Go on, GW heartthrob, light those candles. Take those chocolate-covered strawberries out of the fridge. Toss those rose petals onto your ever-delicate, ever-decadent (XL twin) satin sheets. As you, me and Barry Manilow know, February's all about steamy-hot for-real-real love.
The thing is, though, impressing ye old hook-up in ye old dorm room is wildly inconvenient. So, this February, let's together pledge ourselves to spend some worthy nights on the town in the spirit of . true love?
Seriously, scoring tickets to concerts this month is a sure bet for finding your way into any sophisticated, music-appreciating GW lady's heart (.Yeah, her heart.)
Get a little freaky by heading to Rock and Roll Hotel for the Sex Workers' Art Show Thursday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.
Itching to be kinkier? The solution: go see Matchbox 20 featuring Alanis Morissette and Mute Math at The Patriot Center Friday at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $55 to $75.
Keeping things fresh, wild and sexy? So is Barry Manilow (above). The mood-setting crooner takes Verizon Center, on Saturday at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $9.99 to $250.
Looking for a chick of your own this love month, boys? There is still time. Worthy tip: almost any concert featuring a contemplative lady singing solo equals a fan base just crawling with gals looking for sweet, gentle lovers. Take $8 and a tender, non-threatening smile to the Black Cat Feb. 11 for the music of D.C.-based indie/alt-country Junior League front woman Lissy Rosemont. Bring a shoulder to cry on, a pronounced appreciation for female artists, and your A-game.
Join ever-indie Canadians The Cliks at 8 p.m. Feb. 13 at DC9. Underage lovies: this one is 21-plus. Try flowers and candy for the dude at the door as a bargaining chip for your less-than-legit ID.
The definition of understanding: this V-Day Rock and Roll Hotel's sponsoring "Broke and in Love," a $40 meal for two (plus appetizer, dessert and champagne). Make a reservation for the (still not sold out) 10 p.m. seating to enjoy some 80's jams, fine food and the hot-and-heavy that's sure to come after.
Finish Valentine's week off right at 9:30 Club with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. Disclaimer: one time they toured with Dave Matthews. But seriously, for $15 you will be witness to a Vermont gal with a killer voice - who is most assuredly not wearing Birkenstocks.
Looking to feast on tasty local chops? Hit up 9:30 Club or Rock and Roll Hotel for a daytime affair. Exposure, Sunday Feb. 17 at 11 a.m., features plenty o' local punk and alternative bands just waiting to get into your pretty little head.
Time to take sides, GW reader. Feb. 21 marks the earth-shattering, life-changing, mind-altering Spice Girls concert at Verizon Center at 7:30 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $72.50 to $122.50 (Damn, girl!) In search of a thriftier, more street-cred alternative? Drop $10 the same night at Rock and Roll Hotel for GW-affiliated bands Hello Society, The London Souls and Bottles/Cans at 8 p.m. And hey, girl, don't fret. Spice Girls fans are (probably) still welcome.
Nothing says "I love you" like scoring tickets to a sold-out gig, so click your way through E-bay for tickets to Wilco, Feb. 26 and 27 at 9:30 Club.
Livin' on a prayer? For the sake of true love, hit up the Verizon Center Feb. 28 for the Bon Jovi concert, featuring opening act Daughtry. Ticket prices run from $49.50 to $135.50.
Love is in the air this month, baby. Let's hope you're listening.