By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
Beyond flowers and cards, Valentine's Day in Amarillo will offer artistic endeavors, sumptuous dinners, even a little mystery.
Here's what I've rounded up for options between Saturday and Feb. 18, because what's wrong with spreading love around for as long as you can?
Is everything here specifically geared to the holiday? No, but there are some great date night opportunities, regardless. And act fast, because some of these options will sell out.
- Stroll through the massive collection of Impressionist works at the Achievement in Art: The Collection of Montgomery H.W. Ritchie exhibition at Amarillo Museum of Art, 2200 S. Van Buren St. Admission is free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call 806-371-5050.
- A comedy show featuring Darly Comanche is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Rebekah's Lodge, 600 S. Seventh Ave., and a Sweetheart Ball is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at In This Moment, 707 S. Polk St. Admission is $30 for singles and $45 for couples for both events. Proceeds benefit the disability scholarship fund for Fresh Start of Monroe. Call 806-626-8866.
- Amarillo Escape and Mystery will host Death at the Improv, a 1920s-set murder-mystery dinner, at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11 at Wolflin House, 11925 S. Western St. Cost is $40, including the game and meal. Call 806-414-2382.
- Amarillo Zoo will throw a kid-friendly Valentine's party with Kiss and Tail from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at the zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail. The party will feature crafts, educational activities and encounters with the animals. Admission is $4 for ages 13 to 61, $3 for seniors and $2 for children ages 3 to 12. Call 806-381-7911.
- Long Wooden Spoon Brewing will host a screening of the
swooningly romanticribald superhero comedy Deadpool at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the brewery, 4098 Business Park Drive. There's no cover charge, and drink specials will be offered, as will pizza for $5. Call 806-553-0397.
- Bar Z Winery will host a Sweethearts Wine & Dessert Bar at 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the winery, 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541. The event will feature music by Mary Lyn Halley and Dean Yates of Insufficient Funds, desserts from The Ruffled Cup, and Bar Z's selection of wines. Cost is $25 each or $40 for couples. Call 806-488-2214.
- Kudos Art Studio will offer an all-inclusive paint-and-sip date night at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Taste Dessert Bar, 1909 S. Georgia St. The event includes painting materials and a 10 x 20 canvas for couples, plus thre dessert and wine pairings. Cost is $75 per copule. Call 806-654-6173.
- Celebrate Valentine's Day by giving back at the 2017 Amarillo Go Red for Women Luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St. Comedian Kat Simmons is featured speaker for this year's luncheon, designed to call attention to women's heart disease and strokes. Cost is $75.
- Civic Amarillo's Broadway Spotlight Series continues with Cirque Eloize: Saloon, a high-flying, Western-themed musical and stage show at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tickets are $20 to $55, plus fees. Call 806-378-3096.
- Performances of Amarillo Little Theatre's It's Only a Play, a Terrence McNally comedy that roasts the insular world of the theater, will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and 16, 8 p.m. Feb. 10-11 and 17-18, and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 12 and 19 in the Adventure Space, 2751 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. Call 806-355-9991.
- West Texas A&M University stage the diptych comedy House and Garden simultaneously on two stages — House in the Happy State Bank Studio Theatre, Garden in the Branding Iron Theatre — at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 to 11 and 16 to 18, and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 19. You'll need to see both nights to get the full story, but each play is a complete offering in itself. Tickets for each production are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for WT faculty, students and staff. Call 806-651-2804.
- The contemporary Christian hitmakers MercyMe will return on a nine-city Texas tour with Micah Tyler at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at The Church at Quail Creek, 801 Tascosa Road. Tickets are $30 to $45, plus fees. Call 800-965-9324.
- An array of Amarillo rock and country bands will come together for a benefit concert for Amarillo Housing First, a new nonprofit working with the homeless. The lineup includes Colton Clarkson, Hed Change and Lifeless 2 Life on Feb. 10, and Richard Mittelstet, Jen Williams & The Potty Mouths, The Fwoops, Mustard, Loudmouth Lisa and Danny Ruiz & Gypsy Renegade on Feb. 11. Performances are set for 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Feb. 10 and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Feb. 11 at Tom & Jerry's Sports Bar & Grill, 715 S. Polk St. Cover (good for both nights) is $10.
- Beppe Gambetta, an Italian singer and acoustic guitarist, will perform for High Plains Public Radio's Living Room Concerts Series at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Chalice Abbey. Admission is via $15 suggested donation. Call 806-367-9088.
- Noblemotion Dance, a Houston-based contemporary dance troupe known for its athletic, cutting-edge performances, will perform as part of Lone Star Ballet's season at 8 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan ST. Tickets are $10 to $40, plus fees. Call 806-372-2463 or 806-378-3096.
- Jazz saxophonist Don Diego will return for a pre-Valentine's Day concert at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at In This Moment, 707 S. Polk St. Admission is $25 each or $30 for couples. Call 806-683-2126.
- A collection of Amarillo poets will team for the annual Anti-Valentine's Day Massacre performance at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at The 806, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. No sweet love sonnets here: The works are all sour on romance. Participating poets include Ray Wells, Stephanie Milam, Dalyn Spurgeon, Marcus Mirabel, Kacie Marvin, Chavonne Centell, Garett Cathey and Thomas Thompson. DJ Phantom Wanderer also will spin tunes. Admission is free. Call 806-322-1806.
- Popular pianist Jim Brickman brings his Pure Pianos: The Greatest Hits tour to town for a 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 performance in the Globe-News Center. Tickets are $30 to $60, plus fees. Call 806-378-3096.
- Galatea Burlesk will host New Orleans burlesque star May Hemmer and Dallas burlesque star Lady Thorn at its Apocalipstick 2: The Survivors at 10 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18 at The 806. Tickets are $10. Call 806-322-1806.
- Many of your favorite restaurants — from Metropolitan Speakeasy to BL Bistro and many others — will offer Valentine's Day specials, but reservations will fill fast. Call ahead! Among the options: a four-course dinner for $70, with optional wine pairings, at O.H.M.S. Cafe & Bar; a reservation-only wine dinner at Imperial Taproom; a special menu Feb. 10 to 15 at Crush Wine Bar & Deli, which will take reservations for Valetine's Day only; and more.
- The Golden Spread Chorus will deliver singing valentines for $50 on Feb. 14. Call 806-322-SING. Only 30 deliveries available.
- Fathom Events and TCM Big Screen Classics will screen the romantic classic An Affair to Remember at 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 12 and 15 at both United Artists Amarillo Star 14, 8275 W. Amarillo Blvd., and Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star as a couple who meet on an ocean liner and agree to meet again in six months on top of the Empire State Building. If you've seen Sleepless in Seattle, you know what happens next.