A celebration of life in the heart of Dallas

Monday, January 4, 2016

A Front-Row Seat to the Extraordinary

Living at Museum Tower, opportunities abound to embrace the New Year 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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Live Performances and Entertainment

Winspear Opera House
Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts is the world's premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Now you can. Shen Yun invites you to experience this divine culture of the Middle Kingdom. Shen Yun brings the profound spirit of this lost civilization to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Every dance movement, every musical note, makes this a stunning visual and emotional experience you won’t find anywhere else. See for yourself why this performance is leaving millions around the world in awe.

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.

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.

Meyerson Symphony Center                                                                                       
Start your New Year with this smash hit! Contortionists, jugglers, aerialists and strongmen perform alongside, above and around the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Karina Canellakis conducts, dazzling the eye and the ear, their feats will leave you breathless! Acrobats literally drop into the Meyerson the Dallas Symphony are joined by Cirque de la Symphonie.

Meyerson Symphony Center
Make your music lover’s holiday more meaningful with the first new choral festival in Texas since 1999. The Dallas Choral Festival will be bringing together 100 professional singers for a rare performance of a large scale Sacred Masterwork with a professional orchestra, highlighting Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and conducted by artistic director Greg Hobbs.

JANUARY 14-16 
Meyerson Symphony Center
Based on a 16th century hymn, Fantasia is treasured for its extraordinary beauty and haunting romanticism. Also, Concertmaster Alexander Kerr performs the mesmerizing Walton Violin Concerto. Donald Runnicles conducts and Alexander Kerr will be playing violin.

Dallas City Performance Hall
Uptown Players and the Turtle Creek Chorale will collaborate again to present a concert version of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, with a combined cast of more than 100 actors, singers, and members of the TCC. Aida is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love. An enslaved Nubian princess, Aida, finds her heart entangled with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh's daughter, Amneris. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility she faces as leader of her people.

Hamon Hall
Shakespeare’s comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves. Filled with some of the finest comedic scenes in the English language, this entertaining masterpiece remains one of Shakespeare’s most popular and most performed comedies.

Winspear Opera House
Named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch, in just three short years BODYTRAFFIC has skyrocketed to international acclaim. Virtuosic, stylized, confident, with a diverse repertoire of some of the world’s most sought- after choreographers, this company has taken its place on the international touring scene. Choreographers include Hofesh Shechter, Sidra Bell, Andrea Miller, Richard Siegal and Stijn Celis, BODYTRAFFIC is now touring the world to rave reviews. Their debut performance in Dallas will be surprising, refreshing and unforgettable.

Kalita Humphrey’s Theater
From Joel Ferrell, the director behind DTC’s 2014 blockbuster hit The Rocky Horror Show, Romeo and Juliet bursts breathlessly to life as the Bard’s immortal tale of impetuous young lovers and the senseless hatred that poisons their hope asks the question: can any generation escape the sins of the fathers? This sleek, sexy new production immerses you in the emotional chaos of two innocent teens fighting desperately to choose their own destiny.

Winspear Opera House
If/Then is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today – and all the possibilities of tomorrow. With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, this “fascinating, ambitious, and original new musical (New York Post)” simultaneously follows one woman’s two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.

Dallas City Performance Hall
Jobrani makes a return visit to the Council and Dallas City Performance Hall to discuss his life and his biography, titled I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV: Memoirs of a Middle Eastern Funny Man. The book goes beyond the life of a comedian, however. A review in The New York Times said Jobrani's biography’ ‘has plenty to say about matters of race, assimilation, life in America for brown-skinned people before and after 9/11, and making it in big, dumb, fizzy, sometimes beautiful America. ‘The publisher describes the biography as ''a hilarious and moving memoir of growing up Iranian in America, and the quest to make it in Hollywood without having to wear a turban, tote a bomb or get kicked in the face by Chuck Norris.'' (Longtime martial arts specialist Norris, as many Council members may recall, filmed his hit TV show Walker: Texas Ranger in Dallas from 1993 to 2001.)

JANUARY 29- 31
Meyerson Symphony Center
Mozart's delightfully zany overture for The Magic Flute, along with the Labèque sisters performing Poulenc's impassioned Concerto for Two Pianos and a world premiere from Jeremy Gill.

Exhibitions and Happenings

Dallas Museum of Art
International Pop, organized by the Walker Art Center, chronicles the global emergence of Pop in the 1960s and early 1970s. While previous exhibitions and prevailing scholarship have primarily focused on the dominance of Pop activity in New York and London during this time, this exhibition examines work from artists across the globe who were confronting many of the same radical developments, laying the foundation of the emergence of an art form that embraced figuration, media strategies, and mechanical processes with a new spirit of urgency and/or exuberance. This groundbreaking exhibition follows the trajectories of Pop and its critical points of contact with global developments in art.

