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Posted at 2:58 PM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Valentine's Day, hold the chocolates

By Jess Righthand

princessbride.jpg Valentine's Day is without doubt a great excuse to try out that new restaurant or cocktail bar that just opened around the corner. But there's also an abundance of Valentine-themed events you may not want to miss. Whether you and your date prefer art, theater, music or - yes - 'The Princess Bride,' there's something to get out and do beyond pure consumption. A cross section of Valentine's events:

'Logic, Luck and Love'
Atlas Performing Arts Center
A big hit at the local Capital Fringe Festival in 2010, "Logic, Luck and Love" comes to H Street's Atlas Performing Arts Center. The show interweaves the stories of four narrators, each with a vastly different take on matters of the heart. They relate accounts of dating disasters, whirlwind romances and one-night stands sure to entertain. H Street also has many options for pre- and post-theater dining and drinks. To extend your date, try the Atlas Room or the Liberty Tree for an early nosh, or Fruit Bat and the newly opened Church and State (directly above Fruit Bat) for cocktails afterward.

Diane Reeves at Strathmore
What says romance like the sultry croon of a jazz singer? It isn't just anyone who performs at Strathmore this Valentine's - four-time Grammy winner and world-renowned jazz diva Dianne Reeves takes the stage, serenading the audience with her choice of classic love songs from the Great American Songbook.

'The Princess Bride'
Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse
Seeing a movie may not be the most original date idea, but this classic fairy-tale romance starring a young Robin Wright as Princess Buttercup, the fair maiden who must be saved from the terrible Prince Humperdinck, merits consideration. Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse is screening the film along with a stand-up comedy show and an optional wine tasting.

Les Lutins du Court-Metrage film festival
Multiple locations
To celebrate Valentine's Day this weekend, take your date to a film in the language of love. The Lutins du Court-Metrage film festival is screening French short films at venues across the city all week. Each screening shows a group of films selected by more than 2,000 French film professionals. Sunday's screening at the National Gallery of Art is free.

'Sweater Set Love Lessons'
The Fridge DC
Local musicians Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin will be armed with ukuleles to give their Valentine's Day performance an extra twang. The Strathmore artists-in-residence, called the Sweater Set, will pluck at your heartstrings with folksy love songs in two-part harmony.

Valentine's Day mixer
Del Ray Artisans
Del Ray Artisans hosts an artsy fete with hors d'oeuvres, fondue and chocolate fountains. While you're there, be sure to visit the new exhibit "Love Letters," which displays artworks alongside love letters that each artist wrote to his or her sweetheart.

By Jess Righthand  | February 8, 2011; 2:58 PM ET
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