You have the long stem roses and box of chocolates on tap, but what else? What else to plan for your cinema-lovin' sweetie? Hey, nothing spells l'amour like dinner and a movie.
In Brooklyn, BAM's Rose Cinématek offers tonight a prix fix dinner at the BAMcafé and then a special screening of the 1941 comedy, Howard Hawks' Ball of Fire, written by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper. "A gangster's moll (Stanwyck) goes on the lam and winds up in the care of seven professors, including Gary Cooper, who are working on an encyclopedia entry for slang, for which her vocabulary is the perfect research tool." A little sass and wit from the '40s is a remarkable aphrodisiac. [Note: the dinner tickets are sold out, but admission to the screenings are still available.]
Brooklyn Academy of Music Rose Cinematek // 30 Lafayette Avenue between Ashland Pl. and St. Felix St. // 7 & 9:30 pm // $10
Down in Tribeca, you could also catch Superfilm's screening at Dekk restaurant and bar of Wong Kar Wai's doomed romance In the Mood For Love starring Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung. Cheung and Leung play married neighbors in this '60s period piece, who begin to suspect their respective spouses are having an affair. Their friendship blooms even as the things that can't be said grows more. There's no cover charge for the movie and hopefully your meal less fraught with unspoken desire and regret than in Wong's movie.
DEKK Restaurant + Bar // 1334 Reade St. btwn Hudson and Greenwich // 8 pm // no cover
Production still from Ball of Fire with Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck courtesy of BAM