Ideas We Love for a Non-Traditional Valentine’s Day Weekend
For these performers, entertainers, chefs and artists, Valentine’s Day weekend is a good excuse to pour their hearts into something they love—and they invite you to join them.
Forever Alone Party
Brennan’s Feb. 14 celebration of singlehood is back for a third year of Champagne cocktails, chocolates and soulful breakup ballads, all in the urban ambiance of The Maryland House in the Central West End. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is free, and couples are welcome, too (but are asked to “act like you just met or something”).
‘The Vagina Monologues’
That Uppity Theatre Company is producing Eve Ensler’s iconic play “The Vagina Monologues” the .ZACK in Grand Center on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. The cast will be one of the largest and most diverse groups of women seen on stage in St. Louis, exploring consensual and non-consensual sexual experiences, body image, genital mutilation, direct and indirect encounters with reproduction, sex work, love, rape, menstruation, birth, orgasm and many other topics. Tickets range from $15 to $100 and can be purchased online or during regular hours at the Fox Theatre Box Office with no fee. Ninety percent of the proceeds from the show benefit NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri.
A Tryst on Cherokee
The 2300 block of Cherokee Street is the scene of a 10-day gallery popup shop. During Tryst on Cherokee, 15 artists and makers with mediums ranging from collage, paintings, illustration, photography, fashion, jewelry, woodwork and more will be available at participating shops like Bohème, Ruby Francis and Tracy’s Treasures. Shifting the idea of sharing a Valentine kitsch gift to one that endures over time: fine art, wearables or one-of-a-kind, hand-made gifts. The popup opens on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. with a wine tasting, hot cocoa and cupcake bar, concierge/personal shopper and onsite florist. It runs through Valentine’s Day weekend, ending Sunday, Feb. 17.
Coffee and pastry pairing
Join Coma Coffee Roasters in Brentwood for a three-course pairing of its own specialty crafted beverages and house-made pastries. The cozy café will feel even more intimate for this event, which is limited to 10 people per seating. Tickets cost $20 each and are available for the following times: Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17, at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
‘Deenie Nast Is Back!’
On Fridays throughout February and into March—including Feb. 15—The Monocle in The Grove is the scene for a hilarious and heartbreaking exploration of relationships, loneliness and true connections. This no-holds-barred tribute to anyone who is or ever has been lonely is written and performed by Audrey Crabtree, in character as Deenie Nash, with help from an audience member with whom she engages throughout the show to create a relationship that completes the story—which means every performance (Feb. 1, 15, 22 and March 1) is different. Showtime is 8 p.m. in The Emerald Room and tickets cost $10 pre-sale or $15 at the door.
It’s love songs or breakup songs only on Feb. 14 at Blueberry Hill’s Elvis Room in The Delmar Loop. Host KJ Sheel will make sure that every heart that’s just waiting to burst into song will get a turn on stage for Valentine Karaoke. The closer to the 8 p.m. start time you arrive, the more you’ll get to share your inner diva—or Elvis—and enjoy special themed cocktails. Admission is free but limited to ages 21 and over.
Dessert fondue for two
If your plans for the weekend call for staying in, Nathaniel Reid Bakery in Kirkwood has you covered with its fondue kit for two: house-made chocolate ganache and bite-sized brownies, cookies and financier for dipping. The beautifully presented red box set even comes with a candle to heat and serve the fondue. Orders can be placed now through Feb. 16 either online here or by calling the bakery at 314.858.1019. Prepaid orders can be picked up Feb. 4 through Feb. 16 after 10 a.m.
Featured image courtesy of Ben Kerckx.