An organization that has been shaping boys' lives for more than a century deserves a place to preserve its rich history. The National Scouting Museum does just that, tracing the Boy Scouts from its beginnings in 1910 through today.
Size: The 50,000-square-foot space houses approximately 600,000 artifacts, including items from each National Jamboree and decades' worth of uniforms.
Eye Catcher: The Campground Scoutcraft area allows guests to compare replicas of campsites from the 1900s, the 1950s, and today as they learn outdoor skills such as tying knots and identifying animal tracks.
Permanent Mainstay: The Norman Rockwell Art Gallery, the largest such collection of the renowned Americana artist's Scout-centric artwork.
Don't Miss: The first Eagle medal ever awarded, given to Arthur Eldred in 1911, along with his merit badges and neckerchief.
Hands-On Exhibit: Join the pinewood derby at Cub Scout Adventure World, go spelunking in an indoor cave, or practice marksmanship skills in a laser shooting gallery.
Pro Tip: Download audio files from the museum's website to your phone, and you'll have your own personal guide to the Norman Rockwell exhibit.
Special Programs: Scouts can earn merit badges in museum workshops based on topics such as sustainability, cooking, and oceanography.
Leave Your Mark: Current and former Scouts can share their stories for inclusion in the museum's oral history program.
Authentic Belly Dancing Entertainment & Academy's staff of professional dancers pop up around Dallas, shimmering across the stages of restaurants, dazzling guests at private parties, and stealing the stony hearts of competition judges. During their weekend performances and special events, solitary dancers, partners, trios, and troupes perform traditional and Egyptian belly dance movements. They spice up routines with swords, candles, and fire while astounding audiences by manipulating their stomach muscles to pour shots or stop errant cannon balls.
Back at their headquarters on the hardwood studio floors of Dana's Dance Academy, the professional swirlers impart their art to aspiring dancers in beginner and advanced belly-dancing classes throughout the week. A social and enjoyable form of aerobic exercise—unlike sleep dancing, which is essentially solitary—the classes also aim to boost students' confidence, grace, and poise.
Academy students can take their skills to the public stage by performing at Harem Nites at Stratnos Greek Tavern, where, on the first Thursday of every month, professionals and first-timers alike dance together in front of a live audience of spectators, friends, and family.
Keeping the sweet strains of the classical tradition floating through Irving and north Texas, the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving presents yearly cycles of thoughtfully programmed concerts that mix blockbuster standbys and little-known gems from throughout the centuries. The orchestra has entrusted its baton to Dr. Sergio Espinosa, the head of the UT Arlington string program. In addition to his Texas positions, Espinosa has honed his baton-waving skills throughout the world, conducting orchestras in Colombia, Switzerland, and Rome.
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Though each work at the Museum of Biblical Art explores themes or depicts scenes from the Bible, the museum’s mission is to provide invaluable insight into centuries’ worth of art history as guests of all backgrounds and denominations learn about art’s portrayal of Western culture. More than 11 galleries and permanent exhibits, including Mysteries, Signs and Wonders: The Art of Barbara Hines, fill the museum’s 30,000 square feet of space, beckoning visitors to interpret installations ranging from paintings and sculptures to rare books and lithograph, with notable artists including Andy Warhol, Marc Chagall, Michelangelo, and John Singer Sargent. In addition to The National Center for Jewish Art, an on-site conservation lab, pilgrimage attractions, and watercolors of archaeological holy sites, the MBA also festoons its walls with works by African-American and Hispanic artists that analyze the same biblical themes, albeit from a different cultural perspective.
One of the museum’s permanent fixtures is a life-size bronze casting of Michelangelo’s Pietà, which was authorized by the Vatican and created by a Florentine foundry that practices the same wax-casting technique formerly used by Renaissance artists. Additionally, lithographs by Marc Chagall depict his interpretations of themes in the Old Testament, and line the colonnade leading from the Via Dolorosa Sculpture Garden to the gallery of contemporary art by supercomputers that needed to express themselves. Special exhibitions engage topics as colorful and varied as the art itself, from aging and the creative process to the evolution of the modern Biblical text, featuring artists like Vladimir Gorsky, Charles Sorlier, Marc Chagall, and Henrietta Milan.