The I Love Memphis Guide to: Valentine’s Day 2013
Whether you're happily coupled or single and, well, you know, here's a list of Memphis Valentine's Day events for every kind of date:
Get them something nice:
For $25 (or more, depending on what you want), a University of Memphis music students will deliver your special someone a box of chocolates, a card and a tuba serenade.
More than 15 local artisans and makers will be set up at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market selling handmade Valentine's Day gifts. Be sure to check out Mo's Bows for handmade bowties, Baby Creep by Nikkila Carroll for jewelry and knitwear and Gardens Oy Vey for plants.
Indie Style Market's collective of local designers, artists and makers are setting up pop-up shop at Chickasaw Crossing (by the main library) this week for those searching for that perfect something for their valentine.
Hoot and Louise is pairing up with Amelia (an adorable gift shop in Oxford, Miss.) and artist Anna Wunderlich for a special pop-up shop and art show featuring indie clothing designers, vintage clothing, jewelry, housewares and art.
Take them out to dinner:
If you're looking to impress your date, take her to Chez Philippe (one of the city's most romantic restaurants) for their special Valentine's Day dinner. The four-course dinner includes lobster, steak and some serious dessert.
Capriccio is serving a three-course Italian-inspired Valentine's Day menu with antipaso, surf'n'turf, and something called a "white chocolate raspberry opera" for dessert. It's $75 per person, plus tax and tip.
If the usual three or four course dinner offerings aren't enough for you, Eighty3 has prepared 18 special dishes for their 10 course Valentine's Day dinner.
There are three ways to celebrate at Bleu: for $45 per person, you can have a three course dinner at Bleu; for $65, you can have that dinner with wine pairings; and for $219, you can get dinner as well as a room in the Westin hotel plus champage and chocolate dipped strawberries.
See a show:
It's funny, it's shocking, it might make you cry: it's the annual Memphis production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues". The production, which features heartfelt monologues about the female experience, will benefit Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis.
Get dressed up and head to the Cannon Center for an evening of romantic music from Will Downing, Lalah Hathaway and Robert Glasper.
Listen to singer and pianist Chris Nemec play romantic classic from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rogers and Hammerstein and Cole Porter and feel good knowing that you're supporting Habitat for Humanity.
Celebrate with your family:
Bring the family to the Children's Museum of Memphis for a special Valentine's Day play date. Kids will be able to present their valentines with a gift and a flower and dance to live music from Thunderpunch. CMOM will provide the snacks.
– Mother / Daughter Tea, Memphis Botanic Garden,
Meet someone new (while you do something fun):
Dress up (preferrably in your best 1920s attire) and go to the Blind Bear for a Valentine's Day party benefitting FedEx Family House and the Ronald McDonald House. They'll have drinking, dancing, a costume contest, a silent auction and a blackjack tournament.
Grab your favorite dance partner (or try to meet one) while you check out the Wuvbirds and their adorable, charming pop music that's the aural equivalent of candy hearts.
Celebrate Valentine's Day or come commisserate with drink specials at Cherry, a monthly party for lesbians. They'll have a burlesque show, $5 drinks, complimentary snacks and plenty of space to dance.
This Valentine's Day, don't stay at home and squee with delight over kitten videos all by your lonesome. Head to the Brooks Museum for the Internet Cat Video Festival, where you can LOL over an hour of super cute kitties with tons of other likeminded people (or maybe meet the cat lady or dude of your dreams).
Go on a special date:
If you're not really feeling the love this Valentine's Day, Elmwood's got the perfect event for you (and they're serving sad cake): Love on the Rocks, a cocktail party in the cemetery's chapel featuring costumed interpreters telling some of Elmwood's most romantic stories.
Take your date on a two-hour Mississippi River cruise, complete with live music, a buffet and incredible views of the Memphis skyline.
It's not a secret: knowing how to dance makes you more attractive. Take your favorite aspiring Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers to a free rhumba and waltz lesson at Blue Suede Ball Room. The class is free, but space is limited, so register by calling (901) 758-0032.
Nothing says love like a chocolate buffet. Order a special love letter from the Madsion (that serves as a ticket into the buffet) for your date and then sample speciality chocolates from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. Beverage pairings will be available.
Know of an event that isn't on the list? Submit it to the Memphis events calendar and I'll add it to the list.