Events for the week

Luv Pug Valentine Gala: Attention, Grapevine vice squad: Although the Luv Pug Valentine Gala is an event designed to advertise the love between humans and their flat-faced canine pets, we've been assured that there will be no Tijuana-style, inter-species "performances" at the fashion show, the pug-kissing booth, the photo corner, and the wedding section (only pug-to-pug unions will be conducted). Instead, what Texans should get is an always edifying eyeful: people who love their animals so much, they're willing to make fools of themselves in the town square. The event happens 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. at Grapevine Convention Center, 1201 Main St., Grapevine. Requested donations are $2.50-$5. Call (817) 481-2004.

february 23
Texas Bound: Late winter of every year in Texas brings an authentic Dallas claim to "world class" status that doesn't require $120 million of your tax money: Arts & Letters Live, the annual celebration of international and Texas authors, with nationally and locally feted actors thrown in for good mix. Arts & Letters opens with its "Texas Bound" series, which features two Dallas talents (the Undermain's Raphael Parry and Dallas Theater Center's Khary Payton) reading stories by O. Henry and Curtis Dale Dawson, respectively, and Grace Under Fire's Julie White, a Broadway and TV veteran, reading Jewel Morgan. Performances happen at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood. Tickets are $12-$14. Call (214) 922-1219.

february 24
The 2nd Annual Body and Soul Exhibit: Why is it that a Botticelli painting features "nude" people, while a Hustler photo spread features folks who are "naked"? If you ever doubted the power of the artist to make us alter our perception of the world, then the always controversial subject of humans with no clothes on should convince you. Every crack and corner of the subject is explored in the State St. Gallery's Body & Soul Group Exhibition. While there's nothing pornographic in the show, the attitudes and styles of the paintings, drawings, and sculptures here alternate between reverently chaste and teasingly erotic. The show runs through March 7 at State St. Gallery, 2606 State St. Call (214) 220-0556.

february 25
Grammy Viewing Parte: When the talented but overextended LeAnn Rimes won a Grammy last year, the Dallas press reacted as though she'd been named Texas ambassador to the rest of the world. (Considering that her overall revenue last year approached a reported $90 million, she can afford to buy a few foreign countries.) Glancing at the roster of this year's Grammy nominees, the Dallas musical invasion of the international music marketplace has widened--local heroes Erykah Badu, God's Property, Kirk Franklin, Roy Hargrove, T.D. Jakes, and Rimes are all nominees in at least one category each. The Black Academy of Arts and Letters will not let this phenomenon go without a "Grammy Viewing Parte." We all know the Grammys, like the Oscars, have little artistic merit, but they're a big commercial boost to winners, and they're fun as hell to watch with a large group of people to cheer your faves and hiss all those self-indulgent, overly coiffed pop stars. The evening starts at 7 p.m. at the Black Academy of Arts and Ltters, 650 S. Griffin St. Tickets are $10. Call (214) 743-2449.

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