Top 10 THINGS TO DO

VALENTINE’S DAY WITH HOLLY NEAR February 14, Celebrate romance as you twirl your partner on the dance floor after a sinfully rich dessert and champagne buffet. The Turtle Creek Chorale and the Women’s Chorus of Dallas present an evening that will leave you in the mood for love. Medallion Hotel, 4099 Valley View Ln., 972-494-TIXS.

BALM IN GILEAD February 11-15. Saccharine holidays are fine unless you’re emotionally diabetic: Enter the lives of playwright Lan ford Wilson’s characters, socially disenfranchised and teetering on the edge in New York City. Margo Jones Theatre, Meadows School of she Arts, SMU. 214-768-2787.

GATHER COUNTY February 6-21. Ed Dixon’s musical takes five of Willa Cather’s short stories and weaves them into a seamless, funny, and heartbreaking tapestry of turn-of-the-century love stories. A Lyric Stage world premiere.

Dupree Theater, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972-252-ARTS.

QUIDAM Opens February II, Cirque du Soleil is not French hut French -Canadian, making it no less enigmatic. The fantastic circus-as in “fantasy**–brings spell-binding acrobatics, mood-enhanced drama, and that je ne sais quoi that only the French (-Canadian) can bring Fair Park. 800-678-5440.

“RENOIR’S PORTRAITS: IMPRESSIONS OF AN AGE” Opens February 8. Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s portraits of the “beau monde” captured for posterity the poetry of the elegant interiors and fashionable attire of (he epoch. The exhibition assembles 60 of Renoir’s finest paintings in the first full-scale reappraisal of his portraiture since his death. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-332-8451.

TEXAS BOUND: REVELATIONSFebruary 23. The popula literary series Arts & Letters Live presents spoken word worth hearing: Jewel Morgan’s Mrs. Bajon Says, read by Kathy Bates: O. Henry’s The Passing of Black Eagle, read by Raphael Parry; Curtis Dale Dawson’s Mayday at the North East Mall, read by Khary Payton. Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717N. Harwood St. 214422-1219.

FIFTH ANNUAL SCENT BOTTLE SHOW Opens February 6. The outsides are pretty, and the insides smell nice. Ooh and ahh over these delicate perfume bottles created by more than 60 contemporary glass artists.Kittrell/Riffkind An Glass. 5100 BellLine Rd., Ste. 820. 972-239-7957.

THE COMPLETE BRANDENBURG CONCERTI OF J.S. BACH February 22. Performed by the Dallas Bach Orchestra and guest soloists. Bach ’l back by popular demand in the only Dallas-Fort Worth area concert of his best-loved instrumental music. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. 2301 Flora St. 214-871-2787.

RENT February 4 through March I’. New Yorkers call it “Rent” because that’s about the price of tickets for this Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning La Boheme-inspiied hipfest. Now it’s Dallas’ turn to see what all the fuss is about. The Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. 214-373-3800.

THE CAVANAUGH FLIGHT MUSEUM. There was a time when Red Baron meant more than frozen pizza. Rekindle your childhood awe of fighter planes through one of the world’s finest collections of vintage warbirds from WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, many of which are still airworthy today. Addison Airport, 4572 Claire Chennault St. 972-380-8800.

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