10 romantic concerts, performances and more for your Valentine
Live entertainment is recovering in Indy, and this Valentine's Day offers a handful of in-person performances for those dreading the possibility of a 200th pandemic-related Netflix movie night.
If you're comfortable with going out and looking for a date night or just want to stare at a different set of four walls for an evening, here are a few options.
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LoveFest with Keith Sweat
You'll be hard-pressed to find a more on-brand event for Valentine's Day, as Keith Sweat brings that early '90s "let me tell you exactly what my romantic plans are" R&B to the Indiana Farmers Coliseum at 7 p.m. Feb. 11. Five other acts will join him: Tank, SWV, 112, Rude Boys & Damon Karl.
Prices start at about $40 plus fees, and parking will be $10 on site. Tickets are available now at TicketSmarter.com.
The Jazz Kitchen will host a night of "Indy-Soul" with Bashiri Asad on Feb. 12. The Indianapolis native will perform a slate of soul classics and originals during 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows.
Tickets start at $28.
It's not necessarily a traditional Valentine's Day show, and it's a little early in the love calendar, but Eric Church promises to be one of the biggest local shows of the first few months of 2022. Country fans need love too, right?
Tickets for the Feb. 5 Gainbridge Fieldhouse show start at $35 plus fees.
This is also not a themed show, but that won't be a problem if you like your love songs with a little electric guitar and indie forlorn. Lucy Dacus will deliver both at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Egyptian Room at Old National Centre.
General admission is $25 plus fees. Note: Old National Centre requires printed proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test for entry to all shows.
Piaf! The Show
Hear the tales that show love in all of its stripes — unrequited, lost, joyful and more — in this show by Nathalie Lhermitte that honors French singer Edith Piaf and the romance that is Paris.
Tickets for the Feb. 10 performance at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts start at $35 and can be purchased at thecenterpresents.org.
George Balanchine’s "Serenade" is the centerpiece of Butler Ballet's concerts from Feb. 9 to 13 at the Schrott Center for the Performing Arts. The work carries plenty of historic and artistic heft: Not only was it the first original ballet he choreographed in the U.S., it showed the roots of how he would shape classical ballet over the following decades. Find $10 tickets at butlerartscenter.org/performance/butler-ballet-midwinter-dances-2.
Love at the symphony
Nat King Cole's hits will come alive in inviting, glistening voice of Canadian jazz singer Denzal Sinclaire. Settle in Feb. 11 and 12 at Hilbert Circle Theatre for concerts that include popular romantic tunes that'll send you and yours into that warm stratosphere of loving feelings.
Love & anxiety
Often, love is deeper than warm and fuzzy romantic feelings. With "Face Your Fears!", comedian Jason Adams will bring a cast of performers with documented anxiety disorders who will perform magic, a musical experiment and a physical challenge. The band Louie Louie will provide tunes. Performances are Feb. 11 and 12 to the District Theatre, and $15 tickets are at indydistricttheatre.org.
Date-night art making
The Indianapolis Art Center's Date Night classes on Feb. 11 — where you can make glass hearts, metal clay jewelry and watercolor paintings, among several other projects — usually fill up fast, so it's worth grabbing a spot quickly if you can. Or if you're willing to wait till later in the weekend, you can take your pick of creating a garden trellis and turning a photo into a digital painting, among other projects.
Visit indyartcenter.org/make-it-take-its for prices and to register.
Love Springs Eternal
Make your Valentine's Day a classic one with by watching Indianapolis Ballet's performance of "The Firebird," which has the gloriously famous score by Igor Stravinsky. After a prince agrees to free the lovely Firebird, she grants him her feather of protection — a promise he finds that he needs when he encounters evil.
The performances run from Feb. 18 to 20 at the Toby theater at Newfields, and tickets ranging from $35 to $55 are available at indyballet.org/love.
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Rory Appleton is the pop culture reporter at IndyStar. Contact him at 317-552-9044 and firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter at @RoryDoesPhonics.