G-SPOT: Parties, benefits, events, music, film, and performance to grab your heart
PARTIES, EVENTS, AND BENEFITS
"Eat Your Heart Out" Supperclub, 657 Harrison; www.supperclub.com . Sun/14, 11am–3pm, $25–$150. All ages are welcome at this Valentine's Day brunch benefiting the Black Rock Arts Foundation and featuring art, music, and performances.
"Hearts After Dark" Union Square; 206-4478, www.sfghf.net . Thurs/11, 7–10pm, $75–$125. San Francisco General Hospital Foundation hosts an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and live entertainment with DJ Solomon and '80s cover band Tainted Love.
"Hugs 'n' Hearts" Club 8, 1151 Folsom; www.heklina.com . Sun/14, 9pm, $10–$25. Heklina hosts this Big Top party with special guests Amanda LePore and Cazwell.
"Love on Wheels Dating Game" Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell; www.sfbike.org/love . Fri/12, 6pm, $5–$10. The San Francisco Bike Coalition plays Cupid during another round of this dating game that pairs single cyclists with each other, with the same hilarious structure as the 1970s game show.
"My Sucky Valentine" Center for Sex and Culture, 1519 Mission; www.sexandculture.org . Sun/14, 7pm, $15–$25. Listen to good writers talk about bad sex and tainted love, including Stephen Elliott, Daphne Gottlieb, Carol Queen, and Simon Sheppard.
"Nightlife: Romance and Reproduction" California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr; 379-5128, www.calacademy.org . Thurs/11, 6pm, $10–$12. Learn about the animal kingdom's most amorous creatures and unique sexual behaviors while DJ Jeff Stallings plays Balearic, African, Bedouin, and Latin beats.
"Sex and Science Wine and Dine Tour" California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr; 379-5128, www.calacademy.org . Sun/14, 6 and 7pm, $199. Take your cues from the planet's lustiest creatures with a pre-dinner tour and champagne reception and a romantic four-course dinner with wine.
"Sweet Valentine's Cruise" Pier 43½; 673-2900, www.redandwhite.com . Sun/14, 2pm, $36–$52. Join the Red and White Fleet for a romantic, fun, two-hour cruise of the San Francisco Bay, including a lavish appetizer buffet by Boudin and a complimentary beverage.
"Woo at the Zoo" San Francisco Zoo; Sloat Blvd at 47th St; 753-7236, www.sfzoo.org . Sat/13, 6pm, and Sun/14, 11am and 6pm, $70–$75. This multimedia event explores sexual and mating behaviors of animals, conducted by Jane Tollini of the former Sex Tours, all while you enjoy champagne and either a brunch bar or a decadent dinner of beef tenderloin on herbed couscous.
FILM, MUSIC, AND PERFORMANCE
"Assuming the Ecosexual Position" The Lab, 2948 16th St; 864-8855, www.thelab.org . Sat/13, 8pm, $7–$10. Acclaimed performance artist and sex educator Annie Sprinkle and her partner Elizabeth Stephens explore, generate, and celebrate love through art during this special event that includes an erotic cake contest. Bring your own!
"Cora's Recipe for Love" EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy; 673-3847, www.theexit.org . Fri-Sat, 8pm, through Feb 20. Sean Owens' wacky alter ego returns to address love and longing through the eyes of Gas and Gulp regulars.
"Hearts on Fire!" Teatro Zinzanni, Pier 29; 438-2668, www.zinzanni.org . Sun/14, 12 and 5:30pm, $91–$145. Teatro Zinzanni presents two special performances of this joyful love affair featuring disco diva Thelma Houson and Christine Deaver. Show also runs through May 16.
"How We First Met" Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness; 392-4400, www.howwefirstmet.com . Sat/13 and Sun/14, 8pm, $25–$40. Real audience stories are spun into a comedy masterpiece in this one-of-a-kind hit show, now in its 10th year.
"Justin Bond: Close to You" Castro Theatre, 429 Castro; 863-0611, www.thecastrotheatre.com . Sun/14, 8:15pm, $35–$75. Accompanied by a lush 10-piece orchestra, the Tony nominee recreates sweet sounds from your favorite Carpenters hits. The evening also features the Thrillpeddlers as special guests.
"Love Everywhere" San Francisco City Hall Rotunda and Glide Memorial Church, www.erikachongshuch.org . Fri/12 (City Hall), 12pm; Sun/14 (Glide), 9 and 11am, free. The Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project debuts a new, large-scale work presented free as part of Dancers' Group's ONSITE series.
"MediaARTS 2010: Algo-rhythms of heart/break/beats" Ninth Street Independent Film Center, 145 Ninth St; www.mediaarts2010.com . Fri/12, 7pm, $10–$20. Ninth Street Independent Film Center presents an exhibition of the intersection of emerging technology, performance, and the moving image attempting to compute what it means to love and lose.
"Mortified: Doomed Valentine's Show" Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St.; www.makeoutroom.com . Thurs/11 and Fri/12, 8pm, $12–$15. Share the pain, awkwardness, and bad poetry associated with love as performers read from their teen angst artifacts.
"On the Periphery of Love: A Solo Performance Festival with Valentine's Day Implications" StageWerx Theatre, 533 Sutter. Fri/12 and Sat/13, 8pm; Sun/14, 7pm, $15–$30. StageWerx presents five new visions of romance, featuring work by Martha Rynberg, Thao P. Nguyen, Zahra Noorbaksh, Bruce Pachtman, and Paolo Sambrano.
"Rock & Roll Theatresports: Be My Valentine" Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason Center; 474-6776, www.improv.org . Fri/12 and Sat/13, 8pm, $17. BATS presents two days of shows featuring scenes and songs dedicated to love and relationships, during which six rock-themed teams will compete for points and audience accolades.
"Strange Love" Actors Theatre, 855 Bush; 345-1287, www.natashamuse.com . Sun/14, 6:30pm, $10. The Valentine's Day edition of "A Funny Night for Comedy" features Will Franken, Wegent and Page, and host Natasha Muse.
CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
"Love Dub" Yoga Tree Castro, 97 Collingwood; 701-YOGA, www.yogatreesf.com . Sat/13, 8:30pm-12:30am, $45. Yoga Tree and Upmost High Records present a hatha flow yoga class and live reggae concert, with a portion of proceeds to benefit Save the Redwood Tree Foundation, Surfriders, and Power to the Peaceful.