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Try the "Sex and Science" tour at the California Academy of Sciences.Tim Griffith

News roundup for the savvy traveller.

Learn to lock lips like a cichlid fish

San Francisco - Celebrate Valentine's Day on a "Sex and Science" wine and dine tour that features an hour-long peek into the romantic lives of the California Academy of Science's most amorous animals. Highlights include an aquarium-side lesson on the lip-locking habit of the cichlid fish and the real scoop behind the familial bonds of the clownfish (a.k.a. Nemo). The evening is capped off more traditionally with a three-course dinner at The Moss Room restaurant. Tours depart Feb. 13 at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. - after the academy has closed to the public - so you are guaranteed an intimate behind-the-scenes experience. $199 a person.

Hockey day at the Gansevoort

Turks and Caicos - Giant flat-screen TVs, heaping plates of poutine and buckets of beer have transformed the Gansevoort Turks & Caicos' beachside watering hole into an outdoor sports bar. The order of play starts at 2 p.m. Saturday as the Edmonton Oilers take on the Ottawa Senators. If you're more into beach parties, arrive in the evening when roaring bonfires light up the pristine white sands of Grace Bay Beach for the Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames. Pace yourself: The revelry will probably last into the wee hours.

Retail therapy romp

New York - Dapper dudes whose tastes stretch beyond Manhattan's mainstream department stores can sign up for a shopping tour put on by Shop Gotham. Guided by a bona fide stylist, the three-hour tour touches down on independent boutiques, home stores and art galleries in the Bowery district, SoHo and NoLIta. Time permitting, stop in for a quick shave at a men's grooming emporium and hunt for bargains at a sample sale. Groups are maxed at eight people a tour, which means that your stylist/guide will have a chance to give you some tailor-made advice. Tours runs every Friday at 2 p.m., starting on Feb. 18. Introductory rates of $52 a person are valid through to March 25.

All hail Vishnu

Nashville - The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is set to host a major exhibition devoted to Vishnu. Compiling more than 170 paintings, sculptures, textiles and ceremonial objects that date from fourth- to 20th-century India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, the exhibit covers the historic progression of the art and spirituality of the Hindu faith. Many of the works in Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior come from private collections and international museums, including opaque 18th-century watercolours depicting the charismatic deity Krishna in mystical poses. The show runs from Feb. 19 to May 29.

Special to The Globe and Mail