Off-the-beaten-path Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Go On a Different Kind of Blind Date
Take home a surprise book this Valentine’s Day. Harvard Book Store’s staff will play matchmaker between used books and customers, wrapping up their recommendations with only hints about the contents (for example: “‘Lord of the Flies’ on a boat”). We promise it won’t be awkward.
Harvard Book Store—1256 Massachusetts Ave.

Embrace Embarrassment
You. Your “teen angst artifacts.” An audience. Sound terrifying? Well, performers will bravely bear their teenage souls to American Repertory Theater audiences this Valentine’s Day as part of the series “Mortified.” Tickets are $15, with shows at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14 and 16.
OBERON—2 Arrow St.

Listen to Women
Catch Eve Ensler’s hit play “The Vagina Monologues” at MIT this weekend. Proceeds from the $8 tickets ($5 for those affiliated with MIT) will go to the Cambridge Women’s Center and the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Shows are Feb. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. 32 Vassar St.

Make It an Oyster Night
Oysters and oyster … beer? Lamplighter Brewing Co. is launching Black Pearl, an oyster stout, on Valentine’s Day, and Shuck Food Truck will supply the seafood from 6 to 9 p.m.
Lamplighter Brewing Co.—284 Broadway.

Go Black-and-white
The Brattle Theatre’s inviting you to indulge in a classic this Valentine’s Day: “Casablanca.” There are showtimes on Feb. 13 and 14.
The Brattle Theatre—40 Brattle St.

Learn About Chocolate
Take a tour of Harvard’s chocolate spots with Off the Beaten Path Food tours. Get your taste buds ready. The tour will last about 90 minutes, and tickets are $35.