The only things gravity-defying about a normal Dallas yoga class are the perky, silicone-enhanced breasts of its participants. That's different for Tripsichore Yoga Theatre. How different? We can't speak for the performance troupe's members' bodies, but their shows are gravity-defying, with pointed toes, bent legs, curved arms and other lean but muscular appendages going in impossible directions in smooth movements. "Doing yoga" isn't the goal for this London company; yoga is the medium of their art. Their shows make yoga into dance and sculpture with poses moving into poses as bodies twist and snake around each other, members balancing on one another seemingly precariously--all while looking tranquil and meditative. Tripsichore returns to Dallas with a new show, Causing Ripples, at noon Friday at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. (tickets are $15), and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St. (tickets are $25). They will also host a master class from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Dallas Yoga Center, 4525 Lemmon Ave. (tickets are $45). For reservations to the shows or class, call the Dallas Yoga Center at 214-443-9642 or visit www.dallasyogacenter.com. --Shannon Sutlief
Bumper to Bumper
As you sit nestled inside the hushed womb of yet another hopelessly unattainable exotic sports coupe, you can't help but smile. There's the smell of those leather seats, the smooth feel of the polished wood grain gearshift and the imaginary purr of that V-12 engine as you mentally cruise Preston Road looking thinner, younger and, damn it, hotter than ever before. Of course, then the passenger door opens and some bubble gum-cracking kid with action figures climbs in to kill your buzz. Such is the agony and the ecstasy of the Dallas Auto Show--the largest five-day auto show in the nation--held inside the Dallas Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St. Come peruse (or salivate over) 650,000 square feet of new and concept-only cars, trucks and SUVs in all their climate-controlled glory. This year finds us stoked for sneak peeks of future Cadillac, Saab, Chevy and Hummer models. We also get to mount (and, yes, we mean mount) the latest Ford F-150/F-250 Harley Davidson-edition super trucks. Expect local color in the form of classic-car exhibits from the Lone Star Corvette Club, the North Texas Mustang Club and the Early V8s. And don't worry--for the less-than-auto-enthused, there's still plenty of games, giveaways and contests. We'll meet you at the freebie table later. The 2005 Dallas Auto Show is daily through April 17. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors. Children under 12 are admitted for free. Visit www.dallasautoshow.org. --Christopher Wynn
Start Your Engines
Some of the biggest names in NASCAR will be repeatedly turning left at the Texas Motor Speedway, Interstate 35W at Highway 114 between Fort Worth and Denton, when the flag drops on the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 on April 17. Part of the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup & Busch Series from April 14 through April 17, this race will feature such major figures as Elliott Sadler, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon. Tickets start at $40 for this race, which starts at noon. Prices and start times vary throughout the series. Call 817-215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com. --Mary Monigold
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Take a Break
Very rarely is there an opportunity to show your support for victims of domestic violence while wearing neon Lycra, which is just one of many reasons you should go to the Genesis Women's Shelter's Make the Break From Domestic Violence 5K Run/Walk on April 16 at Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave. near Turtle Creek. There's also live entertainment, breakfast snacks and children's events. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; individuals pay $20 to register for the non-competitive event, while groups of five or more pay $15 per member. Call 214-559-2050 or visit www.genesisshelter.org. --Mary Monigold
Straight Out of the Gate
It hardly seems a coincidence that one of heroin's street names is "horse"; they're both addictive, and it doesn't take much to get hooked on either. At the track, all you need is a buck, maybe two, and a horse, one beautiful steed with an awesome name (say, Promise of War) or tempting 15-to-1 odds. If you gamble and lose, you want to try again, if only to make your money back. If you gamble and win, you want to try again, because, hey, you're on a hot streak, right? The only way to stop is to not start at all, and that's just no fun. My own addiction goes something like this: I've lost more than I've won, and I say that like it's even close. I've lost maybe $200 and won--let's see here, carry the two--$5. That's right. And that was on one solitary wager, when I bet Proud Mary to win (there was a Tina Turner concert that night; it seemed like synergy). But I can't stay away. Our good friends at Lone Star Park have sweetened the deal this year, kicking off the 67-date run of the ninth annual Spring Thoroughbred Season on April 14 with a concert by Charlie Daniels after the races conclude. For fun, I've handicapped the concert. Here are my picks: "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" to win, "Long Haired Country Boy" to place and "The South's Gonna Do It (Again)" to show. Take that to the bank. Admission is $3 before 5 p.m. and $15 after. Lone Star Park is located at 1000 Lone Star Parkway in Grand Prairie. Call 972-263-RACE or visit lonestarpark.com. --Zac Crain