Originally created 02/12/99

Romance blossoms on Valentine's Day



Valentine's Day is a day to do right by your sweetheart.

The more romantic, the better.

Lovers of all varieties take note, we've outlined some Valentine's entertainment options that should win points. Here is a sampling:

The Augusta Ballet presents William Shakespeare's love story Romeo and Juliet at 8 tonight and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.

"I think dinner and the ballet would make a great date," said Peter Powlus, chief choreographer of Romeo and Juliet.

Doris Diamonds, 487 Highland Ave., is offering two tickets to Friday and Saturday performances of Romeo and Juliet with any purchase of $250 or more.

For those interested in the love life of Romeo and Juliet's creator, the Oscar-nominated film Shakespeare in Love has finally made it to Augusta. The movie, starring Joseph Fiennes and Golden Globe winner Gwyneth Paltrow, is now showing at Masters 7, Augusta Village 12 and Evans 12.

Fellas looking for advice on how to woo their gals might want to check out the traveling production of Know How To Treat a Black Woman at 6:30 p.m. at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.

The two-hour comedy about marital trials and tribulations stars standup comedians T.P. Hearn and Montanna Taylor.

"It's tailor-made for Valentine's Day," said Cepheus Jaxon, the show's producer, writer and director. "There's even a couple of Valentine's Day jokes in it."

Despite the title, Mr. Jaxon said the message of the play transcends racial boundaries. "It's about how to treat women in general. The (female) characters just happen to be black," he said.

Tickets are $25.50 and can be purchased at the Civic Center's box office or through TicketMaster. Call 828-7700.

Known to spark a few romances through the years, The Augusta Chronicle's Eighth Annual Seniors Prom dance is from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. A local big band, Sophisticated Swing, will play classic swing tunes, and a newspaper photographer will snap complimentary portraits.

Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are available for $5 from any newspaper location and through the Senior Friends program at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center. For more information, call (706) 823-3443.

Another opportunity to dance the night away is a Valentine's Dance with disc jockey Muri Augustine at 8 p.m. Saturday at Julian Smith Casino, Broad and Milledge streets. Admission at the door is $10, or $5 for college students with proper ID. Proceeds benefit Medical College of Georgia's Camp Rainbow.

The Soul Bar, 984 Broad St., is putting an amorous spin on its popular Disco Hell night on Saturday, instead of Friday. "We're going to be playing lots of slow jams at the top of every hour," said Soul Bar co-owner Coco Rubio. Cover charge is $3.

If you want to stay home for a romantic evening and have entertainment come to your door or spice up a Valentine's restaurant dining experience, the Garden City Barbershop Chorus is offering singing Valentine's today through Sunday.

For $45, a barbershop quartet -- all male or all female are available -- will come to the appointed place, at the appointed time and sing two Valentine's Day songs, deliver a rose arrangement and a personalized greeting card.

The organization will be accepting orders through Sunday, said Neil Johnson, vice president of publicity for the Garden City Barbershop Chorus. Call 868-6277.

Kent Kimes covers entertainment and arts for The Augusta Chronicle. He can be reached at (706) 823-3626 or feature@augustachronicle.com.