Cupid Allowed

Valentine’s Calendar and Gift Guide

Chocoholics, Unite

ChocoholicsLearn all sorts of facts about the sweet treat made from the seeds of the cacao tree whose scientific name, Theobroma, means “food of the gods.” Cool hands-on kids’ programs are scheduled for February 14 and March 15–19. To tantalize the chocoholic even further, complimentary weekend tastings (beginning at 1 pm) offer samples from some of Houston’s finest boutique retailers. Wear your high-traction shoes to this exhibit. Chocolate lovers of every age will surely leave the floor slippery with drool. February 14–May 19 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Drive. For tickets and information: 713/639-4629 or www.hmns.org. —Eric A.T. Dieckman

Stop! In the Name of Love

Diana Ross and the Supremes—The No. 1’s is loaded with hits from The Supremes, Diana Ross & the Supremes, a solo Diana Ross, and even a stray cut by the Ross-less Supremes. • For being so nasty with each other, the group sure sang a lot about love … thus this CD’s inclusion in the Cupid Allowed section. Remember Baby Love and Love Child, Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone and You Can’t Hurry Love? Who knew all that love would spawn so many lawsuits and bitter enemies? Now that Mary Wilson and other insiders have finally dished the dirt about the group’s infighting and Miss Ross’s humongous ego, song titles like Where Did Our Love Go?, I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, and Love Hangover seem to take on a whole new meaning. • Trivia geeks will thrill trying to find the remastering glitches (and there are a few). Was that really the original ending to Back in My Arms Again? Or to You Keep Me Hangin’ On? And was The Happening really a chart topper? • From Motown Records ( www.motown.com). —Olivia Flores Alvarez

Love goes haywire…

…in this live concert with Eve Beglarian and Phil Kline. Fashioned after the music of ’70s concept albums, this musical treatment of the love story of Bilitis takes us through tragedy, hope, fulfillment, and devastation, couched in a homoerotic context. The story was originally penned by French Victorian poet Pierre Louys but is originally attributed to a contemporary of the Greek poet Sappho. Told through male, female, straight, and queer perspectives, The Bilitis Project proclaims the peaks and valleys of love with hauntingly beautiful music. $15. February 13 & 14, 8 pm, at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Fwy @ North Main and Naylor. For information: 713/223-8346 or www.diverseworks.org. —ED

Something for Your Sweetheart

Why be conventional? Instead of a box of chocolates, a bouquet of flowers, and a roll in the hay, give your special someone a watercolor painting … and a roll in the hay. The Watercolor Art Society, Houston, hosts an exhibit where paint and romance mix. Water-media paintings range in style from abstract to realistic. February 14–March 5, Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., at the Watercolor Art Society, Houston gallery, 1601 W. Alabama. For information: 713/942-9966 or www.watercolorhouston.org. —ED

Girls Against Boys

Interactive improv comedy troupe, ComedySportz, declares a heated gender war in a Saint Valentine’s Day battle royale of the sexes. Sure, a gender-bashing theme is pretty heterocentric, but the rapid-fire laughs of this well-oiled comedy machine hit all audience members equally, whatever their orientation. Only the humorless will be unaffected. $10. Friday, February 13, 8 pm at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For tickets: 713/868-1444. —ED


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