Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and it’s time to start making plans for the most romantic of all holidays. Whether you think it’s a phony, Hallmark holiday or see it as a genuine opportunity to show that special someone how you feel about them, we got an event for you. There’s lots of burlesque, some great music, comedy, theater, roller derby, a pub crawl, a ghost tour of Grand Central Station and even a dance party in a Russian bath house! We even threw in a couple anti-Valentine’s Day events in there for good measure. Whether you’re in Anchorage or Brooklyn, I’m betting we got something in your neck of the woods.
There are still tickets available for all these events, so hurry up and pick some up before they’re all gone!
Friday, February 10
Counting on Love, and Other Stories of the Heart – San Francisco, California Treat Street Theatre Project, in partnership with The Playwrights Center of San Francisco, present six new plays by Rod McFadden and Don Samson. It’s an evening of laughter, heartbreak, compassion, compromise and human connection — the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. These award-winning plays are funny, sad, insightful and inspiring. Share them with someone you love, or someone you want to love you more. This show opens tonight and runs through Saturday, February 18.
VivaVoom Brr-Lesque Presents: Starlets & Harlots – Anchorage, Alaska Comedy! Glitter! Live Music! Feathers! Aerial Daring! Fringe! Prizes! Striptease! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with more than cards or candy! VivaVoom Brr-Lesque offers their version of Silver Screen love that will have you and your date laughing, and “oooh”-ing in amazement. Of course, if you don’t have a date, it’s a GREAT Girls or Guys Night Out or bachelor/bachelorette party! This show also will be running on Saturday, February 11.
Ex-Files: A Valentine’s Day Show – New York, New York Dancing Frog Theater Company’s Production “Ex-Files: A Valentine’s Day Show,” is a brutally honest and darkly funny monologue show about bad dates, awful break ups and relationships gone wrong. It’s a show for single people (and those who remember being single all too well), the group of people who usually get left out of Valentine’s Day. This show celebrates your dating experiences with humor and understanding. This show also will be running on Saturday, February 11.
Saturday, February 11
The Belltown Burlesque Revue – Seattle, Washington Not sure what to do? How about a little bump? What about a little grind? Come down to the Rendezvous where you’ll be sure to find something to sooth your restless mind. Purple Devil Productions presents “The Belltown Burlesque Revue.” Come and see: Vixen Valentine, Dahlia Ste. Cyr, Blithe Nite, Ophira, Violet DeVille, Sir Eddie van Glam and Beatrice Belladonna. The lovely and exquisite Katana will be your host and guide through the evening. There are TWO shows, an early show at 7pm and a late show at 8:30pm.
TUSH! Burlesque Mounts The Masters! – Olympia, Washington What is your definition of art? Is it a movement, a color, a theme, a style, a song, a painting, a photograph, a film, poetry, a nude body? Art and inspiration come in so many forms. TUSH! wants to expose you to what inspires them, in their own art form: the art of the tease! Come and see this great art-inspired show, as TUSH! pays tribute to the masters, to music, to form, light, color and most of all, the beauty of the human body!! Bring your Valentine for a night of “raunch with etiquette”. TUSH! Burlesque is sure to entertain you, titillate you, tease you and fill you with romantic inspiration. TUSH! wants to be your muse! With very special guests: Seattle’s own Paris Original and Olympia’s Wednesday du Monde, and featuring the musical stylings of AUTRY! from Portland.
St Valentine’s Day Massacre – Marion, Illinois At long last, the winter hiatus is finally over. The So Ill Roller Girls are back for their third full season of fast-skating and hard-hitting ROLLER DERBY! Starting off the season with an intraleague scrimmage, these skaters are out to prove that they have what it takes to take on the derby world.
Swing Valentine Dance with 91st B-day of Swing Movie Star Ray Hirsch – San Francisco, California This is a surprise birthday jam for swing movie star Ray Hirsch’s 91st birthday. Come celebrate the 91 year old unsung swing star from the 1930/40s! Spunky barely describes this kid from the heyday of swing. This legendary Lindy Hopper will dance, tap and talk his way into your heart! A few films he is featured in are: “Blondie Meets, The Boss” (1939), “Mad Youth” (1941) & ”Buck Privates” (1941) just to name a few.
Bon Appétit Burlesque’s Love/Hate Show – Northampton, Massachusetts Looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day weekend? Well Bon Appétit Burlesque has got a show for you! In this month’s edition, Bon Appétit’s performers are exploring the idea of love in all its forms, including that thin line between love and hate. Come out and celebrate your Valentine’s Day (or anti-Valentine’s day) early! Featuring: Serendipity Galore, Ruby Solitaire, Mistress Leona Star, Captain Elastico, Bettysioux Tailor and Mrs. Haggerty. Hosted by the sassiest bitch this side of the Mississippi, Hors D’oeuvres, and music from the man who wants you to get your groove on, Studebaker Hawk. Get there early to check out art on display from this month’s featured artist, Cecily L. Steele!
Valentine’s Day Pub Crawl – Nags Head, North Carolina Valentine’s is on a Tuesday this year, but never fear; OBX Pub Crawl is celebrating it on Saturday in a big way! Together!
Sunday, February 12
One Night Stand – Valentines Day – New York, New York It’s a special Valentines Day edition of ONE NIGHT STAND! Starring: Sarah Nowak, Christine DeNoon, Meg Griffiths, Jodi Jett, Lorraine Equality Cink, Ariel Karlin, Julia Morales & John Swist, with opening act Day Camp Kids!
