Love Potions: 14 Things to Do on Valentine's Day

by Staff

Ah, Valentine’s Day. On one hand, a fine romantic occasion. On the other, a minefield of expectations for those in established relationships (by the way, here are some places to buy flowers and chocolate) and an invitation to feel lonely for those who happen to be single. But no matter who you are or what you want out of Valentine’s Day and the days surrounding it, New York City has you covered. Read on for some ideas.

February 11–17
Boorman at Film Forum
Sean Connery in a futuristic loincloth? Check (Zardoz). Helen Mirren as an Arthurian-era seductress? Again, check (Excalibur). These and more highlights await at this John Boorman retrospective.

February 12
Fifth Annual Missed Connections Party at the New York Transit Museum
Find the one that got away (or find out why you’re so undateable) at this event, which combines crafting, poetry, beer and chocolate tastings, and a deep delve into the archives of OKCupid’s relationship data.

February 13
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge at Brainwave at the Rubin Museum of Art
The performance artist-musician (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV) discusses gender with philosophy professor Jesse Prinz.

February 13–15
Romeo & Julietat the David H. Koch Theater
Get swept away by the New York City Ballet performing the enduring tragic love story (scored by Prokofiev, choreographed by Peter Martins)—and hope your own has a happier ending.

February 14
Pretty Woman, Beauty and the Beast and Sid & Nancy at Nitehawk Cinemas
The Williamsburg dinner-and-a-movie house screens romantic films for three types of couples: the May-December (Pretty Woman), the codependent (Sid & Nancy) and the pair that still believes in fairy tales (Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast.)

February 14
The Sweetheart Soirée at Norwood
Return to the days of Victorian-era romance at this event, which features four floors of beverages and food along with ballet and orchestra performances. Tickets are $90. Corsets and crinolines sold separately.

February 14
Hot Chocolate Festival at City Bakery
Today's entry in the monthlong fest: “Love Potion” (secret ingredient: hot fudge). It's up to you if you want to bring a test subject.


February 14
Shaggy, Maxi Priest and Sanchez at Brooklyn Academy of Music
Think you made a misstep in your relationship? Maybe it wasn't you. Shaggy helps instruct in the art of evasion.

February 14
Love Bites: The Power Ballads Sing-Along at Union Hall
Every rose has its thorn…you give love a bad name…someday, love will find you… no matter what your romantic situation, there are cheesy rock-ballad lyrics to express your feelings. Come belt ’em out in Park Slope.

February 14
Unloveable: a Smiths & Morrissey Valentines Day at The Bell House
Want the one you can’t have? Sing along to depressing songs with NYC’s leading Smiths tribute band, the Sons and Heirs.

February 14
NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Barclays Center
What exactly do a three-point shootout and slam-dunk contest have to do with love? Well, we’d like to think you strive to fly higher and be your best self in the name of your beloved…but if that’s too much of a stretch, I mean, come on—slam dunks are awesome.

February 14
What I Did for Love at UCBeast
Improvisational comedians turn an audience member’s love life into a comedy show. Maybe you think yours doesn’t need the help.

February 14
Kim Nalley Sings Songs of Love at Jazz at Lincoln Center
We suppose it's possible you have sincere romantic feelings to celebrate; if so, this esteemed jazz vocalist may be just the entertainer to see on Valentine's Day.

Through March 29
The Sleeping Beauty at Puppetworks
Because someday your prince may come—today it's in puppet form.