15. Everything is bigger in Texas, and the Dallas art district is no exception. Billed as ”the largest urban arts district in the United States,” the 19-block area gets bigger when the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts (http://www.dallasperformingarts.org/) opens Oct. 12. The gleaming center includes the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater, a floating cubelike structure designed by Rem Koolhaas that will be home to the Dallas Black Dance Theater and others. Next door is the 2,200-seat Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. Designed by Norman Foster, the glass box features a red, tubelike core where the Dallas Opera will perform. Orchestrating the move is George Steel, a Leonard Bernstein protégé who will serve as the opera’s new executive director.
More on the Dallas Arts District later.