Sick of beer dinners pairing strong hops with heavy meals? Skip ahead straight to dessert paired with—wait for it—pottery, tonight at the Winter Wares Formal. It’s a twist on the spate of booze and bites pairings popping up all over town lately, and we’re all for it. The real meal-plus-plates shindig happens earlier in the evening at Sapor; this is the short (and free) version. Come check out the ceramic talent of a host of local artists: white-painted Victoria Dawes, colorful Nick DeVries, organic Adam Gruetzmacher, abstract Mike Helke, layered Joe Kraft, varied and utilitarian Nick Moen. This list is long and robust, but more than the pile of talent, we love the idea of bringing art into our everyday lives. 7 p.m. Free. —EK

Circa Gallery, 210 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-332-2386, circagallery.org