Let's look at this logically--a bunch of single men, a bunch of single women. You're all there for the express purpose of meeting new people. In fact, you're paying for the opportunity. So, statistically, you have dozens of brilliant chances to dazzle someone into giving you his or her phone number. Or, at least, that's the idea behind Eight at Eight's singles events, aimed at introducing "successful, eligible singles" to other non-loser singles. While they emphasize that they're not a "traditional dating service," the odds are pretty good that you'll hit it off with somebody, be it for a new romance or a new golf buddy. (Or maybe both.) If you're a bit shy or awkward around pretty girls and boys, Eight at Eight offers social lubricant in the form of a margarita tasting on April 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Blue Mesa Grill Lincoln Park, 7700 W. Northwest Highway. The restaurant will provide three types of margaritas plus quesadillas, chips and salsa. Cost is $15 for members, $25 for non-members. Registration before April 11 at is requested. --Michelle Martinez

Fine Wine, Fine Time


For some, culinary exploration is a lifestyle mantra. I imagine these gourmands in yoga position each morning chanting things like "morel-crusted prime rib...grilled corn chateau confit..." Why not? This is food worthy of serious reflection and praise. For the faithful, epicurean nirvana will be at the 13th annual Côtes du Coeur celebrity chef dinner and fine wine auction from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. April 9 at the Hyatt Regency at Reunion, 300 Reunion Blvd., benefiting the American Heart Association. The event pairs wines with delicacies from 12 featured chefs. Call 214-712-1319 or visit --Leah Shafer

Ladies Man


OK, I confess: The idea of forever-virile music icon Tom Jones swinging his mike onstage at the buttoned-up Meyerson Symphony Center seems a bit--shall we say--surreal. It's not unusual, Tom. It's downright naughty...and I like it. Get Jonesin' yourself on Monday when the singer performs as part of a fund-raiser benefiting Special Care & Career Services, the 41-year-old Dallas group helping to build independence for people with developmental disabilities. Arrive early and get cocktailed (you'll need it when Jones hits the stage in tight pants) from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at a buffet reception inside the Meyerson. Presentation of the Milton P. Levy Award follows at 8 p.m. Then, grab your seats, kittens, because the night belongs to Tom. While Jones likely will focus on his tamer nostalgia tunes ("It's Not Unusual," "What's New, Pussycat," "Thunderball"), I'll be crossing my fingers for his chart-topping version of Prince's "Kiss." Or, at the very least, a little "Sex Bomb." Nitroglycerin tablets sold separately. It takes place at the Meyerson, 2301 Flora St. Tickets are available at or by calling 1-866-468-7621. --Christopher Wynn

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