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Valentine's Day: Go & Do for Sweethearts

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If the fear of another boring date on Valentine's Day is more terrifying than the fear of commitment, grab your honey pie and experience what the city of Indianapolis is putting on just for you. Ranging from swanky to sassy, we've collected our top finds for the holiday of love to ensure that both the raunchiest and the most intellectual of readers have a chance to make the most of the day. We want you to enjoy the holiday, because next year, you may end up just as lonely and cynical as all of your depressed single friends.

TOTS 'Guide to a successful marriage'
While it isn't a stand-in for couples counseling, Theatre on the Square's Valentine's comedy about love and relationships, A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage, may shine some light on couples suffering from cold feet. The rollicking comedy showcases two Iowan couples for whom things never go according to plan. Set against the backdrop of the 1950s, the ups and downs of the two 'by the book' couples are meant to show that marriage is not as different now as it was then. All that's left to do is convince your resident commitmentphobe. Through Feb. 19.

'Kiss Me Deadly' at the IMA
If Cold War-era movies described as "nihilistic" and "apocalyptic" really get you going, your Valentine's plans have been decided. Winter Night Films at the Toby is putting on Kiss Me Deadly, a 1955 sci-fi film noir about a murder investigation with plenty of intrigue, thrills and even a blonde damsel in distress. There is sure to be plenty of opportunities to snuggle close during the more dramatic and chilling moments, and it will no doubt spark long conversations where you can gaze into each other's eyes. Even better, you'll impress everyone with what an intellectual couple you are. Showing is Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 for the public and $5 for the members.

'Love Bein' Here With You' at the Columbia Club Cabaret
If you and your other half are looking for a return to classic romance this Valentine's Day, direct your attention (and savings account) to The Cabaret at the Columbia Club. This year's entertainment features the musical stylings of Roy Geesa's Cool City Band playing songs ranging from swing to soul — a perfect soundtrack for holding that special someone close while whispering sweet nothings in their ear. Friday, Feb. 11. Tickets are 100 bucks a pop, or, if you want to really impress your date, spring for the $225 VIP package which includes dinner, a performance and a rose. Ooh la la.

Rocket Doll Burlesque at Radio Radio
Hosted by master of ceremonies Georgie von Wundersnatch, Radio Radio's Rocket Doll Revue promises to be a Valentine's Day date to remember. For just $10, audience members are treated to a raunchy and raucous show put on by the ten rhinestone- and fishnet-bedecked members of the burlesque variety troop. Local rockabilly band Shelby-County Sinners will add to the ambiance of the night. The combination of tunes and ta-tas is guaranteed to please. Friday, Feb. 11. $10.

Hunting for romance in Carmel
No one is ever too old for a scavenger hunt. Thankfully, the Carmel Arts & Design District has recognized the need to keep the young puppy love inside most couples alive by hosting one and offering some pretty impressive swag for participants as well. Your Sherlock skills will finally be put to good use as you scour the District for clues and have a Valentine's Day adventure that will be hard to match. Even better, couples can enter into a drawing for a prize basket that offers different items and services from all your favorite stores in the areas. Recommended for adults, as many items being raffled are more adult-themed. Feb. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Chocolate & wine trail
Picture it: You, strolling arm-in-arm with your lover, sipping wine and nibbling on decadent chocolate while sweet nothings are being whispered in your ear. If this sounds like your ideal V-Day outing, sign yourself and that special someone up for the Indy Wine Trails' Valentine's event at Mallow Run Winery Saturday or Sunday, Feb. 12-13. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Better yet, designated driver tickets $12.

DIY Hearts at the Art Center
For those with gentler souls, the Indianapolis Art Center may provide the most low-key Valentine's plans on the list. A short sampler class of how to make your own glass heart is being held the Sunday before the Hallmark holiday, so you and your most precious can create an artistic representation of your love. Be careful with your work, however, because we're pretty sure that breaking it can't cause anything but bad karma. Those who can't attend the specific class can plan their own, as long as four other couples join them. The class will be held Feb. 13, from 3-5 p.m.

Sweets for your sweetie at the Conservatory
We're pretty sure this is the most romantic, movie-like Valentine's Day plan you could choose. There's chocolate, candlelight, coffee and a conservatory filled with tropical plants. If the romantic inside of you isn't swooning, well, maybe you just shouldn't be celebrating this holiday. Even though it may be winter, the Garfield Park Conservatory promises to be in full bloom, just like your love (well, maybe). For one night, you get to pretend that you live in some rich, exotic tropical land instead of a Midwestern suburb prone to ice storms. Also, you won't even have to empty out your wallets too much.Feb. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $15 for couples and $8 for individuals.

Jazz and sushi at Earth House
If you and your main squeeze are the nostalgic type that long for a simpler time, Earth House has you covered. Prepare for a debonair night of jazz music, sushi, and candlelight that's sure to be reminiscent of what your grandparents did for Valentine's in the '50s. Grab that dapper suit or swanky red dress, and prepare for a cozy night full of dancing and locally sourced food and other organic goodies. The cold and ice will be but a distant memory with some hot tunes and warm, friendly company. After all, a couple that dances together ($30). Thursday, Feb. 17.

Put a ring on it
Is your heart in the right place this Valentine's Day? If yes, grab something borrowed, something blue, something old, and something new — and your hunk o' burning love, of course — and head to the Marion County Clerk's Office to tie the knot. For the fifth year in a row, the office will lend itself to couples in search of a chapel for simple civil ceremonies on this most hallowed of Hallmark holidays. In lieu of an officiant's fee, couples are asked to make a $50 donation to the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women campaign. Unfortunately, as of Feb. 4, the Clerk's Office is all booked up, but couples are advised to check back in the event of cancelations. Remember, a marriage license must be procured prior to the ceremony — don't let your first spat as a married couple be about who forgot the marriage license. To RSVP or get information about marriage licenses, call 317-327-4740.


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