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PARTIES, EVENTS, AND BENEFITS
Black Valentine Masquerade Club Mighty, 119 Utah; www.mighty119.com . Feb. 13, 10pm-3am, $15. Sunset Promotions and Blasthaus present this all-out party extravaganza, featuring UNKLE's leading man James Lavelle, Evil Nine, and revelers dressed in dastardly dark costumes.
Bootie A Special Valentine's Party DNA Lounge, 375 11th St.; www.bootiesf.com . Feb. 14, 10pm, $12. Celebrate the holiday mash-up style with DJ Freddy, King of Pants, twisted love songs by house band Smash-Up Derby, and a midnight mashup show by Valentine.
CockBlock Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell; 861-2011, cockblocksf.com. Feb. 14, 10pm, $7 . Get your Valentine's groove on at this queer dance party for lezzies, queers, lovers, and friends, featuring DJ Nuxx.
Date and Dash Noc Noc, 557 Haight; www.dateanddash.com . Feb. 14, 8pm, $35 (free to first 20 people). Speed-dating with a Lower Haight twist. RSVP for red drinks, trendy beats, and a faux auction.
I Heart the Utah Hotel Utah Saloon, 500 Fourth St.; 546-6300, www.thehotelutahsaloon.com . Feb. 14, 9pm, $8. Celebrate the kind of love that lasts that between a bar and 100 years' worth of patrons with oyster shooters, champagne, a costume contest, and live music by El Capitan and Let's Make Something.
Love on Wheels Dating Game Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell; 861-2011, www.rickshawstop.com . Feb. 13, 6-9pm, free for SFBC members. Join this dating game exclusively for two-wheelers, where bike bachelors and bachelorettes quiz a panel of three cyclists to select their date and then roll to hip local spots.
Milonga de Amor Ferry Building; 990-8135. Feb. 13, 5:30-8pm, free. Celebrate V-Day, sensuous tango, and slow food.
Sexy Tour of SF Strip Clubs for Singles or Couples (510) 291-9779, www.slinkyproductions.com . Feb. 13, 6-10pm, $99/person or $190/couple, includes entry to all clubs, two drinks, and full-course dinner. Peek into a world of fantasy, glamour, and intrigue with the safety of a fun group and a guide whose expertise is leading women and couples.
Shindig 69 Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell; 861-2011, www.rickshawstop.com . Thurs/12, 8:30pm, $10. Start your weekend off with a tribute to the sexy '60s, featuring The Devil-Ettes, Kitten on the Keys, and DJs from Bardot a Go Go and Teenage Dance Craze all to benefit the Keep a Breast Foundation.
Supperclub Suicide Girls Afterparty Supperclub, 657 Harrison; 348-0900, supperclub.com. Feb. 14, 7:30pm, $100 for dinner and party. Have someone you're trying to get in bed? Invite them to share a four course menu, bottle of champagne, and special afterparty with Suicide Girls.
Thousand Faces Misera-Ball OmniCircus, 550 Natoma; 701-0686, omnicircus.com. Feb. 14, 8pm, $10. Celebrate the lovelorn with a multifaceted performance and afterparty. Special discounts for the lonely.
Valentine Art and Wine Tasting Party for Singles The Artists Alley, 863 Mission; winesocials.com. Feb. 13, 7:30pm, $20$30. Sample appetizers and a fabulous selection of wines from California and around the world at one of SF's premier art galleries, co-sponsored by the Society of Single Professionals.
Valentine's Day BikeAbout San Francisco Zoo, Sloat at 47th St.; 753-7236, www.sfzoo.org . Feb. 14, 8:30-11am, $25$30. Woo at the Zoo too rich for your blood? Bring your bike and your sweetie for a leisurely, guided pedal around the zoo followed by a continental breakfast. Discount for tandem cyclists!
