If you're hoping to avoid the restaurant scene this Valentine's Day or you procrastinated to the point that reservations are damn near impossible (They're not! Check out OmnivoreATL.com.) we have some V-Day alternatives that will still impress your sweetie. If you're too slothful for restaurants or even a physical card, Someecards.com has a few winners for that pseudospecial person in your life.
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BE MY VALENTINE A night of music, romance and comedy at the Towne Lake Arts Center. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 15, 3 p.m. Through Feb. 14. $25. Towne Lake Arts Center, 6576 Commerce Parkway, Woodstock. 678-494-4251. www.tlaclive.org.
THE BLAKE VALENTINE SHOW Drag show followed by dancing. 10:30 p.m. Paris, 308-H W. Ponce de Leon Place, Decatur. 404-687-1965. www.myspace.com/parisdecatur.
CASABLANCA Organ pre-show before the movie at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 13, 8 p.m. $6-$7. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080. www.earlsmithstrand.org.
CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF ASTRONOMY The Fernbank Science Center will unveil new mural-sized images taken from NASAs great observatories: the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-way Observatory. Local astronomer Jim Summers will unveil the images. Sat., Feb. 14, 10 a.m. Fernbank Science Center, 156 Heaton Park Drive. 678-874-7102. fsc.fernbank.edu.
CONTEMPORARY DANCE-VINTAGE MUSIC The Vega String Quartet and choreographer George Staib bring together live music and dance. Thurs., Feb. 12, 8 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 13, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 14, 8 p.m. Free-$20. Emory Performing Arts Studio, 1804 N. Decatur Road. 404-727-5050. arts.emory.edu.
CUPID AT THE CASTLE Get hitched at the Castle on Peachtree. Proceeds go to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Sat., Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $100. Rhodes Hall, 1516 Peachtree St. 404-885-7800. www.rhodeshall.org.
DAL CUORE NIGHTS A pre-Valentines celebration with a prix fixe menu and discounts on wine at Atlanta-area Carrabbas Italian Grill. Through Feb. 12. www.carrabbas.com.
DINNER AND A SHOW Enjoy a three-course dinner at Cafe Lily, a chauffeured ride to Emorys Performing Arts Studio to see Contemporary Dance - Vintage Music, and a return ride to Cafe Lily for drinks and dessert. Thurs., Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m. $60. Cafe Lily, 308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-371-9119. www.cafelily.com.
DRACULA Michael Pinks choreography and Philip Feeneys score complete with howls and heartbeats that was originally staged in 1997 to commemorate the centenary of Bram Stokers classic novel. The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra will provide live music for all performances. Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Feb. 15. $15-$115. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway. 404-817-8700. www.atlantaballet.com.
A FUNNY V-DAY Featuring the Blacktop Circus, Americas leading African-American improvisational comedy troupe. Fri., Feb. 13, 7:30 and 10 p.m. $15. Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. www.auroratheatre.com.
GOING WITH JENNY A young married couple puts dating and marriage for Generation X in comic perspective. Wednesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Through Feb. 15. $30. Theatrical Outfit, 84 Luckie St. 404-577-5257. www.theatricaloutfit.org.
KISSING K-9S IN GRANT PARK Doggie kissing booth to benefit Grant Park and South Bend dog park. Sat., Feb. 14, 1:30 p.m. $5-$20. Intown Healthy Hound, 753 B Cherokee Ave. 404-688-2275. barkatl.com.
LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO This all-male, two-time Grammy-winning choral group boasts musical traditions that hail from South African mines. 8 p.m. $39-$65. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. 404-413-9849. www.rialtocenter.org.
L AMOUR: A FRENCH REVIEW Big City Burlesque & Vaudeville, Atlantas first and only all-retro troupe since 2002, brings the magic and charms of yesteryear for Valentines Day. Sat., Feb. 14, 10 p.m. $15. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647. www.7stages.org.
LETS DANCE! Valentines dance and fundraiser featuring music from Jim Pearce and his band. All couples and singles are welcome. Thurs., Feb. 12, 7-10 p.m. Unity Christ Center, 3474 S. Scales Road, Suwanee. 770-495-0081. unitychristcenter.org.
LOVE, LAUGHTER & MYTE DYKES: ENTERTAINMENT, EXTRAVAGANZA & DANCE Fun-filled evening with a show full of storytelling, poetry, love songs and inspired dance and a surprise performance. Sat., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. $12-$20. First Existentialist Congregation, 470 Candler Park Drive. 404-522-9912. www.chariscircle.org.
LOVE. ART. A VALENTINES AT THE HIGH Love-and-romance gallery tours, live music, dance lessons, and a champagne and dessert bar. Sat., Feb. 14, 6-10 p.m. Free-$25. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4444. www.high.org.
