Smooth Operator

Champagne, hors d'oeuvres and neurotoxin

10/8

ere's a kick in our aging, destined-to-sag ass: Overactive muscles cause frown lines and wrinkles, or so says the Web site for the Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery Center, home of Dr. Benjamin Bassichis. That just figures. We have one set of overactive muscles in our entire body, and they just happen to be in our forehead. Nice. Real nice. How 'bout the thighs? Or the upper arms? Hellooo, abs! What have you done lately? All that sucking in to fit into last year's jeans does not qualify as overactive. Dr. Bassichis doesn't care about any of this, though. He wants to fix your face, freeing you of all those fine lines that make you feel anything but fine. He's throwing a Botox party, and you're invited. Just bring $300 to $525, and you can go under the needle while drinking champagne and munching on hors d'oeuvres from Suze restaurant. The party is Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at lingerie store Trousseau, 3699 McKinney Ave. Call 972-774-1777 to reserve your spot. --Rhonda Reinhart Art of Zin

10/7

Pliny said, "Wine has the property of warming the innards when one drinks it, and of refreshing the exterior of the body when one washes in it." Of course, Claire Marlin, marketing manager for San Saba Vineyards, will not be giving refreshing baths. But she will instruct you on how to properly warm your innards--with red zinfandel. Marlin will host a class on the boldness of this California marvel, where berry flavors burst promiscuously, pepper burns expeditiously and redness runs brashly, all between pursed lips. Explore the state of Zin. Bring a sponge if you must. Admission is $55 for the 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday class at Central Market, Greenville Avenue at Lovers Lane. Call 214-361-5754. --Mark StuertzSay, It's His Birthday

10/7

There's nothing funny about John Lennon, except John Lennon when John Lennon was being funny, which he frequently was and continues to be to this day, which makes self-aware stories such as this one difficult to write. To our great glee, however, there's plenty funny about Yoko Ono, who we used to tolerate because John loved her so much, but now we just think she's a little old dingbat in bad sunglasses. For example, just imagine Yoko trying to swim away from a pack of rabid, oversized seahorses with Tasers...shut up, you laughed. To her credit, the Little Old Dingbat herself has deigned to give Big D permission to exhibit more than 100 pieces of Lennon's art in honor of his 65th birthday, from song lyrics to drawings to signed lithographs. The free show's at the Janette Kennedy Gallery, 1409 S. Lamar St. in the South Side on Lamar building, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6p.m. Sunday. Visitwww.southsideonlamar.com. --Andrea Grimes

 
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