HYDE PARK — The south lakefront offers options for those who are not a born Casanova. From a solid laugh to a shared emotional experience, Hyde Park and Kenwood know how to make even a rock romantic.
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Steal This Emotion: Sometimes you need a good line to steal. Court Theatre’s production of “Seven Guitars,” with its visions of hope in the backyard of a Pittsburgh tenement, can help up the emotional gravity on a cold Friday. It’s not a cheap line if it’s a callback to a shared emotional experience. You have to share that emotional experience first though at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave.
It’s a Romantic Rock: You and me, baby, we’re part of a long history of mutual love pushing two individuals to do together what they could never do alone. That’s a pretty good line. Use it when you stop at 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue to beg a kiss at the rock that marks the spot Barack and Michelle Obama shared their first kiss. Best part, it’s totally free.
It’s Safe to Dance: Not being a good dancer is nothing to be ashamed of, that’s why there’s folk music. The steps are easy, the rhythms straightforward and half the crowd is just as timid. Ten-time Grammy winning fiddler Bobby Hicks at the University of Chicago Folk Festival will paper over all anxiety at 8 p.m. at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. And what woman doesn’t like a dancer? Seriously, name one.
Let’s Talk, Just Talk, About Sex: It’s Sex Week at the University of Chicago and you don’t have to be a student to enjoy “Logan Cabaret Presents: Red Light,” a titillating cabaret performance by students, at 8 p.m. the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.
Can’t Get A Laugh, But Can Find a Laugh: There are two ways into the heart, the stomach and getting a good laugh. Anyone can buy a nice dinner — go for the laugh. Ray Grady can ease the path with 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. stand up performances at Jokes and Notes, 4641 S. Martin Luther King Drive. Q. Coleman opens for the Chicago native at the South Side comedy club.