Monday, February 11, 2008

Valentine's Day Events

As you have probably realized, Valentine's Day is the favorite holiday here at pimmsoclock, so here are some ways to celebrate love a little bit early (or late) in Washington.

A Thousand Kisses: Love Letters from the Archives of American Art On display in the AAA's Fleischman Gallery is a selection of letters and photographs that highlight the important relationships of painters, sculptors, and other artists.

• The National Museum of the American Indian is holding a Chocolate of the Americas demonstration on February 9, 10 and 14 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Learn about the science, history, and culture of the cacao, while the cafe chef demonstrates the art of the chocolatier.

• Washington-based artist Tim Tate gives a gallery talk on Wednesday, February 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Tate is a glass artist who makes pieces inspired by romance and commitment.

Two local museums have obviously realized that there are many other people (besides myself) out there whose weaknesses are art and food.

• The Corcoran Gallery of Art is holding Heart to Art, a special dinner on the big day. The gallery also will be open until 9 p.m.

• The Baltimore Museum of Art wins for my favorite V-Day activity — A Night of Passion. Celebrate the holiday with with 40-minute guided Romance Tours at 5, 6 and 7 p.m., a card-making activity by candlelight with champagne, and an Aphrodisiac Dinner at Gertrude’s.

Finally, for a post-V-day celebration:

• Sewall-Belmont House and Museum throws a VIP (Vital, Important and Personal) Valentine-making party on February 16 from 12-4 p.m. Members of the National Women's party celebrated Valentine's Day in 1914 by making cards for members of Congress about the importance of women's suffrage. Make valentines to send to your Congressmember about a topic close to your heart.

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