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The 20 Things You Need to Know For 2011

We figured out the people, places, and ideas that matter this year in Dallas. You're welcome.
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#11
Forget the Super Bowl. The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opening is the invite you want.

With the Cowboys out of Super Bowl contention, the February 6 game has lost some of its local oomph. So the October opening of the Trinity Project’s $117 million Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge will be the must-attend event on 2011 calendars. Lynn McBee is chairing a three-day celebration that starts with a pricey-ticketed set of activities on October 14. Think a Wolfgang Puck dinner for 300 at Five Sixty and an exclusive party at the bridge for 1,000—including architect Santiago Calatrava, the three Dallas mayors (Ron Kirk, Laura Miller, and Tom Leppert) who hand-held the project to completion, and a family tree of Hunts and Hills. Event-planning maestro Todd Fiscus already has in mind an interactive art presentation, a “Wow!” factor fireworks show, and concessions by some of Dallas’ best foodies.

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Oh, and if you can’t score one of the more exclusive invites, there is a street fair the following day—including a parade of schoolchildren, bands, celebrities, vendors, and concessions for a throng of 30,000—open to the entire city. At the end of the celebration, a ribbon-cutting will officially connect downtown Dallas to West Dallas, completing the decade-long project. —JEANNE PREJEAN

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