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The Best Arts & Culture Events In Detroit For Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day, instead of the same old song and dance, take your special someone to the theater or a live performance. There are plenty of events going on for the holiday in Detroit this year, so choose the play and venue that best suits your tastes as a couple. Here is a list of some of the best the city and its surrounding areas have to offer this February.

Gretchen Parlato and Vijay Iyer at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Friday, February 17, 2012; 8 p.m.
3711 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 576-5111
Price: Tickets start at $18
Box Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. - 5p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 12-7 p.m.; Saturday 1-5 p.m.
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Nothing is more romantic than jazz, and the DSO will be hosting Gretchen Parlato and Vijay Iyer on Friday, February 17. In her 10th year performing, the DSO's website describes Parlato as "A haunting, seductive voice that captivates from the very first breath," and Iver brings his distinctive style of pianistry to the performance. Tickets can be bought on the DSO's website or by phone via the box office.

The Love List
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"The Love List" at Tipping Point Theatre

361 E. Cady St.
Northville, MI 48167
(248) 347-0003
Price: Ranges from $28-30/ticket
Box Office Hours: Monday - closed, Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 6:30-10 p.m., Sunday: 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
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The Tipping Point Theatre in Northville will be presenting "The Love List" through February 19. Warning audience members to be careful what they wish for, this amusing comedy is about a man's wish list for what he wants in his dream woman. Soon after Bill creates this list at his best friend Leon's request, a woman named Justine appears displaying the demeanor of a woman who has been his girlfriend for years. Leon is worried he may have created a "Frankenstein," and the friends tamper with their list, only to make Justine change as well. Tickets can be bought by calling the box office during open hours.

Related: Best Professional Theater in Detroit

"The Apartment" at Redford Theater

February 17 at 8 p.m., and February 18 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
17360 Lahser Road
Redford, MI 48219
(313) 537-2560
Price: $4/ticket

The Redford Theater will be showing the classic 1960 movie "The Apartment" with Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray, all premier comedy stars of their day. "The Apartment" is a comedy about a businessman who allows the executives at his company use his apartment for their extramarital trysts in attempts to climb the corporate ladder. The Redford Theater also has a live organ player, so if you see the 2 p.m. screening on the 18th make sure to get there by 1:30 to listen to the organ overture being played. The theater offers free parking north of its building.

Related: Best Detroit Movie Theaters

Drag Queen Bingo

Drag Queen Bingo at Five 15

Bingo/drag queen show Friday, February 17, and Sat. February 18 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
515 S. Washington
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 515-2551
Price: $20/person; reservations encouraged

Five 15 is known around Royal Oak for its kitschy gift shop and drag queen bingo on Friday and Saturday nights. It offers "Bingo food fare" and drinks from the coffee bar for purchase during bingo. Games, laughter, coffee and drag—what better way to start off your Valentine's Day weekend? Drag Queen Bingo is 18+, and the host(ess) vary from week to week. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the bingo game starts at 8.

Tina Georgi
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Tina Georgi - Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase

Thursday, February 16 at 8 p.m.; Friday, February 17 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; and Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
314 E. Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: (734) 996-9080
Price: $10-15

This Valentine's Day weekend, the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase will be featuring Tina Giorgi, a comedienne who is making her way into the national spotlight. Hailed as "comedy with a brain," her performance is sure to make your Valentine's Day date smile. Giorgi has performed at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Toyota Comedy Festival and the Marshall's Women of Comedy Festival, and she won the Bud Light Fox 5 Comedy Festival. Giorgi was also a finalist in the National Lampoon Comedy Search. Not only is she funny, she's also an actress who has appeared in a documentary film and has done radio commercials for Castro Convertibles and Dennison Chili.

Liz Parker is a freelance writer and a University of Michigan graduate with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature. Her work can be found at

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