Valentine's Day Weekend in Metro Phoenix: 10 Artsy Things to Do

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7 Fingers February 13-14 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

If your love life has ever felt like a three-ring circus, consider watching someone else with a talent for walking the tightrope and jumping through hoops. A Montreal circus troupe called Les 7 doigts de la main (translated as "7 Fingers of the Hand") performs their show Sequence 8 twice this weekend, and ticketholders can hit a pre-show Catwalk Lounge beforehand to enjoy champagne and sweets. Tickets start at $29. (For folks who favor comedy, the center presents Patty Hannon rocking her nun vibe in Late Nite Catachism III: 'Til Death Do Us Part.) Find more information on the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts website.

Napoli February 13-15 Symphony Hall

If you're all about scoring romantic firsts, head to Phoenix Symphony Hall for the U.S. première of Napoli performed by Ballet Arizona with the Phoenix Symphony conducted by Timothy Russell. Napoli is the tale of two young lovers separated for a time then reunited and wed. It's staged by artistic producer Ib Andersen after August Bournonville. Andersen also choreographs the second of the three acts -- which is set in a magical grotto ruled by a sea serpent. Scenery and costumes are courtesy of The Royal Danish Ballet. Find more information on the Ballet Arizona website.

Big Date Night Gala with Deborah Voigt February 14 Bentley Gallery

Flaunt your opera and literary prowess by giving your Valentine Big Date Night Gala tickets tucked inside the new book Call me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva by dramatic soprano Deborah Voigt, who'll perform during this gala event presented by Arizona Opera. The evening also includes a cocktail hour, dinner, silent auction, dancing, and coffee lounge -- plus entertainment including performances by mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack and soprano Karen Slack. If you're not an opera buff, you might find it's a fun way to sample the art form with the one you love. Tickets start at $250. Find more information on the Arizona Opera website.

A Hearty Arty Valentine Affair February 14 Mesa Arts Center

Other options for those seeking a fancy affair include this evening featuring buffet reception, performance by Molly Ringwald, dessert, and CD signing. Although she's best known for films including The Breakfast Club and the TV series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, she's also an author and singer with a jazz record called Except Sometimes. She'll perform during the Valentine's Day gala, then join patrons for a meet and greet. Tickets are $150. (If you'd rather go the casual route, see Sylvia performed by Class 6 Theatre at MAC, which imagines the escapades of a couple who adopts a stray dog.) Find more information on the Mesa Arts Center website.

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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