LOVE OVERBOARD Romantic comedy stage play that centers on the dynamics of different romantic relationships between women and men. Thurs., Feb. 12, 8 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 13, 9 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 14, 3 and 8 p.m. $35.50-$48.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700. www.foxtheatre.org.
LOVE! SAVAGE! SKETCH! Have a laugh at love. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 8, 5 p.m. Through March 14. $5-$20. Sketchworks Theater, 3041 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-499-8181. www.sketchworkscomedy.com.
LOVIN FEELING WITH RIGHTEOUS BROTHER BILL MEDLEY Feb. 13-14, 8 p.m. $20-$53. Woodruff Arts Center, Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4900. www.atlantasymphony.org.
LUSTING FOR LOCAL FOOD Cocktails, hors doeuvres, family-style seated dinner and dancing -- all with a green theme. Sat., Feb. 14, 6-10 p.m. $50-$65. Kennesaw Mountain Gardens, 1127 White Circle, Marietta. 770-421-8463.
MARTINIS AND IMAX SWEETHEART PACKAGE This all-inclusive package includes one bottle of wine or champagne, 2 entrees, 1 dessert (sharing is sweeter) and 2 IMAX tickets to the film of your choice. Fri., Feb. 13, 5:30-10 p.m. $90-$100. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6400. www.fernbankmuseum.org.
MOTIONS OF THE OCEANS VALENTINES DAY DINNER AND LECTURE A romantic evening filled with Wolfgang Puck Catering, drinks and a lecture on the secret mating rituals of animals. Followed by an optional adult sleepover. 21 and over. Sat., Feb. 14, 6 p.m. $75-$160. Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. 404-581-4000. www.georgiaaquarium.org.
ONE HEARTBEAT: CELEBRATING CULTURAL DIVERSITY Performances, vendors and restaurants from across the globe. Sat., Feb. 14, 9 a.m. $9-$12. Georgia Freight Depot, 1 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. 404-656-3850.
PASSION AND POETRY: LOVE AND ROMANCE Hosted by V-103s Joyce Littel. Must be 18 and up. Sat., Feb. 14, 8 p.m. and midnight. $30. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-875-9364.
RETURN ENGAGEMENTS The story of three couples over the span of 30 years. A dinner precedes the show on Feb. 14. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 15, 2:30 p.m. Through Feb. 21. Polk Street Players, 161 Church St., Marietta. 770-218-9669.
ROCK 100.5 FMS NAUGHTY GRAS PARTY Mardi Gras party with Dames Aflame Burlesque, Yacht Rock, Squirrelheads and more. Fri., Feb. 13. Wild Bills, 2075 Market St., Duluth. 678-473-1000. www.wildbillsatlanta.com.
ROMANCING THE STONE Dinner for two and interactive relationship- and romance-building activities. Sat., Feb. 14, 6-8:30 p.m. $95. Olde Mill Steakhouse, 2960 Cobb Parkway. 404-583-5877. www.martinmaximummediation.com.
A ROMANTIC EVENING OF TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC Brian Conway and Brendan Dolan perform. Sat., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. $5-$15. Red Door Playhouse, 587 Atlanta St., Roswell. 770-649-9994.
ROMEO AND JULIET Lament historys most famous star-crossed lovers with a flagon of ale. Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Through March 1. $12-$34. The New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. 404-874-5299. www.shakespearetavern.com.
SEX, SOUP AND THE SCHMUCK WHO LEFT ME, A VALENTINES CABARET Jenny Levison, aka Souper Jenny, and her Souper Jenny employees act and sing in this Valentines cabaret filled with songs and skits about love, hate, relationships and more. Ticket includes dinner, dessert and a show. Sat., Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. $50. Andrews Upstairs, 56 East Andrews Drive Suite 13. 404-467-1600. andrewsupstairs.com.
SHOWBIZ WHAT SIZZLES Showcases singers, a classic burlesque show by the hot and steamy Dames Aflame, and special appearances by Mike Geier of Kingsized and Aqua Teen Hunger Forces Dana Snyder. Sat., Feb. 14, 7:30 and 10 p.m. $50. Paris on Ponce, 716 Ponce de Leon Place. 404-249-9965. www.damesaflame.com.
SINGLE LIFE DIVINE VALENTINES BLAST Barbecue, prizes, drawings and live music. Sat., Feb. 14, 5 p.m. $8-$12. First Baptist Church, 4400 N. Peachtree Road.
SINGLES SOCIAL AND DANCE Dancing, food and fun for Christians who are interested in celebrating Valentines day with people who share the same interests. 18 and over. Sat., Feb. 14, 6 p.m. Free. Dorothy Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive. 404-705-4900. meetup.com/AtlantaChristians.
SOUTH BEACH SOIREE A Miami-themed event in celebration of Valentines Day with special drinks, live music and fun until 2:30 a.m. Sat., Feb. 14, 5 p.m. Free. Eclipse di Luna, 764 Miami Circle. 404-846-0449. www.eclipsediluna.com.
