Roses and teddy bears might paint all the store aisles red and pink, but that doesn’t mean you have to get caught in the crossfire of Cupid’s arrows.
Planning for Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be hard or depressing. It’s a fun time of year. Love yourself. Love somebody. It’s that simple. It’s a celebration, and even if you don’t have a crush, you’re worth the party. I’ve found a little something sweet for everyone:
The brunchy Valentine
Anyone can enjoy brunch, but brunch with a movie is perfect for a Galentine’s Day. It’s almost as comfortable as sitting at home in a robe eating ice cream straight out of the carton. But this is cooler. It gives you a reason to get out of the house, doll yourself up and not give in to the unreasonable expectations that come this time of year.
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Single ladies, get your brunch bunch together and head over to the Alamo Drafthouse, 1400 Main St., where you can order up mimosas ($5) and Crème Brulée French Toast ($8) before 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Indulge yourself. I am a fan of the Fried Egg BLT ($11) — smoked bacon, lettuce, red onion, tomato and fries on the side? Yes, please. And if you’re going to watch “Fifty Shades of Grey” next week, at least treat yourself to an Irish Coffee Shake. With Bailey’s Irish Creme, vanilla ice cream, coffee and whipped cream, it is bound to have more sex appeal than that film. To reserve seats and see what’s playing, visit drafthouse.com/kansas_city/mainstreet.
The jazzy Valentine
If you want a romantic kind of night out in the city, my top pick would be seeing Hermon Mehari, trumpeter extraordinaire, from 7 to 9 Valentine’s night at Julep, 4141 Pennsylvania Ave. Not only do you get live jazz and some of the best whiskey cocktails in town, but “Casablanca” will be shown (on mute) and a special menu will feature Christopher Elbow chocolate and Champagne pairings. Seriously, there is everything to love about this Westport valentine. For more details, visit julepkc.com.
The family Valentine
One of my favorite children’s books is Kate DiCamillo’s “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,” about a 3-foot-tall toy rabbit made of fine china. His luxe wardrobe and beauty make him adored by many, but he loves no one. One day he’s thrown overboard and into a humbling journey that teaches him how to open his heart. See this book come to life on stage at 2 p.m. on Valentine’s Day at the Coterie theater in Crown Center, 2450 Grand Ave. The play opened last week and runs through March 1. For show times and tickets ($10-$15) visit thecoterie.org.
The bare-it-all Valentine
If Cupid can run around in his drawers, so can you — especially for a good cause. Cupid’s Undie Run is a 1.5-mile run that bares almost all to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. It all goes down at McFadden’s in Power & Light, 1330 Grand Blvd., on Feb. 14. Doors open at 11 a.m., and the run starts at 1 p.m. Wear your favorite unmentionables. If Beyoncé can wear a onesie on stage, you can wear one on the run. Registration is $55. Find out more at cupidsundierun.com/city/kansas-city.