-a-kind labels.
The GSO is Garland's only fully-professional arts organization. Founded in 1978, the GSO features a roster of musicians from 17 different countries. The 2010-11 Season is "A Symphony for All Seasons," featuring pieces from Vivaldi, Strauss, Mozart and others.
Backdoor Comedy made its way into the Dallas comedy scene in a manner as modest and circuitous as its name might suggest. Before it reached its current intimate space downtown in the Doubletree Hotel, owners (and comics themselves) Jan Norton and Linda Stogner put together showcases in no fewer than nine other locations, including a deli, a bowling alley, and a feed store. Today, weekends see a large rotating cast of regulars and occasional drop-ins by celebrity guests who have included David Spade and Kathleen Madigan.