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Thursday, December 3, 2015

A Front-Row Seat to the Extraordinary

Living at Museum Tower, opportunities abound to embrace the holiday season to the fullest. From holiday extravaganzas to art exhibitions and concerts, the best experiences are always happening just steps away from your high-rise home.
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Dreaming of a Delightful December 
It's the start of a captivating season ahead. Whether you are entertaining family or friends, discover arts & culture events, soirees or live performances to enjoy all month long. Go ahead and fill your December with some holiday spirit! There's no shortage of excitement in Dallas, and living at Museum Tower, you're in the heart of it all.

Live Performances and Entertainment
American Airlines Center
106.1 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2015, presented by Capital One, will feature a star-studded lineup, including One Direction, Calvin Harris, Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ellie Goulding, Zedd, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, and DNCE.

Threesixty Theatre at the Spire
This spectacular innovative live stage production of Peter Pan in the Threesixty Theatre – a state of the art 100-foot high structure that is a luxurious climate-controlled, world-class theatre-tent – takes you to Neverland in a whole new way. Combining intimate theater-in-the-round, overhead surround CGI projection, and actors in dazzling flying sequences forty feet in the air, Peter Pan 360 brings J.M. Barrie’s classic tale to fantastical life.

American Airlines Center
Muse returns to Dallas in support of their album Drones, joined by opening act Phantogram. The Drones tour has been described as “visually stunning” and an “audio/visual sensory experience.”

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
Home to the world premiere of Clarkston, the Wyly Theatre will transform the intimate Studio Theatre into Costco—the heart of the New American West.  “Steps away from the Lewis and Clark trail, the lives of a fledgling writer and a descendant of William Clark intersect as they stock televisions and cheese puffs.  In a story leavened with humor and compassion, these two young men move toward an uncertain and unpredictable future, realizing that sometimes the most important journey you can take is the one between two people.” Commited to drawing the nation’s most exciting writers to Dallas, Clarkston brings in one of the most provocative new voices in American Theater, 2014 MacArthur Foundation fellow, Samuel D. Hunter.

The Majestic Theatre
The most loved holiday classic soars off the screen and onto the stage at The Majestic Theatre for the third consecutive year. RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL is an adventure in itself, teaching a valued lesson that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, all come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL.

Caruth Auditorium
Considered one of the composer’s most gentle and poetic, yet complex, concertos, in which the piano and the orchestra seem to converse through multiple musical themes, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 (1806) will fill the air of Caruth Auditorium.
Internationally renowned Professor of Piano and Joel Estes Tate Chair Joaquín Achúcarro will be guest soloist to the Meadows Symphony Orchestra. The program also features Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, a monumental and compelling work of lyrical beauty; premiered in 1885, it was the composer’s final symphony.

DECEMBER 4-12 (select dates)
Winspear Opera House
The worlds premiere of Becoming Santa Claus graces the Winspear Opera House this December. “In an Elven kingdom in the Far, Far North, Prince Claus will celebrate his 13th birthday with the party to end all parties; however, a bright star has signaled a momentous birth. Claus decides to dazzle this newborn with an assortment of the very latest toys before discovering that love is the most treasured gift of all. A witty, wise and wonderful addition to your holidays!”

AT&T Performing Arts Center
Illuminated with dazzling LED lights to celebrate the holiday season, the AT&T Performing Arts Center campus will hold a fireworks show and photos with Santa Claus, all part of this year’s Reliant Lights Your Holidays. This free festival includes a holiday concert featuring live performances by The Polyphonic Spree, Bubba Hernandez y los Super Vatos, and cast members of the national tour of Jersey Boys.

Downtown Dallas
Dashing through the snow – ahem, marching through the streets – of Downtown Dallas to ring in the holiday season, the 28th Annual Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade draws in a spectacular crowd of 400,000 each year. A beloved tradition in Dallas, this year’s parade will feature spirited marching bands, famous characters, magical holiday floats, larger-than-life balloons and much more.

Winspear Opera House
AT&T Performing Arts Center presents Evgeny Kissin – An Evening of Jewish Music and Poetry as part of The Classical Criterion 2015/2016 season. “Kissin’s musicality, the depth and poetic quality of his interpretations, and his extraordinary virtuosity have earned him the veneration and admiration deserved only by one of the most gifted classical pianists of his generation and, arguably, generations past. He is in demand the world over, and has appeared with many of the world’s great conductors and all the great orchestras of the world.”

Dallas City Performance Hall
Experience a full-length holiday spectacular with the dancing of Avant Chamber Ballet, carols by Bishop Arts Brass and Tchaikovsky's classic Nutcracker, as Avant Chamber Ballet presents Holiday Celebration at Dallas City Performance Hall!

