Whether you’re newly partnered, happily solo, or half of a soul mate, the Seattle arts community will keep you entertained on Valentine’s Day and throughout the weekend.
If it’s a first date…
Feb 14 at 7:30, Benaroya Hall
Seattle Symphony’s night of elegant—yet unabashedly romantic—melodies includes Faure’s Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 21 featuring French pianist Cédric Tiberghien, and selections from Bizet’s Carmen. $19–$112.
Blitz Capitol Hill Art Walk
Feb 14, 5–8, various locations
In true Seattle style, stroll close but not too close to your beau on a leisurely art walk around Capitol Hill (or should we say: Capitol Hill, the now nationally lauded "ArtsPlace"). Our last trip around the neighborhood included a visit to Ltd. Art Gallery for its Star Wars paintings followed by a drink and some culture at Vermillion. For a schedule of live theater and music events, visit Blitz's website. Free.
If you found a babysitter…
Feb 14–17, 7:30 & 9, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
Remember these ladies? Fans of '90s R&B may want to indulge in dinner at Jazz Alley with a side of glorious cheese and high harmonies: We’re talking "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" and "I'm So Into You." $45.
Andre Feriante: Words of Love
Feb 14 at 8, Benaroya Hall
Ranked one of the 12 sexiest bald men by msn.com, Seattle-based classical guitarist Andre Feriante is back at Benaroya for his 15th year of serenades. He’s also celebrating the release of his new album Beatles Masquerade, which lends flamenco style to adaptations of the Fab Four’s catalog, from "Norwegian Wood" to "I Love Her." $41.
If you’re presently unattached...
The Better Bombshell: A Midwinter Dream
Feb 14 at 8, Olympic Sculpture Park
The 20th century had Bettie Page, Marilyn Monroe, and Jean Harlow—but what kind of bombshells do we have in 2013? For one thing, we get the launch party for the book The Better Bombshell, a nonprofit collaboration between writers and visual artists. In black-tie togs and under thousands of twinkly lights in the PACCAR Pavilion, everyone passes for a bombshell. $75.
Dream Date 3: Valentine’s Day Edition Sing-Along
Feb 14 at 8, Central Cinema
Two words: Boy bands. Subtitles accompany the deliciously large projections of music videos by George Michael, Bruno Mars, Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberlake, and many more. Ogle the trailer here. $8–$10.
Savage Love Live!
Feb 14 at 8, Neptune Theatre, 21+
The Stranger’s sex columnist Dan Savage is, quote, "here to ruin and rescue Valentine's Day." This singles-only bash features a live recording of his popular podcast, as well as live music, free lap dances, sex toy giveaways, and… uh, demonstrations. $23.
If you’re swinging for the fences…
Spank! The Fifty Shades of Grey Parody
Feb 13–17, various times, Moore Theatre
The obsession continues with a new stage parody of the racy BDSM novels, to be performed just a few blocks from the Escala (where the spiciest scenes between undergrad Anastasia Steele and business mogul Christian Grey take place). $35.
J’Adore: A Burlesque Valentine
Feb 14–16, 7 & 10, The Triple Door
It's the fifth anniversary of the Atomic Bombshells' sultry Valentine's bash, complete with drag, dance, and a little (or a lot of) skin. Don't forget the glitter. $25–$30.
Feb 14 at 9, Grand Illusion Cinema
No subtlety here. Ask yourself (and your date, please): Do we want to see some full frontal nudity this Valentine’s Day? Grand Illusion screens an 80-minute compilation of the finest in sexploitation: “an arousing mix of raunch, sleaze, filth” and…well, isn’t that enough? $8.