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The First Presbyterian Church of Dallas in Dallas' Historic District was founded in 1856 and has been through many incarnations. This church has been a mother church, spawning many of Dallas' other Presbyterian churches throughout the years. The Greek Revival style of the church features monolithic Corinthian columns which were shipped individually on their own flatcars from Indiana.
Founded in 1979, this nonprofit organization was formerly known as the Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters. Today it gives Dallas a variety of cultural offerings and is the best attended of Dallas' African-American theaters. Most of the performances are touring shows on the national Black Theater Circuit. An annual tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. features local gospel choirs, international drum and dance by the KanKouran West African Dance company, poetry, art, and many film screenings. Offices and performance space are located inside the Dallas Convention Center complex. Cost varies per type of production.
A multifaceted facility, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center is among the premier convention centers in not only the city but also the nation. Formerly the Dallas Convention Center, it is also one of the top sporting and entertainment venues in town. This massive complex includes the Pioneer Cemetery and Pioneer Plaza. The striking edifice has lobbies and foyers adorned with sculptural art pieces chronicling Dallas' history. It was the first ever convention center in the globe to offer WiFi services. It also boasts to have the biggest helipad in the world on its roof. Musicals and other notable performances are held at the theater while the arena is a great place for not only sports but also rallies, concerts and conventions.
The Dallas Convention Center is a multi-purpose complex with loads of activities happening in the various locations. The Black Academy of Arts and Letters located within, is a center for performing arts which houses the Clarence Muse Cafe Theater. This is an intimate 225-seat facility which is one of the many spaces in the academy ideal for theatrical performances and even musical concerts. Its excellent acoustics and small area make it ideal for small shows especially avantgarde performances.
Theater and culture go hand in hand and who can prove it better than Bruton Theatre? Formerly known as Dallas Convention Center Theatre, there are innumerable performing arts, dance, music and audio visual events taking place all year round. It holds the theatrical productions for the Black Academy of Arts & Letters. A few of the events that are lined up are a special tribute to Richard Roundtree by Samuel L. Jackson, Sheila Frazier and Sidney Poitier, Sydelle Richard's Family Man and the Wonderful One Concert.