From a whimsical look at a collapsing midlife marriage to a drag queen and king competition, Halifax pretty much covers the spectrum of ways to spend your Valentine’s Day.
Neptune Theatre’s Dirty Laundry (Neptunetheatre.com, 429-7070) tells the story of Alice and Henry, a couple married for 25 years. Alice thinks it might be coming to an end, so she books a dirty weekend at a swank hotel with a copy of Sex for Dummies in an attempt to resuscitate their beating hearts.
At the MSVU Art Gallery (Msvuart.ca), Diane Landry will get your heart going with The Defibrillators. Inspired by gestures and objects that make up our daily existence, the Quebec artist brings her sculptures to the city until March 14.
If roses and drama aren’t your thing, head to the Metro Centre at 4 p.m. on Valentine’s Day to watch the Halifax Rainmen take on the Manchester Millrats (Rainmenbasketball.ca).
Valentine’s Day is also Pink Triangle Day, originally declared to mark a major legal victory for gay and lesbian people in Canada. Join the festivities this year with a wine, cheese and fruit celebration at Menz Bar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and then head to Reflections (Reflectionscabaret.com) starting at 10 p.m. for the King and Queen of Hearts Pageant, where the city’s drag queens and kings will vie for the crown.
For a bit of heat, check out Maria Osende Flamenco at FRED nightly from Feb. 12-14. The celebrated Spaniard’s dance is a “romantic voyage to the feverish heat of Spain.” Go to Mariaosende.com for more.