Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend — Sunday, if you’re keeping count — and that gives a little more time to celebrate romance beyond dinner and flowers with a touch of art, music and creativity.
Here’s a short list for the yet-undecided, who’d like the arts with their hearts.
How does Baylor’s Armstrong Browning Library love thee? Let it count the Broadway (melodies) in its annual Valentine’s Day Extravaganza on Saturday.
This year’s theme is “Broadway at the Movies” with artist-in-residence Carlos Colon, vocalists Kimberly Fuselier Mendoza and Christopher Michel and instrumentalists performing romantic standards from Broadway musicals from 2 to 3 p.m. at the library’s McLean Foyer of Meditation. There’s food, too, with desserts served from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Cox Reception Hall. The affair is $50 per couple, $30 per person, with a Baylor student rate of $35 and $20. Call 710-4968.
Birds and Bees and Beasts
Check out love — OK, sex — in the animal world in the Cameron Park Zoo’s 11th annual Mating Game held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the zoo, 1701 N. Fourth St. Twenty-five couples ages 21 and older will get champagne, a dinner catered by the Waco Hilton and a behind-the-scenes look at the mating habits of lions, tigers, elephants and maybe orangutans.
It’s $150 per couple with proceeds benefiting the zoo’s educational programs. Call 750-8400 for reservations.
Paint Your Love
Wear your heart on your canvas in a Valentine’s painting night held by Paint the Town Waco from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Art Center of Waco, 1300 College Drive.
Participants start with canvases with a pre-sketched abstract heart and the word “love” and paint from there, with champagne and hors d’oeuvres to accompany the activity. It’s $75 per couple, $40 per person, and reservation deadline is Friday evening. Call 254-537-3337.
Dinner and (Theatrical) Death
Amor turns to murder in the Brazos Theatre Group’s murder mystery dinner theater “Love Writes a Deadly Verse,” staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with dinner at 6:45 p.m., at 7524 Bosque Blvd. Friday’s performance is sold out, but a few tickets are still available for Saturday. It’s $33.50 to $23. Call 313-8920.
Swinging on the Suspension Bridge
The Baylor Swing Dance Society hosts a Valentine’s Dance that’s open to the public from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Waco Suspension Bridge. It’s free and there are dance lessons for beginners starting at 7 p.m.
Baile con Baraja
Dallas-area conjunto Baraja de Oro brings the dance music for a Valentine’s Day dance Saturday night at Waco Missions, 3316 J.J. Flewellen Road. Doors open at 7 p.m. and there’s a $10 cover charge.
The Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave., shows the 1993 Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks romantic comedy “Sleepless in Seattle” in a two-day stand Saturday and Sunday.
Wines and Valentines
Waco acoustic duo The Union Revival play for a Sip and Swirl night from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Valley Mills Vineyards, 8532 State Highway 6 North. If Sunday afternoon’s a better fit, jazz pianist Dave Wild will provide the romantic music between 3 and 5 p.m. Call 848--4343.
Waco-area barbershop singers offer singing Valentines, showing up to serenade the object of one’s affection with two songs, plus a rose and a card. Daytime delivery on Friday and Saturday and it costs $50. Call 855-770-0497.
The Dr Pepper Museum, 500 S. Fifth St., will offer a Valentine’s Day special from noon to 4:15 p.m. Sunday feb. 14 with a half-price admission and half-price Big Red float for every full-price admission and float.