Valentine’s Day remixed: 507’s picks for a low-effort, high-impact weekend

February 15, 2019

It’s the most romantic day of the year. Which is why we’re showing our love for our readers by providing some last-minute assistance.

While there are a million meal deals and florist specials out there today, we decided not to write about those in this issue. First, because there are just too many swanky places in town to list. And second, because by the time you’re reading this, all of those restaurants will be booked, the flower shops will be empty, and good luck finding an empty table anywhere.

While we hope – we really hope – that those of you who want to celebrate romantically already have your plans sorted out, that’s not always feasible. And since not everyone has the planning skills or money to make dinner reservations at a nice restaurant or order flowers way ahead of time, we have a few other ideas that are low-cost, low-stress, and – above all – capital-R romantic. Read on for our favorite date ideas this weekend.

If you simply must celebrate on Thursday:

-Head to an art exhibit! It’s a classic date idea for a reason: looking at art is fun, educational, and makes both you and your partner feel extremely cultured. This weekend, we’re excited for the colorful, fantastical art of Diana DeMoraes and Kari Maxwell at Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota. Also open Thursday: “Spitting Image,” a collection of self-portraits at Lanesboro Arts Gallery, the Minnesota Black Fine Art Show on the second floor of Austin’s ArtWorks Center, the woman-focused Mese Delle Donne, or any of several local artists at the Rochester Art Center.

-Got a little time in the afternoon? Pick up a free cupcake (and a Valentine’s infusion) at LTS for your sweetie. Your options (for beer) include “Inspired Passion,” which includes passionfruit flavors, “Creme de Large” with chai, coconut, and lactose sugar, and “Cherry Tribiscus” with hibiscus and – you guessed it – cherry.

-Catch a showing of “Beauty and the Beast” for $5 at Marcus Theatres. That’s right - the Disney Enchanted Tales series has showings at 10:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:45 p.m. Thursday (and Friday-Sunday). Because nothing says romance like Angela Lansbury crooning that title track.

-Finally, check out Rochester’s improv troupe, The Squirrel Association, in a Thursday night show at Pasquale’s Neighborhood Pizzeria. Tickets are $15 ($10 of which covers your meal), and best of all, there were no online sales – so you couldn’t have gotten them early if you tried. Doors open at 6 p.m., so get there early to secure a seat!

If you want to feel the love all weekend:

-More interested in celebrating on Friday or Saturday? Try one of Blue Moon Ballroom’s partner dances on Friday or Saturday – the fee is $10 for an hour-long lesson, then there’s a free dance party for the next three hours. Check the Post Bulletin calendar for all the info.

-Love Birds in Lanesboro is an all-weekend event with luminary walks in the evenings, tap take-overs at High Court Pub, art lessons (by registration) and more. The full schedule is online at lanesboro.com.

If you’ve given up

-Cellar’s got your back. Head to trivia night Thursday at the 4th St. SE cocktail bar to answer questions about that Steve Carrell classic, “The 40 Year Old Virgin.” And maybe weep a little into that cocktail.