If you're wondering why your girlfriend has that gleam in her eye, why she's always talking about how "special" you make her feel, why she left the Tiffany brochure in your briefcase, then you're stupider than you look. Wake up, buddy, Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Or did you forget about that red-and-pink-bedecked holiday that makes singletons suicidal and couples conspicuously consumptive? It's OK if it slipped your mind; we won't tell--just buy your special lady friend a panty rose at 7-Eleven and then whisk her to Zubar's Suite Erotica. You don't need reservations to luxuriate in the plush candlelit atmosphere, the sultry sounds of Barry White, aphrodisiac drinks such as Eskimo Kiss and Love Potion #9, vintage burlesque movies and chocolates. Even the servers will be dressed to dazzle in leather and lace. Leather and liquor--who could ask for a more romantic Valentine's? Fall in love over Flirtinis at Zubar's Suite Erotica, 2012 Greenville Ave., on February 14 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission is complimentary for those 21 and up. Call 214-887-0071. --Michelle Martinez
The only people more vulnerable to silly stereotypes than those in the arts community are sports stars. But stereotypes are made to be broken, and Grant Hill--Orlando Magic star and art collector--represents the best of both worlds. He's a basketball player who supports artists and encourages others to do the same. Something All Our Own: The Grant Hill Collection of African-American Art is currently displayed at the Dallas Museum of Art, and local artists and scholars will discuss art collecting. The lecture is at 7 p.m. February 10 at the DMA's Horchow Auditorium, 1717 N. Harwood St. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Call 214-922-1826. --Stephanie Durham
Say It With Clay
Fifty-three tries it took us to fashion a ceramic ashtray. We originally attempted throwing a bowl, but after collapse No. 24 we settled for something flatter and easily covered by refuse. Mark Pharis is a bit like our Bizarro Potter; you know, the Bizarro Superman to our Superman (but we are in no way saying we're that cool). In other words, he's our exact opposite when it comes to functional pottery. Not only do his pieces work, but, according to the Meadows School associate professor of art Peter Beasecker, "Mark is at the forefront of utilitarian ceramics in our country." That pretty much puts our crappy ashtray to shame. Pharis, the chair of the department of art at the University of Minnesota, will take a break from the cold up north and speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday as part of the Visiting Artists Lecture Series at the Meadows Museum. The lecture will take place in the museum's auditorium, 5900 Bishop Blvd. We'd attend, but we haven't even begun glazing our little butt-loving objet d'art. Call 214-768-2489. --Merritt Martin
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