Las Vegas meets Dallas at this annual event, benefitting The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands — the dress code is “upscale western” but the theme is “casino.” Try your hand at blackjack, participate in a wine pull, munch on food or simply sit back and enjoy some live music. Arrive at 6 p.m.
Westin Dallas Park Central, 12720 Merit Drive, 214.732.6767, lhexchangeclub.org, $50
Works of heart
“El Corazon” art exhibition at the Bath House Cultural Center is now in its 22 year. The show allows local artists to offer their interpretations of the human heart. It opens with a reception for the artists from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 6 and runs through March 5.
Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther, 214.670.8749, bathhousecultural.com, free
Through Feb. 13
Film Noir detective Dirk Spatula is called out of retirement to help find a space alien on the run. Mix in a host of vixen spies, teleportation, shape shifting, voodoo and a werewolf. Don’t forget to throw popcorn at the stage.
Pocket Sandwich Theater, 5400 E. Mockingbird, 214.821.1860, pocketsandwich.com, $12-$25
Through Feb. 28
‘Frog and Toad’
This whimsical musical, “A Year with Frog and Toad,” follows two best friends and their quirky egos from hibernation to planting, to swimming, to sledding.
Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman, 214.978.0110, dct.org, $15-$28
‘Snail and Hummingbird’
Teatro Dallas brings a show to the Dallas Children’s Theater for one night only, at 7:30 p.m. “Caracol Y Colibri (Snail And Hummingbird)” tells the story of two characters that take time to listen to each other and create their own music and dreams.
Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman, 214.740.0051, dct.org, $15-$20
Margaret Clauder is ventriloquist, puppeteer, comedian, storyteller and magician — whew! To get your little ones in the Valentine’s Day spirit, she’ll don a giant heart costume, go by the moniker “Lovey Dovey” and show off her many talents at 10:30 a.m.
Bookmarks in NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, 214.671.1381, free
For the Love of the Lake invites neighbors to join its monthly Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake. They meet at 8 a.m.
For the Love of the Lake, 1152 N. Buckner, whiterocklake.org, 214.660.1100, free
African American History
In honor of African American History Month, learn about George Moses Horton, the first African American poet to publish work in the southern United States. After you hear his inspiring story, Audrey Turner of the Writer’s Garret will help you pen some verses of your own. The event begins at 3:30 p.m.
Audelia Library, 10045 Audelia Road, dallaslibrary.org, 214.670.1350, free
Ballet and Bach
Neighborhood-based Contemporary Ballet Dallas premieres “Untold Tale of the Chevalier” with the New York Baroque Dance Company, guest Marcea Daite and music from the Dallas Bach Society.
Montgomery Arts Theater, 2501 Flora, 214.821.2066, contemporaryballetdallas.com/season
Feb. 27-April 10
Get ready for the Dallas Arboretum’s biggest floral festival, Dallas Blooms. The garden explodes with color as more than 500,000 spring-blossoming bulbs burst, and life-size bronze sculptures of American’s “great contributors.”
Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, dallasarboretum.org, 214.515.6500, $10-$15 plus $15