|LOVERS IN LOVE
Grab your sweetie and make plans for a romantic Valentine’s Daydowntown. You can pull together a memorable day whether you’re flush with cash or on a budget.
Start with a picnic lunch at Market Square Park orDiscovery Green. You can get some tasty bites fromByrd’s Market & Café or pick up something at Niko Niko’sor The Lake House. If you’ve got a special evening in mind, consider a cozy float down Buffalo Bayou. The early evening Cupid Cruise is $40 per person and includes bubbly, chocolate and some spectacular views from the Spirit of the Bayou.
Once the sun goes down, hop on board the Downtown Aquarium’s Ferris Wheel and steal a kiss at the top or snuggle up in a horse-drawn carriage ride.
If you want the traditional romantic dinner, there are plenty of options. Azuma Sushi & Robata Bar’s special menu includes sake-braised ribs and chocolate Gran Marnier ice cream for $45 a person. *17’s luxurious five-course meal features a roasted lobster salad and petite filet for $95 a person while Hearsay Gastro Lounge has (among other things) stuffed pork loin, Asian-inspired halibut and a dessert bar for $50 per person. III Forks has put together a Sweetheart Menu with lobster, steak and plenty of chocolate for $150 a couple. And for $85 a person,Spindletop offers up some breathtaking views of downtown along with champagne and a four-course meal.
With so much love in the air, who knows? You may even be inspired to pop the question!
Enjoy the big game with a big crowd at the at the Houston Pavilions on Sunday, February 6. Doors for the Official Sports Radio 610 Superbowl Viewing Party at the House of Blues open at 3 p.m. Lucky Strike‘s Super Sunday Party goes big with 10 big screens, all-you-can-eat wings and riblets, plus bottomless domestic draft beers for only $25.
>> FUNNY MAN
Actor, author and stand-up comedian Lewis Black takes the stage at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, February 5. A passionate performer, Lewis can make audiences laugh themselves silly while pointing out the absurdity of the world in which we live.
>> YOUNG VOICES
Be entertained by some of the best emerging operatic talent competing head-to-head for top honors at Concert of Arias. The Thursday, February 3 competition at theWortham Theater Center is a unique chance to see and discover the emerging stars of tomorrow.
>> BEAUTIFUL STRINGS
Violinist Gil Shaham, internationally recognized by audiences and critics alike as one of today’s most virtuosic and engaging classical artists, returns to Jones Hall on Thursday, February 3; Saturday, February 5 and Sunday, February 6. He’ll join the Houston Symphony to perform Walton’s Violin Concerto, which bathes the listener in a sunny Mediterranean glow.
>> SPECIAL HARMONIES
South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Grammy Award-winning a cappella group, takes the stage at Jones Hall on Friday, February 4. Their rich, uplifting harmonies and their effortlessly synchronized dancing express the universal themes of faith, hope and peace. It’s a performance of pure, uninhibited joy.
>> LIONEL LOUEKE TRIO
Praised by his mentor Herbie Hancock as “a musical painter,” guitarist Lionel Loueke has appeared on numerous standout recordings such as Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters and Terence Blanchard’s Flow. For his Saturday, February 5 appearance at the Wortham Theater Center, Loueke will surely combine harmonic sophistication, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African music, and astonishing guitar techniques to create the warm and evocative sound for which he is known.
>> SIP & SHOP
Join the ladies of Haute Town Summer in the City at theHouston Pavilions for BCBG Bingo on Wednesday, February 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy cocktails, light bites, bingo and a prize — an amazing shoulder bag from BCBGMAXAZRIA. Numbers will be called at 6:30 p.m., so don’t miss it. Plus, guests get complimentary valet at theSan Jancinto valet station; just mention that you’re going to the party.
>> CALLING ALL COLLECTORS
See hundreds of displays of new and old guns, ammo, gun parts, books, knives, knifes, sharpening tools, coins, camouflage and more at the High Caliber Gun & Knife Show at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Saturday, February 5 and Sunday, February 6.
>> TEXAS ROYALTY
Catch country-music legend Willie Nelson in a family affair as he takes the stage with son Lukas Nelson at Verizon Wireless Theater on Friday, February 4.
>> SPECIAL RESERVE
Reserve 101 will offer their 12-, 18- and 21-year-oldGlenfiddich Caribbean rum cask single malt scotches (a $40 value) for free at its tasting on Tuesday, February 8. Call 713.907.584 to register.
>> SPORTS FUN
Toyota Center is the place to watch the Houston Aerostake to the ice. They go up against the Texas Stars on Friday, February 4.The Houston Rockets are busy with games against Memphis on Saturday, February 5 and Minnesota on Tuesday, February 8.