Fat Chance

Jump-start diet resolutions

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With more money than God, a personal chef and a personal trainer, Oprah Winfrey apparently still can't get a grip on her corpulence. We've seen evidence of her excesses off and on through the years, and every new season of the media mogul's top-rated TV talk show reveals whether she's been able to step away from the sweet potato pie. We imagine the holidays are especially hard on her, as they are on us, even with her personal fat-fighting posse. If you're in the same overblown boat this week, you can treat yourself to a plush, weight-loss getaway at The Greenhouse, a luxury ladies spa, celebrity getaway and all-around extravaganza of posh. The Greenhouse Fat Flush Residential Program is priced for the Winfrey-wealthy at $4,965 per week, with a choice of three-day, one-week or two-week stays at the Arlington facility. A serious schedule of exercise, gourmet meals and soothing spa treatments, including breakfast in bed, is offered. Call 817-640-4000. --Annabelle Massey Helber

Get Cooking
It's a mixer for more than flour and eggs
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We're no fools, Central Market. We're onto you. A cooking class for singles? Obviously that's just a thinly disguised excuse for matchmaking. What single person needs to know how to prepare deep-fried sage leaves, chestnut-flour polenta with sausage and scallions, pork chops with olive and fennel seeds or Giulio's sweet Swiss chard tart? Uh-huh, that's what we thought--the ones looking to heat up more than the stove. Even the title of the class, Singles Saturday: A Tuscan Feast, has an air of romance about it. Pretty sneaky, Central Market. Luring unsuspecting singles with your bait of Italian-food lessons. But what you really want to do is make those singles couples so that you can fill up the rest of your cooking classes--you know, the ones designed for all the partnered-up people. Real nice. Singles Saturday is 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 5750 E. Lovers Lane. Call 214-234-7000. --Rhonda Reinhart

French Lessons
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Talk about a small world. Imagine growing up in a one-room school with everyone you know in town. In rural France, students ages 4 to 11 from the same village receive all their lessons from one teacher. It is this circumstance on which the documentary To Be and To Have or tre et Avoiris based, charting the lives of these students in their classroom over the course of an academic year. This subtitled indie film made its debut at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and runs from January 2 through January 4 during Magnolia at the Modern. The first showing is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 and $5.50 for Modern members. Advance sales begin two hours before the show. The Modern is located at 3200 Darnell St. in the Cultural District of Fort Worth. Call 817-738-9215. --Jenice Johnson

 
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