Valentine's Day Poetry Luchadores Sub-mission, 2183 Mission; 863-6303, www.poormagazine.org . Feb. 14, 7pm, $20 to fight, $10 to watch. Your favorite revolutionary poets, poverty scholars, mediamakers, and cultural workers at POOR Magazine mash up poetry, gender, and wrestling for their second annual Battle of ALL of the sexes.
Valentine's Eve for Singles Orson, 508 Fourth St.; 777-1508, www.orsonsf.com . Feb. 13, 5:45pm-closing, price varies. Choose your own adventure (and price range) at Orson by attending either the Cupid's Arrow Dinner Party four-course meal or Aphrodisiac Dessert After Party, with dancing for all starting at 10pm.
Woo at the Zoo San Francisco Zoo, Sloat at 47th St.; 753-7236, www.sfzoo.org . Sat/7, 6pm; Sun/8, 12pm; Feb. 14, 12pm & 6pm; $75. Enjoy the 20th annual zoo sex tour with Jane Tollini, featuring new animals, new positions, and new kinky information plus brunch or dinner.
Charles Chocolates Tasting J Vineyards and Winery, 11447 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg; (707) 431-3646, www.jwine.com . Sat/7, 12:30-3pm, $20. Join the premium artisan chocolatier for a special Valentine's Day-themed chocolate and wine tasting at J Vineyards.
Family Valentine's Play Party River of Light Massage & Healing Arts, 256 Shoreline, Mill Valley; (415) 846-8181, laughplayhug.com. Feb. 14, 10am-12pm, $10<\d>$20. Enjoy heartfelt family fun, sensory games, movement, laughter, and drama with your extended family.
Progressive Dinner for Single Women and Men Ristorante Don Giovanni, 235 Castro, Mt. View; (510) 233-9700, www.meetinggame.com . Sat/7, 7pm, free for newcomers. Find your Valentine among the 20 other singles enjoying a three-course meal.
Sweetheart of the Year Dinner Point San Pablo Yacht Club, 700 W. Cutting, Richmond; (510) 232-1102, www.pointrichmond.com/methodist . Feb. 12, 6:30pm, $35. Honor Pat Dornan at the First United Methodist Church of Richmond's fun-filled evening of memories and laughter.
Valentine's Dance 707 W. Hornet, Pier 3, Alameda; (510) 521-8448, www.uss-hornet.org . Feb. 14, 8pm, $40$75. Don your best '40s or '50s attire and dance to jazz and big-band classics aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet.
FILM, MUSIC, AND PERFORMANCE
Dating, Marriage, Dating Farley's, 1315 18th St.; www.farleyscoffee.com . Feb. 14, 7:30pm, donations welcome. Get hopped up on coffee while previewing Liz Grant's new love-and-romance themed stand-up comedy show.
Love Bites Pop Rocks: LGCSF Sings Top-40 Hits of Bitterness and Betrayal Women's Building, 3543 18th St.; 1-800-838-3006, www.womensbuilding.org . Fri/6, Sat/7, adults-only show Feb. 13, 8pm, $15$30. Cupid takes a well-deserved beating when the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco presents its sixth annual Valentine's Day cabaret and musical extravaganza.
Mortified: Doomed Valentine's Show Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St.; www.makeoutroom.com , www.getmortified.com . Feb. 12, Feb. 13, 8pm, $12$15. Share the pain, awkwardness, and bad poetry associated with love as performers read from their teen-angst artifacts.
Origins of Love with John Cameron Mitchell Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St.; 863-0611, www.victoriatheatre.org . Fri/13-Sun/15, times vary, $25. Shortbus and Hedwig and the Angry Inch creator John Cameron presents a romantic potpourri of song, prose, poetry, and film, including a rare chance to hear Mitchell sing selections from Hedwig.
Sexy Valentine's Erotica Reading Good Vibrations Polk Street Gallery, 1620 Polk; 345-0400, events.goodvibes.com. Fri/6, 6:30pm, free. Enjoy a glass of wine while talented group of local writers read their sexy short stories, frisky flash fiction, passionate poems, and hot haikus.
