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Tonight at PlatteForum: Painting potted and other philanthropic pastimes

Definite trend: Drink and Draw, Cocktails and Canvases. No matter what you call the combo, it translates to knock back a few back while making art. And tonight at PlatteForum, the award-winning, innovative community art center that pairs underserved youth with artist-mentors, that's just what you're invited to do.

They'll be popping corks at Sipping n' Painting, a painting class and wine tasting in one. If you're a complete novice, an art instructor will be on hand to show you how to create your own version of a featured painting called "Birds on a Wire." Or you can choose from a variety of other provided patterns or even make up your own. Whatever you end up doing, the materials are provided, as is the promised wine.

The point of all this lovely nonsense? Half of every registration fee benefits PlatteForum programs, so you're not just getting tipsy while making something beautiful to take home -- you're also being philanthropic. The two hours of tonight's Sipping n' Painting begins at 6 p.m. at Sipping n' Painting, and tickets are $40; register online at PlatteForum's Eventbrite page.

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