Looking for a Different Way to Celebrate Valentine’s Day?


MadplatterThird2015FedLooking for a Different Way to Celebrate Valentine’s Day?
By Sara E. Butner
That special someone in your life deserves a truly special Valentine’s Day – but where do you begin? The Triad is overflowing with creative, sometimes offbeat events for couples and families to celebrate the holiday.

The popular paint-your-own-pottery studio The Mad Platter, located in Greensboro, offers its annual Valentine’s Date Night special on Saturday, Feb. 14. From 5-10 p.m., you can enjoy a relaxing evening of painting pottery with your sweetheart. The studio offers a choice of unfinished pottery pieces, which you can paint in your choice of colors. The Date Night Special includes free chocolates, beer and wine. Reservations are required; call 336-540-9823. The Mad Platter is located at 2921 Battleground Avenue. For more information, visit their website at www.madplatterpottery.com.

Couples can also enjoy a romantic evening while giving back to the community at the Dancing with the Spouse event at Royal Expressions on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. The semi-formal dance for adults includes an optional dance competition, desserts, beer and wine. The cost is $30 per couple, or $40 if the couple comes to a dance lesson one hour before the dance. Proceeds will benefit the school’s scholarship fund, which was started last year to assist students from low and middle income families. Royal Expressions is a 501(c)3 non-profit that through teaching dance inspires students to reach their fullest potential. The dance will be at Royal Expressions School of Dance at 1220-E Battleground Ave and tickets can be purchased at http://bit.do/reboxoffice.

The Greensboro Symphony will celebrate Valentine’s with something a little different: The Classical Mystery Tour, a Beatles tribute. The full show presents some 30 Beatles tunes sung, played and performed exactly as they were written.  Hear “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section; experience the beauty of “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; enjoy the rock/classical blend on the hard edged “I Am the Walrus.”  From early Beatles music on through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of The Beatles like you’ve never heard them: totally live. The concert takes place at Westover Church at 8 p.m. on Feb. 14. Learn more at www.greensborosymphony.org.

The Winston-Salem Symphony also has an event on Valentine’s night: The Crazy Arc of Love, featuring guest conductor Stephen Mulligan and guest vocalist Storm Large. Described as a “sultry siren,” Large is known for being a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova. For a sample of what you’ll hear, the Symphony’s website features Large’s cover of Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” a deeply haunting ballad rather than the uptempo swing of Sinatra’s signature rendition, backed by a richly-scored orchestra. The concert takes place at Reynolds Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. More information: www.wssymphony.org.

Also in Winston-Salem, several community theatres are opening productions in February. Twin City Stage presents the timeless romance Pride and Prejudice (see story on p. xx), and the non-profit theatre The Stained Glass Playhouse is producing the Tony and Pulitzer-winning comedy/drama Clybourne Park on the first three weekends of the month. Clybourne Park spans two generations 50 years apart. In 1959, Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bedroom at a bargain price, unknowingly bringing  the first black family into the neighborhood (borrowing a plotline from Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In the Sun) and creating ripples of discontent among the cozy white residents of Clybourne Park. In 2009, the same property is being bought by a young white couple, whose plan to raze the house and start again is met with equal disapproval by the black residents of the soon-to-be-gentrified area. Are the issues festering beneath the floorboards actually the same, 50 years on? Bruce Norris’ excruciatingly funny and squirm-inducing satire explores the fruit of the fault line between race and property. More information and tickets: www.stainedglassplayhouse.org.

For more fun ideas for celebrating Valentine’s – and for all the Triad’s events and happenings – see the free event listings at www.336Events.com.