Dateless in Dallas?

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CALAIS Winery owner Benjamin Calais is the proud father of the three vintages shown. (Courtesy of NBC DFW)

Valentine’s Day is exactly two weeks away, and while some couples are scrambling for gift ideas and date reservations, others are just looking to get away from all of the guys and gals struck by Cupid.

Here are a few things to do for a girls night out, guys night in or just an evening to yourself:

Painting with a Twist is a unique art experience for those looking to venture into something different. Guests enjoy their own cocktails and snacks while an art instructor guides them step-by-step in creating their own masterpieces. With locations in Frisco, Texas. Dallas and Garland, people are bound to enjoy an off-campus adventure. Check out the event calendar to register for themed events.

The opening ceremony for Dallas artist Esther Ritz’s collection will take place Feb. 8, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Murray Covens Contemporary. Ritz’s exhibition “Seriously Playful” evokes a spirited sense of playfulness through its synthesis of exceptional texture and energetic colors. The exhibit will be featured through March 14 (and it’s free!).

When looking to stay in for the night, Netflix’s hit series “House of Cards” will return with a second season on Valentine’s Day. The Emmy-Award-winning series is jam-packed with racy drama as Congressman Francis Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey) continues in his efforts to conquer Washington, D.C. Check out a few DIY junk food recipes on Pinterest for the perfect night on the couch.

Comedian Pablo Francisco will be hitting the Addison Improv stage from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16. Francisco is known worldwide for his spot-on impersonations and off-the-wall comedy. Purchase tickets starting at $25.

Experience gourmet wine tasting and chocolate extravagance in the crux of Deep Ellum. The Valentine’s Chocolate and Winery Indulgence Tour is presented by Dallas by Chocolate Feb. 14. Despite its Valentine’s Day theme, this event is perfect for an evening with a friend. It will be held at CALAIS Winery complete with mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres, cheeses and chocolate. There are only 20 seats available for the event, so grab tickets now!

For thoses interested in drinking on Valentine’s Day, Lakewood Brewing Company in Garland, Texas, is releasing a special Valentines themed version of their popular Temptress Milk Stout brewed with raspberries. The roasty chocolate flavors of the milk stout combined with the raspberry should create a flavor reminiscent of raspberry truffles, making it the perfect beer to enjoy either alone or with a date on Valentine’s Day. It is expected to be available on draft at beer bars around Dallas during Valentine’s week, and only for a very limited time.

Looking for a way to take a break from the mainstream restaurant and predictable movie? Check out Dallas events at visitdallas.com.

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