Wining and Dining
If your New Year's resolutions involve eating more, drinking more or finding a new excuse to get out of the house, then check out the Single Gourmet. Each month the club hosts five or more events for single professionals in their 30s through their 60s including dinners, cocktail parties, wine tastings and cooking classes. If you recently saw Sideways and are looking for a buddy for a crazy drunken wine spree, then look elsewhere. More of a mix and mingle club than a dating service, the members of this club are more interested in business networking than cheap drunken hookups. And with $125 membership dues, this group will probably spend all night yammering about how much money they make. The Single Gourmet's fourth annual kickoff party is a cocktail social with hors d'oeuvres and live music from the Marc Toussaint Combo designed for prospective members to learn more about the group. It takes place Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Guthrie's, 3521 Oak Grove Ave. Admission is $35. Call 972-732-8000 or visit www.singlegourmetdfw.com. --Jay Webb
Dining for Dance
It's a hectic time for Dallas Black Dance Theatre, in the middle of a capital campaign to turn the Moorland YMCA building at 2700 Flora St. into a performance, practice and administrative space for the company. Founder/artistic director Ann Williams says its Ninth Annual Founder's Luncheon on January 7 will recognize Lucy Crow Billingsley, William "Bill" Blair and Juanita Brown. In addition, she says, DBDT will launch the public phase of its $10.3 million fund-raising efforts. At noon on Friday at the Wyndham Anatole hotel, luncheon guests will learn about the contributions of Billingsley, Blair and Brown. Tickets are $50. Call 214-871-2376 or see www.dbdt.com. --Annabelle Massey Helber
Under the Dallas Moon
Frances Mayes wrote Under the Tuscan Sun about her sojourn to Italy in which she bought an abandoned villa and restored it in rural Tuscany. But the Frances that Diane Lane played in the film Under the Tuscan Sun--that wasn't the real Mayes. Sure, the author got her groove back in Tuscany, but not because of a love affair with a younger, foreign man. She stayed married to her husband. But the rest of the movie--highlighting Mayes' love affair with Italy's art, culture, beautiful sunrises and quaint streets with charming people--was correct. Paula Lambert of the Mozzarella Company and Dr. Lisa Pon, an art history professor at SMU--fellow fans of Italy--will discuss Mayes and her memoir (and her followup books on the subject) during a book club-style discussion during the Arts & Letters Live program Preface Event--On Frances Mayes and Tuscany at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. Admission is $10 to $15. Call 214-922-1220. --Shannon Sutlief
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