Valentine's Day

V-Day can be for both Loners & for Lovers
by Nikhil Gupta

Plan on running into Eros today?

BOSTON ON FIRE? - So you're looking for way to spend your Sunday? Check out RSL's Top 10 suggestions for how to spend Valentine's Day in Boston. Whether you're out on the town with your sweetheart, in a group, or by yourself, there's something here for you.

1. Head to The Lizard Lounge for the 13th Anniversary Celebration of their Poetry Night featuring the Jeff Robinson Trio.

Slam at 8PM
Jam at 9:30PM w/ the Jeff Robinson Trio
$5, 7:30PM doors 21+

2. Be a DJ! Go to TOAD in Porter Sq. from 3PM to 8PM and sign up on the list to play 3 songs on vinyl. Listen to records, learn some new music, and stick around for Treat Her Right, who will be playing at 9PM.

3. While you're driving around the city, be sure to go under the Summer Street overpass. Lisa Greenfield, Daniel J. van Ackere, and 4,800 LED lights have turned the overpass into a "Starry Night" that wows drivers with the impression of a black sky studded with evening stars. The installment is part of the Fort Point Arts Community's Winter Solstice Public Art Series.

4. Go on a naked scavenger hunt at the MFA--that's right, go through the museum (with your own clothes on, of course) and find naked bodies in the pictures on display. Meet up at the Fenway entrance at 1:30PM ($37.50, includes museum admission).

5. If that not the day at the MFA you imagined for yourself, you can also try their Bravo Restaurant for a special Valentine's Brunch featuring live jazz music. Stick around for the Boston Lyric Opera's presentation of Creating and Opera, Passions Run High at 2PM.

6. The Brattle Theatre in Harvard Sq. has 2 great choices for V-day. If you're feeling a bit down and need some laughs, go see the "All Bugs Revue" to get our fill of Bugs Bunny at 12PM and 2PM. ($7.75 - $9.75).

As always on Valentine's Day at the Brattle, you can catch a showing of the classic film Casablanca at 4:15, 7, and 9:45PM ($9.50 or $50/couple for premium tickets, includes reserved seats).

7. Wish you were in Italy? Try the Isabella Gardner Museum as a substitute. Stroll through the galleries, listen to live jazz in the courtyard, sample small plates and desserts, and down some Bellinis. Stay from 6:30-9PM ($195/couple or $100/person) Admission includes a one-year membership to the museum!

8. Watch other people dance! Tapas and Flamenco dancing at Bar Lola is sure to stimulate your date's senses. While you share fine Spanish finger food with someone across the table, John Smathers will be accompanying Lauren O'Donnell and Mitra Taj at 7PM and 9PM ($20 food and drink minimum per person).

9. Has your new girlfriend been begging you to watch the BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries? Well, you can say no once more but still win her over by going to Waltham. Go on a guided tour of the Gore Place Mansion from 1806. The guide will be in period dress quoting Jane Austen at 1PM and 3PM ($12, advanced tickets suggested).

10. Get ready for your next fling! Learn pole and exotic dancing at Wendy Reardon's Gypsy Rose dance studio. 'Nough said. Classes are at 12, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:30, and 9PM ($40).

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