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A New Twist on Date Night

Looking to shake up expectations? Try one of these unique activities on February 14.

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But maybe next time spring for a second milkshake.   

The Wonderful World of Boning: Sex Ed With a Sense of Humor
Union Hall; 7:30 p.m., 702 Union St., nr. Fifth Ave., Park Slope; 718-638-4400; $8
Good news for couples who still have questions about the basics of sex (no judgment, y'all). At Union Hall, writer and bona fide sex educator Lux Alptraum joins comedian friends Abbi Crutchfield and Luke Thayer for a journey through old classroom sex-ed videos. Feel free to ask questions! At least one of them is qualified to answer.

Syndicated
40 Bogart St., at Moore St., Bushwick; 718-386-3399; $3 ($5 double feature)
Put a spin on the traditional dinner-and-a-movie at Syndicated, the new Nitehawk-like spot in Bushwick, showing $3 films in an intimate 50-seat theater where you can snack on upgraded comfort food like duck-confit nachos, popcorn-fried oysters, and tater tots topped with pulled pork. On February 14, catch the romantic Once (5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m.) or the campy My Bloody Valentine (1981) at 11 p.m., alongside a drink of the same name ($12) that incorporates jalapeño-infused Lunazul tequila with tomato water, Fresno chile, and pickled horseradish.

A Taste of Magic
Gossip Bar & Restaurant; 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.; 733 Ninth Ave., nr. 50th St.; 212-265-2720; $200
You may already be planning for your evening to be magical, but guarantee it by getting a reservation to this dinner show, where roaming magicians stop by your table to do close-up tricks in between courses. Each ticket includes a bottle of prosecco and dinner for two, with options including filet mignon, Atlantic salmon, and roasted pork loin.

Lust Party
House of Yes; 7 p.m. dinner, 10 p.m. party; 2 Wyckoff Ave., at Jefferson St., Bushwick; $82$136
Performance venue House of Yes's immersive Lust dinner party is a Valentine's soiree for the adventurous. The evening begins with a meal served off nude people, followed by interactive paint sessions, bondage, fire, and aerial performances, a live Cuban band, burlesque acts, and more. Should you want to skip dinner, just pay for the party only. We’re particularly interested in the hot-wax play area.

Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop: Valentine Day’s Special
Morbid Anatomy Museum; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; 424A Third Ave., at 7th St., Gowanus; 347-799-1017; $75
Rhinoceros beetles are pointy and large. But you know what? They're also kind of cute. In this class, Daisy Tainton, former senior insect preparator at the AMNH, will guide you in making shadowboxes featuring the illustrious insects. Position them as you wish: Give them a glass of Champagne, send them ice skating, maybe even put them on the moon! (Some props will be provided; feel free to bring others in yourself). In your created world, anything is possible.

Green-Wood Trolley Tour
Green-Wood Cemetery; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; 500 25th St., at Fifth Ave., South Slope; 718-210-3080; $10$15
This historic cemetery features 478 acres of rolling topography and the highest point in the borough. It also happens to boast a fascinating history and famous residents, including Boss Tweed and Basquiat. On February 14, take the trolley tour, which includes a stop at Battle Hill (where Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn), a visit to the historic chapel, and unbeatable views of Manhattan. Or, on the 13th, join Nancy Rosin of the National Valentine Collectors Association for a presentation on Victorian tokens of affection followed by a trolley tour pointing out expressions of love rendered in tombstones and on memorials.

Broadway Couples Sing I Do! I Do!
54 Below; 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; 254 54th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 646-476-3551; $40$80 (plus $25 food-and-drink minimum)
Couples who are fans of musical theater, meet couples who do musical theater. At this haunt below Feinstein’s, real-life Broadway sweethearts including Hunter Foster (Urinetown) and Jen Cody (Shrek), Patrick Page (Spring Awakening) and Paige Davis (Chicago), and Rita Gardner (The Fantasticks) and Tom Jones (The Fantasticks) perform selections from I Do! I Do!, a musical exploring the ups and downs of marriage. Commiserate, or just be entertained.

MNDFL Love Meditation
MNDFL; 10 a.m., noon, 4 p.m.; 10 E. 8th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-477-0487; $10$25
Even when you have a partner, you can always welcome more love into your life. Throughout February, the new Greenwich Village meditation studio MNDFL is offering its Love class, which aims to teach individuals, couples, or small groups how to open their hearts more fully through guided practice. There will be three sessions on Valentine's Day, but consider going early: The 10 a.m. class will be taught by MNDFL's co-founder Lodro Rinzler, author of the best-selling guide The Buddha Walks Into a Bar.

2016 Bloody Valentine
Blood Manor; 2/122/13, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; 2/14, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; 163 Varick St., nr. Charlton St.; 212-290-2825; $30$45
Love is scary, but you know what else is scary? Haunted houses. Combine the two at Blood Manor, the high-tech haunted house downtown known for its animatronics and impressive UV-light room (try not to wear white). Grab onto your loved one when monsters spring from the shadows, or just pretend monsters are popping out. No one will ever know.


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