Couples in the Tampa Bay area will enjoy great dining, music, dancing and laughter at these romantic live theatrical events on February 14, 2012. Whether it’s the traditional dinner and a show, or more exotic fare and entertainment, these events will be fun, funky and even downright sentimental.
Tim Wilkins at Side Splitters Comedy Club
Price: $40 package includes admission for two, bottle of champagne, stuffed teddy bear, flowers and candy. Most tables seat four; private tables available for additional $20; $60 package includes all items above and a full chicken marsala dinner, served 6:30 p.m. until 7:30, catered by Vesh
Showtime: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 8:30 p.m., Entry for ages 18 and up to laugh, age 21 to drink, with a 2 item (or drink) minimum per person, per show.
When women are asked what they seek in a man, most will say a guy who has a great sense of humor. Show her yours by taking her to see a romantic evening of dinner and comedy with Tim Wilkins, a clean comic, while giving her all the Valentine trappings of a tender heart. Tim Wilkins is a 20-year veteran performer of stand up comedy who has appeared at Side Splitters for the past 18 years. This holiday show will hit on relationships, love, children, fatherhood and a dead-on impression of Barack Obama. Wilkins has toured as an opening act with renowned musicians of rock and pop music and has been featured on most TV networks. In 2008, Wilkins released his second CD: Tim Wilkins-Live @Sidesplitter’s.
Side Splitters also has an open mic program for amateurs who just want to have fun on stage or career bound comics looking to find that special opportunity in the spotlight.
Barbra & Frank: The Valentine at Ruth Eckerd Hall
Price: Single tickets $25 and $18. Order a boxed lunch for $8, pick up at the venue before the show at 11 a.m.
Showtime: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Barbra & Frank: The Valentine is a lunchtime repast and show. Actors/vocalists Sharon Owens and Sebastian Anzaldo play the famous icons in a tribute to Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra. These world-class performers truly capture the look, feel and rapport of the singers in this stage show coming to Clearwater from Las Vegas. Owens has the voice and look of Streisand, while Anzaldo shines with the cocky swagger of a young Sinatra. Video clips, memorable music and lines true to the characters make this show much more than just celebrity impersonations. For the boxed lunch, choose a ham, turkey or veggie sandwich, plus potato salad, cookie, coffee, tea and soda service. Quantities are limited, so ordering early is advised. Pre-show dining is in the exquisite Margarete Heye Great Room. Sandwiches, snacks and two full service bars are located in the Grand Concourse. The East Side Café is open for relaxation under the oak tree before the show (weather permitting).
Ruth Eckerd Hall is one of Tampa Bay’s best concert halls. With continental-style seating sloped and staggered, almost everyone has a center seat with no support columns in the way and no obstructed views.
Celtic Woman: Believe at The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
Price: Regularly priced tickets start at $44, Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. Call (813) 222-1018 for more information
Showtime: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Office: Open Mon to Sat—Noon to 8 p.m., Sun—Noon to 6 p.m.
Directions and Parking information
Celebrate Valentine’s Day before the show with fine dining at Maestro’s Restaurant at 5:30 p.m. The restaurant is located above the Jaeb Theater and overlooks the downtown Tampa skyline. Maestro’s chefs create a unique menu for each show. A four-course meal with a bottle of wine or champagne is available for $100 per couple, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are limited and can be made at (813) 229-7827.
Celtic Woman: Believe brings the romance of angelic voices on high, as newest member Susan McFadden joins vocalists Chloë Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Lisa Lambe and Celtic violinist Máiréad Nesbitt in performing classic Irish songs in a unique musical all-female ensemble performance. Music that is uplifting and inspiring shares Irish culture in their sixth project, a new studio album CD accompanied by a live concert DVD that was just released on January 24. Their American tour to support the new release started February 3 in Nashville, TN, and ends in Las Vegas on April 29 with Tampa being their eighth performance along the way. The stellar group has been featured on PBS; viewers will have exclusive access to the best seats in the house by pledging support to their local station.
The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit organization. Located downtown on the east bank of the Hillsborough River, this large performing arts complex includes five theaters. Each venue has a unique personality, hosting a wide variety of world-class events. The 2,610 seat Carol Morsani Hall, where Celtic Woman: Believe is performed, has excellent sight lines combined with impeccable acoustics, and is considered one of the best theater venues in the world.
Arabian Nights Belly Dancing Performing Arts at St. Petersburg Nights Russian Restaurant
Price: General admission $10. Cost of buffet is $15 in addition to the $10 General admission.
Showtime: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 8 p.m., Buffet starts 7 p.m.
Parking around the restaurant or in public parking area, free after 5:00 p.m.
Open every Wed to Sun—5 p.m. until late
Bring your date to an exotic tradition on St. Pete Beach. Now in its the sixth year, Arabian Nights is a party evening of belly dancing from the Middle East. What could be more sensual or more romantic than belly dancing? Hip Expressions Dance Studio presents a show with 10 to 25 dancers in solo and group numbers performing a Valentine’s Day theme. Dancers will come from St. Petersburg, Tampa, Sarasota and beyond to share their classic art. Ilona Sakovich, owner of St. Petersburg Nights, explained that In Middle Eastern culture, belly dancing was done by men for women before they got married. In our culture, it has now become a dance that women perform for men. Reservations are encouraged; seating for the buffet in the dining room may sell out. All-you-can-eat extensive homemade menu features Eastern European and Middle Eastern dishes, including soft drink. There will be a full bar with selection of imported beer, wine and 25 varieties of chilled vodkas. Walk-ins accepted; show can be seen from the large bar area.
This unique, 150 seat, family-owned restaurant near the scenic beach shore is a perfect place for a sunset stroll and romantic dinner, with live entertainment, music and the largest dance floor on the beach.
Romantic Obsessions – Tampa Bay Symphony at The Palladium Theater
Price: Cost to be announced, call for more information.
Showtime: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Box Office: Mon to Fri—Noon to 4 p.m. and 3 hours before each ticketed performance.
Classical music lifts the spirit with a performance of Romantic Obsessions – Tampa Bay Symphony. Mark Sforzini is the conductor, featuring Bedrich Smetana, Ma Vlast (The Moldau); Richard Wagner, Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde; and Hector Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique. The Tampa Bay Symphony is a not-for-profit organization.
The historic Palladium Theater is an integral and important aspect of our community, now a part of St. Petersburg College. It consistently brings top quality, affordable productions to the public, provides a facility for area creative people to present innovative performing arts, nurtures local artistic growth, and creates opportunities for students to perform and work with other professional theater groups.
Related: Guide To The Tampa Bay Symphony
Sarah Dees is an accomplished artist, writer, educator, and entrepreneur, with over twenty-five years of professional experience. Sarah attended Eckerd College for two years, and graduated with a BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York City. She is a freelance writer in Tampa Bay. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.