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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 02/12/2010

Low-key Valentine's ideas: Say it with vinyl

By Lavanya Ramanathan

If you've been so busy pegging your loved ones with snowballs that you haven't even thought about Valentine's Day, allow us to remind you with today's Weekend cover story, which answers dating questions and has a bunch of great dates to fill your calendar for months.

This might be late notice to plan a romantic Valentine's dinner. Luckily, there's still plenty of time to cobble together a great date Sunday, particularly at one of these events so low-key, you won't need a reservation. (You may, however, need to convince your significant other of the romantic merits of Ian MacKaye.)

Yes, I'm suggesting the D.C. Record Fair as an ideal Valentine's date. The fair that began modestly a year ago as a nice afternoon of shopping at the old Civilian Art Projects is now a bonafide event; the drinks and DJs are a blast even if you're not in the mood to buy.

The latest installment brings a supergroup of performers to the turntables: Ian MacKaye of Fugazi, Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation and Geologist of Animal Collective, as well as Kid Congo Powers and performers from the rising acts Bluebrain and Casper Bangs. Admission is only $2, and the bar opens early just for the event (the Record Fair is from noon-6 p.m.), so there are lots of reasons to stay a while.

If you're in a hurry, consider coming back at 9 for bartender Chad America's annual free Rock & Roll Dance Party, which, if you're one of those cool couples, sounds like the least sappy professed Valentine's Day event yet (if you want a different kind of dance date, check out Fritz's previous post on Valentine's dancing options).

Since a drive into the city doesn't make sense for everyone this week, no place makes a better low-key suburban date than Jammin' Java, where the regular Rock 'n' Roll Songwriters Circle will be transformed into an "All You Need Is Love"-fest, with performers such as Shane Hines and Luke Brindley paying tribute to both the Beatles and love. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door.

-- Lavanya Ramanathan

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | February 12, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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Eatonville Restaurant in DC is featuring Live New Orleans Jazz from New Orleans-natives Yamomanem tonight and on Valentine's Day. They're kicking off Mardi Gras in a BIG way, I'd recommend checking them out this weekend. They're even featuring a live performance by an aerialist in the main dining room for Valentine's Day dinner on Sunday! Check their Facebook Page at for more info!

Posted by: michaelc6 | February 12, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

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