Six ways to celebrate Valentine's Day

03:55 PM, Feb 12, 2013

The Owl House is serving a prix fixe dinner on Valentine's Day. (Matt Wittmeyer)/

Written By Jinelle Shengulette

Valentine’s Day can be a stressful time for couples: What kind of present should you get? What kind of date should you plan? How much money should you spend?

To alleviate some of that pressure, see the list below for a few romantic ways to celebrate this day of love. It’s a time to show your significant other how much you care — and to show them off during a night out on the town.

Prix fixe dinnerat The Owl House

No one wants a hungry/cranky Valentine. Feed yours this Feb. 14 at The Owl House’s prix fixe dinner. This four-course meal has two to four options per course, including your choice of winter squash, coconut risotto or blood orange-basted pheasant for the second course and pomegranate-glazed tempeh, paella or wild boar for the third.

Location: 75 Marshall St.

When: Seating from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Cost: $50 per person; $65 with wine pairing; $75 with reserve wine pairing.

More info: (585) 360-2920 or

Geva Comedy Improv’s ‘Be My Valentine’ show

Expect a few things from this comedy show — some good belly laughs and that you may leave with (washable) fake blood in your hair. The theme of the night will be slasher movies, and improv comedians will build two stories around that theme, on the spot, with the help of audience suggestions.

Location: 75 Woodbury Blvd.

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday; 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Cost: $10.

More info: (585) 232-4382 or

Rochester Museum and Science Center’s To My Valentine’

For an educational night out this Valentine’s Day, swing by RMSC for an exhibit of Valentines from the 1830s to the 1980s, from handmade to mass-produced and everything in between. The exhibit features more than 100 valentines that reflect the times they came from — the handmade cut-outs from the mid-1800s with a lover’s lock of hair next to the colorful, casual and comic mass-produced valentines of the late 20th century.

Location: 657 East Ave.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. (Runs through March 31.)

Cost: $13 for adults; $12 for students/seniors; $11 for ages 3 to 18; free for children younger than 3 and RMSC members.

More info: (585) 271-1880 or

All This and Moonlight’ at The Space Theatre

Show a bit of class on your night out with an evening at the theater. This romantic comedy follows Ned, who has a tendency to compare every date to an ex-flame. His memories of her are so clear, that she actually “appears” to him on dates, commenting on the girls and resulting in zero second dates. Valentine’s Day show will have an ’80s theme; show up in ’80s attire and get $5 off admission.

Location: The Space Theatre and Gallery at Greenovation, Hungerford Building, 1199 E. Main St.

When: 7:30 p.m. through Saturday.

Cost: $15.

More info: (585) 269-4673.

John DiCrosta at The Comedy Club

For drinks, eats and laughs, check out John DiCrosta at The Comedy Club this Valentine’s Day. The Los Angeles-based comedian has appeared on Politically Incorrect, Real Time with Bill Maher, Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, American Idol and more. DiCrosta is also a voice actor; his voice can be heard on numerous video games and animated series on Nickelodeon, and as a Decepticon in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Location: 2235 Empire Blvd., Webster.

When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14.

Cost: $9.

More info: (585) 671-9080 or

The Rochester Plays — Part One: Attraction’

Support local theater and local playwright Spencer Christiano by attending the opening of The Rochester Plays. Part one of the two-part series, Attraction, opens this Valentine’s Day. This inner-city love story focuses on a single mother, an ex-con, a recluse and a suspected sex offender during a blizzard.

Location: 107 Todd Union, 500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd., University of Rochester River Campus, Todd Theatre.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday.

Cost: $13; $7 for UR students and $10 for alumni, faculty, staff and seniors.

More info: (585) 275.4088 or