Ah love.... It's alive and well in the D.
Ah love.... It’s the stuff of dreams and poetry and songs. Valentine’s Day is coming up and the Examiner.com wants to make sure the “love train” doesn’t leave you behind. Below are ten tips for the attached, the unattached and for folks who just want something to do this coming weekend. Birds do it. Bees do it. So why don’t you do it? Fall in love or stay in love in the D.
- Go to a poetry reading. The InsideOut Poetry Reading will be held on Friday, Feb. 12 at The Detroit Artists Market. Featured readers include: Dr. Terry Blackhawk, George Henry and Rhonda Welsh. The special guest reader is Stacy Parker Aab author of Government Girl: Young and Female in the White House. Info? www.insideoutdetroit.org or (313) 965-53322
- Get visually stimulated at the Art Show at Cass Cafe. Come see new works being exhibited at the Cass Cafe by Richard Lewis, Sabrina Nelson and Mario Moore. Cass Cafe is located at 4620 Cass Ave in Detroit. This free event will be held from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. Info? (313) 831-1400
- Experience the timeless combo of jazz and spoken word. Urban Life Promo and 7Stream Entertainment present A Valentine Soiree at the Sheraton Novi Hotel. This event features recording artist David Ivey, Grammy-winning bassist Terrance Palmer, a live band and dancing, and local spoken word artists. The event begins at 8 p.m. and admission is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Info? (248) 943-3730
- Find an unmarried man (or woman)! Join Angelo Henderson, Host of “Your Voice” on Newstalk AM1200 WCHB while single men and single women mix, mingle and talk about the issues on Friday, Feb. 12. There will be special VIP Entry for all unmarried men from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m. Women can join the event at 6:00 p.m. Don’t miss this unique event at Centaur Lounge, 2233 Park, behind the Fox Theater. Single guys reserve your VIP spot by e-mailing your name, age, what you are looking for in a woman and age range of woman you are interested in to firstname.lastname@example.org Put "MY DAY" in the subject area. It’s a free event but space is limited.
- Experience a film (or two) at the Detroit Film Theatre (DFT). Munyurangabo tells the story of two Rwandan boys born into separate tribes. It will be shown on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2:00 p.m. No Impact Man is a look at author Colin Beavan’s 2006 No Impact Project. The newly self-proclaimed environmentalist vows to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year -- no automated transportation, no electricity, no non-local food, and no material consumption. It will be shown on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 4:00 p.m. La Danse is a documentary about the Paris Opera Ballet. It takes an intimate look at the dancers including the world-renowned Rudolf Nureyev. This film will be shown on Friday, Feb. 12 at 9:30 p.m. The DFT is located at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Visit the website for more information.
- Laugh, smooch and keep it holy at Bless The Mic: Valentines Day Affair. This event will be held on Sunday, Feb 14 from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m. The event features comedy by Josh Adams and Shanie “D” and spoken word poetry by Marsha Carter and Blk Smith. The Upper Room is located at 23821 Grand River,just east of Telegraph in Detroit. Tickets are $15 in advance. Info?(313) 600-5199 or (313) 949-6356.
- Keep a song in your heart with Singsation! The Mosaic Singers in Concert. Act I features the Mosaic Singers at their best as they perform classical, spiritual, and world music. It will include a very special Act 2 as the Mosaic Singers take us to the heart of 1930s Harlem. Performances will be held at the Detroit Film Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 14 at 6:00 p.m.
- Dance the night away! Come to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History for DANCE: Roots, Rhythm & Salsa. Come for the class and stay for the open dance. This event pesented by Duane Wrenn of Energetic Soul Dance Studios includes light refreshments and a cash bar. It will be held on Friday, Feb. 12 from 6:00 until 11:00 p.m. The cost is $7 per session for members and $10 per session for non-members. Call (313) 494-5853 for more information.
- Create something loving at the Valentine's Day ArtFunFest. This event at the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center will feature karaoke, Valentine crafts and the opportunity to write love letters and poems. Also, on-hand will be spoken word poet, Ber-henda Williams. Check out the event on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
- Present your Valentine with a pair of tickets to Love Notes. This stage play for teens by teens will be held at the Millennium Centre in Southfield on Friday, March 19. The venue is located at 15600 J.L. Hudson Drive. There will also be special performances for schools on March 18 and 19 at 10:00 a.m. For ticket information, contact Teen H.Y.P.E. at (800) 838-3006. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 7 and under. Group discounts are available. For more information, contact (313) 837-5589.