Things to Do in Dallas Tonight: April 12

I know what you’re having for lunch. I’d claim clairvoyance, but really, it’s a no-brainer. Norma’s Cafe is giving away free grilled cheese sandwiches today at both locations. Bonus food freebie: the Ben & Jerry’s stores in Plano, McKinney, and Highland Village are offering free scoops from noon until 8pm. Go forth and be an American, because tonight you’re going to France.

Well, not really. But a tasting of rare Burgundy wines over at FUQUA Winery helps when playing pretend. It’s no big secret that I really, really like wine – I just haven’t had the opportunity to drink a lot of this variety because it’s outrageously expensive. And while Lee, FUQUA’s incredibly knowlegeable owner, says that you can find reasonably priced, similar-tasting Pinots out of Oregon, why not go for broke tonight with the real thing? Burgundy wines are steeped in tradition, from the methodology of production to the classification of the various vineyards throughout the region. Tonight’s line up consists of “Grand Cru” and “Premier Cru” wines, the top two tiers of classification, and Lee will provide various French cheeses and crackers to nibble on while you sip. There are only nine spots left, so call him ASAP to reserve your place at the tasting table.

Also worth your time tonight is Russian pianist Olga Kern’s solo performance at the Bass Hall in Fort Worth. Back in 2001, she was the first woman in over three decades to win the international Van Cliburn competition, which pleases my inner feminist enormously. To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of her triumph, she scheduled a couple of high-profile gigs around town – you can read Wayne Lee Gay’s glowing FrontRow review of her performance with the DSO last month here. There are tons of tickets left for this evening, so you shouldn’t have a problem getting a seat.

For more things to do tonight, you’ll want to go here.