Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
Valentine’s day weekend means different things to different people. For some, it’s a sentimental commercialized holiday of minimal importance and loosely tied to a saint who no one seems to talk about. For others, it means you can look forward to cheap roses and chocolate on Sunday. For a few other things to look forward to, read on.
On campus this weekend, you can watch the original production “About Face: Marking the Unmarked” in the Frear or stop at the Kitao gallery for the “My Right Self: Exploring Issues of Identity, Perception and the Body” opening today. There are also two notable dance shows this weekend: the Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble will be performing tonight in Tarble at 7pm and the Faculty Dance Concert will be held in LPAC at 8pm tomorrow.
For the romantics, you can check out some of the special Center City Valentine’s Day menus at restaurants like Marigold Kitchen, Xochitl, Cuba Libre, and Supper on South Street. For a cheaper date, grab some Asher’s chocolate at the Reading Terminal Market and picnic in Love Park.
For a culture fix, consider the Curtis Opera Theatre this weekend. “The Medium” playing Friday and Sunday, is the story of a sÃ©ance that unexpectedly succeeds and Debussy’s “Impressions of PellÃ©as” retells the fairy tale of Melisande. Finally the classic Tennessee Williams play “Streetcar Named Desire” is playing at the Walnut Theater this weekend.