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Valentine's Weekend Best Bets

Date night ideas for you and yours, plus some options of the less romantic pursuasion

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Dinner A L’Amour at Garde de la Mer and Love is in the Air at Rooftop at the Providence G
The Providence G
introduces a night of love in our capital as they serve up Prix Fix menus at their venues The Rooftop and Garde de la Mer. Dinner A L’Amour at Garde de la Mer is sure to be night of luxury with signature cocktails tailored to the event. Meanwhile The Rooftop will be hopping with live music from Arc Iris as you cuddle up next to the cozy fireplaces. In the morning, they will be serving brunch and a build your own Bloody Mary bar. All weekend. 100 Dorrance Street, Providence. More info...

Love Is as Strong as Death
Pot Au Feu is hosting a night of history, romance and aphrodisiacs as guest speakers explore the tragic romance that inspired art all over the city. You may pass them every day and think nothing of it but the tragic tale behind the Carrie Brown memorial will amaze and entertain as you feast on a love inspired menu by Pot Au Feu’s renowned chefs. All weekend. Prices vary. 273-8953. 44 Custom House Street, Providence. More info...

The Beach Boys
The globally known pop icon graces the historic Park Theatre for a special Valentine’s Day show. Relive the 80’s through their signature sound that has remained a classic throughout the decades. A buffet dinner will be offered prior to the performance for $25. Sunday. $65-75. 467-7275. 848 Park Avenue, Cranston. More info...

Beer and wine appreciation classes
Johnson and Wales University is boasting two four hour classes this weekend. The first is entitled Burgundy, Rhone and Southern France and will explore the tastes of southern France region by region. The partner class is all about beer as students taste the differences between brewing processes and learn insider lingo.  Saturday. $125. (800)-342-5598. 8 Abbott Park Place, Providence. More info...

Escape to the Spa
The Biltmore Hotel
is offering a special package to love birds looking to escape for a bit. The package offers a 50 minute couples massage and champagne in addition to one of the luxurious junior suites. Rest and relax after a tiring day of shopping and eating all around the Providence area. 455-3100. 11 Dorrance Street, Providence. providencebiltmore.com.

Melt Someone’s Heart
The Melting Pot is pulling out all the stops this Valentine’s offering a special dinner menu. Choose from several romance packages that include special seating at lover’s lane, flower bouquets and a framed commemorative photo. All weekend. Prices vary. 865-6670. 199 Providence Place, Providence. More info...

Love is in the air
India
is a cultural explosion this Valentine’s weekend as couples and singles enjoy the exotic ambience. Bollywood movies, belly dancers and complimentary henna designers are ready to entertain as you enjoy an a la carte menu. Finish the night off with their signature Lover’s Desert available this weekend only. All weekend. Prices vary. 421-2600. 1060 Hope Street, Providence. More info...

Valentines bed and breakfast package
The Bristol Bed and Breakfast
is holding a valentines special for love birds everywhere wanting to escape for the night. Throughout the month of February they are offering flowers, gourmet chocolate, a free spa massage and a $100 gift certificate to De Wolf Tavern to patrons staying more than two nights with this special package. 396-9066. 14 Aaron Avenue, Bristol. More info...

From Cupid’s Dart to Your Heart
Blithewood Manor
is performing a special concert series featuring a valentine’s themed performance. Be prepared for arias and duets of romantic proportions. A night of nostalgia lies in wait as you experience you favorite classical opera pieces live. $40. Sunday. 331-6060. 101 Ferry Road, Bristol. More info...

Sleepless in Seattle
Join the Jane Pickens Theater for a night of romance as they screen a romantic classic sleepless in Seattle. Watch the famous stars Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks as they discover true love at last.  Surprise you partner as you watch your names scroll across the screen before the show and enjoy a bag of gourmet chocolates- free when you buy advance tickets. 846-5252. 49 Touro St, Newport. More info...

Valentine’s Teddy Bear Party
Blithewold Manor and Gardens
is hosting a special event for families this weekend, a teddy bear tea party. Whether you’re stuffed or not you are invited to come enjoy tea and cocoa- it is sure to be an afternoon full of imagination and dainty tea cups.  Registration is required. $22-32. Sunday. 253-2707. 101 Ferry Road, Bristol. More info...

