Improv theater, a romantic strings concert, a free burrito: We hit all the bases for Seattle-area romance.
Forgot about Valentine’s Day plans again? With the big day looming, good luck grabbing a dinner reservation, but here are some last-minute options that will make you look good, and won’t break the bank, either.
■ Love lines: 12th Avenue Arts: “With or without you: Letters of longing, loving and leaving.” Three shows for Valentine’s Day of private letters from historic figures read in public. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 1620 12th Ave., Seattle; $20-$30 (lettersaloud.com).
■ My funny Valentine: Unexpected Productions’ Market Theater offers “Comedy of Love: A Valentine’s Day Improv.” Improvisers explore the holiday, inspired by stories from the audience. 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14, 1428 Post Alley, Seattle; $12-$15 (206- 587-2414 or unexpectedproductions.org).
■ Highflying romance: Emerald City Trapeze Arts presents “Nocturnal Admissions … Two Shows; Two Sides of Love.” The Feb. 13 Anti-Valentine’s Day show is for the “inner, forlorn cynic,” while the Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day show celebrates “love at its finest.” Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m., 2702 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle; 21+; $45-$90 (206-906-9442 or emeraldcitytrapeze.com).
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■ Love to rock: The Crocodile: “A Valentine’s Day Takeover.” All-ages show of local bands on two stages. Doors open at 8 p.m., music at 9 p.m.; 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; bar for 21+; $5-$12 (206-441-4618 or thecrocodile.com).
■ Zing went the strings: Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra’s “Romantic Strings” will feature violist Melia Watras and heartfelt works by Larsson, Bruch, Dvorak and Rachmaninov. 8 p.m. Feb. 14, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $10-$15 (206-393-7400 or seattlemetropolitanchamberorchestra.com).
■ Les Miz: Feeling more like a St. Valentine’s Day Massacre? Canon is outlawing all public displays of affection. Those seen holding hands, kissing or whispering sweet nothings will be “gunned down in cold blood” by one of the 24 water guns distributed throughout the bar; 928 12th Ave., Seattle (canonseattle.com).
■ Romancing the streams: Indulge your love for Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park, and all national parks in the U.S., at no charge during Presidents Day weekend (Feb. 14-16). Waived fees include entrance fees, commercial-tour fees and transportation-entrance fees, but reservations and camping fees still apply (nps.gov).
■ Will kiss for burrito: Qdoba has a deal for hungry Cupids: Land a consensual kiss on a significant other, friend or willing stranger, and score a free smothered burrito in a buy-one, get-one deal on Feb. 14 (qdoba.com).