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If you participate in Milwaukee’s exercises of choice — eating and drinking — don’t miss the Milwaukee Public Museum’s Food and Froth Fest on Saturday, February 7. The fest is at the museum (800 W. Wells) and features beer and food from more than 40 breweries and restaurants. Tickets are a bit pricey at $40, but that includes beer, food, live music, and a book signing by Richard Baumann. Reservations recommended. For more info call 414/278-2728. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alternative Porn or Corporate Smut? You make the call… No, we’re not talking about the ads that choke the pages of the Shepherd Express. The SuicideGirls are bringing their punk rock/burlesque tour to the Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth) on Friday, February 20. The tour is an off-shoot of the online shows performed at www.SuicideGirls.com, which bills itself as “the web’s most popular adult community for people outside of mainstream culture.” The SuicideGirls take the stage at 10 p.m. with bands Bloom and Holy Mary Motor Club. To find out more about the performance, visit www.cactusclubmilwaukee.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave., is hosting a slide lecture and exhibition on Saturday, February 14 called Cupid’s Arrow: The History of Antique Valentines. A tea and chocolate reception provided by Tres Bon Catering will follow the lecture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Murray Hill Pottery Works, 2458 N. Murray Ave., is the proud owner of an “Art-o-mat.” The vending machine dispenses original art with the insertion of a $5 token. The machine is a refurbished vintage cigarette vending machine, which tells you a bit about the size of the art. The stock features national artists but the owners hope to fill it with work from locals in the future. Interested? Stop by and pick up an application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Take a new step this year! SOS (Sistas of Soul) has launched their second year of professional stepping lessons at Mecca Nite Club, 3802 W. Hampton Ave. Every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., these Midwest champions offer lessons for all skill levels. Fee is $5. After 8 p.m., enjoy drink specials for $1 and $2 until midnight. Call 414/462-4747 for more info. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Into natural make-up (if that’s not a contradiction in terms)? Oranje, 2241 S. KK Ave., may have what you’re looking for. Nationally known make-up artist James Vincent, creator of Pretty Pretty make-up, pays a return visit to Oranje Friday, February 13, to offer free make-up applications and a host of other goodies. Reservations are recommended, and a press release about the event says “champagne and aphrodisiacs will be served.” Call 414/294-4709 for more info. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Turner Hall, 1034 N. 4th St., is hosting Tribal Nights every Sunday with Poi Dance and Belly Dance Lessons from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (Poi) and 7 to 8 p.m. (Belly Dancing). Check out the calendar at www.milwaukeeturners.org for information on registering and cost of classes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The 4th Annual Riverwest Pub Crawl for children’s charities is March 20. To participate, call Erik at 414/431-0031.