Valentine’s Day! Tuesday, February 14
French With Me – Chicago, Illinois Strangeloop Theatre invites you to their second annual Valentine’s love fest with their production of “French With Me!” The show includes 6 original pieces from local playwrights commenting on love, lust, attraction, reaction and affairs of the heart. Also… mimes. Each piece will be performed both Monday and Tuesday nights of this two-night-only run. This collection of work is a great night of performances for lovers and the lovelorn alike.
6TH ANNUAL VALENTINE’S DAY WITH THE CASTAWAYS! – Seattle, Washington The Castaways 6th annual Valentine’s Day cabaret! Show details and special Valentine’s Day inclusions TBA. Please check back with Can Can calendar for details.
Love Songs: a Valentines Day evening with Matt Bishop, Tim Wilson, & Kaylee Cole – Seattle, Washington A special evening of love songs for Valentines Day featuring: Matt Bishop of Hey Marseilles, Tim Wilson of Ivan & Alyosha, and Kaylee Cole.
Bleeding Hearts…A Celebration of Dysfunctional Love – San Francisco, California MC Simon Sheppard will be wrasslin’ a bevy of fine writers performing for your smutty souls on this night of St. Valentine. Including Charlie Anders, Daphne Gottlieb, Bill Brent, Sherilyn Connelly, Kirk Read, Jen Cross & others! Perfect for those deeply in love (see how lucky you are!) and those who think love is a dirty trick. A strictly naughty raffle will take place at intermission. Raffle sponsored by Good Vibrations & CSC.
Beginning of the Big Time – Chicago, Illinois The New National Pastime Theater opens to the public this Valentine’s Day. Step out in high style at the first annual “Beginning of the Big Time,” a speakeasy-style Jazz Spectacular with live jazz like they did it in the old days. “The Beginning of the Big Time” features Fred Barr’s Organ-ized Sound, a plethora of enticing period style entertainment and the tastiest edibles by Chef Steve Madjar of Chicago’s greatest former theater hang-out The Gaslight (1972-1999). Patrons are encouraged to dress for the occasion, to bring preferred spirits and of course your Valentine. After nearly twenty years in the old speakeasy on Broadway in Chicago, The New National Pastime Theater is unveiling Chicago’s newest theatrical venue in our beloved Uptown neighborhood. NPT has rediscovered the historic Masonic Hall on the fourth floor of the Preston Bradley Center at 941 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago. The The New National Pastime Theater is located in the center of Chicago’s most historic, notorious neighborhood and the center of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s deemed Neighborhood Entertainment District. This “new” theater, built in 1925, has Neoclassical architecture, twenty-four foot ceilings, period murals, original maple floors and is on the Federal Register of Historic Places.
LOVE LETTERS for Valentines Day – San Antonio, Texas A special Valentine’s Day dinner theater event: two performance of “Love Letters” by AR Gurney. The Company Theatre continues the ever-popular Dinnerbox Series, bringing live theatre into local restaurants EVERY month, with a very special Valentines Dinner Theater event: bringing A.R. Gurney’s extraordinarily successful romantic dramedy to The Big Apple Room at Little Italy. Simply conceived and beautifully constructed, “Love Letters” is both witty and bittersweet as it follows the “near misses” of a relationship through a lifetime of letters between a man and a woman. From summer camps and boarding schools, through college, war, career and relationships, we watch the journey between free-spirited but unstable artist Melissa Gardner (played by the amazingly talented Heather Kelley) and dutiful lawyer Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (played by J. Damian Gillen). Dinner Theater with a TWIST!
MISS TESS AND THE BON TON PARADE – Valentines Day Concert – South Haven, Michigan For Valentines Day, Foundry Hall is thrilled to feature Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade from NYC! Soup, non-alcoholic drinks and desserts are available, and the dance floor is open. Bring yer sweetie, bring yer friends or just bring yerself! The thrift-shop clothes, the vintage Weymann guitar, the demure stage name – all those clues signify right from the start that Miss Tess will take you on a retro roadtrip. Inspired by vintage swing, blues, country and folk, Tess and the band make a style all their own.
Ghosts Doctors Ghosts of Valentine’s Past at Grand Central Terminal NYC – New York, New York Countless millions have traveled the halls and tracks of this treasured New York landmark. Could the Ghosts of Past Valentines still be lingering in this mecca of transportation for well over 100 years? Join the NYC’s own Ghost Doctors (paranormal investigators and licensed tours guides) this Valentine’s Day on a supernatural valentine’s love investigation of Grand Central Terminal. From the Whispering Gallery where marriage proposals for decades have abounded on Valentines Day to the famous Kissing Room where lovers rejoined after long absences. This is not your typical “story telling” ghost tour. This is the real deal! Learn lore and legend, ghost hunting fundamentals as well as the use of authentic ghost hunting equipment and who knows, maybe some lover’s spirits will happen to stop by just in time for Valentines Day.
Steamy Valentine’s Night @ Russian Baths – Brooklyn, New York Break out your bikini or swim trunks and join our hand-picked crowd of artsy, funky (and nearly naked) New Yorkers for the glorious return of Gemini & Scorpio’s legendary Russian Baths party. You will have the banya to yourselves, with a few hand-picked professionals on hand for the optional platzas and massages. Enjoy: Russian, Turkish and Swedish steam rooms, jacuzzi and cold plunge pools; poolside dance floor; rooftop smoking deck; hookah lounge and chillout rooms; authentic and delicious Russian food in a private restaurant room with a view of the dance floor. The dance floor will sizzle with live Balkan brass bands & ethno-mesh DJs till 2am. Plus, pierogies for everyone! There will be an open vodka bar 9-10pm.