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More Than the Movies

Anything can be a date

The tried-and-true dinner and a movie formula for dating has gotten scores of us laid, but there’s something to be said for avoiding a rut. So the next time you want to plan a date, try switching it up just a bit.

Daring types can check out Fetish Night at Diablo’s Downtown Lounge, which is actually a pretty safe way for a couple to explore their kinky sides, complete with monitors and safe words. The Fetish Nights take place every three to four months, but if you’re into regular near-nudity, drop by Diablo’s for Undie Sundays, a gender- and sexuality-inclusive night to shimmy in your skivvies. Patrons are given a paper bag for their clothes, then everyone — including male and female go-go dancers on platforms — dances in their underwear. Tom Cruise, eat your heart out.

If you’re into a different sort of screaming and yelling, drop by an Emerald City Roller Girls bout or Eugene Generals hockey game, then take the short walk downtown to talk about the game and grab snacks at a late-night food cart or a drink in downtown’s booming Barmuda Triangle.

Those who aren’t content to just watch can romantically run short races like the Dirty Dash, Color Run or bike the Eugene Roubaix. If you’re not particularly competitive, buy a copy of Bill Sullivan’s 100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades or 100 Hikes on the Oregon Coast and base a day or weekend trip on one of the hikes, or consult EW’s handy trove of Outdoors columns online. On that note, remember EW’s What’s Happening calendar for anything from bike rides to activist organizing — some of those work for dates.

If you’re dating a brainiac who’s always fun to talk ideas with, check out lectures at the UO and LCC.  The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics offers events like Woody Tasch’s Feb. 17 lecture on “Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered.” After a talk, use those big ideas as an icebreaker. Talk economy to me, baby.