6 ways to kindle some romance

Here are some good bets for showing your affection to a loved one before, during and after Valentine’s Day:

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Dennis Oglesby, Dennis Spears and Julius Collins perform at the Capri Theater this weekend

Before Valentine’s Day

1. Speak Low When You Speak Love

Three handsome men sing of love, so you don’t have to find the words. Join Dennis Oglesby, Dennis Spears and Julius Collins at the Capri Theater, accompanied by Sanford Moore on piano. The show features a range of genres and musical moods, from pop to jazz and blues, and perhaps a poem or two. The concerts are at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb 11 and 3 pm Sunday, Feb 12.

2. Valentine’s Day Hot Metal Pour

Come witness a Hot Metal Iron Pour at the Park for Valentines day. Bring your love, potential love or meet someone new… Twelve sculptors brave the cold for a short, sweet and HOT affair! Bring a thermos of cocoa and warm your hands over the hot sculpture molds. Sunday · February 12th 12 – 5pm

On Valentine’s Day

3. The Steeles: Be My Valentine!

Let the fabulous Steele family sing you songs of love as you dine on some seductive fare at the Dakota. Seating available for dinner and “dessert” performances.

4. Victorian Poetry Slam

Usher in Valentine’s Day the old fashioned way by enjoying classic poems of the 19th century in the elegant drawing room of the Hill House. Actors Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson and Ann Daly, wearing 1890s eveningwear, perform a wide range of humorous and stirring poems. Visitors will hear works by Dickinson, Poe, Longfellow, Browning and others dealing with love, romance, temperance, sports, war and even poems about James J. Hill himself. Audience members are invited to bring a short Victorian poem to read aloud. The one-hour program will be followed by light refreshments and tours of the Hill House.

After Valentine’s Day

5. Ballad of the Pale Fisherman

A fisherman falls in love with a woman who is a selkie – part human and part seal. She must make a choice between betrayal and self-sacrifice: past or future, heart or home in The Ballad of the Pale Fisherman. Written and directed by local playwright Isabel Nelson, Pale Fisherman is inspired by Irish and Scottish folk tales. At the Illusion Theater through February 25. (Editor’s note: this performance actually runs before, during and after Valentine’s Day, but for the sake of symmetry I’ve place it in the post V-day slot)

6. Candlelight Concert: Gothic Grandeur

Enjoy Gothic chant by candlelight accompanied by interpretive projections, as you escape to a time when artists were heroes and composers were paid better than politicians. I know it’s in a church, but aren’t those lovely voices romantic? In the Twin Cities performances are Saturday at The Basilica of Saint Mary and Sunday at St. Mary’s Chapel of The St. Paul Seminary.

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