Party hearty, Snuggles: our throbbing list of Valentine's weekend shindigs just might update your status
SUPER EGO Love — can't we just stick it in a blender with some vodka and call it a nightlife? This year Presidents Day, Valentine's Day, and the International Bear Rendezvous all collide in a ginormous party-party mush. Which makes sense, since two bears back-to-back make an upside-down heart or Richard Nixon's face. For large, hairy, gay events hit the IBR site (www.bosf.org/bearrendezvous). Below are more hearty affairs to flirt with.
"He hit me (and it felt like a kiss)"? A special hand-holding, goin' down to Love Town edition of the classic girl-group and Motown pop joint with DJs Sergio Iglesias and Matt Bonar.
Wed/10, 10 p.m., free. Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary, SF. www.castlenews.com
ARABS GONE WILD
"We think nothing says 'I love you' more than watching a group of Arab American comedians be funny," says joker Maysoon Zayid. She'll be joined by Dean Obeidallah and Aron Kader for some heartfelt halal hilarity.
Thu/11, 8 p.m., $20 (Also Fri/12, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.). Cobb's, 915 Columbus, SF. www.cobbscomedyclub.com
NIGHTLIFE: ROMANCE AND REPRODUCTION
The diversity of life gets an amorous showcase at the Cal Academy's wildly popular club night, while the diversity of sound comes courtesy of DJ Jeff Stallings' Balearic, Bedouin, African and Latin beats.
Thu/11, 6 p.m.- 10 p.m., $10–$12. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., SF. www.calacademy.org/nightlife
Burlesque-wrestlemania to tear your heart out! Take it to the mat with Hector Garza, Chocolate Caliente, El Bombero, Lucy Fur, Lil Cholo, hula-hooper extraordinaire Karis, and also some chickens, apparently, as they ring the bell of amour.
Fri/12, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., $32.50. Fillmore, 1805 Geary, SF. www.livenation.com
World's tallest DJ Stretch Armstrong has enough party-electro love to reach out from the late 2ks and embrace the fresh-faced crowds at this super-fashionable retro-fest. Will he drop some rave bombs? With Jeffrey Paradise and Richie Panic.
Sat/13, 9 p.m., $10 advance. 111 Minna, SF. www.111minnagallery.com
BLACK VALENTINE MASQUERADE
You go, ghoul (ugh). Goth it up in style with demonic Aussie heart-breakbeats from DJ Nick Thayer and a blippy dub blitz from Flying Skulls. Dress like hot, masked death.
Sat/12, 10 p.m.-4 a.m., $10. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.mighty119.com
It may not be the most romantically named party for V-Day, but if you're looking for furry snugglebunnies, in the form of large gay men, then this gathering is one of your best bets. DJs Bob Mould and Richard Morel bring the alt-rock dance remixes.
Sat/13, 10 p.m., $15. Slim's 333 11th St., SF. www.blowoff.us
BOOTIE VALENTINES PARTY
"We're going to scare our audience big-time with our most fucked up Valentines midnite mashup show ever," DJ D of the still-going-strong bootleg club tells me. Get ready! Cousin Winderlette performs and A+D and Freddy King of Pants get wicked on the decks.
Sat/13, 9 p.m., $12. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., SF. www.bootiesf.com
CLUB NEON UNDERWEAR PARTY