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Blog February 14, 2019

City Calendar, February 14–20

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On Valentine’s Day and always, New York has plans to win your heart.

Whether you’re a couple or a solo act, New York City wants you to be its Valentine. The week ahead offers all sorts of events and activities that will make you fall in love (or stay in love) with our city.

Did you receive chocolates for Valentine’s Day? Whether the answer is yes or no, can you ever have too much chocolate? Of course not! And the ability to make chocolate must count as a life skill, right? 

So, in the interest of personal growth and self-improvement, consider signing up for the “Make & Take Truffle Class” at Roni-Sue’s Chocolates (148 Forsyth Street) on Sunday, February 17, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The event starts with a “guided tasting” of cacao bean, nibs, and chocolate (with “a bit of sparkling wine as a palate cleanser”). 

“Make & Take Truffle Class” at Roni-Sue's Chocolates

During the class itself, each student will make a box of a dozen hand-rolled chocolate truffles plus a batch of fresh chocolate ganache. What you make, you take home—unless you eat it all before you get home. Can’t make it on that date? Check here for the full calendar of upcoming classes. 

Roni-Sue's Chocolates

Music lovers will want to check out the sweet sounds at the Kaufman Music Center at Merkin Hall, which is located just a few blocks north of Lincoln Center. 

Looking for some last-minute romance served up with international flair? Tonight, February 14, the UN Symphony Orchestra presents an all-Beethoven program. The works will be performed by musicians from five continents and more than 30 countries who work for the United Nations and other international organizations. 

The New York Philharmonic Ensembles series gives fans of the orchestra a chance to see some of their favorite musicians in a more intimate setting. The Sunday matinee on February 17 will feature works by Honegger, Debussy, and Fauré. Performers include violinists Kuan Cheng Lu and Quan Ge; cellists Eric Bartlett, Qiang Tu, and Ru-Pei Yeh; and violist Vivek Kamath along with guest pianists Hélène Jeanney and Benjamin Hochman.

And on Wednesday, February 20, the New York Festival of Song presents Hyphenated Americans, which features works by “composers from abroad who have based their musical lives in our country along with first-generation American composers whose close links to their parents’ homelands can be heard through their compositions.”

Art and nature lovers will find their passions intertwined in Brooklyn, where the Botanic Garden is offering its Frida Kahlo: Plant Inspiration Tour on Sunday, February 17. The guided conservatory tour will introduce you to “many of the plants that inspired Frida Kahlo’s artwork and garden design.” The tour will be repeated on February 24 and further dates in March, April, and May. Check here for details; registration is not required. The Brooklyn Museum, home to the recently opened exhibit Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, is adjacent to the Botanic Garden, and you should be able to enjoy the tour and exhibit in one outing.

Bird of Paradise in the Warm Temperate Pavilion in the Steinhardt Conservatory (Relating to Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Monkeys, 1943) 

CREDIT:  Romi Ige/Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Blue-candle cactus in the Desert Pavilion in the Steinhardt Conservatory (Relating to Kahlo’s Love Embrace of the Universe, 1949) 

CREDIT:  Romi Ige/Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Chocolate, sparkling wine, music, art, and flowers. We told you New York would keep the romance going beyond Valentine’s Day!

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