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Valentine’s Day Guide: 21 ways to celebrate

21 ways to celebrate

Hearts full of candy are ready for Valentine's Day at the Russell Stover Candies store on Monday, Jan 28, 2013, in Merriam, Kansas. The original store was demolished last May after a decade of operations.


AMC Studio 30

When: Feb. 13

Where: 12075 S. Strang Line Road, Olathe

What: The theater chain offers up a lovey-dovey dual feature the day before Valentine’s Day. At 7 p.m., there’s a screening of “The Notebook” starring Ryan Gosling, and at 10 p.m., the new film “Safe Haven” starring Josh Duhamel will be screened. Both films are adaptations of Nicholas Sparks novels. Tickets to the double feature are $15.

Info: amctheatres.com/nicholassparks

Avenues Bistro

When: 4-9 p.m. on Feb. 13 and 14

Where: 338 W. 63rd St.

What: On Valentine’s Day, the restaurant offers a four-course menu with choices for $49 per person. The day before, there’s a three-course meal with options for $39 per person, a price that includes wine pairings. Reservations are recommended.

Info: avenuesbistro.com, 816.333.5700


When: Feb. 14

Where: 900 Westport Road

What: The husband-and-wife-owned restaurant offers a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner for $65 per person. Seatings are at 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. Reservations are required.

Info: bluestemkc.com, 816.561.1101

Burlesque Downtown Underground’s ‘Love Drugged’

When: 10 p.m., Feb. 15

Where: Retro Downtown Drinks and Dance, 1518 McGee St.

What: BDU’s annual Valentine’s Day show features noted guest Mariel a la Mode, whose résumé includes appearances on “90210” and work as an opening act for Willie Nelson. Cover is $10.

Info: kcburlesque.com/BDU, 816.421.4201

Californos Westport

When: Feb. 14

Where: 4124 Pennsylvania Ave.

What: The restaurant is decorated for the holiday, and there’s live entertainment from jazz pianist Marilyn Wood, plus a special holiday menu.

Info: californos.com, 816.531.7878

City Market

When: Noon-3 p.m. Feb. 14

Where: City Market

What: The venue offers free weddings every 15 minutes at this annual event in the Market Square. There’s a stage, decorations, flowers and a mini wedding cake for each couple. Unfortunately, 2013 reservations are booked, but you can contact City Market for 2014 reservations.

Info: thecitymarket.org, 816.842.1272

Davey’s Uptown

When: 9 p.m., Feb. 14

Where: 3402 Main St.

What: An Anti-Valentine’s Day party includes performances from Coyote Bill, the Rackatees and Grenadina. Cover is $6.

Info: daveysuptown.com, 816.753.1909


When: Feb. 14

Where: 1310 Carondelet Drive

What: Three-course menu begins at 5 p.m. and ranges in price from $34 to $65. Live music starts at 6 p.m.

Info: ebtrestaurant.com, 816.942.8870

Final Cut Steakhouse

When: Feb. 14-16

Where: 777 Hollywood Casino Blvd., Kansas City, Kan.

What: Located at Hollywood Casino near the Legends Outlets, Final Cut offers a $49 dinner menu in honor of Valentine’s Day. Pick from a selection of appetizers, soups or salads, entrees and desserts — including seafood bisque, pan-seared sea bass and prime Kansas City Strip. Reservations required.

Info: hollywoodcasinokansas.com/dining, 913.287.9761

Hamburger Mary’s

When: 8 p.m., Feb. 14

Where: 101 Southwest Blvd.

What: Drag bingo night hosted by Daisy Bucket. There’s a raffle with prizes, including a Marilyn Manson-signed guitar, and all proceeds benefit a 5-year-old leukemia patient. It’s $10 to play, but admission to the bar is free.

Info: hamburgermarys.com, 816.842.1919

Hotel Phillips

When: Feb. 14

Where: 106 W. 12th St.

