Houston Valentines Day Ideas
Each year on February 15 I always have hundreds of great ideas for next years Valentines Day. The problem is that in the weeks leading up
to Valentine's Day my mind goes blank and I seem to have trouble finding something to do or give to make this a special day. Aside from
the normal chocolates and roses and maybe the odd dinner at our favorite restaurant it always seems a bit forced and repetitive.
That's why this year I have decided t o put together a short list of ideas for you to use that could be a bit out of the box and yet something memorable. The best part about this list is that most all of them are at a discounted rate through my friends at StubDog.com who offer discounts on event tickets in the Houston Area. This year, compared to others, they have a really large list of things to choose from ranging from the Houston Grand Opera's Chorus in downtown Houston to Stage Rights Production of Love Letters in Conroe.
Here is our list of Valentines Day Offers in Houston.
The Houston Grand Opera has two dates available before Valentines Day, February 7 and 13th. Orchestra tickets are available at a discount price for both shows. This fully costumed and staged production, on the scale of the grandest of grand operas, stars the world-renowned Houston Grand Opera Chorus. With the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Patrick Summers, Chorus! is an unforgettable evening of music and spectacle.
Stage Right Productions is putting on Love Letters at the Crighton Theatre in Conroe. A. R. Gurney's Pulitzer Prize nominated show about two lifelong friends who discover true love despite the distance between them. The play centers on just two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepiece Ladd III. There are shows available February 13 and 14th.
A Company Onstage's Arms & the Man has shows available Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th. A great local theatre could provide the pre-dinner entertainment for you and your Valentine. A brief synopsis: "When an idealistic young lady from Bulgaria duels with a Swiss mercenary soldier can romance be far behind? In Shaw's enchanting comedy concepts of honor, valor, war and romantic love are challenged with surprising results."
Want to laugh for a while then head over to the Laff Spot to catch Jamie Lissow for his live performance. There are 3 shows the night of Valentine's and these tickets are going fast. A great intimate space and the drinks are poured with a loving heavy hand.
One of Houston's most recognized theatre's is the Ensemble Theatre off Main downtown. They are currently running The Man Who Saved New Orleans which has gotten fantastic reviews. Always a great show and the acting and production quality is top notch.
Texas Repertory Theatre kicks off another year with the timeless classic The Odd Couple by Neil Simon. Shows are available Friday and Saturday the 13th and 14th. The Odd Couple was an smash hit when it opened on Broadway in 1965, playing for over 900 performances as well as garnering several Tony Awards, including Best Play. Audiences will also remember its many spin-offs, including the long-running television series of the same name. This is a can't miss if you are looking for a great night of theatre.
Another of Houston's fantastic theatre companies, Stages Repertory Theatre roars into 2009 with their production of taking flight. Stages has been producing top-notch theatre in Houston for years and continues to do so with this production. Taking Flight is an unforgettable one woman show. "Just weeks before serving as a bridesmaid in her best friend Rhonda's wedding, Adriana Sevan instead becomes Rhonda's bedside companion after Rhonda is horrifically injured on 9/11. For the next year Adriana devotes herself to aiding Rhonda's painful recovery-and risks losing herself in the process."
Voted Best Theatre Company in Houston a few years back, Mildred's Umbrella presents, Compleat Female Stage Beauty. While I have not had the opportunity to see one of their productions, I have read many reviews about them and all have been great. Pushing the envelope in creating new and original works, Mildred's Umbrella could be a great choice for a Valentine's Day Theatre Feast!
Although not on Valentines Day, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Film Series is screening City of God at Brown Auditorium on February 13th. This is one of the best films I have ever seen and would recommend this to everyone. While not a romantic comedy, it is a real look into the ghettos of Rio de Janeiro. Truly a fantastic film. A must see.
While only a short list of suggestions, it beats waiting till the last minute to find the "right thing" to do. And remember, most all of these events are half price, which makes Valentine's Day more enjoyable for the wallet.