Dallas Museum of Art
Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots offers critical new scholarship on this understudied yet pivotal period in the artist’s career and provides radical new insights into Pollock’s practice. These works will serve to contextualize the radical departure represented by the black paintings, a series of black enamel paintings that Pollock created between 1951 and 1953. An unprecedented 31 black paintings will be included in the DMA presentation. Exhibiting works from the height of the artist’s celebrity set against his lesser known paintings will offer the opportunity to appreciate Pollock’s broader ambitions as an artist, and to better understand the importance of the “blind spots” in his practice.

Nasher Sculpture Center
The work of Alex Israel deals in the images and cultural eccentricities of his native Los Angeles.  For his Sightings exhibition at the Nasher, Israel will combine his new sculptural objects made in the vernacular of Hollywood movies to make a quasi-narrative installation related to a film that Israel will soon release.

Kettle Art Gallery
Kettle Art is a gallery space located in the heart of Deep Ellum, a hotbed of Dallas art and music for decades past. Run by artists, for artists, the Kettle is committed to providing a venue for local and emerging artists to show their work. Nothing brings people together like attending school together. It's either the best days of your life, or a shared suffering. But if it's what brought you to a lifelong love of artmaking, we're guessing it's somewhere closer to the former. This weekend, see the work of alumni from the Cambridge School of Dallas at Kettle Art Gallery. The work of 10 artists will hang on the walls, revealing similarities brought out by the school, or divergences. The opening reception will take place from 7-10 p.m. Saturday.

Galleria Dallas
In celebration of the last season of NPR’s popular series Downton Abbey, Galleria Dallas will host Decadence: Fashion from the 1920s, a fashion exhibit celebrating the beauty and elegance of the 1920s in a special display from January 22 through February 28, 2016.Presented by Galleria Dallas, curated by Ken Weber of Vintage Martini and featuring pieces from the Susan Denn and Robert Schmidt Collection and The Texas Collection of UNT College of Visual Arts and Design, Decadence will showcase the allure of the 1920s in fashion and accessories. It will give resurgences of 1920s-inspired silhouettes featuring rare pieces from French, Spanish and Italian couturiers including Madeleine Vionnet, Mariano Fortuny, Maria Monaco Gallenga and Lucien Leglong.

Sixty Five Hundred
The Birthday Party Project is a non-profit organization that brings joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays. With the help of volunteers, they create meaningful moments by hosting monthly birthday parties at local homeless and transitional living facilities. Their monthly themed parties are filled with decorations, energizing activities, cupcakes and fun for the children staying at the shelter. A special cake and gift is given to the children celebrating a birthday that month.

Family Fun

Fair Park
A new exciting event is coming New Year’s Day 2016. Day 1 Dallas is a family fair specifically designed for children and families to celebrate New Year’s Day together. This kid-friendly celebration will feature interactive activities, performances by nationally known entertainers, a spectacular fireworks show and your favorite carnival food. Come out and play on New Year’s Day at historic Fair Park.

Galleria Dallas
Experience the best of Dallas during the holidays on a miniature scale with DALLAS CITYSCAPE, a toy building block display at Galleria Dallas.  See iconic Dallas buildings and landmarks made completely from toy building blocks while benefiting Education Open Doors, a rapidly scaling program that trains middle school teachers to educate their students on the importance of a college education.

January 1-3
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.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science                                                                          
How can there be light even in the dark of the night and the depths of the ocean? Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence explores the natural phenomenon of ‘living light’ with a vast array of organisms, from the flickering fireflies in your backyard to the deep-sea fishes in our oceans’ darkest depths. The ability to generate light is rare among plants and animals that live on land. However, up to 90 percent of animals at depths below 2,300 feet provide the only source of light for the largest habitable space on Earth, the ocean.

Major Sporting Events

JANUARY 1, 2, 5, 12, 18, 20, 22, 29, 31
American Airlines Center
After welcoming two teams from the Eastern Conference to town to begin their three-game home stand and reeling off three straight wins overall, the Dallas Mavericks will face a far more daunting task starting Wednesday night.

AT&T Stadium
The Redskins close the season against the Dallas Cowboys.

JANUARY 7, 9, 21, 23, 25
American Airlines Center 
The Dallas Stars have once again made the NHL power rankings. As a Top 10 team in the league, you’re going to want to watch out for the Dallas Stars. Led by the modest, record-breaking captain Jamie Benn, the Stars head into January with the hopes of continuing to lead the central division. Let’s get ready for 2016 with a series of home games, including a traditional New Year’s game, make the Dallas Stars your go-to winter sporting team to watch!