Dearest one, How I miss you! I am so excited about your upcoming visit. I bought two tickets for us to see Dear Liar at Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St. on Thursday evening at 7:30. Don't worry, love, they were only $25 to $30, so I didn't spend too much. I wonder, though--since the play is based on the letters between playwright George Bernard Shaw and actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell--how it might feel to know that audiences were laughing and crying because of correspondence that was never meant to be seen by anyone but the recipient. You would never give my letters away, would you? You'd never forward my e-mails, right? And instant messages--you'd never share those heartfelt sentiments, I trust. You know, hon, now that I think about it, could you just destroy everything I've sent? Or, better yet, return it to me so that I'll make the money after we break up and I publish everything. You're a dreamboat. See you soon. Love, Your Sweetie. P.S. The show runs through February 13. Call 214-871-3300, ext. 1.
Friday, February 4
Strip clubs aren't all bad, we say, but sometimes it seems the stick-thin dancers leave most of the strip's tease backstage. Catherine D'Lish, "Queen of Neo-Burlesque," is more about the theatrics and beauty of the flirty entertainment of the '30s and '40s than the quick nakedness of your average strip club's entertainment. The Lodge welcomes the professional fan dancer and performer, who favors sexy feathers and alluring routines to stringy thongs and the tired "Girls, Girls, Girls." D'Lish's glamorous act appeals to ladies and gents for its artistic choreography and elaborate props (think human-sized bird cage and champagne glass), so, boys, bring the gal pals with ya. From Thursday through Saturday, the queen of tease performs two shows daily at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. The Lodge is located at 10530 Spangler Road. Call 972-506-9229.
Saturday, February 5
We're not exactly sure what defines improvisational choreography, but from now on whenever we do some spastic movement after having walked through a spider web or if we flail about while slipping in public (it happens more often than you'd think), we're sure as hell calling it improv choreography. And we have North Texas native/Brussels-based choreographer Douglas Becker to thank for it. If he weren't coming to teach a master class on that very style of dance, we'd have never realized this sweet relief from humiliation. Thanks, Douglas, and don't worry, we'll let the more graceful folk attend your class at MoveStudio, 17062 Preston Road, Suite 108, at Campbell Road. For those of you who don't injure yourself on a daily basis, the class is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tuition is $15 or $12 for MoveStudio students. Call 972-732-0206 or check out www.movestudio.com.
Sunday, February 6
Show us a new trend in weight loss, and we'll at least give it a shot. Atkins stuck for about 10 minutes. Yoga is great, but it's getting to the gym that's a problem. But we've discovered a new challenge: Nia--a combination of martial arts, healing arts and dance. We're totally there and not just because that description made us think of Napoleon Dynamite. The ninja-obsessed groove master won't be at Borders Books & Music, 10720 Preston Road, at 2 p.m. Sunday, but Debbie and Carlos Rosas, the founders and creators of Nia, will be there for a Nia demo and signing of their book The Nia Technique: The High-Powered Energizing Workout That Gives You a New Body and a New Life. The pair will also offer a master class at 5 p.m. at the KRPC Dallas Opera Center, 4301 S. Fitzhugh Ave. near Fair Park. See www.nia-nia.com.
Monday, February 7
It's soul-shattering that HIV/AIDS cases are rising despite the education that is readily available. While all races, religions and genders are affected by the disease, according to Dallas' AIDS Arms, "AIDS is the leading cause of death for blacks between the ages of 25 to 44" with "black male youth and black women accounting for the fastest-growing group of new infections in the Dallas area." Because of these and other disturbing statistics, AIDS Arms is hosting an education and awareness event to recognize National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness & Information Day. The event takes place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 2922 MLK Jr. Blvd. Call 214-521-5191 for more info on this event and future opportunities for AIDS education.
Tuesday, February 8
Every year at this time, people ponder what to give up for Lent. More than that, however, people are pulling out the beads and taking bets on how much liquor they can hold that last night before those 40 days and 40 nights of good behavior begin. Dick's Last Resort is working on giving all us heathens-for-a-night a haven for bead-tossing and beer-guzzling with a Mardi Gras Extravaganza featuring live music by the Boogie Men, Dungeness crab specials and $5 hurricanes in souvenir glasses. It's the spirit and debauchery of the Big Easy, but without the drive and--we hope--without the humidity. Dick's Last Resort is located at Ross Avenue and Record Street in the West End. Call 214-747-0001.
Wednesday, February 9
Our best friend let us in on her family's Chinese New Year celebration one year. After meeting distant relatives, her ma's card-playing buddies and about 20 other people, we settled down for the never-ending feast. The food was amazing, as was her mother's ability to de-bone a whole chicken and re-stuff it without ever taking it apart. We left hours later with pockets full of ginger candy and small red envelopes that we later discovered held various green bills. We made friends, ate and made a profit--all with our shoes waiting neatly in the entryway. The Crow Collection of Asian Art celebrates the Chinese New Year a little differently, but just as festively. From 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, the Trammell Crow Center Plaza will serve as the setting for martial arts demonstrations and the lion dance performed by students of the JK Wong Tai Chi and Kung Fu Academy. Attendees might not get envelopes of fivers, but the event is free. Call 214-979-6430.