For the most part, figure skating has received a raw deal over the years, often being either parodied (Blades of Glory anyone?) or entirely ignored as a professional sport. Yet it seems that every four years as the Winter Olympics rolls back around, America rallies behind the skaters representing the red, white and blue, and over the last decade, some of those athletes have been responsible for some of the most unforgettable sports memories in American history. In conjunction with the 50-year anniversary of one of the most tragic of these moments--the plane crash that killed the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team headed for the World Championships in Prague--Lookalike Productions presents RISE, a film that documents the lauded history of figure skating and its place in American sports. The film features US figure skating legends Dorothy Hamill, Peggy Fleming, Brian Boitano, Scott Hamilton and Michelle Kwan, and promises to be a great testament to the sport and a poignant memorial to the lives lost some 50 years ago. RISE shows in a special one night engagement 7 p.m. Thursday at the AMC Theater at NorthPark, The Legacy Cinemark 24, and various other metroplex theaters. Visit rise1961.com for tickets and info.
Thu., Feb. 17, 7 p.m., 2011