Valentine Heart Strings, Love Potions, An Ideal Husband, & the Tango

Feb 9, 2014

One-Colorado-HeartAre you in love? Have a special story? Share your romantic memories or simply publicly announce yourself a “plus one” at One Colorado‘s “Heart Strings” nook. Colorful strings with hearts (and pens) are available to anyone wishing to put their love on display this Valentine’s Day.

If PDAs are not your thing, but sweet Valentine gifts are, then visit any One Colorado merchant that displays the mottled heart above and enter for a chance to win outfits for you and your significant other, a dinner and movie for two, or a gift certificate at the One Colorado store of restaurant of your choice. Winners will be announce on Valentine’s via Facebook and Twitter.

One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena 91103. 626.564.1066.



Forget the candy and the oversized, overly sentimental cards and spend Valentine’s Day taking a ride on a tram learning about love potions.

Frank McDonough is the Arboretum’s botanical information consultant and he will lead a special tram tour through the grounds—talking love potions.

An aside:  according to Asia of Woolgathering Wildcrafting, the mood can be set with kava or milky oats. Stimulation can be created with gingko, yohimbe, and catuaba. Help longevity with licorice, ginseng, or shatavari and under “heart healers and love drugs” Asia lists hawthorn, rose, and cacao. This fascinating read culminates in recipes for herbal honeys, elixirs, and “Culinary Lovemaking” teas.

Tram tours with Frank McDonough, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $8 tram ride (separate from regular admission price). Reservations required.

The Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. 626.821.4623.



For comedy relief, the Sierra Madre Playhouse presents An Ideal Husband. Steven Stanley of Stage Scene L.A. judged the production “impeccably staged and acted.” Ann Noble as Mrs. Laura Cheveley is “glamorous” and “delectably devious,” while Michael Matthys as Lord Goring “couldn’t be wittier or more charming.”

And who can withstand Oscar Wilde’s lines…

Mrs. Cheveley:  “What martyrs we are, dear Margaret!”
Mrs. Marchmont:  “And how well it becomes us!”

Lord Goring:  “There’s nothing I like more than to be congratulated, though invariably I find the pleasure immeasurably increased when I know what for.”

Lord Goring:  “My dear Mrs. Cheveley, I should make you a very bad husband.”
Mrs. Cheveley:  “I don’t mind bad husbands. I’ve had two. They amused me immensely.”

An Ideal Husband, Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Showings:  Fridays & Saturdays, 8 p.m. Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Through February 23rd. Tickets:  $12-$25. Purchase online here or call  626.355.4318.


If dancing is your vision of the perfect Valentine’s Day, Christian Perry of Pasadena’s @Havin a Ball will be leading a free tango lesson at Lineage Performing Arts Center. No reservation is necessary and, thankfully, no experience is necessary. Lesson:  7-8:30 p.m. (Saturday, February 15th, Lineage is offering a full day of sampling dance classes, culminating in a performance by the Lineage Dance Company. No registration or rsvp necessary.)

Lineage, 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena 91105. 626.844.7008.




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