Valentine’s Day is upon us and, if you’re anything like me, you’re scrambling to put something together for V-Day. Whether it’s finding the perfect gift for your boo or simply celebrating singlehood, we have a couple of holiday favorites to share.  You might be out of time to have a nude, charcoal portrait completed for your S.O., but don’t sweat it. There are plenty of other options.

For the movie lovers: Head over to E Street Cinema to see all 5 Oscar nominated short films in one sitting. Cuddle up next to the love of your life or the largest chocolate bar of your life. This weekend might be too cold to wear shorts, but it’s never too cold to watch ‘em. Showings at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.

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Commonwealth Improv Team at WIT

If you’re going out Saturday night, Washington Improv Theater is prepared to “warm your cockles.” Stop by the DC Arts Center at 7:30 and 9:30 for their Wintry Mix performances which are sure to improv your love life. (PS – If you like what you see at WIT, you’ll love hearing Artistic and Executive Director, Mark Chalfant, speak at EALS Match 6th!)

Interested in getting an intimate look at someone else’s love life? According to the New York Times, Studio Theatre’s production of Constellations is “sexy,” “accessible,” and “so emotionally devastating.” To let yourself miss this love story between a physicist and a beekeeper would be a-pollen.

On Sunday nights at Vinoteca, you can enjoy live Flamenco dancing and music. When you start to feel sad at your inability to stomp your feet in such a fast, beautiful manner, fill the void with delicious nibbles and wine.

Planning a last-minute trip to NYC? Send a cryptic, art-focused Valentine’s Day e-card and then whisk them away to New York City. Kick-off your day at MoMa for a candlelit wine reception and a private tour of their permanent collection and The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters, which explores the rise of nightlife culture and pleasures of Belle Époque Paris, to round out the visit.

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Hearts of Hearts by Collective-LOK in Times Square

Before you head back home, be sure to visit the public art project by Collective-LOK, winner of this year’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design, curated by the Center for Architecture. Titled Heart of Hearts, you can duck into one of the mirrored hearts that open to create kissing booths to give your sweetie a kiss in the crossroads of the world. Don’t forget it’s also NYFW if you want to celebrate art in all of its forms!

I hope you have an awesome and art-full Valentines Day!

by AmyJo Foreman

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