By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
There are several local options for celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, ranging from live theater to staying in and indulging in a pre-cooked meal. Highlighted here are a few choices.
The weekend before Valentine’s Day, Getty Villa will host performances of “Cupid’s Eros,” co-produced by Troubadour Theater, February 9 through 11 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium.
The show—directed by Matt Walker—is billed as a “Valentine’s day cabaret,” with “mythological creatures performing songs of passion.”
“Join the Troubies, masters of musical mirth, for a family-friendly, song-filled sojourn with classic characters from antiquity at their Valentine’s presentation of ‘Cupid’s Eros,’” read a statement from Getty Villa. “See Medusa and Perseus, Achilles and Patroclus, Pandora and her Box, Polyphemus and Sheep, and more, sing and dance for a chance at romance. Join the live Troubadorchestra for the sweet sounds of the 1970s and ’80s as the tumultuous Troubies let fly their ancient antics.”
The cast of the show includes Malynda Hale, Suzanne Jolie Narbonne, Heather Youmans, Cloie Wyatt Taylor, Rick Batalla, Philip McNiven, Jimmy Lambert, Isaac Robinson-Smith and Walker.
“We’re so happy that our love affair with the Getty Villa audiences will continue in February at ‘Cupid’s Eros,’” Walker wrote in a statement. “I can’t think of a more beautiful and romantic venue to celebrate Valentine’s Day.”
Tickets are $35, and include a beverage and “sweet treat.” For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_4066.html.
Palisades Village eatery The Draycott—owned and operated by Palisadians Matt and Marissa Hermer—will host a “romantic candlelit dinner” to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
“Join us at The Draycott for a romantic evening of culinary delights, featuring special Valentine’s Day dishes alongside optional wine pairings,” read the event page. “Whether you’re celebrating with your partner, friends or the whole family, show them how much they mean to you with a meal at The Draycott.”
The evening, which will include live entertainment, features a menu of Fleur de Courgette (crispy squash blossom filled with ricotta, feta and mint), Champignon Velouté (porcini mushroom soup served with crispy parmesan crouton, cream fraiche and chives), St. Jacques (roasted scallops with cauliflower, hazelnuts and black truffle), Loup de Mer en Papillote (baked branzino in papillotte, served with cherry tomatoes, zucchini, white wine, herbs de Provence and lemon), and Filet de Boeuf (Wanderer Farms beef filet, served with aligot and truffle sauce).
For more details or to book a reservation—which begin at 5 p.m.—visit thedraycott.com.
Dinner for Two
For those who want to hunker down at home, Gelson’s is offering a “romantic dinner for two,” with a menu that includes Certified Angus Beef prime New York steak, lobster and chocolate-dipped strawberries.
“Options include Certified Angus Beef Prime New York steak and Lobster Tail, grilled salmon and lobster tail, or Cordon Bleu with lobster tail served with pomegranate apple salad and roasted garlic asparagus,” read a statement about the menu. “Finish the experience with a rich raspberry mascarpone. Decadent hand-dipped strawberries made with Swiss Chocolate will also be sold separately in four packs, six packs and 10 packs, and fabulous floral arrangements from a beautiful rose arrangement to fresh tulips will be available.”
Orders can be placed beginning February 1 at gelsons.com for pickup February 13 and 14.
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