Chocolate and Wine Tasting
It’s that time of the year again where cupid is aiming his bow at every unsuspecting passerby which means it is also the time of year for the fourth annual chocolate and wine tasting event held by the Contemporary Theater Company. Perfectly romantic for the just budding relationship or long lasting couple or perfectly fun for friends. Sunday. 218-0282. 327 Main Street, South Kingstown. More info...

Late Night Valentine’s Dinner at the Newport Blues Café
A four course dinner, champagne, and entertainment by the World Premier Band, all for $39.95. What better way to end your Valentine’s Day evening than with dinner and a show? This Sunday, the Newport Blues Café is having a Valentine’s Day special. The World Premier Band, tapping into 90’s funk, R&B and original music, are providing the entertainment to go along with a delicious four course dinner and champagne. Sunday. $39.95. 286 Thames Street, Newport. More info…

 


Of course this weekend doesn't need to be about flowers, chocolates or elaborately staged proclaimations of love. If you're single and loving it – or maybe just aren't buying into the whole V-Day rigmarole – here are your regularky shceduled best bets. 

2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films at Cable Car Cinema
This weekend, Cable Car Cinema & Café will be showing the 2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films. The two categories, animation and live action, have showings multiple times throughout the weekend and into next week. Cable Car is also showing the film Anomalisa, nominated for a 2016 Oscar for best animated feature film. The film is directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, and stars David Thewlis and Jennifer Jason Leigh. All of these films combine to form such a diverse group of talent and style that is surely worth seeing. All weekend. $8.50-$9.75. 204 South Main Street, Providence. More info… 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!
A show in the same vein as Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, the television series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood airs daily on PBS KIDS. This Friday, the Vets in Providence is hosting Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! The live production is an interactive musical in which Daniel Tiger goes on an exciting adventure with his friends, exploring the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, helping others and telling tales of friendship. As a production filled with music, comedy, and surprises, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! is fun for the whole family. Friday. $25-$50. 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence. More info…

The Hunchback of Seville at Trinity Rep
The show The Hunchback of Seville is being performed at the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, and there are performances throughout the weekend. The show takes place in the 16th century and follows Maxima Terriblé Segunda, the adopted sister of Queen Isabella, navigating through a web of prejudice, politics and religion in a world of colonialism. Examining and criticizing the horrors of history, this comedy is worth your attention. All weekend. $46-$61. 201 Washington Street, Providence. More info...

Providence Bruins vs. Hershey Bears
This Friday, the Providence Bruins are facing off against the Hershey Bears from Pennsylvania. The two teams will be playing at the Bruins’ home rink, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence. The game is a $5 off game, meaning that if you buy the tickets from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center website, you get $5 off of your tickets. Friday. $22.25-$33.25. One LaSalle Square, Providence. More info… 

April Macie at the Comedy Connection
If you’re looking for laughs during this cold, winter Valentine’s Day, April Macie is the comedian for you. Having been in NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2006, the Howard Stern show and in Comedy Central shows, Macie has an impressive résumé to say the least. April Macie will be performing a stand-up comedy routine this Sunday at the Comedy Connection in East Providence. Macie attempts to deconstruct double-standards between men and women and lends her voice to women everywhere, translating her experiences into hilarious and relatable humor. Sunday. $20. 39 Warren Avenue, East Providence. More info…

Newport Winter Festival
This weekend kicks off the 28th Annual Newport Winter Festival, titled “May the Frost be with you.” The so-called “Largest Winter Extravaganza” of New England, the winter festival features music, food and a series of events within the Newport area, including a chili cook-off, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band and many others. If you’re sick of being snowbound, get out of the house and enjoy a whole weekend full of festivities. All weekend. 28 Pelham Street, Newport. More info… 

Creative Survival Newport History Tour
If you’re looking for more ways to engage with Black History Month, Newport History Tours is hosting the tour “Creative Survival,” a look at the 18th and 19th Century African Community in Newport. The tour begins at 11am and covers locations where slaves lived and worked, as well as where free people of color built and supported new industries. The tour concludes in one of the country’s oldest African-American graveyards, God’s Little Acre. Saturday. $15. 127 Thames Street, Newport. More info…

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes in Greenwich
This Friday, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes are performing at the Greenwich Odeum. The band combines R&B with rock, creating soulful tunes that are exemplary of over 30 years of experience in the music scene. Having worked with Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Steven Van Zandt, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes have the talent and the experience to keep you grooving all evening. Friday. $45-$55. 59 Main Street, East Greenwich. More info…