For a normal date night, dinner and a movie will do just fine, but certain special occasions call for a serious dose of culture, and that’s where the Carnival Studio Theater comes in. This hidden gem in the stylish Adrienne Arsht Center hosts some of Miami’s most cutting-edge performances, making it just the place to impress that special someone with your exquisite taste and sophistication. Start your romantic evening out with aperitifs at the center’s aptly-named Prelude restaurant, where you can sip champagne and snack on goat cheese tortellini as you discuss the theater, dance, cabaret, or comedy show you’re about to see. Then escort your date through the lobby to admire Ways of Performing—a striking floor-to-ceiling glass-mosaic tribute to performing artists and their art—before entering the intimate theater. It’s never the same space twice, changing stage configurations from proscenium (a standard arched stage area) to thrust (which extends into the audience on three sides) to theater-in-the-round, depending on the artistic needs of the performance. When the house lights go down, your pulses will quicken with anticipation, and within moments you’re reminded of just how inspiring live performances can be. After such a perfect date, you’ll be browsing the schedule the next morning, anxious to return for an encore.