Which do you love more: the Plaza District or your significant other? If you’re torn by this question, play it safe and satisfy both with Love on the Plaza, an evening of romance, art, music and shopping. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. Friday in the Plaza District, 16th Street between Blackwelder and Indiana avenues. Admission is free. Call 367-9403 or visit plazadistrict.org.
Feeling all icky from this Valentine’s Day nonsense? Go see some 12 feet tall, 10,000 lb. machines plowing through anything in their path in the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. The mayhem begins 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave. A driver meet-and-greet will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5-$25. Call 602-8700 or visit chesapeakearena.com.
Neutral Milk Hotel isn’t some oddly titled bed-and-breakfast; it’s an oddly titled band that has ascended to legendary status over the last decade and a half. See the enigmatic, hauntingly powerful indie band with fellow Athens, Ga. natives Elf Power 7 p.m. Friday at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St. in Tulsa. Tickets are $33-$48. Call (918)584-2306 or visit cainsballroom.com.
If your Valentine’s Days usually consists of jealous lovers and accusations of infidelity, you can relate to the characters in William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. In celebration of his 450th birthday (and relationship drama), CityRep Theatre will perform the classic production 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. Tickets are $8-$35. Call 297-2264 or visit myticketoffice.com.
Arguably the quintessential romance, Romeo and Juliet needs no introduction. The Broadway production starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad was captured on camera, and you can see it on the big screen 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday at AMC Quail Springs Mall 24, 2501 W. Memorial Rd., and Regal Spotlight Stadium 14, 1100 N. Interstate Drive in Norman. Tickets are $7-$9.75. Visit fathomevents.com.
Even if you don’t like to eat, dance, gamble or participate in live or silent auctions, there are other reasons to attend the Edmond Women’s Club’s Havana Nights Gala, like the fact that all proceeds will benefit local charities. Nevertheless, put on your cocktail attire and eat, dance, gamble and auction the night away at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, 1 Park Ave. Tickets are $125 per person or $200 per couple. Visit ewc.org.
In the context of jazz, the trumpet can be lethal. Just ask Allen Vizzutti, one of the most accomplished trumpeters and composers in the world. See Vizzutti literally blow your mind at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday as part of the 44th Annual SWOSU Jazz Festival in the Fine Arts Center at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 100 E. Campus Drive in Weatherford. Tickets are $3-$10. Call (580)774-3063 or visit swosu.edu.
Do you like Shakespearian theater? Then check out the aptly titled As You Like It, a romantic comedy penned by ol’ Bill himself, reimagined as the story of Western pilgrims voyaging to India in 1968. Shows commence 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and run through March 1 at the brand-spankin’-new Reduxion Theatre location, 914 N. Broadway Ave. Tickets are $18-$22. Call 651-3191 or visit reduxiontheatre.com.
The Paseo Arts Association hearts art a lot, which is why they’ve partnered with Oklahoma Heart Hospital for their annual The Art of Heart exhibit. This year’s show features the contemporary work of OKC sculptor Barbara S. Scott. See Scott’s work at an opening reception 6-10 p.m. Friday at Paseo Art Space, 3022 Paseo St. The show runs through February, and admission is free. Call 525-2688 or visit thepaseo.com.
If you’ve ever drunk some beer and thought, Man, I wish this was coffee instead, the folks at Black Mesa Brewing Co. and Elemental Coffee Roasters have the brew for you. The OKC-based companies will debut Red Badger Stout, a coffee-infused craft beer, with a tasting event from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday at Elemental Coffee, 815 N. Hudson Ave. Admission is free, but space is limited. Call 633-1703 or visit facebook.com/elementalcoffee.
While not yet old enough to drink, Parker Millsap’s rugged voice and timeless songwriting style suggest a decade-long whiskey binge. (Wait until you’re of age, Parker.) In support of his new, self-titled album, the budding folk musician will play 8 p.m. Saturday at The Blue Door, 2805 N. McKinley Ave. Admission is $20. Call 524-0738 or visit bluedoorokc.com.
For those with aHUS, a rare blood disease, the drug Soliris has proven to be vital. But Bianca, a young woman in Australia with aHUS, can’t access the drug in her country. For Bianca is a theater production and fundraiser by Hartel Dance Group benefitting her cause. See the play and contribute 8 p.m. Thursday–Saturday at Magnolia Studios, 722 N. Broadway Ave. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Visit biancasbattle.com.
Let’s be honest here; the flute is one sexy instrument. No one knows this better than Emily Butterfield, associate professor of flute at the University of Central Oklahoma School of Music, and few play the woodwind better. See Butterfield perform in concert 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St. in Edmond. Tickets are $10. Call 974-5004 or visit uco.edu/cfad/events.
Did you miss out on the recent New Year’s Eve festivities? Or maybe you just love celebrating a new year so much you want to do it all over again (save the hangover)? Then celebrate the Chinese New Year with a variety of traditional activities (and some alluring scenery, too) 8 p.m. Friday at Doll House Burlesque Lounge, 210 E. Sheridan Ave. Call 455-3655 or visit dollhouseokc.com.