By Richards Burroughs

February 7, 2017, 3:34 pm

 
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Valentine’s Day is a week away and– love it or hate it– you undoubtedly will begin to feel something as February 14th draws near.

The holiday of love has a somewhat shadowy history dating back to the Romans and its celebration has created two distinct camps: Perhaps you’re the super “into it” type, who loves dinner, drinks and dancing, or the triumvirate of chocolate, flowers and champagne. Conversely, it’s also a good chance that you’re a Valentine’s Day denier allergic to celebrating a holiday whose only purpose is to move product (And we’re talking over 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards, 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and enough roses to make the opening scene of Coming To America look like the flacid flower section of your local bodega).

So whether you’re a willing contributor to the over 20 billion bucks that Americans spend on this lovers’ day, or whether you fancy a more alternative mode of celebration, here are some excellent, Brooklyn suggestions for you.

 

FEBRUARY 11TH

This is a seriously good deal!

4 Course Dinner with Live Performance by Eric Roberson, Amarachi Restaurant, 189 Bridge Street, Feb 11th, 4pm-7pm (DUMBO)

Having a sumptuous, 4-course meal and a complimentary glass of wine is an offering that can be found at many restaurants across Brooklyn, to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s a plus that it’s at Amarachi, which is a beautiful restaurant and lounge in DUMBO, serving delicious African fusion fare and amazing cocktails; but what their V-Day celebration as standout, is that Eric Robeson will be performing live and for the price of dinner. Hearing the smooth and soulful voice of a twice grammy nominated singer and writer for artists like Jill Scott, Vivian Green and Dwele, in an intimate environment, for the price of dinner will surely be greatly appreciated by your significant other.

Click here for more info and to make reservations.

I’m living the single single…Life!

Date & Dash Fundraiser, Therapy Wine bar, 364 Lewis Avenue, $15, Feb, 11th, 8pm (BedStuy)

Single folk are either an afterthought on Valentine’s Day or bludgeoned with the ridiculous idea that life is totally incomplete without being in love, and I’m just sick and… I mean, that’s such an archaic life view in 2017.

Scene from Makeup x Breakup

So if you in these Brooklyn streets, living single like Khadijah and Kyle, check out this speed dating event brought to you by the cast and crew of the web series Makeup X Breakup, which is about the ups and downs of looking for love in NYC. The series garnered a significant and engaged audience for its inaugural season, and this event will double as a season 2 fundraiser.

Who knows, you might find love or an intensely creepy coup d’un soir, that will need phone number and Facebook blocking…but such is that single life. Click here for more information and to get tix.


Indulge your palette and respect your body

INDULGE: A Valentine’s Date Night, House Of Juice, 642 Rogers Avenue, $40-$70, Feb 11th, 4pm-10pm (Prospect Lefferts Garden)

If celebrating Valentine’s Day includes indulging your palette AND treating your body right, then you should definitely click here to get more information about celebrating this VDay at House of Juice. It bills itself as the world’s first and only Juicery & Brewery sharing the Seed to Spirit beverage experience with plant based kitchen dishes.  The celebration will include: Drinks by “Island to Island Brewery“. Dishes by “Plant Based For You” Chefs. Live performance by “Shorelift” among other bands and 3 Course Meal with 3 Cocktail Pairings (mocktail options available).  

It’s not a couple centric celebration either, as it’s a single mingle situation as well. Cover fee includes drinks and tapas.

It takes two to make it out of sight

 

It Takes Two to #BKBLove, Brooklyn Boulders, 575 Degraw Street, Feb 11th, 5:30pm-10:30pm, $28 (Boerum Hill)

Brooklyn Boulders is a fitness and rock climbing situation, which it will still be at this event to celebrate Valentine’s Day, which will feature a chocolate fountain, sponsored cocktails, fizzy beverages and wine, as well as a silent auction to win date prizes, on Valentine’s Day, at places like Pies n Thighs and Royal Palms Shuffleboard. You can also grab your poo bear and compete in the partner climbing competition (with prizes), which can only strengthen your relationship as the competition toughens your unified resolve in the face of obstacles. It can also break you up, when you see your significant other is a simp quitter and wilts under pressure.

Either way, there will be a DJ providing a soundtrack to the ascension or downfall of your relationship…just get custody of the dog in the breakup and click here for more info.

 

FEBRUARY 12TH

Get creative with your gifts

Valentine’s Day Paint & Sip, The Jolie Studio, 1131 Nostrand Ave, 5pm-8pm,$35-$45 (Prospect Lefferts Garden)

Paint and Sip is an awesome couples activity and equally fun for someone looking to create a Valentine’s Day gift for their significant other. You can sip on adult beverages, indulge in a seductive tasting experience, while listening to a finely curated, R & B flavored playlist. The fee includes all art materials, as well as an instructor and host guiding you in technique and empowering you throughout the evening. You can even bring your own bokkle, but probably should probably leave the Bacardi at home, as you’re tryna channel Basquiat and not get black out drunk.

If you don’t have real talent with the brush, don’t play yourself and show up on VDay, with just the painting as a gift; think of it as a perfect pairing with roses or a box of chocolate. Click here for more info


FEBRUARY 14TH-VALENTINE’S DAY

You wanna slow drag?

Slow Jams & Cocktails, Bed Vyne Cocktail, 305 Halsey St, Feb 14th, 7pm-Midnight, Free (BedStuy)

The night will feature DJ Dick @ Nite, playing all your favorite slow jams and getting you all in your feelings, which is a perfect way to spend some time on Valentine’s day. Maybe get your significant other onto the dance floor for some slow dancing, and if you lock eyes with your future ex, you can share one of the delicious cocktails turned out by the mixologist at Bed Vyne Cocktail, indulge in the delicious baked goods sold by B.L.C. edibles or listen an open mic, erotic poetry reading. It’s a no twerking zone at Slow Jams & Cocktails, where you dance face-to-face, giggle and whisper your tight game into attentive ears.

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About The Author

It's variations on my name, but it's the same human. I'm Richard Chandler Burroughs, novelist (A Rendezvous With Destiny) and blogger (Uncontrollable Urges). Richard Burroughs as a marketing strategist, where I've serviced clients that include Sam Adams Beer, adidas, Coca-Cola and Moet & Hennesy. I'm Dick At Nite as a DJ, spinning magic from Bed-Stuy Bars to Boutique hotels and as an art curator, with a recently closed show at Rush Corridor Gallery. I'm anything you want to call me as long as you appreciate (and buy!) the work of the artists I present. Follow me on Twitter: @dickburroughs

It's variations on my name, but it's the same human. I'm Richard Chandler Burroughs, novelist (A Rendezvous With Destiny) and blogger (Uncontrollable Urges). Richard Burroughs as a marketing strategist, where I've serviced clients that include Sam Adams Beer, adidas, Coca-Cola and Moet & Hennesy. I'm Dick At Nite as a DJ, spinning magic from Bed-Stuy Bars to Boutique hotels and as an art curator, with a recently closed show at Rush Corridor Gallery. I'm anything you want to call me as long as you appreciate (and buy!) the work of the artists I present. Follow me on Twitter: @dickburroughs

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