When asked what’s the best thing about his restaurant, Opa Grill, veteran restaurateur Charlie Venetis sums it up in one word: philoxenia. According to him, it’s a Greek word that describes a certain feeling of hospitality and warmth. In his restaurant, he says, “No one is a stranger. Here everybody is a friend, one of us.” And it’s a great place to feel at home. The menu is full of authentic Greek fare such as the aptly named Olympian Feast, which includes Venetis’ favorite – rack of lamb – and traditional dishes that include dolmas, moussaka, souvlaki and of course saganaki, a Greek cheese that is set aflame at the table while those around cheer “Opa!” Venetis’ wife Carolyn and daughter Dawn are responsible for the dessert menu, which includes pies Carolyn bakes at home. Opa Grill also serves up a hearty variety of specials each day for its bustling breakfast crowd. For Venetis, who has been in the business since 1969, the restaurant is home. In fact, before he opened Opa Grill two and a half years ago, he had retired from the restaurant industry. “Three months later, I was back in business,” he laughs.

OPA! GRILL
12829 PRESTON
972-661-0134

HOURS: Mon-Sat 6:30 a.m.-2:30
p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.;
Thu-Sat 5-10 p.m.

WHAT DO WOMEN WANT? Ah, the age-old question on the mind of every man – at least until the football game starts, right? That’s what Roger Dubac ransacks his brain to find out in his hit one-man show, “THE MALE INTELLECT: an oxymoron?” Dubac’s show concludes the 2004-2005 Theatre Comedy Series at the Eisemann Center with a 90-minute look at the differences between the sexes that will leave you doubled over in laughter. Dubac transforms himself into five alter egos throughout the show – from “The Colonel,” who insists that women only want honesty and all men should admit that they’re boneheads, to “Fast Eddie” who follows the “love ‘em fast and leave ‘em first” mentality. “THE MALE INTELLECT” has toured the country for seven years, and critics have called it a clever combination of theater and stand-up comedy that is laugh-out-loud funny, provocative and thoughtful.

Arts & Entertainment

Bob Schneider Thursday, March 3, 8 p.m. Intimate concert series at Bend Studio. Non-smoking venue, bring your own wine and beer. Yoga class before the show and mini chair massages. $25 in advance. Limited seating. 5014 McKinney, 214-841-YOGA, bendstudio.com.

Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse Friday, March 4 – Amy Carol Webb; Friday, March 11 – Lowen and Navarro; and Friday, March 18 – David Olney. Closed Friday, March 25. All shows $12, unless otherwise stated. A smoke-free, alcohol-free venue for live music. All shows start at 8 p.m. Northpark Presbyterian Church, 9555 N. Central. For information, call 214-363-0044 or visit unclecalvins.org.

The Dead Monkey Through Saturday, March 12. Kitchen Dog Theater presents this portrait of love and marriage in the 21st century. Black Box Theater at the MAC, 3120 McKinney. $15-$20. For more information call 214-953-1055 or visit kitchendogtheater.org.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun Saturday, March 19, 8 p.m. Presented by the Women’s Chorus of Dallas. Caruth Auditorium at SMU. For information call 214-520-7828 or visit twcd.org.

The Violet Hour Through Sunday, March 20. The Dallas Theater Center presents this vivid portrayal of American society after World War II. $15-$60. Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. For information and show times call 214-522-8499 or visit dtinfo.org.

William Eggleston Through Sunday, May 15. William Eggleston: The Los Alamos Project explores Eggleston’s groundbreaking work in color photography. JER Chilton Galleries, 1717 N. Harwood.

China’s Forbidden City Through Sunday, May 29. “Splendors of China’s Forbidden City: The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong” showcases more than 400 artifacts from 18th century Imperial China. JER Chilton Galleries, 1717 N. Harwood.

Community

Live at the Sands Saturday, March 5, 7 p.m.-midnight. Friends of Hillcrest High School and Franklin Middle School present this event featuring ‘60s Vegas-style music and show, live and silent auction, buffet dinner and cash bar. $35 per person. 701 E. Campbell, Richardson. For tickets, contact Perrin Walker at 214-692-6321.

North Haven Gardens Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6 – Rose Weekend: Meet area Rose Society Members and pick up educational information about the best roses to grow in this area. Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20 – Spring Festival: Free garden consultants with ValleyCrest Landscape Consultants. 7700 Northaven. For information call 214-363-5316 or visit nhg.com.

Parkinsonism Society Monday, March 14, 1 p.m. The program will be a book review of “Tuxedo Park” by Molly Davis. University Park United Methodist Church, 4024 Caruth. For information call 972-620-7600.

Spring Brunch and Fashion Show Tuesday, March 15, 11 a.m. Members from the Senior Department of the “J” will model clothing from SteinMart. $18. Open to the community. Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven. For information contact Sharon Cane at 214-239-7128.

Passover Cooking Workshop Mondays, March 28, April 4 and April 11, 7-9 p.m. Try out new pareve and dairy recipes; lake home desserts and side dishes for your family to try before Passover begins. Minimum of six per class. For information call Sue Kramer at 214-239-7133 or email skramer@jccdallas.org.

Mother’s Day Luncheon Tuesday, April 26, 11:30 a.m. The 12th Annual Genesis Shelter luncheon will feature keynote speaker Maya Angelou. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Landmark Ballroom, 300 Reunion Blvd. For information call 214-559-2050.

8th Annual Pot of Gold Luncheon Friday, April 29, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Supports Rainbow Days, an organization that teaches kids skills for a drug-free future. Wyndham Anatole Hotel. For information call 214-887-0726 or visit rdkids.org.

Health & Fitness

National Pilates Day Saturday, April 16, noon-1:30 p.m. Free class demonstrating Pilates mat work and a sampling of Pilates equipment. Oasis Mind-Body Conditioning Center, Preston Forest Center, 11661 Preston, Suite 184. To register call 214-692-6613 or email oasisbody@earthlink.net.

Jazzercise Mondays, 10-11 a.m. Dance and get fit at the same time. $10 for JCC members and $15 for non-members per session. Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven. For information, contact jcohn@jccdallas.com.

Leukemia Society Every 4th Wednesday. All patients, family members and friends affected by leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s and myeloma are invited to attend these support group programs. Free. Texas Oncology at Medical City Dallas, 7777 Forest, Ste. 400. For meeting times or information, call Shelby Brangan at 972-354-8303.

Library

Preston Royal Book Club Wednesday, March 16, 10:30 a.m. Join a lively discussion of Crazy Ladies by Michelle West. Preston Royal Library, 5626 Royal. 214-670-7128.

Easter Party Saturday, March 26, 3 p.m. Walnut Hill Library, 9495 Marsh. 214-670-6376.

Bryan Mark Rigg Wednesday, March 30, 7-8:30 p.m. Book review and talk on Nazi Germany. Preston Royal Library, 5626 Royal. 214-670-7128.

Seniors

Exercise For Older Adults Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10 a.m. A stretching and low-impact group exercise class for seniors, led by instructor Dorothy Glass. For information, contact aangorina@jccdallas.org.