To me, Smucker's Stars on Ice is just the latest in the long line of events marching through the American Airlines Center that have nothing to do with professional ice hockey. It's heartbreaking, really. But I won't hold that against the pretty ice dancers. The Emmy award-winning and nationally acclaimed tour of professional ice skaters hits Dallas on January 22. The show's theme this year is "Imagination"--an improvement over last year's, the long-winded "Imagine How Cold We Are in These Damn Tights" (or maybe that was just me using my imagination)--and the show's creative team adds whimsy and wonderment to everything from the show's lighting to choreography. Featured skaters this year include 2002 Olympic champions Sarah Hughes, Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, Alexei Yagudin and Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, plus special guest star Kurt Browning. A portion of each ticket will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are on sale at the American Airlines Center box office, 2500 Victory Ave., as well as all Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.com. Call 214-373-8000 or visit www.starsonice.com. --Mary Monigold
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Great big cars and their sometimes inconsiderate drivers can take up too many parking spaces, rev their motors unnecessarily and generally scare people who are just trying to get from point A to point B without being flattened. Those monsters! But those monsters are mice compared with the vehicles in the United States Hot Rod Association's Monster Jam show, where big-wheeled behemoths race, rumble and perform car-crushing stunts competing for the title of National Thunder Champion. Monster Jam is at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Reunion Arena, 777 Sports St. Tickets are $18 to $20. Call 214-800-3000 or visit www.ushra.com. --Stephanie Durham
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The most maddening Olympic sport is women's gymnastics. No other event is as graceful to watch or as difficult to decipher who's best at it. Despite its flips and twists and somersaults, gymnastics is a sport whose ultimate concern is sticking the landing, and it's difficult to tell who sticks best. No other event is judged as subjectively or by as thoroughly subjective a people--either people from the gymnast's country or, in some way, rivals with the gymnast's country. No other event is aired more during the Olympics or practiced less by the broadcast's viewers. No other event lauds its champions (all school-aged and some prepubescent) more. And, once the games are done, no other event disappears quicker from television screens. The Metroplex Challenge at the Dallas Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St., at 7 p.m. Saturday wants to make sure that the sport lives on between Olympics. Tickets are $20, and Carly Patterson, the Olympics gold medal winner from Allen, will compete. Visit www.metroplexchallenge.com. --Paul Kix