If you can’t be bothered to think about Valentine’s Day until the last minute, this list is for you. And if you’re a bit of a skinflint, all the better. Here are five things you can do with your sweetie on Friday night, most of which cost $15-$25 per person. At the time of this writing, tickets were still available for all of them. But act fast (if you can muster the urgency), because there’s no guarantee they’ll last.
A bonus: Every one of these five suggestions is actually romantic, in ArtsPage’s opinion. Here are a few more suggestions (in case you don’t see anything that appeals below) and we also invite you to add your ideas to the comments thread.
1 Valentine's Day Tango
8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., 2nd floor, Seattle; $15-$20 per person (www.centuryballroom.com).
Is there any dance more romantic than the Argentine tango? You don’t need to know how; a lesson for beginners will be taught at 8:30 p.m. at the retro-chic Century Ballroom on Capitol Hill. A dance follows from 9:30 to 1 a.m., with music provided by Tangabrazo. A free tasting of wines from Argentina is included in the cost of entry. (Note: This event is 21-plus.)
2 Noir City
7 and 9 p.m. Friday, SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle; $11 general (www.siff.net).
Trust us: A good noir thriller can inspire some serious hand-holding. The Noir City series continues at SIFF Cinema Uptown all weekend, with screenings of vintage films including “Death Is a Caress” and “Death of a Cyclist” on Friday. Cuddle up!
3 Barefoot Divas
8 p.m. Friday, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle; $10-$20 (www.townhallseattle.org).
This international touring group of vocalists from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea has been leaving a trail of passionate new fans in its wake. Watch the troupe’s YouTube video to find out why. If you really want to splurge, there’s a $75 Pacific Feast before the show, catered by chef Andrew Bray of Pinky’s Barbecue. But tickets to the show itself are just $10-$20.
4 'Boeing Boeing'
8 p.m. Friday, Renton Civic Theater, 507 S. Third St., Renton; $17-$22 (www.rentoncivictheatre.org).
This 1962 French sex farce, which enjoyed a hit revival on Broadway in 2008, is now being staged by Renton Civic Theatre. The comic plot revolves around a Parisian Lothario, who has three fiancees, each a flight attendant. Laughter is always an excellent prelude to romance, but do take note: This is not a good date show if fidelity is an issue in your relationship.
5 'Miró: The Experience of Seeing'
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.; $12.50-$19.50 (www.seattleartmuseum.org).
Impress the object of your affection with your cultural sophistication, by treating him or her to this colorful new exhibition of the work of Spanish-Catalan artist Joan Miró at Seattle Art Museum. Arts writer Michael Upchurch calls it “an exuberant splash of a show.” Followed by a walk for coffee or a drink, it’s a can’t-miss.