1/30-31: Sugar With Spice

NOT SACCHARINE: Yo La Tengo scores the most tender dreams of youth and teenhood with high-minded, yet often angsty, indie-rock. Just a few bars of the piano intro on "I Feel Like Going Home" or the smitten guitar on "Sugarcube" (we couldn't not include the video for that song below) can help jumpstart acceptance of all the horrible parts of growing up right along with the really good parts. See the band at Granada Theater for $20 or a bit more with Times New Viking tonight at a show sponsored by KXT 91.7. Saturday, 8PM.

SWEET MEANS, SWEET ENDS: The best cupcake we ever tasted (read: moist, hearty, led to another) was a vegan chocolate cupcake. We were just as surprised as you are. Jade DeGrio of Spiral Diner makes it simple for you to try one out -- much simpler than, for instance, baking without eggs on your own -- as she throws a Vegan Bake Sale at the Transit Bike Shop in Uptown Dallas to benefit victims of the Haiti earthquake via Direct Relief International. Check out the Dallas Vegan blog for more info. Saturday, 11AM-4PM.

VALENTINE PREQUEL: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, a musical billed as an adventure in the "modern-day suburban mating game," hits Theatre Three again during lovey-dovey season. Contact the box office for ticket information. Theatre Too, Sunday, 8PM.

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