SPECIAL V-DAY EDITION OF FUNNY FRIDAYS Featuring dinner and a show package. Fri., Feb. 13, 7:30 and 10 p.m. $25-$100. Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. www.auroratheatre.com.
THE SPITTING GAME A series of short plays that explore the culture of hooking up in modern society. Adult themes and language. Part of Emorys Brave New Works Festival. Sat., Feb. 14, 5 p.m. Free. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emory University, 1700 N. Decatur Road. 404-727-5050. theater.emory.edu
TRAIN MAN An offbeat romantic comedy based on a true Japanese story. In Japanese with English subtitles. Part of the Reel Life: True Stories from Japan film series at the High Museum of Art. Sat., Feb. 14, 8 p.m. Free-$7. Memorial Arts Building, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.
TREES ATLANTA LOVE YOUR BELTLINE ARBORETUM TREE PLANTING Plant trees along the Westend trail. RSVP to email@example.com. 9 a.m.-noon.
TRU LOVE Exotic art, live entertainment and dating and relationship games. Event benefits Positive Impact. Fri., Feb. 13, 10 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 14, 10 p.m. $20-$25. 595 North Event Venue & Lounge, 595 North Ave. 678-525-5468. trulove.eventbrite.com.
VALENTINES DAY BALL The Move of God Ministries hosts a Valentines party including booths with gifts, on-site weddings, photos and food. Attire is black-tie. Sat., Feb. 14, 6-9 p.m. $10-$25. The Arzahilia Community Center, 1306 E. Lindsey Drive, Columbus. 706-289-4597.
VALENTINES DAY CABARET Sat., Feb. 14, 8:30 p.m. $20. Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. www.auroratheatre.com.
VALENTINES DAY CELEBRATION Flowers, candles, music, and wine. Sat., Feb. 14, 7 p.m. $60. Atlanta Wine School, 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770-668-0435. www.atlantawineschool.com.
VALENTINES DAY COUPLES PACKAGE Includes two tickets to one Main Stage performance and your choice of a bottle of champagne, red wine or white wine. Sat., Feb. 14, 8 and 10:30 p.m. $60. The Process Theatre, 1226 Spring St. 404-817-0880. www.theprocesstheatre.org.
VALENTINES DAY DANCE WITH ZYDECO T Free Zydeco dance lesson from 7-8 p.m. Then enjoy the party with music, Cajun food and a cash bar. Sat., Feb. 14, 8-11 p.m. $8-$17. Knights of Columbus Hall (Post 660), 2620 Buford Highway. 404-636-9237.
VALENTINES DAY LOVE SONGS The Carlos Museum and the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta welcome members of Emory Universitys voice faculty for a concert of classic love songs. Fri., Feb. 13, noon-1 p.m. Free-$7. Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Circle. 404-727-4282. www.carlos.emory.edu.
VALENTINES DAY PARTY Our Pals Place is hosting a night of food, live music, games and more. Guests are encouraged to pick an abandoned puppy as their Valentine and theyll get a picture of the dog. Sat., Feb. 14, 7-11 p.m. $20-$25. KoKoSphere Fine Art, 942 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 678-205-4340. www.ourpalsplace.org.
VALENTINES DAY PROM Just as cheesy as the first one, except this time youre allowed to drink. Sat., Feb. 14, 8 p.m. $65-$70. MLK Gymnasium, 90 Boulevard.
VALENTINES IN THE GARDEN Plenty of chocolate, live music and a cash bar while touring the Orchid Center. Reservations required. Sat., Feb. 14, 7-11 p.m. $25$40. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. 404-876-5859. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.
VALENTINES DINNER AND DANCE Hors doeuvres, door prizes and complimentary event photos. Live entertainment by Crosstown Jazz Sally. Sat., Feb. 14, 7-10 p.m. $75. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 W. Crogan St., 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. 770-822-5450. www.gogwinnett.com/gwinnetthistoriccourthouse.
VALENTINES EVE PARTY Features free food from 7-8 p.m., free valet parking starting at 6 p.m., a huge draft beer selection, trivia, and more. Feb. 13, 6 p.m. Free. Engine 11 Firehouse Tavern, 30 North Ave.
VICIOUS VALENTINES DAY SHOW Syrens of the South Productions presents a Valentines Day burlesque show, featuring opening entertainment from the Mezmer Society of Asheville. Sat., Feb. 14, 7 and 9:30 p.m. $10-$50. Relapse Theatre, 380 14th St. 678-887-7809. syrensofthesouth.com.
WILL YOU BE MINE? An evening of romance and laughter. Appetizers will be served before performance and during intermission. Fri., Feb. 13, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 14, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 15, 3 p.m. $25. Towne Lake Arts Center, 6576 Commerce Parkway, Woodstock. 678-494-4251. www.tlaclive.org.
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