The Hippo


Apr 26, 2019








This Valentine’s Day, Studio 550 hosts a wheel-throwing date night. Courtesy photo.

Perfect night
What to do after Valentine’s Day dinner

By Kelly Sennott

This Valentine’s Day, take in local film, theater, art, music or comedy. Go after a romantic dinner or make it the main course of your Valentine’s Day extravaganza; here, we’ve compiled a few possibilities.

Local film and drama
Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St., Concord,, 224-4600) is calling its Valentine’s Day program “Love Bites.” At 9:30 p.m., the indie theater screens Only Lovers Left Alive, a vampire movie about a depressed musician who reunites with his lover (starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in Thor and Avengers).  Tickets are $12.
“We wanted to do something a little more off-beat,” said Angie Lane, Red River events and marketing manager. “We’ve done classic movies like Casablanca. … But this is an indie, non-traditional movie. … I think it will be fun, even if you don’t have a date.”
In Manchester, Tom Anastasi has written seven short plays grouped together in a show called What Love Means, to be performed at the JFNH Theatre, 698 Beech St., Manchester, on Friday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. ($15 for adults, $12 seniors, but on Valentine’s Day, viewers will enjoy a chocolate fountain, and roses will be given to couples caught PDA-ing.)
Anastasi has been working on the plays for several years, and though they’ve been workshopped before, this evening marks their official debut. Fourteen cast members will portray the beginning of love; the ending of love; professed love; pet love; and too many loves, and their themes are alternatingly tearful, serious and funny. 
Also in Manchester, Opera NH presents La Boheme, which was the loose basis for Jonathan Larson’s rock musical Rent. It follows a group of artist friends — Rodolfo, a poet; Marcello, a painter, schaunard and musician; and Colline, a philosopher — trying to make it big while living impoverished in Paris. The central love story involves Rodolfo and a girl named Mimi. It shows at The Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester,, 668-5588) at 7 p.m., and tickets are $20 to $75.
Music, dancing and comedy
On Valentine’s Day at 8 p.m., CJ Poole and His Rhythm Boys perform “Great American Valentine: A Musical Night of Romance” at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord,, 225-1111). On the menu are romantic songs drawn from the Great American Songbook, and a limited number of private tables for two will be complemented by assorted chocolates and desserts ($70 for a table of two, $28 for individual seats).
Just around the corner, True Brew Barista hosts musical couple Chris and Kate Peters for a concert, “Love Songs that ROCK,” on the big day (Bicentennial Square, Concord, 225-2776; visit for times).
If you want an evening that involves dancing, consider attending the Valentine’s Day dinners at LaBelle Winery ($75 per person, plus tax and gratuity, 345 Route 101, Amherst,, which starts at 6:30 p.m., or Alpine Grove (buffet dinner and dance, $30 per person, 19 S. Depot Road, Route 111A, Hollis), which starts at 6 p.m. Visit their respective sites for menu information.
For a laugh, attend a night of comedy with Robbie Printz at Chunky’s Cinema (151 Coliseum Ave., Nashua, 880-8055,, $20). He performs on both Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14, at 9 p.m. His show is an exploration of the pitfalls of getting older, being a husband and father, and the reality of adulthood absurdities. 
Romantic art-making
If you’re the kind of couple that prefers hands-on activities on your nights out, the Studio 550 Art Center (550 Elm St., Manchester,, 232-5597) hosts a date night in the pottery studio on Feb. 14 at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Participants will get a crash course on how to throw on the wheel, and all materials and instruction is included in the $60-for-two cost. Reservations are required, and space is limited.
You might also want to check out a local paint bar; attendees at Graffiti Paintbar’s Saturday night event will create lovebirds in the moonlight from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (, 589-9948,, $39 per seat). At Muse Paintbar (42 Hanover St., Manchester, 421-6500,, $31-$39) artists will paint a couple in a winter walkway; a pair of lovebirds; or trees and hearts. 
As seen in the February 12, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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