Happy Valentine’s Day!
For those sensible folks who’d rather celebrate at home than risk infection with a traditional dinner out, we have several choice options here. Pair with your favorite local takeout.
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For the dinner-and-a-show pair: Two of Rochester’s theater companies will stream shows beginning Friday. The Rochester Repertory Theatre presents “We’ve Got That Lovin’ Feeling,” a series of sketches by company couples. The stream is free to season ticket holders with unused tickets, with a suggested donation of $15 for everyone else. Get access at www.rochesterrep.org/wp/weve-got-that-lovin-feeling. And the Civic Theatre had a similar idea with “Romantic Fools,” their on-demand sketch comedy exploring the ins and outs of relationships. Though the show is available via Broadway on Demand ($15), it was filmed at local restaurants and businesses.
For the music-lovers: Oh boy, do we have options here. Fans of classic love songs can stream “A Virtual Singing Valentine” by the Choral Arts Ensemble for free, Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Grab a ticket at www.choralartsensemble.org. Rochester favorites The D’Sievers will play romantic jazz beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday — donations to the players are strongly encouraged, but the Facebook stream is free. Looking for something a little more old-school? First Presbyterian Church’s “A Festival of Music” continues with “Many-Splendored Love,” a musical “tour” of compositions and readings about the heart’s complexity. Access the free, prerecorded concert on YouTube (FPC RochesterMN), and on Facebook (@FPCRochMN) at 4 p.m. Sunday.
For the shared-experiences couple: Feel like bonding over the absolutely freezing weather this weekend? You’re braver than the rest of us. Mask up and head to Quarry Hill’s candlelit Valentine’s Hike on Saturday at 6 p.m. (with tickets on Eventbrite). If saying "hey" to cuddly animals is more your speed, Pauley Alpaca Company will also host another open house Saturday morning, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And of course, Improv-ICE doesn’t end until Sunday — so there’s plenty of time to go see the community ice sculpture in person.
Singles, we found you a date: Let’s be real, there aren’t many ways to put yourself out there safely during a pandemic. But the Rochester Public Library can help out in one way — by arranging a Blind Date with a Book. Throughout the month of February, readers can pick from four different genres (mystery, history, romance or adventure) and will receive a “mystery book” for curbside pickup. For more information, call the library at 507-328-2300.