[The half dozen]

Illustration by Cecilia Secaira
  1. Support local artists, get creative and make beautiful gifts for Valentine’s Day with Help-Create Hearts and Flowers at Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Gallery in Grapevine this weekend, Feb. 3-4. You pick and paint on the colors, and the glassblowing artists create flowers ($30) or hearts ($40).


  1. As the weather continues to be unseasonably warm, head to the Dallas Arboretum for $5 Admission (only available for tickets purchased on site). Check out the winter gardens and hike the mile-long fitness trail while admiring the flowers. The special admissions price only lasts until Feb. 24, so make sure you visit by then.


  1. On a similar note, if you love penguins — and who doesn’t? — the Dallas Zoo is having Penguin Days with $7 admission through the end of the month. Of course, you can see all the other great animals with your ticket (or you could spend the entire time with the penguins, too).


  1. Music, history and cinema fans: The Angelika Film Center in Plano is broadcasting live the National Theatre’s production of Amadeus. The play focuses on the young Mozart, who has just arrived in Vienna, and his scuffles with court composer Antonio Salieri. $20.


  1. The ever-exciting Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson is hosting Girlie Night: Pride and Prejudice tomorrow night at 7:30, because everyone loves swooning over Jane Austen’s beautiful characters with a good drink. And yes, it’s the 2005 version, not the BBC mini-drama. $8.


  1. Also at the Alamo Drafthouse this weekend is a showing of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece Ponyo, a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic “The Little Mermaid” Sat., Feb. 4 at 1:30. $8.



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