Love and Marriage


In the topsy-turvy world of Hollywood, there are at least a few known absolutes: Eventually, you will do a film with Kevin Bacon; eventually, you will sleep with Colin Farrell; and if you happen to be one of those rare acting couples who stay together, then eventually, you will perform Love Letters. A.R. Gurney's 1989 two-person drama traces the correspondence between two unlikely soulmates--a rational lawyer and a volatile, eccentric artist. It's appealing to Hollywood couples for a few reasons: It's a poignant little play, with almost no blocking, but it also is an examination of the contradictions of love and intimacy between a closely linked duo--the romantic equivalent (if not the artistic equivalent) of Sam Shepard's True West. Actors love that stuff, especially if they're married, as are Robert Wagner and Jill St. John, who star in Love Letters at Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster in Fort Worth, this Saturday as part of a benefit titled An Affair With the Stars. The $75 ticket price includes not only the performance but also a postshow reception with complimentary drinks and a '50s-style casino party. It's not exactly Hart to Hart--but then, what is? Call 817-332-2272. --Sarah Hepola

Make a Spectacle

Music, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served while the latest in frame fashion is on display from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Dolce & Gabbana Trunk Show. But it's not all snacks and style. Dr. Robert Birenbaum of Eye Pieces in the West Village supports Bryan's House, a facility for youths affected by HIV/AIDS, which receives 20 percent of the evening's proceeds. Dr. Birenbaum will also donate the cost of an eye exam to customers with the purchase of eyewear. A D&G designer will be in attendance to match your mug with the perfect pair of frames. Call 214-219-4402. --Danna Berger

Taste of Texas

We'd feel bad for Jon Bonnell having to cook for his own bon voyage party, but, really, that's what he gets for being such a good chef. So good, in fact, that he and his staff at Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine have been invited to cook at The James Beard House, the culinary Carnegie Hall in New York City. Bonnell is only the second chef in Tarrant County to cook for the house, which celebrates American gastronomy with events, scholarships, kids' programs and more. He'll prepare the six-course meal with wine he crafted for The James Beard House during his send-off party at 7 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant, 4259 Bryant Irvin Road in Fort Worth. There will be quail legs, Texas shrimp with margarita ceviche, oysters Texasfeller, beef tenderloin nachos and white gazpacho shooters--and that's just the passed-appetizers course. The other five include lamb, duck, bison, fish and fresh berry empanadas. Reservations are $150 per person and are required in advance. Call 817-738-5489. --Shannon Sutlief

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