Winspear Opera House
Shakespeare Dallas and AT&T Performing Arts Center are dedicated to presenting staged readings of Shakespear’s remarkable works over five years. The 26th in the series, Narrative Poems, is a dramatic performance of Shakespeare’s two major narrative poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape Of Lucrece. Believed to have been written while London theaters were closed due to the plague and among the first works by Shakespeare ever published, these rarely performed poems based on works by Ovid and focused on eroticism and matters of the heart explore the guilt and moral confusion created by uncontrolled lust.

Winspear Opera House
The highest grossing Broadway engagement in the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s history, Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons makes its much-anticipated return to Dallas. Jersey Boys is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award®, the 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia). The award-winning hit musical is the true story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time who wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were 30.

American Airlines Center
The 2015 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour will feature the live debut of The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve. Ticketholders receive an exciting surprise – a digital download of their newest full-length album, Letters From the Labyrinth.

American Airlines Center
In support of his new album, Stages, crooner Josh Groban takes the stage at the American Airlines Center. Fans eagerly await his melodies as the show was postponed from October 25th, due to illness. All tickets will be honored on the new date.

Meyerson Symphony Center
Join the Dallas Symphony for this annual concert of your favorite Strauss waltzes and Viennese-inspired revelry. Ring in the New Year in the opulence of the Meyerson and enjoy a free champagne toast at intermission!

Exhibitions and Happenings

Crow Collection of Asian Art
The Crow Collection of Asian Art presents Asian Art 101, a series of monthly lectures offering an introductory look at the arts and cultures of India, China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas. Asian Art 101 lectures take place on Thursdays; immediately following the lecture, an optional participatory gallery discussion will be offered to guests from 8-8:30 pm. The series, spanning from September to August, offers new perspectives on Asia and the works of art on view at the Crow Collection. The course, which may be taken as 12 classes or a la carte, will touch on Contemporary Asian Art, Folk Arts of Asia, and art in the religious traditions of Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism, Islam, and Hinduism

PDNB Gallery presents the first exhibition of photographs by Fort Worth photographer, Jeremy Enlow, from his inaugural book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch.
As decision looming on the inevitable sale of the legendary 510,572-acre Waggoner Ranch in Northwest Texas, this young Texas photographer sought exclusive access to the Cow Camp operation behind the prestigious reversed triple D brand of the Waggoner Ranch, the largest ranch in the United States under one contiguous fence. Enlow’s coffee book gives a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the hardworking Waggoner Cowboys, bringing an element of reality to the forefront, debunking the mythological folk hero symbol of the American West.

Seven For Parties
Created by employees of Fossil Group, Works of HeART is a unique art exhibition and silent auction showcasing original artworks - paintings, drawings, jewelry and more – that benefits education non-profit Big Thought. Fossil Group has supported Big Thought since 2011 by hosting the annual art auction and fundraiser. Big Thought's programs put imagination at the forefront of education, making it an organization near and dear to Fossil Group's heart.

Crow Collection of Asian Art
Enjoy a day filled with animals and art as you wander through the galleries and the sculpture garden to see the animals of Asia that live in and around the museum, including two pairs of lions and Pondicherry elephant. Then experience animal yoga, animal face painting, and many other fur-ociously fun activities at the Crow Collection.

Highland Park Village
Highland Park Village presents a holiday event for the whole family with A Village Holiday. Highland Park Village is spreading holiday cheer and inviting the community to kick-off the most wonderful time of the year with Santa and Mrs. Claus, hosting family-friendly festivities including cherished photos with Santa, face painting, balloon artists and special sips and bites.

Dallas Design District
Showrooms and neighboring businesses in the Design District will host a family-friendly outdoor market with local flavor and unique homegrown and handmade local wares. Find holiday gifts while enjoying the smells and tastes of the holidays, and bring all the kiddos for photos with Santa Claus and shopping at a poinsettia pantry. All proceeds from the inaugural event will benefit Vogel Alcove, a Dallas charity serving homeless children.

Sixty Five Hundred
The ultimate holiday shopping experience, CultureMap’s Holiday Pop-Up is a unique unique gift market featuring the very best and most beloved local boutiques, gourmet edibles, and home decor shops. Enjoy festive food, cocktails, crafting stations, carolers, photos with Santa, and more as you browse Dallas’ best local flair, all in one place. 

Lab Art Texas
Visual artist Preston Pannek presents a new body of work in the form of nearly 50 paintings, ranging from small scale to larger-than-life unified pieces. This exciting one-night pop-up exhibit will feature paintings of all sizes on canvas using a mixture of spray paint, latex, acrylic, oil and enamel paint and texturized mud. Inspired heavily by the abstract impressionist movement and pop art while creating this body of work, Pannek is a musician turned artist. DJ Sergio Zuniga will be spinning throughout the evening during a live set that Zuniga has created especially for this show as guests enjoy refreshments provided by Deep Eddy Vodka and Topo Chico.

