Not too late to make Valentine’s Day plans |

Not too late to make Valentine’s Day plans

Here’s a tip for procrastinators: Valentine’s Day is less than two days away.

That’s plenty of time, though, to shop for chocolate, candy and other gifts symbolizing your love before taking your sweetheart out Saturday on a special date.

Whether you like to celebrate Cupid’s day with a romantic dinner for two or dance the night away, there are creative options close to home for observing the holiday.

For starters, think of a delectable dinner without the time-consuming preparation or the messy cleanup afterward. Several area restaurants have Valentine’s Day menus, including Carlos’ and Swiss House in Grass Valley; the Backroom Steakhouse in Peardale or Peterson’s Corner on the San Juan Ridge. Just make reservations early to ensure a spot at the restaurant; many other residents will also want to leave the cooking to someone else this Saturday.

Since the night will still be relatively young right after dinner, several entertainment choices remain as outlined below.

Be forewarned: the fourth annual Valentine Erotique at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center is not for the shy nor for anyone under 18.

The event features area poets Sher Christian, Will Staple, Chris Olander, Thekla Clemens, Robyn Martin and Molly Fisk sharing some of their most erotic love poems.

New this year is a theater component as seven local actors and actresses perform scenes from classical to modern love stories. These stories include Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love” and Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata,” a play about Athenian women who unite to end the Peloponnesian War by barricading themselves in the Acropolis – thus avoiding sexual relations with their husbands – until peace is achieved.

An exhibit of nude figure drawings organized by artist Kurt Niederhaus will also be on display. Drawings are by artists in the Schoolhouse’s Saturday weekly life drawing class. The exhibit will be up the rest of this month.

Admission to Valentine Erotique is $6 for Schoolhouse members and $8 for nonmembers.

The Schoolhouse is at 17894 Tyler Foote Crossing Road on the San Juan Ridge.

The fun begins at 7:30 p.m.

Call the Schoolhouse at 265-2826 for more details.


Valentine’s Day weekend coincides with the Nevada Theatre Film Series 25th anniversary of weekly independent, foreign and art-house films.

The film series’ 25th anniversary will be celebrated Friday through Sunday with door prizes, birthday cake, a short film about the series and a feature film, “In America.” Romantic door prizes include dinner for two at New Moon Cafe and wine tasting at Kirby’s Creekside. A more practical door prize is a year’s pass to the Nevada Theatre Film Series.

Festivities begin at 7:30 all three nights at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St. in Nevada City.

“In America,” which movie critic Roger Ebert gave four out of four stars, is writer-director Jim Sheridan’s (“My Left Foot” and “In the Name of the Father”) latest film about an Irish family immigrating to New York City as a result of an unresolved family tragedy in their homeland.

Tickets to the Nevada Theatre Film Series are $5.50 for adults and $4.50 for seniors and children under 13. Discount cards are also available. Call 274-FILM for more information.


For those who don’t want to sit in their seats, don’t fret. There are at least three good Valentine’s dance-related options to justify putting on your dancing shoes this Saturday.

Cousin Cricket will appear in a “swing your valentine round ‘n’ round” dance at Peterson’s Corner which is at the corner of Highway 49 and Pleasant Valley Road on the San Juan Ridge.

For this appearance, the band will be comprised of nine musicians. Vocalist/guitarist Kenny Miele who moved from Nevada County to New York City played in the local band from 1973 to 1993. Since he is in town this week, Miele will perform with his Nevada County friends.

Cousin Cricket will play country swing, bluegrass and country rock originals from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There’s no cover. Call 292-3311 for more information.


If salsa’s more your style, check out Conquista Musical as the 12-piece band from Sacramento returns to the Center for the Arts for a Valentine’s Day dance party.

With several members originally from San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Puerto Rico and Mexico, Conquista Musical’s Caribbean sounds include traditional forms, such as the Afro-Cuban rhythms of rumba as well as the mambo and cha-cha.

Showing off dance steps will be performances between sets by Salsa Capital, a Sacramento troupe formed in 1996. This will be the six dancers’ first appearance here.

The party begins at 8 p.m. with a beginning dance lesson by Billy Bob Flanders and Dominque Del Chiaro of Salsa Sierra, a dance school in Grass Valley.

“This is the perfect night for anyone who wants to experience salsa for the first time or for the seasoned dancer who wants to cut a rug,” Flanders said. “It’s a no-brainer’s Valentine’s date, guaranteed to please the company you are with.”

Admission is $15. Tickets are at Herb Shop Records, Yabobo, BriarPatch, Book Seller or by calling (800) 594-8499.

The Center for the Arts is at 314 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

Call 273-8384 for more details.


Then there’s an all-ages Sweetheart Swing dance sponsored by the Foothills Swing Society at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center from 7 to 11 p.m.

Beginning dance lessons are from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by deejay dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10 for lessons and dance and $6 for the dance only. Partners are not required. Call 478-0887 or 272-4725 for more information or see Page 7 for more information.

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