10/14: Sweets, Monks, and Trivia

CHEERS, NOW DESSERT: Some of the most elegant, scrumptious sweets in Dallas are hiding in the corner of North Park Center where Cibus and La Duni face each other. The gelato specialists and Latin-inspired cake artisans can feed you dinner if you like, but the Venezuelan Rum, Pastry Cream and Chocolate Truffle Cake at La Duni or icy treats at Cibus are what you'll remember. True, the restaurants team up tonight for a (hopefully) al fresco wine tasting with cheese and appetizers, but we suggest you make that the first of three courses and skip the second. (Or take advantage of the 4-course special for $30.) 6:30-7:30PM, $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door.

PRE-MICHELANGELO: What did we do upon arriving at our son's preschool yesterday and gaping at the "CLOSED" sign on the door? We buckled our confused puppy up again and drove straight to the Arts District for some learnin' of mama's choice. Since we were eager enough to have arrived for the Dallas Museum of Art's toddler art class 45 minutes before the museum opened, we headed across the street to the Crow Collection of Asian Art, where we found ourselves watching Tibetan monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery work on a shimmering mandala sand painting, one tiny grain at a time. "Yellow," whispered our student. Take that, flu. Admission to the Crow is free; check out the artists-in-residence of Mystical Arts of Tibet until 5 p.m. The monks work at the museum until Friday.

KNOW IT ALL-ING: Where do you go when you've trumped all your friends in the fact-checks of everyday conversation? The new Buzzbrews on Lemmon, where you can meet your trivia-hoarding matches over $2 beers and answer seven rounds of 10 questions in different categories (music nerds, diversify!). Unwind from the grilling with karaoke between rounds. 7:30-11PM.

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