In a single-minded pursuit, The Dating Venture spreads the love at a Singles Expo/Extravaganza set for Friday, January 30. Singles, swinging and otherwise, are invited to enjoy an evening of comedy, music and dancing while checking out the merchandise ("romance products," that is) and soliciting the services of area matchmakers, speed dating organizers and singles events planners. Some attendees are even guaranteed to get lucky (the flier promises prizes!). Primp, pimp and look for love in all the appropriate places from 7 to 11 p.m. The Waterfront, 5350 South Lakeshore in Tempe, serves as the lonely hearts' hub. Love don't cost a thing (we treasure the relationship advice, J.Lo), but admission is $5. For a good time, call 602-368-9477. - Jill Koch
Gallery rings in the year with a new space
Affairs of the Heart can be so complicated. This Sunday, February 1, the Paper Heart gallery and performing arts venue debuts its new digs at 750 Grand Avenue (pictured), complete with artists' studios and -- in the near future -- a beer and wine bar. The Heart's original space, 222 North Fifth Avenue, gets a new name -- AUX (www.theaux.org) -- but continues to serve as an "aesthetic sanctuary" of artsy exhibitions and performances. The Paper Cup Espresso Bar, meanwhile, moves into the Trunk Space, a new arts venue at 1030 Grand Avenue (www.thetrunkspace.com). See www.thepaperheart.com for info on coming attractions. -- Jill Koch
Hard bodies are on display
Once upon a time, the term "muscle car" referred to cumbersome eight-cylinder gladiators that burned up city streets in drag races in which pink slips and manhood itself were on the line. Much has changed, with six-cylinder sport compact only (SCO) cars now juicing up on aftermarket performance parts to transform from everyday compacts into street-racing demons.
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Part of the appeal of the genre has always been the pride involved, i.e., how to park your ride in an advantageous spot and show it off to as many fellow gearheads as possible. In the Valley, the job just got a whole lot easier courtesy of SCO Show 'n' Shine, taking place every Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight at F1 Race Factory, 317 South 48th Street. The Valley's finest muscle cars will be buffed out and in full-on flex mode at the new weekly get-together, where the classics of a new generation promise to take center stage. Admission is free. For details visit www.dragracing.com/az. - Craig Wallach