Even the biggest exhibitionists we know tend to stash their sex books between the mattress and box springs. But there's one that's remained a mandatory bedside fixture in intelligent and well-educated homes. And, just in time for the Cupid season, we can learn even more about this history of "sophisticated sex." Junior Associates Discover the East, in conjunction with the Crow Collection of Asian Art, invites Dr. Anne Bromberg, curator of ancient and south Asian art for the Dallas Museum of Art, to discuss "Love in India: The Kama Sutra." This oldest surviving sexuality "how-to" was compiled almost 2,500 years ago, centuries before your karma was even a twinkle in your parents' eye. While a majority of dominant world religions treat sexuality as (at best) a distraction from the spiritual path, few regard it as an integral part of life, a gift to be honored, examined and enjoyed. Discover love's ancient pillow talk along with some aphrodisiacs with your significant other from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at 2010 Flora St. Tickets are $15 or free for JADE members. Call 214-979-6437. --Danna Berger
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Wild Night Calling
Local news is usually daytime bore or nightly gore with some manipulative heart-tugging features thrown in for redemption. Sometimes they're worth falling for, such as the story of the conjoined twins from Egypt who were separated here. Dr. Kenneth Salyer will speak during the Mary Immaculate School's Heart of Gold Auction on Valentine's Night about how he and his staff stayed focused during the emotional and well-covered separation of the twins. The "Wild About Love" event begins at 6 p.m. in the Westin Galleria Hotel, Dallas Parkway at LBJ Freeway, with live music, dinner and auctions for $60 a person. Call 972-243-7105. --Desirée Henry
No need to ask Otis Jones' parents, "What were you thinking?" Their logic is transparent: Name your son after an elevator, and he'll have nowhere to go but up. With irony and Zen-like harmony, Jones' latest art explores the vertical and horizontal in process-intensive abstracts on view at William Campbell Contemporary Art in Fort Worth. Jones crafts his paintings intuitively, using uncommon layers of materials on paper--marble dust, oil sticks and acrylics--refined with sandpaper and power sanders for unusual textures and surprisingly subtle shading. His pieces reveal a new use of color, and he experiments with organic, irregular round shapes in the Recent Work exhibition, which opens Saturday with an artist's reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 4935 Byers Ave. off Camp Bowie Boulevard. An artist, teacher, lecturer and native Texan, Jones says he operates "on levels of urges, notions, feelings, obsessions and compulsions." Find out more at www.williamcampbellcontemporaryart.com or call 817-737-9566. --Annabelle Massey Helber