In case you’re a last minute sack of tardiness like me, here are some nice Valentine’s Day plans to try tonight. And by nice, I mean totally sexy and seductively irresistible, of course. Of course. Enjoy your night celebrating alien invasions, Victory, and that dude who totes got screwed over and not in the nice way. Hope it was all worth it, Valentine.
What: Portraits After 5: The Art of Love
Where: National Portrait Gallery, 8th & G St NW, Washington DC
Metro: Chinatown/Gallery Place, Red Line
How Much: Free
Pro Tip: Romance and culture make the perfect pair this Valentine’s Day as the Smithsonian Institution introduces its “Art of Love” project with an event designed to bring new meaning to the term “art lover” for singles and couples alike!
Activities designed to make your heart flutter include an exciting speed dating mixer for singles or play a game that tests your knowledge of your romantic partner, best friend or family member. This event offers an exciting opportunity to experience the museum like never before!
Participants have the chance to win a specially designed “art of love” bracelet created exclusively for the Smithsonian “Art of Love” project by luxury accessories designer Scosha Wasserman.
Sponsors: Professionals in the City, The Debate Game, Scosha Jewelry, Jaleo Restaurant, Love Stories LLC
Bring your observation skills, imagination, curiosity, and creativity to this event as we welcome you to:
Hear a unique mix of love songs from Smithsonian Folkways
View iconic images from National Portriat Gallery
Recite a poem inspired by the collections you investigate from Smithsonian Libraries
Compose a hand written love letter to your sweetheart (or anonymously boost morale of someone in the military) with National Postal Museum
Participate in a love-themed museum scavenger hunt from American Art Museum
Learn romantic facts about The Butterfly Pavilion from National Museum of Natural History
Visit the Café for specialty drinks and treats made with Love (cash bar)
To participate in speed dating please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
What: Handi-Hour at the Renwick
Where: Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC
Metro: Farragut West, Blue/Orange lines
How Much: “$20 (cash only), payable at the door, includes 2 drunk tickets, all you can craft, and snacks. Additional drink tickets may be purchased for $5 apiece while supplies last. Only two admissions may be purchased per person at a time. Come early, before we sell out!”
Pro Tip: (minimum age is 21) Make it a date night, or go in spite of the holiday. Whether you are pro or anti-Valentine’s Day, Handi-hour will have just the craft and brew for you. Listen to live music, taste seasonal brews, learn to knit, try our featured craft, and take a scavenger hunt through our galleries.
A scavenger hunt through the permanent collection galleries is also offered, and completed hunts are entered in a raffle for crafty prizes, including 2 free tickets to the next Handi-hour.
What: Princess Bride
Where: Arlington Drathouse ‘n Cinema, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA
Metro: Nope. Gotta drive if you want to experience TWU WUV.
How Much: $8
Pro Tip: For the 9:50PM show… The Stand-Up Comedy starts at 9:50PM with “The Princess Bride” starting at 10:15PM.