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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 02/ 6/2007

Love Is in the Event

By Julia Beizer

It wouldn't be February without the red and pink. As you might expect, special events around town are running with the theme of love. Couples get all the attention on the big day, but if you're willing to indulge in just a little romance, these happenings are geared toward anyone.

Kicking off a week of love-themed events is
Valentine's Party: The Power, Prestige and Romance of Red
tomorrow, Feb. 7. I've written about this reception before, so I don't want to repeat myself too much, but the basic gist is this: the party offers a great after-work opportunity to check out the museum's "Red" exhibition.

"Every Dog Has Its Day" is perfect exhibition for those who are madly in love with a pet. Puppy owners submitted pictures of their pooches to the ARTiculate Gallery, which comissioned arts students with special needs to paint portraits of the animals. Some of the likenesses went on display last fall, but a second round of portraits opens on Thursday, Feb. 8, with a party from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Also on Thursday, the Torpedo Factory steps up its monthly Second Thursday Art Night event with dance lessons and performances. Looking for a one-of-kind gift? Browse the studio spaces for original artwork and handcrafted wares.

Flamenco music is sexy; it's just that simple. On Friday, Feb. 9, guitarist Paco de Lucia performs at Lisner Auditorium as part of the annual Flamenco Festival. At this writing, only 20 obstructed view seats remain. The Lisner wasn't sure precisely how many, but a few tickets will be available at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the show. Interested in obstructed view? Swing by the Lisner Box Office soon.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, the Walters hosts Love is in the Art, a cocktail party for art lovers. It's up in Baltimore and costs a hefty $30, but the event features dancing, dessert and adult tours of erotica in the museum. The crowd runs the gamut from young professionals in their early 20s to people in their 60s. Tickets are available at the door, but you can order advance tickets here.

The following day, take in Jacques Rivette's film version of "Wuthering Heights" as part of the National Gallery's Jacques Rivette film series. Okay, so "Wuthering Heights" may be the only Bronte novel I actually slogged through, but it is one of the most perfect love stories I've ever read.

The Goethe-Institut is hosting a film series this month featuring German films and hot chocolate. The selection on Monday, Feb. 12, is called "The Policewoman." The action in this feature film centers around Anne, a recent police academy grad, who finds redemption in the face of a 10-year-old boy. The subject matter might not exactly scream romance, but a nice cup of hot chocolate will make it a cozy event.

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, sign up for Dancing With the Corcoran. Gonzalo Zambrana, principal dancer and owner of DuShor Dance Studios, teaches the basic steps of the Fox Trot, the Cha-Cha and the Tango. Couples and singles are welcome; singles will rotate with partners throughout the night. Tickets are steep ($45 per person, $65 per couple), but a champagne toast kicks off the cocktail-style event.

If dinner and long-stemmed roses aren't in the cards for your Valentine's Day, consider heading over to the National Building Museum at 6:30 p.m. for a screening of "American Beauty." The screening on Wednesday, Feb. 14, kicks off the museum's "Grass Ain't Greener" film series, an indoor event that's kind of like Screen on the Green in February, but a whole lot warmer. Lawn chairs, dinner and even alcoholic drinks are welcome. Ann Hornaday, one of the Post's film critics, introduces each film.


By Julia Beizer  | February 6, 2007; 11:20 AM ET
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