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OK: It’s Valentine’s Day, and you’ve got nothing. It’s your turn to create that perfect evening—which must at once be original, thoughtful, and personal. And although you’ve thought a lot about it for more than a month now, the fact remains, you’ve got…nothing. Well, forget about the almost-classy dinner, the cheesy cards, and those wilted Safeway flowers. Go get some culture: Go see the Kirov Ballet. The Russian company is associated with names that even us non-connoisseurs know: Baryshnikov danced with it. Tchaikovsky composed for it. And since its beginnings, more than 250 years ago, the Kirov has performed at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. Now that’s classy. Tonight, the “world’s oldest company” will perform George Balanchine’s Jewels, a showcase of dance for dance’s sake at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House. $45-$95. (202) 467-4600. (Daphne Retter)