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Top 5 Date Ideas: Jan 28-Feb 3

Don’t wait for Valentine’s Day to do something special or new. Surprise your significant other (or a new flame) this week with one of these fun, campy, artsy date ideas.

1. Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Toledo Walleye
Break the ice this Thursday (see what we did there?) while watching the Cincinnati Cyclones take on the Toledo Walleye at U.S. Bank Arena. Enjoy their Thirsty Thursday special—$1 PBR and Miller High Life—while sporting sorority or fraternity letters for Greek Night. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., downtown, (513) 421-4111, usbankarena.com

2. Kevin Bozeman at Go Bananas Comedy Club
Share a few laughs together watching comedian Kevin Bozeman at Go Bananas Comedy Club. Bozeman has been featured on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and was a semi-finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2010. He’ll be performing Thursday through Saturday. Go Bananas Comedy Club, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, (513) 984-9288, gobananascomedy.com

3. Art, Live Music, & Brunch at MOTR Pub
One location, three possible dates. For art lovers, MOTR features one local artist a month on its walls. They open February’s artist, Lindha Boering, on Friday night. For more rock and less talk, Leogun is playing Saturday night. (The band’s “Let’s Be Friends” video premiered last September on MTV.) Or stop by for Sunday brunch and relax in a get-to-know-you atmosphere. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 381-6677, motrpub.com

4. Richard II, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is ending its run of Richard II this weekend, right on time to add a little drama to your love life. This gem of a theater company employs its own troupe of professional actors and produces classic plays. The show runs Thursday through Sunday. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., downtown, (513) 381-2273 cincyshakes.com

5. Rocky Horror Picture Show at Esquire Theatre
Every other Saturday night, Clifton’s Esquire Theatre presents the cult classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show. But this is no ordinary film screening. The film is shown with live cast, and audience participation is a must. People yell out lines, dress up in costume, and throw props at the screen. The show starts at midnight. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, (513) 281-8750, esquiretheatre.com