What: The hotel’s dinner-and-a-movie package includes a room, a three-course dinner with a bottle of wine at 12 Baltimore, Christopher Elbow chocolates and an in-room movie, plus valet parking. Packages start at $199.

Info: hotelphillips.com, 877.704.5341

Howl at the Moon

When: Feb. 14

Where: 1334 Grand Blvd.

What: The bar’s annual anti-Valentine’s Day party, “Love Sux,” kicks off at 7 p.m. and features drink specials throughout the night. There’s dueling pianos, and if you bring a mutilated photo of an ex, you get free admission.

Info: howlatthemoon.com, 816.471.4695

Improv Comedy Club

When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13

Where: 7260 N.W. 87th St.

What: The “Laughs for Smiles” comedy show will feature comedians Jeff Williams and Sean Brennan, among others, and proceeds will go to the Operation Smile charity. There’s also a silent auction. Tickets are $15.

Info: improvkc.com, 816.759.5233

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14

Where: 1601 Broadway

What: Comedian Carol Burnett lets the audience dictate the conversation in this special event, “Laughter and Reflection With Carol Burnett,” in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Remaining tickets range from $90 to $141.

Info: kauffmancenter.org, 816.994.7222

La Bodega

When: Feb. 14

Where: 703 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City; 4311 W. 119th St., Leawood

What: Both of the tapas lounge locations feature a four-course dinner for $45 a person, plus the restaurant’s regular menu.

Info: labodegakc.com

Ladies of Lawrence shopping event

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Pachamama’s, 800 New Hampshire St., Lawrence

What: Ladies of Lawrence Artwork (LOLA) holds a Valentine’s Day-inspired show that includes everything from jewelry to screen prints to clothing. The event is free.

Info: ladiesoflawrence.blogspot.com

Michael Smith

When: Feb. 14

Where: 1900 Main St.

What: In addition to its regular menu, the Crossroads Arts District restaurant offers up a special five-course dinner for $95 per person, with an optional $30 wine pairing. The meal includes tamarind glazed leg of lamb and Crispy Loup de Mare.

Info: michaelsmithkc.com, 816.842.2202

Ophelia’s Restaurant & Inn

When: Feb. 14

Where: 201 N. Main St., Independence

What: Dine and dance at the restaurant’s Valentine’s Day event. For $75 per person, you can enjoy a four-course tasting menu and learn to dance during a swing and rhumba instruction. Dancing is at 8 p.m., and dinner seatings are at 6 and 9 p.m. There’s also a dinner-only option that includes the four-course tasting menu for $50 per person.

Info: opheliasind.com, 816.461.4525

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

When: 6-9:30 a.m. Feb. 14

Where: 2345 McGee St.

What: The Chocolate Breakfast returns this year in the Gillham Room of the Sheraton Hotel. There’s a breakfast buffet that features chocolate prominently, plus live music and a cakewalk. Former Kansas City Chiefs standout Tony Richardson, an ordained minister, will be on hand to reaffirm the vows of a couple in attendance. Tickets are $14 in advance ($18 at the door), and proceeds from the event go to the Love Fund for Children. Group tables are available for $200.

Info: lovefundforchildren.org, 816.932.9170


When: Feb. 14-16

Where: 3931 W. 69th Terr., Prairie Village

What: Aspecial prix fixe menu will be available in addition to the restaurant’s regular menu. The prix fixe dinner is $85 per person or $125 with wine pairings.

Info: storykc.com, 913.236.9955


When: 5-7 p.m., Feb. 13

Where: 220 Nichols Road, Kansas City; 4721 W. 119th St., Overland Park

What: In this guy-friendly event, The jewelry dealer will offer six items priced from $150 to $625 just in time for Feb. 14. There’s pizza, beer and a DJ at both local locations. And if you RSVP on Facebook, you’re entered to win a $250 gift card to the store.

Info: tivol.com


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