Crank up the heat.
What: Artist Deborah Baker toys with word association in a striking show of her latest embroidery.
Why: Each piece is like a puzzle.
When: Thru Feb. 12. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: Packer Schopf Gallery, 942 W. Lake St., at Sangamon St. (312-226-8984). Admission is free.
Sex with Strangers
What: A blogger’s hookups turn into dating — and then something more complicated — in Laura Eason’s hot little nugget of a play.
Why: It curiously explores what happens when online and offline identities cross.
When: Thru May 15.
Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Co., 1650 N. Halsted St., at North Ave. Tickets ($20-$73) at 312-335-1650 or online at steppenwolf.org.
Steven Alan Sample Sale
What: The designer’s men’s and women’s clothing (waxed cotton rain slickers, reverse-seam shirts, drawstring-waist dresses) fly away for 30-75 percent off.
Why: Sale partner Roslyn has her own discounted merch up for grabs, including styles by Elizabeth & James, Alice + Olivia, and Loeffler Randall.
When: Thurs. & Fri., 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 67 E. Oak St., at Rush St.
I Just Dined in Your Arms Tonight
What: Graham Elliot plays Cupid with a six-course, rock ballad-themed Valentine’s menu.
Why: Go from Every Rose Has Its Thorn (fluke tartare, rose water, cactus pear) to Pour Some Sugar on Me (cotton candy, ginger brulee, caramel).
When: Feb. 11, 12 & 14.
Where: 217 W. Huron St., b/t Wells & Franklin Sts. Reservations (required) to 312-624-9975.
What: Take the plunge with the help of this show of edgy, ecofriendly, and off-the-radar local wedding specialists.
Why: We’re vowing to meet Cage and Aquarium DJs and Avery House photographers.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Ravenswood Event Center, 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave., at Irving Park Rd. Tickets ($12, plus $5 for runway show) online at indiewed.com (thru Fri., noon); $20 at the door.
Photo: Courtesy of Packer Schopf Gallery