The Magnolia Theatre
Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of MASS Design Group, Alan Ricks is an impact-driven architecture and design firm focused on community design for underserved populations around the world. Using design to advance a more equitable world MASS centers its projects on research, policy, education, and strategic planning that provide infrastructure, buildings, and the human and physical systems necessary for growth, dignity, and well-being. Among MASS Design’s major initiatives are the Center for Global Health in Uganda, medical centers for treatment of cholera and TB in Haiti, and the Africa Center for Peace in Rwanda.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Cookies & Castles benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital’s prosthetics department and the Tri Delta Foundation’s Crescent Fund. Families and children can take part in decorating beautiful gingerbread houses and gingerbread men in a candy wonderland during the gingerbread extravaganza as Santa drops by for a visit.

Hilton Anatole
The 2015 Generational Equity Dallas Jingle Bell Run, benefiting Trinity Strand Trail and the Mavs Foundation, includes a festive post-race party of fun, food and merriment. The 1-mile fun run will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the 5K race at 7:00 p.m.

Food Frenzies

Lark on the Park
The renowned winery teams up with Lark on the Park to bring a spirited wine dinner paired with award-winning food on the edge of Klyde Warren Park.

The Crescent Club
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with family and friends in an elegant, inviting atmosphere offering the most exquisite view in Dallas. Christmas Eve at The Crescent Club features seafood, Rockefeller oysters, antipasto, salad, pasta, carved meats and extravagant desserts. Live music from a pianist and acoustic guitar will enhance the holiday cheer! Santa Claus will make a special appearance, complete with photo opportunities, and will lead Christmas story time. Children will receive a magical Sleigh Bell courtesy of Santa Claus.

Celebrate Christmas Eve at Fearing’s with a holiday inspired à la carte lunch from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm as well as a seasonal three-course dinner from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Known for his elevated American cuisine, Chef Dean Fearing’s Christmas menu is sure to be sumptuous.

Family Fun

NorthPark Center
Shoppers of all ages delight in this NorthPark tradition marking the start of the holiday season! The most elaborate toy train exhibit in Texas, featuring 1,600 feet of track, celebrates its 28th anniversary and 17th year at NorthPark Center.
Winspear Opera House
Written at age 12, Bastien and Bastienne is one of Mozart’s earliest works, a comedic one-act opera that tells a tale of a young shepherdess, Bastienne, and her boyfriend Bastien. Bastienne believes her beau has fallen in love with a wealthy girl from the big city. Distressed about her plight, she runs into Colas, the town "magician," who has a few ideas of his own on how to reunite the young couple. Experience Bastien and Bastienne with the inspired young ones in your life.

All December
George W. Bush Presidential Center
A Season of Stories: Christmas at the White House 2003, is the third special exhibit in an annual series, which follows chronologically each year giving visitors a glimpse of original White House decorations and behind-the-scenes photographs and video from the Archives of the Bush Administration.

Dallas Contemporary
This season’s exhibits feature artists Bani Abidi, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Adriana Varejao, Synchrodogs and Jason Willaford, showing now through the end of the year.

Crow Collection of Asian Art
This exhibition examines works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection that present artistic imagery and auspicious symbolism as design elements embedded within sculptural objects with a functional purpose. These vases, chests, and objects d’art are imbued with symbols and beliefs of the cultures in which they were created. The artistic mastery with which they were crafted in lacquer, cloisonné, ceramics, and metal elevates these objects to a level of fine art, at once excessively superfluous and profoundly symbolic of enduring cultural values in East Asia.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Illuminating the mesmerizing world of plants and animals that glow from the deepest parts of the ocean and beyond, this exhibit will move guests through a series of re-created environments to explore bioluminescence – the production and emission of light by extraordinary organisms.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Dallas’ newest holiday tradition at The Arboretum features the return of the magnificent12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit and The Artistry of the Nativity at the DeGolyer House. Twelve elaborate 25-foot-tall Victorian gazebos encased in glass are filled with the charming costumed characters, whimsical animals and winter scenes made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. New this year is half a million dazzling lights scattered throughout the garden and sweeping landscape.

Major Sporting Events

DECEMBER 4, 9, 12, 14, 18, 16, 18, 30
American Airlines Center
Midway through basketball season, the Dallas Mavericks are calling all basketball fans to the arena for some enthusiasm to reach another six-game winning streak. With vibrant young player JaVale McGee backfrom injury, the Mavericks take on a slew of teams with games scattered throughout December.

AT&T Stadium
After a classic Thanksgiving game at home, the Dallas Cowboys – and Tony Romo – have one home game this December against the Jets.

DECEMBER 8, 11, 15, 17, 19, 22, 27, 31
American Airlines Center
A series of home games, including a traditional New Year’s game, make the Dallas Stars your go-to winter sporting team to watch! Led by the modest, record-breaking captain Jamie Benn, the Stars head into December with the hopes of continuing to lead the central division.