Spookshow A Go-Go Kimo's, 1351 Polk; 885-1535, www.kimosbarsf.com . It's a Valentine's Day massacre with performances by Dottie Lux, Alotta Boutte, Kitten on the Keys, Lady Satan, Ruby White, and DJ Miz Margo, and films by Val Killmore and Shadow Circus.
Sweet Cookbook Reading and Eating Red Hill Books, 401 Cortland; www.dogearedbooks/redhill . Feb. 13, 7pm, free. Red Hill welcomes chef Mani Niall to read from his new book Sweet!: From Agave Nectar to Turbinado, as well as share some of his treats.
Hearts Gathering King Middle School Auditorium, 1781 Rose, Berk.; Feb. 14, 8pm, $15$20. Enjoy an evening of poetry and music with Diane di Prima, Michael McClure, California Poet Laureate Carol Muske-Dukes, U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, and former Poet Laureate Al Young performing with bassist Dan Robbins.
I Love You Because ... Design Guild Gallery, 427 Bryant; www.ilyb.org . Feb. 14, 8pm, $10. Celebrate V-Day at the closing party for photographer and TransportedSF visionary Alexander Warnow's collaborative photo project exploring why people love who they do. (You can also view the photos at the gallery Wed.-Sat., 12-6pm, starting Feb. 5.)
Love Sick II Muse Studios, 224 Sixth St.; www.lovesickfashion.com . Feb. 14, 7pm, $15$20. Find flirty fashions and lascivious lingerie at this trunk-and-runway show featuring Hide & Seek Lingerie, Ape'ritif Lingerie, Miss Velvet Cream, and more. A portion of proceeds from tickets and kissing booth benefit The Riley Center, a local domestic violence shelter.
CLASSES, LECTURES, AND WORKSHOPS
Cooking Crush for Singles Crushpad Winery, 2573 Third St.; 1-888-907-2665, www.partiesthatcook.com . Feb. 12, 6:30-9pm, $95. Singles in their 30s and 40s are invited to mix and mingle as they tour the winery, share a nibble and a glass of wine, and pair up for cooking lessons.
The Origins of Love and Love's Expression Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon; 561-0360, www.exploratorium.edu . Feb. 14, 2pm, with museum admission. Dr. Thomas Lewis offers a Darwinian twist on modern romance, exploring the psychobiology behind human intimacy.
Valentine's Aphrodisiac Chef Joe's Culinary Salon, 16 a/b Sanchez; 626-4379, www.theculinarysalon.com . Feb. 14, 11am-1:30pm, $75. Join expert (and hilarious) Chef Joe for a course in cooking food that'll get you in the mood, including oyster's mignonette, asparagus in puff pastry, and chocolate fondue.
Sound Healing for Relationships and Interpersonal Communication Tian Gong International Foundation, 830 Bancroft, Lotus Room 114, Berk.; (510) 883-1920, www.tiangong.org . Feb. 13, 7-8:30pm, $5$10. Get ready for reutf8g at this qigong practice dedicated to energetically healing relationships, including Celestial Song and Love Activations for soul-to-soul communication.
Revolutionary Love Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, UC Berkeley campus, Berk.; ewocc.berkeley.edu. Explore the foundations of self-love with workshops, music, dancing, discussion, and a keynote address by Cherrie Moraga during the 24th Empowering Women of Color Conference.
Valentine's Day at Habitot Children's Museum 2065 Kittredge, Berk.; (510) 647-1111, www.habitot.org . Mon/9-Feb. 14, regular admission. Young children can create heart-themed art for loved ones. Visitors who bring craft supplies get free adult admission.
Wholeness Thru Relationship Center for Transformative Change, 2584 Martin Luther King Jr., Berk.; (510) 549-3733, transformativechange.org. Feb. 14, 7am-4pm, $35$50. Invite a friend, ally, or someone with whom you're having a hard time to this daylong workshop about developing relationships with yourself, your loved ones, and your community.
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