4150 N. MacArthur Blvd.? Single professionals (30 to 60 years old) are welcome to attend the multicourse, black tie-optional shindig--one we like to refer to as The Last Chance for Holiday Trim--at member prices ($99). So go and give it one more shot before you get stuck under the mistletoe with your nephew's college roommateagain. Call 972-732-8000 or visit www.singlegourmetdfw.com. 'Tis the season for charitable gifts, and one cause close to our hearts is literacy. Hence, we love the concept of Grade Point Achievement Centers' Learning Tree: The public can select ornaments from the tree, purchase the books listed on the ornaments and return them to the center. The center will then donate the books to CITY House so they can be given to needy children. Grade Point doesn't just expect you to come in, grab an ornament and leave, though. The center offers an open house with multicultural treats from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday beginning Monday (and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday). Tasty morsels for powerful words seems a fair trade to us. Grade Point Learning Center is located at 3305 Dallas Parkway in Plano. Call
972-781-2323 or visit www.GPAcenters.com. Whatever you do, do not show this article to our sister. The girl has gone 30-something years and has never once seen It's a Wonderful Life. It is, in fact, one of her life goals to avoid that 1946 Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed vehicle. It is one of ours, however, to trick her into watching Frank Capra's sappy classic. The Lakewood Theater's Classic Movie Night this week gives us the perfect cover for carrying out our mission. See, Tuesday's bill features The Bishop's Wife as well as It's a Wonderful Life, so we can lure her into seeing the dashing Cary Grant in the former, and then--BLAM!--"Every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings!" What's better? We're only out a buck for admission if she catches on. Brilliant. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first movie begins at 7:30 p.m., following some live music by Blue Diamond Trio. The Lakewood Theater is located at
1825 Abrams Parkway. Call 214-821-SHOW. It's not the musical passion of the Blind Boys of Alabama that makes the longtime gospel group so cool. It's not their conquering of adversity, and it's not their talent (harnessed at a young age by the Talladega Institute for the Deaf and Blind in Alabama). What cements the Blind Boys in the Corridor of Cool is that they played the Peach Pit After Dark. That's right, the boys were the Beverly Beat, so to speak, in one very special episode of Beverly Hills 90210. Just like they brought it to Brandon, Steve, David and Donna, on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. they'll bring the spirit to Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall,
525 Commerce St., with the Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show. Tickets are $25 to $47.50. Call 1-877-212-4280.